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NFL offensive coordinator matchmaker: Assigning the right coach for every job opening, together with Bucs, Jets

There are nonetheless three video games left within the NFL playoffs, and 4 groups nonetheless alive within the race to be the Tremendous Bowl champion. However for the 28 groups already at residence, it is already the offseason. Meaning it is time to remake each rosters and training staffs.

Throughout the league, there are an absolute ton of groups in search of a brand new offensive coordinator. Actually, there are 13 (THIRTEEN!) 12 (TWELVE!) present offensive coordinator vacancies (after the Patriots employed Invoice O’Brien). As a result of there are such a lot of of them, we’re right here to play matchmaker and assign candidates to job openings.

It is value protecting in thoughts that there are 5 groups that also have head-coach openings, which makes it practically not possible to decide on an offensive coordinator for them. So, we cannot be making a match for the Broncos, Cardinals, Colts, Panthers, or Texans simply but. That leaves us with eight seven groups for which to seek out suits: Buccaneers, Chargers, Commanders, Jets, Rams, Ravens, and Titans.

Earlier than we give it a strive, let’s do some housekeeping. I’ve compiled as greatest I can an inventory of candidates who’ve both been interviewed for one of many beforehand talked about openings, been requested for an interview, or are rumored to be a possible candidate. That checklist is in depth. Right here it’s, in alphabetical order:

Adrian Klem Oregon AHC
Ben Bloom Browns run recreation coordinator
Invoice O’Brien Alabama OC
Bobby Slowick 49ers move recreation coordinator
Brian Angelichio Vikings move recreation coordinator
brian johnson Eagles QB Coach
Byron Leftwich Former Buccaneers OC
Chad O’Shea Browns move recreation coordinator
Charles London Falcons QB coach
chris foerster 49ers OL coach
Dan Pitcher Bengals QB coach
Darrell Bevel Dolphins QB Coach
dave canales Seahawks QB Coach
Drew Petzing Browns QB coach
Eric Bieniemy Chiefs OC
eric studesville Dolphins AHC/RB Coach
Frank Reich Former Colts HC
greg olson Rams Senior Assistant
Greg Roman Former Ravens OC
jerrod johnson Vikings Asst. QB coach
joe brady Payments QB Coach
Justin Outten oc broncos
Keenan McCardell Vikings WR coach
Ken Zampese Commanders QB Coach
Kevin Patullo Eagles move recreation coordinator
klint kubiak Broncos move recreation coordinator
Luke Steckel Titans TE Coach
Marcus Brady Former Colts OC
Matt Nagy Chiefs QB Coach
Mike LaFleur Former Jets OC
Nathaniel Hackett Former Broncos HC
Nick Caley Patriots TE coach
Pat Shurmur Former Giants HC
pep hamilton Texans OC
Scott Turner Former Commanders OC
Shawn Jefferson Former Cardinals AHC
Shea Tierney Giants QB coach
Stump Mitchell Browns RB coach
Thomas Brown Rams AHC
tim kelly Titans move recreation coordinator
Todd Monken Georgia OC
Troy Walters Bengals WR coach
zac robinson Rams QB coach

For matchmaking functions, we’ll attempt to keep inside the realm of realism as a lot as we will. For instance, based mostly on his historical past of him, we all know with close to certainty that Invoice Belichick will select for his offensive coordinator somebody to whom he has a previous connection. So, we’re not going to match the Patriots with, say, Eagles quarterbacks coach Brian Johnson, despite the fact that Johnson is taken into account among the finest candidates of this cycle. They have not even requested him for an interview, and the entire coaches they’ve requested to this point do have that prior connection to Belichick. (Replace: The Patriots employed Invoice O’Brien, as predicted beneath.)

Actually, we’re not going to match Johnson with any group within the house beneath. That is for a particular purpose: It appears extremely probably that if Eagles offensive coordinator Shane Steichen will get a head-coaching job this offseason (he’s within the combine for a number of openings), Nick Sirianni would promote Johnson to offensive coordinator. It might be a lot better for Johnson’s profession to remain in Philly to educate up among the finest offenses within the league than to go away and coach an inferior quarterback and supporting solid. The identical is true of Bengals quarterbacks coach Dan Pitcher, who looks as if a probable promotion candidate if offensive coordinator Brian Callahan will get a head-coaching place. (It is also true, to a lesser extent, for Giants quarterbacks coach Shea Tierney, if offensive coordinator Mike Kafka will get a job.)

Conserving all that in thoughts, let’s get to it…

Buccaneers: Georgia OC Todd Monken

This one includes a projection that Tom Brady returns to Tampa. In any other case, it does not make a lot sense for Monken to go away a really soft job with the two-time defending nationwide champions to make the soar again to the NFL. If Brady is again, although, then the Bucs may look to Monken, who served as their offensive coordinator below Dirk Koetter, earlier than Bruce Arians took over. The offense was explosive down the sphere with Jameis Winston throwing to Mike Evans (amongst others), and after Tampa misplaced that ingredient of its offense for essentially the most half this previous season, Monken may assist rediscover it.

Chargers: Former Colts HC Frank Reich

Reich has confirmed time and again that he can get one of the best out of quarterbacks. He was the offensive coordinator in Philadelphia when Carson Wentz was an MVP candidate, and Nick Foles received the Tremendous Bowl. He acquired robust play out of Andrew Luck (for one season) and Jacoby Brissett, oversaw across-the-board enchancment from Philip Rivers in his last NFL season (in contrast along with his last season with the Chargers), and had Wentz wanting competent-ish once more in Indianapolis (earlier than he fell off the rails once more this 12 months in Washington). Bringing him in to work with Justin Herbert would enable a budding star to take the subsequent step in his improvement. He’d additionally hopefully enable Herbert to entry extra of the sphere than did earlier offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi.

Commanders: Rams AHC Thomas Brown

One factor we learn about Commanders coach Ron Rivera is that he values ​​a robust operating recreation. That makes Brown, a former operating backs coach turned tight ends coach, a very good match. The Rams gave all of their assistants permission to hunt jobs elsewhere whereas Sean McVay contemplated his future, however Brown looks as if the most definitely candidate for a step up. He is lengthy been thought of an up-and-coming coach, and a possible future coordinator or head coach. Right here, we give him that shot.

Jets: Payments QB coach Joe Brady

It wasn’t that way back that Brady was a scorching title not only for offensive coordinator positions, however head teaching positions. That was earlier than he acquired fired because the Panthers’ offensive coordinator by Matt Rhule, which does not appear like that a lot of an indictment anymore. He spent this previous season as Josh Allen’s quarterbacks coach, and he was Joe Burrow’s place coach in school. He additionally frolicked with the Saints in 2018 and 2019 (Drew Brees) earlier than his time at LSU. So, he is acquired expertise working with a bunch of various kinds of quarterbacks, and having a hand in explosive, downfield-threatening offenses and those who work nearer to the road of scrimmage. He isn’t straight from the Shanahan/McVay teaching tree like New York’s earlier offensive coordinator, however with Robert Saleh being a defensive coach, he may be open to operating a unique model of offense.

Patriots: Alabama OC Invoice O’Brien

As beforehand talked about, each candidate the Patriots have talked to for this opening has a previous connection to Invoice Belichick. Klemm was the primary draft choose of the Belichick period in New England. McCardell performed for Belichick in Cleveland. Caley is the Patriots’ present proper ends coach. And Jefferson spent the previous couple of years teaching below Kliff Kingsbury, who was a Belichick draft choose in New England. We’re betting the Pats return to O’Brien, although, who was the group’s offensive coordinator in 2011 and an offensive assistant, large receivers coach, and quarterbacks coach previous to that. He additionally spent the previous two seasons working for Nick Saban, and we all know how a lot Saban and Belichick love buying and selling assistant coaches forwards and backwards. It is uncertain that Belichick is seeking to actually re-invent the wheel offensively this late in his profession, so we’re considering he goes with a well-recognized face who has expertise within the position.

Replace: O’Brien has been employed by the Patriots.

Rams: Former Jets OC Mike LaFleur

From the appears of issues, it is already trending in direction of this one truly occurring. It is sensible. LaFleur is the brother of Packers coach Matt LaFleur, who was the offensive coordinator with the Rams for one season. Each LaFleur brothers labored with Kyle Shanahan in Atlanta, and Mike got here with him to San Francisco. He spent the previous two seasons with the Jets, heading to New York with former Niners defensive coordinator Robert Saleh, in order that LaFleur may name performs for the primary time. (Shanahan calls performs, clearly.) The Rams may throw a curveball by going with a coach who just isn’t from the Shanahan/McVay tree in any respect; they did that when bringing in Brandon Staley to run the protection after parting methods with Wade Phillips. However McVay has been rather more open to incorporating completely new concepts (reasonably than iterating off his scheme in artistic methods) on protection than on offense. It is more likely that he brings in somebody who is aware of the system effectively and tries to tweak issues to make the offense extra environment friendly and explosive. LaFleur suits the invoice.

Ravens: 49ers move recreation coordinator Bobby Slowik

Below former offensive coordinator Greg Roman, the Ravens constantly had one of the crucial efficient operating video games within the NFL. With the ability to construct a scheme round Lamar Jackson — arguably one of the best dashing menace on the quarterback place within the historical past of the league — will do this for you. Early in Roman’s tenure, the Ravens had been capable of marry that run recreation with a robust, downfield passing assault primarily based round play motion. However the passing ideas grew more and more stale in more moderen seasons, and Baltimore’s offense took a number of steps backward. Enter Slowik, who has expertise incorporating the move in run-heavy offenses in San Francisco. He was additionally on the helm of the passing recreation below Kyle Shanahan for what was essentially the most environment friendly season of Jimmy Garoppolo’s profession till he acquired injured, and clearly for these final two months with Brock Purdy below heart. That looks as if a very good basis for the Ravens to faucet into.

Titans: Falcons QB coach Charles London

London is a really fascinating candidate, and a very good match for Tennessee. To begin with, he is conversant in the scheme they have been operating in recent times, having spent the previous two seasons working below former Titans offensive coordinator Arthur Smith in Atlanta. Earlier than doing that, although, London was a longtime operating backs coach. That is probably a plus for Mike Vrabel, who needs his group to be dedicated to operating the ball — particularly for so long as they nonetheless have Derrick Henry. However the expertise London acquired working with quarterbacks needs to be useful as effectively, because the Titans will probably quickly be in search of a alternative for Ryan Tannehill, and can want somebody to educate up the subsequent man.

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