The coaching carousel starts to spin

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With six (and possibly more) NFL head-coaching vacancies, the offseason coaching carousel already is spinning at full speed.

This year, like every year, the next wave of head coaches will come from three primary categories:  (1) former NFL head coaches; (2) current college coaches; and (3) current NFL coordinators.

Technically other categories exist, like former college coaches (e.g., Barry Switzer), current NFL non-coordinator assistant coaches (e.g., John Harbaugh), and current CFL coaches (Marc Trestmant).  But most jobs will be filled by one of the three primary categories.

Given the copycat nature of the NFL, recent successes and failures will influence current hires.  Andy Reid’s transformation of the Chiefs into a contender will attract owners to other men who coached past teams to Super Bowl appearances, like Lovie Smith, Ken Whisenhunt, and Jim Caldwell.  The success of Chip Kelly in Philly will keep the college path in play, after guys like Nick Saban and Bobby Petrino pushed the pendulum the other way.

Coordinators without head-coaching experience entail a high degree of risk, along with the potential for a significant reward.  This year, former Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy took the Chargers to the playoffs with no head-coaching experience.  But for every McCoy, there are several Brad Childresses.

Some teams fire coaches knowing precisely whom they want to hire.  Others will take anyone other than the guy they have.

Regardless of how the seats are filled, the music already is playing.

21 responses to “The coaching carousel starts to spin

  1. John Harbaugh was a special teams coordinator so I would say he falls under the coordinator category

  2. Jack Del Rio wants everyone to know that his prepaid cell is loaded with minutes and he has unlimited texting also.

  3. I can’t wait to see where Chuckie Gruden lands. Getting him and his annoying voice off the ESPN airwaves during MNF should be enough reason to hire him…..

  4. I wonder which of these dolts is going to give Norv Turner another shot to fail as HC. You know someone’s going to.

  5. “Some teams fire coaches knowing precisely whom they want to hire.”


    But everyone knows that Emperor Goodell and Jesse Jackson will be pushing extremely hard to hire as many minority coaches as possible.

    In the event a team decides to go with a white coach, a league hearing (and possibly a congressional hearing) will be required to validate the team’s choice, to determine why the team hired him over a minority, and to study ways for how such a thing can be prevented in the future.

  6. Half of the NFC playoff teams are former college coaches (specifically the PAC12). The college pipeline is definetly open for business. Of course, there are guys who should stay there. Just as there are guys who should just be coordinators or assistants.

  7. Not naming names, but
    “You play to win the game!”
    “They are who we thought they were”

    Oh what the hell-
    Marty!! Somebody bring back Marty-Ball!!!

    “Playoffs?!! You wanna talk about PLAYOFFS?!”

    C’Mon, someone’s gotta give these guys a chance!!

    How about Mariucci? He’s been hanging around awhile, still able to give it a shot! Every year talk is about Chuckie and Cowher, why not Mooch?

  8. Most teams spend today figuring out who they want to conduct “fake” interviews with so they can comply with the extremely racist Rooney rule.

  9. Cheap shot against Childress. His teams went 6-10, 8-8, 10-6, 12-4 and then farve fell apart because of injury, Sidney rice delayed hip surgery, randy moss was brought in, and his ream was 3-7 before he got let go.

    With two division championships. So although I didn’t like him he ha a winning record and a competitive team. Don’t get me wrong… I was glad to see him go but he wasn’t a bum.

  10. ESPN 980 is reporting that the Patriots have fired Bill Belichick.

    Just kidding, 13 straight winning seasons and counting. I actually had to google “Black Monday”.

  11. Get this:

    10 of the last 16 Superbowl Champion Coaches were coaching for their 2nd team in the NFL:

    3 – Belicick (CLE before NE)
    2 – Coughlin (JAX before NYG)
    2 – Shanahan (OAK before DEN)
    1 – Gruden (OAK before TB)
    1 – Dungy (TB before IND)
    1 – Vermiel (PHI before STL)

    Based on that I’d move guys like Jack Del Rio or Josh McDaniel up the list.

  12. I hate this time of year. Every great team will lose good coordinators and assistants to HC jobs on some lousy team.

    And the “coach poaching” begins…….sigh………

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