This week's mission: offensive coordinator. Play-calling, scheme and amount of responsibility all were taken into account. Let's do this:
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McDaniels struggled with personnel and organizational responsibilities as a head coach with the Denver Broncos, but he's a talented play-caller (even if he gets too cute sometimes with the New England Patriots). Haley has done a good job molding his system to his talent with the Pittsburgh Steelers. The transition to Haley with Ben Roethlisberger has worked well on the field. McCoy is well-respected around the league and did a nice job making chicken salad out of Tim Tebow in Denver last year.
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Middle of the pack: Darrell Bevell, Brian Schottenheimer, Rob Chudzinski,
Marty Mornhinweg and Cam Cameron
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I haven't been a huge fan of Bevell with the Minnesota Vikings or now the Seattle Seahawks, but his sometimes conservative approach is working this year. Schottenheimer has helped the St. Louis Rams' offense improve while he watches the New York Jets' offense decline from afar. Mornhinweg is a lot more well-respected within NFL circles than he is by fans.
Chudzinski is hit or miss. Last year, he was a huge hit with the Carolina Panthers. This season, he often has tried to look too smart at the expense of the offense overall. The Baltimore Ravens' offense should be better -- I think this every season, and it comes back to coaching. It's surprising Cameron has stayed there so long.
This group works under strong offensive minds and/or they don't call plays. Childress mostly underwhelmed in his one chance to truly lead an offense with the Vikings. Callahan of the Dallas Cowboys is a noted offensive line guru. Loggains was just hired by the Tennessee Titans, so we had to stick him somewhere. You probably don't know where the names on the rest of this list coach, because, essentially, they're assistants, not coordinators.
Knapp hasn't been successful in a variety of places. The Oakland Raiders' running game collapsed when he arrived. Bratkowski has a double whammy: He couldn't improve the Jacksonville Jaguars' offense, and the Bengals' offense got better without him. The Kansas City Chiefs' offense has been uninspired under Muir. Musgrave is vanilla and conversative with the Vikings, which is a bad combination.
Tice's scheme with the Chicago Bears doesn't inspire, nor does his handling of the offensive line. Sparano inherited a bad situation with the Jets, but it only has grown worse. The passing game comes first for 2012 coordinators, and Sparano hasn't shown the ability to find improvement through the air.