2018’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, 15 of the league’s 32 teams made changes to at least one of their head coach, offensive coordinator, or defensive coordinator spots, and many of those hirings turned into major stories throughout the 2017 season. New head coaches Sean McVay, Sean McDermott, and Doug Marrone led the Rams, Bills, and Jaguars, respectively, to the postseason in their first go-rounds in charge, while new defensive coordinators Steve Wilks and Mike Vrabel leveraged their one-year stints as a play-callers to become the next Cardinals and Titans head coach, respectively.

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 2018’s major coaching changes from around the league is below:

Head coaches:

Offensive coordinators:

Defensive coordinators:

Special teams coordinators:

Other 2017 OCs, DCs with new jobs:

  • Buffalo Bills: Hired former Titans OC Terry Robiskie as wide receivers coach.
  • Cleveland Browns: Hired former Bengals OC Ken Zampese as quarterbacks coach.
  • Dallas Cowboys: Hired former Seahawks DC Kris Richard as secondary coach/defensive passing game coordinator.
  • Denver Broncos: Hired former Giants OC Mike Sullivan as quarterbacks coach.
  • Houston Texans: Hired former Raiders DC John Pagano as outside linebackers coach.
  • Miami Dolphins: Reassigned former Dolphins OC Clyde Christensen as director, football and player development.
  • Minnesota Vikings: Hired former Raiders OC Todd Downing as a senior offensive assistant.
  • New York Jets: Hired former Bills OC Rick Dennison as offensive line coach/run game coordinator.
  • Oakland Raiders: Hired former Packers OC Edgar Bennett as wide receivers coach.
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