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Coaching Changes = Changes in Fantasy Production

Whenever there is a coaching change, there will most likely be a change in philosophy and scheme, which also means fantasy production will change. Below is a breakdown of the coaching changes (both head coaching and coordinators) to-date and what that means for the fantasy production from that team and its players? Let’s dive in!

San Francisco 49ers

Fired Head Coach Jim Tomsula

Hired Chip Kelly as Head Coach

What should be expected?

Just like that, Colin Kaepernick could be fantasy relevant again. Thinking about Kaepernick in the offense that Kelly has envisioned but couldn’t create with Nick Foles or Sam Bradford gives me the shivers. He had to sell management on the idea of reviving Kaepernick’s career and making him worth the contract they gave him. Torrey Smith will get used effectively in 2016 with Kelly running the show and wanting the option of going deep to keep defenses honest. The key will be what Kelly does with his other receiving positions. He needs a possession receiver like he had with Jordan Matthews at Philadelphia to truly complete his starting receiving corps. Bruce Ellington becomes a fantasy player to keep an eye on as the slot receiver in this offense. If Carlos Hyde can stay healthy, he could flourish as a dual-threat back for Kelly.

 

Cleveland Browns

Fired Head Coach Mike Pettine

Hired Analytics expert Paul DePodesta

Hired Hue Jackson as Head Coach

What should be expected?

This is the best hire the Browns have made in years! Now they just need to keep a coach for more than a year to help their franchise succeed. With this specific hire, I expect them to get a quarterback at No. 2 overall. Jackson works well with young quarterbacks and can develop him behind Josh McCown for a year before being expected to start. The key for Jackson and the Browns will be getting some legit wide receivers for this offense. Mohamed Sanu and Marvin Jones are free agents from Cincinnati that could reunite with Jackson in Cleveland to help that very poor receiving corps. A return of Josh Gordon would also provide a tremendous boost. They have a lot of work to do in the passing game to make this team competitive. Isaiah Crowell could the Browns version of Jeremy Hill, while Duke Johnson could be Jackson’s Giovani Bernard for the Browns’ rushing attack in 2016.

 

Miami Dolphins

Fired Head Coach Joe Philbin

Did Not Hire Interim Coach Dan Campbell

Hired Adam Gase as Head Coach

What should be expected?

Gase is known as a quarterback whisperer. This year as the offensive coordinator for Chicago, he led Jay Cutler to his best year in Chicago. I say this because the weapons that Jay Cutler had on the outside were limited due to injuries. He had the highest quarterback rating of his career at 92.3. Gase is now the man expected to take Ryan Tannehill to the next level. They initially hired Philbin to do just that, but obviously it didn’t work out. The emergence of first-round pick DeVante Parker at the end of the season could really open up this offense and make Ryan Tannehill a consistent QB2 next season in fantasy. Jarvis Landry will get even better as Parker will take some pressure off of him. The arrow is pointing up for this offense, but time will tell as free agency looms and some holes on offense need to be filled in order for this offense to be effective next season. They need more depth and possible starters on their offensive line, and Lamar Miller could leave in free agency, creating a question mark at the running back position.

 

Philadelphia Eagles

Fired Head Coach Chip Kelly

Hired Doug Pederson as Head Coach

What should be expected?

One thing is for sure, DeMarco Murray’s contract will play a big role in how this team runs their offense next season. Before he can be a true “great back” again for fantasy, the Eagles need to address their offensive line in the offseason. They are built for Kelly’s scheme but that obviously did not bode well for them this season as they were unable to generate a consistent running game going. Pederson has seen what a running game can do for an offense this past season in Kansas City. He will use Murray, Ryan Mathews and Darren Sproles in what should be a potent running game under Pederson. He needs to find a quarterback. I can see him keeping Sam Bradford and teaching him to be more conservative like Alex Smith. He has Jordan Matthews, Nelson Agholor and Zach Ertz to build a passing attack around, which is more than most teams.

About Dan Collins

I have always been an avid football enthusiast. The NFL Draft and Fantasy Football is my passion in the realm of football. I write Mock Drafts and inform readers of what is happening during the critical stages of the NFL Draft. I spend way too much time working through Fantasy Football analysis, situations, and thoughts; it is an issue. Follow on Twitter @Dan_R_Collins for Football info and the occasional joke or wisecrack.