NFL fantasy football: Coordinator tracker
By Marcas Grant
Updated: Jan. 16, 2013 at 01:15 a.m.
The non-NFL playoff teams have started preparing for the 2013 season and for many of them, that means changes to their respective coaching staffs. Those changes could have a lot to do with the fantasy football draft values of the player they'll coach. Stay with this page as teams hire offensive and defensive coordinators for our take on what impact those hires could have in fantasy football. For our take on head coaching hires, check the NFL.com Fantasy blog.
Nathaniel Hackett, Offensive Coordinator: Hackett (the son of former Chiefs and Jets OC Paul Hackett) presided over a Syracuse offense that set a number of offensive school records in 2012. He'll bring the same uptempo style to Buffalo, something that has been all the rage in the NFL in recent seasons, helping spur offensive success in Atlanta, Baltimore and New England -- among other places. It would seem to bode well for the multitalented C.J. Spiller although it doesn't seem to shed any light on Ryan Fitzpatrick's future with the club.
Mike Pettine, Defensive Coordinator: Pettine has worked with some of the NFL's best defenses in his relatively short tenure as an assistant coach. Over the past four seasons, his New York Jets' units never ranked worse than eighth in yards allowed -- without ever having a consistent pass rusher. It was made even more impressive by the fact that the team played most of the 2012 season without Darrelle Revis. In Bufallo, he inherits a group that has a quality pass rusher in Mario Williams, but will need to find a lot more consistency in the secondary to be an adequate defense.
Monte Kiffin, Defensive Coordinator: It's a curious hire, to say the least...and not just because Kiffin's defense the past three seasons at the University of Southern California were consistently among the worst in the Pac-12 conference. It's a strange move because Kiffin's famed "Tampa 2" defense doesn't seem to fit the Cowboys' personnel. Dallas has spent the past couple of offseasons beefing up its secondary with players more suited for man coverage. Now they'll likely be asked to play a lot of zone. Additionally, it takes two of the team's best defensive assets -- linebackers DeMarcus Ware and Sean Lee -- and ask them to play in spots they're unaccustomed to. This isn't to say the Cowboys can't find success, but it might take a year or two for the team to adjust.
Kansas City Chiefs
Doug Pederson, Offensive Coordinator: Pederson comes in as an unknown quantity. He spent the past two seasons as the quarterbacks coach for the Philadelphia Eagles, working with Michael Vick -- who was equal parts brilliant and frustrating (though there was more frustration than brilliance in 2012). Pederson will now preside over an offense that has Jamaal Charles...and not much else. It would be a major surprise to see either Brady Quinn or Matt Cassel as the team's starter next season. But there's nothing to suggest Kansas City takes a big step forward offensively.
Bob Sutton, Defensive Coordinator: Sutton has spent more than a decade overseeing portions of the Jets defense, though his track record is less than stellar. In three seasons as defensive coordinator, the Jets cracked the top 15 in team defense just once. The Chiefs defense in 2012 was among the league's worst, especially when it came to takeaways. Kansas City finished tied with the fewest interceptions (7) and sixth-fewest fumble recoveries (6). Sutton has his work cut out for him.