Seven NFL teams fired their head coaches in this cycle – three during the 2020 season and four after the regular season – and now the first stop of 2021 has been confirmed.
The Jacksonville Jaguars gave zero to former college coach Urban Mayer, who was announced as the new coach. The New York Jets announced that they had reached an agreement to appoint Robert Saleh, the defensive coordinator of the 49ers of San Francisco. The Atlanta Falcons reached an agreement with former Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator Arthur Smith. The Chargers of Los Angeles hired former Los Angeles defense minister Coordinator Brandon Staley. And the Detroit Lions hired former New Orleans Saints assistant Dan Campbell as their coach.
How did Lion, Charger, Falcon, Jaguar and Jets complete their work? We asked ESPN’s National NFL writers Dan Graziano and Jeremy Fowler to discuss each step and give their grades, the most recent tops.
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The lion | Chargers
Falcon | Jaguar | The jet
Background: Head coach and assistant of tight ends for the New Orleans Saints (2016-2020); Tight end coach for Miami Dolphins (2011-15)
Graziano: Campbell experienced little head-coaching when he was the interim coach of the Dolphins for the final 12 matches of the 2015 season following the firing of Joe Philbin, and caught the bug. He has been on Sean Peyton’s staff in New Orleans and is eager to take another shot at the big job. A former NFL tight end who played 10 years for the Giants, Cowboys, and Lions, Campbell has an avid personality and a high level of energy as a coach – anyone who remembers his news conferences when he gets a Miami job. It is an address. Five years of training under Patton can only help, I think. An outside hire by the Lions, of course, but how can you argue with a team in their position who are trying something non-traditional?