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The sort-of daily coaching/G.M. update

Ken Whisenhunt AP

[Editor’s note:  We embarked on this effort a week ago, hoping to do a daily update of all coaching and G.M. vacancies.  Lately, I’ve been forgetting to do it as often as I’ve been remembering.  If I didn’t own the place, I’d be concerned about my own job becoming vacant.]

Arizona Cardinals:  The Cardinals have interviewed defensive coordinator Ray Horton, Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy, and Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden.  It’s unclear when the Cardinals will interview Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley.  They reportedly plan to conduct a second interview with McCoy, and NFL Network reported over the weekend that the goal is to make McCoy the head coach and to keep Horton as the defensive coordinator.

Chicago Bears:  G.M. Phil Emery’s list of 13 candidates reportedly has been trimmed to three finalists:  Seahawks offensive coordinator, Montreal Alouettes coach Marc Trestman, and Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians.  Other candidates include Bears special-teams coordinator Dave Toub, Vikings linebackers coach Mike Singletary, Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy, Texans offensive coordinator Rick Dennison, 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, and Vikings special-teams coordinator Mike Priefer.

Cleveland Browns:  The leading candidate for the G.M. job is believed to be Chiefs director of pro personnel Ray Farmer.

Jacksonville Jaguars:  The Jaguars will interview Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden and Rams offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer on Tuesday, according to the Florida Times-Union.  Defensive coordinator Mel Tucker reportedly was interviewed on Monday.  49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman also is believed to be on the short list of candidates, along with Falcons special-teams coordinator Keith Armstrong.

Kansas City Chiefs:  Packers director of operations John Dorsey has been named the General Manager.

New York Jets:  Jay Glazer of FOX said Sunday that the Jets can’t give the job away.  Candidates include Dolphins assistant G.M. Brian Gaine, 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, Jets assistant G.M. Scott Cohen, Packers V.P. of football administration Russ Ball, and former Broncos G.M. Ted Sundquist.

Philadelphia Eagles:  The Eagles will conduct a second interview on Tuesday with Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley.  On Monday, they interviewed former Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt and Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden.  Other candidates include Falcons defensive coordinator Mike Nolan, Falcons special teams coach Keith Armstrong, Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy, former Bears coach Lovie Smith, and former Ravens coach Brian Billick.

San Diego Chargers:  According to U-T San Diego, the Chargers interviewed former Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt on Saturday and Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden on Sunday.  The Chargers were scheduled to interview Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy on Monday, and Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians is scheduled to interview on Wednesday.  Last week, the Chargers interviewed former Bears coach Lovie Smith and Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley.

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18 Responses to “The sort-of daily coaching/G.M. update”
  1. bonecrushinghits says: Jan 14, 2013 9:36 PM

    Woody Johnson needs to suck it up and let Rex Ryan go. He has turned the Jets into the new laughing stock of the NFL. Most of the top GM candidates probably have a hard time taking The Jets and The Rex Circus seriously.

  2. themanchine says: Jan 14, 2013 9:38 PM

    I can’t believe Lovie has only gotten an interview in San Diego so far. Flabbergasting.

  3. discosucs2005 says: Jan 14, 2013 9:39 PM

    It would be interesting to know if any team has hired someone away from the same exact spot two times in a row (if Todd Haley, steelers OC replaces Ken Whisenhunt, Steelers OC).

  4. dabearsk says: Jan 14, 2013 9:43 PM

    Pretty amazing how dysfunctional a couple of these searches are going (e.g Jets and Iggles) considering these teams are each billion dollar entities….the thing about these GM jobs is that you don’t really see guys fired from GM jobs get second opportunities like you do with HCs…these guys must get flamed pretty hard within the owners circle…

  5. cometkazie says: Jan 14, 2013 9:52 PM

    I think the Jests candidates are looking at the job as if they are going to end up like TT. Lots of hoorah but zilch work. All talk and no play.

    The Jests have never done much on the field and it looks as if that will continue.

  6. thegreatgabbert says: Jan 14, 2013 10:10 PM

    Gene Smith is available.

  7. poopystinkypants says: Jan 14, 2013 10:11 PM

    This year seems to be unique. In previous years, these vacancies seemed to be resolved very quickly. Is it lack of viable candidates, or that viable candidates are spurning new NFL opportunities, or the present NFL opportunities less than stellar (such as avoiding perennially bad teams)? Are teams getting picky or are coaches and potential GMs? Appears like a little of both maybe. The money seems to be evening out for NFL vs. elite college positions. Seems like, why would you leave a good solid college job to get marginal more money to go to the NFL if you have alumni and fan support and make the move just to risk getting you ass handed to you in the NFL? All the hires in the NFL so far have been less than impressive. Seems like those jobs are less desirable than in the past. To further complicate the issue, you have the Grudens and Cowhers in the world staying in broadcasting instead of strongly considering NFL jobs. What’s with that?

  8. nld33 says: Jan 14, 2013 10:14 PM

    @ themanchine, The Eagles interviewed Lovie.

  9. slobmykolb says: Jan 14, 2013 10:17 PM

    I’m kinda surprised billick hasn’t been considered for more coaching jobs. He was a really good coach at Baltimore and would be elsewhere as well. I thinks Philly would be smart to hire the man

  10. mackcarrington says: Jan 14, 2013 10:21 PM

    Buffalo supposedly interviewed Lovie Smith. it would be hilarious if the Bears decided that Smith was the best candidate and re-hired him!

  11. Deb says: Jan 14, 2013 10:22 PM

    I’d like to see both Whisenhunt and Arians find a head-coaching spot. Whis did a great job in Arizona–where no one had really succeeded before. Unfortunately, his QB left. He might do very well in San Diego with Phil Rivers. And Arians may be one of the few coaches who could work well with Cutler as long as he has a tough defense in place.

    Speaking of the Bears … I’m still surprised they interviewed Singletary. Great player, good position coach. Shouldn’t be a head coach. Noooo.

  12. jf203 says: Jan 14, 2013 10:46 PM

    bonecrushinghits says:Jan 14, 2013 9:36 PM

    Woody Johnson needs to suck it up and let Rex Ryan go. He has turned the Jets into the new laughing stock of the NFL. Most of the top GM candidates probably have a hard time taking The Jets and The Rex Circus seriously.

    As much as the Jets are what you call a “laughing stock’ he can coach and motivate players the Jets did not have any talent especially offensively this year and a QB that was a TO machine especially in redzone…as bad as the Jets situation is in the last 4 years under his helm the only teams that have more playoff victories aside from the SB winners which we wont count because that is the name of the game NO OTHER TEAM has more playoff wins (Ravens tied Sunday) and that includes Pats

  13. jmgatskiejr says: Jan 14, 2013 10:58 PM

    Better they take too long and finally coax someone decent then panic and sign up Captain Chudzinski as Banner’s puppet after being basically rebuffed by Kelly, Marrone, Whisenhunt, Saban and told not to even bother asking by Cowher and Gruden.
    They weren’t bidding against anybody for Chud’s services and had yet to even interview Arians or any of the coordinators from the playoff teams. Haslam and Banner realized that they were getting failing grades in the media and fans were informed enough to know that desirable coaches were not lining up, regardless of their deep pockets, to take the Browns job.
    After failing to secure a proven NFL winner in Whisenhunt they jumped into the contract sack with Chudzinski before the next news cycle brought further criticism.
    While he and Norv may actually help the offense since his vertical system looks like a much better fit for current players, his likely hire of a 3-4 DC will cause massive roster overhaul and seasons to implement.
    Conclusion: Chud would have made a good OC.

  14. eatitfanboy says: Jan 14, 2013 11:17 PM

    I think it’s funny that every team seems to be chasing the latest, greatest offensive innovator as their head coach because that’s the trend.

    Meanwhile, the final four coaches this year consist of (1) former college coach, (1) former special teams coach, and (2) former defensive coordinators.

    Maybe teams should realize that you can have a great offense by hiring a great offensive coordinator. He doesn’t necessarily have to run the whole team.

  15. popolover says: Jan 14, 2013 11:55 PM

    Just a suggestion to all you newbies: It really is easy, hire the best that you know at any position. If you don not know the best, then you should not be where you are. Do not hire your friends if they are adaquate. They will only cost you your job.

  16. popolover says: Jan 14, 2013 11:55 PM

    Just a suggestion to all you newbies: It really is easy, hire the best that you know at any position. If you do not know the best, then you should not be where you are. Do not hire your friends if they are adaquate. They will only cost you your job in the end.

  17. bonecrushinghits says: Jan 15, 2013 12:55 AM

    Deb Says:
    ~Speaking of the Bears … I’m still surprised they interviewed Singletary. Great player, good position coach. Shouldn’t be a head coach. Noooo.~

    Agreed. But two words to answer your surprise: Rooney Rule

  18. popolover says: Jan 15, 2013 7:59 AM

    The only people who put a thumbs down, are the friends that are inadequate of the newbies!

    Look where the Polians are after they had all their good group of scouts where no longer here.(2006 on).. If Chris was a good leader, he would still be there, would not matter what kind of evaluator he was/is.

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