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Greg Schiano & The New NFL Head Coaching Class

Photo courtesy of Steve Politi's Twitter account (@stevepoliti).

All of the NFL head coaching vacancies are filled after Tampa Bay surprisingly tapped Greg Schiano of Rutgers as their new boss.

Here is a quick rundown on our new head coaches:

Dennis Allen – Remember that defense Tom Brady chopped up in Foxborough for six touchdown passes two weeks ago? Well, Allen was their defensive coordinator. Regardless, Allen’s defense was one of the reasons why Tim Tebow’s record as a started looked positive by season’s end. His defense allowed 13 points or fewer on five occasions in Denver’s final eight games. He’ll have his work cut out for him in Oakland.

Romeo Crennel – Initially, he was Kansas City’s interim head coach following Todd Haley’s firing. Two wins over playoff teams (a previously unbeaten Green Bay and AFC West champ Denver) in the final three games caused Kansas City’s management to remove the interim tag.

Jeff Fisher – He chose St. Louis over Miami. Essentially, it appeared to be a vote for Sam Bradford over Matt Moore.

Mike Mularkey – Arguably, Jacksonville provided the most puzzling hire thus far. Mularkey coached Buffalo in ’04 and ’05. The ’04 Bills finished a disappointing 9-7. They had a chance to reach the playoffs but lost at home to the backups of the 15-1 Steelers in Week 17. Quick question…what is more uninspiring? A 14-18 lifetime coaching record? Or being the offensive coordinator for the Falcons, who scored 2 points in a playoff loss to Giants three weeks ago?

Chuck Pagano – Baltimore’s defensive coordinator takes his talents to Indianapolis, where the NFL’s biggest offseason drama will take place. To Peyton or not to Peyton. Pagano’s Colts have the overall number one pick in April’s draft.

Joe Philbin – Green Bay’s former offensive coordinator endured a rough January. His son was found dead in a river in early January. Days later, the 15-1 Packers lost to the Giants in the NFC Divisional round. Nonetheless, Philbin arrives in Miami with solid credentials, having been one of the key coaching cogs to Aaron Rodgers’ potential MVP season.

Greg Schiano – As seen from the picture above, the move has been met with skepticism in Tampa. Recommendations from around the league including from Bill Belichick (his son Stephen played for Schiano last season) helped land Schiano in Tampa. The Glazer family continues to think outside of the box.

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