The playcallers for all 32 teams and how their offenses rank

From ESPN - November 15, 2017

While some head coaches retain playcalling responsibilities, others relegate them to their coordinators. Who's calling the shots for your team?

NFL Nation breaks down the playcallers for all 32 teams in order of offensive rankings, according to ESPN's Football Power Index (FPI).

1. New England Patriots

Offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels

The Patriots have a game-plan offense that morphs its attack each week to focus on an opponent's weakness. The most recent example: McDaniels had full back James Develin on the field for a season-high 45 snaps last week because it helped create a matchup against the Broncos' base defense, which the Patriots wanted to attack. To highlight the contrast, consider that Develin played only 13 snaps in the team's Oct. 5 win over Tampa Bay. McDaniels is a master at his craft, and of course, it does not hurt to have Tom Brady as the quarterback. But it goes well beyond Brady, as McDaniels has had two stints as the offensive coordinator in New England (from 2006 to 2008 and 2012 until now). His experience shows on a weekly basis. -- Mike Reiss

2. New Orleans Saints

Head coach Sean Payton

Payton has handed over playcalling duties to his longtime offensive coordinator, Pete Carmichael Jr., in the past, but he keeps being drawn back to the gig. "I think sometimes if I am not calling plays, I just feel like I do not have a microphone in my hand," Payton said. The Saints have had one of the NFL's all-time great passing attacks under Payton, who is known for his aggressiveness and for how many formations and personnel groupings he throws at teams until he finds mismatches to exploit. But he's also showing off his versatility like never before this season, calling 50 percent run plays during the team's seven-game win streak. -- Mike Triplett

3. Dallas Cowboys

Offensive coordinator Scott Linehan

Linehan has been the playcaller in Dallas since 2014, adopting the offense coach Jason Garrett has had in place since 2007. Linehan had immediate success with Tony Romo in 2014, who had his best season while Dez Bryant led the NFL in touchdown catches and DeMarco Murray led the league in rushing. But the offense fell apart in 2015, with Romo out for 12 games, before rebounding last year with Linehan leading rookie quarterback Dak Prescott and running back Ezekiel Elliott. The Cowboys scored at least 28 points in five straight games before last week's loss to Atlanta, their first game without Elliott. How they adapt in Elliott's absence over the next five games will tell the story of their season. -- Todd Archer

4. Philadelphia Eagles

Head coach Doug Pederson

A disciple of Andy Reid, Pederson's playbook -- like Kansas City's -- blends West Coast principles with spread concepts from the college level. He gained some playcalling experience as offensive coordinator of the Chiefs from 2013 to 2015 but did not assume full duties until he became the Eagles' head coach last season. Tight end Brent Celek described Pederson as "a freakin' phenomenal playcaller" for his ability to keep opposing defenses off-balance. -- Tim McManus

5. Kansas City Chiefs

Head coach Andy Reid

Reid has called the plays for many of his 19 head-coaching seasons after learning the craft from Mike Holmgren when they were with the Packers. Reid generally does a solid job calling plays. When he joined the Chiefs in 2013, he wanted to shed the personnel duties he had taken on in his later seasons with the Eagles so he could spend more time on things such as playcalling. -- Adam Teicher

6. Atlanta Falcons

Offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian

The former Washington and USC coach is a first-time NFL playcaller with the Falcons, though he called plays plenty at the collegiate level. Sarkisian played and coached under Norm Chow, the former BYU and USC playcaller who was the Titans' offensive coordinator from 2005 to 2007. Sarkisian, who succeeded current 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan in Atlanta, inherited last season's top scoring offense, at 33.8 points per game. The Falcons have dipped to 15th in scoring, at 21.9 points per contest, but Sarkisian still has some of the league's best offensive personnel -- when healthy -- with All-Pro wide receiver Julio Jones, reigning MVP Matt Ryan and two-time Pro Bowl running Devonta Freeman, among others. -- Vaughn McClure

7. Oakland Raiders

Offensive coordinator Todd Downing

The first-year offensive coordinator was promoted from quarterbacks coach and has had an uneven go of it thus far. The Raiders essentially let Bill Musgrave walk for fear of losing Downing, who said he would not fix what was not broken from the NFL's sixth-ranked total offense of 2016. But Oakland is currently 22nd in the league, and Downing has been criticized for conservative playcalling. Still, Derek Carr has seemed content to throw quick out passes rather than take deep shots with aplomb. Silver chicken or black egg? Like I said, it has been ... uneven. -- Paul Gutierrez

8. Los Angeles Rams

Head coach Sean McVay

The first-year head coach began calling offensive plays for the Redskins in 2015, at 29 years old, and his track record is sterling. Over the past two years, McVay elevated Kirk Cousins into one of the game's better quarterbacks while presiding over one of the NFL's most efficient passing offenses. This year he has been a miracle-worker, taking the Rams from last to first in scoring through the first 10 weeks. McVay was heavily influenced by Jon and Jay Gruden as well as Mike and Kyle Shanahan. It's evident in the way his offense functions. -- Alden Gonzalez

9. Green Bay Packers

Head coach Mike McCarthy

Except for 12 plays during the 2015 season, the Packers head coach has called the offensive plays since he was hired in 2006. He gave the job up after the 2014 NFC title game in order to spend more time with the defense and special teams but decided to take it back, saying he would always call plays as long as he's a head coach. McCarthy first called plays in 2000, when he was hired as the Saints' offensive coordinator. -- Rob Demovsky

10. Pittsburgh Steelers

Offensive coordinator Todd Haley

Haley is in his sixth season with the Steelers, who have been among the NFL's most explosive offenses during his tenure. He comes from the Bill Parcells' coaching tree and has head-coaching experience with the Chiefs from 2009 to 2011. Haley has helped Ben Roethlisberger become a quick-strike passer from the pocket, though the Steelers have struggled to execute in the red zone this season, ranking 19th in scoring offense at 20.8 points per game. -- Jeremy Fowler

11. Washington Redskins

Head coach Jay Gruden

Gruden was hired because of his offensive prowess and planned to call plays his first season in Washington (2014). But he scrapped those plans and let then-offensive coordinator Sean McVay call the plays after having him do so that first preseason. But Gruden was always on the headset and shaped the game plan. He also called plays for three years in Cincinnati as the offensive coordinator, where he helped Andy Dalton have success his first three years in the NFL. Gruden returned to calling plays this season, with McVay now in L.A. with the Rams. Gruden has shown a stronger commitment to the run than McVay did the previous two years and would like more downfield shots. That's why the Redskins made a late push to re-sign DeSean Jackson. Gruden's playcalling, of course, was shaped by his brother Jon. -- John Keim

12. Seattle Seahawks

Offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell

Bevell has been calling plays for the Seahawks since he was hired as the offensive coordinator in 2011, bringing to Seattle the experience from doing so in the same role for Minnesota from 2006 to 2010. Bevell is an indirect disciple of Mike Holmgren, having worked under Mike Sherman in Green Bay and Brad Childress in Minnesota. Bevell could not win with Seahawks fans even before Seattle's epic goal-line flub at the end of Super Bowl XLIX, but he has been much better than his harshest critics would suggest. Those continually calling for his job do not seem to realize that three of the five highest-scoring seasons in franchise history -- 2012, 2013 and 2015 -- came under his watch. -- Brady Henderson

13. Minnesota Vikings

Offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur

The Vikings went from the bottom of the league to a top 10 offense since Shurmur took over coordinator duties following Norv Turner's resignation last November. A product of the Bill Walsh-Mike Holmgren coaching tree, Shurmur inherited an offense built around a vertical attack and implemented principles of a West Coast scheme. He's a tremendous playcaller and gets creative with the use of his extensive playbook to draw upon the strengths of his personnel. The Vikings rank ninth in yards and 10th in points per game. Shurmur has played a big role in rebuilding the O-line and its zone-blocking scheme and has been able to capitalize on Case Keenum's strengths to get the most out of the backup QB. Shurmur's success this season raises the question of whether he will be offered another head-coaching opportunity soon. He was the Browns' head coach from 2011 to 2012 and the Eagles' interim coach in the 2015 season. -- Courtney Cronin

14. Carolina Panthers

Offensive coordinator Mike Shula

The son of legendary Dolphins coach Don Shula has been calling the plays since the start of the 2013 season, when he was promoted to offensive coordinator. He gets a lot of blame when things go badly because of his sometimes conservative approach, but how he has done in adjusting to the read-option of Cam Newton, a scheme he never experienced prior to coming to Carolina, shows what some at times call his "genius." Under Shula's guidance, the Panthers ranked No. 1 in the NFL in scoring in 2015 when they went to the Super Bowl. Shula helped Newton become the league MVP that season and Greg Olsen the first tight end in NFL history to have three straight 1,000-yard receiving seasons. Now Shula is adjusting again to utilize the multi-faceted Christian McCaffrey. He's highly underrated but excellent at getting the most out of what he's given, something his dad was brilliant at doing. -- David Newton

15. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Head coach Dirk Koetter

Koetter arrived in Tampa Bay in 2015, when he came in as Lovie Smith's offensive coordinator. Koetter's offenses in Tampa have moved the ball well -- they are currently third in the league, with 262.4 passing yards per game -- but they struggle to score, averaging 17.67 offensive points per game, 22nd in the league. That has been an issue for three seasons now. Koetter has been contemplating giving up playcalling duties to focus more on his role as a head coach. He's part of the Jack Del Rio and Mike Smith coaching trees and has been influenced by Sean Payton, Brian Billick, longtime friend Andy Reid and his father, Jim Koetter. Koetter's systems have evolved over the years, but in Tampa, it's a run-first offense that uses multi-level routes and is predicated on play-action and explosive plays downfield. -- Jenna Laine

16. Los Angeles Chargers

Offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt

17. Jacksonville Jaguars

18. Detroit Lions

19. Tennessee Titans

20. Houston Texans

21. New York Giants

22. Buffalo Bills

23. Cincinnati Bengals

24. Baltimore Ravens

25. Miami Dolphins

26. Denver Broncos

27. New York Jets

28. Arizona Cardinals

29. Cleveland Browns

30. Indianapolis Colts

31. San Francisco 49ers

32. Chicago Bears


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