NFL Insider’s Notebook: “Top Rankings for Head Coach Opens, Plus Squad Round Picks”

Call me crazy, but I think a team with a solid back four, running back, attacking and defending is the best coaching position in the NFL right now.

I’m talking about Minnesota Vikings, Of course. Asked around the league last week, a number of coaches, agents and executives would agree. Mike Zimmer’s philosophies are old in Minnesota, but new blood can shake things up.

There are a lot of factors that go into determining the “best location” right now. Some of these teams don’t even have a GM yet. With some groups, you must anticipate for free agency their opportunity to significantly improve the group.

I have a “number 1” because you don’t have to worry about a QB position right now. Kirk Cousin are under contract and are more likely to get you to the knockouts. That’s more than can be said about the majority of teams looking for head coaches. On top of that, you have a possessive group that is patient enough in Wilfs that won’t interfere with your work.

Here’s how I view the job ratings, in order of best to worst: Minnesota, Chicago, Miami, Denver, Las Vegas, Giants in New York, Jaguar, Texans.

The Bear is an old franchise that recently changed its reporting structure at the top. Ted Phillips is no longer the midfielder, and the Bears have a franchise quarterback on a rookie contract in Justin Fields. (You’ll note that much of this list is driven by the *current* quarterback situation with the respective teams.)

I think this is where the debate really begins, and if you want to switch the next two teams, that’s fine with me. I have Dolphin in 3rd place because they have a midfielder in Tagovailoa, a GM at Chris Grier who just had a great draft last year (Jaylen Waddle, Jaelan Phillips and Jevon Holland), and up to $70 million in limited space coming in March. For as ugly as objectionable sugar, you have the capital to make it better.

I have Broncos next, and to be honest, I’d rather have them lower. After speaking with various sources who have Broncos at 1 or 2, I decided to be a little more open about their circumstances.

I’ll start with the worst: they don’t have full-backs. Vic Fangio said so the day before he was fired. The franchise hasn’t won since Peyton Manning were there. The team will soon be sold and who knows who the owner will be. A quarter of your games will be against Patrick Mahomes and Justin Herbert.

The good: You have a respected GM at George Paton, even if he remains unproven after just a year. You have the ability to go out and get a midfielder. (If in two months the Broncos have Aaron Rodgers, this is the top job on the list.) You have the receiver and finisher tight on contract and a bunch of young defensive studs on the other side of the ball.

Those are enough pros and cons to put the Broncos in the middle of this list right now.

Next is Raiders. At the moment, we don’t know who their GM will be or how that person will be selected. Mark Davis is currently deciding whether to keep interim head coach Rich Bisaccia while the prospect of Jim Harbaugh remains unfinished at the Allegiant Stadium. (Among those mentoring Davis is the current Raiders senior advisor Marcel Reece, team president Dan Ventrelle and former Raiders player and longtime employee Ken Herock.)

The Raiders will end a year where an adjective like “tumultuous” doesn’t fit the situation. The team has resources and a midfielder in Derek Carr, but they missed out on the first-round picks recently, and that’s going to come back to bite them soon. And as mentioned above, they get Charger and Chief twice a year.

Giants are this year’s definition of one person’s trash being another’s treasure. What do you do with Daniel Jones? Or Saquon Barkley? What about the $72 million recipient who made no passes? Or the line of external attack Andrew Thomas? Or pass in a hurry? Maybe the next GM (Joe Schoen, Ryan Poles or Adam Peters) will take this puzzle, install their top pick for head coach, and start running with this legacy franchise.

But with only the Jets losing as much as the Giants have over the past 5 years, plus all those questions, I can’t reasonably put New York above 6th on my list.

And in the end we ended up with the AFC South. Jaguars may be higher on this list because they have Trevor Lawrence – the person you pray for hasn’t been damaged too much – and over $60 million in cap space. But the next head coach will be paired with GM Trent Baalke, whose recent career has spanned head coaches who quickly became the former head coach while he was still at the helm. or get promoted!) Attack speed is also required, undoing the damage Urban Meyer did to the roster, dealing with a fan base that was once apathetic and now furious, and a owners that are a decade old are still making rookie mistakes.

Bring up here the Texans. Deshaun Watson likely won’t play for them in 2022, so they’ll have a 3 overall pick plus any future first three they’re about to get him. Cal McNair has done nothing to inspire confidence. The team just fired David Culley after a year after he essentially failed.

Union sources feel the job will eventually go to someone Patriots working relationship with GM Nick Caserio. That head coach would clearly know the deal would work out and wouldn’t consider it the least attractive job on the market. But there are deep-rooted problems in Houston that won’t be resolved in one season.

Mike McCarthy’s Gamble

Listening to Mike McCarthy’s press conference Wednesday, I was struck by how he still didn’t get it. The Cowboys the coach remained in deep denial about the final streak in a wild loss to San Francisco that saw Dallas unable to fire a single shot into the late zone to win.

Simply put: if your play order results in your team having a 0% chance of winning, it is not the right play order.

Cowboys gambled by drawing QB with 14 seconds left. Is it possible to run the draw, get up and go to the line, hit the ball and have at least a second on the clock? Of course possible. But the reason why teams shouldn’t do that is because any real-life factors involved could make it impossible.

“When you’re looking at a normal clock play, 16 seconds is the threshold, but then there’s a tight clock situation we’re in,” McCarthy said. “And when you’re trying to make another throw, the 40, 45-yard pitch for the last game, because we’re in the last two-game streak. This is how we train it. This is it. how we do it again every Friday and Saturday.”

I don’t blame the officials. The umpire runs as fast as he can from where he is supposed to get in and touch the ball. Of course the center Tyler Biadasz could detect his own ball, but he detected it incorrectly at least a yard away. That adjustment consumed precious time that the Cowboys could not afford to waste. In addition, there was a collision between the referee and Dak Prescott, which is again a potentially natural scenario considering the situation.

McCarthy is still so engrossed in the game that he can only find one place to blame: at Prescott’s feet.

“But in regards to the draw, the execution, the only thing that Dak and I talked about was putting a field limit on it,” McCarthy said. “Cut it down to 10 yards. That will probably be the change, the adjustment that we make.”

Let’s play it out. Prescott slipped after gaining 10 yards to take Dallas from San Francisco 41 to 31. That would be enough time for a shot to the finish line. No clue what the analysis says (and honestly it’s a unique situation, I’m not sure there’s enough data to accurately gauge the true percentage of success in such a match) , but I’d rather have two shots in the end zone from 41 14 seconds away than one shot in the end zone from 31.

Either way, the Cowboys don’t have a hit in the end zone.

“No one mentioned that Dallas likely practiced that play with Dak slipping before he was dealt,” a current NFL players told me this week. “That messes up a lot of things. Time and place. Those levels are practiced in a way that tends to be different from how it’s played out in the game.

“When they rehearsed it, no player in his mind was going to get anywhere near Dak. So the number 14 is artificially low. Not to mention that the actual follower could be. knew in advance what was going on, while that official could have been caught a little overprotective and a step behind.”

It reminds me of the end of the movie “Sully.” (SPOILER WARNING: If you still haven’t seen the movie about US Airways Flight 1549 after 5 and a half years and will be annoyed when I reveal the last part, please skip to the next part.)

The National Transportation Safety Board ran simulations showing that pilot Chesley Sullenberger could have landed the plane safely at an airport after the plane’s engine failed. Sullenberger successfully argues that the simulations do not take into account human actions and the time it takes to realize what is happening. After 35 seconds are added to the flight simulation, prove that Sullenberger cannot return to the airport and make the best decision possible.

When they took the lead in a 14-second draw, the Cowboys didn’t factor in the human factor. They don’t account for the official error (if you have to call it that). Or Prescott is settled. Or the center of ball detection is incorrect. But all of those are logical episodes that emerge from the play, and not taking into account that they happen in person is a failure for the coaching staff.

That is the wrong play order and it will never be the right play order. Maybe McCarthy will realize that when the training camp starts and they start practicing this again.

Choose a split ring

Saturday, 4:30 pm
TELEVISION: CBS | Current: Paramount + (click here)

I got burned playing against the Bengals all season. I’ll be the first to admit that I thought they were pretenders for most of the year, and even by the last game last week, I thought the Raiders were going to win. This game is underrated and I will be joining the team that has been overactive for the past few years.

Option: Titan

Saturday, 8:15pm
TELEVISION: Fox | Current: fuboTV (click here)

I love the physicality of the Niners, and it was easy to pick them up last week. But asking me to choose them over the Pack is just too awesome.

Option: Packers

Sunday, 3 p.m
TELEVISION: NBC | Current: fuboTV (click here)

Tristan Wirfs getting injured and his backup wobbling really worries me. At some point, the injury will catch up with the Buccaneers. Plus, I’ve got Rams in Super Bowl This year.

Option: Rams

Sunday, 6:30 pm
TELEVISION: CBS | Current: Paramount + (click here)

I was stuck by the Chiefs’ Super Bowl pick when they were 3-4 years old, and I’m not getting off that train now. Both teams had outstanding performances last week. I just go with the better midfielder here.

Option: Chief NFL Insider’s Notebook: “Top Rankings for Head Coach Opens, Plus Squad Round Picks”

Huynh Nguyen

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