The head coaches of the 32 NFL teams for the 2023 season: Complete list
Now that the 2023 NFL season is in full swing meet the 32 coaches who will try to get their franchises to the Super Bowl and the Lombardi trophy.
Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid and Philadelphia Eagles coach Nick Sirianni coached their teams to Super Bowl LVII last season, with Reid’s Chiefs snagging the victory.
Other NFL coaches weren’t so fortunate last season. While there was never a shortage of coaches on the hot seat during the regular season, only three ended up getting fired - Carolina Panthers’ Matt Rhule, Denver Broncos’ Nathaniel Hackett, and Indianapolis Colts’ Frank Reich, with Steve Wilks, Jerry Rosburg, and Jeff Saturday filling in as interim head coaches, respectively.
As the season has officially ended, two more coaches have been fired - Houston Texans’ Lovie Smith and Arizona Cardinals’ Kliff Kingsbury.
NFL new head coaches for the 2023-24 season
Jonathan Gannon, Arizona Cardinals
After leading Philly to the Super Bowl this year, the Eagles’ defensive coordinator, Jonathan Gannon, agreed to a five-year deal with the Arizona Cardinals. Gannon is replacing Kliff Kingsbury, fired after the regular season ended and the Cardinals went 4-13. The position remained vacant until Gannon became available after coaching the Eagles’ defense in the final. With Gannon as defensive coordinator for the Eagles this season, they had 70 sacks and 17 interceptions and finished second in the league in total defense.
Shane Steichen, Indianapolis Colts
The Eagles didn’t just lose their defensive coordinator - they also lost their offensive coordinator. Shane Steichen moved on from OC in Philly to head coach in Indy. Steichen joined the Colts on a six-year contract and is taking over for Frank Reich, who was fired in the middle of the last season. The Colts were desperate to find a solution at quarterback, and Steichen has experience developing QBs. He was the offensive coordinator during Justin Herbert’s record-setting rookie season in 2020, in which he had 31 touchdowns, 396 completions, and 289.1 passing yards. And, of course, he was the OC for Philly this season, helping Jalen Hurts get to 3,928 yards (average 389.1 yards per game) and 28.1 points per game. After Week 2, the Colts are at 1-1, and Steichen has been using the services of both quarterbacks, the young Richardson and the veteran Gardner Minshew.
Sean Payton, Denver Broncos
We all knew that Sean Payton wasn’t going to stay retired. Now it’s official. After taking the season off, Payton is now back in the NFL as head coach of the Denver Broncos on a huge deal that saw the Broncos give the Saints their 2023 first-round draft pick and 2024 second-round draft pick to get Payton and the Saints’ 2024 third-round pick.
DeMeco Ryans, Houston Texans
San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator DeMeco Ryans spent his first six years in the NFL as a linebacker for the Houston Texans. Now, he joined the team again as their full-time head coach. Ryans was named the 2022 Pro Football Writers of America Assistant Coach of the Year. He recently completed his sixth season with the San Francisco 49ers and second as the team’s defensive coordinator, helping lead the team to the NFC Championship. In his first two games of the 2023 season, the Texans are at 0-2.
Frank Reich, Carolina Panthers
The Colts fired Frank Reich in the middle of the last season, and now he returned to Carolina, where he played back in 1995. He took over as head coach for Matt Rhule, who, like Reich, was fired in the middle of the season. Interestingly, the Panthers also have a big question mark at the quarterback position, just like the Colts did last season. Suppose the Panthers don’t figure out a QB solution between the rookie quarterback Bryce Young and the experienced Andy Dalton. In that case, Reich could be dealing with a similar situation that he was dealing with in Indy, where a new QB came in every season for years. The Panthers struggled in their first two games against the Falcons and Saints and lost, but the season is long, and these two defeats can quickly be forgotten by a win or two.