The dominos have started to fall in the 2019 NFL head coaching carousel. The Green Bay Packers were the first to make their move, locking up former Titans offensive coordinator Matt LaFleur. They were closely followed by Arizona Cardinals, who snatched the highly-coveted college coach Kliff Kingsbury, who initially seemed off limits after taking the offensive coordinator job at USC. Just a couple hours later, it was revealed that Bruce Arians was returning to the NFL, this time to coach the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
There are five more vacancies available, but with the first wave of hires out of the way, it’s time to give our way-too-immediate takes on the moves. Today’s Question of the Day is:
How would you rank the three head coaching hires thus far?
My answer: I’m a big Bruce Arians fan, and his offensive success at Arizona is undeniable. The Bucs’ offense hasn’t been bad, but it’s been a little too crazy and inconsistent. Arians seems like the perfect hire to make Jameis Winston a more steady quarterback. So that’s my favorite hire thus far.
Next, I’d go with Matt LaFleur. It’s a slightly risky pick for the Packers, seeing as he only has one year of play calling under his belt, but it’s hard to deny that he has been hired by some of the most brilliant minds in today’s NFL. Sure, things didn’t work out great for the Titans last year with LaFleur as offensive coordinator, but their personnel was certainly lacking.
Finally, I’m just not quite buying into the Kliff Kingsbury hype. I understand the excitement of bringing in a Texas Tech type of offense to the NFL, as that appears to be happening everywhere already, but this is a pretty significant jump for a guy that was ready to accept a lower position at the college level. It may work out, and he may be the next Sean McVay that everyone is looking for, but this easily looks like the biggest risk, and reeks of copycatting a few years too late.
What has been the best head coaching hire thus far?
This poll is closed
Bruce Arians (Bucs)
Matt LaFleur (Packers
Kliff Kingsbury (Cardinals)