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4 NFL Coordinators on Hot Seat in 2024 season

Head coaches get all the attention when it comes to figures behind the bench. You can even bet on which coach loses their seat first on the NFL betting odds. But they are not the only ones on the hot seat. Coordinators, ranging from the offense to special teams, can face just as much pressure.

We saw many take the fall last season, such as Ken Dorsey in Buffalo and Sean Desai in Philadelphia. Our eyes are on a few coordinators who have the unenviable job of delivering with these teams in 2024.

4 NFL Coordinators on Hot Seat in 2024 season
Garrett Wilson #5 of the New York Jets - Luke Hales/Getty Images/AFP

 

These Coordinators Will Have One Heck of a 2024

Can Nathaniel Hackett Hack It With Jets?

We start with the most obvious coordinator under pressure: Nathaniel Hackett with the New York Jets. New York hired him mainly due to Aaron Rodgers. He got a “pass” last season as he had Rodgers for a cup of tea. The Jets finished 29th in scoring last season and scored 28 fewer points than in 2022.

But now, with four-time MVP Rodgers healthy and the odds of him getting hurt minutes into the first game relatively nil, the Jets have to deliver. New York also bolstered the offense by signing wide receiver Mike Williams and adding several rookies in skill positions. The running game should also pick up with the signing of guard John Simpson and selection of first-round pick Olumuyiwa Fashanu at offensive tackle.

The Jets should, at least, be average on offense. They get a manageable first eight games with only San Francisco and Buffalo being difficult matchups on paper.

 

Whitt Jr. Rebuilds Washington’s ‘D’

Few coordinators have more work cut out than Joe Whitt Jr. in Washington. He’s a hire under Dan Quinn’s new regime and will spearhead fixing the league’s worst defense from 2023. The Commanders did add a nice mix of veterans and young players like Bobby Wagner and Jer’Zhan Newton, but it’s a drop in the bucket.

The Commanders gave up a whopping 30.5 points and over 2.2 passing touchdowns per game. The team ranked last, on defense, in both scoring and total defense. And Whitt comes from Dallas where the team had more talent. Quinn will likely still call the shots as he did as the defensive coordinator from the Cowboys. But they each have increased responsibilities with a rebuilding franchise.

Washington does not have an easy start to the season with road trips to Tampa Bay, Cincinnati and Baltimore in three of the first six weeks.

 

Can Smith Boost Offense in Pittsburgh?

Arthur Smith enters Pittsburgh with low expectations. His unpopular predecessor led Pittsburgh’s offense to rankings of 21st, 26th, 26th and 28th in his three-ish seasons with the teams (he was fired during the 2023 season). So if Smith can get Pittsburgh to being middle-of-the-pack, this would be a sound improvement. But can he?

The biggest conundrum facing Pittsburgh’s new offensive coordinator is the quarterback situation. He has the washed-up version of Russell Wilson or the talented, albeit raw Justin Fields. And the Steelers still have offensive line woes.

Pittsburgh has managed to hover around a 9-8 record for what feels like forever. And this has typically been done via old-school defensive football. If Smith can unlock the offense, Pittsburgh may be a Super Bowl threat again. That’s high expectations.

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Blackburn Can’t Get Burned Again

The Los Angeles Rams returned to the postseason in 2023 despite aging stars, a green defense and awful special teams. The Rams’t special teams were among the league’s worst, mired by poor coverage and inconsistent kicking. Of course, Chase Blackburn shouldered that blame as the coordinator.

Fortunately for him, head coach Sean McVay came to his defense.

“I believe in Chase. You’re evaluating not just the results, but the process and what the week looks like, and the way that those players continue to believe in him,“ McVay said after the 2023 season. “I believe in this guy and I know he’s going to evolve and adapt. I think we can do a better job of providing him with guys that can play more consistently.”

The Rams used a sixth-round pick to draft a kicker, Joshua Karty, plus others to help the return game. Blackburn and the unit can ill-afford to have another disastrous season.

 

 

Questions of the Day

What are the New York Jets’ odds to make the playoffs?


The New York Jets are listed at -160 to make the NFL playoffs. That is a 61.5% implied probability.

How many wins will the Pittsburgh Steelers get in 2024?


The Pittsburgh Steelers are lined with a regular-season win total of 8½. They are expected to go under that at -165.

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