5. Jonathan Gannon, Arizona Cardinals
The Cardinals hired Jonathan Gannon, the former defensive coordinator of the Philadelphia Eagles, soon after the Super Bowl. Gannon has a good defensive reputation, working as the Colts’ defensive backs coach from 2018-20 before being hired by the Eagles in 2021.
His expertise was noticeable, especially in a Philadelphia defense that was among the best in the league in numerous categories over the 2022 season. However, Gannon benefitted from a general manager that made bold moves to improve the defense such as trades for Darius Slay, Chauncey Gardner-Johnson and Robert Quinn, something that he may not be afforded in Arizona.
Additionally, this feels like an overcorrection move for the Cardinals who go from a head coach tailor-made for quarterback Kyler Murray to one who will likely have a hands-off approach with the former No. 1 overall pick. Perhaps this move will help the team become more well-rounded but with roster turnover likely, expect Gannon to struggle early in his tenure in the desert.