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How the NFL head coach & coordinator hiring cycle impacts the Bills in 2023

New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton shakes hands with Buffalo Bills head coach Sean McDermott, left, during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017, in Orchard Park, N.Y.

(AP Photo/Adrian Kraus)
New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton shakes hands with Buffalo Bills head coach Sean McDermott, left, during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017, in Orchard Park, N.Y. (AP Photo/Adrian Kraus)

The NFL head coaching landscape for the 2023 season is complete as five new head coaches were hired.

The Arizona Cardinals, Houston Texans, Denver Broncos, Indianapolis Colts and the Carolina Panthers all brought in a new head coach for next season, and several other teams across the league had notable coordinator changes. 

We're taking a look at which head coach and coordinator hires will come into play for the Bills' 2023 opponents.

Denver Broncos — Sean Payton (head coach)

The Broncos and Saints reached an agreement for a trade on Jan. 31 as Denver packaged a 2023 first-round pick (No. 29 overall) and 2024 second-round pick for Sean Payton and the Saints' 2024 third-round pick.

Payton signed a five-year deal with Denver and is now the Broncos' fourth different head coach since 2017 (Vance Joseph, Vic Fangio, Nathaniel Hackett). He and QB Russell Wilson will try to lead Denver to its first playoff berth since 2016.

During the Brandon Beane/Sean McDermott era, the Bills have played against a Sean Payton-coached team twice: once in Buffalo (2017) and the other in New Orleans (2021). In the 2021 game on Thanksgiving, the Bills came away with a convincing 31-6 win as Josh Allen threw for four touchdowns.

The last time Buffalo faced an offense led by Russell Wilson, the Bills won 44-34 in Orchard Park during the 2020 season. Wilson started that season on an MVP campaign trajectory, throwing for 26 TDs in his first seven games of the year. But the Bills defense limited him to two TDs and forced two interceptions while Allen threw for 415 yards and three TDs. 

Denver is one of the teams on the Bills' 2023 home schedule so they'll see the Payton/Wilson duo next season.

Dallas Cowboys — Brian Schottenheimer (OC)

Los Angeles Chargers — Kellen Moore (OC)

The Chargers hired former Cowboys offensive coordinator Kellen Moore to the same position, and the Cowboys went in a direction to hire Schottenheimer who has a multitude of NFL play-calling experience.

Moore helped guide the Cowboys offense to fourth in points per game (26.8) in 2022 and first (30.4) in 2021. Now, he'll pair with QB Justin Herbert in LA. The Bills will visit the Chargers next season. 

Buffalo will host the Cowboys as Schottenheimer pairs with Dak Prescott. Schottenheimer was an offensive analyst for Dallas last season and had previous play-calling duties with the Seahawks, Rams and Jets.

Miami Dolphins — Vic Fangio (DC)

Fangio officially signed with the Dolphins after the Super Bowl to become the team's defensive coordinator after spending the season as a defensive analyst for the Eagles. Fangio has a league-wide reputation of developing some of the top defensive units and earned AP NFL Assistant Coach of the Year in 2018 as the Bears DC. 

New England Patriots — Bill O'Brien (OC)

The Patriots are bringing back former assistant Bill O'Brien to be the play-caller next season. O'Brien previously was on the Patriots staff from 2007-2011, then left to be the head coach at Penn State in 2012. O'Brien went onto be the head coach of the Texans (2014-2020) and spent the 2021 and 2022 seasons as the OC and QB coach for the Alabama Crimson Tide. 

The Patriots ranked 16th last season in points per game (21.4).

New York Jets — Nathaniel Hackett (OC)

The Jets are looking to retool their offense in the offseason as it looks to build around AP Offensive Rookie of the Year WR Garrett Wilson and a potential star RB in Breece Hall. They went in the direction of hiring Hackett who was fired midseason by the Broncos.

Despite the opportunity not working out in Denver, Hackett still has notable offensive coaching experience with the Packers (2019-21) and Jaguars (2015-2018). Hackett also was the Bills' OC from 2013 to 2014.

Kansas City Chiefs — Matt Hagy (OC)

Washington Commanders — Eric Bieniemy (OC)

Following the Super Bowl LVII win, Bieniemy is heading to Washington to become the Commanders offensive coordinator. The Bills will play at Washington in 2023 to face the Bieniemy-coached offense, with second-year QB Sam Howell expected to be under center.

Nagy has extensive ties with Andy Reid dating back to their time in Philadelphia. Nagy was the Chiefs OC in 2016-17 and served as their QB coach this past season. He was promoted to be the team's OC for 2023.

The Bills and Chiefs are no strangers to facing each other, but the 2023 meeting in Kansas City will mark the first time since 2017 that Bieniemy will not be the team's OC.

Philadelphia Eagles — Replacing both coordinators

The Bills travel to Philly next season and the NFC champions will spend the beginning part of their offseason looking for a new defensive and offensive coordinator after a successful 2022. OC Shane Steichen landed the head coaching job with the Colts and DC Jonthan Gannon accepted a head coaching position with the Cardinals.

The Eagles are currently in the interview process for both openings.

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