Coaching Time: 2021 Best And Worst Play-Callers For Each Skill-Position

Eli Grabanski looks at every offensive-minded head coach and offensive coordinator, and explains which ones could have a significant impact on fantasy value.

Coaches can play such a vital role in a player’s success. They get to determine how many times a player touches the ball and how each play is going to be run. For fantasy football, they play a huge role in what a player’s ceiling is and whether or not they are going to reach it.

After a ton of research and time spent compiling data on the coaches from offensive backgrounds that currently hold an offensive coordinator or head-coaching role, I have put together a list of the top five and bottom five coaches in a variety of statistical categories at each position and jotted down my key takeaways in each. Let’s dive in!

In addition, if you would like to get more information on NFL coaches be sure to check out the 2021 Ultimate Coaching Catalog!


List of Coaches and Coordinators Accounted For

These are the 42 coaches that are accounted for in the best/worst play-caller statistics in this article


Active Offensive-Minded NFL Coaches With Previous Experience As An NFL OC/HC
Play Caller/Coach Name Role Team Games Coached
Jason Garrett* Offensive Coordinator New York Giants 223
Scott Turner* Offensive Coordinator Washington Football Team 20
Mike McCarthy Head Coach Dallas Cowboys 316
Kellen Moore* Offensive Coordinator Dallas Cowboys 32
Nick Sirianni* Head Coach Philadelphia Eagles 48
Shane Steichen Offensive Coordinator Philadelphia Eagles 24
Kyle Shanahan* Head Coach San Francisco 49ers 208
Sean McVay* Head Coach Los Angeles Rams 112
Kevin O’Connell Offensive Coordinator Los Angeles Rams 32
Kliff Kingsbury* Head Coach Arizona Cardinals 32
Matt Nagy* Head Coach Chicago Bears 64
Bill Lazor Offensive Coordinator Chicago Bears 73
Matt LaFleur* Head Coach Green Bay Packers 64
Nathaniel Hackett Offensive Coordinator Green Bay Packers 100
Dan Campbell Head Coach Detroit Lions 12
Anthony Lynn* Offensive Coordinator Detroit Lions 78
Arthur Smith* Head Coach Atlanta Falcons 32
Sean Payton* Head Coach New Orleans Saints 272
Pete Carmichael Offensive Coordinator New Orleans Saints 192
Bruce Arians Head Coach Tampa Bay Buccaneers 256
Byron Leftwich* Offensive Coordinator Tampa Bay Buccaneers 41
Matt Rhule Head Coach Carolina Panthers 16
Joe Brady* Offensive Coordinator Carolina Panthers 16
Eric Studesville Offensive Coordinator Miami Dolphins 4
George Godsey* Offensive Coordinator Miami Dolphins 32
Brian Daboll* Offensive Coordinator Buffalo Bills 112
Josh McDaniels* Offensive Coordinator New England Patriots 236
Pat Shurmur* Offensive Coordinator Denver Broncos 185
Joe Lombardi* Offensive Coordinator Los Angeles Chargers 23
Andy Reid* Head Coach Kansas City Chiefs 352
Eric Bieniemy Offensive Coordinator Kansas City Chiefs 48
Jon Gruden* Head Coach Las Vegas Raiders 272
Greg Olson Offensive Coordinator Las Vegas Raiders 188
Kevin Stefanski* Head Coach Cleveland Browns 35
Alex Van Pelt Offensive Coordinator Cleveland Browns 32
Greg Roman* Offensive Coordinator Baltimore Ravens 114
Zac Taylor* Head Coach Cincinnati Bengals 37
Brian Callahan Offensive Coordinator Cincinnati Bengals 32
Frank Reich* Head Coach Indianapolis Colts 112
Todd Downing* Offensive Coordinator Tennessee Titans 16
Darrell Bevell* Offensive Coordinator Jacksonville Jaguars 223
Tim Kelly* Offensive Coordinator Houston Texans 32

*The asterisk next to the name of the coach denotes that they are expected to be the primary play-caller for the 2021-2022 season


Coaches Not Accounted For


Defensive/Special Teams NFL Head Coaches Not Accounted For
Coach Name Role Team
Games Coached (HC)
Joe Judge Head Coach New York Giants 16
Ron Rivera Head Coach Washington Football Team 160
Pete Carroll Head Coach Seattle Seahawks 240
Mike Zimmer Head Coach Minnesota Vikings 112
Bill Belichick Head Coach New England Patriots 416
Sean McDermott Head Coach Buffalo Bills 64
Robert Saleh Head Coach New York Jets
Brian Flores Head Coach Miami Dolphins 32
Vic Fangio Head Coach Denver Broncos 32
Brandon Staley Head Coach
Los Angeles Chargers
Mike Tomlin Head Coach Pittsburgh Steelers 224
John Harbaugh Head Coach Baltimore Ravens 208
Mike Vrabel Head Coach Tennessee Titans 48


Active Offensive-Minded NFL Coaches With No Previous Experience As An NFL OC/HC
Play Caller/Coach Name Role Team
Games Coached (OC/HC)
Mike McDaniel Offensive Coordinator San Francisco 49ers None
Shane Waldron* Offensive Coordinator Seattle Seahawks None
Klint Kubiak* Offensive Coordinator Minnesota Vikings None
Dave Ragone Offensive Coordinator Atlanta Falcons None
Mike LaFleur* Offensive Coordinator New York Jets
At least 11 college games
Matt Canada* Offensive Coordinator Pittsburgh Steelers 175 college games
Marcus Brady Offensive Coordinator Indianapolis Colts 108 CFL games
Urban Meyer Head Coach Jacksonville Jaguars 219 college games
David Culley Head Coach Houston Texans 23 college games


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