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Grading NFL head-coach hires in 2022: What to make of Nathaniel Hackett to the Broncos, Matt Eberflus to the Bears

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Why Stephen A. is underwhelmed by new Bears coach Matt Eberflus (1:40)

Stephen A. Smith explains why the Bears' decision to hire former Colts DC Matt Eberflus is a head-scratcher. (1:40)

The NFL head-coach carousel began quickly this season, with nine jobs coming open, including two during the regular season following the firing of Urban Meyer by the Jacksonville Jaguars and the resignation of Las Vegas Raiders coach Jon Gruden.

The other six teams that fired their head coaches were the Chicago Bears, Denver Broncos, Houston Texans, Miami Dolphins, Minnesota Vikings and New York Giants. Then the New Orleans Saints' job opened when Sean Payton decided to retire. It was expected to be a quieter-than-usual cycle, but the nine openings top last year's seven, and two of the teams -- Jacksonville and Houston -- were looking for coaches in the 2021 cycle as well.

The Broncos were the first to hire a new coach for this cycle, choosing Green Bay Packers offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett. Soon after, the Bears made their hire, bringing aboard Indianapolis Colts defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus. How did they fare with the hires? We asked ESPN national NFL writers Dan Graziano and Jeremy Fowler to discuss the moves and give their grades. They'll add more grades as coaches get hired.

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