The great thing about parity in the National Football League is that a bad team can quickly pull itself out of the mud and catapult back into playoff contention—but only if the team has the right head coach.
Just take a look what the Kansas City Chiefs were able to accomplish with Andy Reid last season, going from 2-14 to 11-5. On the flip side, Chip Kelly took an Eagles team that was languishing under Reid and won the NFC East title in his first season. Those particular examples speak to how vitally important and impactful a new head coach can be.
This offseason, seven teams hired new head coaches, and all seven are hoping for the kind of turnaround that the Chiefs reveled in last year.
In this column, I assess the impact that each new head coach will have in 2014 as well as whether or not each coach can hep lead their respective team into the playoff hunt.