Dec 1, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak talks to an official during the second quarter against the New England Patriots at Reliant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

NFL's best coordinator hires for 2014


Now that each of the 32 teams in the NFL have head coaches leading their squads, Sports Illustrated recently ranked the top 10 new hires at the coordinator positions.

With more than 20 new offensive and defensive coordinator hires to choose from, SI named the hiring of DC Gregg Williams by the St. Louis Rams as the No. 1 non-player acquisition of the season.

In the heavyweight division known as the NFC West, where the defenses in Seattle, San Francisco and Arizona aren’t messing around, last-place St. Louis has to make sure it can hold its own. The Rams have loads of talent in the defensive front seven, but everyone in the division does. All four teams in the NFC West finished in the top nine against the run, and top 13 in scoring defense. All but the Rams were in the top 14 in pass defense as well. Williams and his aggressive, edgy coaching mindset will be a nice fit with the physical style of play in the division, but he certainly knows where the line is drawn post-New Orleans. Some of Fisher’s best defenses in Tennessee were with Williams as his coordinator, and both men see the potential for a renewal of that success.

Listed below are the best of the rest.

2-3. Rod Marinelli, Dallas Cowboys, defensive coordinator, and Scott Linehan, Dallas, passing game coordinator and play-caller

4. Ray Horton, Tennessee Titans, defensive coordinator

5. Ben McAdoo, New York Giants, offensive coordinator

6. Norv Turner, Minnesota Vikings, offensive coordinator

7. Jeff Tedford, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, offensive coordinator

8. Jim Schwartz, Buffalo Bills, defensive coordinator

9 . Gary Kubiak, Baltimore Ravens, offensive coordinator

10. Romeo Crennel, Houston Texans, defensive coordinator

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  • skullphucker

    Uuuh, what about Leslie Frazier?

  • kcndaock

    Romeo sit back on the beach with an umberalla in that drink, before you get laughed out of football and every1 forgets you were ever a great d coordinator in the 80s

  • Gary Stewart

    well the browns got their 6th choice at HC and are going to try some new thing at both coordinator spots a new GM and no more CEO now that screams consistency!!!