NFL new head coach rankings: Chargers go big with Jim Harbaugh; did Seahawks strike gold with Mike Macdonald?

A ranking of the NFL's new eight head coaches.
Los Angeles Chargers Introduce Jim Harbaugh As Head Coach
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Did the Panthers finally get it right with the Dave Canales hiring?

No. 4: Dave Canales, Carolina Panthers:

The Carolina Panthers hired Dave Canales on January 25. Canales started his NFL coaching career in 2010 as the wide receivers coach for the Seattle Seahawks. Before that, he had developed a relationship with Pete Carroll at USC.

Carolina Panthers head coach Dave Canales
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Later, Canales joined Carroll at the Seahawks, where they won a Super Bowl together and worked together for 12 years. Recently, the Panthers replaced Frank Reich and Thomas Brown and decided that Canales is the right fit to coach quarterback Bryce Young. Canales is known for bringing forward-thinking, diversity, and innovation to his coaching style.

No. 5: Antonio Pierce, Las Vegas Raiders:

After Josh McDaniels was fired on October 31, the Raiders appointed Antonio Pierce as their Interim head coach. Under his guidance, the team had a record of 5-4, ending the season at 8-9. Pierce is a two-time Super Bowl champion for the Redskins and Giants. During the second half of the season, Pierce was known for revving up Maxx Crosby and the defense, earning him the trust to lead the team forward going into the offseason.

The Raiders need to find some missing links, starting with having a reliable quarterback. They may consider signing Russell Wilson or drafting high. With Pierce at the helm, the Raiders can cultivate some winning seasons.

No. 6: Brian Callahan, Tennessee Titans:

Brian Callahan has been appointed as the new head coach for the Tennessee Titans after the unexpected dismissal of their previous coach, Mike Vrabel. Callahan comes from a family of football coaches, with his father, Bill Callahan, being a successful NFL coach known for his expertise in offensive line play and leading the Oakland Raiders to a Super Bowl appearance in 2002.

Callahan has also demonstrated his coaching talent, having helped Zac Taylor and the Cincinnati Bengals develop an excellent passing offense with Joe Burrow and Ja'Marr Chase, which resulted in a Super Bowl appearance. The Titans are now hopeful that Callahan can work similar wonders with their team, which includes quarterback Will Levis and wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins.