Dave Wannstedt

Dave Wannstedt

Super Bowl Champion Coach

Dave Wannstedt is a former college and NFL Head Coach as well as a studio analyst for Fox Sports.

Wannstedt began his 38-year coaching career at his hometown school, the University of Pittsburgh, spending four seasons as a graduate assistant. Wannstedt would have stints at schools all over the country, with his most notable work at Miami (Florida). He was a part of Hall of Fame Coach Jimmy Johnson’s staff there and made his jump to the NFL when Dallas hired Johnson.

After serving under Johnson for three seasons with the Hurricanes and four with the Cowboys – winning the 1991 NFL title –  Wannstedt got a chance to be a head coach in the NFL with the Chicago Bears. From there, he was hired to lead the Miami Dolphins before returning to the University of Pittsburgh as its head coach.

His teams made the NFL playoffs three times and Wannstedt led Pitt to three bowl games. His most memorable win came in a huge upset for Pitt against West Virginia, one of the school’s main rivals. West Virginia was favored by nearly 30 points and was in line for a national title game appearance in 2007. Wannstedt’s Panthers had different plans and won the 100th Backyard Brawl 13-9.

Wannstedt grew up in Pittsburgh, attending Baldwin High School. He was a standout high school player in the area and earned an athletic scholarship to Pitt.

Wannstedt and his wife have two children.


Super Bowl LVII Provides Compelling Contrast of Styles

Super Bowl LVII boasts plenty of obvious storylines — Andy Reid, the Kelce brothers, and a historic matchup of MVP front-runners in Patrick Mahomes and Jalen Hurts. There’s also a contrast that stands out to coaches Marvin Lewis and Dave Wannstedt — the old-school style of the Philadelphia Eagles vs. the Kansas City Chiefs’ high-voltage attack.


NFL Teams Should Again Be Allowed to Dress 3 Quarterbacks

The 49ers lost both of their quarterbacks (Brock Purdy, Josh Johnson) to injury during Sunday’s NFC Championship Game against the Eagles. Marvin Lewis and Dave Wannstedt think it’s time the NFL amends its roster policy and allows teams to once again dress three quarterbacks each game.


AFC Championship More Proof That Chiefs’ Mahomes Is NFL’s MVP

Patrick Mahomes‘ approach to the entire week leading up the AFC Championship Game showed his drive, toughness and professionalism, Marvin Lewis says. Dave Wannstedt took the Kansas City Chiefs quarterback’s performance Sunday one step further, saying Mahomes left little doubt who the MVP should be.


Jaguars Will Be Playoff Contenders for Years to Come

Chuck Pagano and Dave Wannstedt were stunned by the effort the Jaguars put forth to almost beat the Chiefs in Saturday’s Divisional Round matchup. Pagano says we will be talking about the Jaguars for years to come. Plus, Patrick Mahomes shows a new level of grit.


Bengals DC Lou Anarumo Should Be Head Coaching Candidate

Chuck Pagano and Dave Wannstedt join host Charles Davis to break down the Bengals’ dominating performance against the Buffalo Bills in the AFC Divisional Round. Their defense was electric, and defensive coordinator Lou Anarumo should be in consideration for head coaching jobs.


Bengals’ Defense Must Bring Pressure Against Injured Mahomes

Patrick Mahomes is expected to play in Sunday’s AFC Championship Game despite a high ankle sprain. Charles Davis, Chuck Pagano and Dave Wannstedt preview the Bengals-Chiefs matchup, and Wannstedt believes the Bengals must force Mahomes to be superman by bringing pressure and seeing how his ankle responds.


Coaches Room: NFC Championship Preview – Points Will Be at Premium

The Big 12 fans in the house might recall that Sunday’s NFC Championship Game won’t be the first time the Eagles’ Jalen Hurts and the 49ers’ Brock Purdy have faced each other, but this isn’t the Oklahoma-Iowa State barn-burner from November 2019. Charles Davis, Chuck Pagano and Dave Wannstedt break down the NFC matchup and […]


Giants vs. Eagles Divisonal Round Preview

Though the Eagles beat the Giants twice this season, Philadelphia will need to focus on stopping the red-hot Daniel Jones. Chuck Pagano and Dave Wannstedt preview the Giants vs. Eagles Divisional matchup.

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