Status of coach, G.M. searches, one week later


[Editor’s note:  With the hiring cycle seven days old and only two head-coaching jobs filled, we thought it would make sense to wipe the slate clean and provide a fresh, one-stop update as to all current vacancies.]

Arizona Cardinals:  Looking for both a coach and a G.M., the Cardinals have interviewed defensive coordinator Ray Horton and Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy.  They plan to interview Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden.  The Cardinals also sought permission to interview Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley, but to date Haley has not accepted.  Cardinals V.P. of player personnel Steve Keim is regarded as the leading candidate to be promoted to the position of G.M.

Buffalo Bills:  The Bills hired Syracuse coach Doug Marrone.

Carolina Panthers:  The Panthers announced coach Ron Rivera will return.

Chicago Bears:  G.M. Phil Emery continues to pursue a wide variety of candidates, most of which have offensive backgrounds.  They include Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy, Montreal Alouettes coach Marc Trestman, Texans offensive coordinator Rick Dennison, Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians, 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 Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell.  (It eventually will be easier to list the offensive coordinators whom the Bears haven’t interviewed.)

Cleveland Browns:  With Chip Kelly out of the mix, the Browns have “rebooted” their search.  Currently, the Browns are looking at Cardinals defensive coordinator Ray Horton, former Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt, Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians, and Montreal Alouettes coach Marc Trestman.

Jacksonville Jaguars:  Candidates for the vacant G.M. job include Falcons director of player personnel Dave Caldwell, Cardinals V.P. of player personnel Steve Keim, 49ers director of player personnel Tom Gamble, and Giants director of college scouting Marc Ross.  There have been conflicting reports regarding whether coach Mike Mularkey will be retained; it’s believed that the next G.M. will make a final decision.

Kansas City Chiefs:  The Chiefs have hired coach Andy Reid.  Packers director of operations John Dorsey and former Browns G.M. Tom Heckert are among the candidates to replace Scott Pioli as G.M.

New York Jets:  49ers director of player personnel Tom Gamble is believed to be the leading candidate.  Other candidates include Giants director of college scouting Marc Ross and Falcons director of player personnel Dave Caldwell.

Philadelphia Eagles:  With Chip Kelly opting to stay at Oregon, the Eagles’ current candidates include Falcons defensive coordinator Mike Nolan, Falcons special-teams coordinator Keith Armstrong, Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley, Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians, and Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy.  The Eagles also are reportedly interested in Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden.

San Diego Chargers:  Chargers director of player personnel Jimmy Raye and Colts vice president of football operations Tom Telesco are considered to be the top candidates for the G.M. job.   Coaching candidates include Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians, but that process won’t get rolling until the Chargers have a new G.M.

36 responses to “Status of coach, G.M. searches, one week later

  1. Thank God Chip Kelly isn’t coming to Philly. I feared that for months of whispers that he might come here. Go get a defensive minded coach who can motivate the pathetic losers we have on our roster. They are quitters not winners and someone needs to stop sticking up for them and light a fire up there a$$. Gus Bradley, I was watching him yesterday and he seems to have alot of fire…give him a shot. He does have the #1 defense in the nfl after all…..

  2. I think the Browns have thrown in the towel. Might as well just stop competing.

  3. Looks like the Cardinals prospects are as dry as the Arizona desert in August and President Michael Bidwill prematurely threw the organization under the bus on impulse, folding to media pressure. In a recent interview Bidwell stated he was looking for a
    “football guy who possessed leadership, accountability, and performance and who would fix the QB situation currently in place (e.g. K.Kolb)” Fans would like the same from the organization…a “football guy” at the helm who was accountable, performed at league standard and was a knowledgeable leader in the NFL who would do whatever necessary to insure success (ka ching!).

  4. It is suprising that Holmgren is not hot enough to be mentioned here. Now that Reid has a job, maybe his agent will get busy.

    We also really need a post that goes over all the “Starting Quarterback” openings in the league, and who are the leading candidates.

    Jets, Bills, Jaguars, Chiefs, Vikings, Titans, Eagles, Cardinals, Buccaneers(maybe).

  5. with all the names mentioned in this article- i’d ask marv levy if he’d come out of retirement to be head coach. what a horrible list of candidates for head coaching jobs to choose from.

  6. The Bears’ Emery is utilizing his Scouting background for he Coaching search – need to look at the film a half-dozen times/interview Candidates to find the right one.

    Hopefully when he does find someone he won’t say ‘I can’t believe this guy was still available’!!!

  7. I’m really hoping my Jags land Caldwell or Gamble. I got up early today wishfully thinking they may make an announcement today. I just want to get this part over with so I can watch for who they might bring in to fill out the scouting and other departments. I want to get an idea of what kind of players they want to draft.

  8. Marc Trestman as head coach in Cleveland? C’mon. That guy was a DISASTER when he was QB coach and OC in Cleveland from 1988 to 1990. There was a reason why his stay here was so short.

    And Ken Whisenhunt? The Whizzinator has an overall losing record, and single-handedly turned first ballot Hall-of-Famer Larry Fitzgerald into a 4-touchdown, sub-800 yard non-factor this year. With that backdrop, if he had to work with talent like Little and Massaquoi, the most we can expect is that he could convert them to paperweights, door stops, or boat anchors.

    The last thing that the Browns’ already-tepid offense needs is a wet blanket like either of these two clowns. If I’d known it was going to come to this, I would’ve lobbied to keep Pat Shurmur (shudder the thought).

  9. For the Bears, I’m hoping it comes down to McCoy, Arians, or Clements…No longer as high on Kyle Shanahan after what he and his dad did to RGIII and the ‘Skins offense yesterday.

  10. How about if we have a lottery for all the coaching candidates? The first name drawn gets the worst situation – Philly, then the next gets stuck in Arizona and so on? At least the Eagles will continue to get high draft picks and the fans already excel at booing, so it won’t matter who folows Andy.

  11. Looking at the Bears list it is obvious they had no idea who could be a possible replacement when they fired Lovie.

  12. Not a surprise on Kelly…saying all along he would stay at Oregon. Gruden screwed up in playoffs not using running back enough. Shanahans play calling was crappy in Washington loss. Bears need Holmgren to rein in Cutler as he did Favre. Cleveland should have kept their coach as he made strides with little they gave him. Buffalo has no QB…hard to have an interest. But for future HC without good QB’s….there may be Smith and Flynn out there for the taking. Just saying…

  13. Word on the street is that Andrew Perloff is high on the list of GM candidates for both the Jets and the Eagles.

  14. It will be interesting to see what happens with Arians. I remember reading that he said he wasn’t going to bolt from Indy after this season, but you have to think he’d be tempted by one of the remaining head coaching openings. He proved he can get the job done this year when he won nine games filling in for Chuck Pagano — and at 60 years old, it’s possible that he won’t be a hot name for too many more years.

    I personally think Chicago would be a good fit. They need someone who can get the most out of Jay Cutler, who has a reputation as a difficult personality to handle. Arians, who had a great relationship with Ben Roethlisberger in Pittsburgh (another player with a rep for a tough attitude to handle) might be just the man for the job.

  15. Predictions for remaining coaching jobs:

    ARZ – Ray Horton
    CHI – Mike McCoy
    CLE – Ken Whisenhunt
    PHI – Gus Bradley
    SD – Bruce Arians

    Lovie Smith will have to settle for a co-ordinator job or sit out for a year before getting another head coaching opportunity.

  16. The Jaguars need to overhaul the team and we interview candidates from the Falcons, Niners, Cardinals, and Giants? One of these rosters is not like the others.

    Gamble’s out, so it’s safe to assume the Jags want Caldwell.

  17. Initially, I wanted Arians or McCoy for the Bears, but I am really leaning toward Trestman as the days go by. Way too much experience on the Offensive side of the ball, and he knows how to reign in Jay. If Jay would not produce under his guidance, he can be shown the door.

  18. Mike Nolan is not head coach material. Look at his record. He nearly ruined Alex Smith’s career, who ended up being an above average QB – long after Nolan left of course. Not being able to manage QBs in a QB league should be enough to keep him in the D-Coordinator ranks for life. He’s also paranoid and plays power trips behind the scenes with players and staff. Can’t manage a game to save his life. My fave was when he did a challenge to whether or not a field goal was actually good (Akers and Philly I recall). I think he is the only coach to ever do this, and of course, it failed, costing a valuable timeout and challenge opportunity later in the game.
    Hiring this guy as a HC would be a big mistake.

  19. I’m surprised there are no Scott Pioli mentions here. Sure the Chiefs suck but Pioli brought in quite a few good starters – and while he had his share of misses as well, you can say that about pretty much every GM, including Belichick, who has by far the best record in football over the last 10 years.

  20. The way I see it, the best candidates are Bradley(defensively-minded), McCoy(offensively-minded), and Arians, in that order. I’d be happy having any of them as the Eagles’ coach, though Id prefer Arians over McCoy. To top it off, how great would it be to get Lovie Smith as DC?!?! However, if someone does hire Lovie as a DC, I dont think it would be a good idea to have him teamed up with Bradley. Two defensively-minded coaches may not work well. If things dont go right, you could see Bradley try to have more control of the D, which could cause unneeded tensions. I think my top choice would be an Arians/Lovie or McCoy/Lovie combo, but its like do I want a Lambo or a Ferrari? lol youre good either way!

  21. It’s funny how Arians is a major player for a HC job. Pittsburgh lets him go, then doesn’t even make the playoffs. If anyone has given up, its the Pittsburgh offense and front office.

  22. I think it was a mistake to fire Lovie Smith. That team need more of a tweaking than an overhaul. Especially, I think the owner should have insisted on hiring a top notch OC and letting that OC in on the decision making process where personnel are concerned.

    Chicago may spend a lot of time regretting this change. Lots of teams would kill for a 10-6 record.

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