Will there be any more coaching vacancies?

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Currently, the NFL has six coaching vacancies. That’s nearly 20 percent of the league, but still short of the 8-10 spots that many thought would come open.

The real question is whether there will be more.

For the non-playoff teams, there’s no reason to wait. With candidates for the existing vacancies being lined up, time is of the essence when it comes to finding a new coach. Unless there’s a team out there that secretly is pursuing a Jon Gruden-style white-whale candidate, the 14 non-playoff teams that currently don’t have openings presumably won’t.

That leaves the playoff teams. Coaching changes have been made in the past after seasons have ended in the playoffs, both voluntarily and involuntarily.

For the Titans, there was a belief as of last week that coach Mike Mularkey would be out if the team didn’t reverse a three-game losing streak and secure a playoff berth. There’s still a concern, however, that a loss to the Chiefs on Saturday could be the end of the road for Mularkey.

Beyond Mularkey, there’s no coach who seems to be in danger, grave or otherwise, of losing his job after the playoff run ends. But there are several that maybe should be regarded as candidates to choose to walk away.

Earlier this week, during a visit with Paul Allen of KFAN (and the voice of the Vikings), I threw a dart in a dark room that may not have a dartboard about a possible decision by Vikings coach Mike Zimmer to walk away, Dick Vermeil/Bill Walsh-style, if Zimmer’s team wins the Super Bowl. Chiefs coach Andy Reid and Patriots coach Bill Belichick also could (emphasize “could”) at least consider strolling off into the sunset with a Lombardi Trophy in hand.

Others could consider walking away and emerging elsewhere, with a Super Bowl win. Panthers coach Ron Rivera may decide to hand the silver trophy to Jerry Richardson and move on, along with Richardson. Saints coach Sean Payton, who has coached the team since 2006, could decide after winning a pair of Super Bowls in New Orleans that the time has come for him to move on.

However it all plays out, history suggests that it makes sense to consider that those six vacancies could still grow to seven, or more.

59 responses to “Will there be any more coaching vacancies?

  1. Jon Gruden-style white-whale candidate
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    Cue the racist remarks.

  2. What about Mike Mcarthy in GB when they hire a new GM and they don’t get a long. Gregg Rosenthall of NFL ATL seems to strongly believe that a coaching change will be in the works and I can see it after some pretty disappointing seasons in GB. Arguably the most talented QB in the league has been in the league for 13 seasons been playing for 10 and only has 1 ring to show for it. Might want to think about a new coach.

  3. Belichick might walk if they win it all. He will lose his OC and his DC. And he will have a 41-year-old QB starting next season. BB wanted to keep Garropolo and trade Brady but Kraft vetoed him.

  4. No way Zimmer is leaving even if they win the SB. His passion for the game runs much deeper.

  5. If Andy Reid wins it, he should walk, but he wont. If he didn’t walk when his son passed, he isn’t walking now. He loves football. He will probably coach until he is physically removed from the game.

  6. Mularkey should be gone.

    But why even write about the Belichek, Zimmer, or Reid. There has been nothing to suggest that any of them would even consider it.

  7. Zimmer isn’t walking away.

    Where would he go? His wife died several years ago, his family is grown, his son works for him, and he doesn’t have the polish for television. He’s early 60s, still loves football, and isn’t the sort of guy who would be content hunting and drinking until he dies.

    Sure, he may walk away and join a mariachi band but I doubt it. He’ll die with a whistle in his mouth.

  8. There is a serious lack of qualified head coaches in the league, and HC material waiting in the wings. Who are all these teams going to put in place other than retreading the guys being fired by other teams? That’s the biggest problem. Untested guy from college, long shot on an NFL coordinator, or a retread?

    All the options are bad.

  9. This article is very disappointing. I was hoping for even the most wildly speculative possibility of a change in Dallas.

  10. I still think McCarthy gets canned once GB hires a new GM and ends up in Cleveland with Dorsey, which is why they haven’t fired Hue Jackson yet.

    With Matt Nagy’s stock growing, if the Chiefs would win a Super Bowl, I could see Reid stepping down, or into an office role, so that Nagy could take over.

    I don’t think Belichick retires until Tom does. If ever. He may coach until he dies.

  11. There is only one reason there are not more vacancies. Money. These billionaires didn’t get rich by wasting money. Even when teams lose, they win by profit. These billionaire owners are almost always slow to fire anybody under a contract. Never underestimate a rich persons desire to be richer.

  12. 4sacroc says:
    January 4, 2018 at 8:54 am
    Belichick might walk if they win it all. He will lose his OC and his DC. And he will have a 41-year-old QB starting next season. BB wanted to keep Garropolo and trade Brady but Kraft vetoed him.
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    This will be like the 1 millionth time BB would/could lose his OC and DC. If you think BB is going to throw in the towel when the going gets tough then you have not been paying attention. I’ll leave your other comment alone since there is zero reality to it.

  13. I’ve posted this before and I’ll post it again no head coach has ever won a super bowl for 2 different teams. Your white-whale is just a guppie and no one realizes it.

  14. Trying to make news here. I don’t see quit in the faces of any of those coaches and Tennessee would be crazy to can a coach that takes them to the playoffs.

  15. I am not sure here… but has any super bowl winning coach EVER walked away from the team he coached to and won with the Super bowl the next season?

  16. Both Jackson and Lewis will be fine. Lewis just needs to fire more assistants and Jackson’s squad will be much better once he jumps in Lake Erie.

  17. I threw a dart in a dark room that may not have a dartboard about a possible decision by Vikings coach Mike Zimmer to walk away

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    That’s stupid. Like owning worthless stock makes you think you’re an NFL owner stupid.

  18. What about the most obvious coach McCarthy? GB just fired GM, OC, DC, QB, LB and DL coaches. The rest of this is just lame attempt to make up controversy.

  19. Bill Belichick’s father coached until he was 90. Why would he quit? All he does is coach football. Is he going into broadcasting? Yeah, sure. Is he going to sit in his $10 million house and watch tv? Seriously, when you have the unprecedented job security that Belichick has and you love what you do, where are you going to be happier? This Belichick is going to retire talk is nonsense.

  20. atomicwaste says:
    January 4, 2018 at 8:58 am
    If Rivera won the Lombardi and decided to come coach the Bears, I could handle that.
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    Carolina isn’t winning anything with that clown at QB.

  21. As a Titan fan, I was hoping for a loss last week and I’m rooting for the Chiefs to roll. Tennessee has a good GM, good players, and Woody Hayes for a coach. Please, a modern offense to go with our modern QB.

  22. Beyond Mularkey, there’s no coach who seems to be in danger, grave or otherwise, of losing his job
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    I saw what you did. A Few Good Men

    Danger? Grave danger? Is there another kind?

  23. Sidenote, Im going to be really really happy for Mike Zimmer if he wins the SB after all he went trough the last couple years both on and off the field.

    The man lost his wife, had multiple eye surgeries, had his OC quit, managed a QB carrousel like no other into unlikely success, and so on…

    Would be awesome to see his journey hit the pinacle.

  24. Zim is a good coach and I think he could win a SB but there’s something about this team that makes me think it wouldn’t be this year.

    McCarthy might be fired if the GM comes from outside the Packers but I still think it’s a 2 horse race with Ball and Wolf for GM and neither will fire Mike this year. Ball probably in the lead. I’d rather Wolf for the same exact reason why you love QB’s that grew up with their dad as football coaches. They soak up so much their whole life and Elliot did his first player scout when he was 14. He’s literally a 35 year old exec with 20 years experience. Would be well positioned for long term stability at that role.

  25. One of the people commenting said if Bengals and Browns didn’t fire their coaches then there shouldn’t be any more vacancies but what about the Ravens? Over paid QB, and now they have missed the playoffs 3 years in a row. Maybe 4 years in a row will be the straw that breaks the camels back.

  26. Isn’t it about time for Snyder to make a change in DC? I could see Jay joining his brother in Oakland.

  27. Not this year. But next year John Harbaugh is probably going to enter “hot seat” territory.

    thefan08 says:
    January 4, 2018 at 10:51 am
    One of the people commenting said if Bengals and Browns didn’t fire their coaches then there shouldn’t be any more vacancies but what about the Ravens? Over paid QB, and now they have missed the playoffs 3 years in a row. Maybe 4 years in a row will be the straw that breaks the camels back.

  28. 4sacroc says:
    January 4, 2018 at 8:54 am
    Belichick might walk if they win it all. He will lose his OC and his DC. And he will have a 41-year-old QB starting next season. BB wanted to keep Garropolo and trade Brady but Kraft vetoed him.

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    Belichick likes facing challenges, he does not quit if the going gets tough. There is even fair argument that he would relish the opportunity to deliver a winner having to start over for what that would add to his legacy.

    All that other stuff is without grounds, no one knows anything either wayon any if it. Keep in mind that wishful thinking is very different from factual basis.

  29. rideforjesus says:

    January 4, 2018 at 9:40 am

    I am not sure here… but has any super bowl winning coach EVER walked away from the team he coached to and won with the Super bowl the next season?
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    I think Vermeil left right after winning the SB in St. Louis, but then came back and coached in Kansas City for a couple of years.

  30. Pats will win super bowl this year and Belichick will become HC of the……..

    NY GIANTS!!!!

  31. a1b24948 says:
    January 4, 2018 at 11:26 am
    Not this year. But next year John Harbaugh is probably going to enter “hot seat” territory.

    thefan08 says:
    January 4, 2018 at 10:51 am
    One of the people commenting said if Bengals and Browns didn’t fire their coaches then there shouldn’t be any more vacancies but what about the Ravens? Over paid QB, and now they have missed the playoffs 3 years in a row. Maybe 4 years in a row will be the straw that breaks the camels back.

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    He always delivers an excuse though. He explains how it wasnt fair every year.

  32. Of course I want the Vikings to win the Super Bowl. Not just because they haven’t been to one in 41 years and lost all 4 they played in but because it would make history. I think/hope that if the Vikings win that Zim wouldn’t retire because what else does he have to do. Dude lives for football. His son is also in the game. He sadly lost his wife. Also if a team wins 1 SB it gives them hope of winning more. Just like the Patriots. In fact, Bill Belichick has said before that he likes the team that Zimmer has built and considers him a coach to admire. Zim has foreshadowed the win in the Vikings stadium with Purple confetti before he was hired. His crystal ball predicts it. Let’s hope this is finally the year. Or else it will end in another excruciating heart wrenching collapse that has become Viking lore. I am praying for the former.

  33. I am not sure here… but has any super bowl winning coach EVER walked away from the team he coached to and won with the Super bowl the next season?

    Yes, several times, Dick Vermeil, Bill Walsh and Vince Lombardi all did it. There might be another one or two.

  34. BB would have kept Jimmy if he wanted him. He’s not quitting and Brady isn’t retiring.

    Brady built a home next Kraft in Brookline, MA, which is an hour commute to Gillette. That indicates a long term plan. Brady will buy into ownership when he retires and will be the face of the organization. His discounted buy in will cover Kraft’s taxes on his transfer to his kids. BB, TB and Jonathan Kraft will keep America’s Team winning.

  35. The twin toxic owners- Jerry Jones and Dan Snyder- will initially say all the right things about sticking with their present coaches until some of the teams with openings are praised for their early signings, and then they get antsy and look to signing someone like McDaniels. Green Bay is handicapping itself BOTH for GM and Coach by giving MM the dreaded vote of confidence. Their fan base is loyal and won’t let the pencil-pushers in HQ destroy the team. A new GM HAS to be able to bring in his own guy as HC.

  36. Yea sure. belichick’s job will be open IF his car gets hit by a meteorite. Remote probability because Ernie keeps tabs on their trajectories.

  37. scoops1 says:
    January 4, 2018 at 8:58 am

    Carroll is going back to college
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    You must mean he’s about to be schooled bigtime by the younger NFCW coaches in LA, SFO and probably whomever replaces Arians in PHX. I agree.

  38. stevew5 no true fan would ever root for their team to lose..and then tell the world about it! Please go “root” for another team, the Titans don’t need you.

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