All 32 Team Coaching Notes

NFC West

Cardinals: HC Bruce Arians is running away int he race for another Coach of the Year award, DC Todd Bowles has been outstanding.

49ers: While the HC and OC can’t get a talented offense to be consistent, DC Vic Fangio continues to work wonders without his star players, he is the best coach on the staff and will be interviewed for HC positions.

Seahawks: HC and defense-focused Pete Carroll, needs to intervene with the OC Darrell Bevell’s lack of usage with Marshawn Lynch and speed receivers like Jermaine Kearse (see how Percy Harvin and Golden Tate are doing now).

Rams: HC Jeff Fisher and DC Gregg Williams did a phenomenal job putting young players in a position to succeed, stumping the high-octane Broncos offense to only one touchdown.

NFC East

Eagles: HC Chip Kelly is very in tune with both sides of the ball, it is evident that the team would benefit with an upgrade at both coordinator positions, aside from Dave Fipp who has been excellent with the special teams.

Cowboys: DC Rod Marinelli turned a historically bad defense into a top-10 unit despite several injuries, perhaps benefiting from a commitment to the ground game by the offensive coaches.

Giants: HC Tom Coughlin should start to separate himself from Eli Manning, so he can get off the hot seat he doesn’t deserve to be on.

Redskins: HC Jay Gruden is playing his cards right by following front office orders to play QB Robert Griffin, and he will allow the misdirected Griffin to play and talk himself out of town.

NFC North

Lions: HC Jim Caldwell has this team playing with structure and discipline, but then there’s Matthew Stafford, who can’t find the happy medium between gunslinger and game manager.

Packers: HC Mike McCarthy has this team on a tear but realize both 50+ point outputs were at Lambeau Field, DC Dom Capers deserves credit for locking down the talent on the Bears and Eagles.

Bears: Marc Trestman has to adjust his system to the flaws of QB Jay Cutler, perhaps calling more play-actions as opposed to spreading things out.

Vikings: The defense has the makings of being elite very soon so credit HC Mike Zimmer, but not even OC Norv Turner can get a rookie QB with mediocre WRs to be productive.

NFC South

Falcons: HC Mike Smith has had to claw his way through a tough season, his job is on the line because they expect to win, but it doesn’t matter what type of QB and WRs you have if the O-line is non-existent and the D gets run over.

Saints: Weird to see HC Sean Payton struggle to get his wide array of WRs involved, they are definitely underachieving, and should use Mark Ingram’s success by calling more play-actions.

Panthers: OC Mike Shula has been laughable, granted the O-line is weak, Jonathan Stewart should be the feature back and QB Cam Newton would excel in play-action, relying too much on the read-option with a battered QB is just lazy.

Buccaneers: HC Lovie Smith has a talented defense to work with, it does take time to turn around a struggling franchise, but things would go quicker if the offense can look as promising as it did in week 11.

AFC West

Broncos: HC John Fox and DC Jack del Rio have their defensive moments, but I’m not sure if OC Adam Gase is helping QB Peyton Manning whatsoever.

Chiefs: HC Andy Reid flipped a worrisome start into five straight wins, he has a stout defensive unit, but I’m not sure how he’s squeezing points of out this one-dimensional offense.

Chargers: DC John Pagano has been in a tough spot with injuries, the frustration comes HC Mike McCoy for the underwhelming offense.

Raiders: HC Tony Sparano should’ve instantly inserted rookie RB Latavius Murray into a timeshare role when Dennis Allen got let go, a rookie backfield with QB Derek Carr gives the team their best chance to win a game.

AFC East

Patriots: The great HC that Bill Belichick is has molded other coaches around the league, lost big money players, and still perseveres through injuries to steer the Patriots back to the top.

Dolphins: HC Joe Philbin doesn’t get enough credit for keeping his team even keeled and competitive through key injuries.

Bills: Former Lions HC and current Bills DC, Jim Schwartz, has improved Buffalo from a good unit to an elite one, which should earn him HC interviews again.

Coaching Spotlight:

Jets: OC Marty Morningweg, formerly of the Eagles with QB Michael Vick, finally got a bye week to bring a new veteran-infused offense together. Let me elaborate elaborate: Vick recently became the starter, they recently traded for WR Percy Harvin, RB Chris Ivory is having a good season, they signed WR Eric Decker and RB Chris Johnson in the offseason, drafted TE Jace Amaro, and they’ve only all started a couple games together. Yes, this means that with HC Rex Ryan should return another season, defense ranks top-10 in yardage allowed despite the mess in the secondary. To be objective, these coaches aren’t as much the problem as the front office is.

AFC North

Bengals: HC Marvin Lewis keeps this team even keeled and afloat, when they lose ugly you it’s usually because of multiple injuries, which have affected both sides of the ball.

Ravens: HC John Harbaugh has a great handle on his team, OC Gary Kubiak is the guy they need to thank for their 2014 starting ground game and RB Justin Forsett.

Steelers: Dick LaBeau continues to adapt to the involving game and through a plethora of injuries, OC Todd Haley would be wise to let Ben Roethlisberger call the shots from the no-huddle.

Browns: HC Mike Pettine has got the defense playing tough at the right time, he and OC Kyle Shanahan have a decision to make if Brian Hoyer can’t keep them in the win column, perhaps turning to that backup rookie QB.

AFC South

Colts: OC Pep Hamilton inflates his college QB Andrew Luck’s numbers with all these passing attempts, Luck is good, but has been mediocre against playoff caliber teams. Hamilton should have used Ahmad Bradshaw more when he was healthy, and probably should’ve featured him too.

Texans: HC Bill O’Brien traded for a familiar face in QB Ryan Mallett, resulting in a win in his first career start. With J.J. Watt likely to win another Defensive Player of the Year award, very well in the MVP race as well, this playoff-ready defense needs a healthy Arian Foster, and Mallett to play decent enough.

Titans: HC Ken Whisenhunt has to find a way to get a young offense to start moving chains and scoring points, at least better than the first half of the season.

Jaguars: Last season HC Gus Bradley got the Jags to play tougher in the final eight games, they should do the same this time around too, the struggles come from them being one of the most inexperienced teams in the league.

 

* HC = Head Coach

* OC = Offensive Coordinator

* DC = Defensive Coordinator