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NFL New Coaches Performance
by Bryan Leonard - 11/02/2006
There are a lot of new coaches in the NFL this season. Here's a look at what some of done from a handicapping perspective.
Mike McCarthy (Packers): McCarthy wanted to bring more balance to the Green Bay offense, bringing in zone blocking schemes. The purpose was to take the pressure off QB Brett Favre, and it has worked. The Packers average 114 yards rushing per game, 11th in the NFL. Unfortunately, the defense is a mess, ranked third-worst in the league. This combination of good offense/bad defense has made the Packers a good play over the total, at 4-2 over the last 6 games.
Brad Childress (Vikings): So are the Vikings frauds, which was exposed in Monday night's 31-7 home loss to New England? No. This is still a decent team, with a veteran QB, a balanced offense and still No. 1 in defense against the run. They are 4-2 under the total and the Monday's loss was the first time in 7 games that a team had topped 20 points on Minnesota (5-2 ATS).
Eric Mangini (Jets): Kind of a mirror-image of the Packers: Good offense, awful defense. Mangini doesn't have a lot of talent to work with on defense, but the offense has been productive. NY is 6-1 over the total under Mangini, with the fourth-worst defense in the NFL.
Dick Jauron (Bills): After appearing to overachieve in September, they are coming back to earth. This is a weak football team with a lot of holes. The offense has scored 7, 17 and 6 points the last three games (0-3 SU/ATS).
Scott Linehan (Rams): Linehan wanted offense balanced and has emphasized the running game. It has helped QB Marc Bulger immensely, as he as 12 TDs and only one INT! Under Mike Martz, Bulger was turnover-prone. That's a key reason the Rams have a winning record and are 5-2 ATS.