The recently-concluded cycle of NFL head coach hirings made much news because of volume and drama.
More than 25 percent of the teams looked for new coaches, and the media kept everyone updated regarding the process.
Some strong candidates fell out of consideration, and names came out of the blue.
But of all the teams that hired new coaches, here are the three that made the most sense.
3. Nathaniel Hackett
The Denver Broncos needed to focus on offense after firing defensive-minded Vic Fangio.
After all, they’re playing in the same division as the Las Vegas Raiders, Los Angeles Chargers, and Kansas City Chiefs.
While the Broncos remain the only AFC West team with concerns at quarterback, Nathaniel Hackett’s hiring will help elevate their offense.
Hackett helped the Green Bay Packers compile a 39-10 record in his three seasons as offensive coordinator.
He will be bringing the same enthusiasm and football IQ to a stacked but underperforming Broncos offense.
Ok. Lol. You are gonna love this!!!! pic.twitter.com/tCTxwfMVsH
— Darren McKee (@dmac1043) February 5, 2022
It’s now Hackett’s responsibility to end the Broncos’ six-year playoff drought.
2. Josh McDaniels
Ironically, Josh McDaniels had his first stint as NFL head coach with the Broncos.
He enjoyed initial success, especially in the 2009 season, wherein he started with a 6-0 record.
McDaniels’ tenure in Denver ended after the better part of two seasons.
He has been with the New England Patriots for 18 of the last 21 NFL seasons and was offensive coordinator two times.
His first stint was from 2006 to 2008, while the second ran from 2012 until this season.
Josh McDaniels on committing to the Raiders and Derek Carr. pic.twitter.com/mCQVXinD0d
— Jim Rome (@jimrome) February 2, 2022
McDaniels is a great hire because he will help bring the Raiders offense to greater heights.
The team initially struggled when they lost Henry Ruggs III.
However, it’s now evident that he has two bright stars in Derek Carr and Hunter Renfrow.
As an offensive genius, his wisdom will help the Raiders match up the Broncos, Chargers, and Chiefs scoring-wise.
While his football IQ may help the Raiders return to the playoffs, building relationships with his players might be a tougher task because some of them wanted Rich Bisaccia instead.
All will be forgiven if McDaniels can navigate them to more victories.
1. Mike McDaniel
He’s the best fit among all the new hires because his system fits the Miami Dolphins.
Their production helped relieve some pressure off Jimmy Garoppolo.
He can use the same zone running system to improve Miami’s 30th rank in rushing.
New #Dolphins HC Mike McDaniel on FaceTime with his new QB, Tua Tagovailoa.
— Ari Meirov (@MySportsUpdate) February 8, 2022
The scheme will be more devastating, given Tua Tagovailoa’s mobility.
Once the system is in place, Myles Gaskin will have better numbers from run-pass option plays.
Mastering the option game will also help unleash Tagovailoa’s skill set, given that he already led the league passing yards and yards per attempt on RPOs this season.