The New England Patriots might have a new head coach and general manager in 2024. Well, let's take a look at five first-time head coaches the Pats should consider. When the inevitable rebuild begins, Robert Kraft and Jonathan Kraft should be open to everything. And that everything includes what many teams do: hire a first-time head coach to try and reinvigorate the franchise.
They'll also likely have to sort out who they want to hire for the GM spot as well. Usually, the GM gets to pick the head coach, but this is new territory for the Krafts, so we'll see what happens. Fortunately for them, the NFL is full of young, bright head coaches who are just waiting for their shot. The New England Patriots may also be a very desirable destination.
The new coach/GM will have a slew of cap space and no huge contracts on the roster. They'll also likely have a top-five pick in the 2024 NFL Draft. Among all the first-time head coaches, which ones would be good fits for the Patriots?
5 first-time head coaches the Patriots should consider in 2024
1. Ben Johnson, Detroit Lions Offensive Coordinator
Ben Johnson is 37 years old and has been an offensive coordinator for just two seasons, but he's been excellent in those years with the Lions. He's overseen the resurgence of QB Jared Goff, who was replaced in LA by Matthew Stafford, and the Lions have an overall balanced offense.
They rank 6th in points, 2nd in yards, 4th in rushing yards, 4th in passing yards, and are currently 7-2 on the season. Wherever you look. The Lions have a top-10 something. Johnson broke into the NFL in 2012 with the Miami Dolphins as an offensive assistant.