NFL coaches on the rise and decline: Jaguars’ Doug Pederson trending up, Bengals’ Zac Taylor sliding

Just two weeks are not enough time to judge a coaching staff, let alone a team. But in the NFL, every week matters. And some coaches — both first-year hires and longtime veterans — certainly did more to help their teams than others in Week 2.

Approaching Week 3 of the 2022 season, here’s a look at which prominent coaches are on the rise and decline:

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Jaguars HC Doug Pederson

Season: 1st with Jaguars | Last Game: 24-0 win vs. Colts | Team Record: 1-1

Is it possible the Jaguars are suddenly the favorites in the AFC South? With Dougie P at the helm, yes. While the Titans pick themselves up off the mat after a Bills beatdown, and Jim Irsay starts eyeing his next quarterback, and the Texans fail to move the ball in ugly games, Pederson has revived Trevor Lawrence’s confidence and allowed first-time defensive coordinator Mike Caldwell to turn his young pass rushers loose. Doug was already a beloved leader; now he’s showing early results.

Giants DC Don Martindale

Season: 1st with Giants | Last Game: 19-16 win vs. Panthers | Team Record: 2-0

“Wink” has single-handedly enabled Giants fans to forgive the fact that Daniel Jones is still under center, running a scattershot offense best known for pinning Kenny Golladay to the bench. Even with his top edge rushers banged up, the former Ravens DC has dialed up blitz after blitz to rattle the Titans and Panthers in back-to-back weeks. Once Kayvon Thibodeaux and Azeez Ojulari are in the lineup, Martindale should have even more flexibility to keep New York competitive.

Eagles DC Jonathan Gannon

Season: 2nd with Eagles | Last Game: 24-7 win vs. Vikings | Team Record: 2-0

After failing to scheme up late-game pressure on Jared Goff in a Week 1 battle with the Lions, Gannon upped his blitz count in Monday night’s home opener, and Eagles fans ate it up. Why? Because it worked, forcing Kirk Cousins into one desperation throw after another. With…


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