5. Bobby Slowik, Offensive Coordinator, Houston Texans
This last one is as under-the-radar as you can possibly get. 36-year-old Bobby Slowik has surprised a whole lot of people this season with how he has turned the Houston Texans' offense around. Just ask the Buccaneers about Slowik's offense, as they found out firsthand how explosive it can be this past Sunday.
Slowik spent last season as the passing game coordinator for the San Francisco 49ers, so he has served under one of the best coaching trees in football, having spent time with Kyle Shanahan. Slowik has gotten the Texans to a point where nobody thought they would be this year: a top-10 offense and in the playoff hunt halfway through the season.
Slowik has done a great job scheming for rookie quarterback C.J. Stroud, and he could be one that does similar things for whomever the Bucs have at quarterback in the coming years. Tampa Bay has to figure out the position and lean into finding their franchise quarterback, and when they find him, he could use an offensive mind at the head coaching position.
We can talk about how valuable a defensive-minded head coach can be, in some respects, but the league is gearing more and more toward mostly offensive-minded candidates. The Bucs should also lean that way, and I would assume most fans agree.