A Record Ten NFL Head Coaches Hired Ahead of 2022 Season

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A Record Ten NFL Head Coaches Hired Ahead of 2022 Season

 

There has been a lot of movement between big-name players and coaches in the NFL during the current offseason. This year saw the hiring of ten new head coaches, which ties the record equaled three times in 1978, 1997, and 2006. Every new head coach must overcome a mountain of challenges to have their teams ready to contend for a Super Bowl title once the regular season starts. 

Predicting the success of these new coaches in the upcoming season isn’t as simple as checking the NFL Week 2 odds, as some of these new hires have inherited pretty dire situations within their franchises. In a league that always seeks immediate success, there’s no doubt some of these coaches will soon be unemployed again unless they start winning games right away. 

Who Will Have Immediate Success?

Although it’s not known which new head coaches will be successful first, we know which ones have been put into the best situation to win immediately. Todd Bowles was an assistant coach with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and inherited one of the top Super Bowl contenders when he took over for Bruce Arians, who gave up his coaching duties to move into the organization’s front office. 

He also inherits quarterback Tom Brady, who ended his short retirement to return for a chance at his eighth championship. If Bowles can get the defense playing at a top level once the regular season starts, he could help them win another title in his first season at the helm. 

Josh McDaniels of the Las Vegas Raiders is another coach coming into a great situation in his first year with a new franchise. The team withstood a lot of adversity last season and had a great run to the playoffs after the firing of Jon Gruden. McDaniel and new GM Dave Ziegler have already made some major upgrades to the roster by acquiring WR Davante Adams and DE Chandler Jones and are expected to make a deeper run into the postseason. 

Former Raiders head coach Dennis Allen takes over a New Orleans Saints team with significant talent on both sides. He will also be working alongside new play-caller Pete Carmichael, who has been the offensive coordinator since 2009. However, he will now direct every play on the offense after the retirement of Sean Payton. They could be a contender this season if QB Jameis Winston plays as well as he did before his season-ending injury in 2021. 

Some New Coaches Face Big Challenges

There are 32 head coaching jobs in the NFL, with each position being among the most desired in the sport. Many say there are no bad head coaching jobs in this league, but a few newly hired coaches have come into bad situations and must make the most of them to turn their teams around. 

Lovie Smith may have inherited the worst situation of the newly hired coaches with the Houston Texans. Many of their best players have left the organization in the last few years, and the franchise has yet to replace their talent level. 

He must also place his faith in QB Davis Mills, who is in his second year and without much experience, although he did improve towards the end of last season. He must protect the football while the team depends on its young but talented defence to keep them competitive. 

New Jacksonville Jaguars coach Doug Pederson has been hired to fill the position for the franchise that many feel is the worst head coaching job in the NFL. He takes over a team with just one winning season in the last 14 years. 

However, he has a Super Bowl title in his tenure as head coach with the Philadelphia Eagles and is known for his expertise in developing young QBs. He has a lot of talent at the position with Trevor Lawrence and hopes to surround the QB with enough talent to help him and the team reach their potential.