List of coaches with two stints with same club short but notable

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Technically, the 49ers’ hiring of Jim Tomsula marks his second stint as the club’s head coach. Tomsula closed out the 2010 campaign as the interim boss, leading San Francisco to a season-ending victory vs. Arizona. The 46-year-old Tomsula is the first coach in Niners history to have two separate stints — interim or full-time — leading the club.

While it’s rare for a coach to have multiple opportunities to lead the same NFL team, it’s not unprecedented, with Washington’s Joe Gibbs a notable recent example. Also, coaching legends like Chicago’s George Halas and Minnesota’s Bud Grant also had at least two head-coaching stints with their clubs.

Per the NFL Record and Fact Book, here are the other coaches who had at least two tours at the helm of the same team:

AFC

Buffalo Bills

Lou Saban — 1962-65; 1972-76.

Harvey Johnson — 1968; 1971.

Houston Oilers (Tennessee Titans)

Wally Lemm — 1961; 1966-70.

Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders

Art Shell — 1989-94; 2006.

Pittsburgh Steelers

Joe Bach — 1935-36; 1952-53.

Walt Kiesling — 1939-40; 1941-44; 1954-56.

San Diego Chargers

Sid Gillman — 1960-69; 1971.

NFC

Atlanta Falcons

Marion Campbell — 1974-76; 1987-89.

Chicago Bears

George Halas — 1920-29; 1933-42; 1946-55; 1958-67.

Chicago (Arizona) Cardinals

Ernie Nevers — 1931; 1939.

Jimmy Conzelman — 1940-42; 1946-48.

Phil Handler — 1943-45; 1949; 1951.

Detroit Lions

George “Potsy” Clark — 1931-36; 1940.

Green Bay Packers

Ray “Scooter” McLean — 1953; 1958.

Los Angeles (St. Louis) Rams

Chuck Knox — 1973-77; 1992-94.

Minnesota Vikings

Bud Grant — 1967-83; 1985.

Washington

Joe Gibbs — 1981-1992; 2004-2007.