Dissecting the New Head Coaches in the NFL

 

Dissecting the New Head Coaches in the NFL

by Amy Lignor

 

Although the “breaking” news today is the fact that the Dallas Cowboys have waved goodbye to their beloved QB Tony Romo, it is the head coaching changes that have occurred in the NFL many experts are not only talking about, but fans are wondering about.

Tony Romo, head coaching changes, 49ers, Chargers, Bills, Rams, Broncos, Jaguars, Kyle Shanahan, Sean McVay, Anthony Lynn, Doug MarroneThis off-season, a total of six teams desperately needed to hire a head coach that would, hopefully, bring their teams back into the spotlight after being out a very long time. These teams were the 49ers, Chargers, Bills, Rams, Broncos and Jaguars. So…what’s a ‘great’ choice and what’s a ‘not-so-great’ choice when it comes to these picks? There are many opinions, of course, but let us break this down taking into account the words of fans, media, and all those sports “experts” out there who just love to give their opinions:

 

Many see Doug Marrone – new head coach of the Jaguars being chosen from inside the Jacksonville Jaguars staff – to actually be the worst pick out of the six. Not that Marrone isn’t a good coach, but when it comes to Marrone’s staff, the people are a bit underwhelming. Not exactly a crew many think will “lift” the Jags up and bring them the glory they want. Shaking up the team and making changes in the entire coaching staff would have been a better way to go, and promoting Marrone (one of their “own”) didn’t do any of that.

 

Next up is Sean McDermott for the Buffalo Bills. Anthony Lynn was actually the interim head coach for Week 17 last season; not only was he not moved to full-time head coach, they didn’t even retain Lynn. Instead, they thrust the mantle on this former Panthers defensive coordinator. When taking into account the absolute lack of success the Bills have seen in the past twenty years – not to mention the list of issues that the front office of the Bills have – it is clear McDermott won’t be able to turn this team around very fast. Yes, it is likely the defense will improve greatly after being strangely horrific under Rex Ryan, but the team’s success still depends on whether the ground game can continue to thrive without Lynn. According to fans and experts the chances of that happening aren’t good.

 

One new head coach hire that seems to stump people is Vance Joseph for the Denver Broncos. Why are they stumped? Because the Broncos already have a Super Bowl caliber defense in place and Vance Joseph is a defensive “guy.” This is a team that is all about trying to bring back their offense with the beloved Peyton Manning gone. There are two highly talented young QB’s to work with, so Joseph and his leadership characteristics could be exactly what these men need to rise to the occasion of Super Bowl contenders. In other words, Vance Joseph is probably the best head coach move when it comes to having a real chance to succeed right off the mark.

 

Anthony Lynn, ousted by the Bills, is now the head coach of the Los Angeles Chargers. Lynn was most definitely seen as one of the top candidates on the market, and being that Lynn is an offensive coordinator who is really good at his job, the Chargers have an excellent man in place. Even with a different group of playmakers, Lynn shouldn’t have a problem building this offense into a well-performing one. All he has to do is bring his proven talents to the team.

 

When it comes to the Los Angeles Rams, they took a chance by filling their head coach vacancy with the youngest one in NFL history: Sean McVay. But even though McVay is unproven in the NFL, he did spend three years as the Redskins’ offensive coordinator, improving QB Kirk Cousins to the point of making the man a “franchise QB” for the Redskins. The Rams may just come out smelling like roses with a new, young, creative play-caller. Then again, maybe more experience is needed. We shall wait and see.

 

The last and number one choice for head coach that all fans are waiting to see is Kyle Shanahan, now head coach of the San Francisco 49ers. Kyle Shanahan was the last to be hired because it was his experience that helped lead the Falcons to the Super Bowl. Unfortunately, they were playing against a coach who is one that will never have to worry about his job coming up for grabs…until he retires, that is.

 

But in San Francisco, the Falcons’ loss to the all-mighty Patriots in the Super Bowl does not deter from the cheering welcome 49ers’ fans are giving Shanahan. He proved to be an elite offensive coordinator and is now going to stand at the helm of a team that once was the absolute best in the NFL business. The 49ers have looked more than embarrassing, showing no resemblance to the brilliance of their illustrious past featuring names like Montana, Young and Rice. They need Ryan desperately to teach them how to fire on all cylinders again, which is exactly what the experts are stating Shanahan will do. If this particular head coach meets the beliefs of everyone out there, you may just see a ‘new’ 49ers’ dynasty emerge.

 

That would be nice. After all, the NFC needs a real star team to stop the AFC Patriots from continuing to win that ultimate prize.

Source:  GIG News

Looking Forward to the NFL’s “Top” Free Agents

 
Looking Forward to the NFL’s “Top” Free Agents

by Amy Lignor

 

Now that the Patriots have (once again) walked away with the Super Bowl title, it is time that the NFL teams focus on the draft and what free agents they need to most definitely keep on their roster.

Now that the Patriots have (once again) walked away with the Super Bowl title, it is time that the NFL teams focus on the draft and what free agents they need to most definitely keep on their roster.The Pittsburgh Steelers always seem to be on all the “experts” lists to make it to the end and finally get back to the Super Bowl’s main stage. Unfortunately, the Steelers can’t seem to get past those pesky Patriots. In order to do so, there is one Steelers’ free agent that most definitely needs to be re-signed by the Steelers; and that is running back Le’Veon Bell. You are talking about a player who missed a quarter of last season, yet still ranked third in the NFL with 1,884 yards from scrimmage. At only 24 years-old, Bell earned his second career Pro Bowl visit and the Steelers literally cannot let him hit the open market and wave goodbye. “Valuable” is a term to definitely describe Bell, especially since QB Ben Roethlisberger has shown he does not have much time left on the NFL stage. Bell is needed and the Steelers can definitely afford his salary.

 

Another name being bounced around is the Washington Redskins QB Kirk Cousins. Now, yes, he has failed to lead the team to a playoff victory, but Cousins certainly has gotten them farther than their previous QB (who we won’t mention). Posting winning records in his two seasons at the helm, Cousins ranked in the top 10 in terms of completion percentage, yards per attempt and passer rating. Consistency is Cousins problem more than anything else, yet his salary is something that the Redskins can afford, and losing him to free agency is something they most definitely cannot afford.

 

The Kansas City Chiefs are also in the headlines when it comes to free agency and a name they really should (and most likely will) keep on their roster. Safety Eric Berry is what most would call a man in the prime of his football career, and is one of the NFL’s best safeties out there. Just as important is the fact that this is an NFL team that has only recorded one playoff win this century. The Bears, Colts – even the Tennessee Titans are drooling for this player; three teams that desperately need to make some impact in their divisions. So…who will sign him? There looks to be a 100% chance that the Chiefs will find a way to keep him no matter what.

 

When it comes to these high-impact players, there is one position (as always) that is desperate to be filled by many teams in the NFL. Bill Belichick, of course, is one coach who does not have to worry about this position, seeing as that he already has the “best QB to ever play the sport” in Tom Brady. What Belichick also has, however, is the biggest bargaining chip in a good, long time. QB Jimmy Garoppolo had the chance to prove his skill and talent (and did just that) when Brady was not able to play. He will also be at the very top of the free agent list, even though Tony Romo and Jay Cutler are also likely to be available to the QB-needy teams out there.

 

Garoppolo would be the youngest of the three if used as a bargaining chip by Belichick. His presence in free agency would have many teams clamoring for him, and will most likely involve having to give up a first- or second-round pick by any team that grabs him from Belichick. But when you look at the Bills, the 49ers, the Bears, (who will definitely give up their QB Jay Cutler because of his continuously bad performances), a QB is needed by many and “picks” will fall by the wayside in order to fill that position. Heck, even the Tennessee Titans may clamor for Jimmy, seeing as that they signed Brock Osweiler (who was supposed to be a “stellar catch” because he showed immense talent when backing up Peyton Manning on the Broncos) for $16 million last season. Although beloved Dallas QB Tony Romo would make sense staying in Texas and playing for the Titans, his price tag would be undoable for the Titans at this point, meaning Jimmy may just be the answer to a $16 million-dollar mistake.

 

In the end, the “stars” look as if free agency will do nothing but offer them more money from the teams they already play for, seeing as that their current teams need these players more than they need them. And, once again, Bill Belichick will most likely receive the biggest prize by getting a first-round pick and adding yet another awesome talent to the Patriots’ roster.

 

Source:  GIG News