NFL – As the Coaching Carousel World Turns

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There were six (6) head coaching slots open at the end of the 2016 NFL season, five (5) of the vacancies were terminations.  Gary Kubiak of the Broncos said “see you later” for health reasons and you can’t blame him for that.

The Los Angeles Rams hired 30 year old Sean McVay, which is a decision that will come back to haunt them just like the decision to move to Los Angeles.  I want even bother to expend a lot of time in this blog discussing how ridiculous this coaching hire was.

Josh McDaniels chose not to accept the head coaching job at the 49ers and thank goodness he did because he certainly wasn’t right for the role.  Let’s not forget he went to the Broncos and tried to implement the same system Belichick has in New England including cheating and failed miserably.  As a matter of fact, not one of Belichick’s disciples has been successful outside of the New England system so NFL teams need to stop interviewing anyone that’s in the Belichick system.

The San Diego Chargers hired Anthony Lynn as their new head coach. Lynn has been coaching in the NFL since 2000 starting out with the Denver Broncos so it’s possible with time he will be successful.  In order to be successful, he will need to establish a running game and not depend on Philip Rivers to solely pass the ball and win the game because that’s not going to happen.  San Diego’s defense is not horrible but it needs work. I’m not even going to discuss the move to Los Angeles.

The Denver Broncos hired Vance Joseph, who has a defensive mindset and that’s what the Broncos are about.  Joseph has been coaching in the NFL since 2005 and prior to that he was coaching on the college level.  This may be the best NFL hire yet but time will tell.

The Jacksonville Jaguars hired Doug Marrone as the new head coach.  He was the head coach of the Buffalo Bills from 2013 – 2014 and his record for that season was 6 – 10.   If he doesn’t go in the get rid of the talent that’s on the team, this could be an opportunity for him to prove that he can actually coach.

The Buffalo Bills hired Sean McDermott. He’s been in the NFL in some form of coaching capacity primarily since 2001 with the Philadelphia Eagles under the tutelage of Andy Reid.  McDermott could be the second best hire because he was tutored by Andy Reid.  Also, Buffalo has a lot to talent that he will need to vet, including the QB situation with EJ and Tyrod.

The 49ers are still looking for the right fit and it’s not going to be easy for them because the problem is a historical one.  Jed York is looking for a head coach that fits his civic minded mindset with great coaching abilities and that person will be difficult to find but not impossible.  He is looking for a Pete Carroll type coach and the pickings are slim in the NFL.  Also, the coaches at big colleges no longer view a head coaching job in the NFL as glamorous or the place to be.  Rumor has it that the plan is to hire Kyle Shanahan, son of Mike Shanahan, boo hiss if the rumor is true!!!  By the way, Mike Shanahan was successful because he had John Elway and Terrell Davis.  Once Elway retired, the Broncos promptly fired Mike Shanahan so they knew he wasn’t right fit for them in a progressive environment.




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The owner for the Chargers better think long and hard about relocating that team to anywhere in Los Angeles. There may be a smattering of Charger fans in Los Angeles but it’s not enough to relocate the team.  It amazes me that these greedy owners want to be Jerry Jones and build outlandish stadiums so that they can charge higher ticket prices for everything.  News flash: Los Angeles has plenty of venues for concerts, conventions etc. so don’t bank on that to help defray the cost of the stadium.  Also, you’re looking at an empty stadium.

Rams vs. Seahawks: Seahawks won 24 to 3. Surprise, not!!!

Dolphins vs. Jets: Dolphins won 34 to 13. Bye Ryan Fitzpatrick.  This will teach the Jets organization and any other franchise not to put your team in the hands of a journeyman QB or pay attention to employees (i.e. players).

Titans vs. Chiefs: Titans won 19 to 17. This was a surprise.  Both of these teams keep fighting.

Steelers vs. Bengals: Steelers won 24 to 20. Typical dogfight between these two teams with the Steelers coming out on top.

Lions vs. Giants: Giants won 17 to 6. The Giants have improved from their very shaky start at the beginning of the season.  It will not amount to anything in the playoffs.

Colts vs. Vikings: Colts won 34 to 6. The Vikings defense has completely disappeared.  This loss is more about the Vikings coming apart than the Colts actually winning.

Jaguars vs. Texans: The Texans won 21 to 20.  The Jaguars should have won this game but as I have said in every single recap the Jaguars losses are related to coaching, not the lack of quality players.  The coach has been fired.

Packers vs. Bears: The Packers won 30 to 27. This is a big rivalry so I expected a good game.

Browns vs. Bills: Bills won 33 to 13. RG3 did fairly well for a first time.  It’s possible the team could win next season if he remains healthy and the Browns defense turns around.

Eagles vs. Ravens: Ravens won 27 to 26. This was a good game.

49ers vs. Falcons: Falcons won 43 to 13. The Falcons fast past offense has been too much for most clubs and since the 49ers don’t have a defense there was no hope for them.

Saints vs. Cardinals: Saints won 48 to 41. The team with the must touchdowns won, yuck!!! No defense displayed by either team.

Raiders vs. Chargers: Raiders won 19 to 16. Phillip Rivers threw another interception that cost the Chargers the game.  He is just not a critical thinker.

Patriots vs. Broncos: Patriots won 16 to 3. The Broncos defense shut down the Patriots offense but in order to win, the offense has to generate points.   That being said, Seimen is a young QB so the media pundits just need to take several seats and allow this young man to come into his own.

Buccaneers vs. Cowboys: Cowboys won 26 to 20. Dak and Zeke played their game and won. Word to the wise, don’t mess with a winning formula.

Panthers vs. Redskins: Panthers won 26 to 15. The Panthers defense appeared.