Tuck: Grading The NFL Coaching Hires

With all but one of the NFL coaching vacancies filled, I figured I’d give my take on what I liked and didn’t.

Chicago Bears
Replacing: Lovie Smith

Hired: Marc Trestman

Grade: A.  The CFL coach has NFL and college experience and had great success on all levels, and should bring some excitement to the Bears offense that desperately needs it.

Cleveland Browns
Replacing: Pat Shurmur

Hired: Rob Chudzinski

Grade: A.  Coach Chud is highly praised around the league anywhere he’s served as an assistant.  The Browns have money to spend and already a lot of good young pieces under contract and have worst to first potential in the AFC North.

Jacksonville Jaguars
Replacing: Mike Mularkey

Hired: Gus Bradley

Grade: B.  The lone defensive coach to be hired, but comes well recommended.  Making the defense respectable should push them to the middle, but finding a quarterback is priority number one if they want to be a playoff team.

San Diego Chargers
ReplacingNorv Turner

Hired: Mike McCoy

Grade: B. McCoy might be a great mind, or he may have just fallen into Tebow-mania and Peyton Manning the last couple of years.  I am unexcited.

Kansas City Chiefs 
Replacing: Romeo Crennel

Hired: Andy Reid

Grade: C.  Reid won a lot of games in Philly, but was constantly criticized for how he did it, and now he gets full control over the franchise?

Philadelphia Eagles
Replacing: Andy Reid

HiredChip Kelly

Grade: C.  As far as a splash is concerned, this was a cannonball that soaked everyone near the pool, but as far as impact, I am not sure Kelly will succeed with his offense.  Not so much the speed part, but the functionality of a full-spread the way he runs it.  I think he’ll be back in college within four years.

Buffalo Bills
Replacing: Chan Gailey

Hired: Doug Marrone

Grade: C.  Typical Buffalo.  Hire the guy that was 25-25 at Syracuse.  Yep, he’s local, but not like he is recruiting to the area.  And worse, just north of the border there was an offensive guru.

Arizona Cardinals
Replacing: Ken Whisenhunt

Hired: Nobody yet

Grade: Incomplete.  Won’t matter who they choose unless they get someone to throw Larry the rock.