2024 NFC Coaching Changes: Consensus Mock Draft

2024 NFC Coaching Changes: Consensus Mock Draft

The NFL offseason is full of drama as teams change their rosters in hopes of better outcomes next year. The worst teams usually get a head start on this. We look at the players on the field, but the front office and coaching staff are the first to see change. Let’s look at the 2024 NFC coaching changes and an NFL Mock Draft.

This could also help us predict offseason moves with free agency and the NFL Draft. Coaches tend to bring in players that are familiar with their schemes and systems. We also know their tendencies, which give us an idea of what type of players they might be looking for.

 

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2024 NFL Coaching Changes: Consensus Mock Draft

Last offseason, we saw teams like Indianapolis and Houston turn their teams around under new coaching staff. Specifically, their offenses were much improved. We have two interim coaches that got promoted to the real deal. Antonio Pierce went from interim to the head coach for Las Vegas, while Joe Brady earned the offensive coordinator job in Buffalo.

Dallas Cowboys

Record: 12-5
Offensive Rank: 1st
Defense Rank: 9th
Consensus Mock Draft: OT – Tyler Guyton, Oklahoma

Dallas Cowboys 2023 2024
Head Coach Mike McCarthy Mike McCarthy
Offensive Coordinator Brian Schottenheimer Brian Schottenheimer
Defensive Coordinator Dan Quinn Mike Zimmer

 

Mike McCarthy took over play calling, and we saw a different Dallas team on offense. Their passing game was much improved, and CeeDee Lamb had a great career year. They struggled a bit rushing the ball, and this should be their focus this offseason.

Tony Pollard had a good season but was not as dynamic or efficient in his new role. He is a free agent this year and is 26 years old. Dallas could add a free-agent running back or dip into the draft.

Last season, they added Brandin Cooks and lost Dalton Schultz. Cooks was a great addition, and Jake Ferguson filled in admirably.

The pass-catchers are solid, but the other needs are on the offensive line. Dallas was good on defense as well. Their secondary played really well, even when they lost Trevon Diggs to a torn ACL.

Dan Quinn is a big loss. We know Zimmer runs a similar 4-3 base scheme. Look for Dallas to pour some resources into that defensive front seven.

New York Giants

Record: 6-11
Offensive Rank: 30th
Defensive Rank: 26th
Consensus Mock Draft: WR – Malik Nabers, LSU

New York Giants 2023 2024
Head Coach Brian Daboll Brian Daboll
Offensive Coordinator Mike Kafka Mike Kafka
Defensive Coordinator Wink Martindale Shane Bowen

 

This was a nightmare season for New York. The biggest coaching change is on defense. Wink Martindale and Brian Daboll reportedly were not getting along. Martindale is now at Michigan, and Shane Bowen is coming over to New York.

Bowen has been in the NFL for eight seasons, six straight with Tennessee. His defenses have ranked high in red-zone scoring, rushing, and turnovers during his time. Look for the Giants to address the interior defensive line and look for another pass rusher.

On offense, we could see some wholesale changes for New York. Their offensive line was atrocious last year. Both guards need to be replaced, and the right tackle, Evan Neal, is on “Bust” watch. I wouldn’t honestly be surprised if the Giants moved him to guard if his struggles continue. But the big question is what they are going to do with Daniel Jones.

If Drake Maye or Jayden Daniels slip, the Giants would jump on it. They could even try to trade up.

Daniel Jones’ contract leaves some room for the Giants to move on next season. They could even try to protect Jones mid-season to avoid injury and future money guarantees. Saquon Barkley is a free agent, he could end up of town.

If he does, the Giants have no answer at running back and would need to find a new one. Then we have wide receiver. New York is being mocked to grab one early. Rome Odunze or Malik Nabers to New York would give them an alpha right away.

Philadelphia Eagles

Record: 11-6
Offensive Rank: 7th
Defensive Rank: 30th
Consensus Mock Draft: CB – Nate Wiggins, Clemson

Philadelphia Eagles 2023 2024
Head Coach Nick Siriani Nick Siriani
Offensive Coordinator Brian Johnson Kellen Moore
Defensive Coordinator Sean Desai Vic Fangio

 

The Philadelphia Eagles ended the season on the sourest of notes. Their Super Bowl hangover didn’t really kick in until midseason. But it got so bad that Nick Siriani’s job was rumored to be on the line. This team was picked apart last offseason, showing the importance of continuity and good coaches.

They lost both offensive and defensive coordinators as well as several assistants. The Eagles also lost several starters on defense and one of their best offensive lineman.

Philadelphia made changes at both coordinator positions, bringing in Kellen Moore and Vic Fangio. We know that Fangio has had a ton of success in his career, but not as much recently. He also had some key players of Miami celebrating his departure after just one year.

This is a team that is trending down. Philly fans hope these moves can change them. We can pull from both Kellen Moore’s time in Dallas and on the Chargers for some tea leaves.

Moore put up great numbers in his first four seasons in Dallas. His offenses ranked #1 overall twice during that time. Dak played at an all-pro level, and both Tony Pollard and Ezekiel Elliot produced well. He is known as a creative playcaller who collects bits and pieces from offenses around the league.

The Eagles offense is in really good shape with a top-tier quarterback, tight end, and two All-Pro wide receivers. But they have a huge hole in the middle of their offensive line to fill.

Jason Kelce has retired, and they lost Isaac Seumalo last offseason. Kelce coordinated their blocking, and the Eagles will look to fill this spot. Potentially with Landon Dickerson, who they drafted pick 37 in 2021.

D’Andre Swift is a free agent, so Kenneth Gainwell is currently their lead back. They will look to add a running back. We could see them have a two-headed approach under Moore. His success with Ezekiel Elliot and Tony Pollard gives us a blueprint.

Washington Commanders

Record: 4-13
Offensive Rank: 25th
Defensive Rank: 32nd
Consensus Mock Draft: QB – Drake Maye, UNC

Washington Commanders 2023 2024
Head Coach Ron Rivera Dan Quinn
Offensive Coordinator Eric Bienemy Kliff Kingsbury
Defensive Coordinator Jack Del Rio Joe Whitt

 

Washington’s offense wasn’t terrible last year, but the defense was. Their defense really put their offense in unfavorable positions all season. Washington was chasing points for the majority of the second half of the games. They were also not given great field positions or much time of possession. That being said, their offense still has some big question marks.

They are picking #2 overall and expected to make a splash at quarterback. Sam Howell could be kept or traded; there are a lot of rumors that he will be traded.

They added Kliff Kingsbury, which gives us a blueprint of what to expect. Kliff has always used a lead-back approach, and he has always had a pass-catcher. Brian Robinson could be in for a massive year if they don’t add any running backs of note.

Kingsbury runs a spread offense, which is designed to get the ball out of the quarterback’s hands quickly. A lot of screens, slants, and a quick passing game. This helps a team that has a good set of playmakers.

It also helps an offensive line that can’t hold a block for more than two seconds. Their two biggest needs are offensive line and cornerbacks. Look for them to pour some resources into both positions.

The mid-season trades of Chase Young and Montez Sweat netted them a late third and a high second. Dan Quinn has led some top defenses. We will see how he does with this personnel.

Chicago Bears

Record: 7-10
Offensive Rank: 19th
Defense Rank: 19th
Consensus Mock Draft: QB – Caleb Williams, USC / WR – Rome Odunze, Washington

Chicago Bears 2023 2024
Head Coach Matt Eberflus Matt Eberflus
Offensive Coordinator Luke Getsy Shane Waldron
Defensive Coordinator Alan Williams Alan Williams

 

Chicago will keep their defensive personnel but have fired their entire offensive staff. They have the most draft capital and could get more. The Bears could shock everyone and trade back again, netting a haul for the 1.01.

They could also trade back from the 1.09 spot to help get some more picks. Justin Fields could also be moved, netting them a Day 2 pick and possibly more. Some Bears fans wish they would trade up and get Caleb Williams and Marvin Harrison Jr.

Shane Waldron comes in and brings with him some success. In his three seasons in Seattle, the offense ranked 3rd in yards per touch, third in big passing plays, and 5th in completion percentage.

They also ranked 1st in turnovers and second in interceptions. He had a big role in helping Geno Smith rejuvenate his career. He comes from the Sean McVay tree, with an emphasis on ball security. In his first season in Seattle, the Seahawks ranked 5th in scoring.

The expectation is that this team will make a change at quarterback. Caleb Williams is the consensus pick, and then they will build around him. Making improvements on the offensive line and adding a pass-catcher will be huge. This will also be a team that focuses on the running game.

Waldron has had great rushers during his time in Seattle and typically deploys a committee approach. We did see Kenneth Walker emerge under him, as well as Rashaad Penny. Chicago is not out of the running back market. Herbert is in his final year, and Roschon Johnson underwhelmed last season.

Detroit Lions

Record: 12-5
Offensive Rank: 5th
Defensive Rank: 25th
Consensus Mock Draft: CB – Kool-Aid McKinstry, Alabama

Detroit Lions 2023 2024
Head Coach Dan Campbell Dan Campbell
Offensive Coordinator Ben Johnson Ben Johnson
Defensive Coordinator Aaron Glenn Aaron Glenn

 

Detroit keeps their staff after an amazing season. This is great news, and we expect most of the changes to be on defense. We could see them try to add another pass-catcher, but their defense, as you can see, was the problem. Detroit chose to trade back last season instead of drafting a corner.

They grabbed Jahmyr Gibbs and then Jack Campbell in the first round. This year, we expect them to address the corner position.

They have addressed their safeties recently and their nickel position with C.J. Gardner-Johnson. But their outside corners are the weak spots of this defense. Kool-Aid McKinstry or a Quiyon Mitchell in the first round would help solidify this for them. They have some talent on the defensive line, including two solid pass rushers.

On offense, they hit home runs with Jahmyr Gibbs and Sam LaPorta. But their number two wide receiver is still a question mark. Look there. If you look at offense, it’s another outside weapon.

Green Bay Packers

Record: 9-8
Offensive Rank: 8th
Defensive Rank: 13th
Consensus Mock Draft: S – Tyler Nubin, Minnesota

Green Bay Packers 2023 2024
Head Coach Matt LaFleur Matt LaFleur
Offensive Coordinator Adam Stenavich Adam Stenavich
Defensive Coordinator Joe Barry Jeff Hafley

 

Green Bay said no, Rodgers, no problem. They went to the playoffs and won a game under new quarterback Jordan Love. This team and their group of young pass-catchers were really impressive last season.

Their biggest question marks are at running back and on the offensive line. The consensus mock draft has them adding to the secondary.

But their offensive line struggles could lead them there. They also could dip into the running back market with an older Aaron Jones in the last year of his deal.

The team could also restructure Jones, who carries a $17 million cap hit with $12 million in dead cap. A.J. Dillon is a free agent as well. This defense was middle of the pack last year, and the team has decided to go in a different direction.

They hired Jeff Hafley comes from Boston College and has coached at Ohio State. His defenses tend to close the middle of the field. He has used a safety closer to the line of scrimmage and a four-down lineman typically.

Minnesota Vikings

Record: 7-10
Offensive Rank: 22nd
Defensive Rank: 8th
Consensus Mock Draft: QB – J.J. McCarthy, Michigan

Minnesota Vikings 2023 2024
Head Coach Kevin O’Connell Kevin O’Connell
Offensive Coordinator Wes Phillips Wes Phillips
Defensive Coordinator Brian Flores Brian Flores

 

Every four years is a leap year, and Kirk Cousins is a free agent. This year is a little different due to his age and his coming off of a major injury. The team actually played well with multiple quarterbacks this season. Coach Kevin O’Connell really shined this season, and his coaching staff is staying intact.

If they resign Kirk Cousins, this will change their situation tremendously. This is a sweet spot for edge rushers and corners, and they could be in the position to take a top tackle.

Their defense was much improved under Brian Flores, but they could still use some pieces, particularly on the defensive line, where they have some older pieces and some question marks. The team will be focused on getting a deal done with Justin Jefferson.

There are some trade rumors leaking out there, but let’s be real. Jefferson will get a mega deal done. I also expect them to run it back with Kirk Cousins, but we will see.

Atlanta Falcons

Record: 7-10
Offensive Rank: 24th
Defense Rank: 17th
Consensus Mock Draft: EDGE – Dallas Turner, Alabama

Atlanta Falcons 2023 2024
Head Coach Arthur Smith Raheem Morris
Offensive Coordinator Dave Ragone Zac Robinson
Defensive Coordinator Ryan Nielsen Jimmy Lake

 

Atlanta Falcons fans have been dancing in the streets. This is an exciting move. Raheem Morris is a well-respected coach who got his second shot at being a head coach. Arthur Smith’s coaching style definitely rubbed fans the wrong way.

He won games, but this was a very unexciting middle-of-the-road team every year under Smith. Morris brings over Zac Robinson, who has already said he will use his playmakers.

Robinson comes over from the McVay tree, who is known for finding ways to get his best players involved. But who is going to be the quarterback? We know it is not going to be Desmond Ridder, but who will it be?

Rumors have swirled about Kirk Cousins, Justin Fields, and Russell Wilson. Kyler Murray could be a dark horse trade candidate as well. This team is ready to compete. Do they want to roll with a rookie?

They are not in line to get one of the top quarterbacks, most likely, as they are expected to go 1-2-3. With the Falcons picking 8th, they would need to spend a lot of capital to move up. Russell Wilson or Kirk Cousins could come for free via free agency. Justin Fields could cost them a second-round pick, but so could Michael Penix or Bo Nix possibly.

Atlanta is an exciting team, and there are a lot of unknowns with Zac Robinson. They are currently picking 8th, and J.J. McCarthy is the likely pick, in my opinion.

Obviously, this changes if they add a quarterback another way or take one on Day 2. In this scenario, they are taking Dallas Turner and potentially grabbing a quarterback on Day 2 or via free agency. What do you think Atlanta should do? For me, you take J.J. McCarthy if you are that high on him.

If not, you use a Day 2 pick on a Bo Nix or Michael Penix or go get Justin Fields. I don’t think Kirk Cousins is available, and I don’t think Russell Wilson is a better option. He will be too expensive, and he is older. Take the cheap rookie contract, give me Bo Nix Round 2 or JJ McCarthy Round 1.

Carolina Panthers

Record: 2-15
Offensive Rank: 31st
Defensive Rank: 29th
Consensus Mock Draft: WR – Ladd McConkey, Georgia

Carolina Panthers 2023 2024
Head Coach Frank Reich Dave Canales
Offensive Coordinator Thomas Brown Brad Idzik
Defensive Coordinator Ejiro Evero Ejiro Evero

 

The Carolina Panthers went all-in last offseason to get Bryce Young. Right now, they are taking L’s on and off of the field for it. They overpaid to get him, and their team’s success on the field ended up being worth the #1 overall pick.

They could be drafting Caleb Williams this offseason. Instead, they have no first-round pick at all. Frank Reich and his staff didn’t last the full season. Carolina could not get Ben Johnson to leave Detroit.

They hired Dave Canales, who not many people were familiar with. Canales spent most of his coaching career as a positional coach in Seattle. He was the quarterbacks coach for Geno Smith’s comeback season. This landed him the offensive coordinator job in Tampa Bay.

Carolina watched him closely as Tampa Bay swept Carolina this season with their 2023 starting quarterback, Baker Mayfield.

What we saw from Canales in Tampa could give us some hints about this Carolina offense. First of all, they gave their running backs a lot of touches. Look for Chuba Hubbard to get a ton of work, or look for them to add a back.

Their rushing attack wasn’t great (White had 2 rushing TDs), but Tampa used running backs a lot in the passing game. Tampa had a quick passing game approach but was not afraid to air it out.

I disagree with the consensus pick. They need to protect the quarterback first. Young was running for his life in 2023. Getting some offensive line help should be priority #1.

They will also have to add some pass catchers via the draft. Free agents will not be signing up to come to Carolina under this current situation. Luckily for them, there is a lot of talent in the third and fourth rounds at wide receiver. They also have Jonathan Mingo, who was their second-round pick last season, and Adam Thielen on the roster.

New Orleans Saints

Record: 9-8
Offensive Rank: 10th
Defensive Rank: 6th
Consensus Mock Draft: OT – J.C. Latham, Alabama

New Orleans Saints 2023 2024
Head Coach Dennis Allen Dennis Allen
Offensive Coordinator Pete Carmichael Klint Kubiak
Defensive Coordinator Joe Woods Joe Woods

 

Tis the season. New Orleans is in cap hell and doing some funny things with their contracts. Derek Carr is staying with the team and will look to try to earn a long-term deal. He struggled with injuries last season and played well at times. They moved the ball down the field well, but his turnovers were a big problem.

This team did finish in the top 10 in scoring and showed a lot of improvements. Their offensive line has historically been a cornerstone, but not as of late. They will look to fortify the front, and we will see if they keep Michael Thomas.

My money is that Thomas is gone, and they are trying to find a way to keep Kamara. Taysom Hill and his big contract will be gone as well, so we could see some new faces on the Saints.

Klint Kubiak is a new face, coming over from San Francisco. He will be installing a Kyle Shanahan-type scheme. After seeing what Houston did, Saints’ fans can get excited. Simmer down, though. Derek Carr is not C.J. Stroud.

But, this approach looks for wide receivers that are tough, block, and run after the catch. Luckily, there are a ton of them in this year’s draft. Kendre Miller could be a player to watch if the team moved on from Kamara.

On defense, they have the same coaching staff. We could see them try to reinforce some spots where they have some older talent, specifically on the defensive line and at safety.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Record: 9-8
Offensive Rank: 18th
Defensive Rank: 5th
Consensus Mock Draft: EDGE – Demeioun “Chop” Robinson, Penn State

Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2023 2024
Head Coach Todd Bowles Todd Bowles
Offensive Coordinator Dave Canales Liam Coen
Defensive Coordinator Kacy Rodgers/Larry Foote Kacy Rodgers/Larry Foote

 

Dave Canales did a great job in his first year as the offensive coordinator in Tampa. Baker Mayfield looks like he earned a new contract, and the team is reportedly trying to find a way to keep Mike Evans.

They added Liam Coen, who has been in and out of the NFL. Coen was Will Levis’ coordinator for his big year in Kentucky before he left for the NFL. Coen was with the Rams and studied under Sean McVay, who now has limbs across the NFL.

This team should look similar to how it did last year. Coen has deployed a lead-back system and a quick passing game everywhere he is gone. Wan’Dale Robinson was a star at Kentucky with Coen.

Tampa Bay has some pieces on the offensive line that need to be tightened up. Their defense was also pedestrian at best last season. Tampa’s secondary was a green-light fantasy matchup. Look for them to make some moves to solidify the secondary, as well as find some pass rush.

Arizona Cardinals

Record: 4-13
Offensive Rank: 20th
Defense Rank: 31st
Consensus Mock Draft: WR – Marvin Harrison Jr., Ohio State/ CB – Ennis Rakestraw Jr., Missouri

Arizona Cardinals 2023 2024
Head Coach Jonathan Gannon Jonathan Gannon
Offensive Coordinator Drew Petzing Drew Petzing
Defensive Coordinator Nick Rallis Nick Rallis

 

Arizona had massive changes in 2023. They didn’t improve in the wins column, but they didn’t have Kyler Murray for over half the year. This team surprised people with how hard they played. Despite their head coach being Michael Scott reincarnated, this team was competitive. Look for them to rebound, and with two first-round picks.

They announced that Kyler Murray is their franchise quarterback, so not speculating. But we have seen this before, and of course, there is some speculation. They are sitting at four and would need to move up or have a quarterback fall.

Arizona is the likely destination for Marvin Harrison Jr. Last year, they got their tackle and saw the emergence of Trey McBride. They could use some more help on the offensive line and a number-one wide receiver.

Los Angeles Rams

Record: 10-7
Offensive Rank: 9th
Defensive Rank: 18th
Consensus Mock Draft: CB – Cooper DeJean, Iowa

Los Angeles Rams 2023 2024
Head Coach Sean McVay Sean McVay
Offensive Coordinator Mike LaFleur Mike LaFleur
Defensive Coordinator Raheem Morris Chris Shula

 

Sean McVay is known for his youth, his explosive offenses, and his smoking-hot wife. But let’s look around the league a little bit and give this guy his props. He has ties to almost half the league with his ability to churn out great coaches. He is a great teacher, and his talents in helping create opportunities for young coaches are incredible.

Raheem Morris gets his second chance now, and Zac Robinson gets an opportunity that could lead him to a future head coaching job.

The defense will be different but should keep the same principles with an internal hire. The offense will see no changes, and why would we want any? They bounced back in a huge way in 2023. This offense was awesome and was one of the biggest surprises in the league.

They could use some help on the offensive line, but other than that, this team is solid. Look for them to potentially get some backup help or a long-term option behind Matthew Stafford. But most of their offseason will be working on this defense.

San Francisco 49ers

Record: 12-5
Offensive Rank: 2nd
Defensive Rank: 4th
Consensus Mock Draft: OT – Jordan Morgan, Arizona

San Francisco 49ers 2023 2024
Head Coach Kyle Shanahan Kyle Shanahan
Offensive Coordinator Klint Kubiak VACANT
Defensive Coordinator Steve Wilkes VACANT

 

San Francisco fired Steve Wilkes following the season and is still in the process of interviewing defensive coordinators. Kyle Shanahan is set to make a decision any day. His offensive coordinator is also vacant. He is the play-caller, so we don’t expect any changes on the offensive side.

The scheme will be the same, and he likely has an internal candidate he could bring over. This is a team with a wealth of talent on both sides of the ball.

They were just seconds away from winning the Super Bowl this year. Brandon Aiyuk’s contract situation has already been a topic of interest for the media. They will have a decision on him, and we all expect them to find a way to get it done.

Brock Purdy has done plenty enough to say that he is the expected starter in 2024. The offensive side of the ball is pretty set. They could use some help on the offensive line, though.

As far as playmakers, they have plenty of them. On defense, they will need to shore up their cornerback position. This had been a weak spot all year, and they just couldn’t hide it.

Their offense was just so good it made up for it. If they want to win the Super Bowl, they will need to fix this. I expect them to go after a defensive back in free agency or in the draft. Possibly multiple adds to this position.

Seattle Seahawks

Record: 9-8
Offensive Rank: 17th
Defensive Rank: 24th
Consensus Mock Draft: EDGE – Laiatu Latu, UCLA

Seattle Seahawks 2023 2024
Head Coach Pete Carroll Mike Macdonald
Offensive Coordinator Shane Waldron Ryan Grubb
Defensive Coordinator Client Hurtt Aden Durde

 

Seattle will look a lot different now with no Pete Carroll on the sideline. Carroll was synonymous with Seattle and had tremendous success there. They went with a young defensive-minded head coach in, Mike Macdonald, from Baltimore.

Macdonald has been a fast riser, and his defense over the last two seasons has put the league on notice. This year, they were historically good, and Seattle hopes to bring that over. Carroll’s defenses have struggled for many years recently.

Macdonald brings in Ryan Grubb, and I know what you are thinking: Who? Grubb did not have to move far, he comes over from the University of Washington. His college coaching experience goes back to 2005, with South Dakota State and Sioux Falls being his first stops.

His first time as an offensive coordinator was in 2019 at Fresno State. Grubb was the assistant head coach and offensive coordinator. He carried the same roles plus quarterbacks coach at Washington. He helped lead one of the top offenses in the country to the National Championship game.

Michael Penix to Seattle, anyone? It could make a lot of sense on Day 2. You will hear the rumors, I am sure of it. This offense was fantastic in all phases. Look for Grubb to bring this spread offense to Seattle.

His offense leads the NCAA in pass yards per game, first downs per game, and third down percentage. They were 7th in scoring and 2nd in total offense in 2023. Go draft Jaxon Smith-Njigba in fantasy football.

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