Tom Landry tied the NFL record for coaching longevity when he began his 29th consecutive season as the Dallas Cowboys' coach.
Curly Lambeau, who coached the Green Bay Packers from 1921-49, was the only other NFL coach to lead a team for 29 consecutive seasons.Landry, the only coach in the Cowboys' history, is the NFL's third-winningest coach with a 267-166-6 (.616) record. He and Sunday's coaching opponent, Chuck Noll of the Pittsburgh Steelers, are two of only four NFL coaches to coach the same team for at least 20 consecutive seasons. The others were Lambeau and Steve Owen.
Landry, the Miami Dolphins' Don Shula (26 seasons) and Noll are the only active coaches with 20 or more seasons as head coaches. Shula, who also coached the Baltimore Colts, has coached the Dolphins for 19 consecutive seasons.