Good, bad and ugly of the NFL’s new coaches

Good, bad and ugly of the NFL’s new coaches,

Last week’s 0-7 stall from the new class of coaches was historic in proportion – officially the worst in history since the NFL-AFL merger. Even worse than the previous flaming wreck in 2001, which produced a coaching class that started 0-6 and then scattered itself on a scale between total failure and mild success.’ data-reactid=”32″>Last week’s 0-7 stall from the new class of coaches was historic in proportion – officially the worst in history since the NFL-AFL merger. Even worse than the previous flaming wreck in 2001, which produced a coaching class that started 0-6 and then scattered itself on a scale between total failure and mild success.

If that 2001 class is foreshadowing where the 2018 class is going, the fanbases with new coaches may want to stop reading now because the look back ain’t pretty. But for those who care to remember, that 2001 thud included:

  • Marty Mornhinweg, Detroit Lions: 5-27 in two years. Still one of the worst head coaches in Detroit’s bleak history.
  • Butch Davis, Cleveland Browns: 24-35 in four years. All things considered, Butch’s record looks good in hindsight.
  • Gregg Williams, Buffalo Bills: 17-31 in three years. Believe it or not, these were considered Williams’ “intense” years.
  • Marty Schottenheimer, Washington Redskins: 8-8 in one year. Fired by team owner Daniel Snyder in favor of Steve Spurrier. Surely nobody in Washington still has an opinion on that decision.
  • Herm Edwards, New York Jets: 39-41 in five years. He won two playoff games in five years, which basically makes him a Hall of Famer when compared to the rest of this class.
  • Dick Vermeil, Kansas City Chiefs: 44-36 in five years. A hyped hire that really didn’t produce in the final analysis. Best remembered by Chiefs fans for the 13-3 season that flopped with a playoff loss to the Indianapolis Colts.

Soooo … yeah. If fans were looking for some optimism with their portion of this 0-7 coaching class, they probably don’t want to consider history as a good indication. That said, it’s worth breaking down which franchises have more to worry about than others with their new hires. Here’s the sliding scale from Week 1:

Mitchell Trubisky played well before the Packers made adjustments. The Bears’ defense was absolutely nasty in spots, too. Frankly, this roster looks far better (and more talented) than any Bears team in recent memory. There is a lot to work with here and feel good about.’ data-reactid=”64″>Taken from a more global view, this loss settled on an absurd string of plays that went against the Bears. In reality, Chicago had some creatively mixed offensive formations in the first half and quarterback Mitchell Trubisky played well before the Packers made adjustments. The Bears’ defense was absolutely nasty in spots, too. Frankly, this roster looks far better (and more talented) than any Bears team in recent memory. There is a lot to work with here and feel good about.

But goal No. 1 coming out of that Packers loss should be figuring out how to counter the adjustments that had Trubisky mentally scrambling in the second half, while also running the ball far better with a lead. That, and don’t give away turnovers.

Philadelphia Eagles are visible in Indy. Luck is going to run a ton of shotgun in an offense that is going to spread opponents out and create all kinds of intermediate space for the tight ends and running backs in the passing game. Go look at the 26-yard touchdown pass to Eric Ebron in the second quarter. Reich split running back Nyheim Hines out all the way to the sideline, dragging cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick with him. It created a one-on-one and spacing mismatch for Ebron, opening up the touchdown. This was a slightly longer developing play, but there aren’t going to be a ton of calls that will force Luck to wait and make decisions with the ball. Luck will get the ball out faster and take fewer hits under Reich.’ data-reactid=”87″>But there is a bright side: While the defense is a work in progress, the hallmarks of the offense Reich ran so successfully with the Philadelphia Eagles are visible in Indy. Luck is going to run a ton of shotgun in an offense that is going to spread opponents out and create all kinds of intermediate space for the tight ends and running backs in the passing game. Go look at the 26-yard touchdown pass to Eric Ebron in the second quarter. Reich split running back Nyheim Hines out all the way to the sideline, dragging cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick with him. It created a one-on-one and spacing mismatch for Ebron, opening up the touchdown. This was a slightly longer developing play, but there aren’t going to be a ton of calls that will force Luck to wait and make decisions with the ball. Luck will get the ball out faster and take fewer hits under Reich.

The one downside is he may set a personal high in pass attempts this season, which probably isn’t ideal coming off the shoulder issues. Whatever the case, the Colts have taken a step in the right direction.

Nate Solder had his hands full with Yannick Ngakoue and it showed on some key plays that ended with quarterback Eli Manning making rushed decisions under pressure. And Ereck Flowers appears to be a significant liability, no matter where he is placed.’ data-reactid=”118″>The bad news is the offensive line is still flattening out some issues. Anchor free-agent tackle acquisition Nate Solder had his hands full with Yannick Ngakoue and it showed on some key plays that ended with quarterback Eli Manning making rushed decisions under pressure. And Ereck Flowers appears to be a significant liability, no matter where he is placed.

New York’s Saquon Barkley (26) watches as Jacksonville’s Myles Jack runs back an interception for a touchdown in Week 1. (AP)

Raiders’ loss to the Rams. First, if Gruden can keep quarterback Derek Carr’s decision-making pace on par with the first half of Monday’s game – when he was processing quickly and getting the ball out before defensive penetration – that’s going to be good for Carr in the long run. Second, a big beneficiary of that kind of quick throw mentality is going to be tight end Jared Cook, who should constantly pop up in Carr’s early progressions. Finally, the running game looks capable if the offensive line can hold it together. So there is some good to be had.’ data-reactid=”158″>Three good things stood out when I re-watched the Raiders’ loss to the Rams. First, if Gruden can keep quarterback Derek Carr’s decision-making pace on par with the first half of Monday’s game – when he was processing quickly and getting the ball out before defensive penetration – that’s going to be good for Carr in the long run. Second, a big beneficiary of that kind of quick throw mentality is going to be tight end Jared Cook, who should constantly pop up in Carr’s early progressions. Finally, the running game looks capable if the offensive line can hold it together. So there is some good to be had.

That said, there is a lot of downside, too.

Amari Cooper out of the passing game, Carr is left to press with options that aren’t on the same level of playmaking. Being blunt: Jordy Nelson is a No. 3 wideout. He’s not going to pull any coverage away from Cooper. In fact, in this offense, Cook might be more concerning for defenses than Nelson.’ data-reactid=”161″>But the bigger thuds are Carr’s turnovers, which were a combination of bad decisions and the reality that once a defense takes Amari Cooper out of the passing game, Carr is left to press with options that aren’t on the same level of playmaking. Being blunt: Jordy Nelson is a No. 3 wideout. He’s not going to pull any coverage away from Cooper. In fact, in this offense, Cook might be more concerning for defenses than Nelson.

It’s on Gruden to scheme more opportunities for Cooper while keeping Carr from pressing bad throws. If that doesn’t click soon, it’s going to be a long season.

Marcus Mariota is running out of excuses. Yes, he was injured on a late hit and that’s hard to control. But it can be argued that his entire banged-up history in his short NFL life has been out of his control. It doesn’t erase the fact that his physical stature was a worry to some teams in the NFL draft and he has done nothing to dissuade arguments that he can’t hold up to the rigors of a physical game. If he’s going to be hurt and his play is going to struggle because of that, then he’s never going to fulfill his talent because the growth curve will be stunted.’ data-reactid=”181″>First, Marcus Mariota is running out of excuses. Yes, he was injured on a late hit and that’s hard to control. But it can be argued that his entire banged-up history in his short NFL life has been out of his control. It doesn’t erase the fact that his physical stature was a worry to some teams in the NFL draft and he has done nothing to dissuade arguments that he can’t hold up to the rigors of a physical game. If he’s going to be hurt and his play is going to struggle because of that, then he’s never going to fulfill his talent because the growth curve will be stunted.

got pushed around by an aging running back and couldn’t handle the Redskins’ offensive line while trying to hold the edge. It couldn’t get off the field on third down, either.’ data-reactid=”205″>There’s a lot to be concerned about here. The defense missed tackles, got pushed around by an aging running back and couldn’t handle the Redskins’ offensive line while trying to hold the edge. It couldn’t get off the field on third down, either.

Patricia suffered the worst loss of the opening week. There’s no getting around it. This was embarrassing to the point of being fearful over whether this is going to get catastrophic. A team can’t get its guts kicked out, at home, by a rebuilding New York Jets team – let alone one that is being led by a rookie quarterback. Along with the Cardinals’ loss to Washington, this was the only other first-year coach whose game looked worse on replay.’ data-reactid=”224″>Patricia suffered the worst loss of the opening week. There’s no getting around it. This was embarrassing to the point of being fearful over whether this is going to get catastrophic. A team can’t get its guts kicked out, at home, by a rebuilding New York Jets team – let alone one that is being led by a rookie quarterback. Along with the Cardinals’ loss to Washington, this was the only other first-year coach whose game looked worse on replay.

San Francisco 49ers, at home against the New England Patriots, on the road against the Dallas Cowboys and then at home against the Packers. That doesn’t look good. And really, if the Week 1 performance is an indicator of what this Lions team is going to be, Detroit may be favored in only one game this entire season – Week 16 against the Buffalo Bills. Yikes.’ data-reactid=”226″>As much as I hate to invoke Marty Mornhinweg in the Patricia conversation, I’ll say this: I covered Mornhinweg’s two years in Detroit and it was apparent quickly that the team wasn’t entirely sold on him as a head coach. That became a significant issue after a blowout loss to the Packers in the 2001 opener and 12 straight losses to start the season. That team had far, far less talent than this one. So I can’t see Patricia falling into that kind of hole. But Detroit’s next four games prior to the bye week are on the road against the San Francisco 49ers, at home against the New England Patriots, on the road against the Dallas Cowboys and then at home against the Packers. That doesn’t look good. And really, if the Week 1 performance is an indicator of what this Lions team is going to be, Detroit may be favored in only one game this entire season – Week 16 against the Buffalo Bills. Yikes.

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