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As seats fill, who’ll be out of luck?

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After more than a week of nothing, half of the open jobs already have filled up. And with three jobs now claimed and three left, it’s clear that plenty of viable candidates will be waiting for at least a full year.

The Jaguars have hired Doug Marrone, the Broncos have hired Vance Joseph, and the Bills have hired Sean McDermott. Three of the four California teams are still looking: the 49ers, Rams, and Chargers.

It’s unclear where the Chargers are leaning. The Rams have done plenty of homework on Washington offensive coordinator Sean McVay, and he was the first to be interviewed in L.A. a second time. The 49ers had hoped to hire a G.M. first, but ran into brick walls when trying to Chiefs director of player personnel Chris Ballard (their “first choice, second choice, and third choice,” we’ve been told) and Patriots director of player personnel Nick Caserio.

There’s a theory currently making the rounds in league circles that the 49ers will hire either Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels or Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan. And the thinking is that whoever doesn’t land that job won’t be making the step up in 2017.

Others who may end up out of luck include Bills interim head coach Anthony Lynn, Cardinals offensive coordinator Harold Goodwin, Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia, Lions defensive coordinator Teryl Austin, Seahawks defensive coordinator Kris Richard, Eagles offensive coordinator Frank Reich, Chiefs special-teams coordinator Dave Toub, Buccaneers defensive coordinator Mike Smith, Panthers assistant head coach Steve Wilks, Seahawks offensive line coach Tom Cable, and Texans linebackers coach Mike Vrabel.

But at least those guys received consideration for a head-coaching job. Cowboys offensive coordinator Scott Linehan, Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley, Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz, Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo, Cowboys defensive coordinator Ron Marinelli, Lions offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter, and Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell are among those who didn’t even get a chance to make the case for becoming a head coach.

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40 Responses to “As seats fill, who’ll be out of luck?”
  1. djstat says: Jan 11, 2017 4:28 PM

    Linehan – Failed as HC
    Haley – Failed as HC
    Scwartz – average at best as an HC
    Spags – Failed as HC
    Mairnelli – FAILED as HC

  2. shaggytoodle says: Jan 11, 2017 4:33 PM

    The 49ers will be the ones out of luck, but that will be self inflicted.

    I just hope all teams making the moves for GMs and Coaches give the incoming staff 3 years, because it takes a bit of time to clean up the previous mess, and find which players all ready there, can fit in the systems you run on offense and defense.

  3. beavertonsteve says: Jan 11, 2017 4:33 PM

    I think the Rams are still in on Shanahan. They lost their chance to interview him the first time due to weather.

    For many teams the longer that the Falsons are in it, the harder it gets to wait around. The Rams’ Kevin Demoff shouldn’t have to worry about not knowing Shanhan’s interest level, since his dad is Shanahan’s agent.

  4. nhpats says: Jan 11, 2017 4:34 PM

    The fact that teams are still playing and teams are re-filling positions is a good example of the level of inconsistency on today’s NFL. No team should be allowed to interview or hire anyone until the season is over. The season is not over until the conclusion of the SB. This is just common sense.

  5. dewey51 says: Jan 11, 2017 4:35 PM

    Who’ll be out of Luck – Andrew Luck, that’s who.

    He is still stuck with the incompetent Chuck Pagano/Ryan Grigson combo platter.

  6. GrantRodgers says: Jan 11, 2017 4:49 PM

    My money is on the Niners to find a way to lose out. That’s the Jed York way.

  7. kingshmegland says: Jan 11, 2017 4:49 PM

    dewey51, dead on. Dead on.

  8. GraniteLand says: Jan 11, 2017 4:54 PM

    Peyton Manning will return to Indy in some capacity and help Luck achieve his full potential. Would like to see him become the GM.

  9. seahawksfan4ever says: Jan 11, 2017 4:56 PM

    Bevell? Why would he get a chance? One of the most predictable and unimaginative play callers ever. Frankly, Hawks fans can’t understand why he is still in Seattle. Sometimes loyalty goes too far when it undermines performance. He’s not going anywhere, ever, much to our consternation.

  10. jjackwagon says: Jan 11, 2017 5:08 PM

    With the best 25% of the league still playing, no competent front office should be in a rush to hire.

  11. dartmouthstevens says: Jan 11, 2017 5:09 PM

    @GrantRodgers They already did. Two GM candidates turning him down to interview *SCREAMS* run away to any decent head coach candidate.

  12. boyzrollen says: Jan 11, 2017 5:16 PM

    nhpats says:
    Jan 11, 2017 4:34 PM

    The fact that teams are still playing and teams are re-filling positions is a good example of the level of inconsistency on today’s NFL. No team should be allowed to interview or hire anyone until the season is over. The season is not over until the conclusion of the SB. This is just common sense.

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    The good thing about how it is now is for the teams still in contention. Less chance of them having to find a replacement in the off season and mess up the flow they have going. But bad for the bad teams that need someone competent.

  13. imaduffer says: Jan 11, 2017 5:18 PM

    There’s got to be one or two Pop Warner coaches that are still available.

  14. tonebones says: Jan 11, 2017 5:24 PM

    The GM is usually much more important than the head coach, so as long as most of these teams are keeping their current GMs, I don’t think it matters that much about where all these coaches end up. The 49ers are getting a new GM, so their fortunes are more likely to change than the teams staying with unsuccessful GMs.

  15. bluenose1965 says: Jan 11, 2017 5:31 PM

    There’s got to be one or two Pop Warner coaches that are still available.
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    No, Pagano kept his job.

  16. goldrush36 says: Jan 11, 2017 5:32 PM

    Niners already lost when Jed didn’t fire himself…. but only one candidate declined interview and that was Caserio who has turned down multiple chances before. Ballard was blocked from interviewing by the Chiefs.

  17. whatjusthapped says: Jan 11, 2017 5:34 PM

    I agree with tonebones above, the GM is a much bigger factor than the coach. Look the Vikings, good coach and an idiot for a GM. They will never win a playoff game with that GM.

  18. thegreatgabbert says: Jan 11, 2017 5:37 PM

    Uh, none of the guys hired so far can exactly be called a “get”. More a case of “We better grab this guy, he’s better than nothing at all…”.

  19. jgedgar70 says: Jan 11, 2017 5:39 PM

    Cowboys offensive coordinator Scott Linehan, Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley, Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz, Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo, Cowboys defensive coordinator Ron Marinelli, Lions offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter, and Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell are among those who didn’t even get a chance to make the case for becoming a head coach.
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    All of these, except Jimmy-Joe-Bill-Bob and Darrell Bevell, have been epic failures as head coaches. The last thing any franchise needs is any of these worn-out retreads.

  20. arwiv says: Jan 11, 2017 5:40 PM

    I just wish teams wouldnt ax guys after 1 or 2 years….thats flat out ridiculous. Those among us here who root for teams that practice stability know what Im talking about. If you want to see what the bad organizations are, look for the ones that have complete front office/coaching turnovers every few years.

  21. carloswlassiter says: Jan 11, 2017 5:45 PM

    It’ll be entertaining when York is not able to convince any decent candidates to take a position from which the last two people have been given 1 year to turn the program around.

  22. joefelicelli says: Jan 11, 2017 6:06 PM

    goldrush36 says:
    Jan 11, 2017 5:32 PM

    Niners already lost when Jed didn’t fire himself…. but only one candidate declined interview and that was Caserio who has turned down multiple chances before. Ballard was blocked from interviewing by the Chiefs.
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    I hope that was a protective move where Ballard is not interested in the job. He is a solid guy with great potential in my opinion as a GM. I would be disappointed if the Chiefs were blocking him if he was interested. But the Niners, until Jed gets a little time under his belt, is going to be tough to work for, much like Dan Snyder and Jerry Jones have been at times.

  23. timswog says: Jan 11, 2017 6:06 PM

    49ers are preparing to hire josh mcdaniels as their new head coach. if you’ve been paying attention for the last few days, you’d know that.

  24. timswog says: Jan 11, 2017 6:07 PM

    49ers are preparing to hire josh mcdaniels as their new head caoch. if you’ve been paying attention for the last few days, you’d know that.

  25. tedmurph says: Jan 11, 2017 6:08 PM

    Still think Patricia gets the Chargers job.

  26. number1hawkfan says: Jan 11, 2017 6:09 PM

    The niners will be pulling some people off the street because no one with any other options are gonna go there and be fired after one season. Maybe the should call ctiggs. He thinks the niners are in great shape so he’ll fit right in with York. He also seems to think he knows everything so let’s see it.

  27. badmoonrison says: Jan 11, 2017 6:14 PM

    Doesnt matter who the 9ers hire. They will still be the laughingstock of the NFL until 2030 or so.

  28. shaggytoodle says: Jan 11, 2017 6:23 PM

    arwiv says:
    Jan 11, 2017 5:40 PM
    I just wish teams wouldnt ax guys after 1 or 2 years….thats flat out ridiculous. Those among us here who root for teams that practice stability know what Im talking about.
    ________
    Absolutely, which is the teams with higher turnover never get muxh traction by the tI’m they have the players they have drafted and are about to enter their prime they get the boot and have to start over. Remember when people were scream for Oakland GM to be canned after a slow start… silly.

  29. tjacks7 says: Jan 11, 2017 6:25 PM

    Harold Goodwin is just this years unfortunate victim of the NFL’s racist Rooney Rule. He’ll be interviewed to check the box, but he has no chance of getting a HC job this year. NFL should be ashamed.

  30. manipuraram says: Jan 11, 2017 7:49 PM

    Rams will hire Mcvay. He’ll be the new bill Walsh. Phillips will be his D.C. It’s gonna be great.

  31. nomoreseasontix says: Jan 11, 2017 7:55 PM

    I think it’s funny that nobody has uttered the name “Chip Kelly”
    I think I see where this is going. The NFL is advising Chip to go back to college.

  32. raiderrob21 says: Jan 11, 2017 8:37 PM

    More like who’s gonna get stuck with having to take the Santa Clara job.

    Your list of candidates at the end of your article are failed retreads why would you think they deserve a shot?

  33. realtruthteller100 says: Jan 11, 2017 8:37 PM

    if the cheifs choke and fire andy reid the rest of the coach’s better watch out. he can fill all the seats by himself. (hes fat)

  34. goodellclownshow says: Jan 11, 2017 8:38 PM

    Would you rather hurry and rush to hire a warm body or take as long as it takes to get the “right” hire??

    I can see by their hires why some of these teams are perennial losers…

  35. joeljcook says: Jan 11, 2017 8:45 PM

    Seahawks fans laugh hysterically when they see Tom Cable on these things. Make him your HC at your own risk.

  36. kevpft says: Jan 11, 2017 8:48 PM

    Wonder if it’s possible that no one will accept the 49ers job. What happens to a team when no one allows themselves to be its coach or GM?

  37. breadmeatcheese says: Jan 11, 2017 8:54 PM

    mcdaniels i just don’t get. he is only good in england (new).

  38. arctantheta says: Jan 11, 2017 9:28 PM

    joeljcook says:
    Jan 11, 2017 8:45 PM
    Seahawks fans laugh hysterically when they see Tom Cable on these things. Make him your HC at your own risk.

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    -well, Cable already proved himself a good yes man when he agreed to play Jawalrus. I think that would play well with master York.

  39. NJ49er says: Jan 11, 2017 11:40 PM

    What’s wrong with this picture?
    Jed/Paraag = 2 non-football guys, looking to hire the 2 most important football guys in the building.

    Therein lies the problem.
    They believe they’re the 2 smartest guys in the building.
    Jim Harbaugh = Jimmy Johnson.
    Jed/Jerruh = Owners who couldn’t give football guys the stage and step away.
    You get what you deserve Jed.
    You’re a clown.

  40. ahs2 says: Jan 12, 2017 12:36 AM

    Marinelli…LOL, I can’t stop laughing. His gift is as a coordinator, period.

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