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NFL Head Coach Carousel: Who’s In and Who’s Out?

  • Atlanta Falcons
  • Byron Leftwich
  • Detriot Lions
  • Eric Bieniemy
  • Greg Roman
  • Jacksonville Jaguars
  • Josh McDaniels
  • kellen moore
  • los angeles chargers
  • New England Patriots
  • New York Jets
  • NFL Head Coach
  • Robert Salah
By Tyler Lawrence October 12, 2020 0 Comment
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Its only Week 5 of the 2020 NFL season and the head coach carousel is already spinning. The following is a list of head coaches on the Hot Seat and replacements that make sense.

Houston Texans: Bill O’Brien Out/ Lincoln Riley In

The Houston Texans are the first team to make a head coaching change for next season.  One of the Texans’ biggest headlines this summer was Bill O’Brien taking over General Manager duties after the firing of Brian Gaine. What came next was a slew of transactions.

O’Brian traded away one of the leagues top receivers in DeAndre Hopkins. What he got in return was one of the leagues most overpaid running backs in David Johnson. He also traded for Brandon Cooks and signed Randall Cobb in Free Agency. In the end, the Texans traded away draft capital and are not in a great spot with their salary cap. O’Brien was fired after an (0-4) start.

Oklahoma Head Coach, Lincoln Riley, would make a great fit in Houston. Riley is only 37-years-old, but what he has accomplished in such a short time while at Oklahoma is eye-opening. In three consecutive years, Riley has two Heisman winners in Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray. Jalen Hurts was also in contention last season. He has a (37-8) record since taking over for Bob Stoops in 2017. His creative play calling would mesh well to the strengths of Deshaun Watson and get the Texans offense over the hump.

Atlanta Falcons: Dan Quinn out/Robert Saleh In

Dan Quinn was the second head coach to lose his job this season. Under his leadership, the Falcons have made a Super Bowl appearance, but were also on the wrong side of the most memorable comebacks in NFL history. The Falcons blew a 28-3 lead to the Patriots in Super Bowl LI. To make matters worse, the Falcons have become synonymous with blowing leads over the last few years.

This season alone, they lost to the Cowboys while leading 29-10 at half-time and to the Bears while leading 26-10 at the end of the third quarter. This is completely unacceptable when Dan Quinn is a defensive minded coach. The Falcons are (43-41) under Quinn with an (0-5) start this season.

The Falcons need to get back to holding on to leads that their offense gives them. When you have QB Matt Ryan, WR Julio Jones, WR Calvin Ridley, RB Todd Gurley and TE Hayden Hurst, there’s enough offensive veterans to go with a defensive minded coach. San Francisco Defensive Coordinator, Robert Selah, has been one of the hottest head coach names on the market. Salah has coached in Seattle’s Legion of Boom, helped develop LB Telvin Smith, LB Myles Jack, LB Dante Fowler in Jacksonville and helped build the 49er defense into last season’s stalwart. This type of defensive minded coach is what Atlanta needs.

New York Jets: Adam Gase Out/ Greg Roman In

Adam Gase started his career as a head coach with the Dolphins in 2016. Unfortunately, that would be his only winning season. He has a 30-39 record and he’s off to an 0-5 start with the Jets this season. Something else of note is the long list of offensive players who started their careers under Gase, but didn’t really thrive until they played under different coaching.

WR Jarvis Landry, WR DeVante Parker, RB Damian Williams, RB Kenyan Drake, TE Mike Gesicki, OG Billy Turner and most notably Ryan Tannehill have all thrived away from Gase’s leadership. Currently, Gase has struggled to develop Sam Darnold and has failed to get Le’Veon Bell back to his All-Pro form. Players such as Jarvis Landry, C.J. Mosely and most recently Jamal Adams have been critical of Gase’s coaching style. If you mix in Gase’s coaching record with his inability to develop and retain star players, there isn’t really any reason to keep him around.

What the Jets need most is a leader to bring a once proud franchise together. Ravens Offensive Coordinator, Greg Roman,  is well respected in NFL circles. The success Roman has had includes a Super Bowl appearance with Colin Kaepernick, one of the most dynamic rushing attacks in Buffalo with with a combination of Tyrod Taylor and LeSean McCoy and the development of Lamar Jackson into last season’s Most Valuable Player.

With the Jets (0-5) record, they are heavy favorites in the race for worst, which includes Trevor Lawrence as a prize. Lawrence has similar athletic ability when compared to Kaepernick, Taylor and Jackson. The big difference is that he is a much better passer. The pairing of Greg Roman with Trevor Lawrence would help make the Jets the relevant team in New York again.

Los Angeles Chargers: Anthony Lynn Out/ Eric Bieniemy In

Anthony Lynn’s name on the hot seat isn’t as noticeable as other names on this list, but the Chargers are underwhelming. Fans have been calling for his name after a (1-3) start this season. But naming Justin Herbert as the full-time starter earlier this week should calm some nerves. Lynn may have a longer leash then most, because he has a rookie signal caller and a rookie Offensive Coordinator, but that doesn’t mean his job is safe. He is presently (27-24) for his career and anything short of .500 could see him building houses next year.

Kansas City Offensive Coordinator, Eric Bieniemy, knows the Chargers very well and his name has been linked to more than a few different jobs. To make things better, Andy Reid‘s coaching tree, which ultimately comes from the great Bill Walsh, is full of successful hires. Reid’s tree includes John Harbaugh, Ron Rivera, Brad Childress, Sean McDermott, Pat Shurmur, Steve Wilks, Doug Peterson and Matt Nagy.

The player who would benefit most by the hiring of Bieniemy would be Justin Herbert. If you look at the success of Patrick Mahomes, much of it can be attributed to Bieniemy’s play-calling. Mahomes and Herbert are very similar players in terms of athleticism and cannon arms. Bieniemy would be able to bring a winning culture to Los Angeles and create the Mahomes-Herbert rivalry that the NFL needs.

Jacksonville Jaguars: Doug Marrone Out/ Byron Leftwich In

Many believe that Doug Marrone would be fired at the end of last season. Marrone has watched all of his star talent from the 2018 AFC Championship team leave for greener pastures. Leonard Fournette, A.J Bouye, Calais Campbell, Yannick Ngakoue, Malik Jackson, Dante Fowler, T.J Yeldon and Jalen Ramsey are all former stars now gone. the Jaguars are 23-31 over his five-year tenure and headed for another losing season. There is no way that the Jaguars can continue this trend.

The homecoming of Byron Leftwich back to Jacksonville seems too good to be true. If Menshew Mania is here to stay, Leftwich might be the best coach to get the most out of the young signal caller. Minshew has far exceeded his draft position and the whole fanbase seems to be behind him.

The Jaguars have young talent on both sides of the ball in a division that will be seeing a lot of turnover in the coming years. The Buccaneers and Colts are headed for quarterback changes soon when Tom Brady and Philip Rivers retire. The Jaguars are the team set up best for long term success. They just need leadership to take them there.

Detriot Lions: Matt Patricia Out/Kellen Moore In

Matt Patricia has struggled mightily as head coach of the Lions. In fact, Terry Bradshaw had some choice words recently citing, “Smartest guy in the world. Rocket Scientist. Engineer. Can’t coach a lick. Cant hold a lead by 10 points. He’s got to be gone!” While holding the role of Defensive Coordinator for the Patriots from 2012 – 2017, Patricia is a 3X Super Bowl Champion. As head coach of the Lions since 2018, they are (10-25-1) He holds the lowest winning percentage for a head coach over that span.

Every season, there seems to be a surprise head coach hire and next season’s surprise hire will be Kellen Moore. Moore has been in the drivers seat for one of the NFL’s most explosive offenses. He helped rejuvenate Randall Cobb’s career last season and has rookie CeeDee Lamb humming along nicely already. Moore has this teams total yardage from scrimmage at 2038 in just four games. The next closest team is the Buccaneers at 1825.

Kellen Moore has shown the ability to command the Cowboys’ offense and that is what the Detroit desperately needs. The Lions have Matthew Stafford whose career oddly seems wasted. With playmakers that include WR Kenny Golladay, TE T.J. Hockenson, RB D’Andre Swift and an upcoming offensive line, the Lions need someone to make use of it. Moore will need a high profile defensive coordinator, but this is a dynamic that could work.

New England Patriots: Bill Belichick Out/ Josh McDaniels In

Bill Belichick is in no way going to lose his job if he doesn’t want to, but Belichick is 68 years old. It seems like Josh McDaniels is just waiting him out to eventually take over. McDaniels name as a head coaching candidate is nothing new, but he has routinely said that he is looking for the right opportunity. He already has a working relationship with the entire Patriots coaching staff and would be welcomed with open arms to replace Belichick after one of the greatest runs in NFL history. McDaniels has been holding out for this opportunity for years now and the timing of it all just seems right. This is McDaniels’ job.


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