Eight out of 32 teams in the NFL fired their head coach this offseason or even before, and now all eight of those changes are completed. There are some interesting hires out there, and some might even affect the NFL futures odds.
Kansas City Chiefs-Andy Reid
No sooner did the Eagles decide to let Andy Reid go, the Chiefs hired him. This is in my opinion the best hire of any coaching change this offseason. Reid has already brought in Alex Smith to play quarterback, retained Dwayne Bowe and gotten some other really good ideas on the horizon. Kansas City is currently +2500 to win the AFC and +5000 to win the Super Bowl.
Philadelphia Eagles-Chip Kelley
Coming in from the college ranks with all the hype is Chip Kelley. While I don’t think Kelley will have an immediate factor on the Eagles being competitive, I do think in the future the Eagles are going to be really good under Kelley. They brought back Michael Vick for one last go round, and right now the Eagles are priced at +4500 to win the Super Bowl and +2000 to win the NFC. Like Pete Carroll in Seattle, college coaches take time, but eventually, you could become a Super Bowl contender once again.
Arizona Cardinals-Bruce Arians
Ken Whisenhunt was gone last season and now the Cards bring in Bruce Arians. Arians was sought after a lot after this past season where he filled in for the Colts and led them to the playoffs. Out of all the turn around jobs there are in the NFL this season, this might be the toughest, so telling you what their future odds are is irrelevant.
Jacksonville Jaguars- Gus Bradley
I say the Cards may have the toughest turnaround job because Gus Bradley and the Jags probably have it just as tough or tougher. This team is in ruins right now and might once again rival for the worst team in the NFL. Bradley better do goo things or he might be out the door soon as well.
Cleveland Browns- Rob Chudzinski
Chud as some people call him is heading into a pretty good situation, because no one expects him to do anything. With the exception of a few good young players, the Browns will be rebuilding for the 1000th time it seems like, and while the AFC North could be up for grabs this season, I doubt the Browns will be in position to do so this season.
Chicago Bears- Marc Trestman
Trestman comes in taking over for Lovie Smith in Chicago, and while he has some holes to fill, if any of the eight teams with new head coaches has a chance to make the playoffs, it’s Trestman and the Bears, along with Reid and the Chiefs. Trestman will bring in a high scoring and up tempo offense to Chicago and if their defense can fill in the holes left by the exit of Brian Urlacher and others, Chicago could threaten the Packers this season if they are healthy.
Buffalo Bills- Doug Marrone
Marrone also has his work cut out for him, but at least Buffalo has some pro bowlers to work with. Their main task this offseason will be finding a QB, but I think the Bills have made the right call on this one, and could be dangerous again this season.
San Diego Chargers-Mike McCoyAfter years of suffering through the mediocre Chargers under Norv Turner, San Diego has finally moved on McCoy will bring in some intensity to this team, and hopefully for San Diego fans, some division titles. Currently, the Chargers are +5000 to win the Super Bowl and +1600 to win the AFC. The division might be out of reach this season, but in a seemingly weaker AFC this season, the playoffs might not be.