NFC Front Office and Coaching Overview

NFC East:

Dallas Cowboys: Owner Jerry Jones also runs the organization as its general manager. The team overhauled its coaching staff this past season, bringing in former Packers head coach Mike McCarthy to replace Jason Garrett, although they retained Kellen Moore as their offensive coordinator after his successful first season with the team last year. McCarthy brought in Mike Nolan to coordinate the defense; he spent the past three years as linebacker coach of the Saints but has coordinated for several teams, most recently the Falcons from 2012-2014. He also spent a few years as head coach of the 49ers back in the mid-to-late 2000s.

New York Giants: This will be David Gettleman’s third season as New York Giants general manager, after spending the 2013-2017 seasons in the same role with the Panthers. Pat Shurmur has been fired as head coach, and the team decided to replace him with Patriots special-teams/wide receivers coach Joe Judge. New coordinators are also in place: after being fired as Cowboys head coach, Jason Garrett will run the offense, and Miami defensive coordinator Patrick Graham will assume the same role with the Giants; he originally rose through the ranks of the Patriots organization, coaching the defensive line and linebackers, and has held those positions on other teams as well.

Philadelphia Eagles: The Eagles are an organization with a lot of continuity; Howie Roseman was general manager from 2010-2014 and after spending 2015-2018 as VP of football operations, he’s added the general manager title again, beginning in 2019. From 2016 on following the firing of Chip Kelly, he held general manager responsibilities but not the title. Doug Pederson has spent four years as head coach and also calls the plays offensively, while this will be Jim Schwartz’s fourth year running the defense.

Washington Redskins: The Redskins have hired former Panthers head coach Ron Rivera for the same role with their team; he was in Carolina from 2011-2019. Strangely enough, Washington will not hire a general manager until after the draft, so Rivera may have the final say on draft day. He brought Scott Turner along from Carolina to call the offense; Turner was technically Carolina’s quarterbacks coach these past two years, but took over interim coordinator responsibilities after Rivera was fired. This will be Jack Del Rio’s first year coordinating the defense in Washington, but he has plenty of experience, most recently having been Jacksonville’s head coach from 2003-2011, Denver’s defensive coordinator for 2012-2014, and Oakland’s head coach from 2015-2017.

NFC North:

Chicago Bears: Back in 2015, the Bears hired Saints director of player personnel Ryan Pace to be their general manager, and he’s reprising that role this season. Chicago also decided to keep head coach Matt Nagy, who coordinated the Chiefs’ offensive from 2016-2017 before joining the Bears. Bill Lazor has been a long-time quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator in the league, calling the Dolphins’ offense from 2014-2015 and the Bengals’ from 2017-2018. The defense will bring back Chuck Pagano for a second year as coordinator, after he spent the seasons from 2012-2017 coaching the Colts.

Detroit Lions: Former Patriots director of pro scouting Bob Quinn has been Detroit’s general manager from 2016 on. Two years ago, he brought in Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia to be the team’s head coach. The coordinator positions have been overhauled more recently. This will be the second season Darrell Bevell is offensive coordinator, who coordinated the Vikings offense from 2006-2010 and the Seahawks offense from 2011-2017. Cory Undlin coached Eagles defensive backs from 2015-2019 and will enter his first season as Lions defensive coordinator.

Green Bay Packers: Green Bay promoted director of player personnel Brian Gutekunst to general manager in 2018; he’s spent his whole career with the Packers. Last year, Matt LaFleur replaced Mike McCarthy as head coach, after spending 2017 as Rams offensive coordinator and 2018 as Titans offensive coordinator. Former Jaguars offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett enters his second year in the same role with Green Bay, although defensive coordinator Mike Pettine actually precedes LaFleur by one year; the Rex Ryan discipline coordinated the Jets defense from 2009-2012, the Bills’ defense in 2013, and then spent two seasons as Cleveland’s head coach from 2014-2015.

Minnesota Vikings: Rick Spielman has been general manager of the Vikings since 2012, after spending the 2006-2011 seasons as vice president of player personnel. Mike Zimmer was brought in back in 2014 to serve as head coach, after spending the 2008-2013 seasons as defensive coordinator of the Bengals. Gary Kubiak spent the 2019 season as assistant head coach and is now the team’s offensive coordinator as well. The Vikings technically have two defensive coordinators, having added the titles to those held by Andre Patterson and Adam Zimmer, Mike’s son, as positional coaches on the defensive line and linebackers, respectively.

NFC South:

Atlanta Falcons: After spending the 2003-2007 seasons as director of college scouting with the Patriots, the Falcons hired Thomas Dimitroff as general manager, so he’s one of the longest-tenured GMs in the league. Dan Quinn earned the Falcons head coach job based on his work as Seahawks defensive coordinator in 2013 and 2014. In 2019, Dirk Koetter began his second stint as Falcons offensive coordinator after holding the same role from 2012-2014. In between, he spent a year as Bucs offensive coordinator in 2015, and the following three years as their head coach. Another former Buccaneers head coach, Raheem Morris, is entering his first season as defensive coordinator after working as Atlanta’s assistant head coach from 2015-2019.

Carolina Panthers: Marty Hurney bookended Dave Gettleman’s tenure as general manager, having held the role before him (2002-2012) and then reprising the role in 2017. The Panthers have a totally new coaching staff this year. They hired Baylor head coach Matt Rhule to lead the team, and he has brought in LSU passing game coordinator Joe Brady to serve as his offensive coordinator. Phil Snow coordinated Rhule’s defenses at Temple and Baylor, and he will hold the same title with the Panthers.

New Orleans Saints: In a somewhat bizarre career arc, Mickey Loomis has served as Saints general manager since 2002, while also serving as VP of basketball operations with the New Orleans Pelicans from 2012-2019. Sean Payton has been head coach of the Saints since 2006, and he’s retained Pete Carmichael as offensive coordinator since 2009. After working as Broncos defensive coordinator in 2011 and Raiders head coach from 2012-2014, Dennis Allen came to New Orleans and has been calling the defense there ever since.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: In 2014, the Buccaneers hired former Patriots and Cardinals director of player personnel Jason Licht as general manager. Last year was Bruce Arians’ first year as head coach after serving in the same capacity with Arizona from 2013-2017. Byron Leftwich will enter his second season as the Buccaneers’ offensive coordinator, although the power balance between Arians, Leftwich, and Tom Brady on that side of the ball is unknown. Arians brought his first defensive coordinator in Arizona, Todd Bowles, along with him to Tampa Bay last year; Bowles also spent 2015-2018 as head coach of the Jets.

NFC West:

Arizona Cardinals: Longtime director/vice president Steve Keim became the Cardinals’ general manager back in 2013 and has held the role ever since. The team brought in former Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury last year to become their head coach; he will also call the plays for the team again this year. Vance Joseph was Miami’s defensive coordinator in 2016, then spent two years as head coach of the Broncos before coming to Arizona and taking over defensive coordinator responsibilities.

Los Angeles Rams: The Rams have had Les Snead as their general manager since 2012. Sean McVay was named head coach back in 2017 after spending the preceding three years as Redskins offensive coordinator. This will be Kevin O’Connell’s first year as offensive coordinator in Los Angeles, although he served in that same capacity for the Redskins last year. Defensive coordinator Brandon Staley also called the defense at John Carroll and James Madison, but at the pro level he’s only been a linebackers coach for the Bears (2017-2018) and Broncos (2019), so this will be his first stint as coordinator at the pro level.

San Francisco 49ers: In 2017, the 49ers named John Lynch as their general manager; that same year, he installed former Texans, Redskins, Browns, and Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan as head coach; Shanahan also calls the plays on offense. Robert Saleh has been 49ers defensive coordinator since 2017 as well, after working as a defensive assistant in Houston, Seattle, and Jacksonville.

Seattle Seahawks: John Schneider has been the team’s executive vice president and general manager since 2010, having been poached from the Packers. That same year, USC legend Pete Carroll was named head coach; he also holds the title of VP of football operations. This will be Brian Schottenheimer’s third season as offensive coordinator; he coordinated the Jets’ offense from 2006-2011, the Rams’ offense from 2012-2014, and the Georgia Bulldogs offense in 2015. Carroll brought along Ken Norton Jr. to coach Seattle’s linebackers from 2010-2014; he left to coordinate the Raiders’ defense from 2015-2017, and returned to Seattle in 2018 to call their defense.

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