In part one of this series, we evaluated the coaching situations in Arizona, Chicago, and Detroit. Now let’s take a look at the remaining four new head coaches in Indianapolis, New York, Oakland, and Tennessee.
The circus came to Indianapolis this off-season, with the near miss of Colts head coach Josh McDaniels that transitioned into the real new head coach in Frank Reich. All things considered, they did handle it fairly well considering they still landed someone considered one of the top candidates.
My biggest worry with Reich in Indianapolis was how he would fare calling the plays. Nobody on his staff (Reich himself included) had any real experience calling the game. Well, those worries may have been unfounded, as Reich and company have done just fine thus far, currently have the fifth-ranked scoring offense. It helps that Andrew Luck is in fact back, and he’s on pace for his best season since 2014, currently projecting over 4,000 yards and over 40 touchdowns.
The only true questions around Reich and his coaching thus far are if he is perhaps too aggressive on fourth down plays in some situations. His decision, for instance, to go for it on fourth-and-four with 27 seconds left in overtime against the Texans turned a likely tie into a loss. But Reich is far from the only coach showing more aggression on fourth down, and there are many who are fans of that kind of aggressiveness. I personally don’t think it was the best decision at that time, I’m not going to throw him under the bus for it, either.
Current Record: 3-5
Coaching Outlook: Reich is aggressive and seems to be getting a lot out of Andrew Luck. I like his future prospects.
Dynasty Outlook: Hopefully you were smart enough to snag Luck cheap during the whole injured shoulder fiasco. If not, he’d be hard to get now. He is throwing an awful lot, which adds a little concern to his long-term prospects, especially coming off that shoulder injury. T.Y. Hilton is a great dynasty asset when Luck is healthy like he is now, but Hilton has had his own injury concerns as well.
I’m not sure either Chester Rogers or Ryan Grant are long-term assets, but perhaps you can try to peel the injured Deon Cain away from his owner. I’ve never been a fan of Ebron, but in the absolute barren wasteland of tight end, he’s hard to ignore. Marlon Mack may be the biggest puzzle. He’s looked awfully good of late, will he continue at this pace?
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