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Every year, roughly ¼ of NFL teams see a change in their coaching staffs. This typically leads to a change in offensive schemes that could either help or hurt current players on the roster. For example, some play-callers are more pass-heavy, while others might utilize different personnel more often.

In this series, we will track all the new Head Coaches (HC)/Offensive Coordinators (OC) to see where their styles differentiate from the previous season, and how it will impact fantasy football in 2024.

Updated: 1/25/2024

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Head Coach and Offensive Coordinator Hires

 

  • Team: New England Patriots
  • Previous Coach: Bill Belichick
  • New Head Coach: Jerod Mayo (OC TBD)

Fantasy Impact – Bill O’Brien has already bolted for Ohio State, and the fact that the Patriots have promoted within made me think early on that Josh McDaniels would be back in New England. However, early indication suggests they will go outside the organization. Either way, they will likely be taking a QB 3rd overall, so big changes are coming.

OC Interviews/Candidates – My Favorite Josh McDaniels, Dan Pitcher (CIN QB Coach), Zac Robinson (LAR QB Coach), and Nick Caley (currently LAR TE coach)

 

  • Team: Las Vegas Raiders
  • Previous Head Coach: Josh McDaniels
  • New Head Coach: Antonio Pierce (OC TBD)

Fantasy Impact – The philosophy was clear under Antonio Pierce: run the football and get the ball to Davante Adams. Adams was 2nd in the NFL in targets per game once Pierce became the head coach. Now the question is, who is the next Offensive Coordinator and Quarterback? Based on this, Zamir White and Davante Adams could be solid values in 2024.

OC Interviews/Candidates – My Favorite Mike Sullivan (Interim PIT OC), Kliff Kingsbury (Former ARI HC), and Luke Getsy (CHI OC)

 

  • Team: Tennessee Titans
  • Previous Head Coach: Mike Vrabel
  • New Head Coach: Brian Callahan (Bengals OC)

Fantasy Impact – Brian Callahan has worked with Matthew Stafford, Peyton Manning, Derek Carr, and Joe Burrow, so his track record should help with the development of Will Levis. Treylon Burks would get a boost in this offense under a strong offensive mind as well. We will need to see if Callahan trusts Tyjae Spears as his feature back, but the Bengals’ history of using a bell-cow bodes well for Spears if he gets the nod.

Other Interviews – Dan Quinn, David Shaw, Ben Johnson, Mike Macdonald, Thomas Brown, Bobby Slowik, Brian Johnson, Aaron Glenn, and Mike Kafka

 

  • Team: Chicago Bears
  • Previous Offensive Coordinator: Luke Getsy
  • New Offensive Coordinator: Shane Waldron (Seahawks OC)

Fantasy Impact – Shane Waldron has shown the ability to adapt to his players. In 2022, the Seahawks were 3rd in the NFL in drop-backs out of two tight end sets. In 2023, they moved to the middle of the pack with the addition of Jaxon Smith-Njigba. Cole Kmet’s role should be solid, while D.J. Moore should continue to be the focal point at WR. Waldron could use a committee between Khalil Herbert and Roschon Johnson, like Kenneth Walker and Zach Charbonnet. If that is the case, Herbert could be a late-round flyer as the early down back.

 

  • Team: Los Angeles Chargers
  • Previous Head Coach: Brandon Staley
  • New Head Coach: Jim Harbaugh

Fantasy Impact – Jim Harbaugh featured Anquan Boldin in the slot during his time in San Francisco, which should bode well for Keenan Allen’s role.  Meanwhile, Frank Gore played a workhorse role well into his 30s, which means if Austin Ekeler returns, he could see a resurgence under Harbaugh.

Interviews – Bill Belichick, Jim Harbaugh, Dan Quinn, David Shaw, Mike Vrabel, Raheem Morris, Ben Johnson, Leslie Frazier, Steve Wilks, and Brian Callahan

 

  • Team: Atlanta Falcons
  • Previous Head Coach: Arthur Smith
  • New Head Coach: Raheem Morris

Fantasy Impact – Pending OC Hire! Early favorite is Rams Passing Game Coordinator Zac Robinson.

Interviews – Bill Belichick, Jim Harbaugh, Aaron Glenn, Joe Brady, Mike Vrabel, Brian Johnson, Bobby Slowik, Raheem Morris, Mike Macdonald, Ben Johnson, Steve Wilks, Brian Callahan, and Anthony Weaver

 

  • Team: Carolina Panthers
  • Previous Head Coach: Frank Reich
  • New Head Coach: Dave Canales

Fantasy Impact – My first prediction was Bobby Slowik, but after the Panthers hired Dan Morgan as GM to lead the search for the next Head Coach, I now lean Dave Canales which has since been confirmed. Morgan and Canales were both in Seattle for many years, and after seeing what Canales did for Baker, I think he would be a great fit for Bryce Young. The Panthers would need to revamp their receiving core, but Canales has history with Ole Miss WRs, so maybe Mingo could emerge as a sleeper in this offense.

Interviews – Todd Monken, Dan Quinn, Raheem Morris, Ben Johnson, Dave Canales, Mike Macdonald, Bobby Slowik, Frank Smith, and Brian Callahan

 

  • Team: Pittsburgh Steelers
  • Previous Offensive Coordinator: Matt Canada/Mike Sullivan
  • New Offensive Coordinator: Arthur Smith

Fantasy Impact – TBD

Interviews – Zac Robinson and Arthur Smith

 

  • Team: Philadelphia Eagles
  • Previous Offensive Coordinator: Brian Johnson
  • New Offensive Coordinator: Kellen Moore

Fantasy Impact – TBD

Interviews – Zac Robinson and Arthur Smith

Head Coach and Offensive Coordinator Openings

 

  • Team: Seattle Seahawks
  • Previous Head Coach: Pete Carroll
  • Prediction: Mike MacDonald

Fantasy Impact – My early prediction was Dan Quinn who coached for the Seahawks in 2009-2010 and 2013-2014, and has familiarity with the regime in Seattle. However, if Quinn was their guy, I believe he would have gotten the job already. That is why I think Mike MacDonald is the frontrunner for the job if he wants it. With Shane Waldron now the OC in Chicago, Quinn or MacDonald will need to look elsewhere for an OC. Top OC candidates for Quinn include Dirk Koetter, Kellen Moore, Ben McAdoo, and Darrell Bevell, based on whom he has worked with in the past. For MacDonald, Bobby Engram, Greg Roman, Marty Mornhinweg and Klint Kubiak!

Interviews – Dan Quinn, Mike Kafka, Patrick Graham, Mike Vrabel, Raheem Morris, Ben Johnson, Bobby Slowik, Ejiro Evero, and Frank Smith

 

  • Team: Washington Commanders
  • Previous Head Coach: Ron Rivera
  • Prediction: Bobby Slowik

Fantasy Impact – Former 49ers assistant GM Adam Peters is now GM of the Commanders. This leads me to believe that he will go with Bobby Slowik who he worked with in San Francisco. This coupled with the success Slowik had with rookie QB C.J. Stroud makes him an ideal candidate for the Commanders. Washington holds the second pick in the NFL draft and is likely to take a QB in the first round. Rookie QBs tend to have some ups and downs,  the skill position group could get off to a slow start next season, with Brian Robinson being my personal favorite of the group.

Interviews – Eric Bieniemy, Dan Quinn, Raheem Morris, Anthony Weaver, Ben Johnson, Mike Macdonald, Thomas Brown, Bobby Slowik, and Aaron Glenn,

 

  • Team: New Orleans Saints
  • Previous Offensive Coordinator: Pete Carmichael
  • Prediction: Greg Olson (Seahawks OB Coach)

Fantasy Impact – TBD

Interviews – Zac Robinson, Dan Pitcher Brian Griese, Klint Kubiak, and Jerrod Johnson

Fantasy Impact – TBD

Interviews – N/A

 

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