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Although the Bruins didn't finish the 2020-21 season accomplishing the ultimate goal, Taylor Hall wants to remain in Boston. And it doesn't sound like Bruins management will have to pay an arm and a leg to retain him.


© Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports Boston Bruins left wing Taylor Hall (71) skates during warmups prior to Game 4 of the first round of the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Washington Capitals.

Hall, an impending free agent, told reporters Friday that he's hoping to work something out with the Bruins, adding that he's not necessarily focused on the money. 

"I see a fit, and hopefully they feel the same," Hall said. "We'll let the dust settle on everything this year. I'm sure they have a lot of stuff going on and some other guys that have been here longer than me that they have to worry about. We'll figure that out, but hopefully, we can make something work. That's obviously my goal, and like I said, hopefully we can make that happen."

Taylor Hall's focus has been on the ice, but on a future with the #NHLBruins, he says, "I see a fit & hopefully they feel the same...hopefully we can make something work."

"I'm not looking to absolutely maximize my this point, it's about more of a fit for me." @ABC6

— Nick Coit (@NCoitABC6) June 11, 2021

Hall was arguably Boston's best trade-deadline acquisition this season. The 29-year-old scored eight goals and tallied 14 points in 16 regular-season games, adding three goals and five points in 11 postseason games.

The Calgary native also proved to be a solid fit with David Krejci, who also needs a new contract. 

The Bruins could wait until after the expansion draft to sign Hall and their other free agents. That'll allow them to protect other players that they otherwise might not have been able to. The 2021 expansion draft is set for July 21. 

Tuukka Rask, Jaroslav Halak, Sean Kuraly, Kevan Miller and Mike Reilly are also set to become unrestricted free agents this summer. Rask said Friday he doesn't want to play anywhere else but Boston, and it's more likely that the Bruins re-sign him. As for the other four, their futures with the club are uncertain. 

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Full screen 1/46 SLIDES © Jonathan Kozub/NHLI via Getty Images Every NHL player to score 500 goals In the world of sports, we love our round-number milestones. In the NHL, the line of greatness has long been set at the 500-goal mark. That makes sense, given that only 45 players have ever reached it.  With what could be a shortened season, it might be a couple of years before we get the 46th, because Sidney Crosby is still 38 goals away. Most of the members of the 500 Goal Club are in the Hall of Fame, and all of them have an argument to be there. This includes the two active players who have hit the mark. Here are the members of this elite group, in order of increasing career goal totals. 2/46 SLIDES © Graig Abel/Getty Images Lanny McDonald McDonald really left it late in his career. In his final season he scored only 11 goals, but that last one got him to 500. Then, that same season, he won his first Stanley Cup, with the Calgary Flames. After that he immediately retired, having hit two huge milestones. 3/46 SLIDES © Denis Brodeur/NHLI via Getty Images Joe Mullen It took Mullen a while to get his 500th goal. He had only a single-digit goal total in his last two seasons and finally got over the hump in his age-39 season. It was a bit of NHL history, as Mullen was the first American player to score 500 goals. 4/46 SLIDES © Dave Sandford/Getty Images Peter Bondra Bondra was the star of the Capitals for over a decade, as 472 of his career goals came in Washington. He also twice led the league in goals, including one 52-goal season. Bondra stuck around for a final season with the Blackhawks when he scored five goals, giving him 503 when he retired. Slideshow continues on the next slide 5/46 SLIDES © Bruce Bennett Studios via Getty Images Studios/Getty Images Jean Beliveau The first three names on this list played at least part of their careers during a time when scoring in the NHL was quite high. Although, to be fair Bondra also had to play in the era of the neutral-zone trap. Beliveau, beloved in Montreal, began his career in 1950, a time when guys scoring 50 goals in a season was largely unheard of. Beliveau never did that, but he did lead the league in goals twice en route to 507 career goals. 6/46 SLIDES © Graig Abel/Getty Images Gilbert Perreault If you are a Buffalo fan of a certain age you may remember Perreault, but otherwise he’s a bit underrated for how good his career was. He spent his entire career with the Sabres, winning a Calder trophy for Rookie of the Year when he scored 38 of his 512 goals. 7/46 SLIDES © Graig Abel/Getty Images Jeremy Roenick Roenick has never been afraid to mince words, which is why he is no longer employed by NBC Sports. Quibble with his personality, but you can’t argue with his career. JR had two 50-goal seasons with the Blackhawks and then became one of the first stars for the Coyotes after the move from Winnipeg. He retired with 513 goals. 8/46 SLIDES © Graig Abel/Getty Images Pierre Turgeon Yes, that’s right. Turgeon scored 515 goals in his career. Surprised? We don’t blame you. While he was obviously a great player, few people ever viewed Turgeon as a true star. After all, he made only four All-Star Games in his 19 seasons. 9/46 SLIDES © Denis Brodeur/NHLI via Getty Images Dale Hawerchuk Hawerchuk timed his career pretty much perfectly. He began in 1981, a time when goals were plentiful in the NHL. The Hall of Famer had at least 37 goals in each of his first eight seasons. Hawerchuk ended his career just as the trap was taking hold, and sure enough his scoring dropped. Interestingly, Hawerchuk retired when he was only 33, but he still had 518 goals. Slideshow continues on the next slide 10/46 SLIDES © Denis Brodeur/NHLI via Getty Images Pat Verbeek Verbeek earned a great nickname in his career: Little Ball of Hate. He also earned himself 522 goals. There was a bit of a compiler in Verbeek, as he played in 20 seasons and never once had 50 goals. That may be what is keeping him out of the Hall of Fame. 11/46 SLIDES © Denis Brodeur/NHLI via Getty Images Bryan Trottier We remember Trottier from his time with the Islanders when he won four Stanley Cups. He also won a Calder and a Hart in New York. He then ended his career with three seasons in Pittsburgh as a veteran depth player, but he won two more Cups that way. Trottier scored exactly 500 goals with the Islanders and then added 24 more in Pittsburgh. 12/46 SLIDES © John Russell/NHLI via Getty Images Marian Hossa Will Hossa make it into the Hall of Fame? He retired only a couple of years ago, so he hasn’t been eligible yet. He was never a superstar, but he was always racking up goals as a key piece on some excellent teams. Hossa made five All-Star Games and finished with 525 goals after an illness ended his career. 13/46 SLIDES © Denis Brodeur/NHLI via Getty Images Frank Mahovlich It’s impressive Mahovlich scored 533 goals in his NHL career, but he could have had even more. After spending 18 years in the league, he played four more in the WHA. Granted, the competition wasn’t as stiff, but he scored 89 goals in the league, playing until he was 40. Of course, those years were included in the decision when he made the Hockey Hall of Fame. 14/46 SLIDES © Mark Buckner/NHLI via Getty Images Keith Tkachuk Tkachuk has the most career goals of any Hall-eligible player. This is in spite of the fact he had two 50-goal seasons and won an Art Ross Trophy. He finished with 538 goals but hasn’t made the Hall since retiring in 2010. Tkachuk now has two sons, Matthew and Brady, racking up goals in the NHL. Slideshow continues on the next slide 15/46 SLIDES © Denis Brodeur/NHLI via Getty Images Stan Mikita Mikita will forever be iconic for being honor in “Wayne’s World” with Stan Mikita’s Donuts. Interestingly, he led the NHL in assists three times and points four times, but he never won the Art Ross. He scored 541 goals, all with the Chicago Blackhawks. Hence, the “Wayne’s World” love. 16/46 SLIDES © Bruce Bennett Studios via Getty Images Studios/Getty Images Maurice Richard Richard started his career in 1942, earlier than anybody else on this list. He was also the first player ever to score 50 goals in a season, doing it in only 50 games. The Rocket led the league in goals five times and managed to notch 544 career goals without even playing in 1,000 career games. 17/46 SLIDES © Graig Abel/Getty Images Michel Goulet Goulet may be the most surprising 500-goal scorer. That may be because he played almost all of his career with the Quebec Nordiques, a team that hasn’t existed for decades. They aren’t exactly showing Goulet love in Colorado. The French Canadian is in the Hall, thanks largely to his 548 career goals in the NHL (plus 28 more in the WHA). 18/46 SLIDES © Dave Sandford/Getty Images Ron Francis Francis is an all-time underrated player. He’s fifth in career points! And yet the only awards he ever won were the Selke and three Lady Byngs. While he was better as a playmaker than as a goal scorer, he still notched 549 goals before starting a career as a coach and front office executive. 19/46 SLIDES © Steve Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images John Bucyk Bobby Orr may have been the star of the ‘70s Boston Bruins, but Bucyk was a vital player as well. In his best season, when he was first-time All-NHL, he scored 51 goals and won the Lady Byng. Bucyk spent 21 of his 23 seasons in Boston, playing until he was 42, and he retired with 556 goals. 20/46 SLIDES © Steve Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images Guy Lafleur Jean Beliveau handed the reins of the Canadiens to Lafleur, and he ran with them. The Flower had six consecutive 50-goal seasons, leading the league in goals once when he scored 60. He won two Harts and a Conn Smythe and naturally is in the Hall of Fame. It’s weird he spent three seasons at the end of his career not in Montreal, but it helped him tally 560 goals. 21/46 SLIDES © Bruce Kluckhohn/NHLI via Getty Images Mike Modano For a long time, Joe Mullen was the all-time leading American goal scorer. Then Modano came along (also Keith Tkachuk is American, but he’s below Modano in career goals). Modano had only one 50-goal season, and after an entire career with the Stars he spent one season with the Red Wings where he scored only four goals. However, it was still a great career, culminating in 561 goals, still the most of any American. 22/46 SLIDES © Claus Andersen/Getty Images Patrick Marleau We’ve reached the first active player! That means by the time you read this the numbers might be different, depending on when and if the season resumes. Marleau, now with Pittsburgh, along with Joe Thornton, still is viewed as one of the two faces of the San Jose Sharks as a franchise. He has 518 career goals in teal and black, and overall he has 562 goals. 23/46 SLIDES © Denis Brodeur/NHLI via Getty Images Joe Nieuwendyk Now we get to a guy whom Marleau could still pass in career goals, and maybe even has if you are reading this in the future. Nieuwendyk won a Calder in Calgary and a Conn Smythe in Dallas, and he racked up some goals at a couple of other stops. He barely spent any time in New Jersey but weirdly ended up scoring his 500th goal there. The Canadian added more, finishing with 564 goals. 24/46 SLIDES © Denis Brodeur/NHLI via Getty Images Mats Sundin We have our first tie! Sundin, like Nieuwendyk, has 564 career goals. That makes him the highest-scoring Swedish player in NHL history. He’s also scored the most goals in Maple Leafs history. 25/46 SLIDES © Bruce Bennett Studios via Getty Images Studios/Getty Images Mike Bossy What could have been? If not for injury, Bossy would be much higher on the charts. Of his 10 NHL seasons, he scored at least 60 goals five times. He never had fewer than 38 goals in a season, and that was in his injury-shortened final campaign of his career. Bossy was only 30. He could have finished with way more than 573 goals. 26/46 SLIDES © Denis Brodeur/NHLI via Getty Images Mark Recchi Recchi was a compiler but a steady presence. He had many 20-goal seasons over his 22-year career. Recchi played in 1,652 games overall and kept scoring double-digit goals per season well into his 40s. That helped him register 577 goals before finally hanging up his skates for good. 27/46 SLIDES © Denis Brodeur/NHLI via Getty Images Jari Kurri Yes, Kurri played the bulk of his career in the ‘80s and early ‘90s when goals were plentiful. Sure, he spent a lot of his career alongside Mark Messier and Wayne Gretzky. The Finn finished with 601 goals. He’s the first 600-goal scorer on this list. Obviously, he was a great player, even if he had some help. 28/46 SLIDES © Graig Abel/Getty Images Dino Ciccarelli This may surprise you, especially if you remember Ciccarelli from the end of his career when he made his bones deflecting pucks in front of the net on the power play. Early on, though, he had a more well-rounded game. Ciccarelli had several 40-goal seasons, and all those deflections added up. He finished with 608 goals. 29/46 SLIDES © Focus On Sport/Getty Images Bobby Hull This is the first, but not the last, Hull on this list. Bobby was one of the first guys to harness the slap shot. This was also a time when stick curve rules were more lax, and Hull was known for having a wicked one on his stick. Hull had 610 goals in the NHL, but he actually spent a ton of time in the WHA. He spent seven seasons with the Winnipeg Jets, before they moved to the NHL, scoring a whopping 303 goals. That’s second most in WHA history. 30/46 SLIDES © Garrett Ellwood/NHLImages Joe Sakic Sakic is the face of the Colorado Avalanche, thanks to his play on the ice and his work in the front office. He spent his entire career with the franchise, seven in Quebec and then 13 in Colorado. He never won an Art Ross, or led the league in goals, but he still tallied 625 of them, 391 of which came after the franchise’s move. 31/46 SLIDES © Gerry Thomas/NHLI via Getty Images Jarome Iginla We have our second and final tie. There was a stretch of time when Sakic and Iginla were both in their primes and among the best players in the NHL. However, Iginla was playing until as recently as 2017, which is why he isn’t in the Hall of Fame yet. After all, a guy with 625 career goals is a lock to be in the NHL, especially considering that he began his career in 1996, well into the throes of the trap era. 32/46 SLIDES © Rick Stewart/Getty Images Dave Andreychuk Andreychuk was never a superstar and only made two All-Star Games, but he kept himself in great shape, which is how he was able to rack up so many goals. He had 20 goals in his five final full seasons, including one season when he was 40. After the lockout he returned for a shortened season as a 42-year-old, adding six goals to his total. That got him up to 640. 33/46 SLIDES © Garrett Ellwood/NHLImages Brendan Shanahan Cue the Irish jig! Detroit Red Wings fans of the ‘90s will get that reference. An Irish tune was played whenever Shanahan scored at Joe Louis Arena, and he did that many times. After all, he tallied 356 of his 656 career goals wearing the Winged Wheel. Also 44 of them were in his one season with the Hartford Whalers. 34/46 SLIDES © Kirby Lee/NHLImages Luc Robitaille He was known as “Lucky Luc,” and that’s maybe because of some of the guys he had as teammates. Although, it’s actually Wayne Gretzky who joined him in Los Angeles, not the other way around. Also, Robitaille hit the ground running in his career, as he scored 45 goals in his Calder-winning rookie campaign. Those were the first goals of the 668 he finished with. 35/46 SLIDES © Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images Teemu Selanne Speaking of coming out of the gates with a bang, nobody has ever done that quite like Selanne. No seriously. The Finnish Flash scored 76 goals as a rookie, still an NHL record. It was one of three seasons where he led the league in goals, two of which came in Anaheim where he played the bulk of his legendary career. Selanne hung on until he was 43 but never quite got to 700 goals. Still, finishing with 684 is none too shabby. 36/46 SLIDES © Allsport/Allsport Mario Lemieux Lemieux had a great career. He scored 690 goals and won three Hart trophies. And yet it could have been so much better. Injuries and illness limited “Super Mario” to a mere 915 career games. That’s an incredible goals-per-game ratio. With better health, Lemieux would have soared past 700, and possibly even 800, goals. 37/46 SLIDES © Noah Graham/Getty Images Steve Yzerman Early in his career, Yzerman was an offensive dynamo. He had back-to-back seasons with at least 60 goals. Then Scotty Bowman showed up and got Stevie Y to focus on his defensive play. It won him a Selke and helped him lift three Cups but may have hindered his goal scoring a bit. Despite that, he finished with 692 goals, eking past Lemieux. 38/46 SLIDES © Denis Brodeur/NHLI via Getty Images Mark Messier Speaking of contemporaries who just eked past each other, and franchise legends, Messier finished with 694 goals. Of course, he retired two seasons before Lemieux and Yzerman. What’s the matter, guys? Couldn’t hang on to score a few more goals? Yes, Messier spent a lot of time in Edmonton with Gretzky, but he scored 302 goals after leaving the Oilers. 39/46 SLIDES © Bill Wippert/NHLI via Getty Images Alex Ovechkin We’ve got our final active player and also, the first member of the 700 goal club. Ovechkin did that in 2019-20, and he’s shown no signs of slowing down. He’s led the NHL in goals eight times. Some are even wondering if Ovechkin could take a run at the career mark for goals. He has a long way to go, but he’s only 35, and he already has 716 tallies. 40/46 SLIDES © Graig Abel/Getty Images Mike Gartner We don’t expect you to be surprised by the fact Gartner scored over 700 goals in his career, but only because we’ve spent over a decade saying, “Can you believe Gartner scored over 700 goals in his career? It’s true, though. He never led the league in goals or points. He never made an All-NHL team. What he did, though, was score at least 30 goals in 17 of his 19 NHL campaigns en route to 708 career goals. 41/46 SLIDES © Steve Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images Phil Esposito Esposito was the first player to hit the 700-goal mark. He completely changed the landscape of the NHL when he scored 76 goals in the 1970-71 season. That was one of the six times he led the league in goals, and that was six consecutive seasons by the way. When all was said and done, Espo had 717 goals, mostly with Boston. 42/46 SLIDES © Graig Abel/Getty Images Marcel Dionne It was hard for Dionne to get as much love as he deserved, given that he began his career in the shadow of Phil Esposito and then found himself overshadowed by Wayne Gretzky. He never led the league in goals, and won only one Art Ross. Dionne won two Lady Byngs but zero Harts. Oh well. He’ll have to settle for having 731 goals. 43/46 SLIDES © Denis Brodeur/NHLI via Getty Images Brett Hull For years, Dionne was the third-highest goal scorer in NHL history. Then, Hull, son of Bobby, bested him. This is a dude who scored at least 70 goals three seasons in a row. Once he lit the lamp a whopping 86 times! He had at least 25 goals in every season of his career (we’re forgetting about his five-game stint with the Coyotes) and tallied 741 total goals. 44/46 SLIDES © Denis Brodeur/NHLI via Getty Images Jaromir Jagr Jagr is another case of what could have been. When he was 35, Jagr left the NHL and went to the KHL. He then returned when he was 39. Had he stayed, might he have set the record? He left the NHL with 766 career goals. We say “left the NHL” because he’s still playing in the Czech Republic. After all, Jagr played in the NHL until he was 45. That kind of balanced out the years in Russia. 45/46 SLIDES © Bruce Bennett Studios via Getty Images Studios/Getty Images Gordie Howe Now we get to the big two. Let’s start with Mr. Hockey. Before "The Great One," he was the greatest player in NHL history. Howe did play 26 seasons in the NHL, which is partially why he managed to score 801 goals. On top of that, he played six seasons in the WHA, suiting up for the Whalers until he was 50. He added 174 more goals in that league. 46/46 SLIDES © Steve Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images Wayne Gretzky You knew where this list ended. Gretzky owns so many NHL records, yet he was actually more of a playmaker. Gretzky led the league in assists 16 times but led in goals “only” five times. Of course that includes a season where he scored 92 goals, a record that will never be beat. When Gretzky hung up his skates, he had 894 goals. Will somebody beat that record someday? Possibly, but for now, nobody has scored like Gretzky. 46/46 SLIDES

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Former New York Jets offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains has found a new job in football.

© Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports When it came to New York tight ends, Dowell Loggains dealt with Chris Herndon’s absences from injuries and a suspension, often working with depth options such as Ryan Griffin, Daniel Brown and Trevon Wesco.

The long-time NFL assistant is returning to his gridiron roots, as Trey Biddy of Hawg Sports reports that Loggains will serve as the tight ends coach for the SEC’s Arkansas Razorbacks. It’s Loggains’ first coaching job at the collegiate level.

Loggains, 40, previously repped the Razorbacks on the field as a reserve quarterback for two seasons. He had held a variety of roles in the NFL since 2008, including offensive coordinator stints in Tennessee (2012-13), Chicago (2016-17), Miami (2018) and New York (2019-20).

Loggains was a staple of Adam Gase‘s coaching staff with the Dolphins and Jets. The pair struggled to put up points in New York, scoring a league-worst 519 over the last two seasons.

After the Jets began last season by losing their first six games, Gase turned primary play-calling duties over to Loggains. The offense saw marginal improvement under his watch, posting just over 281 yards and 16 points per game under his calls as compared to 276 and 12 under Gase.

Back in Fayetteville, Loggains takes over a tight end group currently led by redshirt sophomore Hudson Henry, the younger brother of Hunter, a fellow Razorback alum and current Los Angeles Charger.

When it came to New York tight ends, Loggains dealt with Chris Herndon’s absences from injuries and a suspension, often working with depth options such as Ryan Griffin, Daniel Brown and Trevon Wesco.

Arkansas, currently coached by Sam Pittman in his second campaign, is seeking its first winning season since 2016. The Razorbacks finished 3-7 last season but were nonetheless invited to the Texas Bowl, which was later canceled. They’ll open their 2021 season at home against Rice on Sept. 4.

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Full screen 1/26 SLIDES © George Gojkovich/Getty Images The worst NFL coaching tenures of all time Two NFL teams have committed to changing coaches in 2021. A few more, most notably the Jets, will likely follow suit. As franchises prepare wish lists for their next hires, numerous cautionary tales exist. Here are 25 of the worst head-coaching tenures since the 1970 merger. 2/26 SLIDES © Aaron M. Sprecher-Icon Sportswire 25. Dennis Green, Arizona Cardinals One of the top coaches of the 1990s, Green could not recapture much magic in Arizona. The former Vikings coach was 3-for-3 in double-digit loss seasons, despite having more to work with than most coaches leading the oft-embattled franchise. Kurt Warner's comeback did not take off until Ken Whisenhunt took over in 2007, and the Warner-Larry Fitzgerald-Anquan Boldin trio could not produce a top-16 scoring offense under Green. Of course, Matt Leinart interrupted this aerial troika's work in 2006. While Green's Cardinals tenure is mostly remembered for the blown Bears game, the three-year stay underwhelmed. 3/26 SLIDES © James D. Smith-Icon Sportswire 24. Dave Campo, Dallas Cowboys The late 1980s featured worse Cowboys teams, but the early 2000s reduced America's Team to sustained mediocrity. Jerry Jones promoted Campo, his former Super Bowl-winning longtime defensive coordinator, in 2000. A playoff team under Chan Gailey in 1998 and '99, Dallas posted three straight 5-11 seasons under Campo. In Campo's defense, Dallas ran into QB instability after Troy Aikman's 2001 retirement and traded two first-round picks for Joey Galloway. But Campo's "Hard Knocks" work inspired less confidence than just about any coach in the series' history. And Bill Parcells took the '03 Cowboys, with similar QB issues, to the playoffs. 4/26 SLIDES © Chris Graythen/Getty Images 23. John North, New Orleans Saints Because the pre-Jim Mora Saints require a representative here, North having Archie Manning at the controls and churning out three bottom-tier offenses is the pick. An offensive-oriented coach, North went 11-23 in two-plus seasons with the Saints. Manning, the second-best quarterback in Saints history, finished the 1975 season with a 7-20 TD-INT ratio. The Saints did not rank higher than 24th offensively under North, who was fired after a 1-6 start to the '75 campaign. Though, to be fair, any of the first four Saints HCs deserve consideration. Slideshow continues on the next slide 5/26 SLIDES © James Flores-Getty Images 22. Harland Svare, San Diego Chargers Nearly 10 years after the Rams made Svare one of the youngest head-coaching hires in NFL history, the Chargers named him their GM in 1971. He traded arguably the best player in Chargers history (wideout Lance Alworth) for a modest return but soon took over head-coaching duties from Sid Gillman, the top coach in Bolts annals. Svare went 7-17-2 but made some strange moves, including trading a 32-year-old QB John Hadl to the Rams in 1973. Hadl earned All-Pro acclaim that fall. Although Svare quit as Chargers head coach midway through the '73 season, he stayed on as GM through 1976. A weird time for the franchise. 6/26 SLIDES © Jeff Moffett-Icon Sportswire 21. Romeo Crennel, Kansas City Chiefs The interim coach after front office czar Scott Pioli canned Todd Haley in 2011, Crennel oversaw the Chiefs ruining the Packers' bid for a 16-0 season. That booked the ex-Browns head coach the full-time gig in 2012, and the Chiefs plunged into another valley. The '12 Chiefs rostered six Pro Bowlers and went 2-14; their four-Pro Bowler defense ranked 25th in points allowed. Crennel was saddled with Matt Cassel and Brady Quinn as his QBs, however. The unthinkable Jovan Belcher murder-suicide occurred in Crennel's final days. Andy Reid led a similar-looking Chiefs team, though with Alex Smith, to an 11-5 record in 2013. 7/26 SLIDES © John McDonough-Icon Sportswire 20. Mike Ditka, New Orleans Saints This placement comes down to a fateful day in April 1999. The architect of the storied 1985 Bears, Ditka returned to the sidelines in 1997. After two 6-10 seasons, the brash leader set out to acquire Texas Heisman Trophy winner Ricky Williams -- by any means necessary. After the Bengals turned down an incomprehensible offer (the Saints' 1999 draft plus first-rounders in 2000 and '01 and an '02 second), Washington took New Orleans' '99 draft picks plus first- and third-rounders in 2000 to move down. Ditka coached Williams for one season; the Saints fired Ditka after his 3-13 showing in 1999 and recovered to make the playoffs in 2000. 8/26 SLIDES © Bob Verlin-Getty Images 19. Marion Campbell 2.0, Atlanta Falcons Campbell worked well as a defensive coordinator, just not as a head coach. The "Swamp Fox" received three chances; his worst go-round came in a second Falcons stint -- from 1987-89. Falcons owner Rankin Smith, who had Campbell in place as head coach from 1974-76, attempted to go elsewhere with his 1987 hire but pivoted back to his former lieutenant. Despite leading back-to-back No. 1 Eagles defenses (before failing as Philly's head coach), Campbell went 11-32 in his third head-coaching try to drop his lifetime win percentage to .300. Campbell's firing also, unfortunately, meant the end of the Falcons' red jerseys. 9/26 SLIDES © David Madison-Getty Images 18. Ray Perkins, Tampa Bay Buccaneers Tom Brady has offered up a third blip of Buccaneers relevance, because for the most part, the franchise has inched into the spotlight for the wrong reasons. Bill Parcells' Giants predecessor, Perkins resurfaced in Tampa in 1987. One of his first acts as Bucs head coach: trading Steve Young. It went downhill from there. Perkins went 19-41 with the Bucs, losing at least 11 games in each of his three full seasons before being fired late in the 1990 slate. Young replacement Vinny Testaverde did not blossom in Tampa, and while Perkins' drafts went better than the franchise's previous tries, 60 games is a rather large work sample. Slideshow continues on the next slide 10/26 SLIDES © Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports 17. Gus Bradley, Jacksonville Jaguars Among coaches given at least 50 games, Bradley .226 win percentage ranks as the third-worst all-time mark. The first of the Pete Carroll-era Seahawks defensive coordinators to earn a head-coaching gig, Bradley did not receive a great draw in Jacksonville. Blake Bortles largely sunk that ship, with 2014's No. 3 overall pick not panning out. Bradley's defensive expertise, however, could not help the Jaguars much. They finished outside the top 20 in three of his four years, though they were turning a corner -- one they rounded with 2017's "Sacksonville" unit that nearly powered the team to Super Bowl LII. 11/26 SLIDES © Focus on Sport-Getty Images 16. Bill Arnsparger, New York Giants If the current Giants do not represent the franchise's low point, it came in the mid-1970s. The architect of the Dolphin dynasty's "No-Name Defense," Arnsparger could not come close to resurrecting the Giants. He went 7-28 as New York's head coach, and Hall of Fame defender-turned-GM Andy Robustelli fired him after an 0-7 start to the 1976 season. Craig Morton managed to quarterback the Cowboys and Broncos to Super Bowls in the '70s; the trade acquisition floundered in the Big Apple. The Giants also gave up a No. 2 overall pick (Hall of Famer Randy White) for Morton. 12/26 SLIDES © Doug Murray-Icon Sportswire 15. Cam Cameron, Miami Dolphins The Dolphins made Cameron a one-and-done in 2007, and it came during an unsteady period. Nick Saban abandoned the Dolphins for Alabama after two years -- a period that featured Miami botching Drew Brees' free agency, leading to a Daunte Culpepper signing -- and Cameron helmed a terrible quarterback situation. After Trent Green suffered a frightening concussion for a second straight season, Cleo Lemon and John Beck made 11 combined starts. A successful offensive coordinator who enjoyed lengthy stays in San Diego and Baltimore, Cameron needed an overtime walk-off in December to avoid 0-16. 13/26 SLIDES © Zumapress-Icon Sportswire 14. Steve Spagnuolo, St. Louis Rams The Chiefs have rescued Spagnuolo's reputation, which took a major hit between his 2008 Giants exit and 2019 Kansas City arrival. The Rams hired Spagnuolo in 2009, after his defenses clinched a Super Bowl title and NFC's No. 1 seed in back-to-back years The result: three full seasons, including 1-15 and 2-14 marks. Spagnuolo went 10-38 with the Rams, who saw Josh McDaniels' post-Denver landing in 2011 end with a 32nd-ranked offense. While Sam Bradford won Offensive Rookie of the Year honors in 2010, little else went right for the Spagnuolo-guided Rams in the heart of a 12-season playoff drought. 14/26 SLIDES © Icon Sportswire 13. Josh McDaniels, Denver Broncos Record-wise, McDaniels does not quite belong here. However, the Broncos quickly rued the day they gave Mike Shanahan's 32-year-old successor personnel control. McDaniels made the panned Jay Cutler trade within months of taking over, proved in over his head as a leader and in 2010 traded three draft choices to select Tim Tebow in Round 1. After the 2009 Broncos started 6-0, McDaniels finished 5-17. A videotaping scandal -- three years after he'd worked under Bill Belichick during Spygate -- did in the sharp play-caller. McDaniels spurning a Colts agreement eight years later only further bolstered his divisive status. Slideshow continues on the next slide 15/26 SLIDES © Todd Rosenberg/Icon Sportswire 12. Marty Mornhinweg, Detroit Lions Prior to Mornhinweg's 2001 Detroit arrival, the Lions went 9-7 and had made the playoffs six times in the previous 10 years. Mornhinweg started 0-12 in a season that featured a seven-INT game from QB Stoney Case, the first-year head coach deferring an OT coin toss (back when the NFL featured a true sudden-death format) in a loss in Chicago, and a brief Johnnie Morton-Jay Leno feud. The Lions drafted Joey Harrington a year later, but after a 3-13 season brought Mornhinweg's record to 5-27, he was not deemed worthy to groom the ex-Oregon star. The Matt Millen era did not exactly improve from here, however. 16/26 SLIDES © Diamond Images-Getty Images 11. Frank Kush, Baltimore Colts The final full-time coach in Baltimore Colts history, Kush's career included unfortunate chapters. His first season, 1982, is one of four winless campaigns (0-8-1) in post-merger NFL history. Then, the Elways wanted no part of him, with the quarterback prodigy and father Jack Elway using Kush as the centerpiece to avoid the Colts. That trade -- which caused dissent and upheaval in Baltimore's front office -- had the Colts without a reliable QB for 15 years. And after starting the 1984 season 4-11, Kush resigned from his post to accept a job with the USFL's Arizona Outlaws. They were out of business by 1986. 17/26 SLIDES © Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports 10. Hue Jackson, Cleveland Browns Jackson cannot avoid a place in head coaching ignominy; he went 3-36-1 with the Browns. That said, he agreed to coach a team trying a radical rebuild -- one that stripped the roster of talent in 2016. Jackson frequently clashed with front office boss Sashi Brown and was stuck starting DeShone Kizer for nearly a full season in 2017 -- which ended in the NFL's second 0-16 slate. When the perpetually overmatched Browns ownership hired experienced football execs, Jackson was on his way out. John Dorsey fired him midway through an eventful 2018, after the best "Hard Knocks" in years and clashes with OC Todd Haley and Baker Mayfield. 18/26 SLIDES © Matt A. Brown-Icon Sportswire 9. Art Shell 2.0, Oakland Raiders Shell's time as a player in Oakland led to Hall of Fame enshrinement; he then became the NFL's first Black head coach and led the Los Angeles Raiders to a 56-41 mark from 1989-94. This ranking is for Shell's second go-round on the Raiders sideline. After a six-year coaching hiatus, Shell was not Al Davis' first choice in 2006; he quickly proved the modern game was not for him. Shell brought back his former offensive coordinator, Tom Walsh, who was running a bed and breakfast in Idaho. Oakland ranked third defensively but still went 2-14, receiving a paltry 553 yards from a sulking Randy Moss. Davis then fired Shell for a second time. 19/26 SLIDES © George Gojkovich-Getty Images 8. Leeman Bennett, Tampa Bay Buccaneers Twice named the NFC Coach of the Year during his time with the Falcons, Bennett did not catch the Buccaneers at a good point. This was not the low point for the Bucs; that obviously came when the franchise opened 2-26. But under Bennett, the franchise hit bottom again by going 4-28 from 1985-86. The Bucs botched a few draft choices under Bennett. None more so than 1986 No. 1 overall pick Bo Jackson, who grew to detest owner Hugh Culverhouse and opted for the Royals' farm system instead. Steve Young's two Tampa years came under Bennett, but the franchise was a decade away from a true revival. 20/26 SLIDES © Bettmann-Getty Images 7. Lou Holtz, New York Jets Thirty-one years before Bobby Petrino, a more famous college coach decided the NFL was not for him. Then the N.C. State coach, Holtz signed a five-year contract to coach the Jets. The 39-year-old coach attempted college-style gimmicks like composing a fight song and attempting to line up players by height before games. He lasted just 13 games, going 3-10 and bolting New York for an Arkansas offer in December 1976. After several injuries, Joe Namath was on his last legs; he averaged 99 passing yards per game in his final Jets season. Holtz later admitted he was unfamiliar with the pro game upon taking the Jets job. 21/26 SLIDES © Owen C. Shaw/Getty Images 6. Bill Peterson, Houston Oilers Peterson's efforts at Florida State and Rice placed him in great demand by 1972, and the Oilers outmaneuvered the Broncos with a monster offer. The Oilers gave Peterson an "almost lifetime" contract -- a 10-year deal worth $75,000 per -- with owner Bud Adams proclaiming the offensive innovator would be with Houston until retirement. Instead, Peterson flopped in the pros and went 1-18 from 1971-72. The Oilers had Dan Pastorini and Hall of Fame defenders Ken Houston and Elvin Bethea but were nowhere close to contending. They went 1-13 in back-to-back seasons. 22/26 SLIDES © Rick Stewart-Getty Images 5. Rich Kotite, New York Jets This tenure has come up more than a few times this season, given the Adam Gase operation cratering. The Jets hired Kotite in 1995 after he spent four seasons in Philadelphia, and they gave him personnel control. That did not work out. A native New Yorker, Kotite went 4-28 as Jets HC. He passed on Warren Sapp for tight end Kyle Brady despite indicating a fondness for the future Hall of Fame D-tackle. The Jets' decision to throw big money at ex-Steelers QB Neil O'Donnell backfired as well. Kotite's Jets stay looks worse considering the franchise fired Pete Carroll after one season and went 9-7 with Bill Parcells in 1997. 23/26 SLIDES © George Gojkovich-Getty Images 4. David Shula, Cincinnati Bengals Mike Brown has a history of hiring young coaches. Zac Taylor has not started off strong, but the bar is low thanks to the Bengals owner's 1992 hire. After spending one season as Cincinnati's wide receivers coach, the then-32-year-old Shula became the team's head coach. Despite his bloodlines, Shula began the Bengals' descent by going 19-52 from 1992-96. David lost both times to Don Shula's Dolphins, could not turn first-round QB David Klingler into a viable starter -- though backup plan Jeff Blake enjoyed a lengthy career -- and was given a stunningly long time to prove he was not cut out for the job. Shula did not coach again in the NFL. 24/26 SLIDES © Allen Fredrickson/Icon Sportswire 3. Rod Marinelli, Detroit Lions Marinelli's exit marked the end of Matt Millen's disastrous run as Lions GM -- a stretch that dragged the Lions into the NFL's basement after the team was a 1990s playoff bastion. Marinelli took over in 2006 and went 3-13. After a forgotten 7-9 showing in 2007, one of the more memorable seasons in NFL history commenced. By the end of the '08 slate -- the NFL's first 0-16 result -- the Lions had none of the three top-10 wideouts they drafted under Millen on their team, and Marinelli's defense allowed an NFL-worst 517 points. Marinelli bounced back by assembling successful defenses in Chicago and Dallas during the 2010s. 25/26 SLIDES © Todd Kirkland-Icon Sportswire 2. Bobby Petrino, Atlanta Falcons On Dec. 10, 2007, Michael Vick was sentenced to prison time on dogfighting charges. On Dec. 11, 2007, the Falcons' first-year coach abruptly left the team. Making this stranger than Holtz's Jets departure: Petrino told Falcons owner Arthur Blank he was staying a day before he resigned -- a la Holtz -- to accept an Arkansas offer. Blank gave Petrino a five-year, $24 million deal to leave Louisville for Atlanta and coach Vick. The southpaw superstar's legal troubles foiled that plan, and Petrino used three QBs -- most notably Joey Harrington -- that season. The Falcons drafted future MVP Matt Ryan months later. 26/26 SLIDES © Focus on Sport-Getty Images 1. Rod Rust, New England Patriots For one-and-dones, this is as bad as it gets. The 1990 Patriots won their second game to move to 1-1, then promptly lost their final 14 -- 11 of those by double digits. New England's minus-265 point differential ranks as the third-worst in NFL history. Rust enjoyed a successful run as Patriots defensive coordinator, helping their 1985 team to Super Bowl XX. Their aging 1990 team ranked last on offense and 27th defensively. The team and three of its players also received NFL punishment for the Lisa Olson sexual harassment scandal. Returning to the assistant ranks, Rust remained an NFL coach until 2004. 26/26 SLIDES

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