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Predictions for NFL Head Coaching Vacancies

These are just predictions. I am no insider, but I am making educated guesses on where guys end up based on my football knowledge and reports in the league. Here we go. . .

Green Bay Packers, Josh McDaniels: The Green Bay Packers have one of the most desirable positions in the NFL because of their quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels is the best fit for this job.

McDaniels is used to dealing with a superstar QB in Tom Brady and has posted plenty of great offensive seasons. With Rodgers, Davante Adams, and Aaron Jones on the offense, McDaniels could have a lot of fun.

Denver Broncos, Zac Taylor: The Rams quarterback coach is a hot name around the NFL. He has helped Jared Goff step up his game this season, as Goff led the Rams to astronomical offensive numbers.

I see the Broncos as a fit because they need better play from their signal caller. Taylor has shown that he can elevate players games, so it is possible that John Elway believes Taylor can help Case Keenum return to the form he was in with the Vikings.

Cincinnati Bengals, Vance Joseph: Bengals owner Mike Brown likes familiarity. My pick for the Bengals would be Hue Jackson, but the organization has to know how fans feel about one of the worst head coaches in NFL history. That’s why I think it is Joseph.

Joseph was the Bengals defensive backs coach a little while back and did a great job with Cincy’s secondary. Bringing him back gives Brown that familiarity while not causing a giant uproar amongst the fan base.

Miami Dolphins, Eric Bieniemy: The Dolphins flopped with the Adam Gase hire, but I think they still want the elite offense they thought they were getting when they hired Gase originally. Bieniemy is a good start

The Andy Reid coaching tree includes Doug Pederson and Matt Nagy who already appear to be two of the better coaches in the league. I think Bieniemy has the same potential after guiding the Kansas City Chiefs to the best offense in the NFL.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Bruce Arians: This one is kind of a shot in the dark, but Arians said that he, “would listen” if the Bucs called about the open position due to his relationship with Tampa’s general manager Jason Licht.

Putting Arians vertical passing scheme with Jameis Winston may be a disaster, but no other quarterback / coach combo would like to sling it as much as those two.

Arizona Cardinals, Adam Gase: Offensive guru Adam Gase didn’t have the most success as the head coach of the Miami Dolphins. He made the playoffs once on the back of running back Jay Ajayi, but other than that he didn’t have much success. However, he did have plenty of success with the Denver Broncos as offensive coordinator.

With a Peyton Manning endorsement, the Cardinals could be after Gase who needs someone to groom josh Rosen, the quarterback they took in the first round of last year’s NFL Draft.

Cleveland Browns, Freddie Kitchens : Gregg Williams did a good job as interim head coach but due to his history (bounty gate) I doubt he gets the job. Personally I think offensive coordinator Freddie Kitchens should get the job.

After taking over midseason for Todd Haley, Kitchens engineered a great offense. He helped Baker Mayfield break the rookie touchdown passing record while also getting rookie running back Nick Chubb to rush for 900+ yards after he only accrued 16 carries in the teams first five games. Kitchens is the guy for the job.

New York Jets, Mike McCarthy: I have a gut feeling on this one. McCarthy is used to the big stage and there is none bigger than New York.

The Jets have a good defense and a very young quarterback in Sam Darnold who has a ton of potential. I think McCarthy’s decision comes down to New York and Cleveland, but the uncertainty of the AFC East’s future pushes him to the Jets.

-Jarrod Ribaudo (@Jribs53)

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3 thoughts on “Predictions for NFL Head Coaching Vacancies

  • January 2, 2019 at 7:23 pm
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    Hey Jarrod, what about Pittsburgh and the Patriots?

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    • January 2, 2019 at 7:29 pm
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      Well, both the Patriots and Steelers have their respective head coaching jobs filled. I expect Mike Tomlin to be on the hot seat throughout next season while Bill Belichick will continue to win in New England. The Pats may continue to lose coordinators like Josh McDaniels or Brian Flores, but it has not hurt them in the past.

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