3 NFL Coaching Changes that Matter for Fantasy
It is difficult for fans and even the media to realize just how difficult it is to be an NFL head coach. At all times, they need to worry about offense, defense, special teams, and more, all while battling another coaching staff, the clock, the officials, and the odd scoring system that football brings. Football coaches matter, perhaps more than in any other sport, and it is easy to see the decisions that are made that can make or break the game. In a season that only has 16 regular season games, every decision and play call is crucial to a team’s success or failure throughout the year. So which coaching changes will matter this year?
Jason Garrett is finally out in Dallas after a decade in the Cowboys organization. His replacement is former Green Bay Packers coach and former Super Bowl Champion, Mike McCarthy. By the end of his tenure in Dallas, Garrett was criticized for his inability to win big games, despite having one of the deepest rosters in the NFL. McCarthy takes over having a history of winning big games with the Packers and taking his team to the promised land. He immediately steps into one of the best offensive situations in the league with quarterback Dak Prescott surrounded by talent including Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup, Ezekiel Elliott, and recent draft pick CeeDee Lamb. Out of all of the head coaching changes this offseason, this could pay the highest dividends at the end of the year, as McCarthy inherits a near Super Bowl ready team from the start.
After nine successful years in Carolina, Ron Rivera was replaced by former Baylor head coach, Matt Rhule. The entire culture of the Panthers has changed, with longtime quarterback Cam Newton released and now signed with the Patriots, Luke Kuechly retired, Greg Olsen off to Seattle, and a new quarterback in Teddy Bridgewater. New offensive coordinator Joe Brady is coming off leading Joe Burrow and LSU to the National College Championship against Clemson, and is sure to bring in a dynamic offense right off the bat, centered around Christian McCaffrey. Rhule already has made his mark on the team drafting seven defensive players with all of the Panthers’ 2020 draft picks this year. Rhule has a history of turning franchises around including Temple and Baylor, so don’t be surprised if the Panthers are back competing before long.
The Cleveland Browns replaced head coach Freddie Kitchens with former Vikings offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski this offseason. Kitchens had a tumultuous reign as the Browns’ head coach and never really looked at home as the talent on the team was never able to develop much chemistry. Baker Mayfield had a season to forget in 2019 and will look to redeem himself in Stefanski’s offense. The two headed monster of Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt will look to thrive in a system that made Dalvin Cook dominant in Minnesota. With the AFC North as wide open as it has ever been, look for the Browns to come out strong with some new found stability in the coaching staff.
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