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NEW COACHES, NEW APPROACHES
DAMON HACK
June 28, 2012
By adopting a new offensive philosophy a team can turn a dud into a stud—and vice versa. Here's how the new coaching hires will affect fantasyland
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June 28, 2012

New Coaches, New Approaches

By adopting a new offensive philosophy a team can turn a dud into a stud—and vice versa. Here's how the new coaching hires will affect fantasyland

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MULARKEY AND Bratkowski's No. 1 job will be changing the fortunes of quarterback Blaine Gabbert, now entering his second year. Bratkowski (above), who coached a young Carson Palmer in Cincinnati, is old-school, and he will push Gabbert to master the fundamentals he clearly lacked in 2011. Bratkowski believes Gabbert has the talent to put it all together, but it will be a long slog. Even as Gabbert matures, Mularkey and Bratkowski will turn to running back Maurice Jones-Drew to carry the offense. His production should continue to be among the NFL's best.

KANSAS CITY

ROMEO CRENNEL COACH

BRIAN DABOLL COORDINATOR

DABOLL'S hiring continues the Chiefs' metamorphosis into Patriots Midwest. Daboll coached New England's receivers while Crennel was the Pats' defensive coordinator. From a philosophical standpoint (ex--Pats G.M. Scott Pioli and QB Matt Cassel are also on board), this should be a good fit for Kansas City. Daboll (above) says he wants to create an offense that attacks in an up-tempo fashion. Expect Cassel to emphasize short, quick passes while employing some no-huddle. If he and running back Jamaal Charles are healthy, both could have strong showings.

MIAMI

JOE PHILBIN COACH

MIKE SHERMAN COORDINATOR

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