As of right now, six NFL teams will be looking for a new Head Coach, and more could be opening up in the coming days. I go over the three teams with vacancies; the Atlanta Falcons, Detroit Lions, Houston Texans, Jacksonville Jaguars, Los Angeles Chargers, and the New York Jets. I explain where they should go and why.
Let’s start with the Jacksonville Jaguars; the Jaguars are two years removed from losing against the New England Patriots at the 2018 AFC Championship game. I still believe they have a good team, and I have seen the potential that they have. Shad Khan, the Jaguars owner, said he plans on being more hands-on with the roster and says that will continue even when they get a new General Manager. The Jaguars will have the first overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, and all the signs point that they will be drafting Trevor Lawrence. Khan even stated in a press conference that the team had not had any discussions with anyone. Who should the Jaguars focus on? The rumors going around say Urban Meyer is interested in the gig. Would he be a good fit, though? I am not entirely sure, Meyer is an excellent coach or at least an excellent college coach.
I think he would be a great fit for Jacksonville, but my only concern is how he will run the team? I think back to when Nick Sabin left LSU for the Miami Dolphins; he was not very popular among the veteran players. The veterans never really bought into him, and former defensive lineman Kevin Carter said in an interview with MMQB’s Albert Breer that “nothing was ever good enough, he wasn’t selling us on making it happen on game day. It was every day, in practice, day-in and day-out.”
If Meyer can avoid the mistakes that Sabin made, it could just work out. I don’t expect it to work right away, but I can see them winning a few AFC South division championships within two. I also think there is another talking aspect that people are missing here. Meyer does not have the best record with Quarterbacks if you think about it. He coached College Football from 2001 to 2018, except for one season, which was in 2011. The best Quarterback he coached that had a pretty good career was one of the current Quarterbacks of the Washington Football Team, Alex Smith. He also coached Tim Tebow, but Tebow did not have the best NFL career; it was good enough, however, to get the Denver Broncos to the 2011 AFC Playoffs. I understand Urban Meyer and Nick Sabin are two different people, but if Meyer can avoid some of the mistakes that Sabin did, he will be a good NFL coach, I believe. He needs to understand he will not be yelling at guys aged 18 to 23 like he is used to. If he does, he will have problems because the older veterans won’t deal with it.
Who should the Jacksonville Jaguars hire? Urban Meyer
If they don’t hire Urban Meyer, who do they go to? I think Brian Daboll would be an excellent choice for the Jaguars. Daboll is the offensive coordinator for the Buffalo Bills, and based on the play of Josh Allen; I think Daboll would be the right guy.
The Atlanta Falcons fired Dan Quinn back in October along with General Manager Thomas Dimitroff. Now, Falcons Owner Arthur Blank has some work to do. I am not going to get into who should be hired to be a General Manager. I believe that the Falcons are a much better team than their record showed for the 2020 season (4-12) but in the NFL that simply does not matter. The Falcons need help in a few places mainly on defense but I also believe they need to protect Matt Ryan better and it is imperative that they find some offensive linemen in the draft or free agency. I know a lot of people like Eric Bienemy for this position but I am not feeling it. I think based on the defensive woes that they had this year current San Francisco Defensive Coordinator Robert Saleh would be a good choice for the Atlanta Falcons.
Who should the Atlanta Falcons hire? Robert Saleh
If they don’t hire Robert Saleh, who do they go to? I would say Eric Bienemy would be a pretty good choice.
The Detroit Lions fired Matt Praticia after the Lions’ loss to the Houston Texans 41-25 on Thanksgiving Day. The Lions are a team that can’t get out of their own way; I believe if Matt Stafford had a good offensive line, the Lions would have been in many more games than they were. The Lions’ other issue is that the defense just wasn’t excellent. I think the Lions will be a place where someone would love the opportunity to work with Matt Stafford. The Tennessee Titans’ current offensive coordinator, Arthur Smith, would be a good fit for this coaching spot. The Titans won the AFC South this year with Ryan Tannehill, and they looked pretty good doing it, so that impressed me. Smith also has defensive coaching experience with the Washington Redskins, and having a coach who knows both sides is a good quality to have.
Who should the Detroit Lions hire? Arthur Smith
If they don’t hire Arthur Smith, who do they go to? Patrick Graham, current defensive coordinator of the New York Giants. I think he would be a good fit for the Lions defense.
The job that I believe will be the most difficult for someone would be the Houston Texans. This team is screwed, in my opinion, for the foreseeable future because of Bill O’Brien. O’Brien killed this team with some of the awful moves this man has made. I really don’t know who would want to coach this team, but it’s the NFL, and the Houston Texans will find someone who wants the opportunity. I know that there has been a lot of talk about Iowa State’s Head Coach Matt Campbell making a move to the NFL; I don’t know how someone would want to go into a situation that bad. Bill O’Brien gave up DeAndre Hopkins for David Johnson, and that’s not all the Texans also absorbed his $10-million plus salary. It is mind-boggling that he made it as long as he did. If you are a Texans fan, I am sorry for what O’Brien did to your Texans.
Who should the Houston Texans hire? Matt Campbell from Iowa State.
If they don’t hire Matt Campbell, then who? I say go with a coach who has experience. I could see someone like James Caldwell, Todd Bowles, or Dan Quinn.
The New York Jets fired Adam Gase on Monday, and that means the Jets are on the clock with finding a new Head Coach and a number two overall first-round draft pick. I say they are on the clock because the Jaguars will draft Trevor Lawrence. Who do the Jets go after, and I can say with zero doubt that Eric Bienemy would be great for this job. I would love to see what Bienemy could do with Sam Darnold; I think the Jets would be making a great choice if they go with Bienemy, the current offensive coordinator of the Kansas City Chiefs is ready to be a Head Coach in the NFL.
Who should the New York Jets hire? Eric Bienemy
Suppose they don’t hire Eric Bienemy, who I could see the Jets going for someone under the radar. Maybe someone like Jason Garrett, Arthur Smith, or Brian Schottenheimer.
The Los Angeles Chargers should have gone sooner, but I keep forgetting they are no longer the San Diego Chargers. The Chargers fired Anthony Lynn on Monday, and they are another team that does not have a General Manager, so the Chargers have some work to do. If Eric Bienemy ends up not going to the Jets or Falcons, I believe the Chargers would be a great place. I think this job is more coveted than people are letting on. I think offensive-minded coaches who are available would salivate to have the chance to coach Justin Herbert. If the Chargers choose not to go after Bienenemy, maybe someone like Brian Daboll from the Bills would also be a good choice. This might be a good landing spot for Matt Campbell as well. I am intrigued with this coaching search and who the Chargers will pick to lead the charge.
Who should Los Angeles Chargers hire? If he is there, Eric Bienemy, I would go after Brian Daboll or Matt Campbell if he’s not. The Chargers did reach out to the Giants about interviewing Jason Garrett, and Garrett could be a good hire, but I don’t think he is someone I would pick for my team.
I hope you enjoyed this preview; I believe I have a 50% of getting one of these picks correctly.