NFL: The Most Dynamic Coordinators In The NFL Today
Everyone knows the big-time NFL coaches. From Bill Belichick to former coaches like Jon Gruden and Bill Cowher, each one of them knows that they are nothing without top-flight coordinators. So if you could put together a super-staff of coordinators and coaches, here is who they would be:
Offensive Coordinator: Mike Martz
The former St. Louis Rams' head coach, and architect of the "greatest show on turf", now serves as the offensive coordinator for the Bears.
His wildly aggressive, pass-happy system is a nightmare for opposing defenses, but it needs the proper personnel. Currently, he does not have the offensive line capable of protecting Jay Cutler nor does he have the running back who is adept at finding the holes in the defense for short pass-catches.
When he is short on linemen, the offense can look inept (see the 2010 version of this system). But when the talent is right, this offense is tough to stop.
Defensive Coordinator: Dick Lebeau
Rex Ryan may have perfected aggressive blitzing, but this guy invented it.
The 72-year old coaching legend is credited with inventing the "zone blitz". The aggressive package of blitzes which forces quarterbacks to figure out who may or may not be blitzing and then make a decision on which receiver that "appears to be open" really is open, is a nightmare to prepare for. Oh, and by the way, the quarterback has to make that decision in about two seconds.
Serving just three of his 37 years in pro-football as a head coach, Lebeau has made himself a legend mostly as a defensive coordinator and he is still doing it today for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Offensive Line Coach: Bill Callahan
Former head coach of the Oakland Raiders and the University of Nebraska Cornhuskers, Callahan has found a niche for himself developing linemen.
He has helped make D'Brickashaw Furguson and Nick Mangold pro-bowlers and rich young men, and is now developing Matt Slauson into a solid pro guard.
He has also helped to develop hybrid tackle/tight end Robert Turner as a terrific backup on all parts of the line.
He has helped to implement a zone-blocking scheme that has helped the Jets to become one of the NFL's top rushing units for more than two full seasons in the NFL.
The line is also adequate in pass-protection.
Special Teams Coordinator: Mike Westhoff, NYJ
Mike Westhoff has coached special teams for all but one year since 1986 in the NFL. The only reason it isn't 25 full years is his one year hiatus in 2007 due to a battle with cancer.
Anyone who can keep a coaching job that long must be doing something right.
His special teams unit are a staple of any team he coaches, and his kick return/coverage and punt return/coverage teams are generally ranked near the top of the league.
He is a master at recognizing special teams talent and plugging in the right guys. In 2008 and 2009 it was Wallace Wright making plays in coverage. He left, now it's Marquise Cole.
In his tenure as Jets' Special Teams coach, he has seen Santana Moss, Justin Miller, and Leon Washington go to the pro bowl as return men for the AFC.
Rising Stars: Defensive Coordinator, Perry Fewell
Hired by the Giants to restore old fashioned "Giants' D", the 48-year old Fewell has restored order to a unit that had really struggled for the past two seasons.
He has employed an aggressive pass-rush and has helped to bring in help in the secondary in the form of Antrell Rolle to transform a defensive unit that was the Giants' deficiency, to the Giants' strength.
Rising Stars: Offensive Coordinators: Jason Garrett and Brian Schottenheimer
Despite the Cowboys 1-6 record, Garrett remains a hot coaching commodity in the world of the NFL. Credited with the development of the now injured Tony Romo, it isn't really the offense that has the Cowboys off to this miserable start.
As for Schottenheimer, don't look now, but the Jets are 4th in the league in scoring at 26.5 points per game.
The coach was ridiculed by some of the New York media for not even considering a head coaching vacancy with the Buffalo Bills.
He is the architect of an offense that is currently number two in the league in rushing