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25.12.2019 02:58
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Now that the Detroit Lions have officially decided to part ways with offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter Golden Tate III Jersey White , it’s time for Matt Patricia to round out his coaching staff entirely in his image. Cooter was one of a few couple carryovers from the Jim Caldwell era, so Patricia will have no more excuses going forward.This will be an extremely important offseason for Patricia, who entered his Lions career with a 90 percent approval rating. Now it sits at just 24 percent. His first offseason assignment may be his most important: find an offensive coordinator that can get Matthew Stafford back on track and take advantage of the Lions’ talent on offense. Here’s a look at some of the coordinators Patricia may be looking at.Adam GaseCurrent job: Just fired as Dolphins head coachLet’s start with the hottest name. Gase has been considered one of the NFL’s best offensive minds ever since getting the absolute most of out Tim Tebow in Denver and Jay Cutler in Chicago. As a head coach, Gase went just 23-25 for the Dolphins, but his ability to run the offense was hurt by the fact that Ryan Tannehill missed 24 games over the past three seasons. In his three years in Miami, the Dolphins ranked 17th, 28th and 26th in points scored.Perhaps the best part about Gase’s resume—as it relates to the Lions—is that his offense has some similarities to Jim Bob Cooter’s. The transition wouldn’t be that tough, especially for Matthew Stafford. However, the biggest challenge in landing Gase is that he is one of the hotter commodities among the head coaching vacancies. He’s considered a top candidate for the Packers job, and he’s reportedly scored an interview with the Cardinals. Steve Sarkisian Current job: Just fired as Falcons offensive coordinator Falcons fans would tell you to stay the hell away from Steve Sarkisian, but his track record isn’t nearly as bad as they may suggest. Sure, he hasn’t been anywhere near as explosive as his predecessor, 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan, but the Falcons offense has certainly been the least of their worries over the past two years since Sarkisian took over.The Falcons ranked 15th in scoring in 2017 and 10th this year. In terms of DVOA efficiency, they were ninth last year Marvin Jones Jr Jersey , and eighth this season. One of the biggest, more recent criticisms of Sarkisian is his perceived horrible red zone play calling, something that would not be welcome in Detroit—where they’ve had their fair share of similar struggles. However, in 2018 the Falcons actually ranked 14th in points per red zone trip and 11th in touchdowns per red zone appearance. Admittedly, however, the team ranked 23rd in both categories last year. Shane WaldronCurrent job: Rams passing game coordinator When it started to appear that Jim Bob Cooter’s seat was scorching hot, Shane Waldron was the most popular name Lions fans could think of. He has a Patriots connection—having worked in New England as an offensive assistant and was eventually promoted to tight ends coach. His time in Foxborough overlapped time with both Matt Patricia and general manager Bob Quinn. And the Rams offense has been spectacular to watch this season. The question is how much of the Los Angeles Rams’ highly-publicized offensive success was a result of Waldron’s coaching. Obviously, Sean McVay gets a lot of the credit as the architect and the play caller, but Waldron has already seen one promotion under McVay, so it’s clear he values him. George Godsey Current job: Lions quarterback coachGodsey wouldn’t be the most exciting of hires, but it’s one that would make a lot of sense. He has a Patriots background, having worked as an offensive assistant (2011) and tight ends coach (2012-13) with New England. And while it’s technically an internal hire, it’s not like Godsey is a leftover from the Cooter regime. He was only brought into Detroit last year as a defensive assistant and special projects guy. Where Cooter may have failed building chemistry and establishing an offense to Patricia’s liking, Godsey likely would see more eye-to-eye with the Lions head coach. But if Godsey is their guy, one has to wonder why they didn’t give him a tryout in the final few weeks of the season to test his chops as a playcaller. However Kerry Hyder Jersey White , Godsey was the offensive coordinator for the Texans for two years, so it’s not like playcalling is a completely foreign concept to him. Freddie KitchensCurrent job: Browns offensive coordinator Many in Cleveland are hoping Kitchens stays around either as the offensive coordinator or even as the franchise’s next head coach (he has an interview for the position already). It’s easy to see why. Once Hue Jackson was out of the door and took offensive play caller Todd Haley with him, Kitchens helped turned the Cleveland Browns into one of the most exciting offenses. Just look at the split for the Browns.Pre Freddie Kitchens: 21.1 PPG, 74.7 passer rating, 4.6 Y/APost Freddie Kitchens: 23.8 PPG, 104.9 passer rating, 4.6 Y/AConsidering the Lions’ struggles in the passing game in 2018, that incredible improvement in passer rating is bound to turn some heads in Detroit. In production, in execution and in overall cleverness, Sean McVay's offense has been fairly ordinary during the first three games of his third season with the Los Angeles Rams.Mere competence qualifies as a surprise for a team that tore up the NFL during the head coach's first two years with an offensive brilliance that stunned their opponents and inspired many imitators.Because all three of their unspectacular offensive performances this season were still victories, the Rams (3-0) aren't certain any long-term problems are foreshadowed by their quiet start.But with the embarrassment of their three-point Super Bowl performance still fresh in many players' minds , the Rams realize they'll probably have to get better soon to succeed in their NFC title defense, starting with two games in five days against Tampa Bay (1-2) and Seattle."For us internally, our standards are so high, especially offensively Luke Willson Jersey ," quarterback Jared Goff said Wednesday. "We expect to be better, and we need to be if we want to win games late in the year. We've been fortunate enough to do enough to win these past three games, but we know that in certain games down the road, it won't be enough. We need to elevate that standard even further and continue to be detailed and be sharp on offense."The Rams are 16th in the NFL with 357.7 yards per game after finishing second in the category last year, and their high-flying passing game is a pedestrian 22nd with 234 yards per game in the air. Los Angeles is still a respectable eighth in points after leading the NFL in 2017 and finishing second behind Kansas City last year with 527 points in the 12th highest-scoring season by any team in NFL history. But the Rams haven't yet topped 30 points this season after exceeding the mark 11 times in 16 regular season games last year.Los Angeles isn't blowing anyone away this season partly because opponents have figured out a basic strategy to slow McVay's once-unstoppable offense. The first three defenses faced by the Rams this season have used variations of a scheme deploying six players at the line of scrimmage, thereby forcing the Rams out of the outside zone running plays that have been the foundation of their offense.Matt Patricia's Detroit Lions first used that basic defensive alignment to solid success late last season, and teams noticed. New England fine-tuned a detail by switching its defensive setups constantly in the moments between McVay's play-call and the Rams' snaps, forcing Goff into adjustments that didn't always go well in the Super Bowl.McVay's reflexive answer to any problem with the Rams is a swift and merciless denunciation of himself. When asked why the offense is starting so slowly in games, he immediately blamed his play-calling and his own work preparing his players, saying any detailed discussion of the reasons for the slow start would sound like a rationalization."Absolutely, I haven't done a good enough job for us," he said. "I think it starts with me. I like the way we've responded and been able to finish games out in the second half, but we expect to be sharper overall. If I do a better job, and then everybody else does a little bit better, we're hopeful that we'll see better results."There are more tangible reasons Jarrad Davis Jersey White , however: While nearly every skill player returned from last season, the line is very different. Los Angeles had three relatively untested starters at center and both guard spots last week, and opponents have noticed.The Rams' reduced use of running back Todd Gurley has been the most glaring difference from their offense at its dominant peak. Gurley's snap count is down about 15% from last year, with Malcolm Brown getting more action in the backfield.For roughly the thousandth time Wednesday, McVay denied the Rams are deliberately limiting Gurley's carries to keep him fresh or to manage the health of his knee. Still, Gurley's 44 carries are by far his fewest in the first three games of his five NFL seasons, and he ranks 18th in the league with 48 touches after finishing in the top five in each of the past three seasons.After leading the league in yards from scrimmage in 2017 and finishing fourth last season, Gurley is 55th so far this year — and 20th among running backs — with 211 yards.When asked what Gurley will need to get big numbers, McVay replied: "I think we have to have more plays. ... The more plays we get, the better it is for everybody."The Rams are ninth in the league in snaps from scrimmage.NOTES: RG Austin Blythe and TE Tyler Higbee returned to practice in a limited capacity. Both missed last week's game with injuries, but McVay is optimistic he'll have both veterans back this weekend.

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