On Monday, we polled Detroit Lions fans to see how many believed current interim coach Darrell Bevell would return as the team’s offensive coordinator—the position he held at the beginning of the 2020 season. Most of you—60 percent—said that you believed that would not happen. I think that’s a fairly safe assumption to make. Interviewing for the head coaching job, then being asked to take a step back and be the offensive coordinator of the team is a bit... awkward. Chances are he’ll take a job elsewhere, even if the Lions express interest in bringing him back, which wouldn’t surprise me at all.
But let’s think outside the box today. There are plenty of brilliant offensive minds around the game of football today, and several will be hoping to land an offensive coordinator job in the NFL.
So today’s Question of the Day is:
Who do you want to be the Lions’ offensive coordinator in 2021?
My answer: My initial answer, as I said on this week’s PODcast, was Chiefs quarterbacks coach and passing game coordinator Mike Kafka. Kafka’s star has been on the rise for years now after helping build the Chiefs’ insane offense under Patrick Mahomes. A few teams have expressed interest in him—including the Eagles as their next head coach—but it appears Kafka is turning down opportunities. In fact, Jason La Canfora reported late on Monday that he’s staying with the Chiefs.
So let’s look elsewhere. I think my favorite of the remaining candidates is current quarterbacks coach of the Los Angeles Chargers Pep Hamilton. Not only did he help progress Justin Herbert in his rookie season last year, but you could argue he’s done the same with Andrew Luck, both at Stanford and as the offensive coordinator with the Colts.
He may be a tough sell locally, as he was the passing game coordinator at Michigan from 2017 before resigning after just two seasons. Still, he did just about as good as one could expect with the Wolverines quarterbacks (Shea Patterson, Wilton Speight, John O’Korn) he was dealing with.
Hamilton has already taken interviews for the Dolphins offensive coordinator job, and he has no ties to Brad Holmes or Dan Campbell, so it may be tough to pull him to Detroit. Still, I think the Lions should at least take a look at him.