Six NFL teams need a new head coach. What are the better jobs and what are the not-so-great jobs?
Six head coaches lost their job during or after the 2020 NFL season and they were Adam Gase (Jets), Anthony Lynn (Chargers), Doug Marrone (Jaguars), Bill O’Brien (Texans), Matt Patricia (Lions), and Dan Quinn (Falcons). O’Brien and Quinn’s firings seemed like ages ago, as both were relieved of their duties in the first half of the season.
With these six teams now looking for someone to lead the charge, which vacancies are the most desirable and which are the least desirable?
We’ve ranked the available NFL head coach jobs from worst to best.
6. Atlanta Falcons
It’s hard to believe that a team that went to the Super Bowl just four years ago is the worst vacancy this offseason but the Falcons have not put themselves in a great position moving forward. Their cap situation is not going to be fun to deal with and Atlanta is pretty much stuck with Matt Ryan and Julio Jones, both older players at their respective positions.
Ryan and Jones aren’t the worst players to have, of course, but it makes it difficult to transition to the next era of Falcons football. Whoever the Falcons hire, owner Arthur Blank hopefully understands that this won’t be an overnight fix. It’ll take several years to get the train on the right track and he needs to keep that in mind with this next hire.
Patience will be key for the Falcons and their next head coach hire needs to reflect that. Sadly, they might not land who they desire for the role because of the less than desirable situation they find themselves in this offseason. At least they hold the No. 4 overall pick in the draft, which could help shore up an area of weakness for this team or help them build toward the future.