Track down the 2024 NFL coach: Five positions open after the firings of Ron Rivera and Arthur Smith

Track down the 2024 NFL coach: Five positions open after the firings of Ron Rivera and Arthur Smith

With the 2023 regular season ending on Sunday, 18 of the NFL’s 32 teams will have finished for the year. This means it’s time to turn our attention toward the coaching circuit in a league where there are currently five vacancies: the Carolina Panthers, Las Vegas Raiders, Los Angeles Chargers, and Atlanta Falcons with… The team fired Arthur Smith on Sunday night Just after midnight Together with the leaders moving forward By Ron Rivera on monday.

Current openings

The Panthers made Frank Reich the first coach fired after letting him go on Nov. 27 after Carolina started the year 1-10 in his first season at the helm. Reich’s 11-game tenure is the shortest with the team since Pete McCauley’s nine-game stint with the 1978 San Francisco 49ers. Carolina finished the season with the NFL’s worst record, 2-15, and the league’s worst offense (13.9 points per game) in 2023, a promising first season for quarterback Bryce Young.

The Raiders released Josh McDaniels on Halloween after a 3-5 start. He went 9-16 in two seasons as the Raiders’ coach. McDaniels It is said that the RO treasury was loston His players also took to his leadership style. Las Vegas went 5-4 under linebacker and interim coach Antonio Pierce to finish the season 8-9 overall. The 15.9 points per game allowed from Weeks 9 to 18 under Pierce ranked as the fewest in the NFL.

The Chargers fired Brandon Staley on December 15 after a 5-9 start that included getting blown out 63-21 in his final game. Los Angeles was without center Justin Herbert, who was out with a broken index finger in his right, which resulted in a throwing hand. The Chargers ranked 28th in both scoring and total defense under Staley in 2023, a far cry from when he coached the league’s best scoring and total defense as defensive coordinator with the Rams in 2020.

The Atlanta Falcons fired Arthur Smith after the final day of the regular season on Jan. 7 after finishing 7-10 in each of his first three seasons. The run made Smith the first Falcons coach to lose 10 games in three straight seasons. Game management has not been his strong suit this season as Atlanta has suffered four defeats when taking the lead in the final minute of a game this season. That’s the most by any team since the 2015 New York Giants.

His biggest failure as a head coach is resisting including the three offensively skilled players the team drafted in the top 10 in each of the last three drafts: tight end Kyle Pitts (fourth overall pick in 2021), wide receiver Drake London (eighth overall pick in 2021). 2022) and running back Bijan Robinson (8th overall pick in 2023). In the past, Smith has said his job as an NFL head coach is about finding a way to win, not playing fantasy football. However, utilizing three of the team’s most talented playmakers could certainly have helped an offense that averaged 19.6 points per game in 2023, ninth-worst in the league.

Ron Rivera’s time with the Washington Chiefs is now over as he has been fired by the franchise. The team went 4-13 this season in the first year of the new leadership group of leaders in front of Josh Harris. The Commanders’ defense, Rivera’s side of the ball, was the worst in the NFL across the board in 2023.

Potential openings

In each of the past 11 years, there have been at least five new coaches. As for teams that could join the Panthers, Raiders, Chargers, Falcons and Chiefs with openings, two teams come to mind: the New England Patriots and the Chicago Bears.

There is a real possibility that Bill Belichick will enter the offseason without the title he has long held, since 2000, as head coach of the New England Patriots. The Patriots have a meeting scheduled next week between owner Robert Kraft, team president Jonathan Kraft and Belichick to determine Belichick’s future as the team moves forward, The Athletic’s Dianna Russini reports. He reportedly wants to continue training, but Rossini also wrote that some who work in the team “expect changes” and are starting to communicate elsewhere. Beyond the leaders, the Raiders, who recently hired and fired his former offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, are interested in meeting with him and perhaps bringing the architect of the “Patriot Way” to the West.

Both the amount of losses (13) and points per game (13.9) are the worst for the Patriots since the 1992 season, when they went 2-14. The following season, New England fired head coach Dick McPherson and hired Bill Parcells.

Earlier this season, New England became the first team to lose three straight games by 10 or fewer points since the 1938 Chicago Cardinals did so nearly 100 years ago. The team was eliminated twice this season. During the Brady era, the Patriots were eliminated twice in 20 seasons, including the postseason.

Given that Belichick has won six Super Bowls in the NFL for New England, he has some leeway in the post-Brady era, but outside of a 10-7 run in 2021, New England has had a losing record in three of the four years Brady is gone. Between a lack of on-field success and poor roster construction that forced Belichick to continue spending multiple free agencies to cover poor recruiting classes, his time may have run out in New England.

The Chicago Bears would also likely be in the market for a new head coach if they decide to move on from head coach Matt Eberflus, who is 10-24 in two seasons. Eberflus cut his teeth as a former defensive coordinator for the Indianapolis Colts, but his Bears defense was the worst in the NFL on third down, allowing opponents to convert first downs at a rate of 43.8%.

His coaching staff in Chicago also failed to coax the effective play of quarterback Justin Fields, the 11th overall pick of the 2021 NFL Draft while failing to protect him up front. Fields has the highest under pressure rate (46.2%) and highest sack rate (12.4%) among the 38 eligible quarterbacks since 2021.

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Here’s some quick analysis on what’s in store for potential candidates for each of the current head coaching vacancies.

Hiring and firing in the NFL

Carolina Panthers

Frank Reich

Bryce Young’s 5.5 yards per pass attempt in 2023 ranks as the fourth-worst in NFL history with at least 500 pass attempts. He also ranked last in the NFL in passer rating (73.7) in his rookie year. Whoever takes this job needs a contractual guarantee from owner David Tepper of at least a few years. They have had six different coaches in six seasons under Tepper. The franchise had four in its first 23 seasons.

las vegas raiders

Josh McDaniels

Whoever takes this job has building blocks on both sides of the ball with All-Pro wideout Davante Adams and Pro Bowl defensive tackle Maxx Crosby. However, the future quarterback likely won’t be on the roster, and the AFC West runs through Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs for the foreseeable future.

Los Angeles Chargers

Brandon Staley

The Chargers are the rare team with a coaching vacancy whose franchise quarterback has been secured in Justin Herbert. The problem is that much of the list is vulnerable and/or expensive. Pro Bowl defensive tackle Joey Bosa hasn’t been able to have double-digit games in each of the past two seasons. Wide receiver Mike Williams suffered a torn ACL three games into 2023. Center Corey Linsley has struggled with an injury ailment since becoming a Charger. Los Angeles is expected to be worth about $35 million over the salary cap in 2024, making them have to turn over their roster as quickly as possible. Like the Raiders, they have a boss problem too.

Atlanta Falcons Arthur Smith The Falcons are fairly well stocked in terms of their offensive personnel except for the glaring hole at quarterback where Desmond Rieder clearly isn’t the answer. They could use some wide receiver depth behind Drake London, but the trio of London, Robinson and Pitts is a great place to start. Upgrades along the aging front seven would help, but the secondary has two solid contributors at safety: Jesse Betts III and cornerback AJ Terrell. The team has money to spend ($34.1 million in cap space) and draft capital in the first five rounds of the 2024 NFL Draft, starting with the eighth overall pick.
Washington leaders Ron Rivera Rivera keeping his job seems a long shot with the new ownership group coming on board and they likely want to put their own stamp on things. As the season went on, Rivera didn’t give them much reason to stick around as they finished with one of the worst records in the league and arguably the worst defense in the NFL. As for the position itself, there are some interesting pieces on the roster and the Chiefs have the No. 2 overall pick in the 2024 NFL Draft, which could mean a potential quarterback like UNC’s Drake Maye. Washington is also set to have over $78 million in cap space, currently the most in the NFL.

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