NFL Head Coach

NFL Head Coach is a National Football League video game that was released on June 20, 2006 for the PlayStation 2, Xbox and PC.[1] The game allows the player to control an NFL team and become the greatest coach in NFL history. It features then-Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Bill Cowher on the cover.

NFL Head Coach
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Developer(s)EA Tiburon
Publisher(s)EA Sports
SeriesMadden NFL
EngineMadden 2006 Engine
ReleaseJune 20, 2006 (PS2, Windows, Xbox)


The concept behind the game puts the player in the position of a head coach for a National Football League franchise, similar to FIFA Manager where the player takes control of the head coach of a football team. The player will make roster moves, create playbooks, and hire and fire assistant coaches. Success is measured by wins, playoff success, how well the player does in the NFL Draft, and the careers of assistant coaches. The game also has ESPN integration, such as Mel Kiper, Jr. hosting the NFL Draft, Trey Wingo for the game's first few cutscenes and cutscenes featuring Steve Sabol[2] as the player move through the ranks as a head coach.


The game begins the week after Super Bowl XL when the Pittsburgh Steelers pull off a 21–10 victory over the Seattle Seahawks. The coach that the player is about to take control of was formerly the offensive/defensive coordinator for the Steelers and is now ready to move up to take the reins of an entire team. First, the player selects a team and then proceeds to the job interview. The coach overall will range from 50 to around 80 at the end of the interview. Depending on how well the interview goes, the player will receive up to five offers from five teams though there are eight teams that are likely to send the player an offer although the player can pick any team they wish. The player selects a team and then signs a contract with them. In addition to being the head coach, the player is also the general manager of the team. On the first day, the player will meet the team owner. Aside from meeting the team owner, the player also meets the other coaches with whom he will work. Daily activities, depending on the time of the season, include hiring and firing coaches, calling players' agents, checking e-mail, identifying players to scout at the NFL Scouting Combine, gameplanning for the next game, and running practice.[3] During the game, the player can motivate and discuss strategy with the team, which can affect the motivated player's reception. The career is 30 years long from 2006 to 2036.[4]

Teams and stadiumsEdit

The game consists of all 32 teams from the 2005 NFL season with all 31 stadiums. Unlike NFL Head Coach 09, however, Aloha Stadium is not in NFL Head Coach.


The game received positive reviews. IGN gave the game a 7.2/10, praising the NFL Films score, though commenting about the Madden engine being "not as pretty as other football games".[2] On the contrary, GameSpot praised the engine, though criticizing the multiplayer; GameSpot also graded the game as 7.2/10.[5] CNET scored the game 3.5/5 stars, also praising the NFL Films score, though commenting that the on-field action is blander than usual due to the lack of in-game announcers, along with some occasions when players are negatively motivated after positive motivation.[4]


On February 26, 2008, EA Sports announced the sequel to NFL Head Coach entitled NFL Head Coach 09.[6] It was released on August 12, 2008 for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.


  1. ^ "NFL Head Coach For Xbox, Playstation 2, and PC Announced - First 3D Sports Strategy Game". October 18, 2005. Retrieved April 4, 2011.
  2. ^ a b Miller, Jonathan (June 20, 2006). "NFL Head Coach". IGN. Retrieved December 16, 2012.
  3. ^ Betancourt, David (September 1, 2006). "Satisfy Your Inner 'Coach': Get Your Head in the Game". Washington Post. Retrieved April 4, 2011.
  4. ^ a b "NFL Head Coach Review". CNET. June 23, 2006. Retrieved December 16, 2012.
  5. ^ Navarro, Alex (June 22, 2006). "NFL Head Coach Review". GameSpot. Retrieved December 16, 2012.
  6. ^ Hayward, Andrew (February 26, 2008). "NFL Head Coach 09 Announced". Archived from the original on December 8, 2015. Retrieved December 16, 2012.

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