Fired Philly coaches and managers who quickly found another pro job
With Gabe Kapler taking the managerial job in San Francisco, let's look back at Philly managers and head coaches who were let go only to find the same job elsewhere the next season.
Kapler went 161-163 in two seasons as Phillies manager and presided over back-to-back September collapses. His team exceeded expectations in Year 1 but fell well short of them in Year 2.
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After the 2012 season, Reid was fired by the Eagles and spent less than a week out of work. He was hired by the Chiefs five days later and has had a ton of regular-season success in Kansas City, posting a 71-35 record in 6½ seasons.
Reid's .670 winning percentage with the Chiefs is even better than his .583 mark with the Birds. That Super Bowl win has still eluded him, but it's only a matter time with Patrick Mahomes ... right?
So many are making the Kapler-Kelly comparison because they both landed in near-hopeless situations in San Francisco after being fired by a Philadelphia team. Make no mistake, the Giants' road ahead will be brutal. They have aging veterans and a lack of exciting young talent. Kapler's work is cut out for him.
It's hard to find any head coach who's held more jobs than Larry Brown. He coached the Sixers from 1997-2003, leading them to an NBA Finals loss in 2000-01.
His Sixers teams had a .554 winning percentage, which equates to 45 wins per year. He left Philly for Detroit and won a championship in his first year with the Pistons.
Laviolette was back in the NHL with the Nashville Predators the season after being let go by the Flyers. He's made the playoffs every year with the Preds and came two wins short of winning it all in 2017, when the Penguins beat the Predators in six games in the Stanley Cup Finals.
A month to the day after Hitchcock was fired by the Flyers, he agreed to a three-year deal to coach the Columbus Blue Jackets. He lasted four years in Columbus, six seasons in St. Louis, one in Dallas and one in Edmonton.
Seven straight losses ended a disappointing four-year run for Kotite as Eagles head coach. He then immediately got the Jets job and went 4-28 before fading from the NFL. He's not remembered fondly.
When Mike Holmgren abruptly left the Packers after the 1998 season to become head coach and GM of the Seahawks, the Packers moved quickly to hire Rhodes, who was fired after four seasons coaching the Eagles.
The Eagles went 10-6 in each of Rhodes' first two seasons, winning a playoff game the first year and losing in the wild-card round the next. He went 29-34-1.
Keenan experienced a ton of success after his days with the Flyers ended after the 1988 season. He coached the Blackhawks to four playoff appearances and then won a Stanley Cup in his one and only season as head coach of the Rangers. He went on to coach five other teams.
Pictured here is Bobby Clarke on the day Keenan was fired.