By now we’ve all pretty much healed from the broken season that was 2015 for the Dallas Cowboys. We’ve been able to sum it all up to the big injuries that we sustained and chalk 2015 up to as a lost year.
Such has not been the case for a few of our divisional foes.
The Division Champion Washington Redskins have, not to anyone’s surprise, made no significant changes in terms of their Coaching Staff. When you win your division, especially in the shocking matter that Washington did, you’re typically very safe and no one bats an eye at that. So stay classy, Gruden.
Not everyone considered 2015 a lost year, though.
The New York Giants elected to relieve their two-time Super Bowl-winning head coach, Tom Coughlin, of his duties in the early days of 2016. It took Big Blue until last Wednesday to find his replacement, and they stayed in house to do so.
The Giants promoted Offensive Coordinator Ben McAdoo to the position of Head Coach. McAdoo has, after a slow start, gotten the Giants offense to the top of the league in some aspects so it wouldn’t be shocking to see them build a team around that side of the ball.
The G-Men were not alone in their efforts to have a changing of the guard atop the coaching pyramid. Those bumbling misfits in Philadelphia fired the “genius” Chip Kelly before the regular season was over, who has now found assumed the reins as the Head Coach of the San Francisco 49ers, but they have also found a replacement for him.
Philadelphia chose a disciple of their former king, Andy Reid, by poaching the Offensive Coordinator from Kansas City – Doug Pederson.
This move was a suspicious one throughout the NFL as Pederson likely comes from the school of clock management that Andy Reid put on full display for the world last Saturday night when the Chiefs were eliminated from the Playoffs.
We’ll have to wait and see if the Pederson hire is indeed as catastrophic as most think it will be, but ‘ol Dougie already made a great move by hiring Jim Schwartz as his Defensive Coordinator on Tuesday.
After all of the changes that have occurred at the top ranks in the NFL’s most historic division, there is one fact left that is very interesting.
Jason Garrett is the longest tenured Head Coach in the NFC East. Welcome to 2016.