Ranking The Eight NFL Head Coaching Vacancies

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NFL Black Monday is now over, as is 2018. That means that quite a few NFL teams will be looking for a new head coach. Some teams are looking to win right now, such as the Green Bay Packers. Others like the Browns are looking for a leader to get them into the playoffs finally. 

The most important factor when ranking NFL teams is the quarterback. I think this is a very clear choice as a future head coach and team will only be able to go as far as their QB is going to be able tot take them. Some other things I will be considering is ownership, fan interest and expectations, as well as the current state of the roster. 

1. Green Bay Packers

Many people would argue that the best job opening this NFL off-season is the Cleveland Browns. However, as I stated earlier in the article the most important thing to an NFL franchise is its quarterback, and the Packers have one of the best QBs in the entire NFL in Aaron Rodgers. Of course, the rest of the roster is sort of in shambles, but if the future head coach can draw up plays like Andy Reid or Matt Nagy then the Packers will find themselves on top of the NFC North once again. They also have a fantastic wide receiver in Davante Adams, and a talented young secondary to stop some of the most gifted quarterbacks in the NFL. 

2. Cleveland Browns

The Browns may be the most coveted job to some experts. The reason for that is all of the young talent they have on their current roster and the way they performed under Gregg Williams (Williams will receive an interview according to Ian Rapoport).  Baker Mayfield looks like a franchise quarterback, Myles Garrett looks like a top-flight defensive lineman, and Denzel Ward looks like he will be a fine corner after being picked fourth overall in last years draft. The Steelers also look to be losing some steam, and the Bengals are in need of a rebuild. Now is the perfect time for the Browns if they get the correct coach. 

3. New York Jets

 The Jets are a lot like the Cleveland Browns in terms of quarterback play and potential down the line; however, they do not have nearly as much talent in other areas of their roster. Their only long-term answer on defense is Jamal Adams. On offense, the only long-term answer they have is Quincy Enunwa. Securing Le’Veon Bell this offseason would be a gigantic move for this Jets team as it would give them another playmaker and he would be the teams best wide receiver.  They also have the number three pick in the upcoming draft in which they can either trade down, or draft an edge rusher they desperately need. 

4. Denver Broncos

This job is probably going to come with higher expectations than it probably should just because it is the Denver Broncos, a long time super bowl contender. However, this team doesn’t have a quarterback and that means they are in no situation to win until they can get that position nailed down. Clearly Case Keenum isn’t the answer. Emmanuel Sanders tore his ACL so there is no telling if he will come back as the same wide receiver. Demaryius was also traded this past year. This entire offense needs to be rebuilt, but that defense is legit and so is playing in the mile high city. 

5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Bucs have struggled to fill this position for quite some time, going through four coaches in the last ten years. Their QB situation is also murky at best. Jameis Winston obviously has off the field concerns, and was taken with the number one overall pick which brings heightened expectations along with it. However, they do have two legitimate wide receivers in Mike Evans and Chris Godwin. Gerald McCoy is a force on the defensive line, and they have some other high-end draft picks on the defense such as Vernon Hargreaves. I think this team is closer to competing than most think, if they get the right head coach and make the correct additions this offseason. 

6. Arizona Cardinals

The Cardinals are similar to New York Jets but on a much worse scale. They have a young quarterback in Josh Rosen. He isn’t nearly as good as Baker Mayfield or Sam Darnold. They already have a good running back in David Johnson and a nice young wideout in Christian Kirk. Beyond that they don’t have much (pending decision of Larry Fitzgerald).

However, they do have a defense that was pretty good when you consider all things. Patrick Peterson is a very good corner, and they will have the ability to take a great pass rusher (Nick Bosa) with the number one pick in the NFL Draft this April. This team needs two or three years before they start competing again, but if things are done right they will have a solid defense with complimentary pieces around Josh Rosen.

7. Miami Dolphins

The Miami Dolphins made a huge mistake in firing Adam Gase, but there is a reason I am writing an article rather than running an NFL team. They play in a very good division with the Patriots, and have two young quarterbacks in Sam Darnold and Josh Allen. However, this team does not have a very good one. Ryan Tannehill may be cut this offseason, and there aren’t any good choices to replace him unless they want to draft Dwayne Haskins. They do have good, but not great playmakers in Kenny Stills and Kenyan Drake as well as a GM that is just taking over which should give whatever new head coach is brought in enough time to do a proper rebuild. 

8. Cincinatti Bengals

Cincinnati finally fired Marvin Lewis after never winning a playoff game and falling flat on their face after a great start to the year. However, this team is in terrible shape. Andy Dalton isn’t any good, and their best two players in AJ Green and Geno Atkins aren’t getting any younger at all. Joe Mixon showed he has what it takes to be an NFL starter, but he is one off the field slip up from being out of the league. The two positives for this job is the fact that you should have good stability (see Marvin Lewis) and a division that looks to be somewhat down. However, I fully expect the Bengals to make the mistake of naming Hue Jackson as their next head coach. 

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