NFL Report Cards: Grading the Assistant Coaching Hires This Offseason

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NFL Report Cards: Grading the Assistant Coaching Hires This Offseason
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All seven of the NFL head coaching vacancies have now been filled. There are still some assistant head coaching positions that are left open. There have been some notable assistants hired to the staffs of some teams. A number of former head coaches have found a second life as a coordinator or assistant somewhere.

Often times the assistant coaches don't get the credit that they deserve. They have to do just as much work as the head coach, the only difference being that assistants are generally focused on one specific area of the team, while the head coach deals with all aspects.

But ask any of the four teams remaining in the postseason how valuable the assistant coaches are to the team and the weekly game planning. In fact, when new head coaching positions open up, it's often a coordinator, who hasn't had head coaching experience, that will get the job.

These assistants do a lot of the unappreciated grunt work. They study just as much as the head coaches and players do. They have to be able to bring their own knowledge to the table because it makes the team perform much better.

So who are the best assistant coaching hires this season?

What has been the most puzzling assistant coach hiring?

These are grades for the assistant coaches that have been hired so far this offseason.

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