NFL Coach Fire and Hire Grades





I'll list the grades for the hiring and firing of each NFL coach and general manager, as well as most coordinators.

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March 31 Updates

Buccaneers hire HC Todd Bowles: C Grade
Bruce Arians made a surprising announcement Wednesday evening when he announced his retirement. Todd Bowles will be replacing him as head coach, with Arians hand-picking Bowles to be his successor.

I don't know why Arians is able to choose his replacement, but it's not the most exciting development. Bowles already had his chance at a coaching gig, and he went 24-40 with the Jets. Granted, he didn't have a great quarterback during his tenure, but as I wrote when he was fired: "Bowles' in-game management wasn't very good, and his team quit on him a couple of times this season, particularly in a blowout loss to the Bills in the middle of the year."

That said, this isn't a terrible decision either. There should be a smooth transition from Arians to Bowles because the latter has been with the Buccaneers during their recent successful run. Besides, it's not like the Buccaneers had many great choices this late into the offseason anyway.

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Feb. 16 Updates

Vikings hire HC Kevin O'Connell: A Grade
This is the final head-coaching hire of this offseason. The Vikings couldn't officially hire Kevin O'Connell until after the Super Bowl because he was coaching in it as the Rams' offensive coordinator.

O'Connell is not some retread, which automatically makes this hiring appealing. He is seen as a sharp and young offensive-minded coach with plenty of upside. He has done great work with quarterbacks over the years, which includes the time he spent with Kirk Cousins in Washington. O'Connell can get Cousins to play up to his potential, which will be needed because the Vikings will have to jettison more talent on the roster because of the quarterback's albatross of a contract.

O'Connell certainly has his work cut out for him. The Vikings' cap situation is a mess. I really like this hire, but it may take a while for O'Connell to get the Vikings back on the winning track because of Cousins' contract.

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Feb. 10 Updates

Panthers hire OC Ben McAdoo: A Grade
People remember Ben McAdoo the most as the guy who had the gall to bench Eli Manning. McAdoo did a poor job as the Giants' head coach, but was much better as an offensive coordinator. The Giants were 10th and eighth in yardage during McAdoo's two years as coordinator. In fact, he did such a good job in that role that the Giants made him head coach so he wouldn't leave.

McAdoo hasn't done much since getting fired by the Giants. He most recently was the quarterbacks coach in Jacksonville, where he did a fine job with Gardner Minshew in 2020. McAdoo deserved another shot to be an offensive coordinator, so I like this hire by Carolina.

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Feb. 9 Updates

Colts hire DC Gus Bradley: C- Grade
The Colts lost Matt Eberflus to the Chicago Bears' head-coaching job. They obviously had to replace him, but they settled for an underwhelming choice in Gus Bradley.

The goal for any contending AFC team is to beat the Chiefs. Bradley's defenses cannot beat the Chiefs. We know that because he has been in the same division as the Chiefs since 2017, serving as defensive coordinator for the Chargers for four seasons and then one more for the Raiders. In nine meetings against Patrick Mahomes, Bradley's defenses have surrendered, in reverse-chronological order: 48, 41, 23, 31, 24, 28, 38, 30 and 24 points. That's not good.

I understand that there's more nuance to this hire than that, but there had to be better choices than Bradley to fill Eberflus' shoes.

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Raiders hire DC Patrick Graham: A+ Grade
Patrick Graham reportedly received strong interest as a head coach this offseason. If that's true, I don't understand why he wasn't hired because he is definitely more promising than some of the bozos who received head-coaching jobs.

The Raiders will stand to benefit from this in the short term. Graham is a stellar defensive coordinator whose Giants defenses overachieved. Graham never had a great pass-rushing presence, and he lost Blake Martinez to an early season-ending injury last year, and yet his stop units thrived the past two seasons.

Graham won't have to worry about a lack of talent on the edge in Las Vegas. He'll have Maxx Crosby and Yannick Ngakoue at his disposal, so it'll be interesting to see if the Raiders transition into having one of the better defenses in the NFL in 2022 and beyond.

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Giants hire DC Don Martindale: B Grade
I will be grading some of the coordinator grades over the coming days. I won't be grading all of them because some of the hires are complete unknowns with no coordinator experience.

The Giants didn't pressure the quarterback very well last year, though they still were coached brilliantly by Patrick Graham. Despite the ninth-worst pressure rate in the NFL, Graham's absence will be felt. He did a great job as the Giants' coordinator last year even though he lost Blake Martinez to an early season-ending injury.

Don Martindale did a solid job as defensive coordinator for the Ravens, but he ultimately was let go for someone younger and potentially better. Martindale is known for his aggressive blitz schemes, which will be welcome in New York. Martindale's defenses will do a better job of getting to the quarterback, though in-game adjustments will be worse than they were under Graham. Still, Martindale is a fine replacement for Graham, who will be coaching the Raiders in 2022.

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Feb. 7 Updates

Saints hire HC Dennis Allen: F Grade
The thinking by promoting Dennis Allen from defensive coordinator to head coach is that the Saints can keep their foundation together. The problem with that is they'll be missing their two key primary pieces moving forward: Sean Payton and Drew Brees.

Rather than hoping the Saints can keep winning without Payton and Brees, they should start over. And it's not like Allen is some hot coaching prospect. We've seen Allen in action already, and he was a failure with the Raiders. His record in Oakland from 2012 to 2014 was 8-28. That's even worse than Lovie Smith's record at Illinois! Allen did a great job as New Orleans' defensive coordinator, but he has proven that he's not up to the task as a head coach.

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Texans hire HC Lovie Smith: F Grade
When Lovie Smith was running the show at Illinois, the thought that he would be a terrific coach in his third NFL stint crossed my mind several times. Sure, Illinois went 17-39 during Smith's 5-year tenure at the school, but his new Santa Claus beard made him look very smart and competent. The Texans obviously had the same thought process, which is why they made the extremely intelligent decision to hire him as their new head coach.

I'm obviously being facetious here because this hire is a joke. Before Smith was 17-39 with Illinois, he was 8-24 as head coach of the Buccaneers for two years. There were so many better candidates available, namely Brian Flores and even Josh McCown. Granted, McCown has never coached in the NFL, but at least he's an unknown commodity with upside. There is no upside with Smith unless Houston believes his 28.4-percent win rate is the best the franchise could do.

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Feb. 6 Updates

Dolphins hire HC Mike McDaniel: F Grade
Only Stephen Ross would be incompetent enough to downgrade his coaching staff willingly during a single offseason. Ross did this by firing Brian Flores and then replacing him with Mike McDaniel, who spent one year as San Francisco's offensive coordinator.

The idea with McDaniel is that he's supposed to get the most out of Tua Tagovailoa, but how is that supposed to happen when he failed to develop Jimmy Garoppolo during his five years in San Francisco? McDaniel didn't even call plays last year, so I don't see what this hire is supposed to accomplish besides prove that Ross is unbelievably bad at running an NFL organization.

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Feb. 3 Updates

Jaguars hire HC Doug Pederson: D Grade
This is not the first time the Jaguars have acquired recycled materials from Philadelphia. They signed Nick Foles a few seasons ago, only to have that blow up in their face. This acquisition won't be as bad because it won't carry any financial implications, but it won't allow Jacksonville to suddenly become a winning team either.

Doug Pederson was praised early in his career for winning a Super Bowl and developing Carson Wentz, but we soon discovered that it was his surrounding coaching staff that was largely responsible for that. The Eagles collapsed once the great assistant coaches departed, while Wentz regressed at a rapid pace. The Eagles fired Pederson shortly later.

I'm going to assume the Jaguars weren't paying attention to what happened in Pederson's final couple of years in Philadelphia because this is a stupid hire. I suppose it could be worse - Bill O'Brien's name was floated around - but this deserves to be graded poorly.

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Feb. 1 Updates

Bills promote Ken Dorsey to offensive coordinator: A+ Grade
The Bills lost one of the top offensive coordinators, Brian Daboll, to the Giants when Daboll became their new head coach. It seemed like a possibility that Ken Dorsey, the team's quarterbacks coach and passing-game coordinator, would leave as well, but Buffalo managed to retain him as its new offensive coordinator.

This is a great development for the Bills because they would have been forced into hiring someone new to run the offense had Dorsey departed. This could have hurt Josh Allen a bit because he would've had to learn a new system. Instead, Allen can continue to flourish under the same coaching that did a great job of developing him over the past several seasons.

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Jan. 31 Updates

Raiders hire HC Josh McDaniels: C+ Grade
I thought there was a chance the Raiders would stick with their current regime. Rich Bisaccia, with the help of mastermind offensive coordinator Greg Olson, did a phenomenal job of guiding the Raiders into the playoffs amid numerous controversies throughout the year. It was an impressive feat, yet Mark Davis didn't see it that way. He opted instead to try his hand at the "Patriot Way," a proven, losing strategy.

That said, I thought Josh McDaniels did a good job as a head coach in Denver. His regime failed because the Broncos gave him full control over personnel decisions for some reason. This led to the drafting of blocking tight ends in the second round. McDaniels won't have that same sort of power in Las Vegas. He can concentrate on coaching.

I have mixed feelings about this hire. I like McDaniels, but I didn't think a coaching change was necessary. Also, McDaniels isn't a very trustworthy individual, so there's a chance he'll lose the locker room at some point.

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Jan. 30 Updates

Raiders hire GM Dave Ziegler: C- Grade
It has to work this time, right? Many teams have tried to emulate the Patriots by plucking front office personnel and coaches from the New England franchise. Almost all of these attempts have failed, and the reason for that is simple: None of these teams have gotten Bill Belichick.

You'd think teams would learn their lesson by now, but apparently not. The Raiders are the latest franchise attempting to copy the Patriots. Dave Ziegler, the former director of player personnel, was in New England's franchise for nine years, so he has tons of experience working with Belichick. That won't translate to success, however. In fact, history says that this is likely a recipe for failure.

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Ravens hire DC Mike Macdonald: A- Grade
Included in this grade is Baltimore's firing of defensive coordinator Don Martindale, who was dismissed nine days ago. Martindale was known for his aggressive, blitz-heavy defense, but he was sometimes way too aggressive. He never adjusted for quarterbacks who devour the blitz like Patrick Mahomes and Joe Burrow, and his defenses suffered as a consequence.

Mike Macdonald, meanwhile, is just 34. He was never a coordinator in the NFL, serving as either a defensive backs or linebackers coach for the Ravens from 2017 to 2020. However, he was the defensive coordinator of Michigan's great defense this past season. Harbaugh is obviously familiar with Macdonald and sees something in the young coach, so this decision will likely work well for the Ravens.

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Jan. 29 Updates

Giants hire HC Brian Daboll: A- Grade
The Giants wanted Brian Daboll all along, and they managed to obtain him. Daboll, the former offensive coordinator of the Bills, will certainly be an ugrade over Joe Judge, if only because he won't run a quarterback sneak on a third-and-9 play.

Daboll has been Josh Allen's offensive coordinator throughout the young quarterback's entire career. Daboll developed Allen from a raw prospect into one of the elite quarterbacks in the NFL. Given his great work with Allen, Daboll deserved a chance to be a head coach in the NFL. He has his work cut out for him with Daniel Jones, but perhaps Daboll can do some miracle work with the Giants' young signal-caller.

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Jan. 27 Updates

Bears hire HC Matt Eberflus: F Grade
When Matt Eberflus was presiding over a defense that had no answer for Trevor Lawrence in the must-win season finale, the thought, "Wow, this guy will make a great head coach" never popped into my head. The Colts generated a conference-best 33 turnovers in 2021, but they feasted on lots of bad competition. They always came up short in big games, and they struggled to put pressure on the quarterback despite spending a first-round pick on a defensive end.

Eberflus didn't seem like the best candidate at all, or even a viable candidate. He also coaches the wrong side of the ball. Chicago needed to hire an offensive mastermind to help develop Justin Fields. Eberflus could always get a brilliant offensive coordinator, but if Fields makes great strides, that offensive coordinator will be snatched up by another team very quickly to be their head coach, and Fields will have to learn from someone else in a short time frame. That's why the Bears needed to hire an offensive head coach.

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Broncos hire HC Nathaniel Hackett: D/A Grade
Nathaniel Hackett didn't call the plays in Green Bay, so you would think the Broncos would hire an offensive-minded coach who at least did that. Hackett didn't seem like one of the top hiring options, so under normal circumstances, I would give Denver a low grade for this decision.

However, there are two grades attached to this hiring, and the second one will apply if it means that Aaron Rodgers will end up playing for Denver next season. Rodgers is a huge fan of Hackett's, even endorsing him to be a head coach last year. With the Packers in cap hell, they may want to blow up their roster, and Rodgers has previously stated that he would want to play for a western team. It's no coincidence that the Broncos' Super Bowl odds for next year rose in the wake of this hire, so this will be a tremendous decision if it means Rodgers will be wearing a Bronco uniform next year.

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Jan. 26 Updates

Vikings hire GM Kwesi Adofo-Mensah: B+ Grade
It seemed like Kwesi Adofo-Mensah's name had been floated around as the favorite for the Vikings' general manager job for the past week. Minnesota made it official Wednesday morning by hiring him to replace Rick Spielman.

Adofo-Mensah has been described as "super bright" by now-fellow general manager Andrew Berry; he has an MBA from Stanford and began serving in the 49ers' front office in an analytics role nearly a decade ago. This is an important shift for the Vikings. Mike Zimmer was a great defensive mastermind, but he presided over offenses that had a 1990s mentality to them. I'll never forget how he ran the Vikings into a loss versus the Ravens because the team refused to throw the ball with the lead versus a poor Baltimore secondary. I imagine this won't happen under Adofo-Mensah's watch, assuming he hires an analytically based head coach.

I like this hire. It's nice that the Vikings are headed in a different direction with someone who came from a successful front office.

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Jan. 25 Updates

Bears hire GM Ryan Poles: B+ Grade
Imagine telling Bears fans that their general manager for 2022 and beyond would be someone named Ryan P. I imagine a few of them would completely abandon their team for not disposing of Ryan Pace, but Chicago did just that, hiring Ryan Poles instead.

Poles had been in the Kansas City Chiefs' front office for 12 years, ultimately ascending to the role of Assistant Director of Player Personnel. Poles undoubtedly had a role in the players the Chiefs selected, especially later in the draft. If so, that's great news for the Bears. Just take a look at the Chiefs' past three drafts. Some of the third-day picks they've made are Trey Smith, L'Jarius Sneed and Rashad Fenton. All three were good starters for Kansas City this past season.

I like this hire for Chicago. I would have placed a couple of possibilities in front of Poles, but it appears as though the Bears are headed in the right direction.

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Jan. 21 Updates

Giants hire GM Joe Schoen: B+ Grade
The Giants endured David Gettleman's disastrous regime, but they can finally move on from that with a new individual. They hired Joe Schoen, the former assistant general manager of the Buffalo Bills, as a replacement for Gettleman.

Schoen has two decades of scouting experience and helped the Bills build a Super Bowl-level roster. He deserved a chance to be a general manager in the NFL. I like this move, though there are a few other candidates I would have hired instead.

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Jan. 17 Updates

Raiders fire GM Mike Mayock: B+ Grade
Mike Mayock has gotten lots of flak for some of his draft choices, but he made some spectacular ones as well. He found Maxx Crosby, Hunter Renfrow and Nate Hobbs with third-day selections. All of them have been stars for the Raiders.

However, Mayock has been guilty of his fair share of blunders as well. He whiffed on some first-round picks and made the mistake of acquiring Antonio Brown. Perhaps his greatest error came this past offseason when he was willing to jettison talented offensive linemen before a pair of teams called him up at the 11th hour and obtained both at bargain prices. Mayock's failure to understand the importance of the offensive line was a huge oversight.

I initially planned to give this an A+ grade. However, I don't think it would be fair to ignore the positives Mayock has accomplished as the Raiders' general manager.

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Jan. 13 Updates

Texans fire HC David Culley: A Grade
A 4-13 record is not very impressive, but that actually met expectations for the Texans. Their projected win total heading into 2021 was four wins, so they matched that total. From that perspective, firing David Culley wasn't warranted, especially after just one season.

However, there's more to this decision, and that would be Culley's horrendous job of handling the players. He constantly clashed with some of his better players and even was forced into cutting Zach Cunningham for that reason. Culley created a toxic environment in the locker room, so it was difficult to see him have long-term success for that season. Besides, the Texans can find a much better coach than Culley like Brian Flores, Jim Harbaugh or Jim Caldwell. All three would be huge upgrades.

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Jan. 11 Updates

Giants fire HC Joe Judge: A+ Grade
The Giants didn't fire Joe Judge on Black Monday, leading some to speculate that they would retain him for another year. This may have started a revolt among Giants fans, so it's a good thing the team finally made the right decision.

Judge's tenure with New York was a disaster. The Giants went 10-23 under his watch, and they weren't remotely competitive in many of their losses. They were blown out in every game down the stretch of the 2021 season, and they drew the ire of the fans when they made asinine play calls like running a quarterback sneak on a third-and-8. Furthermore, players had gotten worse under Judge. Daniel Jones, Saquon Barkley and Kenny Golladay are some of the players who regressed under Judge's watch.

This is a no-brainer A+ grade. Judge was in over his head while being in charge of the Giants. Almost anyone New York hires will be a huge upgrade.

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Jan. 10 Updates

Vikings fire HC Mike Zimmer and GM Rick Spielman: C+/B- Grade
The Dolphins made an idiotic decision to let go of Brian Flores. The Bears firing Ryan Pace and Matt Nagy was a no-brainer. This, on the other hand, is more nuanced.

I think Mike Zimmer is an excellent coach. He has his flaws, like being too conservative at times, but he's a defensive mastermind, and his players try hard for him. He didn't have much playoff success outside of advancing to the NFC Championship in 2017, but he never finished with a record worse than 7-9 either. That said, Zimmer turns 66 this summer, so I don't blame the Vikings for wanting a younger, more offensive-minded coach.

Spielman, on the other hand, made a horrible decision that cost him his job. The egregious mistake, of course, was giving Kirk Cousins a fully guaranteed contract. This sapped much of the talent on the roster, as the Vikings had to get rid of some key players because Cousins commanded much of the salary cap. Spielman made some great draft choices, like selecting Stefon Diggs in the fifth round, but the Cousins signing was horrible, and anyone with half a brain knew it at the time.

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Bears fire HC Matt Nagy and GM Ryan Pace: A+/A+ Grade
It's no surprise that the Bears have fired both their head coach and general manager. The duo of Matt Nagy and Ryan Pace greatly disappointed following a promising 2018 season that concluded with the double doink. Since then, the Bears are 22-27.

Nagy proved to be an incompetent head coach who needed to be fired. He failed to develop the No. 2 overall pick in the draft and then seemed to be making the same mistakes with Justin Fields. It was telling that Fields had one of his best games when Nagy had to sit out with a minor illness. Chicago needed to make sure that Fields would be appropriately developed, and that wouldn't happen under Nagy's watch.

As for Pace, he proved himself to be an incompetent general manager. He made some nice moves here and there, but the mistakes greatly outweighed the positive decisions. The worst blunder was trading up for Mitchell Trubisky rather than selecting either Patrick Mahomes or Deshaun Watson. There were also other things like paying big bucks to Trey Burton, Taylor Gabriel, Buster Skrine and Jimmy Graham. The Bears could obtain a better general manager by hiring some college kid playing Madden, so firing Pace was a no-brainer.

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Dolphins fire HC Brian Flores: F Grade
What!? When I saw this news posted this morning, I thought it was a joke. Like, "Haha, Brian Flores is fired, just kidding, let's get to the real coaches who got fired like Matt Nagy and Joe Judge."

Instead, the news was real, somehow. I don't understand it. Flores, in my opinion, is one of the better coaches in the NFL. He's a defensive mastermind, and players try hard for him. They rallied back from 1-7 and nearly made the playoffs. Miami didn't quite get there, but the team still finished with a winning record. This was the first time the Dolphins had consecutive winning seasons since the Dave Wannstedt era. You'd think this would warrant an extension of sorts. Instead, Miami let Flores go.

I don't understand Stephen Ross' mindset regarding this move. Any coach he hires is likely to be a downgrade from Flores. The only reason the Dolphins didn't make the playoffs under Flores' watch is because the front office selected Tua Tagovailoa over Justin Herbert, and yet Ross didn't fire the general manager. Nothing Ross is doing makes any sense, so this decision needs to be graded accordingly.

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Jan. 9 Updates

Broncos fire HC Vic Fangio: B Grade
Vic Fangio is a great defensive-minded coach who never really had a chance to succeed as a head coach in the NFL. His defenses have been great, but he was ridden with pedestrian quarterbacks like Teddy Bridgewater and Drew Lock throughout his tenure. It's no wonder that Denver never made the playoffs with Fangio as its head coach.

That said, Fangio doesn't seem like he's suited to be a head coach. We've seen this with other defensive masterminds like Wade Phillips and Dick LeBeau. Fangio's in-game management wasn't great, and he usually lost the close games. Perhaps that was a byproduct of quarterbacking, but such maneuvers like kicking a field goal while down seven with four minutes remaining is why Fangio should probably just be a defensive coordinator.

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Dec. 16 Updates

Jaguars fire HC Urban Meyer: A+ Grade
Urban Meyer shouldn't have been hired in the first place, given that he had no NFL experience before taking the Jacksonville head-coaching job. The Jaguars absolutely had to fire him, and the only criticism anyone can make of this decision is that it wasn't done earlier.

Meyer's entire tenure in Jacksonville was a complete disaster. It began right away when he signed Tim Tebow and then ran the ball with Carlos Hyde instead of James Robinson in the season opener. Four weeks later, Meyer didn't take the flight home with his team, opting instead to party in Ohio bars instead. Meyer eventually called his assistants "losers" and saw Trevor Lawrence regress under his watch. Meyer also clashed with some of his players, including Marvin Jones and former kicker Josh Lambo. According to Lambo, Meyer kicked him, and when Meyer protested, Meyer shouted, "I'm the head ball coach, I'll kick you whenever the f**k I want."

There's no reason Meyer should ever coach in the NFL again. I imagine he'll be coaching in college at some point in the future, where he can pay all the athletes he pleases. NFL athletes were already getting paid, so Meyer never had any sort of edge in the NFL. I have no idea how Jacksonville never realized this.

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Dec. 6 Updates

Panthers fire OC Joe Brady: D Grade
Joe Brady was a star two years ago. He orchestrated LSU's terrific offense and probably could've gotten some sort of head-coaching job at the collegiate level. Instead, he chose to be the offensive coordinator for the Panthers. Brady's offenses in Carolina struggled, but he didn't exactly have the greatest quarterbacks at his disposal. It would've been difficult for any coordinator to succeed with Teddy Bridgewater, Phillip Walker, Sam Darnold and a washed-up Cam Newton.

The Panthers have decided to fire Brady after he failed to develop Darnold. I'm not sure Darnold is even salvageable, so Carolina's decision to potentially make Brady the scapegoat is a real head-scratcher, especially when considering Brady had Christian McCaffrey at his disposal for only 10 of 28 possible games.

I'm going to grade this as a "D" instead of an "F" because I think it's possible that Brady could've asked for this dismissal because he had a collegiate job lined up for himself. That's the only logical reason I can come up with for this firing.

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Nov. 23 Updates

Giants fire OC Jason Garrett: A+ Grade
I remembered loving the Giants as a long shot to win the Super Bowl ahead of the 2020 season. Daniel Jones was coming off a promising rookie campaign, and the Giants had tons of cap space to build around their young quarterback and Saquon Barkley.

And then, the Giants hired Jason Garrett, and I knew this regime would be a failure. Garrett was an inept offensive coach in Dallas, and he was destined to fail with the Giants. Garrett failed to develop Jones whatsoever and was often outcoached by the opposition. Despite having a talented, young quarterback and tons of play-makers, the Giants have maintained one of the worst offenses in the NFL this year. Garrett had to go, so this firing should be graded an A+.

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Oct. 11 Updates

Raiders fire HC Jon Gruden: D- Grade
The report of Jon Gruden's e-mail about DeMaurice Smith surfaced Friday. It appeared as though that story would disappear, but that changed Monday evening when new e-mails were conveniently brought to light. This prompted Raiders owner Mark Davis to fire Gruden, who officially "resigned" in order to save face.

It's unclear what exactly what is in those e-mails. Adam Schefter noted that there were racist and homophobic slurs, but given how he and the rest of the sports media hypes everything, I get the feeling that the content of the e-mails isn't as bad as he's making it out to be. Schefter also cited that Gruden berated Roger Goodell and some owners, but I think that's perfectly fine because he said those words 10 years ago while he was a pundit on TV. As a football color analyst, it was his job to say these things about people in the league. Then again, perhaps the e-mails were truly bad. There's no way of knowing right now, but the Smith e-mail was certainly a typical media overreaction, so I'm willing to believe these are as well. Not only that; Gruden said these things in private e-mails that he never expected to be public. I'm not OK with someone being canned for what they say in a private e-mail, especially if they do so before they take the job in question.

Many have criticized Gruden over the years, but he has done a good job of making the Raiders into a competitive football team. The Raiders were the laughing stock of the NFL prior to Gruden's arrival, but that hasn't been the case since. Thus, Davis likely made a mistake by firing Gruden. Davis has been a mostly incompetent owner - I can say this because I, too, am a pundit - so it's not a surprise that Davis would cave to ridiculous cancel culture.

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