More than a third of the National Football League’s teams are going into the 2014 season with new coaches calling the shots for their offenses. Eleven franchises brought in new offensive coordinators this offseason, while the Houston Texans, who opted not to hire an assistant coach to man that role, will have new head coach Bill O’Brien pulling double duty.
Those changes came for a variety of reasons.
As Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell became the head coach of the Detroit Lions, Cincinnati Bengals coordinator Jay Gruden became the Washington Redskins’ head man and San Diego Chargers coordinator Ken Whisenhunt took over the Tennessee Titans’ top job, all six of those teams ended up with new offensive coordinators.
The Cleveland Browns, Minnesota Vikings and Tampa Bay Buccaneers also added new offensive coordinators in tandem with head coaching hires. The only offensive coordinator to truly be fired was Mike Sherman, who the Miami Dolphins replaced with Bill Lazor, while the retirement of Kevin Gilbride opened up the New York Giants to make a change to Ben McAdoo.
Not every team with a new offensive play-caller made the change for the same reason, but there is one expectation all 12 of them should have: for their offenses to improve upon their iterations of coordinators past.
Teams are listed in alphabetical order.