Coaching Changes That Will Heavily Impact Teams' 2014 Free-Agent, Draft Strategy

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Coaching Changes That Will Heavily Impact Teams' 2014 Free-Agent, Draft Strategy
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NFL coaches, coordinators and assistants frequently find themselves in the spotlight, perhaps more so than coaches of any other sport.

This is because an NFL team typically carries the fingerprints of its coaching staff into each and every game. From personnel grouping and play packages to offensive and defensive scheming, the way a team approaches its time on the field is heavily influenced by the coaches on the sideline.

However, a coach often has his fingerprints on the team long before it comes time for X's and O's. While general managers and personnel executives are largely responsible for assembling a team's roster, a coach's vision will usually influence the process.

So when there is a change among a team's coaching makeup—large or small—it is often accompanied by a shift in strategy when it comes to assembling the product on the field.

Over the next few pages, we will examine some of the recent coaching changes that are likely to alter offseason strategies this year, in some cases for a team you might not expect.

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