Coaching carousel in motion

There are currently only two teams in the NFL happy with where their season is at. Those teams are the anything but deflated New England Patriots, and the brash defending champion Seattle Seahawks, who will play in the Super Bowl on Feb. 1 on NBC in Glendale, Arizona.

Every other team is looking to improve upon their performance. Some may simply add new talent through the draft; others however will look higher up in the organization. As the season comes to a halt, the coaching carousel is beginning to spin.

The Denver Broncos’ lofty expectations for this season were cut short this year in the divisional round against the Colts. With this season ending once again in disappointment, the Broncos and John Fox decided to part ways. Out with the old, in with the also old; Gary Kubiak, new Broncos’ head coach, is no stranger to working in close quarters with John Elway. Kubiak backed up Elway for years with the team and has been known to be one of Elway’s very close friends.

Of course friendship and prior history are not what separates him from the field of coaches available. His ability to scout and develop players through the draft was apparent with notable picks such as J.J. Watt, Arian Foster, and the drafting or Mario Williams over Reggie Bush which at the time seemed insane. His ability to galvanize a team and have them play above their own heads was also a factor, gaining multiple stellar years out of Matt Shaub, a quarterback who many deemed less than desirable.

All in all the hiring of Kubiak was done at the perfect time, at the perfect place, with the perfect VP of Football Operations to assist him.

As John Fox departed from Denver he, as most former Denver Bronco’s do, made the move to Chicago. After what can only be described as the disaster that was the Bears last season, the defense was maligned by fans and media alike. Though Jay Cutler also received his fair share of scrutiny and then some, the defense was the biggest issue. John Fox brings a history of defensive scheming and development that could possibly turn this franchise around.

Fox has shown a non-committal attitude towards Cutler, mistakenly referring to him as “Jake” in a press conference.

His plan to reach out to Bears’ legends Brian Urlacher and Mike Ditka ensures he is very serious about ingratiating himself in the Chicago culture his attempt to bring the Bears back to relevancy.

Though the Bears may have been a disaster, it doesn’t get much uglier than the New York Jets the past few seasons. Rex Ryan’s failed attempts to find a quarter back that worked for the team, mishandling of offensive players and coordinators, and overall larger than life personality wore thin with the Jets before 2013, when he compiled an 8-8 record with what could be deemed the least talented roster in the NFL. 2014 would bring no such luck as the Jets compiled only 4 wins as “The Genocoaster” came crashing down on more than one occasion.

Rex however won’t have to move too far for his new job as he is the new head coach of the Buffalo Bills after Doug Marone’s sudden and mysterious exit from the team. Though some people find this team as a clone of the tea he once had with the Jets, that may not be a bad thing as those Jets’ teams reached 2 straight AFC Championship game. Though quarterback woes may still be Rex’s Achilles heel, inheriting the 4th best defense by yards and the leading defense in sacks should leave Ryan, and Bills fans salivating.

This leaves the Jets facing their old defensive minded head coach, with a new defensive minded head coach. Former Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator Todd Bowles will be looking to turn this franchise around and quickly. With his high pressure schemes, Bowles could be the perfect replacement of Ryan for this defensive unit. Though the Jets lack the talent that the Cardinals had, the front line is possibly even better than the one Bowles had before. With added depth on the back end of the defense and a slight retooling of the offense this team could make a turnaround quicker than some may think.

Other notable hires include relatively unknown Jim Tomsula being promoted in the 49ers organization, and former Jacksonville Jaguars’ head coach Jack Del Rio taking over the Oakland Raiders team that has been woeful for years. The Falcons remain looking for a head coach.