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How Will the NFL's Newest Head Coaches Affect Their Teams in Madden NFL 20

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How Will the NFL's Newest Head Coaches Affect Their Teams in Madden NFL 20

Every year, the NFL regular season concludes in Week 17 and the day that follows is not pretty. The day is known infamously around the world as Black Monday and this is the day when NFL owners decide the fate of their current head coaches.

This NFL offseason, eight coaches were fired. This means for many up-and-coming head coaches, an opportunity to get one of only 32 NFL coaching jobs was in play. Each new head coach is unique, and devises different philosophies and schemes to set himself apart.

Here are the eight new head coaches and what they will bring to their team in Madden NFL 20.

Arizona Cardinals – Kliff Kingsbury

Kliff Kingsbury may have struggled to produce a winning program in college, but his promise of an Air-Raid offense was enough to sell the Cardinals’ decision makers. Now those same decision makers have to decide on what to do with the first-overall pick. Kyler Murray would be the perfect QB for Kingsbury’s offense, making it one of the early favorites in Madden 20. Murray may be the most explosive Madden player since 2004 Michael Vick. Add his skills to an offense that will utilize lots of spread concepts, and the possibilities are endless.

What we can expect:

  • Spread offense
  • Lots of shotgun and pistol formations
  • Three and four wide receiver sets
  • Speed kills

Cincinnati Bengals – Zac Taylor

No one knows how Zac Taylor’s offense will be in Cincinnati, other than of course the Bengals’ themselves. We can, however, assume it will look a lot like Sean McVay’s offense in Los Angeles. And that is, without question, an upgrade over the lethargic Marvin Lewis teams of the past. There’s a new era in Cincinnati and it involves an offensive-minded head coach. Will Andy Dalton be Taylor’s quarterback? Is Joe Mixon capable of carrying a Todd Gurley-like workload? Time will tell if these cats can be contenders.

What we can expect:

  • Spread offense
  • Run, Mixon, Run
  • Three and four wide receiver sets
  • A.J. Green

Cleveland Browns – Freddie Kitchens

We saw last season what Freddie Kitchens could do with a quarterback like Baker Mayfield and the talented playmakers that surround him. Truth be told, the Browns were one of the most fun teams to use in Madden 19 and that will likely hold true for the upcoming game. We already know what Kitchens’ offense looks like. The question now, is what will Cleveland do to improve their young roster?

What we can expect:

  • More of the same (which is good)
  • Read-pass option
  • Baker Mayfield cheese
  • Jarvis Landry catching footballs with one hand

Denver Broncos – Vic Fangio

Vic Fangio has been waiting for an NFL head coaching opportunity for all his life. So when he finally had the chance to prove he deserved a shot, Fangio was not going to turn it down. For many years, Fangio’s defenses have ranked among the NFL’s best. That should be no different in Denver, where he will inherit several young playmakers on the defensive side of the ball. The Broncos’ young defense, coupled with an offense with several good skill players, makes them one of the more intriguing teams in Madden.

What we can expect:

  • Exotic blitzes
  • Multiple defensive alignments
  • An offense built around Phillip Lindsay
  • Ground and pound

Green Bay Packers – Matt LaFleur

Tennessee’s offense wasn’t really a world beater in 2018, so when LaFleur got the Packers’ job it came as a surprise to some. But when you dig deeper under the surface, you see that LaFleur’s concepts and offensive mindset should have success when coupled with one of the best quarterbacks to ever play the game. It will be interesting to see how much of Mariota’s pistol formation they bring to Lambeau. With an offense already on the brink of greatness, LaFleur should help push the Packers towards the top of the NFC North.

What we can expect:

  • Aaron Rodgers to remain good
  • Two-headed monster (Jones and Williams)
  • Pistol formation

Miami Dolphins – Brian Flores

The Miami Dolphins have been trying to turn their franchise around since Don Shula retired after the 1995 season. In the meantime, Miami has been the epitome of mediocre, as they’ve been overshadowed by the Patriots for the better part of two decades. Well, as the saying goes, “if you can’t beat them, join ’em.” Brian Flores put on a spectacle in this year’s Super Bowl and his style of defense should help showcase the young playmakers in Miami. But like some of the aforementioned teams, the Dolphins still need a quarterback. Nonetheless, defense can still win games — and this past year even a Super Bowl. Simply put, Flores proved to be the NFL’s elite in the postseason, and now he will get a chance to do it again.

What we can expect:

  • Attacking-style defense
  • Multiple fronts and schemes —  3-4, 4-3, nickel, dime
  • New England offense
  • Finding a franchise QB (Miami Miracle)

New York Jets – Adam Gase

Adam Gase’s time in Miami came to an abrupt end when the team looked anemic at the end of the 2018 season. He was said to be a “quarterback whisperer” and an “offensive mastermind” but neither of those nicknames held any weight in Miami. But after a missed opportunity, Gase is ready to learn from his mistakes alongside Sam Darnold in New York. Darnold may never be as good as advertised, but with Adam Gase now the man in charge, the Jets appear to be headed in the right direction. Oh, and let’s not forget the blank check owner Woody Johnson is able to spend this offseason. Expect some big names via free agency.

What we can expect:

  • Lots of three wide receiver sets
  • Sam Darnold in shotgun
  • Fast-paced offense
  • Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown!?

Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Bruce Arians

Bruce Arians did not stay away from football very long. He will now put on his trademark hat as he tries to turn the Buccaneers’ struggling franchise around. And if Arians is going to have success, it’s going to fall squarely on the shoulders of Jameis Winston. Winston will have weapons on offense, and the coaching staff Arians has assembled is as impressive as it comes. Arians returning to football is very good for football, and even more so, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. If anyone can get the most out of this feeble franchise, it’s Bruce Arians.

What we can expect:

  • Balanced offense
  • Winston to Evans
  • Fire the cannons!
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  1. I know that generally speaking this is not the most pro-MUT site, and I haven’t played MUT since 15. However, I liked the idea of chemistry and coach chemistry/boosts. Would be cool to see a coach like Sean Peyton add +3 to Deep Acc, or BB add +3 to DEF AWR. That’s a way coaches could impact teams. Not sure if that’s the real point of this thread, and of course it would always be nicer with coordinators :) but that’s a whole different story.......
    madmax25
    I know that generally speaking this is not the most pro-MUT site, and I haven’t played MUT since 15. However, I liked the idea of chemistry and coach chemistry/boosts. Would be cool to see a coach like Sean Peyton add +3 to Deep Acc, or BB add +3 to DEF AWR. That’s a way coaches could impact teams. Not sure if that’s the real point of this thread, and of course it would always be nicer with coordinators :) but that’s a whole different story.......

    Agreed. Madden 12 had coordinators that each had his own specific player position boosting traits assigned to him. While it only had a minimal impact, it did actually make somewhat of a difference. I was impressed that this feature wasn't simply a gimmick and was actually thought through to the point of it adding a bit of immersion to franchise mode.
    Retropyro
    When have coaches in Madden ever had an impact?

    Just like playbooks and schemes nevers in matter. CPU calls play the same way essentially(outside of run/pass%) and "makes adjustments" the same regardless of coach or team.
    I foresee many bans coming from responses to this post lol.
    I will say this...as constructively as possible without being condescending upon the devs as best as possible.
    until madden overhauls playbooks and schemes (not using the same plays over and over and just calling them different names like zona cross, texans cross, packers cross etc etc)
    until madden gets coaching schemes and playbooks fully working where we dont have cpu spamming verts or sticks all the time.
    until madden gets actual coaching adjustments to us available in the game besides tackling and coverage and catching...im talking real adjustments that coaches make in the game.
    until madden gets coordinators and assistants in the game (real or fake at this point) that have a real impact on your team
    until madden gets a "coaching carousel" in the offseason and midseason firings
    Until madden brings in pretty much every single aspect of head coach 09 into their franchise mode..
    coaching will continue to unfortunately have 0 impact and mean nothing in the game, whether its for the user or the cpu.
    they have the tools available. they have the code written from head coach. import it and make some fine tunes and tweaks and honestly the sim community will be so happy.
    give us the tools to tweak things and help us find our own enjoyable franchise experience that can cater to different desires.
    please clint, someone...anyone...give us head coach 09 in our franchise.
    Dude, you totally nailed it.
    I'm made many threads/posts regarding my disdain for psychic defense. I've also suggested that if EA absolutely feel that psychic defense HAS to be in the game, let it be tied to how "good" the opposing coach/coordinator is.
    When I play against Belechick, he 'predicts' your plays 15% of the time (or 80... I really don't care, you get the point) and when I play against Rich Kotite, he 'predicts' your plays 1% of the time (only old school Eagles and Jets fans will get the Kotite reference but who cares?)
    The point is this is one of the ways EA can really make it FEEL different when you play against the AI. But every game is the same. I had to resort to creating like 20 different slider settings as a means to make each game feel different.
    schnaidt1
    I foresee many bans coming from responses to this post lol.
    I will say this...as constructively as possible without being condescending upon the devs as best as possible.
    until madden overhauls playbooks and schemes (not using the same plays over and over and just calling them different names like zona cross, texans cross, packers cross etc etc)
    until madden gets coaching schemes and playbooks fully working where we dont have cpu spamming verts or sticks all the time.
    until madden gets actual coaching adjustments to us available in the game besides tackling and coverage and catching...im talking real adjustments that coaches make in the game.
    until madden gets coordinators and assistants in the game (real or fake at this point) that have a real impact on your team
    until madden gets a "coaching carousel" in the offseason and midseason firings
    Until madden brings in pretty much every single aspect of head coach 09 into their franchise mode..
    coaching will continue to unfortunately have 0 impact and mean nothing in the game, whether its for the user or the cpu.
    they have the tools available. they have the code written from head coach. import it and make some fine tunes and tweaks and honestly the sim community will be so happy.
    give us the tools to tweak things and help us find our own enjoyable franchise experience that can cater to different desires.
    please clint, someone...anyone...give us head coach 09 in our franchise.
    I just came to say that I frickin love that uniform combo for my Broncos.  That glorious old-school D logo and the excessive amounts of orange (can't get enough).  They should abolish the monstrosity that is the "all-blue" late-90s uniforms to the trash heap and roll with these as their alternate uniform.
    I would much rather prefer coaches had an effect on player development. Eliminate EXP from achievements, and make it depend only on playing time, practice, and coach.
    Also I would prefer if the head coach actually affected play calling by the CPU.

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