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Ranking the 8 NFL head-coaching hires

NFL coaching slots are filled

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Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

There is no Pete Carroll. There is no Mike Vrabel. There is no Bill Belichick. So, who did what well when it came to hiring a head coach in the NFL?

8. Carolina Panthers, Dave Canales

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Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports

This feels like the job you wouldn’t wish on anyone. Dave Canales has to be a miracle worker to fix all that is wrong in Carolina. The combination of the franchise and the hire is the worst of the bunch.

7. Antonio Pierce, Las Vegas Raiders

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Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Pierce did such a solid job as the interim hire Mark Davis stuck with him. Or is he stuck with him because players wanted Pierce? That is the big question. Did the Raiders get the right guy or did they just appease players because the devil you know …  you know.

6. Brian Callahan

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(USAT)

The Titans need an offensive genius to make things better on that side of the ball. Callahan had Joe Burrow to work with and then made Jake Browning serviceable. There is no such talent in Tennessee.

5. Dan Quinn

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(Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)

Hard to imagine why Quinn left the Dallas defense for a Washington team that traded its two best players at the deadline. He will get to see the team he helped mold twice a year and that won’t be of comfort.

4. Atlanta Falcons, Raheem Morris

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(Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports)

Morris comes to the Falcons from the Rams. He knows this organization and also has to recognize the task/ This team is vanilla, mediocre, and ordinary. Let’s figure out how his previous experience helps the Falcons fix their culture and play on the field.

3. New England Patriots, Jerod Mayo

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Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

Robert Kraft’s decision on who would replace Bill Belichick was swift. He likes what he sees in Mayo. A total change in attitude and offense is needed. No longer living in the Brady and Belichick past. Think Mayo will fix what needs to be mended.

2. Los Angeles Chargers, Jim Harbaugh

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(Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports)

There are $80 million reasons this better work for the Bolts. And if it doesn’t get fixed quickly will Harbaugh get antsy? Feels like he beat the NCAA and punishment out the door in Ann Arbor. The Chargers don’t know how to win. Jim Harbaugh knows how to win.

1. Seattle Seahawks, Mike McDonald

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(Photo by Todd Olszewski/Getty Images)

The Seahawks get a brilliant mind in 36-year-old McDonald, who is half the age of Pete Carroll, the man he is replacing.

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