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Ted Cottrell
Date of birth (1947-06-13) June 13, 1947 (age 69)
Place of birth Chester, Pennsylvania
College Delaware Valley College
NFL Draft 1969 / Round 7 / 164
Playing stats NFL.com
Team(s) as a player
1969-1970
1971
Atlanta Falcons
Winnipeg Blue Bombers (CFL)
Team(s) as a coach/administrator
1973-1979

1980

1981-1982

1983

1984-1985

1986-1989

1990-1993

1994

1995-1997

1998-2000

2001-2003

2004-2005

2007-2008

2009
Rutgers University
(Defensive Line Coach)
Rutgers University
(Defensive Coordinator)
Kansas City Chiefs
(Linebackers Coach)
Rutgers University
(Defensive Coordinator)
New Jersey Generals (USFL)
(Defensive Line Coach)
Buffalo Bills
(Defensive Line Coach)
Phoenix Cardinals
(Defensive Line Coach)
Arizona Cardinals
(Linebackers Coach)
Buffalo Bills
(Linebackers Coach)
Buffalo Bills
(Defensive Coordinator)
New York Jets
(Defensive Coordinator)
Minnesota Vikings
(Defensive Coordinator)
San Diego Chargers
(Defensive Coordinator)
New York Sentinels (UFL)
(Head Coach)

Theodore John "Ted" Cottrell (born June 13, 1947 in Chester, Pennsylvania) is the former head coach for the New York Sentinels of the United Football League. Previously he was the defensive coordinator for the Buffalo Bills, New York Jets, Minnesota Vikings and, most recently, the San Diego Chargers in the National Football League.

Coaching careerEdit

Cottrell began his coaching career at Rutgers University, where he coached for eight years. In 1981, he got his first NFL job when Marv Levy hired him as linebackers coach for the Kansas City Chiefs.

Considered an innovator in the 3-4 defense, Cottrell was an assistant coach for the Buffalo Bills from 1995-00, the last three seasons as defensive coordinator. From 1998 through 2000, the Bills finished no worse than sixth in the league in total defense. In 1999, the Bills led the league in total defense.

In 2001, he joined the New York Jets as assistant head coach and defensive coordinator, and operated the 4-3 scheme favored by head coach Herman Edwards. He stayed for three seasons.

In 2003, Cottrell was a finalist to become the head coach of the San Francisco 49ers.[1] He would ultimately lose the job to Dennis Erickson.

Cottrell then spent two seasons (2004–05) as defensive coordinator for the Minnesota Vikings. In 2005, the Vikings finished fifth in the NFL in takeaways and earned a postseason berth, and defeated the Green Bay Packers in a Wild Card contest. Cotrell was let go, along with Head Coach Mike Tice and the rest of his staff. Cottrell then announced his retirement.

In February 2007, he became the defensive coordinator under new Chargers head coach, Norv Turner. During the regular season, the Chargers led the NFL in takeaways (48), interceptions (30), and passing rating defense (70.0), the first time a Chargers team ever led in any of these categories. In 2008, many fans wanted Cottrell to be terminated.[citation needed] At the midpoint of the season, the team had an extremely underachieving record of 3-5 despite having a highly effective offense. Many[weasel words] attributed this poor record to the fact that the Chargers ranked last among NFL teams in defending against the pass. Defenses led by Cottrell have had similar problems in New York and Minnesota. At the midpoint of the 2008 season, the San Diego defense, generally considered to have fantastic talent,[weasel words] had gone two entire games without a quarterback sack nor a takeaway.

On October 28, 2008, Cottrell was fired from his position as San Diego's defensive coordinator.[2]

He was the UFL (United Football League's) Head coach for the New York team in 2009.[3]

Playing careerEdit

Cottrell starred at Delaware Valley College from 1965 to 1968. He was a seventh-round draft pick of the Atlanta Falcons in the 1969 NFL Draft and played linebacker for two seasons. He ended his career with the Canadian Football League’s Winnipeg Blue Bombers, where he played for one more year.

Head coaching recordsEdit

Team Year Regular Season Post Season
WonLostTiesWin %Finish Won Lost Win % Result
NYS2009 060.0004th in UFL - - - -
Total060.000 - - - -

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Wade Phillips
Buffalo Bills Defensive Coordinator
1998–2000
Succeeded by
Jerry Gray
Preceded by
Mike Nolan
New York Jets Defensive Coordinator
2001–2003
Succeeded by
Donnie Henderson
Preceded by
George O'Leary
Minnesota Vikings Defensive Coordinator
2004–2005
Succeeded by
Mike Tomlin
Preceded by
Wade Phillips
San Diego Chargers Defensive Coordinator
2007–October 28, 2008
Succeeded by
Ron Rivera
Preceded by
none
New York Sentinels Head Coach
2009
Succeeded by
Chris Palmer (Hartford Colonials)

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