2020 NFC Coordinator Carousel: A Look at Coaching Changes

Jason Garrett is staying in the NFC East as the New York Giants' new offensive coordinator

Four of the five coaching changes that have taken place in the NFL since the start of last season involved NFC teams. The NFC East, in particular, looks completely different at the top with three new head coaches, which also means new coordinators throughout the division.

 

In total, 10 NFC teams will have at least one new coordinator this season, including Philadelphia, which is going with a committee approach on offense under the direction of head coach Doug Pederson.

 

Among the changes are several guys getting their first shot at being a full-time coordinator. There also are plenty of familiar faces as several NFC teams have turned to former head coaches to fill their coordinator spots. This also was the case in the AFC.

 

Will these moves pay off for these teams? Only time will tell. Here is a rundown on all the coordinator changes in the NFC:

 

Atlanta Falcons, Defensive Coordinator

Old: Dan Quinn

New: Raheem Morris

 

The team's midseason turnaround in 2019 coincided with head coach Dan Quinn's decision to entrust the defense to Morris.

 

Carolina Panthers, Offensive Coordinator

Old: Scott Turner

New: Joe Brady

 

The 30-year-old Brady became a rising star in coaching circles in 2019 as LSU's passing game coordinator.

 

Carolina Panthers, Defensive Coordinator

Old: Eric Washington

New: Phil Snow

 

A 64-year-old veteran of the coaching wars, Snow follows Matt Rhule to Charlotte from Baylor. As Bears defensive coordinator, Snow oversaw the top scoring defense in the Big 12 in 2019.

 

Chicago Bears, Offensive Coordinator

Old: Mark Helfrich

New: Bill Lazor

 

Lazor's 13 years of NFL coaching experience have included stints with Joe Gibbs and Mike Holmgren, and he has tutored quarterbacks such as Nick Foles and Ryan Tannehill.

 

Dallas Cowboys, Defensive Coordinator

Old: Rod Marinelli

New: Mike Nolan

 

Most recently the linebackers coach in New Orleans, Nolan was last a defensive coordinator in 2012-14 for the Falcons.

 

Detroit Lions, Defensive Coordinator

Old: Paul Pasqualoni

New: Cory Undlin

 

Undlin, a first-time coordinator, inherits a Lions defense that had an abysmal 2019 season, ranking last in the NFL in pass defense.

 

Los Angeles Rams, Offensive Coordinator

Old: None

New: Kevin O'Connell

 

O'Connell will attempt to revive a Rams offense that suffered a decline in 2019. He'll have more to work with than he did in his last job — as offensive coordinator for Washington in 2019.

 

Los Angeles Rams, Defensive Coordinator

Old: Wade Phillips

New: Brandon Staley

 

Staley's previous experience at the pro level consists of working with linebackers in Chicago (2017-18) and Denver (2019).

 

Minnesota Vikings, Offensive Coordinator

Old: Kevin Stefanski

New: Gary Kubiak

 

Kubiak is the rare coordinator hire who has won a Super Bowl as a head coach (Denver, Super Bowl 50). Kubiak was assistant head coach and offensive advisor for Mike Zimmer's Vikings in 2019.

 

Minnesota Vikings, Defensive Coordinator

Old: George Edwards

New: Adam Zimmer/Andre Patterson

 

There will be no communication difficulties in Minnesota, as Zimmer and Patterson have worked together for years and are intimately familiar with their boss’s preferences.

 

New York Giants, Offensive Coordinator

Old: Mike Shula

New: Jason Garrett

 

Garrett was the head coach in Dallas for 10 seasons and last year boasted the NFL's No. 1 offense with the Cowboys.

 

New York Giants, Defensive Coordinator

Old: James Bettcher

New: Patrick Graham

 

Graham made the most of a bad situation in Miami. The Giants beefed up their secondary, which could give Graham an opportunity to use blitzes to disrupt opposing offenses.

 

Philadelphia Eagles, Offensive Coordinator

Old: Mike Groh

New: Press Taylor (pass-game coordinator), Jeff Stoutland (run-game coordinator), Rich Scangarello (senior offensive assistant)

 

The Eagles should be more creative with their three-pronged approach to the coordinator job.

 

Washington, Offensive Coordinator

Old: Kevin O'Connell

New: Scott Turner

 

Turner, the son of former Washington head coach Norv Turner, was most recently the QBs coach under Ron Rivera in Carolina and was named interim offensive coordinator in December.

 

Washington, Defensive Coordinator

Old: Greg Manusky

New: Jack Del Rio

 

The ultimate NFL retread, Del Rio is still a highly regarded defensive mind and should command respect from his young unit.

 

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