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Grading 2022 NFL head coaching hires: Giants, Jaguars hit home runs; Texans make puzzling move

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Grade: A-

Las Vegas Raiders: Josh McDaniels

Previous role: Patriots offensive coordinatorReplacing: Jon Gruden, Rich Bisaccia

There’s little doubt McDaniels can stage an offense, which counts for a lot in today’s NFL. With or without Derek Carr, the Raiders should be able to move the ball.

Grade: B

Minnesota Vikings: Kevin O’Connell

Previous role: Rams offensive coordinatorReplacing: Mike Zimmer

Set to finalize his deal after the Super Bowl, O’Connell was a jarring reverse of course from rumored favorite Jim Harbaugh, giving Minnesota potential over proven success.

Grade: B

New Orleans Saints: Dennis Allen

Previous role: Saints defensive coordinatorReplacing: Sean Payton

Allen, 49, was a brilliant one-game replacement for Payton during the latter’s bout with COVID in 2021, and he’s certainly grown as a defensive mind over the years, shepherding at least a piece of the Saints’ “D” for 12 of Payton’s 16 years in town.

Grade: C

New York Giants: Brian Daboll

Previous role: Bills offensive coordinatorReplacing: Joe Judge

Pairing coaches and GMs shouldn’t be a necessity, but Daboll arriving with ex-Bills executive Joe Schoen makes his hire all the more encouraging.

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