Few coordinator jobs remain open

AP

The NFL coaching carousel is still turning, but it has slowed down considerably.

Only one head-coaching job remains open, and that because of a quirk in the rules that prevents an assistant coach from accepting a head-coaching job until after his team’s postseason is over. And only a handful of coordinator jobs remain.

Here’s a quick look at the big jobs that are still open right now:

Head coach

Falcons: Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn will be Atlanta’s next head coach, but NFL rules prevent Quinn or the Falcons from saying so until after the Super Bowl.

Offensive coordinator

49ers: Colts assistant Rob Chudzinski is believed to be a strong candidate for the job, although at the moment the Colts are preventing Chudzinski from interviewing. Chudzinski’s contract expires next week, though, so there’s a good chance the 49ers will hire him then. Lane Kiffin has also been mentioned as a possibility.

Rams: Chudzinski is also a candidate in St. Louis, as is Packers quarterbacks coach Alex Van Pelt, who may also be blocked from interviewing with another team. Adam Gase has also been mentioned as a candidate.

Bears: Charlie Weis, Adam Gase and Geep Chryst are among the candidates.

Defensive coordinator

49ers: San Francisco wanted to interview Bengals defensive backs coach Vance Joseph, but Cincinnati said no. Eric Mangini has also been mentioned as a potential defensive coordinator candidate in San Francisco.

Falcons: It’s unclear who Quinn will want to hire as his defensive coordinator. He would likely want to bring some Seattle assistants with him, but the Seahawks may block him from doing that.

Broncos: New coach Gary Kubiak has not yet hired his defensive coordinator.

Raiders: New Raiders coach Jack Del Rio hasn’t hired a defensive coordinator yet, but former Falcons head coach Mike Smith is believed to be a leading candidate.

Jets: Officially, new coach Todd Bowles hasn’t hired his defensive coordinator. But Dolphins defensive line coach Kacy Rodgers is expected to get the job.

Seahawks: Not open now, but will become open once Quinn leaves for Atlanta. There’s no word yet on whether Pete Carroll plans to promote from within or hire someone from the outside.

55 responses to “Few coordinator jobs remain open

  1. What? A story that’s not about improperly inflated footballs?

    Thank you. I was sure there were other things going on in the NFL right now but it was hard to know this last day or so.

    Some coverage of the Senior Bowl preps going on this week would be great too.

  2. Why are the Colts blocking Chud from interviewing, especially when his contract expires next week? That’s pretty low.

  3. Watching the pattern that the 49ers follow of severely downgrading their whole staff for no reason, my buddy and I are currently the top 2 prospects for D-Coordinator.

  4. Belichick better start informing these teams that he might be interested in these position after February 1st.

  5. Broncos: New coach Gary Kubiak has not yet hired his defensive coordinator.

    Translation…Horseface hasn’t told his new lackey who he is going to hire.

  6. As a 49ers fan of over 30 years, I can’t put into words how I’m feeling about this offseason. The closest I can get is, “READY, FIRE, AIM!!”

    Sigh.

    Someone please, please, PLEASE buy the team from these absolutely TERRIBLE owners!

  7. It’s getting pretty nasty up there in Foxboro, and I am not talking about the weather, if you get my drift.

  8. misterautomatic says:
    Jan 21, 2015 3:40 PM

    As a 49ers fan of over 30 years, I can’t put into words how I’m feeling about this offseason. The closest I can get is, “READY, FIRE, AIM!!”
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    You mean “Ready, Aim, Fire” right?

  9. This is at least one time Goodell might have an air-tight alibi! He was having dinner the night before the game with Kraft, and the subject of the footballs never came up!

  10. It astounds me as to why Wade Phillips has not been hired as a DC.

    Mangini, too.

    Schwartz, for that matter, though I’m not much of a fan of his antics.

    I’m an Eagles fan and I would’ve preferred them hiring a NFL experienced DC this off season…

  11. @ whatnojets

    I think you missed misterautomatic’s point. He thinks the 49ers’ offseason has been so bad that they can’t even get “ready, aim, fire” correct.

  12. whatnojets says:
    Jan 21, 2015 3:48 PM
    misterautomatic says:
    Jan 21, 2015 3:40 PM

    As a 49ers fan of over 30 years, I can’t put into words how I’m feeling about this offseason. The closest I can get is, “READY, FIRE, AIM!!”
    ————————————–

    You mean “Ready, Aim, Fire” right?

    —————————–

    Considering the amount of disfunction in Santa Clara, I would say the phrase was worded just fine.

  13. I offer my ball inspector skills to every NFL team, at let’s say, $100k per team.

    Integrity does not come cheap….Apparently.

  14. randrall says:
    Jan 21, 2015 4:06 PM

    @ whatnojets

    I think you missed misterautomatic’s point. He thinks the 49ers’ offseason has been so bad that they can’t even get “ready, aim, fire” correct.
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    LOL !!!Thanks…..I now see misterautomatis’s point.

  15. The Bears OC search seems to have bogged down. My theory? Fox is not on board with bringing Gase over to Chicago. Otherwise it would have been a done deal by now.

    Chudzinski’s contract apparently is up in another week – at which point he is free to talk to anyone – and the Bears may be content to just bide their time till then. And/or they could be waiting to talk to someone from one of the Superbowl teams.

  16. It’ll be pretty odd if Gase goes from supposed head coaching candidate to not even having a coordinator job next season.

    But I can see teams having some questions about him. Given how often Manning audibles, it’s not that clear how many plays actually were Gase’s call versus Manning’s. And I’d guess a lot of teams lack the confidence in their QBs to commit a system where the QB is that involved in play selection. They’d need plenty of assurances that Gase’s original calls will work without adjustments.

  17. My understanding is that the Niners are close to hiring a few local high school coaches. They’re eager, cheap, and inexperienced…everything the Niners seem to be looking for in their new coaching staff.

  18. What’s going on here?! People actually calmly and rationally explaining intents and purposes of posters to other posters? Where’s the trolling and name-calling? I had to check the address to make sure I was still on PFT!

    Fans of dysfunctional teams, unite! I can feel the love!

  19. @patriotking

    Is it low? Moral critique Coming from a Pats fan doesn’t hold much water right now.

    If you spend a few minutes researching you will find the reason. IF Pep Hamilton were to get picked off for a another job (NFL or College), Chudzinski would then assume that role.

  20. Given how often Manning audibles, it’s not that clear how many plays actually were Gase’s call versus Manning’s. And I’d guess a lot of teams lack the confidence in their QBs to commit a system where the QB is that involved in play selection.
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    Which could be the disconnect between Fox and Gase. Fox (and everyone else who watched the Bears last year) saw what happens when Cutler is given free reign at the line. It’s not good. If that’s how Gase wants to keep operating then Fox will not be OK with that because he doesn’t want Cutler screwing up his run/pass balance by audibling out of run plays.

  21. Just curious, but are the Bills no longer in the NFL? No mention of their new Coaching staff?

    The AFC East is now underinflated. <—- get it? See what I did there?

    You rotten, cheatin Patriots!

  22. The Packers could use a new DC in addition to a new ST coach. I mean, 3rd and 20 something and they only rush three, and the Seahawks convert.
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    Mel Tucker is available.

  23. Jim Schwartz not being hired by one of the teams looking for a d-coordinator would be a huge mistake for all of those said teams who hire someone in his stead. He may be a suspect HC but his DC success speaks for itself.

  24. Why nothing on Cincinnati blocking Vance Joseph from the DC job for Denver? What’s the point of that if they aren’t gonna promote him? Marvin Lewis needs to step up as a man and talk with their owner about letting the man spread his wings!

  25. KEEP THE ASSISTANTS NEW COMING, FOR THE BILLIONS OF PEOPLE WHO DON’T CARE ABOUT THE SUPERBOWL MATCH-UP

  26. bassplucker said 21 hours ago

    The Packers could use a new DC in addition to a new ST coach. I mean, 3rd and 20 something and they only rush three, and the Seahawks convert.
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    Mel Tucker is available.
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    You got me on that one, buddy. Pretty funny. Thumbs up:)

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