With the interviews happening and new names emerging constantly, we’ll keep you updated on a daily (or close to it) basis on all the candidates for all the coaching (still four) and G.M. (still one) openings throughout the NFL.
Here’s the rundown as to the open jobs for the first Friday of 2014.
Browns: Reportedly will interview Cardinals defensive coordinator Todd Bowles (pictured) on Friday. Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops has been flagged as possibly having the “inside track” to the job by former Rams G.M. Tony Softli. Reportedly interviewed Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn on Wednesday. Will interview Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels on Saturday. Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase won’t interview until the Broncos’ season is over. The Browns reportedly have interest in Auburn coach Gus Malzahn, Vanderbilt coach James Franklin, and former Lions coach Jim Schwartz.
Redskins: Reportedly will interview Cowboys special-teams coordinator Rich Bisaccia. Reportedly will interview Ravens offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell, Panthers defensive coordinator Sean McDermott, Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, and Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell. G.M. Bruce Allen said Bill Cowher hasn’t been contacted, which makes sense since Cowher would want control over the draft and the roster, powers recently acquired by Allen.
Vikings: Reportedly interested in Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden and Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer, neither of whom can be interviewed until after Sunday’s playoff game, win or lose. Reportedly will interview Cardinals defensive coordinator Todd Bowles, Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, and Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn. Reportedly interested in Broncos offensive coordinator
Peyton Manning Adam Gase and Broncos defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio.
Lions: Reported will interview Ravens offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell on Monday. Chargers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt reportedly is a strong candidate; he can’t interview until after Sunday’s playoff game, win or lose. (Whisenhunt and G.M. Martin Mayhew were college teammates.) Seahawks offensive line coach Tom Cable reportedly is — and reportedly isn’t — a candidate. The Lions had interest in Lovie Smith and Bill O’Brien, both of whom took jobs elsewhere.
Buccaneers: Chiefs director of player personnel Chris Ballard reportedly is the leading candidate for the G.M. position.