Bud Carson

Coaching Record

Years Coached Record Win % Playoff record Playoff win %
25 210-164-4 56.08% 14-12 53.85%

Coaching Tree

Parents:

Frank Kush, John Mackovic, Ray Malavasi, Chuck Noll, Joe Walton

Children:

Marc Trestman


Biography

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Career Summary

Bud Carson was a football coach in the National Football League (NFL) from 1971 to 2000, finishing his career as the consultant of the St. Louis Rams. Over his twenty-five years of coaching his teams compiled a cumulative win/loss record of 210-164-4. He was the head coach of the Cleveland Browns from 1989 until the 1990 season, during which time the Browns went 12-19-1. During his career he was a head coach for two seasons.

Career Awards

As the defensive coordinator of the Pittsburgh Steelers he coached three players to award-winning seasons: Joe Greene, AP Defensive Player of the Year in 1972; Joe Greene, AP Defensive Player of the Year in 1974; Jack Lambert, AP Defensive Rookie of the Year in 1974; Mel Blount, AP Defensive Player of the Year in 1975; Jack Lambert, AP Defensive Player of the Year in 1976. As the defensive coordinator of the New York Jets he coached one player to an award-winning season: Erik McMillan, AP Defensive Rookie of the Year in 1988.

Bud Carson Coaching Tree

Before he was a head coach, Carson served as an assistant coach for Chuck Noll, Ray Malavasi, Frank Kush, John Mackovic, Joe Walton, Rich Kotite, Dick Vermeil, and Mike Martz. Seven of these years were spent on Noll's coaching staff. One assistant coach from his coaching staffs, Marc Trestman, was eventually hired as a head coach. After coaching on Bud Carson's coaching staff, he was the head coach of the Chicago Bears for two seasons where he combined for a regular season record of 13-19-0 and 0-0 in the playoffs.

Playing Career

Carson played defensive back while at college.

Personal Information

Carson was born on Monday, April 28, 1930 in Brackenridge, Pennsylvania.


History

Year Position Record Playoff record
2000 St. Louis Rams Consultant 10-6-0 0-1
1997 St. Louis Rams Defensive Coordinator 5-11-0 0-0
1994 Philadelphia Eagles Defensive Coordinator / Defensive Backs Coach 7-9-0 0-0
1993 Philadelphia Eagles Defensive Coordinator / Defensive Backs Coach 8-8-0 0-0
1992 Philadelphia Eagles Defensive Coordinator / Defensive Backs Coach 11-5-0 1-1
1991 Philadelphia Eagles Defensive Coordinator / Defensive Backs Coach 10-6-0 0-0
1990 Cleveland Browns Head Coach 3-13-0 0-0
1989 Cleveland Browns Head Coach 9-6-1 1-1
1988 New York Jets Defensive Coordinator 8-7-1 0-0
1987 New York Jets Defensive Coordinator 6-9-0 0-0
1986 New York Jets Defensive Coordinator 10-6-0 1-1
1985 New York Jets Defensive Coordinator 11-5-0 0-1
1983 Kansas City Chiefs Defensive Coordinator / Defensive Backs Coach 6-10-0 0-0
1982 Baltimore Colts Defensive Coordinator 0-8-1 0-0
1981 Los Angeles Rams Defensive Coordinator 6-10-0 0-0
1980 Los Angeles Rams Defensive Coordinator 11-5-0 0-1
1979 Los Angeles Rams Defensive Coordinator 9-7-0 2-1
1978 Los Angeles Rams Defensive Coordinator 12-4-0 1-1
1977 Pittsburgh Steelers Defensive Coordinator 9-5-0 0-1
1976 Pittsburgh Steelers Defensive Coordinator 10-4-0 1-1
1975 Pittsburgh Steelers Defensive Coordinator 12-2-0 3-0
1974 Pittsburgh Steelers Defensive Coordinator 10-3-1 3-0
1973 Pittsburgh Steelers Defensive Coordinator 10-4-0 0-1
1972 Pittsburgh Steelers Defensive Coordinator 11-3-0 1-1
1971 Pittsburgh Steelers Secondary Coach 6-8-0 0-0

Coach history guide

Seasons with a championship win Seasons with a conference championship

Coach facts

  • Bud Carson was the architect of the "Steel Curtain Defense" during his time in Pittsburgh.
  • Bud Carson designed the basic "Cover-2" defense while at Georgia Tech.