VANCE JOSEPH: Former Denver Broncos head coach
Coming from the coaching tree of Adam Gase. Vance Joseph joined the Denver Broncos in 2017 in hopes of returning the team back to it’s winning ways in the Manning years. Under Joseph, the Denver Broncos worked with Trevor Siemian (2017) and Case Keenum (2018) at quarterback but also their defensive play was off the past two seasons. Having only won 11 games under Joseph in two seasons the Broncos will move forward with another coach.
ADAM GASE: Former Miami Dolphins Head Coach
New Position: Named Head Coach of the New York Jets
An offensive mastermind for the Denver Broncos in the Peyton Manning years, Adam Gase was to transition his offensive smarts to a young and hungry Miami Dolphins squad lead by Ryan Tannehill. 2016 under Gase was a success which saw them finish the season at 10-6 and clinch a wildcard berth but ended shortly when they lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers while being lead by Matt Moore. 2017 was the worst season under Gase as Ryan Tannehill was gone for the season with an ACL Tear which leads to the team signing an out of sync Jay Cutler. Miami finished 2017 at 6-10. 2018 saw a turn for the Dolphins as they kept a wildcard push till the near end of the year where they went on a three-game losing streak and ending the up-and-down tenure of Gase in Miami.
New Position Reaction: This is a move that can have success but the problem does fall on the attitude of Adam Gase. Gase does have a history of bumping elbows with the team which affected fan’s outlook on him as well. During his tenure in Miami, Gase worked with average to below-average quarterbacks in Tannehill, Matt Moore, Brock Osweiler and the time with Jay Cutler. Adam Gase has a strong offensive mind and worked well in Denver with Peyton Manning but he now comes to the Jets where he gets to work fresh with a young and fresh quarterback in Sam Darnold. The Jets need to acquire offensive weapons to help him.
STEVE WILKS: Former Arizona Cardinals Head Coach
Former Carolina Panthers defensive coordinator, Steve Wilks joined the Arizona Cardinals last offseason and he brought former San Diego Chargers head coach Mike McCoy with him. The Wilks/McCoy pairing was a headache among Cardinals fans as they made very questionable decisions with some starters being used as backups and players being shifted to other positions but also, the team was functioning with one of the worst offensive lines in the league. At mid-season, Arizona decided to fire McCoy from his position and decided to promote quarterback’s coach Byron Leftwich to offensive coordinator which saw a complete turn around in rookie quarterback Josh Rosen’s performance, but that did not save his job. Along with Wilks, Arizona decided to clean house at coaching and re-opened the re-building process and it will begin at coaching.
TODD BOWLES: Former New York Jets Offensive Coordinator
New Position: Defensive Coordinator of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
After a successful run with the Arizona Cardinals as their defensive coordinator, the New York Jets signed Bowles to a contract. In his first season with the Jets in 2015, the Jets finished the season at 10-5 and not qualify for the playoffs. The next three seasons saw the Jets tank and finish the season in the cellar of the AFC East at 4-12 in 2016 and 2017 and 5-11 this past season. In his final couple of seasons in New York, Bowles did not have much talent to plan with as Sheldon Richardson was dealt and the team had average players on their roster until Jamal Adams aided on defense. Also, there were times where Bowles lost the locker room… There was indeed drama in New York under Todd Bowles.
New Position Reaction: What an interesting turn of events to get Bowles to Tampa Bay. Before officially landing with the Buccaneers, Bowles was linked to the Chicago Bears defensive job but he had a change of heart as he re-joins Bruce Arians in Tampa Bay. It is shocking that Bowles decided to join Tampa Bay over Chicago as Chicago has more excelled talent on defense compared to Tampa Bay…
JIM BOB COOTER: Former Detroit Lions Offensive Coordinator
A former head coaching candidate at the end of the 2017 season, Jim Bob Cooter and the Detroit Lions “mutually” parted ways at the end of this season. 2018 saw a turn for the Lions on offense as they finally found success in the running game with former Auburn running back Kerryon Johnson but, their passing game was hurt due to Matt Patricia’s run-first mentality. The Lions passing was effected in 2018 due to the loss of both Golden Tate III (traded to Philadelphia) and Marvin Jones (season-ending injury). If anything, Cooter likely did himself a favor and got himself out of sticky Matt Patricia situation in Detroit.
Kliff Kingsbury: Former Texas Tech Red Raiders Head Coach, Current USC Offensive Coordinator
New Position: Named Head Coach of Arizona Cardinals
We already covered Kliff Kingsbury when he was fired from Texas Tech about a month ago. The former Red Raiders head coach accepted the offensive coordinator position at USC but with interest from NFL teams, USC has decided to cut off potential interviews with the league. With much dismay toward the decision for interviews with NFL teams, Kingsbury has decided to open up interviews. We will see where this leads.
New Position Reaction: Kingsbury as head coach… Interesting move here. This is a really interesting move as the Kliff Kingsbury has no league experience but he does bring a great mind to a Cardinals offense especially in the quarterback role which is needed with Josh Rosen at the helm. The entire coaching staff in Arizona is gone so it will be interesting to see what coaching staff Kingsbury will bring in for this new direction franchise.