If you ask me, the importance of coaching changes is one of the most overlooked aspects of fantasy football. It’s not that we’re ignorant of coaches and what effect they can have, but rather that we tend to paint with very broad strokes and work in generalities. We operate on assumptions like “the New Orleans Saints have a good passing offense, I want a piece of that” or “I want any player Aaron Rodgers is targeting.”
While these things may be true, all too often they are retrospective analysis – we find out too late that the Los Angeles Rams, for instance, are now a really good offensive team.
In this series, I’ll take a close look at the major coaching changes throughout the league. My goal is to provide a little more context of what to expect out of the new regimes and hopefully help you find some angles to attack in your leagues this off-season.
Regardless of the situation, your past performance, injuries or anything else some things flat get head coaches fired. Going 8-8, 8-8 and 4-12 in successive seasons in Indianapolis is one such thing. Chuck Pagano received no pass for Andrew Luck’s injuries, which were a huge factor in the Colts’ lack of success the past couple of seasons.
The fact is that the Colts were supposed to be built to win with a quarterback like Luck at the helm, and Pagano just never made it happen. His first three years at the helm were productive and featured a team getting better and better, but then the wheels just flat came off, so the brass in Indy said goodbye to Chuck.
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