NFL teams have their OTA offseason workouts and mandatory minicamps in recent weeks. Several NFL franchises have new coordinators. Here’s a look at the most interesting ones:
5. Vic Fangio
New job: Miami Dolphins defensive coordinator
Old job: Philadelphia Eagles consultant
Miami won the highly contested battle for Fangio’s services which came down to the Dolphins and the San Francisco 49ers. While he went 19-30 as the Denver Broncos coach (2019-21), the 64-year-old is one of the league’s most respected defensive minds. He had successful stints as an assistant at multiple stops, including with the 49ers (2011-14) and the Chicago Bears (2015-18). Fangio should immediately improve a Miami defense that forced the third-fewest turnovers (14), and gave up the sixth-most passing yards (234.8) and seventh-most passing touchdowns (27). Adding Pro Bowl cornerback Jalen Ramsey should make Fangio’s job easier.
The Vic Fangio defense is makin' its way to Miami.— Miami Dolphins (@MiamiDolphins) February 17, 2023
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4. Kellen Moore
New job: Los Angeles Chargers offensive coordinator
Old job: Dallas Cowboys offensive coordinator
Moore was the fall guy for Mike McCarthy’s playoff failures. His ouster was odd considering the Cowboys ranked second in the league in points per game (27.7) and total yards per game (391) during his four seasons in Dallas. It wasn’t Moore’s fault that management traded away Amari Cooper, and that Dallas had a banged-up offensive line. Moore should be an immediate improvement over Joe Lombardi who underachieved with Justin Herbert. Dak Prescott’s most productive years came with Moore calling the plays. Expect Moore to do the same with Herbert with deeper throws to Keenan Allen, Mike Williams, and rookie Quentin Johnston.
3. Vance Joseph
New job: Denver Broncos defensive coordinator
Old job: Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator
This is a shocking reunion. What’s crazier: Denver offering Joseph the job or Joseph taking it? It’s unusual for a former head coach to return as a coordinator to the team that fired him. We’re not talking about ancient history. Joseph was canned in 2018 after going 11-21 in two seasons. Of course, there have been a lot of changes since then. Denver has new ownership and new management, so that makes a difference. Joseph appears to be in a good spot. Denver’s defense was eighth in yards allowed (320.0) and 12th in points allowed (22.1). Joseph’s challenge: trying to slow down Patrick Mahomes and Herbert.
2. Eric Bieniemy
New job: Washington Commanders offensive coordinator
Old job: Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator
In a just world, Bieniemy would be a head coach by now. But NFL owners have a poor track record of hiring African Americans. So, Bieniemy left the two-time Super Bowl champions to re-establish himself with another franchise. He’s walking into a tough situation. Bieniemy doesn’t have an established quarterback. Washington looks like the worst team in the loaded NFC East. Plus, he has a new owner who might want to clean house after this season. With the Commanders, Bieniemy will exclusively run the offense without the shadow of Andy Reid. But outside of wide receiver Terry McLaurin, Washington doesn’t have many game-breakers.
1. Todd Monken
New job: Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator
Old job: University of Georgia offensive coordinator
Monken is not your typical college-to-the-pros hire. He has plenty of NFL experience having been the OC for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Cleveland Browns before he went to Georgia in 2020. With the Bulldogs, he designed the offense that won two national championships. How that system will translate to Lamar Jackson’s skillset will be one of the biggest stories of 2023. Early reviews from Jackson are positive. Baltimore needed a change after Greg Roman’s offense had run stale. Monken, 57, will have more weapons than Roman ever had with new receivers Odell Beckham Jr., Nelson Agholor, and rookie Zay Flowers.
"Lamar has an elite skill set. It's obvious."— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) February 21, 2023
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