NFL offensive coordinator matchmaker: Assigning the perfect coach for each job opening, including Bucs, Jets

There are still 3 video games left in the NFL playoffs, and 4 groups still alive in the race to be the Super Bowl champ. But for the 28 groups currently in your home, it’s currently the offseason. That indicates it’s time to remake both lineups and training personnels. 

Across the league, there are an outright lots of groups searching for a brand-new offending planner. In reality, there are 13 (THIRTEEN!) 12 (TWELVE!) present offending planner jobs (after the Patriots employed Bill O’Brien). Because there are many of them, we’re here to play matchmaker and appoint prospects to task openings. 

It’s worth bearing in mind that there are 5 groups that still have head-coach openings, that makes it almost difficult to select an offending planner for them. So, we will not be making a match for the Broncos, Cardinals, Colts, Panthers, or Texans right now. That leaves us with 8 7 groups for which to discover fits: Buccaneers, Chargers, Commanders, Jets, Rams, Ravens, and Titans. 

Before we provide it a shot, let’s do some house cleaning. I’ve assembled as finest I can a list of prospects who have actually either been spoken with for among the previously mentioned openings, been asked for an interview, or are reported to be a prospective prospect. That list is comprehensive. Here it is, in alphabetical order: 

Adrian Klemm Oregon AHC
Ben Bloom Browns run video game planner
Bill O’Brien Alabama OC
Bobby Slowik 49ers pass video game planner
Brian Angelichio Vikings pass video game planner
Brian Johnson Eagles QB Coach
Byron Leftwich Former Buccaneers OC
Chad O’Shea Browns pass video game planner
Charles London Falcons QB coach
Chris Foerster 49ers OL coach
Dan Pitcher Bengals QB coach
Darrell Bevell 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 Bills QB Coach
Justin Outten Broncos OC
Keenan McCardell Vikings WR coach
Ken Zampese Commanders QB Coach
Kevin Patullo Eagles pass video game planner
Klint Kubiak Broncos pass video game planner
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 pass video game planner
Todd Monken Georgia OC
Troy Walters Bengals WR coach
Zac Robinson Rams QB coach

For matchmaking functions, we’re going to attempt to remain within the world of realism as much as we can. For example, based upon his history, we understand with near certainty that Bill Belichick will select for his offending planner somebody to whom he has a previous connection. So, we’re not going to match the Patriots with, state, Eagles quarterbacks coach Brian Johnson, although Johnson is thought about among the very best prospects of this cycle. They have not even requested him for an interview, and all of the coaches they have actually asked for up until now do have that previous connection to Belichick. (Update: The Patriots employed Bill O’Brien, as forecasted listed below.)

In reality, we’re not going to match Johnson with any group in the area listed below. That’s for a particular factor: It appears extremely most likely that if Eagles offending planner Shane Steichen gets a head-coaching task this offseason (he remains in the mix for numerous openings), Nick Sirianni would promote Johnson to offending planner. It’d be far better for Johnson’s profession to remain in Philly to coach up among the very best offenses in the league than to leave and coach an inferior quarterback and supporting cast. The exact same holds true of Bengals quarterbacks coach Dan Pitcher, who appears like a most likely promo prospect if offending planner Brian Callahan gets a head-coaching position. (It’s likewise real, to a lower level, for Giants quarterbacks coach Shea Tierney, if offending planner Mike Kafka gets a task.) 

Keeping all that in mind, let’s get to it…

Buccaneers: Georgia OC Todd Monken

This one includes a forecast that Tom Brady go back to Tampa. Otherwise, it does not make much sense for Monken to leave an extremely soft task with the two-time safeguarding nationwide champs to make the dive back to the NFL. If Brady is back, however, then the Bucs might want to Monken, who functioned as their offending planner under Dirk Koetter, prior to Bruce Arians took control of. The offense was explosive down the field with Jameis Winston tossing to Mike Evans (to name a few), and after Tampa lost that component of its offense for the many part this previous season, Monken might assist discover it. 

Chargers: Former Colts HC Frank Reich

Reich has actually shown over and over that he can get the very best out of quarterbacks. He was the offending planner in Philadelphia when Carson Wentz was an MVP prospect, and Nick Foles won the Super Bowl. He got strong play out of Andrew Luck (for one season) and Jacoby Brissett, supervise across-the-board enhancement from Philip Rivers in his last NFL season (compared to his last season with the Chargers), and had Wentz looking competent-ish once again in Indianapolis (prior to he fell off the rails once again this year in Washington). Bringing him in to deal with Justin Herbert would permit a budding star to take the next action in his advancement. He’d likewise ideally permit Herbert to access more of the field than did previous offending planner Joe Lombardi. 

Commanders: Rams AHC Thomas Brown

One thing we understand about Commanders coach Ron Rivera is that he values a strong running video game. That makes Brown, a previous running backs coach turned tight ends coach, an excellent fit. The Rams provided all of their assistants authorization to look for tasks in other places while Sean McVay considered his future, however Brown appears like the most likely prospect for an action up. He’s long been thought about an up-and-coming coach, and a prospective future planner or head coach. Here, we provide him that shot. 

Jets: Bills QB coach Joe Brady

It wasn’t that long ago that Brady was a hot name not simply for offending planner positions, however head training positions. That was prior to he got fired as the Panthers’ offending planner by Matt Rhule, which does not appear like that much of an indictment any longer. He invested this previous season as Josh Allen’s quarterbacks coach, and he was Joe Burrow’s position coach in college. He likewise hung out with the Saints in 2018 and 2019 (Drew Brees) prior to his time at LSU. So, he’s got experience dealing with a lot of various kinds of quarterbacks, and contributing to explosive, downfield-threatening offenses and those that work closer to the line of skirmish. He’s not straight from the Shanahan/McVay training tree like New York’s previous offending planner, however with Robert Saleh being a protective coach, he may be available to running a various design of offense.

Patriots: Alabama OC Bill O’Brien

As formerly discussed, every prospect the Patriots have actually talked with for this opening has a previous connection to Bill Belichick. Klemm was the initial draft choice of the Belichick period in New England. McCardell bet Belichick in Cleveland. Caley is the Patriots’ present best ends coach. And Jefferson invested the last couple of years training under Kliff Kingsbury, who was a Belichick draft choice in New England. We’re wagering the Pats return to O’Brien, however, who was the group’s offending planner in 2011 and an offending assistant, pass receivers coach, and quarterbacks coach prior to that. He likewise invested the previous 2 seasons working for Nick Saban, and we understand just how much Saban and Belichick love trading assistant coaches backward and forward. It’s uncertain that Belichick is aiming to really re-invent the wheel offensively this late in his profession, so we’re believing he opts for a familiar face who has experience in the function.

Update: O’Brien has actually been employed by the Patriots. 

Rams: Former Jets OC Mike LaFleur

From the appearances of things, it’s currently trending towards this one in fact taking place. It makes good sense. LaFleur is the sibling of Packers coach Matt LaFleur, who was the offending planner with the Rams for one season. Both LaFleur siblings dealt with Kyle Shanahan in Atlanta, and Mike included him to San Francisco. He invested the previous 2 seasons with the Jets, heading to New York with previous Niners protective planner Robert Saleh, so that LaFleur might call plays for the very first time. (Shanahan calls plays, undoubtedly.) The Rams might toss a curveball by opting for a coach who is not from the Shanahan/McVay tree at all; they did that when generating Brandon Staley to run the defense after parting methods with Wade Phillips. But McVay has actually been a lot more available to including completely originalities (instead of repeating off his plan in innovative methods) on defense than on offense. It’s a lot more most likely that he generates somebody who understands the system well and attempts to fine-tune things to make the offense more effective and explosive. LaFleur fits the costs. 

Ravens: 49ers pass video game planner Bobby Slowik

Under previous offending planner Greg Roman, the Ravens regularly had among the most reliable running video games in the NFL. Being able to develop a plan around Lamar Jackson — probably the very best hurrying risk at the quarterback position in the history of the league — will do that for you. Early in Roman’s period, the Ravens had the ability to wed that run video game with a strong, downfield passing attack based mainly around play action. But the passing ideas grew progressively stagnant in more current seasons, and Baltimore’s offense took numerous actions backwards. Enter Slowik, who has experience including the pass in run-heavy offenses in San Francisco. He was likewise at the helm of the death video game under Kyle Shanahan for what was the most effective season of Jimmy Garoppolo’s profession up until he got hurt, and undoubtedly for these last 2 months with Brock Purdy under center. That appears like an excellent structure for the Ravens to use. 

Titans: Falcons QB coach Charles London

London is an extremely fascinating prospect, and an especially great suitable for Tennessee. First of all, he recognizes with the plan they have actually been running in current years, having actually invested the previous 2 seasons working under previous Titans offending planner Arthur Smith in Atlanta. Before doing that, though, London was a long time running backs coach. That’s likely a plus for Mike Vrabel, who desires his group to be devoted to running the ball — particularly for as long as they still have Derrick Henry. But the experience London got dealing with quarterbacks ought to be handy too, as the Titans will likely quickly be searching for a replacement for Ryan Tannehill, and will require somebody to coach up the next man. 

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