Jerry Burns

Coaching Record

Years Coached Record Win % Playoff record Playoff win %
26 231-150-3 60.55% 18-15 54.55%

Coaching Tree

Parents:

Bud Grant, Vince Lombardi, Les Steckel

Children:

Pete Carroll, Marc Trestman


Biography

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Career Summary

Jerry Burns was a football coach in the National Football League (NFL) from 1966 to 1991, finishing his career as the head coach of the Minnesota Vikings. Over his twenty-six years of coaching his teams compiled a cumulative win/loss record of 231-150-3. He was the head coach of the Minnesota Vikings from 1986 until the 1991 season, during which time the Vikings went 52-43-0. During his career he was a head coach for six seasons.

Career Awards

During his time as head coach and offensive coordinator he coached five players to award-winning seasons. As the head coach for the Vikings Keith Millard won AP Defensive Player of the Year and Tommy Kramer won Comeback Player of the Year. As the offensive coordinator for the Vikings Fran Tarkenton won AP Offensive Player of the Year and Most Valuable Player, Sammy White won AP Offensive Rookie of the Year, and Chuck Foreman won AP Offensive Rookie of the Year.

Jerry Burns Coaching Tree

Before he was a head coach, Burns served as an assistant coach for Vince Lombardi, Bud Grant, and Les Steckel. Seventeen of these years were spent on Grant's coaching staff. During his time as head coach, two assistant coaches, (Pete Carroll and Marc Trestman) on his coaching staff were hired as head coaches across the league. His coaching tree has combined for a record of 165-123-1 in the regular season and 11-10 in the playoffs during their nineteen seasons as head coach after serving on his coaching staffs. The coaching tree has won a single championship, in 2013 by the Seattle Seahawks, led by Pete Carroll.

Personal Information

Burns was born on Monday, January 24, 1927 in Detroit, Michigan. He died on Wednesday, May 12, 2021 at the age of 94.


History

Year Position Record Playoff record
1991 Minnesota Vikings Head Coach 8-8-0 0-0
1990 Minnesota Vikings Head Coach 6-10-0 0-0
1989 Minnesota Vikings Head Coach 10-6-0 0-1
1988 Minnesota Vikings Head Coach 11-5-0 1-1
1987 Minnesota Vikings Head Coach 8-7-0 2-1
1986 Minnesota Vikings Head Coach 9-7-0 0-0
1985 Minnesota Vikings Offensive Coordinator 7-9-0 0-0
1984 Minnesota Vikings Offensive Coordinator 3-13-0 0-0
1983 Minnesota Vikings Offensive Coordinator 8-8-0 0-0
1982 Minnesota Vikings Offensive Coordinator 5-4-0 1-1
1981 Minnesota Vikings Offensive Coordinator 7-9-0 0-0
1980 Minnesota Vikings Offensive Coordinator 9-7-0 0-1
1979 Minnesota Vikings Offensive Coordinator 7-9-0 0-0
1978 Minnesota Vikings Offensive Coordinator 8-7-1 0-1
1977 Minnesota Vikings Offensive Coordinator 9-5-0 1-1
1976 Minnesota Vikings Offensive Coordinator 11-2-1 2-1
1975 Minnesota Vikings Offensive Coordinator 12-2-0 0-1
1974 Minnesota Vikings Offensive Coordinator 10-4-0 2-1
1973 Minnesota Vikings Offensive Coordinator 12-2-0 2-1
1972 Minnesota Vikings Offensive Coordinator 7-7-0 0-0
1971 Minnesota Vikings Offensive Coordinator 11-3-0 0-1
1970 Minnesota Vikings Offensive Coordinator 12-2-0 0-1
1969 Minnesota Vikings Offensive Coordinator 12-2-0 2-1
1968 Minnesota Vikings Offensive Coordinator 8-6-0 0-1
1967 Green Bay Packers Defensive Backs Coach 9-4-1 3-0
1966 Green Bay Packers Defensive Backs Coach 12-2-0 2-0

Coach history guide

Seasons with a championship win Seasons with a conference championship

Coach facts

  • Years as head coach: 6
  • Years as a coordinator: 18
  • Championships won: 1966, 1967, and 1969
  • Conference Championships won: 1973, 1974, and 1976
  • Fourth in total wins for the Minnesota Vikings.
  • Fourth in winning percentage for the Minnesota Vikings.
  • Past teams coached for: Minnesota Vikings, Green Bay Packers
  • College Attended: Michigan Wolverines
  • Date of Birth: Monday, January 24, 1927 (94 years old), Detroit, Michigan