NFL: What to Make of the Coaching Carousel

This upcoming season in the National Football League will have some new faces leading teams on the gridiron. Jon Gruden returns to coaching after being away from it since 2008. Pat Shurmur will also get another head coaching job in the NFL. Matt Patricia, Mike Vrabel, Matt Nagy, and Frank Reich all will get their chance for the first time as well.

Jon Gruden is returning to the Oakland Raiders where he coached for four years between 1998 to 2001. Gruden will bring great leadership to a young team with lots of potential. Gruden will hope to mold quarterback Derek Carr into a great leader on the field and let them make a solid run at winning the AFC West.

Pat Shurmur is leaving the Minnesota Vikings where he was the offensive coordinator last season to coach the New York Giants. The Giants had a record of 3-13 last year which, was the worst in the NFC. Shurmur will hope to use his offensive centered mind to help turn Eli Manning back into his winning form as he did with Case Keenum in 2017 in Minnesota. It will be interesting to see if they draft an apprentice to succeed Manning.

Matt Patricia is leaving the dominant organization of the New England Patriots where he served as the defensive coordinator to take over as the head coach for the Detroit Lions. Patricia is coming to a defense that ranked 21st in the NFL in points allowed per game. So with Patricia, the Lions defense should even be better as he led the New England defense to only allowing 19.53 points per game last season. Adding Patricia’s defensive leadership, the Lions should be a strong contender in the NFC North.

Mike Vrabel will be taking over in Tennessee as he looks to led the Titans back to the playoffs. Vrabel survived last year as the defensive coordinator in Houston. That should give him a solid chance to perform in the AFC South, since he knows the competing teams well. Vrabel will look to improve the Titans defense who allowed 22.89 points per game last season. With Vrabel calling the shots, be sure to look for more blitz packages on defense hoping to create turnovers and give the offense more scoring chances.

Matt Nagy is the next coach changing places as he takes over the young Chicago Bears team. Nagy will look to build a solid relationship with second year quarterback Mitchell Trubisky. Last year, he was able to help Alex Smith have one of his best years last season in Kansas City. So if Nagy and Trubisky can get on track, they could improve on the 5-11 year the Bears had last year.

Frank Reich is coming back to a place he coached at before as he takes over the Indianapolis Colts. Reich, former Eagles offensive coordinator, groomed Carson Wentz into a MVP candidate before he got hurt. Frank brings an offensive minded attack with him due to playing quarterback in the NFL for 13 years (mostly as a backup). The key for him to have a good season will be getting quarterback Andrew Luck back on the field. With what Reich did with Wentz, imagine the numbers Luck could have this season if he remains healthy.

All six coaches bring great knowledge to each of their teams. Also, all of them should have a chance to help their new team improve on wins and losses.

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