Following the results of last Sunday, the Cincinnati Bengals became the first team to be officially ruled out of playoff contention; not that the playoffs were ever a realistic expectation at the season's dawn.
By the Cincinnati Bengals’ standards this offseason is one of earth-shattering change. This relatively conservative franchise doesn’t do dramatic or sudden. Nonetheless this offseason they moved on from long time head coach Marvin Lewis after 16 seasons, replacing the seasoned veteran with the relative greenhorn Zac Taylor.
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.