As we head into Week 3 of the pre season we inch even closer to the start of games that count. Another season brings new coaches and I will introduce the men who will be calling plays for new teams this season.
*Leslie Frazier – His first full season as Head Coach in Minnesota after coaching six games last year when he replaced Brad Childress. The Vikings went 3-3 in his stint but unfortunately a loss to Detroit landed Minnesota a last place finish in the NFC North.
*Jason Garrett – Much like Frazier he took over after Wade Phillips was fired on November 8th. Garrett led the Cowboys to an impressive 5-3 record and a third place finish in the NFC East.
Mike Munchak – Has been a member of the Titans coaching staff since they were the Houston Oilers. He was a Pro Bowl Guard in Houston from 1982-1993. After serving as Offensive Assistant, Quality Control and Offensive Line coach, he finally gets his shot to lead the team he knows so much about.
Ron Rivera – From 1997 to 2010 he served as Defensive Quality Coach and Defensive Coordinator in Chicago and San Diego, Linebackers Coach in Philadelphia and this season will be Carolina’s new Head Coach. Rivera is a defensive guru who will try to improve a porous Panthers defense.
John Fox – His second head coaching job in the NFL after leading Carolina from 2002-2010. He went 78-74, including 5-3 in the post season and one Super Bowl appearance. Fox takes over a Denver team that has Kyle Orton, a talented but turnover prone quarterback, Khowshon Moreno, young running back who struggles with health and a very inexperienced defense.
Pat Shurmur – Definitely has the NFL pedigree with his uncle, Fritz, being the Packers Defensive Coordinator from 1994-1998. Shurmur takes over in Cleveland after being a Quarterbacks Coach in Philadelphia and Offensive Coordinator in St Louis. He has his work cut out for him with perennial playoff teams Pittsburgh and Baltimore in their division.
Hue Jackson – The commitment to excellence in Oakland has a new leader in 2011. Replacing Tom Cable this season, Jackson has served as Running Backs Coach in Washington, Wide Receivers Coach in Cincinnati, Quarterbacks Coach in Baltimore and Offensive Coordinator in Washington, Atlanta and Oakland.
Jim Harbaugh – Started his NFL coaching career in Oakland as Quarterbacks Coach before leaving for college jobs at San Diego and Stanford. Inherits a team that has a young but talented offense with Frank Gore, Vernon Davis and Michael Crabtree and a tackling machine on defense in Patrick Willis.