By HCR Staff | Oct. 7, 2019
Here are some observations of head coaches from around the NFL prior to HCR’s Week 5 rankings:
- Points matter. Los Angeles Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn’s decision to not kick a field goal at the end of the first half was costly. He blew the chance to make it a two-score game and gain some momentum.
- Denver’s defense finally showed up. The Denver Broncos defense stepped up after being much maligned in first four weeks and did it without DE Bradley Chubb.
- The best defense is no defense–as in keep your defense off the field. Time of possession is seen as an overrated spot these days. It might be in certain contexts, but it’s something teams need to focus on when keeping explosive offenses off the field. The Indianapolis Colts had the ball for 37 minutes, keeping QB Patrick Mahomes in the place he’s least effective–on the sidelines. Very good game plan and way to stick with it for the Colts on both sides of ball.
- The nonexistent Jets offense. The New York Jets are playing with a backup quarterback–understood. But QB Luke Falk looks about less ready to play than any quarterback we’ve seen. Head coach Adam Gase and offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains are supposed to be quarterback gurus and offensive geniuses like the new duo of Sean Payton and Pete Carmichael. It’s anything but that right now after five weeks. They failed with Ryan Tannehill, now let’s see what they do with Sam Darnold when he gets back. They have scored only two offensive touchdowns this season.