Ask the Experts
Posted Jan. 17 at 06:03 AM
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 head coaching hire has you most intrigued by, or concerned about, a player or team for next season?
Thus far I would say Jamaal Charles in Kansas City. Charles is just such a tremendous talent that you would think Reid will do a markedly better job utilizing his talents than the previous KC administration, particularly when you consider Reid's previous success with comparable backs in his offense like Brian Westbrook and LeSean McCoy. An honorable mention, but I like all things Cleveland for sleeper potential in 2013. Rob Chudzinski (and presumably Norv Turner as the new Browns' OC as of the time of this writing) are a tremendous upgrade in my eyes. Cleveland has a ton of talented skill-position players that could blossom -- Trent Richardson of course, but I like the parts in their passing game (WRs Josh Gordon, Greg Little and TE Jordan Cameron).
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The Bills have brought in Doug Marrone from Syracuse University -- and he's bringing along his OC Nathaniel Hackett. The pair implemented a no-huddle, hurry-up offense at SU. And Hackett has already talked about changing the "tempo" of the Bills offense. Could be that a talent like RB CJ Spiller has a monster year in the right offense.
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Chip Kelly has the most sizzle by far. He’s an innovator and a mad scientist, and I can’t wait to see what kind of success he has. His offenses put up unbelievable numbers at Oregon. 48 rushing touchdowns last year, and 42 the season before. In his offense, Kenjon Barner ran for over 321 yards in a game at Southern Cal. And some pretty ordinary quarterbacks put up good numbers for him. Marcus Mariota completed 68 percent of his passes last year, with 32 TDs against only 6 interceptions. The previous year, Darron Thomas completed 62 percent, with a 33-7 ratio of touchdowns to interceptions. Now, how much of this kind of offense can he translate to the NFL? Will he want to keep Michael Vick to run that system? Kelly likes quarterbacks with mobility. I don’t think Nick Foles will be starting there. At running back, will they feature LeSean McCoy, Bryce Brown or some combination of the two? Lots of questions, but I think there will be some valuable fantasy players in that offense.
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The Philadelphia Eagles' hiring of Chip Kelly tops my list on the concerned side of the coin. I really don't know what to make of it, and a lot could change personnel-wise, but I am not encouraged by the move. I am not a believer in him or his system at the pro level. On a positive note, Marc Trestman with the Chicago Bears could make Jay Cutler a top-10 fantasy quarterback. The pair has extensive history together and should be poised to improve Chicago's inconsistent offense.
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Andy Reid accepting the head coach position at Kansas City helps Jamaal Charles. Reid will have Charles and Shaun Draughn as running backs, but probably not unrestricted free agent Peyton Hillis. So Charles will be the man in 2013. Add to this the real potential for more receptions out of the backfield (Jamaal had 36 while rushing for 1500+ yards on just 284 carries) and Jamaal Charles should regain his super stud status behind a head coach that knows how to feed him the ball.
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The answer is most certainly Chip Kelly to the Eagles. Kelly and his fast, read-zone, uptempo, speed predicated offense went to the perfect team. With weapons like LeSean McCoy, DeSean Jackson, Bryce Brown, Jeremy Maclin, and possible Michael Vick, etc. Kelly's system could fit perfectly. McCoy could seriously jump right back into the top 5 overall debate and the question as to whether Vick will stay in Philly becomes all the more intriguing. If Kelly can successfully incorporate his roughly 20 seconds per play philosophy (New England was the fastest in the NFL last year with just over 24 seconds per play), there will be a lot of stats to be had on offense. Keep in mind, I have not said anything about the Eagles stopping anybody, but hey, we love offense right?!?
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When a team signs a free agent out of the CFL, we seldom get excited about it. So I'm not sure about the Bears' hire of Marc Trestman, who I vaguely recall being an NFL head coaching candidate way back when the Packers were looking to replace Mike Holmgren, and not mentioned since. He's got some experience working with quarterbacks, which is good for Jay Cutler, though I'm not sure how much credit he should get for Steve Young. If he were being brought in as an offensive coordinator it would seem like a bigger plus than the head coach. On the positive side, I am optimistic about Rob Chudzinski in Cleveland. This team needs a coaching staff with an offensive background, and Chudzinski at least seems to know what a good offense looks like; I think it's a positive for Trent Richardson, Josh Gordon, and tight end Jordan Cameron; maybe even Brandon Weeden.
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