Fantasy Impact of New Coaching Staffs (PREMIUM PREVIEW)
Nothing renews hope in a formerly bad offense like a new head coach or offensive coordinator. Let's look at some of the new hires for 2014 and the fantasy options they promise to boost.
WAS HC Jay Gruden
Last year, when Gruden was the offensive coordinator in Cincinnati, the Bengals had more deep passes -- passes that traveled at least 20 yards downfield -- than any other team in the NFL. They also ran far less effectively than most other NFL teams, averaging just 3.6 yards per attempt, 27th in the league.
The Redskins had the league's fifth-best rushing attack last season, and Gruden has promised he won't change their power running scheme. What does stand to change substantially in Washington is the passing game. With new WR DeSean Jackson joining the team, Gruden has the deep threat he needs for an aggressive aerial attack. Look for QB Robert Griffin III to be tossing it downfield plenty this season.
TB HC Lovie Smith & OC Jeff Tedford
The Bears' offense struggled under Smith's direction. Since his first stint with the Bucs as a linebackers coach under Tony Dungy, Smith has always been more of a defensively- oriented coach. During his tenure in Chicago, the Bears consistently ranked as one of the worst offenses in the league.
But Smith has brought a new offensive coordinator with him to Tampa, Jeff Tedford, who has a reputation as a "quarterback whisperer." In his former job as the head coach at the University of California, Tedford helped develop Aaron Rodgers.
Tedford also has a history of using tandem backfields in his college days. So, Bobby Rainey and Mike James are likely to eat into RB Doug Martin's carries. Rookie Charles Sims won't be a part of this backfield for a long while after undergoing ankle surgery Saturday. He is expected to miss at least three months.
Given Smith's dismal offensive history and Tedford's eagerness to spread out the touches, don't expect a fantasy revival in Tampa Bay this season.
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