Seven teams from the NFL have fired their coaches in this tournament – three during Season 2020 And four after the regular season – now the first appointments for 2021 have been confirmed.
The Jacksonville Jaguars have focused on former college coach Urban Mayer, who has been announced as a new coach, and the New York Jets have announced that they have reached an agreement to hire former San Francisco 49th team defense coordinator, Robert Saleh. The Atlanta Falcons have reached an agreement with former Tennessee Titans attack coordinator Arthur Smith. The Los Angeles Chargers has hired former Los Angeles Rams defense coordinator Brandon Staley. The Detroit Lions hired former New Orleans Saints assistant Dan Campbell as their coach.
How did lions, chargers, hawks, jaguars and jets perform with their staff? We asked ESPN NFL patriotic writers Dan Graziano and Jeremy Fowler to discuss each step and give their score, starting with the newest on top.
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background: Assistant Head Coach and Narrow Coach for New Orleans Saints Team (2016-2020); Tight ends coach for the Miami Dolphins (2011–15)
Graziano: Campbell had little coaching experience when he was interim coach for the Dolphins in the last 12 games of the 2015 season after Joe Philippine was sent off, and he caught the bug. He’s been a Sean Payton employee in New Orleans ever since and was eager to get another chance at the big job. Campbell has a former NFL taut finish, who played for 10 years for giants, Cowboys and lions, has a fiery personality and a high level of energy as a coach – anyone who remembers his press conferences when he was working in Miami already knows it. Five years of training under Payton could only help, I think. Sure an out-of-the-box hiring by lions, but how do you argue with a team in their position as they try something unconventional?