Felger and Mazz: NFL Offensive Coordinator job opening tiers
Felger & Mazz
There are a number of Offensive Coordinator jobs open across the NFL, including in New England. On Thursday, Felger, Mazz, and Murray gave their Offensive Coordinator job opening “tiers” and stopped when they got to the Patriots job.
INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA – DECEMBER 26: Justin Herbert #10 of the Los Angeles Chargers looks to pass the ball against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 26, 2022 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Justin Casterline/Getty Images)
Felger: The ten teams with offensive coordinator openings: Ravens, Buccaneers, Chargers, Commanders, Titans, Rams, Jets, Patriots, Colts, Cardinals. Rank them, Murray:
Jim Murray: Number one, tier one, Chargers. Simply because of Justin Herbert. They’re close. They just got to figure things out there. So number one is the Chargers. Number two, Ravens. Simply because of Lamar Jackson. Three, I go with the Houston Texans because they get a boatload of draft picks and an incoming fresh rookie quarterback. So I think a clean slate is pretty interesting there. And then the Patriots at four. If you rehabilitate Mac Jones after this suck season and you have him looking good, that team gets back to the playoffs? I mean, you’re going to end up head coach here in the next couple of years because you’re the guy that turned around whiny Mac Jones. So I think it’s an enticing job for a new O.C.
TAMPA, FLORIDA – OCTOBER 27: Lamar Jackson #8 of the Baltimore Ravens carries the ball against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the fourth quarter at Raymond James Stadium on October 27, 2022 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images)
Mazz: So to me, there’s one clear number one, and that’s the Chargers. They have a good young quarterback. They got good skill players. It’s a team that was in the playoffs. They got to get someone to figure that out. So to me that’s the clear number one. Then I think a lot of them are in the same group. I have the Bucs and Ravens two and three because I think there’s some skill talent on those teams. But if the quarterbacks are gone, who the hell knows? Then I have the Pats. I think the Patriots are fourth. Murray, you had them fourth as well, right?
Jim Murray: Yeah.
Mazz: So then after that Titans, Jets, Cardinals, Washington. To me the absolute clear last one is the Colts. I think that job sucks. Horrible.
FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS – DECEMBER 24: Mac Jones #10 of the New England Patriots looks on during pregame against the Cincinnati Bengals at Gillette Stadium on December 24, 2022 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Winslow Townson/Getty Images)
Felger: So this is depending on where the quarterbacks land, but I think it’s chargers and Pats. Because I think you’ll get credit with those guys. If you go and run an offense for Lamar Jackson, are they going to look at it and say, “boy, look at that scheme?”.
Felger: You say no, “look at the talent of that guy back there”.
Mazz: Don’t you risk that with Herbert, too?
Felger: I think you risk that more with Lamar Jackson and Kyler Murray, because those guys are, you know, run around, broken play, off platform magicians. So like, “well, you didn’t draw that up. He just scrambled around back there until he found someone”. Herbert’s a little more conventional, but I do think people would say, “well, you just got a great quarterback”. What I look at is, for you to look like a genius, it doesn’t take much to get Justin Herbert and that team to the next level. And I think the same thing here. I think the same thing here. If you can turn around Mac Jones, after the way that it looked last year, you’re going to come out looking pretty good.
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