Fergodsakes Method of Predicting Super Bowl Teams

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The last eight Super Bowls, and 10 of the last 11, have included a former Michigan player or coach as an assistant coach for at least one of the Super Bowl teams. Using the Fergodsakes Method of predicting Super Bowl Teams, the San Francisco 49ers (Head Coach is former UM quarterback Jim Harbaugh), New Orleans Saints (Tight Ends Coach is ex-UM Offensive Coordinator Terry Malone), or Green Bay Packers (Defensive Line Coach is former UM defensive lineman Mike Trgovac) will represent the NFC in this season’s Super Bowl. In this season’s playoffs, there are no AFC teams with a former Wolverine on the coaching staff.

The last four Super Bowls, and five of the last six, have had at least one former Wolverine earn a ring as an assistant coach. In Super Bowl history, there have been 28 coaching appearances in the Super Bowl by those with a University of Michigan football connection. Those 28 appearances have netted 15 championship rings for coaches with a Michigan background.

Going all the way back to the very first Super Bowl, here is a chronological listing of Michigan Men coaching in the Super Bowl:

2012 Season, Super Bowl 47

Andy Moeller (linebacker 1982-86; Tight Ends Coach 2000-01; Offensive Line Coach 2002-2007): Offensive Line Coach for the Baltimore Ravens in last season’s 34-31 Ravens Super Bowl victory over San Francisco
Teryl Austin: (DB Coach 1999-2002): In his third Super Bowl, Austin earned his first ring. He was Defensive Backs Coach for the Baltimore Ravens in last season’s 34-31 Ravens Super Bowl victory over San Francisco
Jim Harbaugh (quarterback 1982-86): Head Coach of the losing San Francisco 49ers. It was Harbaugh’s second appearance as a coach in a Super Bowl, losing both times.

2011 Season, Super Bowl 46

Jim Herrmann (linebacker 1979-82; coach 1988-2005, including Def Coord 1997-2005); and
Jerald Ingram (running back 1979-83):
Herrmann was Linebackers Coach and Ingram was Running Backs Coach for the Giants’ thrilling 21-17 win over New England.

2010 Season, Super Bowl 45

Mike Trgovac (defensive lineman 1977-80): Earned his first Super Bowl ring as Defensive Line Coach of the Green Bay Packers, who defeated Pittsburgh 31-25.
Harold Goodwin (offensive lineman 1992-94): Has coached in three Super Bowls, being on the winning side once. He was Assistant Offensive Line Coach for the Steelers this season in their Super Bowl loss to the Packers.

2009 Season, Super Bowl 44

Mike Mallory (linebacker 1981-85); and
Terry Malone (Offensive Line Coach 1997-2001; Offensive Coordinator 2002-2005):
Both coached with the Saints. Mallory was Assistant Special Teams Coach, and Malone was Tight Ends Coach as New Orleans defeated Indianapolis 31-17.

2008 Season, Super Bowl 43

Harold Goodwin (offensive lineman 1992-94): Was Assistant Offensive Line Coach for the Super Bowl winning Pittsburgh Steelers, who defeated Arizona 27-23.
Teryl Austin (DB Coach 1999-2002): Was Defensive Backs Coach for Arizona in this Super Bowl

2007 Season, Super Bowl 42

Jerald Ingram (running back 1979-83); and
Bill Sheridan ((OLB Coach 2002; D Line Coach 2003-04):
Both were coaches with the Super Bowl winning New York Giants – Ingram as Running Backs Coach, Sheridan as Linebackers Coach. The Giants defeated New England 17-14.

2006 Season, Super Bowl 41

Harold Goodwin (offensive lineman 1992-94): Coaching in his first Super Bowl as Assistant Offensive Line Coach for the Chicago Bears, Goodwin saw Indianapolis defeat Chicago 29-17.

2005 Season, Super Bowl 40

Teryl Austin (DB Coach 1999-2002): Coaching in his first Super Bowl, Austin and the Seattle Seahawks fell to Pittsburgh 21-10.

2003 Season, Super Bowl 38

Mike Trgovac (defensive lineman 1977-80): Trgovac was Defensive Coordinator for the Carolina Panthers, who fell to New England 32-29.

2002 Season, Super Bowl 37

Stan Parrish (Quarterbacks Coach 1996-99; Offensive Coordinator 2000-01): Parrish was Quarterbacks Coach for the Super Bowl Champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who defeated Oakland 48-21.
Jim Harbaugh (quarterback 1982-86): Harbaugh was offensive assistant coach with the Raiders in their Super Bowl loss.

1998 Season, Super Bowl 33

Greg Robinson (Defensive Coordinator 2009-2010): Robinson earned his second consecutive Super Bowl ring as Defensive Coordinator of the Denver Broncos, who defeated Atlanta 34-19.

1997 Season, Super Bowl 32

Greg Robinson (Defensive Coordinator 2009-2010): Robinson was Defensive Coordinator of the Super Bowl winning Denver Broncos, who defeated Green Bay 31-24.

1976 Season, Super Bowl 11

Jerry Burns (quarterback 1947-48, 1950). Better known as the former Minnesota Vikings Head Coach from 1986-91, the online Bentley Library records show that Burns was on the University of Michigan football team in 1947, 1948, and 1950, but never earned his varsity letter. Of course, the 1947 and 1948 teams each won a national title. According to this 1997 Michigan Today article, Burns was the “star quarterback” of the 150 pound and under team, which Michigan fielded for two seasons only, in 1947 and 1948.
Coaching in his sixth and final Super Bowl, Burns was Offensive Coordinator for the Minnesota Vikings in Super Bowl 11. The Vikings fell to the Oakland Raiders 32-14.

1974 Season, Super Bowl 9

Jerry Burns (quarterback 1947-48, 1950). Offensive Coordinator for Minnesota, the Vikings lost to Pittsburgh 16-6.

1973 Season, Super Bowl 8

Jerry Burns (quarterback 1947-48, 1950). Offensive Coordinator for Minnesota, the Vikings lost to the Miami Dolphins 24-7.

1972 Season, Super Bowl 7

George Allen (B.A. 1947; M.A. 1948). Inducted posthumously into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2002, Allen earned his degrees from the University of Michigan but never played football for the Wolverines (as written in this space last before last season’s Super Bowl). He was an assistant coach to Cliff Keen on the 1947 UM Lightweight Team, whose members weighed 150 pounds and less.
Allen was the Head Coach of the Washington Redskins in Super Bowl VII, losing 14-7 to the undefeated Miami Dolphins.

1969 Season, Super Bowl 4

Bob Hollway (offensive end, 1947-49); and
Jerry Burns (quarterback 1947-48, 1950).
Both were on the Minnesota Vikings coaching staff – Hollway as a defensive assistant, Burns as Offensive Coordinator. Minnesota fell to the Kansas City Chiefs, 23-7.

1967 Season, Super Bowl 2

Jerry Burns (quarterback 1947-48, 1950). An assistant with Vince Lombardi, the Packers defeated the Oakland Raiders 33-14, earning Burns his second consecutive Super Bowl ring.

1966 Season, Super Bowl 1

Jerry Burns (quarterback 1947-48, 1950). An assistant with Vince Lombardi, Burns and the Packers defeated the Kansas City Chiefs 35-10.

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Wolverines Coaching in NFL – Recap of 2013 Regular Season

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Fergodsakes.com reviews the action from NFL football games this past weekend involving a University of Michigan Wolverines football coaching connection. On the coaching staffs of various NFL teams are former Michigan players and assistant coaches.

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Jim Harbaugh (quarterback 1982-86): Senior with Team 107. Now Head Coach of San Francisco 49ers.
The 49ers, 12-4, finished second in the NFC West. A wild card team, San Francisco will visit Green Bay in the first round of the playoffs this coming Sunday at 4:40pm ET on FOX. The 49ers rushed for 138 yards per game, 3rd in the NFL. They have gave up 17 points per game, also 3rd in the league.

Terry Malone (Offensive Line Coach 1997-2001; Offensive Coordinator 2002-2005): now Tight Ends Coach, New Orleans
The Saints, 11-5, finished second in the NFC South. A wild card team, New Orleans will visit Philadelphia in the first round of the playoffs this coming Saturday at 8:10pm ET on NBC. The Saints were 2nd in the NFL in passing yards per game (307); and 10th in the NFL in points per game (26).

Mike Trgovac (defensive lineman 1977-80): Senior with Team 101. Now Green Bay Packers Defensive Line Coach.
Green Bay won the NFC North with an 8-7-1 record, and will host San Francisco in the first round of the playoffs this coming Sunday at 4:40pm ET on FOX. The Packers (and Trgovac’s defensive line) allowed 125 rushing yards per game, 25th in the NFL.

Harold Goodwin (offensive lineman 1992-94): now Offensive Coordinator, Arizona Cardinals
The Cardinals finished third in the NFC West with a 10-6 record, just missing out on a wild card playoff spot. Goodwin’s offense averaged 24 points per game, 17th in the NFL.

Teryl Austin (DB Coach 1999-2002); and
Andy Moeller (linebacker 1982-86; Offensive Line Coach 2000-07):
Now with the defending Super Bowl Champion Baltimore Ravens, Austin as the Secondary Coach; Moeller as the Offensive Line Coach.
Baltimore finished third in the AFC North with an 8-8 record, and missed the playoffs. Austin’s secondary was part of a defense giving up an average of 22 points per game, 12th in the NFL. Moeller’s offensive line contributed to the Ravens rushing for only 83 yards per game, 30th in the NFL.

Jim Herrmann (linebacker 1979-82; coach 1988-2005, including Def Coord 1997-2005): now Linebackers Coach, New York Giants; and
Jerald Ingram (running back 1979-83): Senior with Team 104. Now Running Backs Coach, New York Giants
The Giants, 7-9, finished third in the NFC East and missed the playoffs. New York finished 29th in the league in rushing yards per game (83), and gave up 24 points per game, 18th in the NFL.

Tyrone Wheatley (running back 1991-94): Senior with Team 115. Now Running Backs Coach, Buffalo Bills; and
Kurt Anderson (offensive lineman 1997-2001): Senior with Team 122. Now Offensive Quality Control Coach, Buffalo Bills
The Bills, 6-10, finished last in the AFC East. Wheatley’s running backs rushed for 144 yards per game, 2nd in the NFL.

Bill Sheridan (OLB Coach 2002; D Line Coach 2003-04): now Tampa Bay Buccaneers Defensive Coordinator.
Tampa Bay, 4-12, finished last in the NFC South. Head Coach Greg Schiano was fired on December 30. Typically, existing coaches will retain their jobs until a new Head Coach is named, at which time the new man will bring in his own staff. Sheridan’s defense did give up 24 points per game, 21st in the NFL.

Mike Mallory (linebacker 1981-85): Senior with Team 106. Now Special Teams Coordinator, Jacksonville
The Jaguars, 4-12, finished third in the AFC South. Jacksonville finished 3rd in average kickoff return (25.9 yards per return).

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