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The NFL’s latest offensive coordinators: How did each fare in Week 1?


The coaching carousel never actually stops. It only pauses for water breaks.

Entering this season, 14 teams made changes to their offensive coordinator/play-caller role. Some teams installed brand-new schemes, some elevated staffers already within the constructing and didn’t change much. In a couple of cases, the pinnacle coach is driving the bus with support from his OC. And in Recent England … other things are happening.

Let’s take a take a look at each latest offensive coordinator situation, how things went in Week 1 and where they’ll go from here.

Chicago Bears (OC: Luke Getsy)

Week 1: Won 19-10; 204 yards of offense (105 passing, 99 rushing), one turnover

The Bears survived Week 1 within the rain. The weather and field conditions clouded a variety of what happened for Chicago, including most of what we saw in Getsy’s debut as Matt Eberflus’ offensive coordinator.

The very first thing the rain took away was much of anything from a shotgun-run standpoint with Justin Fields — putting him in run-read situations in space needs to be something the Bears do moving forward, nevertheless it was tough to get that churning in those conditions against a superb San Francisco squad.

Chicago’s plan felt sound enough. Had the weather been higher, we can have seen Fields in additional advantageous situations that made the defense resolve whether to defend his arm or his legs in space. The Bears’ offensive line remains to be not good, especially on the left side, and in the event that they can’t run the ball effectively on first and second down — out of the gun or under center — then Fields goes to take a pounding.


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Where the Bears’ offense must be: Fields’ response time within the pocket still features an excessive amount of lag (or a minimum of it did in Week 1). Weather aside, those are issues we’ve seen before from Chicago’s QB. It is a latest system, but Getsy and quarterbacks coach Andrew Janocko have known one another a protracted time and know where Fields needs work. Meantime, the goal needs to be to seek out ways to get Fields in favorable read scenarios — fewer full-field reads, more bootlegs.

Buffalo Bills (OC: Ken Dorsey)

Week 1: Won 31-10; 413 yards of offense (292 passing, 121 rushing), 4 turnovers

“Helluva start there, Ken!” — Josh Allen, probably.

Allen looked outstanding, even with two picks, in Dorsey’s debut because the Bills’ latest OC. The long-established rapport between the 2 is clearly paying dividends already, because Allen was locked in against the Rams and showed terrific timing with nearly all of his targets — especially Stefon Diggs (that back-shoulder throw from Allen against Jalen Ramsey was ridiculous). He threw for 297 yards with a yards-per-attempt average at 9.6, and he only needed to run five times.

He’s exactly where he must be as a passer straight away, and he’s not in situations where his body has to take a pounding so early on this season.

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Where the Bills’ offense must be: Right here. Keep Allen’s body as fresh as you’ll be able to so long as you’ll be able to and let him win games along with his arm — Buffalo has the flexibility to place a buffer around Allen most weeks. There have been some protection issues on this one, however the O-line also spent opening night coping with Aaron Donald.

Jacksonville Jaguars (OC: Press Taylor)

Week 1: Lost 28-22; 383 yards of offense (260 passing, 123 rushing), one turnover

The very first thing you notice from Jacksonville’s opener with Taylor and head coach Doug Pederson is how aggressive QB Trevor Lawrence was within the vertical game, for all 60 minutes. Lawrence had his share of misses, but he also kept slinging it, which led to some productive plays afterward within the Week 1 loss to Washington.

Lawrence is healthier today than he was last yr — that’s an obvious positive. He’s still not seeing the whole lot on every snap and has to iron out consistency along with his mechanics play to play, nevertheless it’s slowing down for him. His protection (especially on the left side) remains to be an issue, as is the offense’s general sloppiness. While Taylor has a pair of men in Christian Kirk and Marvin Jones who could make plays for Lawrence, everyone involved needs help up front.

The Jags had 13 penalties for the day as a squad; the offense had five.

Where the Jaguars’ offense must be: Running backs James Robinson and Travis Etienne combined for 134 yards on 18 touches, so if Jacksonville can work to get simpler completions for Lawrence underneath, it could create much more room vertically.

A superb sign: Lawrence was at 10.6 yards along with his average throw depth per goal. Taylor should keep encouraging that and work to develop higher pass-protection cohesion. Lawrence can also’t be afraid to take possibilities and miss. His arm could be a serious weapon, and his aggressive nature — when properly harnessed — is what makes him special. There’s still work to do, but this all looked improved.

Denver Broncos (OC: Justin Outten)

Week 1: Lost 17-16; 433 yards of offense (330 passing, 103 rushing), two turnovers

Head coach Nathaniel Hackett calls the plays here, but he brought Outten with him from Green Bay to assist run the show.

Losing right guard Quinn Meinerz to injury stung, especially considering how well he and right tackle Cameron Fleming were run blocking early in Denver’s loss to the Seahawks. When Denver is ready to ascertain some power off the sting and get its wide-zone game going with running backs Javonte Williams and Melvin Gordon, the whole lot else can open up for Russell Wilson.

That said, Wilson remains to be working on his timing with receivers in Denver. His touchdown to Jerry Jeudy should’ve been so much easier than it was, I had him with three turnover-worthy passes for the sport, and the Broncos fell apart within the red zone. The little things with a latest system and a latest quarterback added up in the long run. But as frustrating because the loss was, Denver moved the ball almost at any time when it wanted on this one.

Where the Broncos’ offense must be: Wilson’s timing will get well. Jeudy looked explosive and Williams is an actual weapon, if he can hang onto the football. September football simply cost Denver in Week 1. The Broncos have to get Meinerz’s hamstring healthy, and the whole lot should get well from here.

Recent York Giants (OC: Mike Kafka)

Week 1: Won 21-20; 394 yards of offense (156 passing, 238 rushing), two turnovers

The Giants are 1-0, due to the greatness of Saquon Barkley and Brian Daboll’s dedication to trying literally anything he and Kafka could consider to maneuver the football. The offense has issues (and we’ll get to those in a second), but the brand new coaching staff deserves credit for embracing reality, understanding this roster’s limitations and issues, and dealing to seek out any small benefits.

We saw Daniel Jones (17-of-21, 198 yards passing, two TDs, one INT) in zone-read situations. The Giants used the reverse game, jet motion, zipper jet motion, a large receiver pass attempt …

They were aggressive when the time was right, and Daboll opted to go for the win with the sport on the road — Jones flipped a shovel pass to Barkley with 1:06 left. The Titans were a large number, however the Giants have one in every of the NFL’s best offensive players, in Barkley, and a head coach who completely understands that. Barkley still needs more help than we are able to cover on one page, but a minimum of he now appears to have an offensive staff that won’t waste him.


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Where the Giants’ offense must be: The very best part about Game 1 was the offensive staff’s willingness to open up the playbook to get even one first down and keep a drive going — creativity, plus a variety of Saquon, is the recipe for the Giants’ success in 2022.

The offensive line has real problems, notably on the left side. Tackle Andrew Thomas looks like he’s on the proper track, but he’s alone. Jones remains to be taking too long with the ball within the pocket at times, he doesn’t throw a consistently accurate ball and keeps treading in those “he’s what he’s” waters.

Detroit Lions (OC: Ben Johnson)

Week 1: Lost 38-35; 386 yards of offense (205 passing, 181 rushing), one turnover

Detroit’s offensive line (which is now banged up and without guard Halapoulivaati Vaitai for some time) looked outstanding in Week 1 against a talented Philadelphia front seven. Frank Ragnow, Jonah Jackson and Penei Sewell make up among the finest young O-line corps within the league, and D’Andre Swift (18 touches for 175) looked like a star running behind them.

That performance on the bottom, for Johnson — who will work with head coach Dan Campbell as a play caller/game planner this season — was exactly what you’re in search of. QB Jared Goff’s inability to begin the sport with the style of urgency he must perform at a high level? Not what you would like.

This was a fairly typical Goff performance. He was cautious to the purpose of being nervous early, until he threw a pick six that put the Lions in a 14-point hole. At that time, he cut the straps and let it rip to assist his team get back in the sport. The Lions’ receivers dropped too many passes, Goff was clunky early … and Detroit still scored 35 against the Eagles. There’s so much to be encouraged about here, but in addition much to work on.

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Where the Lions’ offense must be: Johnson has to seek out a approach to get Goff in additional of a desperate headspace when the sport starts. Detroit’s quarterback must have the very best season of his life to prove he should stay aboard this rebuild, and Johnson needs Goff to play well if he’s to completely open up this attack.

Carolina Panthers (OC: Ben McAdoo)

Week 1: Lost 26-24; 261 yards of offense (207 passing, 54 rushing), one turnover

Not a fantastic start for the Ben McAdoo-Matt Rhule partnership, especially within the pass game. Recent Carolina QB Baker Mayfield (16-of-28, 235 yards, one TD, one INT) fumbled two snaps in the primary quarter, then one other with the sport on the road within the fourth quarter. He left the pocket too early, at times. He struggled to see the sector. His accuracy wasn’t consistent, and he let one mistake create one other. But his line also didn’t help him, and he still competed his butt off — that’s where Mayfield is at to begin 2022.

Rookie tackle Ikem Ekwonu, as was the case within the preseason, had some moments within the run game. But he also had real problems with Myles Garrett and company, whom he obviously won’t see every week. Christian McCaffrey in some way ended this game with just 14 touches — that’s nowhere near enough.

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Where the Panthers’ offense must be: Mayfield has his problems, but he does have weapons here — Robby Anderson got excessive for a 75-yard touchdown Sunday. McAdoo has to seek out greater than 14 touches for McCaffrey, obviously, and he needs Mayfield to cool down. It’ll help to not see Garrett again.

Houston Texans (OC: Pep Hamilton)

Week 1: Tied 20-20; 299 yards of offense (222 passing, 77 rushing), one turnover

Pep Hamilton-Davis Mills may very well be a sneaky good OC-QB pairing. The Texans are unlikely to shock the world this season, but Mills is healthier than most think and Hamilton’s approach of allowing him to play inside himself felt almost ideal in Week 1. Houston has limitations, but Hamilton may very well be good for this club’s young talent.

Mills could be a really consistent player within the intermediate game, he’s athletic enough to avoid trouble, and he does a superb job of leaving mistakes in his rearview. NFL quarterbacks have to have the option to play without fear to survive — Mills has that trait.

Rookie offensive guard Kenyon Green missed time within the preseason with a concussion after which rotated in throughout the tie with the Colts, but he should get more regular work. As an entire, the offensive line competed higher than the numbers show against a salty Indianapolis front seven.

Where the Texans’ offense must be: I believed the running backs were more of an issue for Houston in Week 1 than the offensive line. That group left yards on the sector by missing holes and lanes. Get more consistency there and Houston might surprise a team or two.

Las Vegas Raiders (OC: Mick Lombardi)

Week 1: Lost 24-19; 320 yards of offense (256 passing, 64 rushing), three turnovers

One other situation where the pinnacle coach (on this case, Josh McDaniels) ultimately runs the show on offense.

The opener was a foul day for Derek Carr, and it really had nothing to do with the play calling. One could argue Carr’s still working on his rapport and timing with Davante Adams (and Darren Waller’s still working his way back from injury). But the most expensive misses Carr had were just that: misses.

Carr spent an excessive amount of time stuck on his first read, an excessive amount of time attempting to force things and never enough time playing quarterback. He fired picks on targets to Adams and Waller that each would’ve been Las Vegas touchdowns with proper throws. That’s inexcusable, regardless of what week it’s. He was higher within the second half, but his mistakes cost the Raiders a game.

Where the Raiders’ offense must be: Lombardi and McDaniels need to settle Carr down, since the Raiders left a ton on the sector Sunday and have the talent needed to seek out it week-to-week. This needs to be a greater offense. Even rookie offensive guard Dylan Parham looked rattling good.

Miami Dolphins (OC: Frank Smith)

Week 1: Won 20-7; 307 yards of offense (242 passing, 65 rushing), zero turnovers

Start with the nice: Apart from the actual fact Miami won head coach/play caller Mike McDaniel’s debut, the speed Miami can placed on the sector without delay — and what that speed can do to a defense — is inconceivable to disregard. Receivers Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle can turn moderate shot attempts into terrifying big plays in a hiccup, especially when Miami gets each guys working on the identical side of the sector. This offense can create a variety of easy money for QB Tua Tagovailoa, if he can find it.

And while results were middling in Week 1 — and the Dolphins played the Patriots, which meant they saw a variety of man coverage — the incontrovertible fact that stuff looked open frequently is a superb sign. Tagovailoa’s consistency along with his reads and accuracy still left much to be desired, but he also got higher because the game wore on and wasn’t asked to do the whole lot by himself. It’s a start.

Where the Dolphins’ offense must be: Tagovailoa remains to be missing an excessive amount of, and that may’t proceed if this offense goes to grow. He was 23-of-33 for 270 yards and a touchdown, and people last two numbers should’ve been higher. This offense — as most believed it would — does fit him well, though. It’ll be as much as him to prove he can do it.

Green Bay Packers (OC: Adam Stenavich)

Week 1: Lost 23-7; 338 yards of offense (227 passing, 111 rushing), two turnovers

Veteran offensive line coach Adam Stenavich’s debut as a coordinator, mockingly (and perhaps not surprisingly), was marred by way too many problems up front. Tackles David Bakhtiari and Elgton Jenkins were out, but most of Green Bay’s protection problems happened inside — and most of its offensive line problems got here within the run game. Green Bay’s interior got no push on this game, and the tight ends didn’t block with much consistency in any respect.

Worse yet, running back Aaron Jones had only eight touches (for a combined 76 yards), and that’s nowhere near enough. However the offensive line’s failings were going cause problems whether Jones saw the ball eight times or 18.

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Where the Packers’ offense must be: There was a variety of sloppy, September football happening here. Aaron Rodgers at all times gets sharper with time, and his chemistry with latest targets will develop. But Green Bay’s larger issues are on the offensive line. The Packers need to make use of more of rookie Zach Tom and get those tackles healthy, or else Stenavich and head coach Matt LaFleur shall be limited in what they’ll call.

Recent England Patriots (Play callers: Matt Patricia and Joe Judge)

Week 1: Lost 20-7; 271 yards of offense (193 passing, 78 rushing), three turnovers

Officially, the Patriots don’t have an offensive coordinator — Patricia and Judge split play-calling duties throughout the spring and summer.

This looked harking back to the Lions’ offenses under Matt Patricia from 2018-20, when Patricia posted a 13-29-1 record and had Matthew Stafford as his quarterback. He doesn’t have Stafford in Recent England. And while the Patriots do have a greater offensive line and a more consistent power-run threat than those Lions, the Patricia/Judge sort of offense — with second-year quarterback Mac Jones — presents razor-thin error margins on each snap. And it absolutely showed Sunday.

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Jones’ first interception got here when he took a probability in the long run zone, despite having an open underneath crosser. On this offense, he’ll need to examine that ball down or this team won’t survive. The mistakes can’t be erased the way in which Patricia and Judge cut the sport, which is to grind clock, arrange the go through the run and play off the defense. There also were pass-protection issues, making this Week 1 loss an excellent larger mess.

Where the Patriots’ offense must be: For this experiment to work, Patricia and Judge have to be more creative and coach out all of the sloppiness. This team can’t have misses, it might probably’t take penalties and it must be higher in pass pro.

Los Angeles Rams (OC: Liam Coen)

Week 1: Lost 31-10; 243 yards of offenses (191 passing, 52 rushing), three turnovers

Matthew Stafford will likely be capable of discover how much time a defense spent in man coverage against him … because most teams would reasonably not do this when facing his arm talent. Against Buffalo within the opener, Stafford said he counted two snaps of man, which implies that the Bills opted to play a variety of two-high and deep-safety coverage.

The Rams will see this every week until they prove they’ll run teams out of it. That never happened versus Buffalo, as Los Angeles’ offensive line — almost across the board — struggled. The Rams finished at 3.1 yards per carry on 17 attempts, and Stafford needed to throw into crowded windows (while taking hits) all game. If this recipe is repeated, it’ll be a disaster for the Rams.

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Where the Rams’ offense must be: Coen and head coach/offensive mastermind Sean McVay need to fix the Rams’ protection problems quickly. Additionally they have to get RB Cam Akers going. Stafford could make plays with no run game — he did that for 12 years in Detroit — but he’s 34 now and his body can’t take the identical level of punishment anymore. The Rams have work to do.

Minnesota Vikings (OC: Wes Phillips)

Week 1: Won 23-7; 395 yards of offense (269 passing, 126 rushing), zero turnovers

The Bills probably had the very best day of anyone on this list, but they almost don’t count because a lot of what they’re doing in 2022 was previously in place. When it comes to brand-new systems, Minnesota’s debut within the Kevin O’Connell/Wes Phillips offense was about pretty much as good as anyone could’ve hoped.

Unlike his friends in Los Angeles, O’Connell’s Vikings were capable of run the ball with the style of consistency that forced Green Bay to respect that ground game — even when the Packers normally would have been cautious a few shot play. You don’t necessarily need to run the ball well to establish effective play motion. But in case your run game sucks and everybody knows it, your pass game won’t work like you would like it to.

The Vikings did a fantastic job of balancing all that because the game wore on. When Minnesota began running the ball well, Green Bay responded by bringing one in every of its safeties down more. Which resulted on this:

Where the Vikings’ offense must be: Right on this spot. Justin Jefferson will feast in nearly any scheme you set him in, but this may very well be a variety of fun — he had nine catches for 184 yards and two touchdowns Sunday, and the Vikings barely needed Adam Thielen. There’s so much to love about what Minnesota has going.

(Top photo of Ken Dorsey and Josh Allen: Mark Konezny / USA Today)

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