By HCR Staff | Nov. 11, 2019
Here are some observations of head coaches from around the NFL prior to HCR’s Week 10 rankings:
Sean McVay’s Los Angeles Rams are struggling on offense. There once was a time where if you happened to park Sean McVay’s car for him, NFL teams were interested in hiring you as a head coach. That time looks to be passing as McVay’s Rams continue to struggle on offense. While McVay obviously is one of the best coaches in the NFL, it is puzzling to see him struggle trying to adapt to some adversity on the offensive side of the ball. The Rams have suffered some injuries across the offensive line, and have also been without wide receiver Brandin Cooks recently. Notwithstanding that, we’d expect to see a little bit more production from them. We aren’t seeing the adjustments we thought we’d see from McVay–he continues to insist on running his offense as if no one was injured.
The Kansas City Chiefs may struggle to make the playoffs due to a long injury list. The Chiefs keep losing offensive linemen, and they also recently lost defensive lineman Emmanuel Ogbah to a pectoral injury. The Oakland Raiders are coming fast in the division, but we still feel the Chiefs can hang on and win it. However, they will have to address their offensive line. With a bit less time to throw, the Chiefs also may have to do it just by calling fewer shots down the field on offense.
If Mike Zimmer’s Minnesota Vikings can continue to use fullback C.J. Ham consistently, they will be a hard team to beat. In our view, the more the Vikings lineup in i-formation, they give themselves a much better chance at winning. The Vikings have the offensive depth necessary to control games, and when their defense takes the field fresh, good things also happen on that side of the ball. Not many teams can match the Vikings’ offensive depth at running back, wide receiver and tight end. Their offensive line also is promising, anchored by rookie center Garrett Bradbury. When this line gets a chance to go downhill, they can get into a nice rhythm for running backs Dalvin Cook and Alexander Mattison.
Mike Vrabel and his staff have done a good job of transitioning the Tennessee Titans to new quarterback Ryan Tannehill. At 5-5, the Titans clearly are in the playoff hunt, and much credit goes to Mike Vrabel and his staff and making a smooth QB switch during the season. Obviously, it helps that QB Ryan Tannehill has extensive starting experience from his time with the Miami Dolphins, but the Titans’ system is different. The Titans are starting to throw the ball a bit better and more efficiently, and they are going to be a hard out down the stretch.
Brian Flores is beginning to put his imprint on the Miami Dolphins. With their win over the Colts at Indianapolis, the Dolphins are the only AFC East team with a two-game winning streak. We are beginning to see the outlines of Brian Flores’ vision for his team, and it bodes well for the future. The Dolphins play with more energy than you might expect, and toughness on top of that. Keep in mind, this squad also is composed of a lot of players who have never played with each other. To go into Indianapolis and win is impressive.