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The daily coaching/G.M. vacancy update

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[Editor's note:  Another day, another update to the various coaching and G.M. vacancies.  For the first time since December 31, the list has grown, thanks to the termination of Mike Mularkey's employment in Jacksonville.]

Arizona Cardinals:  The Cardinals have promoted Steve Keim to G.M.  For their vacant coaching position, the Cardinals have interviewed defensive coordinator Ray Horton and Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy.  They are interviewing Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden on Thursday.  Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley also will interview for the job.

Carolina Panthers:  The Panthers have hired Giants senior pro personnel analyst Dave Gettleman to be the team’s new G.M.

Chicago Bears:  G.M. Phil Emery’s list of candidates for head coach is holding steady at 13:  Bears special-teams coordinator Dave Toub, Vikings linebackers coach Mike Singletary, Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy, Montreal Alouettes coach Marc Trestman, Texans offensive coordinator Rick Dennison, Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians, Falcons special-teams coordinator Keith Armstrong, Buccaneers offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan, Saints offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael, Cowboys special-teams coordinator Joe DeCamillis, Packers offensive coordinator Tom Clements, Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, and Vikings special-teams coordinator Mike Priefer.  The Chicago Sun-Times has debunked speculation that Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly is a candidate.

Cleveland Browns:  The Browns are considering Cardinals defensive coordinator Ray Horton, former Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt, Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians, Montreal Alouettes coach Marc Trestman, Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer, and Panthers offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski.

Jacksonville Jaguars:  The Jaguars have hired G.M. Dave Caldwell, who has fired coach Mike Mularkey.  Early candidates include 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman and Rams offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer.

Kansas City Chiefs:  Packers director of operations John Dorsey has interviewed for the G.M. job, and many believe he soon will be hired.  Former Eagles and Browns G.M. Tom Heckert is another possible candidate.

New York Jets:  The Jets’ search continues to expand.  The current candidates are Dolphins assistant G.M. Brian Gaine, Chargers director of player personnel Jimmy Raye, Giants director of college scouting Marc Ross, 49ers director of player personnel Tom Gamble, Steelers director of football and business administration Omar Khan, Montreal Alouettes G.M. Jim Popp, Seahawks V.P. of football administration John Idzik, and Jets assistant G.M. Scott Cohen.

Philadelphia Eagles:  The Eagles’ current candidates include Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly, Falcons defensive coordinator Mike Nolan, Falcons special-teams coordinator Keith Armstrong, Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley, Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians, Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy, Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden, and former Bears coach Lovie Smith.

San Diego Chargers:  The Chargers have hired G.M. Tom Telesco.  Coaching candidates include Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians, Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer, and UCLA coach Jim Mora, who reportedly is not interested.

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39 Responses to “The daily coaching/G.M. vacancy update”
  1. FinFan68 says: Jan 10, 2013 1:25 PM

    When is the article about Jon Gruden and the Jaguars coming?

  2. seeptermean says: Jan 10, 2013 1:28 PM

    I feel like this is anything but a daily update, it seems more of a biweekly update.

  3. benroethlisberger7 says: Jan 10, 2013 1:28 PM

    It’s official: the Browns have decided that it would useless to hire another head coach, and instead they plan to leave Cleveland all together to get a fresh start.

  4. themackstrong says: Jan 10, 2013 1:29 PM

    Jim Mora Jr. that guy was a complete fraud at the NFL level. I don’t think I had seen a team less prepared or a coach more over his head. He was so quick to throw anybody under the bus.

  5. tdk24 says: Jan 10, 2013 1:30 PM

    What’s Denny Green doing these days?

  6. coonsqualler says: Jan 10, 2013 1:31 PM

    That’s alot of candidates…

    Just Sayin’..Go Brownies!

  7. vmannj says: Jan 10, 2013 1:33 PM

    Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has fired GM Jerry Jones. Anyone with a football IQ is welcome to apply……..and then I woke up from the nightmare that is being a Cowboys fan, only to discover that nothing has changed.

  8. 3fingerlenny says: Jan 10, 2013 1:37 PM

    The eagles should hire Mike Leach

  9. beardinals says: Jan 10, 2013 1:48 PM

    In future news: Bears finally whittle down candidates and select a coach on September 15.

  10. j0esixpack says: Jan 10, 2013 1:54 PM

    Saying that the Jets are “expanding” their search definitely sounds much nicer than saying they’re being rejected by all the other candidates.

  11. brooklynjets says: Jan 10, 2013 2:08 PM

    Yes, that’s right….just because a team is being thorough in searching for a new GM, a fairly important decison, i suppose it is easy to deduce that they are being rejected be previous candidates. Have you any evidence that the job was even offered and rejected by the previous candidates? Nope, you do not. Having sources like that probaly makes you qualified to write for the NYDaily News.

  12. dkrauss93 says: Jan 10, 2013 2:08 PM

    ProFootballTalk forgot to mention me as a possible GM for the New York Jets. I mean at this point they’re just going for anyone. My first move would be cut Sanchez or trade him. I would be a fan favorite right out of the gate

  13. greymares says: Jan 10, 2013 2:10 PM

    I’m an Eagle fan who is convinced that the Eagles fired their best option and K.C. with Andy will do much better than the birds. that being said i would be leaning toward Bradley. so i guess i’m on that Gus, bus.

  14. jaxasc84 says: Jan 10, 2013 2:13 PM

    Brian Schottenheimer is on the Jags list? Why? What about Brian Schottenheimer says he’s head coach material…especially for a team with desperately bad QBs?

  15. philtration says: Jan 10, 2013 2:22 PM

    I believe that it will come down to Mike McCoy or Bruce Arians with the Bears.

    Singletary is just a feel good move by the McCaskeys and no one here wants him as the coach except the meathead bunch.

  16. mungman69 says: Jan 10, 2013 2:35 PM

    Is Brian Kelly insane? Why would he even think of leaving that gig that he has now?

  17. pwoeckener says: Jan 10, 2013 2:39 PM

    It’s interesting that Hue Jackson isn’t on anyone’s list. Had the Raiders at 8-8 and got fired because they brought in a new GM. Why he doesn’t get another shot is a mystery to me.

  18. rgb2425 says: Jan 10, 2013 2:40 PM

    Judging by Lurie’s comments about the qualifications he wants as he selects his new head coach (HC experience, offensive background), I would say that Bruce Arians fits that criteria. But he has gone down the road before against his criteria in hiring Andy Reid, a special teams coach from Green Bay with no HC experience. Don’t be surprised if the Eagles go with Gus Bradley or Keith Armstrong, two guys that do not fit his initial HC criteria.

  19. FinFan68 says: Jan 10, 2013 2:42 PM

    philtration says:
    Jan 10, 2013 2:22 PM
    I believe that it will come down to Mike McCoy or Bruce Arians with the Bears.

    Singletary is just a feel good move by the McCaskeys and no one here wants him as the coach except the meathead bunch.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    I disagree somewhat. Mike Singletary is a beloved figure in Chicago. He has a strong personality and can be a very effective leader. If he is the HC and he has strong coordinators with schematic/play-calling autonomy it could work for the Bears. Of course, he would need to tone down the “crazy” a bit. He has the right attitude and he is the main reason Vernon Davis turned his career around. When a player needs a kick in the butt there are few coaches better than Singletary to do it…and there are quite a few Bears that need a strong kick.

  20. emmac13 says: Jan 10, 2013 3:03 PM

    I believe the Browns were wanting Saban or Kelly. But since they are staying put their nest pick is McDaniels. They are laying low and letting everyone else hire. Then once NE wins Superbowl they hire Josh.

  21. kisstherings says: Jan 10, 2013 3:09 PM

    Rob Ryan said he would be out of work “about 5 minutes”

    Has it been 5 minutes yet?? Who hired him?

  22. eatitfanboy says: Jan 10, 2013 3:14 PM

    How can someone be a candidate for a job if they’re not interested?

  23. philtration says: Jan 10, 2013 3:19 PM

    FinFan68 says:
    Jan 10, 2013 2:42 PM
    philtration says:
    Jan 10, 2013 2:22 PM
    I believe that it will come down to Mike McCoy or Bruce Arians with the Bears.

    Singletary is just a feel good move by the McCaskeys and no one here wants him as the coach except the meathead bunch.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    I disagree somewhat. Mike Singletary is a beloved figure in Chicago. He has a strong personality and can be a very effective leader. When a player needs a kick in the butt there are few coaches better than Singletary to do it…and there are quite a few Bears that need a strong kick.
    =================================

    Singletary is a defensive guy and they need to get that offense out of the dark ages once and for all.
    He was an embarrassment in Frisco and he may have blown his chances of ever getting another HC position.
    On top of that the Bears defense is loaded with veteran players and they are not going to go for this screaming, in your face act.
    They are not young and impressionable.

    Do you think guys like Peppers, Briggs, Tillman and Urlacher are going to be motivated, impressed or intimidated by Mike Singletary?
    I don’t.

  24. eatitfanboy says: Jan 10, 2013 3:28 PM

    Mike Singletary coaching Jay Cutler.

    The mind boggles at the possibilities.

  25. FinFan68 says: Jan 10, 2013 4:08 PM

    @philtration, I am not saying he is the best choice overall. He would need strong coordinators–especially offensive. The belief that an offensive minded head coach is needed to fix a lagging offense is a myth. Belichik, Schwartz and Fox are defensive guys and their offenses are 3 of the top 4 offenses this year (Belichik’s has been for years). The players you mentioned are the leaders of the team and are not the ones in need of motivation. None of them are offense guys. His status as a HOFer for the Bears (and leader of arguably the greatest defense ever) likely holds weight with anyone wearing a Bears uniform. He has the ability to motivate the team but I admit he would need a strong OC…just like Lovie Smith. He made some mistakes and I believe he has learned from them. I think he might need a stint as DC somewhere first but HC (with a strong OC) is not implausible for the Bears.

  26. canesgiants says: Jan 10, 2013 4:09 PM

    any candidate worth anything is going to turn the jets down–who in there right mind is going to let the coach pick the gm. smells like some assist to the assist of the waterboy is going to get a huge pay raise

  27. mn2long says: Jan 10, 2013 4:10 PM

    Cowboys looking at Monte Kiffin for D Coordinator

  28. canesgiants says: Jan 10, 2013 4:11 PM

    everyone is so quick to fire the coach but noone really sits down and says–who am i going to get thats better. bears are the example of htis and same with the eagles. aint noone coming in thats going to be better coach than reid.

  29. salukis92 says: Jan 10, 2013 4:28 PM

    The Bears are a joke. With that long laundry list why not interview Mike Ditka, Dick Jauron, Ron Turner and Dave Wannstadt while they are at it!

  30. riseabovecancer says: Jan 10, 2013 4:31 PM

    Dont forget if John Dorsey does take the General Manager job with the Kansas City Chiefs…Look him to pull in Monte Kiffin to run the defense.

  31. hooterdawg says: Jan 10, 2013 4:45 PM

    “Coaching candidates include …UCLA coach Jim Mora, who reportedly is not interested.”

    How is he a candidate if he has no interest?

  32. ambitoos says: Jan 10, 2013 4:55 PM

    If the Chargers don’t come up with a winning head coach the fans will retaliate by not buying tickets. Just like they did when the Chargers kept AJ Smith and Norv Turner last year when the fans called for them to be fired. Jim Mora is not a winning coach.

  33. audient says: Jan 10, 2013 5:36 PM

    Browns fan here. I am happy with the Browns’ present list, and I can see an upside to each and every one of those candidates.

    Ray Horton – I love a great defense, so what isn’t to like about a defensive minded HC, (but where would that leave Jauron)? Never mind what Seattle did that one game — AZ has had some tough D, I can buy in.

    Ken Whisenhunt – got passed over by the Steelers for Tomlin. It will make beating the Steelers extra personal. He was hamstrung by the QB situation in the end in AZ, but that’ll screw up any team and its coach. His Cardinals almost won it all — again against the Steelers (more grudge).

    Bruce Arians – look at the good stuff he did with Roethlisberger and Luck, and our QBs could use similar guidance. I was underwhelmed by him when he was last in Cleveland, though, but c’mon that was back in ’03, though five games without a TD on offense was damn bleak. He too could have a grudge factor as to the Stllrs.

    Marc Trestman – I remember when Ohio State hired a championship winning Division II coach from Youngstown State, and all the Bucks fans thought he’d never be able to compete in the Big Ten. But Jim Tressel won it all, and until the tattoo coverup, turned in some of the best OSU football we’d seen in years. I have no problem bringing in someone who succeeded in the CFL to try and repeat it in the NFL. I like it. Also, he’s already worked with Brandon Weeden (we can debate separately whether that’s a plus).

    Mike Zimmer – addition by subtraction from an opponent. Someone is going to hire this guy to be a head coach, if Mike Brown don’t promote him outright sometime, so why not the Browns?

    Rob Chudzinski – CHUD! The last time the Browns had a winning record, who was our OC? CHUD! I’d welcome him back. I don’t blame him for what happened his last year here. I think he’s the least likely of this group, though.

  34. baller2 says: Jan 10, 2013 5:55 PM

    Is it true with the Rooney rule you can only interview one black candidate each year.? Ray Horton seems to be that guy this year. Singletary doesn’t count. He’s only interviewing with the bears, as a courtesy I’m sure, and he is just plain awful as a coach.

  35. olv65 says: Jan 10, 2013 6:40 PM

    To save money, Bears will make Cutler player/coach.

  36. j0esixpack says: Jan 10, 2013 7:33 PM

    brooklynjets says: Have you any evidence that the job was even offered and rejected by the previous candidates? Nope, you do not.

    ——————————

    Good point.

    In fact there’s no evidence there’s even anyone seriously interested in the job under those conditions.

    They’d just better hope that the best GM candidates – if there ever are any – don’t want the power to pick their coaches

  37. pascalswager42 says: Jan 10, 2013 7:37 PM

    Audient: great post. Of course, you could probably post negatives in a similar way.

    All Browns fans want is a winner.

  38. ehspioneers says: Jan 10, 2013 7:55 PM

    Zimmer as head coach with Trestman as OC, and you have an inspired fanbase in Cleveland. Zimmer will bring an aggresive approach, and Trestman has a successful trackrecord as a creative OC in the NFL.

  39. firstand4ever says: Jan 10, 2013 9:29 PM

    Two situations in the league involving GM hires who don’t get to pick the head coach. Atleast in year one.

    The Jets future GM with Rex Ryan and Panthers new GM Dave Gettleman has been told by his owner to retain Ron Rivera.

    Those are two teams that will probably be looking for new head coaches next year.

    Interesting to me that former superbowl winners like Jon Gruden, Bill Cowher, Mike Holmgren and Brian Billick don’t even get one single interview. I could include Tony Dungy or Bill Parcells but they are done coaching. Dallas, New York and Carolina should come calling for those first 4 names in 2014 when they have HC openings next year.

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