By HCR Staff | Jan. 10, 2019
With the four NFL Divisional Playoff games taking place this weekend, here are some notes regarding the coaching staffs for all eight teams in action:
INDIANAPOLIS COLTS at KANSAS CITY CHIEFS
• Head coach Frank Reich finished tied for eighth in 2018 with a Head Coach Ranking grade of 7.4.
• The Colts are the only team in the playoffs with two first-year coordinators (OC Nick Sirianni, DC Matt Eberflus)
• Head coach Andy Reid finished tied for second in 2018 with a Head Coach Ranking grade of 7.9.
• Reid led all coaches in three of the five HCR factors: Play Calling (8.2), Personnel (8.4), and Game Plan (8.2).
DALLAS COWBOYS at LOS ANGELES RAMS
• Head coach Jason Garrett finished tied for 13th with a Head Coach Ranking grade of 7.0.
• The Cowboys are one of two playoff teams that have former NFL head coaches at both offensive coordinator (Scott Linehan) and defensive coordinator (Rod Marinelli).
• Head coach Sean McVay finished tied for second in 2018 with a Head Coach Ranking grade of 7.9.
• Defensive coordinator Wade Phillips was the head coach in Dallas immediately preceding Jason Garrett.
LOS ANGELES CHARGERS at NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
• Head coach Anthony Lynn finished tied for eighth in 2018 with a Head Coach Ranking grade of 7.4.
• Lynn was an assistant coach with the New York Jets from 2009-14 and with the Buffalo Bills in 2015, so he’s got more experience than most coaching against the Patriots.
• The Chargers are the other playoff team that has former NFL head coaches at both offensive coordinator (Ken Whisenhunt) and defensive coordinator (Gus Bradley).
• Belichick finished sixth in 2018 with a Head Coach Ranking of 7.6.
• Of the eight head coaches still in the playoffs, Bill Belichick is the only one who cut his teeth as a defensive coach. Of course, he’s also won five Super Bowls – three more than the other seven head coaches combined.
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES at NEW ORLEANS SAINTS
• Head coach Doug Pederson finished tied for 18th in 2018 with a Head Coach Ranking grade of 6.9.
• Pederson is currently a perfect 4-0 in the postseason.
• Head coach Sean Payton finished No. 1 in Head Coach Ranking for 2018 with a grade of 8.0.
• Payton’s first NFL coaching job was with the Eagles (quarterbacks coach in 1997).