NFL Head Coaching Changes
Now that all of the eight available NFL head coaching positions have been filled, let’s recap the hires.
Hire: Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians.
Credentials: Arians filled in as head coach for Chuck Pagano while he battled leukemia, going 9-3 in his absence.
Hire: Syracuse coach Doug Marrone
Credentials: Marrone went 25-25 in four seasons at Syracuse. He last coached in the NFL as New Orleans Saints’ offensive coordinator from 2006 to 2008.
Hire: Montreal Alouettes coach Marc Trestman.
Credentials: Trestman led the Alouettes to back to back Canadian Football League championships in 2009 and 2010. He has also served as an offensive coordinator for the San Francisco 49ers and Oakland Raiders. Widely regarded as a quarterback guru, he helped groom Jay Cutler and prepare him for the NFL Draft.
Hire: Carolina Panthers offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski
Credentials: Chudzinski was Browns’ offensive coordinator from 2007 to 2008 under Butch Davis. He played football at the University of Miami. Former San Diego Chargers coach Norv Turner will run the offense.
Hire: Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley
Credentials: Bradley spent four seasons in Seattle under Pete Carroll. The Seahawks defense was tops in the league, only giving up 15.3 points per game this season.
Kansas City Chiefs
Hire: Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid
Credentials: Reid led the Eagles to the playoffs nine times in 14 seasons in Philadelphia, and brings a wealth of experience to the team.
Hire: Oregon coach Chip Kelly
Credentials: After flip-flopping between staying at Oregon or going to the promos, Kelly took the job that looks to be the best for him on paper. His high-octane offense should fit well with the Eagles speedy receivers and potentially Michael Vick. Kelly led Oregon to the 2011 BCS National Championship Game and guided the Ducks to a 12-1 record in 2012, but has no previous NFL experience.
San Diego Chargers
Hire: Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy
Credentials: McCoy was with the Broncos for four seasons and led them to playoff berths in the last two seasons with Tim Tebow and Peyton Manning at the helm. McCoy also spent nine years on the Carolina Panthers’ coaching staff.
By Pat O’Brien – 92.9 The Game Staff