This weekend features coaches who know each other. Bill O’Brien was an assistant for five years under Bill Belichick, the offensive coordinator in New England in 2011. And Dan Quinn was an assistant for four years under Pete Carroll, serving as Seattle’s defensive coordinator in 2013-14. When was the last time a playoff game featured a head coach going against a head coach who previously was his coordinator? Game occurred following the 2012 season, and both men are still head coaches.
Baltimore beat Indianapolis 24-9. Chuck Pagano the previous year was John Harbaugh’s defensive coordinator, and both of those coaches are still in place.