As it usually is, this NFL offseason has been home to several head coaching moves around the league, and for the first time in 14 years, the Seattle Seahawks were involved in these moves.
Parting ways with Pete Carroll and replacing him with former Baltimore Ravens defensive coordinator Mike Macdonald, the Seahawks officially ushered in a new era.
Fans should be excited about Macdonald, but one particular outlet believes the excitement should know no bounds.
Derrik Klassen of 33rd Team recently wrote up his rankings of offseason coaching hires and placed the Seahawks' hiring of Macdonald at no. 1 on his list, even above the Los Angeles Chargers' hiring of Jim Harbaugh.
Mike Macdonald was a phenomenal hire, but better than Harbaugh? That's close.
Klassen highlighted one main reason why he put Macdonald at no. 1, and it's pretty simple. Macdonald gets the best out of his players. He adapts to their strengths and puts them in the best position for success.
He talked about Roquan Smith becoming an All-Pro and Patrick Queen going from an average player to making the Pro Bowl. Klassen went on to give even more specific examples:
"Justin Madubuike became one of the league’s most explosive defensive tackles. Jadeveon Clowney, a mercenary pass-rusher, cleared nine sacks for the second time since 2018 because of how well Macdonald deployed him.
"Even Kyle Van Noy, who all but faded out entirely with the Chargers last season, was a critical piece to Baltimore's lockdown defense. Macdonald got quality play from nickel CB Arthur Maulet off the street," Klassen wrote.
These are all valid points, and Klassen makes a good argument for Macdonald being the top hire of the offseason. Seattle's defense has some young, talented players and fans should be excited to see what Macdonald can do with them.
However, I would still lean Harbaugh as the top coaching hire of the offseason. The Chargers are a team that simply cannot get over the hump. They have a ton of talent all over the field, on both sides of the ball, and a franchise quarterback in Justin Herbert.
I think, all things considered, when you have a coach like Harbaugh who has won everywhere he's went and understands the quarterback position better than most, it's hard to put anyone else above.