The 2020 NFL season will only feature five teams with head coaches that didn’t patrol their sideline in the season prior. That low level of turnover is pretty low for the league’s typical offseason shuffling. While the number might be low, the Cowboys are involved in that group as they moved on from Jason Garrett and hired Mike McCarthy to lead them into the new decade. We entered the Sunday morning of the Divisional weekend knowing three other spots with one left unfilled, all of that changed a little bit before lunchtime.
It was reported on Sunday that the Cleveland Browns will be hiring Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski to be their next head coach. It’s become a bit of an offseason tradition for the Browns to be hiring a new head coach, we will see if Stefanski can be the man to end the process.
Dallas will actually host Stefanski’s Browns in 2020 as they play the AFC North next season. They will also play four more games against Joe Judge’s New York Giants and Ron Rivera’s Washington Redskins with those being teams in their division which means Dallas will have five games overall against new head coaches. The only team with more is the Philadelphia Eagles as they will play seven.
Head Coaches hired in the 2020 cycle
- Cleveland Browns, Kevin Stefanski
- Dallas Cowboys, Mike McCarthy
- New York Giants, Joe Judge
- Carolina Panthers, Matt Rhule
- Washington Redskins, Ron Rivera
Now that the Browns have filled their vacancy that means - barring anything catastrophic - that all head coaching changes are complete with the five spots being taken. Mike McCarthy and Ron Rivera are the only two with previous head coaching experience, McCarthy won a Super Bowl while Rivera lost his only appearance, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that either is the best move made by these teams.
Which is the best? McCarthy is taking over the best roster and potential, but Rhule is getting a huge vote of confidence from his owner in Carolina. There are a lot of ways to look at this but we’ll take the Mike McCarthy angle.
Where does he rank among the new head coaching hires?
Where does Mike McCarthy rank among the 2020 head coach hirings?
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