Vince Tobin

Coaching Record

Years Coached Record Win % Playoff record Playoff win %
16 127-119-0 51.63% 5-8 38.46%

Coaching Tree


Mike Ditka, Ted Marchibroda


Jim Fassel, Dave McGinnis, Marc Trestman


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Career Summary

Vince Tobin was a football coach in the National Football League (NFL) from 1986 to 2004, finishing his career as the special assistant coach of the Green Bay Packers. Over his sixteen years of coaching his teams compiled a cumulative win/loss record of 128-127-0. He was the head coach of the Arizona Cardinals from 1996 until the 2000 season, during which time the Cardinals went 29-51-0. During his career he was a head coach for five seasons. He was fired from the Cardinals on Monday, October 23, 2000.

Career Awards

During his time as defensive coordinator and head coach he coached three players to award-winning seasons. As the defensive coordinator for the Bears Mike Singletary won AP Defensive Player of the Year and Mark Carrier won AP Defensive Rookie of the Year. As the head coach for the Cardinals Simeon Rice won AP Defensive Rookie of the Year.

Vince Tobin Coaching Tree

Before he was a head coach, Tobin served as an assistant coach for Mike Ditka, Ted Marchibroda, Marty Mornhinweg, and Mike Sherman. Seven of these years were spent on Ditka's coaching staff. During his time as head coach, three assistant coaches, (Jim Fassel, Dave McGinnis, and Marc Trestman) on his coaching staff were hired as head coaches across the league. His coaching tree has combined for a record of 87-104-1 in the regular season and 2-3 in the playoffs during their twelve seasons as head coach after serving on his coaching staffs.

Playing Career

Tobin played defensive back while at college.

Personal Information

Tobin was born on Wednesday, September 29, 1943 in Burlington Junction, Missouri.


Year Position Record Playoff record
2004 Green Bay Packers Special Assistant Coach 10-6-0 0-1
2001 Detroit Lions Defensive Coordinator 2-14-0 0-0
2000 Arizona Cardinals Head Coach 2-5-0 0-0
1999 Arizona Cardinals Head Coach 6-10-0 0-0
1998 Arizona Cardinals Head Coach 9-7-0 1-1
1997 Arizona Cardinals Head Coach 4-12-0 0-0
1996 Arizona Cardinals Head Coach 7-9-0 0-0
1995 Indianapolis Colts Defensive Coordinator 9-7-0 2-1
1994 Indianapolis Colts Defensive Coordinator 8-8-0 0-0
1992 Chicago Bears Defensive Coordinator 5-11-0 0-0
1991 Chicago Bears Defensive Coordinator 11-5-0 0-1
1990 Chicago Bears Defensive Coordinator 11-5-0 1-1
1989 Chicago Bears Defensive Coordinator 6-10-0 0-0
1988 Chicago Bears Defensive Coordinator 12-4-0 1-1
1987 Chicago Bears Defensive Coordinator 11-4-0 0-1
1986 Chicago Bears Defensive Coordinator 14-2-0 0-1

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