Calling the shots
|Vic Fangio, Broncos||3rd||22nd NFL season calling defensive plays|
|Brandon Staley, L.A. Chargers||1st||His Rams defense allowed fewest points, yards in ’20|
|Mike Zimmer, Minnesota||8th||Has fallen from first in scoring defense in ’17 to 29th in ’20|
|Jon Gruden, Las Vegas||4th||Raiders have finished 28th, 24th and 10th in scoring last three years|
|Kliff Kingsbury, Arizona||3rd||Claim to fame: Was Patrick Mahomes’ coach at Texas Tech|
|Matt LaFleur, Green Bay||3rd||Two years, two NFC championship game appearances|
|Sean McVay, L.A. Rams||5th||Out is Goff, in is Stafford after offense sunk to 22nd in scoring|
|Matt Nagy, Chicago||4th||Nagy handed off play-calling in-season ’20, but now back in charge|
|Sean Payton, New Orleans||16th||Payton’s offenses have been top-10 in scoring in 10 years|
|Frank Reich, Indianapolis||4th||Reich’s new challenge: Salvaging QB Carson Wentz’s career|
|Andy Reid, Kansas City||9th||One of the game’s all-time great play-callers|
|Kyle Shanahan, San Francisco||5th||Finished second in scoring in ’20 on way to NFC title|
|Nick Siranni, Philadelphia||1st||First-time head coach, first-time play-caller. Yikes|
|Arthur Smith, Atlanta||1st||He helped build Titans’ terrific run game. Now he has QB Matt Ryan|
|Kevin Stefanski, Cleveland||2nd||Browns’ 14th-place finish in scoring in ’20 highest since ’07|
|Zac Taylor, Cincinnati||3rd||If QB Joe Burrow stays healthy, Taylor’s play-calling will instantly get better|
Clock Is Ticking
Pete Carroll, Seattle
|2010||7-9||Won awful NFC West and beat New Orleans in wild-card round|
|2011||7-9||Top-10 defense, but finished 23rd in scoring|
|2012||11-5||Russell Wilson took over at QB; won Super Bowl in ’13|
Kyle Shanahan, San Francisco
|2017||6-10||Won six of final seven games; finished 2-5 in one-possession games|
|2018||4-12||High hopes disappeared when QB Jimmy Garoppolo tore ACL in Week 3|
|2019||13-3||Second-highest scoring offense helped 49ers to Super Bowl (lost to KC)|
Ron Rivera, Carolina
|2011||6-10||Inherited 2-14 team; drafted QB Cam Newton first overall|
|2012||7-9||Started season 2-8, finished 18th in scoring offense and defense|
|2013||12-4||First of three consecutive playoff appearances; defense second in scoring|
Bill Belichick, Cleveland
|1991||6-10||Two of wins were shutouts; lost six of final eight games|
|1992||7-9||Were 5-4 before offense failed to score 15 points in five of last seven games|
|1993||7-9||QB Bernie Kosar cut midseason and Vinny Testaverde took over|
Zac Taylor, Cincinnati
|2019||2-14||Bengals’ worst record since 2002 gave them the top overall pick|
|2020||4-11-1||QB Joe Burrow was having a fine season until mid-November ACL tear|
Vic Fangio, Broncos
|2019||7-9||Started season 0-4 and sat at 3-8 when QB Drew Lock was made starter|
|2020||5-11||Crawled back to 3-4, but lost seven of last nine games|
Vic in Year 3 calling plays
- The Panthers slipped from 12-4 in 1996 (lost NFL title game) to 7-9.
- Sunk from first in NFL in sacks (60) to 23rd (36) and takeaway total decreased from 38 to 22.
- Yards per game allowed increased from 298.5 (10th) to 311.3 (15th).
- Scoring average increased from 13.6 (second) to 19.6 (tied for 13th).
- The Colts slipped from 10-6 in ‘2000 to 6-10.
- The defense allowed nearly 23 more yards per game and finished 29th (357.2).
- The Colts had two fewer sacks (42 to 40) and three more takeaways (22 to 25).
- The biggest change was scoring defense — from 20.4 points per game (15th) to 30.4 (last).
- The expansion Texans improved from 5-11 to 7-9.
- Houston finished last in the NFL with 24 sacks (19 in ’03), but were tied for 13th in takeaways (30, up from 22).
- The Texans allowed 341.1 yards (23rd) per game, an improvement of 39 yards.
- The points-allowed-per game ranking improved from 27th (23.8) to 15th (21.2).
- The 49ers improved from 11-4-1 in ’12 to 12-4, losing at Seattle in NFC title game.
- San Francisco’s scoring defense was third-best at 17 points per game (17.1 in ’12).
- The 49ers’ 30 takeaways were tied for sixth-most and five more than in ’12.
- The yards allowed total increased from 294.4 (third) to 316.9 (fifth).
- The Bears went from 3-13 to 5-11 and coach John Fox was fired.
- Chicago’s defense was 10th in yards (319.1), greatly improved compared to ’16 (346.8).
- The sack total increased from 37 to 42 (tied for seventh).
- The Bears doubled their takeaway total from 11 (fewest) in ’16 to 22 (tied for 13th).
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