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.


Dolphins Must Make it Work with TE Mike Gesicki

Editor’s note: As the Dolphins and new coach Mike McDaniel look ahead to a pivotal year for quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, Dave Wannstedt discusses tight end Mike Gesicki’s fit in the Miami’s new system.   I’m having a tough time figuring out how Mike is not a fit down there. I do a lot of work […]


Bears Should Go Distance to Extend LB Roquan Smith

Editor’s note: Bears linebacker Roquan Smith returned to practice on Saturday after “holding in” and seeking a longterm contract extension. Smith said he was going to “bet on myself as I’ve always done.” Should Chicago do all it can to get a new deal done before the linebacker hits unrestricted free agency in 2023? Former Bears […]


Justin Fields is Confident and Ready to Shine

Justin Fields is as confident as he has ever been right now. His offensive coordinator Luke Getsy worked for me at Pitt in 2010. One thing I will tell you is this, based on having a defensive head coach and the offensive staff they have in place, they are going to run the football. Confidence […]


Wannstedt: Three Reasons for Optimism in Chicago

This is the most optimistic I have felt about the Chicago Bears in the last 10 years. I don’t want to call it a college mentality, but after being at training camp for an entire practice, guys were hustling from drill to drill. There weren’t guys sitting around on helmets. Everybody was up and moving. […]


Dave Wannstedt: Matthew Stafford’s Elbow Pain Not Yet Cause For Concern

The Los Angeles Rams stirred up some controversy this week when it was announced that star quarterback Matthew Stafford was dealing with elbow pain and they were continuing to limit his reps in training camp. Rams Head Coach Sean McVay called the issue a “tricky deal” and something that was, in his experience, not normal […]


Training Camp Confidential: Early Run-Ins With Big Names

When you look back on favorite training camp memories, it can often be the biggest guys on the field and biggest personalities in the locker room who make for some of the most interesting stories. When I think back to my time as a coach at training camp, two of my favorite memories were created […]

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