Notable 2020 NFL games featuring coaches going up against teams that fired them or that they were lured away from for a promotion.
Panthers vs Redskins – Ron Rivera
In 8+ seasons, Rivera compiled a 76-63-1 record as Panthers head coach from 2011-2019. Rivera was fired 12 games into the 2019 season and was quickly hired by the Redskins. He had a 3-4 playoff record, including a loss in Super Bowl 50 to the Broncos.
Cowboys vs Giants – Jason Garrett
Garrett played for the Cowboys from 1993-1999, winning two Super Bowls as the backup QB. From 2007-2010, he was Cowboys offense coordinator an from 2010-2019, he was the head coach. Cowboys were 85-67 during Garrett’s tenure, making the playoffs three times, winning first round games twice, but never more than that.
Bucs vs Raiders – Jon Gruden
The last time was the Bucs won a playoff game was in 2003, when they beat the Raiders in Super Bowl XXXVII. That was Gruden’s 5th year as Bucs head coach. He would coach 6 more, before being fired in 2008. After a long layoff, he enters year three as coach of the Raiders.
Vikings vs Texans – Gary Kubiak
Kubiak hasn’t had an official coaching job since re-signing after the 2016 season, one year after the Broncos won Super Bowl 50. Before coaching the Broncos, Kubiak was Texans head coach from 2006-2013, going 61-64 and 2-2 in the playoffs in 7+ seasons.
Chargers vs Bills – Anthony Lynn
Lynn is 26-22 since taking over the Chargers in 2017. Before that, he was the assistant head coach and running backs coach in 2015-2016 in Buffalo, working under Rex Ryan. Lynn lost week 17 of the 2016 season as Bills interim coach.
Lynn is 2-0 as Chargers coach against the Bills, including a historic game in 2017 when Chargers won 54-24 in a game where Bills QB Nathan Peterman threw 5 interceptions in the first half.
Packers vs Titans – Matt LaFleur
LaFleur was Titans offensive coordinator in 2018, leading the Titans to the 25th ranked offense. In his first year as Packers head coach, they went 12-4 and lost in the NFC Championship Game.
Falcons vs Seahawks – Dan Quinn
Quinn was the Seahawks defensive coordinator in 2013-2014, under Pete Carroll, coaching in the Super Bowl both years including a 2013 win in XLVIII. He has been Falcons head coach since 2015.
Quinn is 2-2 as head coach of Falcons vs Seattle, including a win the 2017 playoffs.
49ers vs Redskins – Kyle Shanahan
Shanahan was Redskins offensive coordinator from 2010-2013, coaching under his father Mike, and helping to lead Robert Griffin III to a Rookie of the Year season and developing Kirk Cousins.
Shanahan is 1-1 against the Redskins, including a 9-0 victory in 2019.
Seahawks vs Patriots – Pete Carroll
Before dominating at USC, Pete Carroll coached the Jets and then Patriots from 1997-1999. Carroll was 27-21 in three seasons, including playoff appearances in each of his first two seasons. Carroll was fired after going 8-8 in 1999 and replaced by some guy named Bill Belichick. How’s he done in New England?
Carroll is 100-59-1 in Seattle since 2010, including a win in Super Bowl XLVIII and a loss to the Patriots the next year in Super Bowl XLIX. Head-to-head, Carroll and the Seahawks have won both regular season meetings (2012 and 2016), while losing the Super Bowl in 2015.
Rams vs Redskins – Sean McVay
Rams hired McVay as head coach in 2017, a guy who wasn’t on most people’s radars to be head coach. McVay was on the Redskins staff from 2010-2016, including OC from 2014-2016.
Redskins beat the Rams 27-20 in McVay’s lone matchup against his former team in 2017.
Jaguars vs Bengals – Jay Gruden
Gruden enters 2020 as offensive coordinator for the Jaguars. Last time Gruden was an OC was 2011-2013, when he worked for the Bengals and helped guide their offense to three consecutive playoff appearances.