The AFC North is one of the NFL's most interesting divisions this offseason. The Browns, Steelers, Bengals and Ravens all have big decisions to make.
The first of the quarterback dominoes of the 2019 NFL offseason has fallen. On Wednesday, it was announced that the Denver Broncos were trading a mid-round pick to the Baltimore Ravens for veteran Joe Flacco.
Arizona Cardinals, Cincinnati Bengals and Green Bay Packers all hired first time coaches this offseason in Zac Taylor, Kliff Kingsbury and Matt LaFleur.
This offseason has seen a surge in teams hiring young, relatively unproven head coaches from the offensive side of the ball. Much of this was attributed to the success the Los Angeles Rams have had with thirty-something Sean McVay reviving the franchise and leading them to the Super Bowl this season behind an offensive juggernaut which racked up massive point and yard totals.
Cleveland Browns, Miami Dolphins and Denver Broncos all hired first-time head coaches this offseason in Freddie Kitchens, Vic Fangio and Brian Flores.
Once again the head coach merry-go round has been and gone. Whilst we are waiting on a couple of confirmed hirings (Miami Dolphins' and Cincinnati Bengals' expected hires of Brian Flores and Zac Taylor cannot be finalised until after the coaches have finished competing in the Super Bowl), we can start assessing the quality of these appointments.
Los Angeles Rams defeated New Orleans Saints in a controversial NFL playoff game on Sunday.
New England used Sunday's division matchup with the Los Angeles Chargers to remind the rest of the league that they cannot be counted out as Super Bowl contenders.
Pete Carroll defied the odds to take the Seattle Seahawks to the playoffs once again. He is an outsider for NFL Coach of the Year.
Nagy is the first Bears head coach, since George Halas in 1920, to win double digit games. That indicates the first-rate job the ex-Delaware and Arena League quarterback has done in turning this team around. The Bears have gone from worst to first in the NFC North when many expected a more modest 8-8 record, or even less.
Anthony Lynn deserves credit for steering this squad to a 12-4 record. In most divisions that would be enough for 1st place but unfortunately for Los Angeles they share a division with the indomitable Chiefs.
The main mark against Reid, though, would be the pretty porous Chiefs defence, which despite stellar individual performances from outside linebacker Dee Ford and defensive lineman Chris Jones, forced Kansas City to outscore opponents consistently.
Reich has to be among the top two candidates for this honour following the job he has done in his first head coaching position in the NFL.