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George Seifert (born January 22, 1940, in San Francisco, Californiamarker) is a former NFL head coach of the San Francisco 49ers and the Carolina Panthers. Seifert joined the 49ers' coaching staff under Bill Walsh in 1980 as defensive backs coach and served as the team's defensive coordinator from 1983–88.

As a 49er assistant, his defenses finished in the top ten in fewest points allowed in each of his six seasons in that capacity - 4th in 1983, 1st in 1984, 2nd in 1985, 3rd in 1986 and 1987, and 8th in 1988. His final two defenses, 1987 and 1988, finished first and third in fewest yards allowed, respectively. In 1989, he was elevated to head coach, He is one of only twelve NFL head coaches with more than one Super Bowl victory, winning in convincing fashion during both the 1989 and 1994 seasons with the San Francisco 49ers. In all, Seifert coached on five Super Bowl champion teams with the 49ers.

With a career win-loss record of 114–62 in the regular season and 10–5 in the postseason (all with the 49ers), many consider Seifert to be among the greatest NFL head coaches of all time. However, critics argue that his two Super Bowl victories and exceptional win-loss record resulted from inheriting Bill Walsh's 49ers team. They point to his 16–32 record as head coach of the Carolina Panthers, with no playoff appearances and a 1-15 record in the 2001 season. However, little was left from the Walsh era when Seifert led the 49ers to winning Super Bowl XXIX. In addition, many well-respected coaches, Mike Shanahan, Jeff Fisher, Ray Rhodes, Pete Carroll, and Marc Trestman, worked and learned under Seifert. He is one of the main branches of the Sid Gillman coaching tree.

Seifert also coached in college, leading Westminster Collegemarker and Cornell Universitymarker's football teams. He was also an assistant at the University of Utahmarker (his alma mater), Stanford Universitymarker, the University of Oregonmarker and the University of Iowamarker.

Head coaching record

Team Year Regular Season Post Season
Won Lost Ties Win % Finish Won Lost Win % Result
SFO 1989 14 2 0 .875 1st in NFC West 3 0 1.000 Super Bowl XXIV Champions.
SFO 1990 14 2 0 .875 1st in NFC West 1 1 .500 Lost to New York Giants in NFC Championship Game.
SFO 1991 10 6 0 .625 3rd in NFC West - - - -
SFO 1992 14 2 0 .875 1st in NFC West 1 1 .500 Lost to Dallas Cowboys in NFC Championship Game.
SFO 1993 10 6 0 .625 1st in NFC West 1 1 .500 Lost to Dallas Cowboys in NFC Championship Game.
SFO 1994 13 3 0 .813 1st in NFC West 3 0 1.000 Super Bowl XXIX Champions.
SFO 1995 11 5 0 .688 1st in NFC West 0 1 .000 Lost to Green Bay Packers in NFC Divisional Game.
SFO 1996 12 4 0 .750 2nd in NFC West 1 1 .500 Lost to Green Bay Packers in NFC Divisional Game.
SFO Total 98 30 0 .766 10 5 .667
CAR 1999 8 8 0 .500 2nd in NFC West - - - -
CAR 2000 7 9 0 .438 3rd in NFC West - - - -
CAR 2001 1 15 0 .062 5th in NFC West - - - -
CAR Total 16 32 0 .333 - - -
Total[87713] 114 62 0 .648 10 5 .667


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