The Top 10 NFL Offensive Coordinators for 2021

Stoney Keeley continues his look at the NFL as the 2021 season approaches. Today, we're looking at the top 10 NFL offensive coordinators.

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It’s summertime offseason content time! As the season approaches, I’m going to be taking a look at the landscape of the NFL, position by position, over the course of the next several weeks. We’ll be talking about the who’s who of the NFL in our own little version of the NFL Network’s “Top 100 Players” bit they do every year. Up next, we’re talking about the top 10 NFL offensive coordinators for 2021!

Alright – let’s get to it…probably the hardest top 10 list I’ll have to write this offseason. I’m willing to acknowledge how hard this is to do without knowing the inner workings and the collaborative dynamic on each NFL team. When a head coach is still the play-caller (for example, Andy Reid, Kyle Shanahan, Matt LaFleur), it makes it pretty damn hard to know what exactly the offensive coordinator is responsible for, and what that delegation of responsibility looks like. There are a ton of head coaches that are also play-callers, so hell, maybe I ought to rethink what I’m doing with this piece every year. But, what makes 2021 particularly difficult to get a read on is the fact that there are 13 new offensive coordinators this season. Nonetheless, I have a very serious job to do, and we all know these top 10 lists are crucial to the NFL season, so I will give it my best shot. LFG.

The Top 10 NFL Offensive Coordinators for 2021

10. Josh McDaniels, New England Patriots – By and large, I think the entire coaching staff in New England did a pretty remarkable job in 2020, judging by the fact that that team was even remotely competitive in the playoff hunt. McDaniels is one of the longest tenured offensive coordinators in the league for a reason.

9. Tim Kelly, Houston Texans – Kelly’s an up and coming offensive coach that I don’t feel gets enough attention in the grand scheme of the NFL. He’s definitely on the trajectory to become a head coach, and did a stellar job outside the shadow of Bill O’Brien. By this time next year, we could be talking about a bona fide head coaching candidate.

8. Darell Bevell, Jacksonville Jaguars – Bevell has been one of the great offensive coordinators of the last decade. To be fair to the guy, that name still carries weight. I’m not sure anyone could’ve done much with that Lions offense in 2020. He gets a fresh start with a new regime down in Jacksonville.

7. Kliff Kingsbury, Arizona Cardinals – I know I said ‘no head coaches,’ but Kingsbury literally is the offensive coordinator too. They don’t have one in Arizona. So, even if it is ‘de facto,’ it still counts, and Kingsbury has turned the Cardinals into one of the most explosive offenses in the league.

6. Kellen Moore, Dallas Cowboys – When everybody’s healthy, that Cowboys offense can absolutely light opposing defenses up. The Cowboys had a shot at winning the NFC East in spite of Mike McCarthy doing a subpar job, and a lot of that is probably because of the dude calling plays.

5. Greg Roman, Baltimore Ravens – Doesn’t Greg Roman just feel like one of those coordinator lifers? Like, he’ll always be a damn good offensive coordinator…until the end of time. His work in Baltimore has been solid.

4. Joe Brady, Carolina Panthers – This may seem a little early in his career to have him this high on such a list but I’m all aboard the Brady Train (trademark pending). Everything this dude touches turns to gold. Dare I say I’m actually excited to see what Sam Darnold can do with him calling the plays? There are some pieces to play with in Carolina.

3. Byron Leftwich, Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Working under one of the best offensive minds in the game, and with the greatest quarterback of all time, sure helps. But, Leftwich has proven capable of handling the magnitude of that particular job well. Another good season and I expect him to start getting some looks for head coaching gigs.

2. Brian Daboll, Buffalo Bills – Seeing the work Daboll put in with Josh Allen and Stefon Diggs in 2020 was great and all, but let’s not lose sight of the fact that Daboll has been rock solid since he joined the Bills as offensive coordinator in 2018. He’s one of the best rhythm play-callers in the game – when the Bills get rolling, he’s in the zone. No doubt this man will get a crack at a head gig one day.

1. Erie Bieniemy, Kansas City Chiefs – Why Bieniemy isn’t a head coach heading into the 2021 season is beyond me. The Chiefs have been one of if not the best offense in the NFL over the last couple of seasons, and while Andy Reid may be the play-caller, he’s quick to give a wealth of credit to Bieniemy for the work he’s done in shaping that elite offense. I thought for sure he’d be manning the Houston Texans this year, but here we are heading into another season during which Bieniemy will be the top offensive coordinator in the game.


Stoney Keeley is the Editor in Chief of The SoBros Network, and a Dogs Playing Poker on velvet connoisseur. He is a strong supporter of Team GSD and #BeBetter. “Big Natural” covers the Tennessee Titans, Nashville, and a whole wealth of nonsense. Follow on Twitter @StoneyKeeley

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