New NFL head coaches went 0-7 in Week One

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Seven NFL teams hired new head coaches in the offseason with hopes of improving their spot in the standings.

All of them are in last place after one week of football, however. When the final seconds of the Rams’ 33-13 win over the Raiders ran out, it was certain that all seven new head coaches would begin their tenures with an 0-1 record.

Raiders coach Jon Gruden joined Lions coach Matt Patricia on the wrong side of lopsided Monday night losses. Colts coach Frank Reich, Giants coach Pat Shurmur, Titans coach Mike Vrabel, Cardinals coach Steve Wilks and Bears coach Matt Nagy oversaw losses on Sunday afternoon.

None of the new head coaches are facing each other in Week Two, so the whole group could wind up as losers again in their second time on the field.

54 responses to “New NFL head coaches went 0-7 in Week One

  1. I went to bed at halftime of the Raiders game impressed with how well the Raiders were doing. Thankfully I didn’t watch the second half because apparently the Raiders remembered who they were and getting shut out over the last 30 minutes.

  2. And our “in over his head” head coach Sean “Respect The Process” McDermott racked up the #2 all time beat down for the Bills due to his NON EXISTENT O LINE & protege “Nate 0.0 QBR Peterman” who set an NFL record last year for 5 interceptions in 1/2 a game….

  3. Coaches don’t win games, players win games.

    It makes sense that those teams which fired their coaches would have more problems with personnel than those teams which didn’t fire their coaches because of poor performance.

    Unfamiliarity with a system alone could explain the lack of success of players with new coaches.

    That said, if the teams of new coaches are predictably less successful, there will be a spiral effect as poor decisions lead to more poor decisions. The Browns are a good example of this.

    But also, the Browns tie with a very good Steelers team gives hope — the most important ingredient of any competition.

  4. There’s a strong link between roster and who has a new head coach though. Of the three games I watched, Gruden and Patricia looked overwhelmed with Patricia being totally unacceptable. Nagy ran into the buzzsaw that is Aaron Rodgers though he probably panicked a little bit not running it on 3rd and 1 late in the game when he had the time and definitely gets the first down given the Packers run defense.

    Probably the most intelligent thing I heard from Denver spots radio ever was the reality that coaching is really really hard and while we give rookie and 2nd year players a break when they make mistakes we don’t do the same for coaches. There’s no reason to expect a guy just starting out as a head coach or OC/DC to be great at it, yet we do. Teams with first year coaches (which Gruden effectively is given how much the game changed while he was gone) should be looking for steady improvement in their coaches, not whether or not that coach is Bill Belichick.

  5. That Belichick coaching tree is pathetic. Matt Patricia is a joke.

    Hey, tell me…what current HC has the most former assistants coaching?

    Keep disrespecting and ignoring him, you hacks won’t write the history of this game.

  6. Not all that shocking. Only 1 of these teams made the playoffs in ’17 so they aren’t overly-loaded with talent. Only 2 of these coaches have previous head coaching experience, others were coordinators. There were and will continue to be “growing pains” as these new coaches figure out all of the nuances of game & team management. I’ll be surprised if any of them finish over .500 so starting with a loss is on par.

  7. So at this stage of the season the Browns have a better record than half of the League.

    Think about that!!!!

  8. Matt Stafford and Derek Carr has a side bet to see who could throw the most interceptions without getting benched

  9. Detroit just looks really bad. Has a team ever quit on its head coach in his first game? I thought Patricia’s hard ass routine would wear thin on a team that is soft to begin with. When you’re a 43 year old coach who never played football and is 100 lbs overweight, it’s kind of hard to pull of the drill sargeant “tough guy” act. You can just tell his team doesn’t respect him. That situation is doomed.

  10. For all the narrative that’s been put out there about who will be the 2018 version of last year’s Rams, I’m not seeing that happening with any team this year. At least based on what I saw this past weekend.

  11. The problem with that statement is that the steelers dont look very good this year, they dont even look good. they looked bad in preseason and they looked bad against the browns

    wiltmellow says:
    September 11, 2018 at 7:08 am

    But also, the Browns tie with a very good Steelers team gives hope — the most important ingredient of any competition.

  12. Patricia may have lost that game in Detroit — but he had a heck of a lot of help from Stafford and his four interceptions.

  13. Coaches most certainly win and lose games. While execution matters, even more important is the coach’s ability to game plan in a way to get the most out of what he has and at the same time neutralize the opponent. One of the main reasons Detroit went 0-16 in 2008, was due to the inability of the coaching staff to adjust. At the NFL level, good coaching is about adjusting on the fly to how the players are performing and what the opponent is doing on the field.

  14. terripet says:
    September 11, 2018 at 6:23 am
    Owners be aware do not hire patriot coaches they never win. Can’t wait for McDaniel to take over the cheaters

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    How did Frank Reich do in his first coaching outing? Oh yeah, his team blew a lead against the hapless Bengals.

    Will Irsay hang a banner?

  15. More importantly, only one of the new coaches, Bears coach Matt Nagy, covered the spread in week 1. Nice job, Matt!! You’re 1-0 in my book.

  16. terripet says:
    September 11, 2018 at 6:23 am
    Owners be aware do not hire patriot coaches they never win. Can’t wait for McDaniel to take over the cheaters

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    How did Frank Reich do in his first coaching outing? Oh yeah, his team blew a lead against the hapless Bengals.

    Will Irsay hang a banner?
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    LOL a one game sample size versus decades of evidence. Nice try

  17. “cobrala2 says:
    September 11, 2018 at 7:59 am

    Patricia was the biggest loser.”

    Patricia needs to appear on The Biggest Loser!

  18. lukedunphysscienceproject says:
    September 11, 2018 at 10:05 am
    terripet says:
    September 11, 2018 at 6:23 am
    Owners be aware do not hire patriot coaches they never win. Can’t wait for McDaniel to take over the cheaters

    ————

    How did Frank Reich do in his first coaching outing? Oh yeah, his team blew a lead against the hapless Bengals.

    Will Irsay hang a banner?
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    LOL a one game sample size versus decades of evidence. Nice try

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    So that’s a “yes” on the banner then?

  19. For many of these coaches, overcoming the culture of losing is a long process. Detroit, Chicago, Oakland…. I don’t envy them.
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    Detroit has a winning record 3 of the last 4 years. 2 Playoff appearances.

  20. And that’s with a full preseason after a watered down off season/preseason workouts.

    Imagine if there were only 2 preseason games and the new head coaches had that much less time to install their systems and players to learn them. This week would look like tremendous success compared to the potential disasters cutting 2 preseason games and going to an 18 game season would cause.

  21. Good news for everybody but the Raiders is if their new coaches don’t work out they can just fire them and try somebody new. But if Gruden has used up all his magic he’s there for a full decade. His contract is going to be hurting the Raiders for a VERY long time.

  22. There’s a reason those teams got new coaches. Losing the first game of the season is no big deal. Heck, losing the entire first season isn’t a surprise either. It’s not like they took over a SB winning team. Some of them did inherit franchise QBs but their rosters also had holes all over the place.

  23. patriots123456 says:
    September 11, 2018 at 8:23 am
    So at this stage of the season the Browns have a better record than half of the League.

    Think about that!!!!
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    15 wins, 15 losses, and 2 ties.

    15/32 = 47%

    How you like them apples?

  24. aarons444 says:
    September 11, 2018 at 10:39 am
    For many of these coaches, overcoming the culture of losing is a long process. Detroit, Chicago, Oakland…. I don’t envy them.
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    Detroit has a winning record 3 of the last 4 years. 2 Playoff appearances.

    9 1 Rate This

    The Lions haven’t won a playoff game in 27 years, and have won 1 playoff game in the last 61 years. That is a culture of futility in my book.

  25. I enjoyed watching Bombur get destroyed by the Jets.

    *****

    To increase his popularity amongst players, Patricia mandates all players partake of “second breakfast” during morning practices, driving scone sales in the greater Detroit area to all time highs.

  26. 26predator says:
    September 11, 2018 at 6:47 am
    Matt Patricia has no business being a head coach.

    Bob Quinn, you’re in hot water pal.

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    Yep, unlike the stellar Jim Caldwell.

  27. Rome wasn’t built in a day. Then again I could just as easily say coaches are hired and fired so fast by some owners coaches never finished what they set out to do. And then I could say some coaches should have built an empire by now yet they never get fired. It’s a conundrum.

  28. Half those teams shouldn’t have changed coaches in the first place. Firing a coach for not winning good enough as opposed to firing one for losing too much is just stupid and has never resulted in a team getting better. It’s like the Lions and Titans ownership forgot they were a dumpster fire before Caldwell and Mularkey got there.

    The Cardinals get a pass since their coach retired so they had no choice. Outside of that history says if your coach has a winning record but can’t win the big one, the problem is the talent evaluator, not the coach and all you’re doing by switching coaches is risking exposing how bad that talent is with out that coaches guidance. This is why the Browns, Bills and 49ers have been terrible franchises since firing Hall of Fame coaches for not doing good enough in the playoffs. They fixed the problem by never making the playoffs again to lose in them.

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