2017’s Major NFL Coaching Changes

Because most NFL coaching changes happen in January, those moves can often be overshadowed by the postseason and – subsequently – the major moves that teams makes in free agency. However, those coaching changes shouldn’t be overlooked.

A year ago, 13 of the league’s 32 teams made changes at at least one of their head coach, offensive coordinator, or defensive coordinator spots, and many of these hirings turned into major stories throughout the 2016 season. New head coaches Adam Gase and Ben McAdoo led the Dolphins and Giants, respectively, to the postseason in their first go-rounds in charge, while new defensive coordinator Vance Joseph leveraged his one-year stint as a play-caller to become the next Broncos head coach.

Which new coaches could make a similar impact this year? We may have to wait to find out, but there are certainly plenty of candidates. The full breakdown of 2017’s major coaching changes from around the league is below:

Head coaches:

Offensive coordinators:

Defensive coordinators:

Special teams coordinators:

Other 2016 OCs, DCs with new jobs:

  • Buffalo Bills: Hired former Rams OC Rob Boras as tight ends coach.
  • Denver Broncos: Hired former Raiders OC Bill Musgrave as quarterbacks coach.
  • Detroit Lions: Hired former Texans OC George Godsey as defensive assistant/special projects.
  • Houston Texans: Promoted former DC Romeo Crennel to assistant head coach/defense.
  • Los Angeles Chargers: Hired former Falcons DC Richard Smith as linebackers coach.
  • Los Angeles Rams: Hired former Redskins DC Joe Barry as assistant head coach/linebackers.
  • Los Angeles Rams: Hired former Jaguars OC Greg Olson as quarterbacks coach.
  • Oakland Raiders: Hired former Chargers DC John Pagano as assistant head coach/defense.
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7 comments on “2017’s Major NFL Coaching Changes

  1. Dianxue

    “And in other news that’s been reported a hundred times already, …”

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  2. Booger

    Oh, you knew every single coaching move that happened this offseason?

    Don’t be a dick…if you don’t care, don’t read the article.

    Just doing their jobs. (I was actually just looking for a list of ALL the moves, as all I knew was the Bills moves and where their former coaches went.)

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  3. nefarien

    Vikings have new offensive coordinator, missed that one

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    • Dallas Robinson

      You’re right. I originally hesitated on that one since it happened in-season, but given that I included Hackett I’ll put Shurmur in as well. Thanks.

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  4. CubBryant88

    Really useful article. Will definitely be saving for in-season reference. Thanks

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  5. BayAreaSportsFan

    “And in other news, high school kids still think they are witty.”

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