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Defensive coaches will draw some interest, too

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The rise in offense, fueled by the importation of creative college concepts to the NFL level, has created a significant perceived demand for offensive-minded coaches.

But plenty of defensive coaches will draw interest in the looming coaching carousel, especially if demand spikes via 10 or more vacancies.

Defensive coordinators who could be in play for head-coaching jobs include (as mentioned earlier in the day) Mike Zimmer of the Bengals, Jack Del Rio of the Broncos (whose defense has been potent this year), Jim Haslett of the Redskins, Dom Capers of the Packers, and Ray Horton of the Cardinals.

Del Rio, Haslett, and Capers each have previously served as head coaches, with Capers working as the first coach of the Panthers and the first coach of the Texans.

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31 Responses to “Defensive coaches will draw some interest, too”
  1. Gordon says: Dec 29, 2012 6:15 PM

    Haven’t Capers, Haslett and Del Rio proven, in fairly convincing fashion, they are not good HC’s? Not sure why they’d be on this list.

  2. atwatercrushesokoye says: Dec 29, 2012 6:19 PM

    I’d hate to see Del Rio leave, the things he’s done with the Denver defense have been phenomenal.

  3. rajbais says: Dec 29, 2012 6:29 PM

    Del Rio, Haslett, and Capers each have previously failed as head coaches too.

    Del Rio: 2 playoffs in 9 years.

    Thanks to the extension that Wayne Weaver and Gene Smith’s predecessor were dumb enough to give he stayed for far too long!!!

  4. threedeep1998 says: Dec 29, 2012 6:37 PM

    Some people are better coordinators than head coaches.

  5. ravennation2013 says: Dec 29, 2012 6:52 PM

    Zimmer Is the best out of them all but just like steeler dc he is better served as a d cordinator

  6. jbaxt says: Dec 29, 2012 6:55 PM

    As a Chiefs fan, any name other than Romeo Crennel would be an upgrade…

    That includes Herm Edwards, Shrek, Papa Smurf, or Honey Booboo…

  7. denverdougz says: Dec 29, 2012 6:55 PM

    These writers must have forgotten the 8/9 years where JDR was a terrible HC for the jags. Don’t think there will be many suitors for him.

  8. kenorv says: Dec 29, 2012 6:59 PM

    Just what the NFL needs. More retread coaches who were awful the first time around. Anyone that thinks that the third time will be the charm for Capers is crazy. Zimmer deserves a shot and I don’t know enough about Horton to know if he’d be any good as a HC. But I’d still take a chance on him over some retread that failed miserably the first time, or in the case of Capers, twice.

  9. mazblast says: Dec 29, 2012 7:05 PM

    The next move by The Great Roger Goodell Himself Live And In Person will be to ban teams from having defensive assistants, on the grounds that offense sells tickets and gets ratings and that nothing is allowed to interfere with that.

  10. rg3andthensome says: Dec 29, 2012 7:12 PM

    Haslett???? C’mon! Skins could do better if he were to move on…I am not saying that we have the most talented defense, but I think he is at least partly to blame for our PPG and YPG…Some has to be scheme…All the zone that he played for some of the season? Awful…We got burnt. He will not be a head coach.

  11. stevenray72 says: Dec 29, 2012 7:16 PM

    What Jim Haslett has done this year with all the injuries is nothing short of amazing! He deserves another shot at being a head coach and he may get an offer. Personaly I don’t think he wants the added responsibility. I see him back next year with the Redskins. HTTR!

  12. aaronitout says: Dec 29, 2012 7:19 PM

    I think Capers’ situation is different than the other names mentioned. He was head coach of two expansion franchises, that’s a lot different than taking over an established organization.

  13. jwreck says: Dec 29, 2012 7:40 PM

    Gordon says: Dec 29, 2012 6:15 PM

    Haven’t Capers, Haslett and Del Rio proven, in fairly convincing fashion, they are not good HC’s? Not sure why they’d be on this list.
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    Put it perfectly. The best move for all of these guys would be to stay exactly where they are. If they are somehow offered head coaching jobs, it’ll just be more hair off their balding heads, two or three years of misery for that city, and then having to look for work again in the position they currently have. Only in a new city, a new division, and with new personnel. Just stay put.

  14. shotobourbon says: Dec 29, 2012 7:46 PM

    There are coaches that are “retreads” that end up working out well. Don’t forget, Bill Belichick coached for the Cleveland Browns from ’91-’95 with a record of 36-44(thanks Wikipedia). Other coaches to start their carriers for other teams include Tony Dungy, Marv Levy and Mike Shanahan. Sometimes, it’s the organization and not the coach. I believe it’s a combination of the right coach with the right organization and the right group of players. As a Bengals fan I can tell you with almost certainty that even the great Vince Lombardi(barring the fact that he’s dead) himself couldn’t win in Cincinnati with the current ownership. Look at the successful coaches that went to other teams and failed like Jimmy Johnson, Bill Parcells, Mike Ditka and Mike Holmgren.

  15. whitecastleisafoodgroup says: Dec 29, 2012 7:59 PM

    Lovie Smith will be available in a week or two at most.

  16. kgun80 says: Dec 29, 2012 8:06 PM

    Ah yes a mediocre list of Head Coaching candidates I am sure they stole this list directly from the desk of Buddy Nix!! Mark my words Bills fans don’t expect anything different one of these chumps or Norv Turner will be our head coach… And by week 7 we will say the mediocrity has continued

  17. beauregard says: Dec 29, 2012 8:10 PM

    Very few people have the knowledge,skills, experience and drive to be a head coach in the NFL.
    Many have great success until they get that final bump to the head of the table. There is (or should be) no shame in staying at the level you have the most competence. Constantly re-bumping these men up hoping for different results sets organizations back for years. McDaniels will no doubt get another try out at Head Coach with predictable results. After years of sub-standard results Norv Turner will no doubt get a job as an O/C and excel. These other candidates mentioned should stay put and continue performing at a successful level.
    As Dirty Harry says; “A man has to know his limitations”.

  18. jimnaizeeum says: Dec 29, 2012 8:19 PM

    Gordon says:
    Haven’t Capers, Haslett and Del Rio proven, in fairly convincing fashion, they are not good HC’s? Not sure why they’d be on this list.

    Didn’t Belichick prove the same in Cleveland?
    2nd chances sometimes work.

  19. burgandy2260 says: Dec 29, 2012 8:20 PM

    Zimmer should be at the top of the list as well as Arians. It looks like it was a blessing what happened in Pittsburg. McDaniel is a coordinator at best. He got lucky being with Brady and Belichick. You put in in the Rams gig and the HC got canned the same year. He’s not a HC! But my beloved BEARS would welcome the right Turner brother as OC in a minute. He would be a great compliment to Billick’s staff once they hire him as HC!

  20. kagey7 says: Dec 29, 2012 8:35 PM

    You don’t want Del Rio. He needs to stay just where he is for 3 or 4 more years. Signed: Von Miller, Elvis Dumervil, Wesley Woodyard, Champ Bailey and the rest of the defense with a PS from Manning, Fox & Elway.

  21. rg3sus says: Dec 29, 2012 9:44 PM

    Haslett? He has one of the worst defenses in the nfl. I listen week in and week out as announcers talk about his creativity in schemes. Drives me nuts as I feel the skins have under achieved on defense. Just an opinion of course but I’ve watched every skins game for a decade now and three years under haslett. Not impressed. Heck even his time with the steelers the defense was lower ranked than the years before and after him

  22. noman13 says: Dec 29, 2012 11:02 PM

    @Gordon Capers and Haslett both won Coach of the Year as head coaches. Haslett’s worst season was when Hurricane Katrina destroyed NOLA. Can you really say he shouldn’t have a second chance to prove himself?

  23. gandalfthefunky says: Dec 29, 2012 11:05 PM

    Don’t take Zimmer from us. Please.

  24. sportsrube90 says: Dec 29, 2012 11:27 PM

    I know some of these guy’s didn’t have a great run as a head coach, but just look at Bill Belichick. He was horrible his first time around as HC of the browns. Now he is known as maybe the best coach of all time. People learn from their mistakes and get better from it. At least this isn’t the NBA where they fire coaches all the time after they hired them just 6 months ago, and you have guy’s out there you have coached 5 teams in their career because the NBA just does this pathetic cycle of changing Coaches if they don’t see results right away.

  25. contraisloosebuthole says: Dec 29, 2012 11:57 PM

    I have to comment on the picture. Why is there always some idiot with a “D” and a “fence” at every game. Have any of you had the pleasure of sitting next to one of these geniuses? They are always convinced they thought of it first. Seriously do NFL rules require one of these dolts at every game or something?

  26. ncbengalmike says: Dec 30, 2012 12:21 AM

    As a Bengals fan I can tell you with almost certainty that even the great Vince Lombardi(barring the fact that he’s dead) himself couldn’t win in Cincinnati with the current ownership. Look at the successful coaches that went to other teams and failed like Jimmy Johnson, Bill Parcells, Mike Ditka and Mike Holmgren.
    ________________________

    Marvin Lewis must be Einstein. He has been to the playoffs the 3 out of the 4 last years.

  27. boyshole25 says: Dec 30, 2012 12:28 AM

    Haslett you can have
    signed
    every redskins fan ever

  28. tdshouldbeinthehall says: Dec 30, 2012 12:58 AM

    Stay away from Del Rio, I would like to see the Broncos have the same D coordinator in back to back years at least once before I die.

  29. billh1947 says: Dec 30, 2012 7:47 AM

    “Haven’t Capers, Haslett and Del Rio proven, in fairly convincing fashion, they are not good HC’s? Not sure why they’d be on this list”.
    Dom Capers was the very first coach of two expansion teams,that means Vince Lombardi could have coached those teams and been unsuccessful so does that really mean Capers is a bad head coach?

  30. censoredagain says: Dec 30, 2012 7:51 AM

    What, no one wants Perry Fewell? Please…..I’ll pay you to take him, and I’ll throw in the last box of Twinkies on the planet as a bonus.

  31. fin1fan says: Dec 30, 2012 11:50 AM

    There are coaches and there are coordinators…..most times they’re not the same….coordinators cannot be effective head coaches (See Norv Turner, Rex Ryan, Bill Arnsparger and a litany of others)

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