- Can't have an NFL Head Coach on the staff
- Retired Players are allowed
Head Coach: Josh McDaniels- New England Offensive Coordinator
Let's start with the man on top, with the 32 year old OC for the 7-5 with a 9-year backup QB and nonexistent RB Patriots. What better way to see how good McDaniels is by comparing New England's YPG and its ranking in the NFL between his era (2006-now) and the Charlie Weis era ('01-'04), shall we?
Patriots Offensive YPG (Rank)
2001: 305.1 (19th)
2002: 317.8 (21st)
2003: 314.9 (17th)
2004: 357.6 (7th)
^2005: 352.0 (7th)
2006: 335.6 (11th)
2007: 411.2 (1st)
*2008: 355.1 (9th)
*as of 12/4/08
This chart shows that aside from 2004 (Weis' final year in NE), Weis has been average, at best. McDaniels' worst is still top 12, or playoff team good. Add that to the fact that he's 32, and I found a head coach that could have a tenure as long as Bobby Bowden or Joe Paterno.
Tom Moore- Indianapolis Colts Offensive Coordinator-A great coordinator and helped Peyton Manning become the Peyton Manning we know and love. If only he wasn't 342 years old......
Monte Kiffin- Tampa Bay Buccaneers Defensive Coordinator-Same issue as Moore (Older than the cumulative age of the House of Representatives), and seems happier as a DC (might wind up as DC for Lane's Volunteers), but the creator of the famous Tampa 2 defense has to warrant consideration for a head coaching gig.
Rick Dennison- Denver Broncos Offensive Coordinator/O-line Coach- Since 1995 (when he was hired) I think the Broncos did a good job running the ball (Reuben Droughns, Olandis Gary, Peyton Hillis, Quentin Griffin, Garrison Hearst, a runner with the last name of Bell, Garrison Hearst, and actually good runningbacks like Clinton Portis and Terrell Davis; 5 stars if you know who Quentin Griffin was) and this year, the Broncos are 2nd in YPG. He's younger than Moore and Kiffin, but I just think they are a bit better at their job.
Tomorrow: part 2: Offensive Coordinator and Defensive Coordinator