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.
We certainly saw odd happenings in the land of coaching changes this off-season. The Josh McDaniels debacle was the shining example. But odd things were afoot in Tennessee as well. It appears that the Titans planned to fire Mike Mularkey should he lose the Titans’ first playoff game, but they pulled off a strong comeback and managed to get by the Kansas City Chiefs.
After the win, it appeared perhaps they were inclined to keep Mularkey around, and even mentioned an extension, but then it all fell apart after the blowout loss to the Patriots in the divisional round. General manager Jon Robinson and the owners really were not happy with the development of Marcus Mariota or Mularkey’s plans for the team. You can get the whole sordid tale here.