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Tracking the 2017 coaching/G.M. searches

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The regular season is over and the coaching carousel is spinning around the league.

The Rams, Jaguars and Bills didn’t wait for the end of the season to fire their coaches and the Chargers and 49ers didn’t wait long after the final whistle to do the same. The Broncos job opened up when Gary Kubiak stepped down, which left six openings before Black Monday even arrived.

We’ll be tracking all the interviews and signs of interest in candidates for head coaching jobs right here. We’ll also have all the people involved in General Manager searches.

Buffalo Bills

Fired Rex Ryan before final game of the season. Expected to interview interim head coach Anthony Lynn. Expected to interview Cardinals offensive coordinator Harold Goodwin. Asked for permission to interview Panthers defensive coordinator Sean McDermott. Have reportedly spoken to Eagles about interviewing offensive coordinator Frank Reich. Interviewed McDermott. Interviewed Lynn. Scheduled to interview Seahawks defensive coordinator Kris Richard. Having a second interview with McDermott, who is expected to get the job. Offered the job to McDermott and announced that he accepted the job on January 11.

Denver Broncos

Gary Kubiak stepped down after the final game of the season. Requested permission to interview Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan. Will interview Chiefs special teams coach Dave Toub and Dolphins defensive coordinator Vance Joseph. Hired Joseph as their head coach.

Indianapolis Colts

Fired General Manager Ryan Grigson on January 21 and made Jimmy Raye their interim G.M. Requested permission to interview Seahawks execs Trent Kirchner and Scott Fitterer. Requested interview with Vikings assistant G.M. George Paton. Requested interview with Packers exec Eliot Wolf. Requested interview with Chiefs exec Chris Ballard. Reportedly requested interview with Ravens exec Eric DeCosta, but the Colts announced Ballard, Kirchner, Fitterer, Raye, Paton and Wolf would be the only six people interviewing for the job.

Jacksonville Jaguars

Fired Gus Bradley with two games left in the regular season. Interim coach Doug Marrone is expected to be a candidate. Interviewed Tom Coughlin before final game of regular season. Scheduled for interview with Cardinals offensive coordinator Harold Goodwin. Scheduled interview with Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan. Scheduled interview with Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels. Expected to interview Buccaneers defensive coordinator Mike Smith. Expected to interview Bills interim coach Anthony Lynn. Hired Marrone on a permanent basis and named Coughlin their executive vice president of football operations.

Los Angeles Rams

Fired Jeff Fisher with three games left in regular season. Will interview interim coach John Fassel. Expected to interview Cardinals offensive coordinator Harold Goodwin. Scheduled interview with Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and would like to talk to Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia. Scheduled interview with Redskins offensive coordinator Sean McVay. Requested permission to talk to Jaguars interim coach Doug Marrone. Reportedly interested in Saints coach Sean Payton, but Payton said he’s staying in New Orleans. Requested permission to speak to Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan and Bills interim coach Anthony Lynn. Expected to interview Panthers assistant head coach Steve Wilks. Requested permission to interview Lions defensive coordinator Teryl Austin. Interviewed McVay and Goodwin. Interviewed Texans linebackers coach Mike Vrabel. Scheduled a second meeting with McVay. Scheduled a second interview with Lynn. Hired McVay on January 12.

San Diego Chargers

Fired Mike McCoy after Week 17 loss. Requested permission to interview Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia. Requested permission to interview Dolphins defensive coordinator Vance Joseph. Requested permission to interview Chiefs special teams coach Dave Toub. Requested permission to interview Panthers defensive coordinator Sean McDermott. Requested permission to interview Mike Smith. Requested permission to interview Chargers defensive coordinator Teryl Austin. Interview with Joseph did not happen as Joseph was hired by the Broncos. Scheduled a second interview with Lynn. Hired Lynn on January 12.

San Francisco 49ers

Fired head coach Chip Kelly after Week 17 loss. Will interview Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels. List of candidates also includes Seahawks offensive line coach Tom Cable, Bills interim coach Anthony Lynn, Jaguars interim coach Doug Marrone and Dolphins defensive coordinator Vance Joseph. Scheduled interview with Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan. Scheduled interview with Redskins offensive coordinator Sean McVay. Interviewed Lynn. Expected to interview Cable after Seattle’s Wild Card round game. Scheduled an interview with Panthers defensive coordinator Sean McDermott. McDaniels withdrew name from consideration. Shanahan is expected to be the team’s next coach.

Fired General Manager Trent Baalke after Week 17 loss. Requested permission to interview Chiefs exec Chris Ballard, but Ballard reportedly has declined. The 49ers also have interest in speaking with Patriots director of player personnel Nick Caserio, ESPN analyst Louis Riddick, Vikings assistant general manager George Paton and Seahawks co-player personnel directors Trent Kirchner and Scott Fitterer. Expected to interview Packers execs Eliot Wolf and Brian Gutekunst. Scheduled interview with Riddick. Scheduled interview with Paton. Expected to interview Colts exec Jimmy Raye. Expected to interview Kirchner and Fitterer after Seattle’s Wild Card round game. Scheduled an interview with Panthers exec Brandon Beane. Scheduled an interview with Cardinals VP of player personnel Terry McDonough. Expected to hold second interviews with Gutekunst, Wolf and Paton. Wolf and Gutekunst pulled out of the running and signed new deals with the Packers. McDonough and Paton set to interview a second time on January 28.

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11 Responses to “Tracking the 2017 coaching/G.M. searches”
  1. eddiea25 says: Jan 2, 2017 11:46 AM

    Best rumor McDaniels and Garrapollo to 49ers, plus Scott Pioli to be GM.

  2. jdrewsy says: Jan 2, 2017 12:26 PM

    What a spot to be in. Glad we have a coach and GM.

    Go Hawks!

  3. intentionallywidenberg says: Jan 2, 2017 12:28 PM

    It seems like there should be a footnote concerning the apparent Saints’ willingness to trade Sean Payton, since such a trade would leave the Saints without a head coach.

  4. slippery59 says: Jan 2, 2017 12:32 PM

    Any news on Ted Thompson of the Packers? There are some rumors going around about him possibly stepping down as GM and going on to do some scouting.

  5. brassknuckles47 says: Jan 2, 2017 12:52 PM

    Finding the next Chargers Head Coach is EZ…….
    locate the most no-name, inexperienced and CHEAPEST HC candidate, and you’ve found the HC that they will probably hire.

  6. brettfavreisapacker4ever says: Jan 2, 2017 12:55 PM

    There is validity to the Ted Thompson rumors.
    However IF Ted steps away from the GM post he would remain with the team as an advisor. His replacement is IN HOUSE and we all know who it will be – Elliot.

  7. npadln says: Jan 2, 2017 12:57 PM

    You just know some of these teams are interviewing candidates merely for show. But the same “kabuki theater” also applies for some of these coaching candidates… Does anyone really believe Josh Mcdaniels would risk his second attempt at THE big job in such a dysfunctional organization as the 49ers? No, he’s taking the interview as some kind of strategy with other goals in mind.

  8. true9erfan66 says: Jan 2, 2017 7:54 PM

    So hopefully the niners get it right. I realize we haven’t lately,but we did get Harbaugh right. So I have some faith I said some lol. I think I will be tickled pink if we end up GM in no order Scott piolie,Elliot wolf,patriots Casio then coaching if it’s either of the 2 patriots then it’s McDaniels which I would be happy about I know what happened at Denver. But let’s not forget guys like belicheck,Carroll,shanhan who all failed pretty bad there first times out. Then if it’s not a patriot guy I wouldn’t be surprised our next coach is Kyle shanhan only thing is if it is Elliot wolf I am in the dark who he would want. I also am intrigued with Mcvey at Washington

  9. intellectualpenury says: Jan 2, 2017 11:05 PM

    I think Jeff Fisher would be an excellent choice in Buffalo, Denver, Jacksonville, San Diego or San Francisco.

    He played for DITKA and coached under BUDDY RYAN

  10. orangeraider says: Jan 3, 2017 10:06 AM

    Jeff Fisher needs to be passed on.
    Has done nothing as HC

  11. huskersqb7 says: Jan 11, 2017 8:19 PM

    Anyone think wisenhunt will be chargers next coach?

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