NFL Masters of Their Craft: The 10 Best Coordinators in 2010

Eric EdmundsonContributor IJanuary 20, 2011

NFL Masters of Their Craft: The 10 Best Coordinators in 2010

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    TAMPA, FL -  DECEMBER 30: Defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers watches play against the Carolina Panthers at Raymond James Stadium  on December 30, 2007 in Tampa, Florida.  The Panthers won 31 - 23. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Get
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    A coordinator in the NFL can make or break a team.  The following 10 NFL coordinators were at the top of their games during the 2010 season. 

    After compiling the list, I noticed a trend.  All 10 of these coordinators' teams finished with winning records.

    Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin (pictured), considered by many to be one of the best coordinators in league history, would be proud of the jobs done by these men.  

10. Jerry Rosburg, Baltimore Ravens Special Teams Coordinator

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    BALTIMORE - 2009:  Jerry Rosburg of the Baltimore Ravens poses for his 2009 NFL headshot at photo day in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by NFL Photos)
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    Jerry Rosburg has put together one of the best special teams units in the league during his short time with Baltimore.  In fact, he is such a good coach that the Ravens added the title of Assistant Head Coach to Rosburg after just one year with the team.

    Rosburg's ST unit put the Ravens offense and defense in good situations all year.

9. Dick LeBeau, Pittsburgh Steelers Defensive Coordinator

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    NEW ORLEANS - OCTOBER 31:  Defensive Co-ordinator Dick LeBeau of the Pittsburgh Steelers is seen on the sidelines before the game against the New Orleans Saints at Louisiana Superdome on October 31, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  The Saints won 20-10 ov
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    The old master continues to coach at a very high level even into his 70's.  The only questions the Steelers have for their dominating defense at this point are how much longer LeBeau will coach, and how do they find a replacement for a legend?

8. Marty Mornhinweg, Philadelphia Eagles Offensive Coordinator

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    PHILADELPHIA - 2008:  Marty Mornhinweg of the Philadelphia Eagles poses for his 2008 NFL headshot at photo day in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Getty Images)
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    Yep, he has a lot of talent to work with.  However, Mornhinweg had a tough job this year because he was constantly coaching and gameplanning with different players in his starting lineup almost every week. 

7. Keith Armstrong, Atlanta Falcons Special Teams Coordinator

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    ATLANTA - 2009:  Keith Armstrong of the Atlanta Falcons poses for his 2009 NFL headshot at photo day in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by NFL Photos)
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    Armstrong has been coaching special teams in the NFL for many years, but he may have turned in his finest performance in 2010.  They had the most well-rounded unit in the league, being strong in coverage units, kicking/punting and the return game.  Their special teams were a big part of their regular season.

6. Mike Mularkey, Atlanta Falcons Offensive Coordinator

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    ATLANTA - 2009:  Mike Mularkey of the Atlanta Falcons poses for his 2009 NFL headshot at photo day in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by NFL Photos)
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    Mularkey is a master at designing his offense for efficient, ball-control scoring.  Mularkey's ball-control offense, along with the best special teams unit in the league, made the Falcons defense look a lot better than they actually were in the regular season. 

5. Dom Capers, Green Bay Packers Defensive Coordinator

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    GREEN BAY, WI - 2009:  Dom Capers of the Green Bay Packers poses for his 2009 NFL headshot at photo day in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  (Photo by NFL Photos)
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    Capers brought his 3-4 defense to Green Bay in 2009 amid much skepticism.  In 2009 and during the first part of this season, it only showed glimpses of working.  However, over the past couple of months, Capers' 3-4 has been as dominant as any other in the league.  He is putting his players in the position to succeed.

4. Charlie Weis, Kansas City Chiefs Offensive Coordinator

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    KANSAS CITY, MO - JANUARY 09:  Offensive coordinator Charlie Weis of the Kansas City Chiefs walks in the field prior to playing the Baltimore Ravens in their 2011 AFC wild card playoff game at Arrowhead Stadium on January 9, 2011 in Kansas City, Missouri.
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    Weis inherited one of the worst offenses in the league and was able to get the offensive line to perform at a high level, finally got production out of Dwayne Bowe and made Matt Cassel look like an All-Pro.

    Yep, the Chiefs are going to miss Weis. 

3. Perry Fewell, New York Giants Defensive Coordinator

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    TORONTO - DECEMBER 3: Head coach Perry Fewell of the Buffalo Bills coaches against the New York Jets at Rogers Centre on December 3, 2009 in Toronto, Canada.  (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
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    Fewell has been a great coordinator for a long time, but he was hidden in Buffalo so very few knew of him.  In one year, he brought the Giants defense back to dominance.  Now that he has shown what he can do on the big stage, his name is near the top of almost every team's head coaching lists. 

2. Rod Marinelli, Chicago Bears Defensive Coordinator

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    CHICAGO - AUGUST 21: Defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli of the Chicago Bears talks to players before a preseason game against the Oakland Raiders at Soldier Field on August 21, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. The Raiders defeated the Bears 32-17. (Photo by Jo
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    Rod seems to have shaken off his nightmarish experience in Detroit and is back to doing what he does best: coaching defense.  You thought the Bears defense was good before?  Marinelli has them playing at a whole new level.

1. Greg Olson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers Offensive Coordinator

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    TAMPA - JULY 31:  Offensive Coordinator Greg Olson of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers watches the offense during training camp at One Buccaneer Place on July 31, 2010 in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
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    Surprised? Don't be. He inherited a ton of responsibility in Tampa, since Raheem Morris is focused solely on head coaching and defense, and Olson was given mostly raw talent.  He is molding these players to become superstars in this league, and already has them performing as one of the most productive offenses in the league. 

    Olson was never given much of chance to run an offense before Morris handed the reigns to him.  He has not let his head coach down.