There are still four coaching spots open right now, but honestly which is the best and most intriguing spot to coach? Here are my top 4 spots and why I feel they will be the best spots to land in 2014.
The next coach of the Lions will find top talent at the skill positions (namely Calvin Johnson at receiver, Matthew Stafford at quarterback and Reggie Bush at running back) plus a loaded defensive front (featuring Ndamukong Suh, Ziggy Ansah and Nick Fairley) headlining a roster capable of making the playoffs. “Capable,” of course, is the key word, as even with all that talent, Detroit’s season ended in a puzzling — and near-epic — meltdown. The main challenge here isn’t accumulating players, but rather coaching up the cornerstone pieces already on hand.
The NFL’s quarterback-driven nature surely isn’t lost on the Browns, who struggled through yet another losing season despite having top-notch skill players and a solid defense. Josh Gordon was excellent.Jordan Cameron made the Pro Bowl — and he’s still learning the tight end position. Barkevious Mingo can develop into an outstanding pass rusher if he adds upper body strength.
Minnesota does have some excellent skill players, like Cordarrelle Patterson and — of course — Adrian Peterson. Peterson might be getting older, but the running back still has a few good years left — provided the Vikings can find a quarterback who can loosen up opposing defenses. Speaking of defense, Minnesota’s aging unit slipped to 31st overall, giving up 20 or more points in 15 of 16 games this season.
Jake Locker is one of those guys who has a history of looking really good running around throwing the ball, but he has yet to put it together. Running back Chris Johnson must have a big season, as well — if he sticks around.
GM Ruston Webster has done a good job in the draft, and he knows what to look for in a coach. Of course, it doesn’t help that the Titans are in an AFC South that figures to continue improving in 2014, with even the Jacksonville Jaguars likely to be better.