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NFL coaches on the rise and decline: Jaguars’ Doug Pederson trending up, Bengals’ Zac Taylor sliding

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Just two weeks is not enough to judge the coaching staff, not to mention the team. But in the NFL, every week matters. And some coaches – both rookies and longtime veterans – definitely did more to help their teams than others in Week 2.

As we head into week 3 of the 2022 season, take a look at some of the top coaches in their rise and fall:

In trend

Jaguars HC Doug Pederson

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Season: 1st place with Jaguars | Last game: 24:0 victory over the Colts | Team record: 1-1

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Is it possible that the Jaguars will suddenly become the favorites of AFK Yug? Yes, with Doogie P at the helm. As the Titans get off the mat after beating Bill and Jim Irsay starts eyeing his next quarterback and the Texans can’t move the ball in ugly plays, Pederson revived Trevor Lawrence’s confidence and allowed first defensive coordinator Mike Caldwell to free his youngsters. pass rushers. Doug was already a beloved leader; now it shows the first results.

Giants DC Don Martindale

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Season: 1st with the Giants | Last game: 19-16 win over Panthers | Team record: 2-0

The single-handed wink allowed Giants fans to forgive the fact that Daniel Jones is still in the center of the game, throwing off a scatter attack, best known for pinning Kenny Golladay to the bench. Even with his best rushers, the former Ravens DC racked up blitz after blitz to crush the Titans and Panthers for weeks on end. Once Kaiwon Thibodeau and Aziz Ojulari are in the roster, Martindale needs to have even more flexibility to keep New York City competitive.

Eagles DC Jonathan Gannon

Season: 2nd place with eagles | Last game: 24-7 victory over the Vikings | Team record: 2-0

Failing to plan pressure on Jared Goff at the end of the game against the Lions in Week 1, Gannon increased his blitz score in Monday night’s home opener and was devoured by Eagles fans. Why? Because it worked, forcing Kirk Cousins ​​to make one desperate shot after another. With top-notch personnel at every level of defense, Gannon has no excuse but to act, and his guys were both tenacious and adventurous when faced with one of the NFL’s best prime-time teams.

down trend

Bengals HC Zach Taylor

Season: 4th place with Bengals | Last game: Lost 20-17 vs. Cowboys | Team record: 0-2

He doesn’t deserve all the blame for Joe Burrow’s consistently poor offensive line, but as the CEO of their field operations, he certainly doesn’t stand by his best weapons. Since Cincinnati’s loss in the Super Bowl, this call to play has been suspect, and it’s ultimately up to him to make sure Burrow gets rid of the ball before absorbing hard shots or forcing risky shots. After losing to Cowboys backup Cooper Rush, he has explosive and/or motivated Jets, Dolphins and Ravens.

Ravens DC Mike McDonald

Season: 1st with Ravens | Last game: 42-38 defeat against the Dolphins | Team record: 1-1

Martindale’s successor, McDonald, did a great job of crushing the Jets in Week 1, but it all came crashing down against Miami on Sunday. Tyreke Hill and Jaylen Waddle are certainly not the easiest wide-backs, but path the minor fold of the Ravens was an eyesore. No big name, from Marcus Peters to Marcus Williams, seemed in sync or fully involved in McDonald’s strategy as Tua Tagovailoa threw one deep ball after another.

DC Vikings Ed Donatelle

Season: 1st place with Vikings | Last game: Lost 24-7 vs. Eagles | Team record: 1-1

The 65-year-old former DC Broncos got the better of Aaron Rodgers in Week 1, but he pulled off a similar sit-down approach against Jalen Hurts on Monday night, and the Eagles’ mobile QB proved early on that he’d figure it out. Worst of all, Donatell has apparently not made any changes since then, relying almost exclusively on dual-high-3 coverage lineups. The only reason Philadelphia didn’t get an even more lopsided victory is because the game got more conservative in the second half.


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