Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Which new coaches NFC West will face
By Mike Sando
NFL teams have filled six of eight head-coaching vacancies now that Chip Kelly has landed in Philadelphia as the Eagles' replacement for Andy Reid.
A quick run through NFC West opponents for 2013 shows relatively few games against teams with first-year head coaches.
Every team in the division faces Jacksonville. That could be interesting if Jaguars general manager David Caldwell hires San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman, his former college teammate and roommate.
Arizona faces the Eagles on the road this season. San Francisco, Seattle and St. Louis will of course face the Cardinals, who have yet to hire a replacement for Ken Whisenhunt.
Buffalo (Doug Marrone), Chicago (Marc Trestman), Cleveland (Rob Chudzinski), Kansas City (Andy Reid), Philadelphia (Kelly) and San Diego (Mike McCoy) have hired offensive-minded head coaches. I think the Cardinals have intended to do the same. And if Roman emerges as the choice in Jacksonville, there's strong potential for all eight first-year coaches coming from the offensive side of the ball.