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Nathaniel Hackett, 33, is not NFL's youngest O coordinator

By Mark Gaughan

New Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett will not be the youngest offensive coordinator in the NFL next season. At the moment, he would be the third-youngest offensive coordinator. There still are numerous teams that need to hire an OC.

The Tennessee Titans' Dowell Loggains is the youngest offensive chief, at age 32. The Washington Redskins' Kyle Shanahan, 33, is five days younger than Hackett.

Having a 33-year-old coordinator isn't the norm, but it's far from rare in the NFL.

Josh McDaniels became the New England Patriots' offensive coordinator at age 30 and parlayed it into a head coaching job at age 32. Thank you, Tom Brady. Now McDaniels is back as the Pats' OC at 36.

Welland native Brian Daboll, a St. Francis High graduate, became a first-time OC for the Cleveland Browns at 34. He just was relieved of his duties as Kansas City Chiefs.

The New York Jets hired Brian Schottenheimer as OC at age 32. He has been an OC ever since, now serving with the St. Louis Rams. (Schottenheimer did a good job in New York, and Rex Ryan never should have fired him last year.)

Another recent young OC was Bill Musgrave, who did the job for the Carolina Panthers at 32. He was fired after just four weeks but since rebounded and now is the Minnesota Vikings' OC.

There are lots of examples on the defensive side of the ball. Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin became a coordinator at 33 and a head coach at 34. The Steelers have hired a lot of young head coaches over the years. Bill Cowher was 34 when he got the Pittsburgh job.

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Tim Graham

Tim Graham

Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

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Mark Gaughan

Mark Gaughan

Buffalo native Mark Gaughan started working at The News in 1980 and has been covering the Bills exclusively since 1992. He is a former president of the Pro Football Writers of America, and he is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee.

@gggaughan | mgaughan@buffnews.com


Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski joined The News in January 2009. The Lewiston native attended St. Francis High School before graduating from the University of South Florida. He writes a weekly Fantasy column in addition to his beat writing duties.

@JaySkurski | jskurski@buffnews.com

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