Coaching changes in the NFL: Giants opt for Daboll, Broncos land Hackett
After the NFLAt the end of the regular season, several teams decided to leave their head coaches.
Now, several new faces are heading to new places, as the NFL coaching carousel begins to come full circle.
Here’s the latest on recent coaching moves:
New York Giants
The Giants decided to keep things close to home.
A week after hiring former Buffalo Bills assistant general manager Joe Schoen, the Giants returned to the Buffalo pit, hiring Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll as their new head coach on Friday.
Daboll is often credited with overseeing the development of star Bills quarterback Josh Allen after spending the past four seasons leading Buffalo’s offense. He previously served as offensive coordinator for the Alabama Crimson Tide (2017), Kansas City Chiefs (2012), Miami Dolphins (2011) and Cleveland Browns (2009-10).
The next task ahead of Daboll is to reinvigorate a Giants franchise that hasn’t had a winning season since 2016 and has had a playoff berth for the past decade. New York, under its last head coach Joe Judge, went 10-23 the past two seasons, and last regular season finished 31st in total offense and points per game.
The Broncos have hired Green Bay offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett as their new head coach in a move that is sure to spark intrigue, given Hackett’s close ties to Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who was openly uncertain about the future of his career.
Hackett was scheduled to speak with the Jaguars on Thursday, but the Broncos stepped in Wednesday night to prevent that from happening.
Hackett replaces Vic Fangio, who was fired after going 7-10, the Broncos’ fifth straight season. This will be Hackett’s first stint as head coach.
The Broncos have about $50 million in projected cap space, 11 picks in the upcoming draft and a solid defense. But they lacked quarterback play, with Teddy Bridgewater and Drew Lock both starting. Now the Rodgers speculation is inevitable.
After firing Matt Nagy and general manager Ryan Pace after the team finished third in the NFC North at 6-11, some thought the Bears might be looking for an offensive-minded coach to groom young quarterback Justin Fields.
Instead, they went with Eberflus, who will join new general manager Ryan Poles in trying to turn around a franchise that has missed the playoffs in nine of the past 11 seasons.
Eberflus spent the past four seasons as defensive coordinator for the Colts, with whom his team finished in the top 10 in defensive scoring three times.
Chicago also interviewed Dallas defensive coordinator Dan Quinn and former Colts and Lions head coach Jim Caldwell.
There has been a lot of speculation in Dallas that head coach Mike McCarthy’s job could be in jeopardy after the team’s disappointing exit from the playoffs. And now the reported decision of Quinn – a rare commodity who has been interviewed for several head coaching positions – to stay put to only add fuel to the fire.
Quinn helped topple the Cowboys defense. A year after allowing a franchise-record 473 points, the team finished seventh in points allowed per game and led the NFL with 34 takeaways.
He has served as a head coach before, having led the Atlanta Falcons to a 43-42 record from 2015-20 and guiding them to the Super Bowl in 2016.
The remaining head coaching openings are:
– New Orleans, which saw Sean Payton step down this week.
– Miami, which fired Brian Flores after three seasons despite going strong through 2021, a streak that included a seven-game winning streak.
– Minnesota, which fired Mike Zimmer after eight seasons.
— Jacksonville, which fired Urban Meyer in December.
— Houston, who fired David Culley after just one season.
– Las Vegas, which ejected Jon Gruden in October, then went 7-6 under interim coach Rich Bisaccia.
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