Tuesday, October 19

NFL head coach vacancies, ranked: Jaguars, Chargers jockey for best gig available

Not all jobs are the same.

As of Black Monday, the number of head coach vacancies in the NFL is six: the Jaguars, Jets, Lions, Texans, Falcons And Chargers will all be looking for new bosses in the 2021 season. So what’s the best job? ?

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The truth is, there are no bad open gigs in the NFL this offseason, which is good for prospective coaches. The bad news is that not all jobs are the best – staff, draft And pick status, salary cap, And front office situations all influence what makes a job attractive.

Take the Texans, for example: There are a lot of coaches in the league who would love to work with a talent like Shaun Watson. But his capitalization situation And draft stock are less than impressive. Everything requires context.

So with the interviews they are currently conducting And applying for the six mentioned franchises, here’s how the jobs break down:

All cap numbers projected through Sporran.

6. Detroit Lions

General Manager: Vacant
Projected boundary space: ~ $40,000,000
2021 NFL Draft Picks: Five

The Lions are in a tough spot as an organization: Matthew Stafford is reaching the final nine spots of his career, they have a fair amount of salary cap room to work with, And some key free agents to re-sign going into the offseason. .

Stafford is the biggest question for the Lions heading into 2021: Will Detroit continue? Will they keep it close? Some would argue that Stafford’s best football is behind him, And if there were suitors for him, they might trade it or cut ties And endure quite a large number.

The Lions have the No. 7 overall pick in the 2021 draft And could address any number of needs depending on Stafford’s situation. The next head coach (And general manager) is going to have his hAnds full trying to decide whether to go or come in an NFC North that could go either direction for years to come.

The Lions have More questions than answers, And while they have a few key gears in the machine, it’s probably the least attractive job on the market.

5. Atlanta Falcons

General Manager: Vacant
Projected boundary space: negative ~ $24,000,000
2021 NFL Draft Picks: 10

Matt Ryan is getting old, but Atlanta may still be poised to win right now, slipping them slightly ahead of the Lions. However, the argument could be made in favor of one or the other in the last place.

The Falcons had a tendency to ruin games early in the season, And they did some good things with interim coach Raheem Morris, but not enough; they eventually finished with a 4-12 record And seemed generally the same team that they were with Dan. Quinn at the beginning of the year.

However, where the Falcons And Lions differ is the draft position: The Lions finished with the No. 7 pick rather than the Falcons’ No. 4 pick, giving Atlanta a possible look at an early QB. And gave a new head coach an Option if Ryan doesn’t make the team in 2021 (although he will. Look at the contract).

So the Falcons, loaded with some picks from the Day 3 NFL Draft, could be a contender sooner rather than later. But like Detroit, the decision is in the quarterback’s arm.

4. Houston Texans

General Manager: Vacant
Projected boundary space: negative ~ $16,000,000
2021 NFL Draft Picks: Eight

Unlike the Lions And Falcons, Houston does not have a quarterback problem, but there are many others to solve.

There is no denying that Shaun Watson has risen to the top echelon of NFL quarterbacks, but the next head coach will have to wait a year for the first time. And second-round pick, who was sent to Miami in exchange for offensive lineman Larry Tonsil.

That said, Watson is an intriguing enough player given his position as a top-five quarterback in the league right now, giving the next head coach a chance to build around everything else on the team. . They’re just going to have their hAnds full trying to work without the draft’s top, young, mold able talent. With some cap issues, they could switch from guys like Jr Watt to alleviate the problem. Still, they can win now if the right And precise moves are made to help complement Watson And fix everything else on the fly.

3. New York Jets

General Manager: Joe Douglas
Projected boundary space: ~ $68,000,000
2021 NFL Draft Picks: Nine

An abundance of capital in the draft, the second-best cap position in the league, a highly respected general manager, And a chance to be a quarterback in the 2021 draft (Justin Fields?) Make the job work. More attractive than Twitter may lead you to believe. Plus, with four first-round picks in the next two years, a new head coach will definitely have plenty of young talent to help shape for years to come.

The Jets are almost certainly moving from quarterback Sam Arnold, who was a victim of circumstance And underperformance during his three years with New York, but a coach will have a chance to try to fix Arnold (unlikely) or choose between QB2 in the 2021 draft.

The Jets are entering Phase 2 of their total rebuild, And the Arnold question is at the fore. The problem with the Jets, however, is offensive talent – an Or less than good line And a questionable secondary are key areas for improvement in the coming seasons. The large amounts of draft capital And cap space could definitely help alleviate that And help shape the Jets of the future in the head coach’s vision.

2. Los Angeles Chargers

General Manager: Tom Telesco
Projected boundary space: ~ $29,000,000
2021 NFL Draft Picks: Eight

Surprisingly, the Chargers are in a good place as an organization: Justin Herbert appears to be a budding superstar, the defense is above average, they have some headroom at the salary cap, And they don’t have much work to do. Strengthen certain areas of the workforce in 2021.

LA finished the season with four straight wins And lost a ton of close games in 2021 (seven of its nine losses came with one possession) And Anthony Lynn’s clock And game skills left something to be desired. That won’t work in 2021 with Herbert at the center And a team that looks ready to race.

Don’t be surprised if the chargers flip you over quickly. The Chargers are a team built to win now, And if Herbert continues to move up in 2021, they will be ready to win now. They have a ton of offensive weaponry (Keenan Allen And Mike Williams lead the Or corps), And a secondary that, when healthy, is among the best in the league. They have some questions with the offensive line to resolve, which will no doubt be addressed this offseason as Los Angeles tries to protect its quarterback.

With the caller in place And the talent there as well, it’s imperative for the Chargers to properly hire this head coach, And the list of interested suitors to work with Herbert And general manager Tom Telesco will be long.

1. Jacksonville Jaguars

General Manager: Vacant
Projected boundary space: ~ $81,000,000
2021 NFL Draft Picks: 10

The best available gig may not be available for long.

Urban Meyer is ruMored to be the opening favorite for the Jags, leaving Jacksonville in a strange place with training interviews: Meyer has reportedly told those around him that he believes the job is his, which means that others do not need to apply.

While Meyer’s purported pick is moot, what isn’t is how attractive the job in Jacksonville is: The team has a fleet of Brinks trucks worth of cap space, the No. 1 overall pick at the 2021 Lawrence NFL Draft) And star players at various positions. An essentially blank slate for the incoming coach will be a dream as long as the property stays out of the way.


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