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NFL Coaching Carousel: Power Ranking Every New Head Coaching Hire

Chris TrapassoAnalyst IJanuary 18, 2013

NFL Coaching Carousel: Power Ranking Every New Head Coaching Hire

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    Now that all eight vacant NFL head coaching positions have been filled, it's time to rank the men who have been hired.

    From Andy Reid in Kansas City to Chip Kelly in Philadelphia, the emotion of respective fanbases ranges from elation to indifference to downright disappointment regarding the new guys in charge.

    Where does your team's hire rank? Read on to find out.

8. Bruce Arians, Arizona Cardinals

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    After the season Bruce Arians put together as the Indianapolis Colts' interim head coach, it seems illogical to place him last on this list.

    Arians clearly demonstrated fine head-coaching acumen in 2012, something many weren't sure he had. However, the presence of the ultra-talented Andrew Luck, a player with the poise and football intelligence of a veteran, made everything work in Indianapolis.

    Arians' offense is predicated on a variety of routes that threaten a defense vertically, and Luck's strong and accurate arm led to an abundance of big plays. However, Indianapolis' offensive line was shoddy, allowing 41 sacks during the regular season.

    In summation, the fact that the Colts went 11-5 with an average defense and a subpar offensive line was a testament to Luck's inherent ability more than anything else.

    Still, Arians is a great offensive mind and has what it takes to manage a team.

    But is he the right fit in Arizona?

    Probably not.

    First of all, there isn't a franchise quarterback on the roster, unless Arians believes he can resurrect the career of the oft-injured Kevin Kolb. Also, his system, loaded with long and developing routes, will come under fire behind the league's worst pass-blocking offensive line—the Cardinals allowed 54 sacks in 2011 and 58 in 2012.

    Arians must locate and acquire a strong-armed signal-caller and add pieces to the offensive line if he stands any chance of having success in Arizona—either that or completely reconfigure his offensive system.

7. Gus Bradley, Jacksonville Jaguars

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    Gus Bradley has fielded a terrifically intimidating defense in Seattle since being named the defensive coordinator prior to the 2009 regular season. However, his NFL coaching experience only dates back to 2006, when he was brought on by Monte Kiffin to be a defensive assistant with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

    This is not to say Bradley is unfit for a head-coaching job, because he certainly is ready.

    Yet while his Seahawks defenses thrived in 2011 and 2012, much of its accomplishment was the result of the personnel with which Bradley was provided.

    Then again, one has to applaud Bradley for getting the most out of afterthoughts like Brandon Browner, Richard Sherman and Kam Chancellor and turning things around on the defensive side of the ball in just two years.

    For a Jaguars team that fielded one of the NFL's worst defenses in 2012, Bradley makes sense.

    But isn't the offense a major concern in Jacksonville as well?

    Actually, the current state of the organization is much worse than the resume of any head coach Jags owner Shahid Khan could have hired.

    There's a good chance Bradley can work his defensive magic in Jacksonville, but how long will it take for the offense to reach current NFL standards?

6. Andy Reid, Kansas City Chiefs

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    Andy Reid is a revered head coach, a guy who hung on in the unrelenting city of Philadelphia for 14 years.

    But aren't the Eagles' four straight NFC title game appearances and trip to the Super Bowl under his watch a distant memory now?

    They say Reid is an offensive mastermind, but when watching Philly's games over the past three seasons, it didn't seem that way.

    LeSean McCoy was underutilized, Michael Vick was given far too much free rein and the defense rarely met expectations.

    The Chiefs do hold the No. 1 overall pick in the upcoming draft, which is one major positive about this hire.

    But if Reid decides to pass on a quarterback—let's say Geno Smith—then what?

    I know, I know...Kansas City is so good, it just needs a quarterback.

    Am I the only one who doesn't feel that way?

    I mean, the Chiefs went 2-14 in 2012, with losses to the Buffalo Bills, Cleveland Browns and Tampa Bay Buccaneers—oh, and they got swept by the Oakland Raiders.

    A fresh, progressive mind seemingly would have made more sense for the Chiefs than retread Andy Reid.

5. Rob Chudzinski, Cleveland Browns

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    The flirtation with Chip Kelly made the Browns' eventual hiring of Rob Chudzinski sting a little for fans in Cleveland.

    Though no circumstances would have characterized Chudzinski as a "splash" hire, it actually was an intelligent decision by the team's new ownership.

    He coached a wealth of eventual Pro Bowl players at the collegiate level at Miami (Fla.). Then he worked with Antonio Gates in San Diego as the tight end entered his prime. After that, Derek Anderson and Braylon Edwards had career years with "Chud" as the offensive coordinator for the Browns.

    Following his last stint in Cleveland, the Browns' new head coach was the mastermind behind Cam Newton's illustrious rookie campaign and subsequently sound sophomore season in Carolina.

    With the young talent in Cleveland, the Browns made a fine hire in Rob Chudzinski.

    Don't let anyone tell you differently.

4. Doug Marrone, Buffalo Bills

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    The Buffalo Bills have been in shambles for more than a decade, having not made a playoff appearance since the 1999 season.

    They need a revitalization.

    Logically, they hired Doug Marrone, the architect who rapidly reconstructed the hallowed Syracuse football program that was in shambles when he arrived in 2009.

    His background is on the offensive side of the ball as a former New York Jets offensive line coach and New Orleans Saints offensive coordinator.

    Like many of these new head coaches, he is tasked with finding a franchise quarterback.

    Thankfully for Marrone, there is a solid grouping of talent in Buffalo, especially with dynamic running back C.J. Spiller.

    For an organization known for hiring retreads, this hire is a logical step forward.

    Finally, the Bills seem to be headed in the proper direction with the organized overseer, Doug Marrone.

3. Marc Trestman, Chicago Bears

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    Mainly due to his unusual coaching history, many aren't sure what to make of Marc Trestman being hired by the Chicago Bears.

    However, he achieved a great deal in the NFL during his time with the San Francisco 49ers, Arizona Cardinals and Oakland Raiders.

    Jay Cutler, a quarterback with an abundance of non-coachable talent, should be ecstatic.

    First and foremost, Trestman is a highly respected quarterback coach.

    After dealing with relative offensive futility under Lovie Smith, the Bears should make a considerable stride on that side of the ball under Trestman.

    However, the offensive line must be fortified before any improvements are made.

    With Cutler, Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffery and Matt Forte, there is vast potential for Chicago's offense under Trestman.

2. Mike McCoy, San Diego Chargers

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    Mike McCoy doesn't bring decades of NFL coaching experience with him to San Diego, but what he did over the last four seasons in Denver with three different quarterbacks cannot be ignored.

    Kyle Orton, a serviceable starter, morphed into a top-flight quarterback under McCoy's tutelage in 2009, setting impressive career highs in all major passing categories.

    Despite slightly lower numbers, Orton was nearly as dynamic in 2010 and finished with a higher QB rating than in his epic 2009 campaign.

    Then, when Orton struggled at the outset of the 2011 season, Tim Tebow was named the starter. McCoy adapted on the fly and played to the strengths of the talent on offense. Many believe McCoy got the absolute most out of Tebow as a signal-caller that season, and it led to a division title and postseason victory.

    In 2012, McCoy certainly didn't hinder Peyton Manning.

    With Philip Rivers at a crossroads in his career, McCoy seems to be the ideal QB whisperer to get the former MVP candidate and the rest of the Chargers offense back on the right track.

1. Chip Kelly, Phiadelphia Eagles

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    Chip Kelly was the hottest head-coaching candidate this January, and with good reason.

    His futuristic Oregon offense has shredded college football defenses for the last six years, and even New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick has added some of Kelly's uptempo attack to Tom Brady's offense.

    He won't turn the Philadelphia Eagles into a 50-point-per-game offensive juggernaut in 2013, but he will certainly improve their underperforming, but extremely talented, offensive unit.

    His coaching ideologies are well ahead of their time, and his system will confuse plenty of defenses.

    After being stuck in neutral for the past three seasons with Andy Reid, a monumental shift to the fresh blood of a progressive thinker like Kelly was the right move for Philadelphia.

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