Ask the Experts
Posted Jan. 12 at 10:09 PM
ASK THE EXPERTS appears weekly with answers to a new question being posted Thursday morning. How the guest experts responded when we asked them:
Which new coaching hire will have the most fantasy relevance next season?
No doubt Jim Harbaugh will have a huge impact on the fantasy prospects of the 49ers. They have a wealth of RB talent and if Harbaugh has shown anything, it's that he can design high impact run schemes. Further, Harbaugh has also been a strong mentor of QBs, so that position is likely to improve in SF. The 49ers in recent years have had defense orientated head coaches, so this is a shift to offense with Harbaugh.
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For those not following along at home, our choices in the category of new coaches are: Ron Rivera (CAR), Jim Harbaugh (SF), Leslie Frazier (MIN) and Jason Garrett (DAL). Those teams looking for a coach (DEN, CLE and OAK) are considering Jon Gruden, John Fox, Mike Mularkey (ATL OC) and Marty Mornhinweg (PHI OC) among others. Final answer: the next DEN coach will have to make decision about Tim Tebow. That could prove to be very important for 2011.
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Denver Broncos. There is the "maybe" of Tim Tebow (who I think is the future of the QB position), the impact a hire will have on a guy that had a career season in Brandon lloyd and the potential for the next head coach to think Knowshon Moreno is a pass catching complmentary RB rather than a work horse. Eric Decker and Demaryius Thomas are now 2nd year WR's with a huge "if" next to their names...The firing of Josh McDaniels in Denver was awful, the guy was trying to get that franchise out of it's 8-8 rut. The early results sucked, but he was building something pretty special on offense for the future.
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The Raiders became fantasy relevant again with stud play from Run DMC and potential breakout performances by Jacoby Ford. I was surprised they fired Tom Cable, I thought 8-8 was pretty good for them, and 6-0 in the division was unbelievable. That being said they have some talent over their so I am interested in who they bring in to coach them and whether that coach can build on the momentum that I thought they got going this year.
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I'll be keeping tabs on Josh McDaniels this offseason. I can't see him not getting a OC job next year and will be curious to see where he lands. Despite his failures as a head coach thus far, you can't deny what he for the Denver offense. Did anyone imagine that Kyle Orton or Brandon Lloyd would have become the fantasy darlings they did this year? It wouldn't surprise me to see him create that magic somewhere else next year.
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Wade Phillips as the new defensive coordinator in Houston comes to mind. He has produced very aggressive, fantasy-worthy defenses in the past, and now he has nothing but the defense to focus on. Houston has talent, and with a few key offseason moves this group could be a very strong fantasy unit.
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I'm interested in the Denver and Cleveland situations. The Broncos proved to have some viable fantasy options this past season, so it will be interesting to see if the new coach can get something out of each of them -- and how he'll develop Tim Tebow. With Cleveland, I'm still not sold on Colt McCoy, and we know what little the veteran QBs there have to offer, so will the new coach look to bring in another passer, or will he focus on the running backs, Peyton Hillis and Montario Hardesty. Should be an interesting offseason in those two cities.
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