Taking a look at the NFL coaches staying, gone and hired
January 23, 2018 3:06 AM
by Jim Feist
Continuing last week’s coaching changes in the NFL, let’s go game by game, team by team.
SEATTLE: The Seahawks announced three additions to their coaching staff, naming Brian Schottenheimer offensive coordinator, Ken Norton Jr. defensive coordinator and Mike Solari offensive line coach. There is no question Seattle has fallen apart on the offensive side of the football due to perhaps neglect or deterioration over the fact that Russell Wilson came out of his rookie status and had to be paid big money. Paying Wilson meant they didn’t have enough money to pay an offensive line.
PITTSBURGH: It’s hard to criticize a coach who has been around for 11 seasons and never had a losing season. When I’m watching games Mike Tomlin coaches I have to shake my head at the decisions he makes. He just misses many simple decisions. I’m glad there is a connection between Ben Roethlisberger and Tomlin that can be held together and then of course the chemistry you get with the new offensive coordinator whoever that should be. Many of the Tomlin coached teams do underperform.
OAKLAND: Yes, Chucky is back and has the richest contract for a coach ever, one hundred million dollars over 10 years. Jon Gruden steps out of the booth and heads back to Oakland soon to be Las Vegas Raiders. This is a big gamble; especially on a head coach that has had mediocre success other than his Super Bowl year, which really he didn’t even build that team. His overall record, other than that one year, is about 50-50. He has the quarterback to work with in Oakland, but a lot remains to be proven out on the field.
CHICAGO: Chiefs OC Matt Nagy had been with Andy Reid for many years and he did a pretty good job play-calling. Nagy got the play-calling job late in 2017, however, the Chiefs did not perform well at the end of their game against Tennessee. When TE Kelce went out it seemed like the life went out of the Chiefs. The second-half shut down is not a very good resume builder for Nagy.
NY GIANTS: They are looking to perhaps hire Pat Shurmur after the Vikings season is over.
INDIANAPOLIS: The Colts are considering Josh McDaniels after the Patriots season is over. This is the reason why it’s best to really have a full analysis of what these teams are going to be doing once these hires are made and the underlying offensive and defensive coaches have been decided upon.
DETROIT, TENNESSEE, ARIZONA: It’s hard to say which direction these teams are going to go and at this point we’re probably two to three weeks away from having some final or almost final answers for all of these teams. Where will people like John Fox, Jim Caldwell, Chuck Pagano, Ben McAdoo, Mike Mularkey, Jack Del Rio end up? Bruce Arians (Cardinals) announced his retirement from coaching so we don’t expect to see him at another job anytime soon, probably never. I hope he enjoys his retirement.
NOTE: At press time the Titans hired Texans DC Mike Vrabel as their new head coach. The Cardinals hired Panthers DC Steve Wilks as the new HC.
CINCINNATI: The thought was Marvin Lewis stepping aside or be let go. That didn’t turn out to be the case and he will be back on the Bengals’ sideline come September.
DENVER: I thought for sure Vance Joseph was out after this year’s debacle. Nope, not the case as it looks like he will be back in for 2018.
HOUSTON: Bill O’Brien of the Texans, also known as Captain Hook, has stated he will never resign as head coach. He’s got a pretty good quarterback in Deshaun Watson if he stays healthy.