NFL Coaching Changes
Like nearly every NFL season, there was plenty of turnover amongst the NFL head coaching ranks. This year, nearly a quarter of the 32 pro football squads will make that change. Here’s a look at the seven new field generals who will be manning the sidelines for a new team in 2012.
Part of the appeal for Fisher to come to St. Louis was that he has nearly total control. He’ll have a major say in who the club hires as General Manager and with have control over personnel. He’s already hired a much improved coaching staff, signing late Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams and new offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer is expected to restore a run-heavy offense better suited to Fisher’s conservative style.
Crennel has the full support of the Chiefs’ locker room and the players rallied around him and vocally supported his full time transition from defensive coordinator to the main man.
It’s thought that his familiarity with the team with allow for a quicker turnaround for a Kansas City team that went from AFC West champion to cellar dwellers in one short season.
Allen was the defensive coordinator for the division-rival Denver Broncos last season. He helped John Fox install a strong 3-4 unit that led to a surprising AFC West title. His top priority will be to improve Oakland’s 29th ranked defense and bring some discipline to a team that is annually amongst the most penalized.
At 39, Allen is now the youngest head coach in the NFL. He is also the first defensive-minded coach to lead the Raiders since legendary hall-of-famer John Madden.
Pagano comes to Indianapolis as the former defensive coordinator with the Baltimore Ravens. His preaches an aggressive 3-4 defensive scheme that utilizes blitzes with big and powerful players. It’s a complete contrast to the Colts’ recent defensive philosophy of relying on speed at the expense of size. For Irsay to move from soft-spoken offensive coaches like Caldwell and Tony Dungy to the more brash, defensive-minded Pagano speaks to just how many changes should be expected started in 2012 for his club.
Clearly it will be a work in progress for Indianapolis, as they are essentially gutting their entire franchise from top to bottom and starting fresh with a new front office, head coach and with the majority expecting that they will select Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck with the top pick in the draft, a new franchise quarterback.
It’s not surprising that a college coach was hired to fill Raheem Morris’s old job. As recently as last Sunday, Oregon head coach Chip Kelly was expected to be hired before he allegedly backed out at the last moment. Houston Texans defensive coordinator Wade Phillips was also a rumored candidate before he withdrew his own name from consideration.
Schiano, who signed a five year deal, has a strong background on the defensive side of the ball, so his first priority will be to restore the Bucs to the “Youngry” defense that looked to be on the rise in 2010, then faded badly as the losses mounted in 2011. Look for the club to add an experienced offensive coordinator and to be in the market for a quarterbacking guru to diagnose what went wrong for Josh Freeman last year.
With the exception of the Jay Fiedler era, the Dolphins have struggled to establish a long-term answer at quarterback since Dan Marino retired. Philbin has a history with helping develop Aaron Rodgers and Matt Flynn. With Flynn being a free agent, the speculation of his pending arrival in South Beach is already rampant.
Miami is also expected to transition from a 3-4 defensive front, so look for them to hire a new defensive coordinator with experience in the 4-3.
Considering the Jags have a new owner and a history of an inability to sell out home games, it’s puzzling that Mularkey is getting another kick at the can. Many expected Shahid Khan to make a big splash by trying to sign a big name coach, but he ultimately decided that Mularkey’s track record on the offensive side of the ball was just what he was looking for to open a new chapter in Jacksonville.
Let the Los Angeles Jaguars speculation begin..