players. Todd Bowles spent eight seasons as a defensive back. Doug Pederson started nine games at quarterback for the Eagles before leading them to their first Super Bowl title as a second-year head coach. Frank Reich led the greatest comeback Stitched Andy Levitre Jersey , non-Falcons division, in NFL history.On Sunday, we’ll get the rare opportunity to see one of these veterans stare across the field at the man for whom he played the bulk of his career. Tennessee head coach Mike Vrabel did a little bit of everything for Bill Belichick in his eight years in New England. He pestered quarterbacks as an All-Pro outside linebacker, pulled his weight as a special teams stalwart, and even caught eight touchdown passes as a goal line tight end.And now he’ll face the man who built him up from overlooked free agent into do-everything weapon when the Patriots face the Titans in Nashville. That raises a logical question; who’s next? The current NFL landscape is littered with players — quarterbacks, defensive backs, linemen, and more — whose next step after retirement will be to begin the long climb from underpaid assistant to leading a pro team? We’ve got some ideas.The case for: Pierre GarconI pray for a world where Philip Rivers is a new generation’s Jim Harbaugh, overseeing a staff made entirely of his 27 children and screaming near-obscenities at the opposing sideline. But also I can’t imagine the man so uncomfortable with moving from San Diego to Los Angeles that he’d pay $200,000 for a custom film-room SUV rather than relocate would be up for more travel once his playing career is over. Phil’s gonna make one hell of a pee-wee coach, though.Instead, let’s go with a veteran player whose understanding of offenses across the sport ranges from Division III fields all the way to Santa Clara — Pierre Garcon. The NFL has held no surprises for Garcon, who has adapted to a myriad of different offensive philosophies and strategies in an 11-year career. He’s been a key part of every offense he’s ever been a part of, developing from a sixth-round flyer out of Mount Union College into a league-leading receiver thanks to his innate understanding of the game. Over that span, he’s worked to create plays for quarterbacks like Peyton Manning, Kirk Cousins, Robert Griffin III, and Jimmy Garoppolo. He’s worked with coaches like Kyle Shanahan, Tony Dungy, Frank Reich Youth Andy Levitre Jersey , Jim Bob Cooter, Mike Shanahan, and Sean McVay.So over that decade-plus, he’s had the opportunity to absorb lessons from a true variety of coaches and passers, and he’s been a lauded teammate at each stop. When he leaves his cleats behind, he’ll have no shortage of opportunities to pass that knowledge on as a coach. And if his coaching career is anything like his playing days, he won’t need long to level up from quality control assistant to a big-time job. — Christian D’AndreaThe case for: Marshawn LynchLynch’s career with the NFL may already over and that’s too bad, because that’d mean it ended in a storm of incompetency in Oakland. He already called it quits once, but came back for another go with his hometown Raiders. But now he’s on injured reserve and the Raiders still have no clear plan where they’ll be in 2019. It’d seem like the time is right for the 32-year-old running back to ride off into the sunset for good.That’s a sad thought, but if his first retirement showed us one thing, it’s that he probably won’t be too far out of sight. During his 2016 season away from the NFL, Lynch hiked in France with Bear Grylls, rode camels in Egypt, and handed out Skittles in Scotland. But we’d really get our daily dose of Lynch if he ended up an NFL head coach.Hear me out.Standoffish with the media? You bet. He’d even give Bill Belichick a run for his money.Ridiculous quotes? Jon Gruden’s given us some gems, but Lynch is a quote machine:Prepared for the job? Lynch coaches with dang chicken wings in his socks. Don’t tell me he doesn’t come prepared.And lastly, he’s one of the most accomplished backs in NFL history. Jokes aside, he’s one of 31 players to crack 10,000 career rushing yards and he’s 16th all-time in rushing touchdowns. His teammates have always seemed to love him and you could probably do a lot worse than putting Lynch in charge. — Adam StitesThe case for: Tyrod TaylorAll offseason, the Browns insisted that Tie/Tuh-rod Taylor was their starting quarterback. They didn’t want to No. 1 pick Baker Mayfield to suffer the same gruesome fate as their previous rookie quarterback, DeShone Kizer Stitched Jake Matthews Jersey , who threw 22 picks and went 0-15 as a starter the year before. That seemed a bit like Hue Jackson “logic.” Mayfield was a Heisman Trophy winner, the top pick in the draft, and clearly more ready for the NFL than a project like Kizer. But it was also understandable if you ever paid attention to what the coaches, and the Browns players, said about Taylor.It wasn’t just about what they said, either. It was the way they said it. They flat-out gushed about him. About his leadership, his thoughtfulness, his worth ethic, his steadiness, and yes, his play too.Because make no mistake: Taylor can still play. In a league where Brock Osweiler, Nathan Peterman (or Matt Barkley), and Nick Mullens are starting games — and that’s THIS week only — Taylor is more than worthy of a spot on an NFL roster. His brief time as the Browns’ starting quarterback doesn’t change that.And what else hasn’t changed, even if he’s Mayfield’s backup now, is Taylor’s demeanor in the locker room. He’s still a leader and still the guy his teammates can turn to when they need a pick-me-up. That ability to read people, and know what they need to hear and when they need to hear, isan underrated skill. So is Taylor’s ability to be a walking motivation quote and just a plain ol’ good dude.And if you have questions about his coaching chops, he seems to have those too:Come to think of it, the Browns really should’ve just made him the player-coach this year. — Sarah HardyThe case for: Josh McCownJosh McCown has been a journeyman quarterback since entering the league in 2002 (he’s played for 10 teams!) and he’s played in a myriad of different systems and schemes. While he’s currently not the active starter for the New York Jets, he’s played an invaluable role in the development of rookie quarterback Sam Darnold.McCown is already acting like a pseudo-coach Youth Jake Matthews Jersey , standing right next to offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates during the game and helping Darnold understand the playbook during the week. McCown is already acting as a coach for Darnold, so why not let him do the real thing when it’s time for him to hang it up? He already has some experience in the area, so the learning curve wouldn’t be very high for him. — Charles McDonaldThe case for: Sam BradfordNine seasons, four teams, five different head coaches and no fewer than 100 offensive coordinators ... it’s safe to say the guy’s seen a veritable buffet of styles and philosophies, even a couple of successful ones. He’d also be a great fit for a team all set to draft their franchise quarterback. Who better than Sam Bradford, the No. 1 overall pick in 2010, to know what NOT to do with a can’t-miss kid like himself? Still not convinced? Jon Gruden, labeled an offensive guru himself (lol) is making $100 million to be a head coach. HOW HARD CAN IT BE!?!?! — Ryan Van Bibber Fact: Will Lutz smells like beef and cheese"NFL free agency kicked off last week, and it’s been a hectic seven days. This is always an interesting time of year. You see which positions teams are emphasizing ahead of the draft. You sit back, hoping division rivals make bad decisions and overpay as much as possible. You lament your favorite team’s inactivity. It’s like Christmas, without all the yelling and hard alcohol. By now you know all about the subdued approach the Falcons took in free agency. As our own Kevin Knight so eloquently described in this must-read piece, Thomas Dimitroff and company think they can fill some big needs in the draft. It’s not the most exciting approach, but they’re owning it. Let’s take a look at how the rest of the NFC South fared. Buccaneers Signings: OT Donovan Smith, LB Shaquil Barrett, LB Deone Bucannon, WR Breshad Perriman, QB Ryan Griffin, P Bradley Pinion, RB Peyoton Barber The Buccaneers went all in on Donovan Smith Stitched Desmond Trufant Jersey , a decision they may regret. (Note to other bad NFL teams: you don’t have to throw $27 million at a developmental, underachieving offensive lineman, just because you drafted him in the second round four years ago.) Barrett and Bucannon are a couple of rotational linebackers and each received a one year, prove it deal. Pinion gives the Bucs some flexibility, given his ability to handle kickoffs and punting duties. Perriman will take over the speedy receiver role following the departure of DeSean Jackson. Overall the Bucs’ efforts in free agency were pretty underwhelming. Grade: CPanthers Signings: C Matt Paradis, OT Daryl Williams, S E. Reid, DE Bruce Irvin Paradis is a good player, and he signed a team-friendly deal, but the Panthers already had a capable center. In short, he was arguably a waste of money. Williams is an adequate tackle, and the Panthers didn’t have a good alternative. The Panthers would’ve been foolish to let Reid walk. They got him to sign a for 3 years, $22 million, which is a bargain. Irvin signed for 1 year, $4 million. Some think Irvin is over the hill, but from an objective standpoint, he was still one of the league’s most efficient pass rushers last season. It was a smart signing, even if he only plays as a rotational guy. Grade: B+ Saints Signings: C Nick Easton, DT Malcom Brown, DL Mario Edwards Youth Desmond Trufant Jersey , RB Latavius Murray, QB Teddy Bridgewater, K Wil Lutz, LB Craig Robertson, S Chris Banjo, OL Michael Ola, LS Zach Wood, OL Cameron Tom, LB Vince Biegel, S Justin Hardee The Saints really emphasized special teams in free agency. Biegel and Hardee were core special teamers for the Saints, and it was smart to keep them in New Orleans. Meanwhile, Lutz and Wood did a lot of damage in 2018, so letting either walk would’ve been foolish. Murray is no Mark Ingram, but the Saints really believe Alvin Kamara can shoulder a bigger workload in 2019. Let’s hope that’s not the case. The Saints did a lot to anchor their offensive and defensive fronts by signing Easton and Brown. Easton isn’t super durable and the Patriots let Brown walk, so let’s hope those two signings aren’t as good as they look on paper. Grade: A-Overall the Saints and the Panthers got better. The Bucs, on the other hand, aren’t in a hurry to get better, and that’s fine by me. Your thoughts about all these moves, Falcoholics?