Four NFL Teams That Don’t Represent Their Coach’s Signature
While some NFL teams are representation of their head coach’s philosophies, several others don’t resemble what their head coach is known for.
Updated: Nov. 14, 2019 • 5:47 PM ET
Adam Gase is off to a rough start as New York Jets head coach.
Every NFL head coach has worked their way through the ranks. For some, that means grooming their skills in college, while others rise from position coach, to coordinator and finally, head coach. It may take a long time to get there, see 61-year-old Vic Fangio, a first-time head coach in the NFL and leader of the Denver Broncos. Or, it could take a few years of having top-notch offensive units.
Examples of this include Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay (33) and San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan (39). McVay's work with quarterback Kirk Cousins and the Washington Redskins landed him his current gig. Shanahan led three explosive offenses in Washington, Houston and Atlanta, earning him the Niners position.
Most NFL teams are a representation of their coach. New England's defense under Bill Belichick, Kansas City's offense under Andy Reid and San Francisco's offense under Shanahan are three illustrations of this. However, the conundrum lies in teams that are not a representation of their coach. The New York Jets (Adam Gase), New York Giants (Pat Shurmur), Chicago Bears (Matt Nagy) and Atlanta Falcons (Dan Quinn) are four 2019 NFL teams that don't match their coach's signature.
Gase came to the Jets as an offensive mind, but “Gang Green” has been putrid in this department. They’ve amassed 2,082 total yards, which is last in the league. The Jets have passed for 1,476 yards (32nd in NFL), rushed for 606 yards (31st) and scored 130 points this season (30th). While they defeated their neighbor on Sunday, the offense is a mess.
Speaking of “Big Blue,” Shurmur’s offensive unit isn’t much better than their AFC counterpart. The “G-Men” have 3,222 total yards (19th), 2,280 yards through the air (15th), 942 on the ground (19th) and have scored 203 points (20th). While rookie quarterback Daniel Jones has made some strides, Shurmur’s group is middling. With a top-tier running back in Saquon Barkley, this team should be performing better in the running game, but their offensive line needs to improve for that to happen.
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When former Chiefs offensive coordinator Matt Nagy took the Bears job, many thought Chicago had upgraded their offensive play calling. Unfortunately, a questionable quarterback selection in Mitchell Trubisky, along with Nagy’s guidance, has led to terrible results. The Bears have accrued 2,360 total yards (29th), 1,635 passing yards (30th), 725 rushing yards (28th) and 162 points (27th). Chicago is 8th in yards allowed and 4th in points allowed this year. Nagy’s horrendous offense is wasting one of the best defenses in the league. If this offense even achieved middle-of-the-road status, the “Monsters of the Midway” could make a deep playoff run.
While the Jets, Giants and Bears offenses are struggling, the Falcons defense is limping through the season. Quinn’s unit has allowed 3,346 yards (21st), 2,347 passing yards (21st), 999 rushing yards (17th) and 259 points (27th). Throughout his coaching career, Quinn has been a defensive line coach at several stops and the Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator in 2013 and 2014. Quinn went from guiding the “Legion of Boom” to leading a defensive group that’s driving down the road with a flat tire. In 2013, Quinn’s Seahawks gave up 14.4 points per game, thrusting them to legendary status. That team won the Super Bowl over Peyton Manning and the Broncos 43-8. Quinn’s current bunch has allowed the opposition to convert on 50 percent of their third downs (31st) and given up 23 first downs via penalty (24th).
These four coaches have to go back to their roots and get their respective squads back on track, as their coaching seats are red-hot.