7. Mike McCormack
Hall of Fame offensive tackle Mike McCormack made his name blocking for Jim Brown and the World Champion Cleveland Browns. In 1982, he joined the Seattle Seahawks and coached seven games as interim head coach during the strike-shortened 1982 season, going 4-3. He remained general manager after the 1982 season until he was abruptly fired by new Seahawks owner Ken Behring in 1989.
"If you’re ever in Charlotte and you have the stomach for it, check out McCormack’s statue outside of Bank of America Stadium."
If you ever visit Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte where the Carolina Panthers play (why would you, but who knows?) you can take a picture with a statue of the late Mike McCormack, one of the architects of the first Panthers team in 1993 when they joined the league as an expansion team.
McCormack’s professional coaching record stands at 29-51-1. He had head coaching stints with the Philadelphia Eagles and the Cleveland Browns before coming to Seattle. McCormack made a huge impact on the field during his career and helped get an expansion franchise on its feet, but his only successful head coaching run was, oddly enough for the former Browns great (and great friend of Paul Brown himself), his seven games coaching the Seattle Seahawks. After the 1982 season, he refused all offers to coach again.
The Seahawks have had a few coaches who are known more for their stints elsewhere. I guess the thought was, if you could make the Seahawks successful in the 80s and 90s, you could do anything.
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