Jerry Glanville returns to coaching at 76

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The Man in Black now has plenty of gray, but he’s still ready to teach some football.

Jerry Glanville, who routinely dressed like Johnny Cash and even more routinely left tickets at will call for Elvis Presley, will join the coaching staff of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, according to

Hired by head coach June Jones, Glanville will have a role on the defensive side of the ball.

Glanville coached both the Oilers and the Falcons in the ’80s and ’90s, generating a record of 63-73, including four playoff appearances and three postseason wins. After a coaching stint at both a defensive coordinator (Hawaii) and head coach (Portland State) at the college level, Glanville was due to become head coach of the UFL’s Hartford Colonials in 2011, but the league suspended operations before the season began.

During his time with the Falcons, Glanville traded a quarterback with a funny last name to a place where he’d become a legend.

“I had to get him out of Atlanta,” Glanville said in 2010 regarding the decision to give up on Brett Favre after only one year. “I could not sober him up. I sent him to a city where at 9:00 at night the only thing that’s open is Chili Joes.  You can get it two ways, with or without onions.  And that’s what made Brett Favre make a comeback was going to a town that closed down.  If I would have traded him to New York, nobody to this day would have known who Brett Favre ever was.”

Glanville is now heading to a town that he probably wouldn’t have been able to find on a map, and possibly wondering about the redundancy of his new team’s name. (“I ain’t never seen a Tiger-Dog,” Glanville might say.)

Regardless, he’s back. And there’s still a chance that he’ll eventually be working with a modern-day Brett Favre who is still trying to get back to the NFL.

38 responses to “Jerry Glanville returns to coaching at 76

  1. Although the talent level isn’t as good in the CFL, it sure is a fun league to watch.
    Jones did a good job turning the Tiger-Cats around last season. Will be interesting to see how this move plays out.

  2. I am sure Packer fans in Green Bay are thrilled to read Glanvilles description of their city.
    Being from Wisconsin, there a tons of places in Green Bay to get tanked up, even after Glanvilles 9pm description.
    Maybe if Jerry had shown more patience, guidance, and control Atlanta would have had a hall of fame QB.

  3. I always liked Glanville. He was a breath of fresh air because he never took things too seriously.
    My favorite Glanville moment of all time was when he was announcing games in 1986 and he commented on the Jets, who were 10 and 1 at the time and had won 9 straight. The injuries started mounting up and Glanville shocked everyone by saying, “the Jets won’t win another game”. He turned out to be 100% right as the Jets finished the season with 5 straight losses. They did beat the Chiefs in the wildcard game and were beating the Browns late in the game 20 to 10 in the next round of the playoffs, but a roughing the passer call on Mark Gastineau gave the Browns new life and they tied the game 20 to 20 and then won it in the 2nd overtime.
    He also owns the quote, “NFL — that stands for Not For Long if you keep making ****** calls like that!”
    I hope he does great in Canada. The NFL could use more guys like Glanville, if you ask me.

  4. There is one thing that comes to mind when I hear his name, well, actually two come to think of it. The first is the NFL Films segment where he tells the ref NFL stands for “Not For Long.” The second is when Buddy Ryan threw a punch at Kevin Gilbride (Jeff Fisher was an assistant defensive coach as well). Didn’t he change the Falcons colors from predominantly red to black?

    He wasn’t very successful as a head coach but he sure was fun to watch and was always good for a quote. I thought he was enjoyable to watch.

    Coincidentally, June Jones succeeded Jerry Glanville as coach of the Atlanta Falcons and he had his own issues to deal with–specifically Jeff George. If you want to get a laugh Google “June Jones Jeff George”. There’s a link on the NFL website that shows he and George having an unpleasant conversation which was the beginning of the end of Jeff George’s career.

  5. nyneal says:

    I always liked Glanville. He was a breath of fresh air because he never took things too seriously.

    I couldn’t agree with you more. He was fun to listen to. He said things maybe people didn’t like but said them in such a way that he could get by with it. He was simply being honest. He’s like Mike Leech. I love listening to him too. You described it perfectly….a breath of fresh air.

  6. “I feel sorry for the Houston players having to put up with him. He’s a joke!” said Sam Wyche

  7. My favorite Glanville moment was in ’92 when the Falcons visited Candlestick. Glanville brought out a garish 5 or 6 foot tall trophy to celebrate their expected wins over all California teams that season. Unfortunately for Glanville and the Falcons, they brought it out *before* the game and the Niners coaches got wind of it.

    Needless to say, after the then-dominant Niners destroyed the Falcons 56-17 (and it could have been worse…backups went in during the 3rd quarter and it had been 42-10 at the half) the “trophy” mysteriously disappeared (and soon after, so did Glanville).

    Aside from that buffoon moment, I do love the NFL films stuff with Glanville mic’d up…pretty hilarious stuff.

  8. Chili Johns, not Chili Joes.

    And the irony of Green Bay “drying out” Favre. In the 90’s, the city stopped issuing liquor licenses because there were too many. 100,000 residents and over 1000 bars/restaurants that sold booze till a 230am closing time. One for each 100 man/woman/child in town.

    I worked the bar scene then and Packer players were anything BUT sober/dry then.

  9. ““I feel sorry for the Houston players having to put up with him. He’s a joke!” said Sam Wyche”

    Uh, Sam, he won as many Super Bowls as you did, and he had more fun. Glanville may be one of the last coaches for whom the work and the game is FUN.

  10. Although Sam Wyche drafted the nucleus of the most dominant defense in Modern NFL history for Tony Dungy, He too was a joke.

  11. vaphinfan says:
    February 11, 2018 at 1:18 pm
    Not sure why but I’m looking forward to this.


    Possibly because you have to which to look forward with the Dolphins since 1973

  12. whenwilliteverend says:
    February 11, 2018 at 2:36 pm

    Google “June Jones Jeff George”. There’s a link on the NFL website…

    Take it from a life long Falcons fan, Jones was a good guy, and George was a first-class jerk. Best wishes to Glanville north of the border.

  13. If you happen to live in Ontario Canada and happen to be named Elvis Presley, there is a ticket waiting for you at Will Call.

  14. I’ve been all over the World and Atlanta is a boring town. Buckhead where the strip clubs are can get a little crazy.

    But that city closes down at Midnight.

  15. Wisconsin isn’t where you send someone not to drink. There is always a bar open somewhere there.

  16. The bars all close at 2 AM in Green Bay but if Jerry wants to believe his own bull$hit, that’s up to him. He knows no matter what else he does in his coaching career (and that’s not a lot of time left to do anything at age 76), he will go down in history as a below .500 coach who just happen to trade Brett Favre.

  17. My fave moment of Glanville was when Chuck Noll was ticked at Glanville’s Oilers taking cheap shots. Noll grabbed his post-game handshake & stuck his finger in Glanville’s chest. Glanville got out of there – don’t think he wanted any part of Noll.

  18. “The run-and-shoot was a fad”

    The run n shoot and the spread are variations of the same thing.

  19. A record of 63-73 and now he’s 78 years old? He’s probably added to his list of jokes by now, but I don’t know if he can coach a team to win.

  20. Jerry knows opportunity unlike Manziel….but neither know crap about how the CFL game is played….doubt this will work….

  21. He’s another example that a big mouth and zero self reflection will get you further in a career than competence and ability. I guess it catches up with you eventually. Hasn’t he been coaching high school mostly since getting booted from the NFL?

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