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Every Current NFL Coaching Tree

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Every head coach had influences on his way to the top. Below I have compiled a list of current NFL coaching trees. There I have listed who current head coaches have worked under. The list is limited to assistant coaching jobs in the NFL. I had to draw the line somewhere so I didn't include any coaches the current guys played under or worked with in college or a different league.

There certainly are surprises. For example, who would have thought the Ray Rhodes coaching tree would look so good?

Obviously, some coaches are more influential than others, but this is a current listing. Apologies for any errors as this was compiled by hand.

I did not include Kyle Shanahan. Even thought he is widely believed to be on his way to the 49ers, I won't count him until he is officially hired.

For reference, Bruce Arians served under the most head coaches as an assistant with 7. Doug Pederson and Bill O'Brien both only worked under a single NFL head coach, although O'Brien had more extensive experience on the college level.

Todd Bowles, Bill Belichick, Hue Jackson, Mike Mularkey, Mike Zimmer, John Fox, and Dan Quinn all came in close behind Arians having worked under six NFL head coaches.

The full list is below.

Andy Reid (5): Todd Bowles, Sean McDermott, John Harbaugh, Doug Pederson, Ron Rivera

Bill Parcells (5): Todd Bowles, Bill Belichick, Mike Zimmer, Sean Payton, Anthony Lynn

Marvin Lewis (4): Hue Jackson, Vance Joseph, Jay Gruden, Mike Zimmer

Mike Nolan (4): Adam Gase, Vance Joseph, Ben McAdoo, Mike McCarthy

Jon Gruden (3): Mike Tomlin, Jay Gruden, Sean McVay

Bill Cowher (3): Marvin Lewis, Mike Mularkey, Bruce Arians

John Harbaugh (3): Chuck Pagano, Hue Jackson, Jim Caldwell

Marty Schottenheimer (3): Hue Jackson, Mike McCarthy, Bruce Arians

Ray Rhodes (3): Sean Payton, John Harbaugh, Mike McCarthy

Nick Saban (3): Mike Mularkey, Dan Quinn, Jason Garrett

Butch Davis (3): Todd Bowles, Chuck Pagano, Bruce Arians

Brian Billick (2): Jack Del Rio, Marvin Lewis

Steve Spurrier (2): Marvin Lewis, Hue Jackson

Wade Phillips (2): Todd Bowles, Jason Garrett

Bobby Petrino (2): Hue Jackson, Mike Zimmer

Mike Smith (2): Mike Mularkey, Dirk Koetter

John Fox (2): Jack Del Rio, Adam Gase

Tony Dungy (2): Mike Tomlin, Jim Caldwell

Steve Mariucci (2): Adam Gase, Dan Quinn

Ted Marchibroda (2): Bill Belichick, Marvin Lewis

Jack Del Rio (2): Anthony Lynn, Dirk Koetter

Mike Shanahan (2): Anthony Lynn, Sean McVay

Art Shell (2): John Fox, Chuck Pagano

Jim Haslett (2): Ben McAdoo, Mike McCarthy

Jim Fassel (2): Sean Payton, John Fox

Lovie Smith (2): Dirk Koetter, Ron Rivera

Norv Turner (2): Chuck Pagano, Ron Rivera

Chuck Noll (1): John Fox

Jim Mora, Sr. (1): Bruce Arians

Jim Mora, Jr. (1): Dan Quinn

Adam Gase (1): Vance Joseph

Gary Kubiak (1): Vance Joseph

Gus Bradley (1): Doug Marrone

Rick Venturi (1): Bruce Arians

Bobby Ross (1): John Fox

Ken Whisenhunt (1): Mike Mularkey

Mike White (1): John Fox

Mike McCarthy (1): Ben McAdoo

Dave Campo (1): Mike Zimmer

Mike Singletary (1): Vance Joseph

Tom Coughlin (1): Ben McAdoo

Sam Wyche (1): Mike Mularkey

Herman Edwards (1): Doug Marrone

Josh McDaniels (1): Adam Gase

Sean Payton (1): Doug Marrone

Mike Holmgren (1): Andy Reid

Bill Belichick (1): Bill O'Brien

Tom Cable (1): Hue Jackson

Mike Ditka (1): Jack Del Rio

Cam Cameron (1): Mike Mularkey

Rex Ryan (1): Anthony Lynn

Romeo Crennel (1): Anthony Lynn

Ron Rivera (1): Sean McDermott

Brad Childress (1): Mike Tomlin

Al Groh (1): Todd Bowles

Chan Gailey (1): Mike Zimmer

Bruce Arians (1): Todd Bowles

Rick Forzano (1): Bill Belichick

Eric Mangini (1): Dan Quinn

Red Miller (1): Bill Belichick

Jerry Burns (1): Pete Carroll

Ray Perkins (1): Bill Belichick

Bud Grant (1): Pete Carroll

Jay Gruden (1): Sean McVay

Kay Stephenson (1): Pete Carroll

Dennis Erickson (1): Dan Quinn

George Seifert (1): Pete Carroll

Tommy Hudspeth (1): Bill Belichick

Bruce Coslet (1): Pete Carroll

Chuck Pagano (1): Bruce Arians

Pete Carroll (1): Dan Quinn

Mike Tomlin (1): Bruce Arians

Rich Brooks (1): John Fox

Barry Switzer (1): Mike Zimmer