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NFL 2013 offseason coaching, front office hiring and firing tracker

Chargers head coach Turner yells out at his team as they play the Chiefs during their Thursday Night NFL football game in San Dieg Reuters

This is PFT’s regularly updated list of all hirings, firings, vacancies and changes on coaching staffs and front offices throughout the NFL heading into 2013. Every announced, reported and rumored change will be right here.

Arizona Cardinals: General Manager Rod Graves and head coach Ken Whisenhunt have been fired. Team president Michael Bidwell said he’d interview former Eagles head coach Andy Reid, Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy and his own defensive coordinator Ray Horton. They’ve also asked to interview Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley.

Atlanta Falcons: Signed offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter to a contract extension, keeping him in the fold for at least another year despite Koetter drawing interest from the Chiefs, Browns and Eagles.

Buffalo Bills: Head coach Chan Gailey has been fired. Former Syracuse coach Doug Marrone has been hired to replace Gailey. Russ Brandon has been installed as team president with control of the football operations while Doug Whaley is being groomed to take over for Buddy Nix at General Manager down the road.

Carolina Panthers: Head coach Ron Rivera has not heard whether he will be fired or retained. The General Manager vacancy may be filled by a member of the Giants’ front office, with college scouting director Marc Ross and senior pro personnel analyst Dave Gettleman considered candidates.

Chicago Bears: Head coach Lovie Smith has been fired. They’ve already asked for permission to interview Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy, along with Falcons special teams coach Keith Armstrong and Buccaneers offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan. They added Cowboys special teams coach Joe DeCamillis to the list Tuesday. Packers offensive coordinator Tom Clements has joined the list of coaching candidates as well. The team has requested permission to interview Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians. Texans offensive coordinator Rick Dennison will interview for the job and Montreal Alouettes coach Marc Trestman is also on the list.

Cleveland Browns: Head coach Pat Shurmur and General Manager Tom Heckert have been fired. Owner Jimmy Haslam said he wanted to hire a coach first, then a personnel man. They’ll interview Oregon’s Chip Kelly either Friday, after having already met with Cardinals defensive coordinator Ray Horton.

Detroit Lions: Head coach Jim Schwartz is safe despite talk that he could be on the hot seat. General Manager Martin Mayhew could be on the hot seat.

Jacksonville Jaguars: General Manager Gene Smith has been fired. Head coach Mike Mularkey’s fate will be determined by Smith’s replacement. The Jags have asked permission to interview 49ers director of player personnel Tom Gamble.

Kansas City Chiefs: Head coach Romeo Crennel has been fired. General Manager Scott Pioli was also fired four days later. Former Eagles coach Andy Reid has agreed to become the next Chiefs coach.

Miami Dolphins: General Manager Jeff Ireland is expected to return for the 2013 season.

New York Jets: General Manager Mike Tannenbaum has been fired. Head coach Rex Ryan will remain. Offensive coordinator Tony Sparano is expected to be fired. The Jets have asked permission to interview 49ers director of player personnel Tom Gamble. They have also received permission to interview Giants college scouting director Marc Ross. Add Atlanta’s David Caldwell and former Browns GM Tom Heckert to the list as well.

Oakland Raiders: Offensive coordinator Greg Knapp and several members of the coaching staff will be fired.

Philadelphia Eagles: Head coach Andy Reid has been fired. Jon Gruden is a rumored candidate to replace Reid. Falcons defensive coordinator Mike Nolan has also been identified as a candidate. They have also arranged for an interview with Oregon’s Chip Kelly.

San Diego Chargers: Head coach Norv Turner and General Manager A.J. Smith have been fired. Chargers owner Dean Spanos has brought in former Packers GM Ron Wolf as a consultant.

Tennessee Titans: Head coach Mike Munchak will be back for 2013.  Senior executive V.P./COO Mike Reinfeldt was fired.

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15 Responses to “NFL 2013 offseason coaching, front office hiring and firing tracker”
  1. rogerbrad says: Dec 31, 2012 10:51 AM

    The Texans need to fire Kubiak and Schaub, and I’m a Texans fan…

  2. computojon says: Dec 31, 2012 11:11 AM

    For the first time in years, I’m *very happy* with the Rams’ GM and HC!

  3. thelastpieceofcheese says: Dec 31, 2012 12:21 PM

    Can owners be fired?

  4. 1985bears says: Dec 31, 2012 1:10 PM

    rogerbrad says:Dec 31, 2012 10:51 AM

    The Texans need to fire Kubiak and Schaub, and I’m a Texans fan…
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    yeah, bring back David Carr while your’re at it.
    idiot.

  5. keepingitrealdumb says: Dec 31, 2012 1:35 PM

    this was a good time to let schwartz go .. a big mistake letting him hang around

  6. nunezmc says: Dec 31, 2012 1:48 PM

    I wish they had this day for quarterbacks as well. I’m not a Cowboys fan, but that was painful to watch last night.

  7. kappy32 says: Dec 31, 2012 2:04 PM

    Is Rex Ryan safe for now, until a new GM is hired, or is he guaranteed to be back? The Jets will have a hard time finding a competent GM to replace Mr. T if a holdover head coach is forced on the new GM. It’s the worst kept secret in the NFL that Ryan isn’t liked amongst fellow coaches & front office personnel, aside from the Jets. The Jets need a complete change of culture there & I don’t see how a new GM will implement change without having the ability to hire his choice of coach to carry his culture to the players & staff. Not much is going to change with Rex coming back.

  8. bigdogwes says: Dec 31, 2012 2:08 PM

    I am a diehard Cowboys fan and Tony is the best version of Danny White we have had to date…problem is neither one wins big games…so I am in favor of finding a new QB!!!

  9. dmface says: Dec 31, 2012 2:36 PM

    Cant believe Rex is safe. I would have fired him last season.

  10. progress2011 says: Dec 31, 2012 4:24 PM

    Gruden to Philly sounds very interesting, especially since he has won it all before.

  11. polegojim says: Dec 31, 2012 7:01 PM

    Fact is… ALL those coaches have had time AND opportunity…

    TOTALLY agree on Schwartz – if not fired, should consider himself the luckiest man on earth…

    None axed were ‘undeserved’.

    Go LIONS… SANS Schwartz.

  12. omniusprime says: Jan 1, 2013 9:22 AM

    A shame that Denise Allen wasn’t fired by the Raiders. He took the team backwards. While it’s good to fire that incompetent fool of an offensive coordinator more heads should roll than that. Also fire that Reggie fool who somehow became the general manager, he doesn’t know squat about Raider football.

    I was proud of the Raiders smartly playing for draft picks last Sunday, now we;ll get the number 3 pick in the upcoming draft, maybe they’ll pick some good players this time.

    Go Raiders!!!

  13. krycek84 says: Jan 2, 2013 10:53 AM

    Nowadays, 1 bad season or 1 playoffs miss (hello Lovie Smith) and everyone want the coach to be fired.

    Bill Walsh would be fired at his 2nd season at San Francisco.

    Sean Payton would be out of job after two consecutives seasons at 7-9 and 8-8 before winning the superbowl

    Dick Vermeil was 9-23 at Saint-Louis before winnig Superbowl

    Tom Landry starts with 6 negatives seasons at Dallas

    Belichick starts at 5-11 with New England

  14. pjhurley5 says: Jan 2, 2013 1:23 PM

    krycek84 says:
    Jan 2, 2013 10:53 AM
    Nowadays, 1 bad season or 1 playoffs miss (hello Lovie Smith) and everyone want the coach to be fired.

    _________________________________

    and by 1 playoff miss you mean the fact that the Bears have BEEN to the playoffs exactly ONCE (2010) since they went to the Super Bowl in 2006?

  15. seamhereseamthere says: Jan 2, 2013 2:26 PM

    Spanos actually did the best thing. Wolf will know the guys to look at. AND the ones (Gruden) to stay miles away from…

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