Success in fantasy football is all about information, if you ask me. You can’t make the right decisions without useful data inputs. One often overlooked data point is the effect coaches have on the prospects of their fantasy players. This off-season, seven teams hired new head coaches, and I took a detailed look at each of those situations. I thought it would be useful to check in and evaluate those new head coaches at the midpoint of the season.
The Cardinals were certainly one team that had me worried when I wrote this series, and thus far the Cardinals’ season has been less than stellar. I understand the logic behind the way they built Wilks’ staff. He is a first-time head coach, and he has a defensive background. The smart play was to bring in a veteran offensive coordinator to mind that side of the ball. They just made a terrible choice in Mike McCoy.
As I indicated in the original article, McCoy does not have the best track record, outside of a stretch of success from 2011-2012. And one of those years he had a little known quarterback by the name of Peyton Manning. McCoy’s M.O. for the past few years is that he has a massive, complicated playbook which is hard to pick up. He compounded the problems when he failed to realize he had perhaps the best receiving back in the game in David Johnson. The Cardinals’ usage of Johnson was absolutely atrocious, and McCoy was shown the door.
So what about Wilks himself? The jury is still out. With his defensive background, he probably didn’t have the ability to help out McCoy or see the problems clearly. Even though he may have not been involved directly in the offense, he brought an old-school mentality of power football and running the ball up the gut. But his failings to date aren’t just about the offense, he brought with him a totally different defensive scheme that perhaps wasn’t well-suited to the personnel. It’s always a little rocky when switching from a 3-4 to a 4-3 or vice versa, but the Cardinals are dead last in rushing yards allowed.
Current Record: 2-6
Coaching Outlook: Week eight provided a glimmer of hope, but the progress must continue or Wilks may find himself a one and done head coach.
Dynasty Outlook: The Cardinals are certainly not a team I’d be heavily targeting in dynasty, but of course there are some good players to roster. The most obvious is Johnson, even with his poor 2018 to date. His talent hasn’t changed, just the scheme and the talent around him has.
Josh Rosen may be worth acquiring in superflex leagues, but it might be a little while before he is a viable starter. I do like his talent overall. Lastly, Christian Kirk is already getting a lot of work in this offense, and he was a favorite receiver of many coming out of the draft. He isn’t yet producing with consistency, but he is getting the snaps.
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