Oct 8, 2007 1
by Jim Coventry
Coaching changes often sound promising, except when you heard news like ‘Rich Kotite is coming to town.’ We often look at our fantasy players and make assessments on how they will fit into a new scheme. I usually took a really good look at players switching teams and going into a new system, and I usually found that WRs had the hardest time that first year, unless they were an absolute superstar (like Terrell Owens going to either Philly or Dallas.) The lesson that I am really committing to memory right now and for the future is that players (staying with the same team) can be significantly affected by new coaches.
Here are a couple of examples.
When Ken Whisenhunt came to the Cardinals, I knew that he had a huge run-first mentality. Add to that the fact that he brought Russ Grimm with him and it should have been obvious that despite having one of the best WR duos in the league, passing was going to be saved for when the team was behind or when the situation demanded that a pass be thrown. After four weeks, it’s very obvious Whisenhunt will not coach to the team strengths, so [...]