NFL distributes list of recommended head-coaching candidates

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The NFL’s Career Development Advisory Panel has distributed its annual list of recommended candidates for head-coaching vacancies, and this year’s list features a dozen current assistants.

According to former NFL executive Mike Lombardi, the list consists of Chiefs offensive coordinator Matt Nagy, Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia, Texans defensive coordinator Mike Vrabel, Vikings defensive coordinator George Edwards, Saints assistant head coach and tight ends coach Dan Campbell, Chiefs special teams coach Dave Toub, Eagles quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo, Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz, Panthers defensive coordinator Steve Wilks, Lions offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter and Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur.

The Career Development Advisory Panel consists of former NFL GMs and coaches who keep an eye on the league and help teams identify strong candidates for career advancement.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell formed the panel in 2014, a year after the league came under criticism for a lack of diversity in hiring when all eight new head coaches hired were white. The panel promotes coaches regardless of race but is intended to ensure that all teams are aware of qualified candidates.

15 responses to “NFL distributes list of recommended head-coaching candidates

  1. imsomeguy says:
    December 21, 2017 at 8:56 am
    So don’t go to the college ranks or think outside of the NFL box…

    I don’t think that is the purpose of the committee. They are supposed to identify current coaches in the NFL.

  2. As an Eagles fan, I do not want to see John DeFilippo go. But if I was running a team, he’d be the first name I’d run to. He will be the best of these guys.

  3. NFL analysts are such lazy thinkers. Always go for the hot Offensive Coordinator,Defensive Coordinator, or QB coach.

    James Franklin is by far the best NFL Head Coaching candidate in the land. He’ll be perfect for the Browns because of their young roster and 11 picks in the 2018 draft.

  4. I don’t want to lose either of our coaches on that list, but understand why they would make good HC candidates.

    That said, I don’t know why the NFL spends the time to make this list. All of those candidates should have already been identified on any team’s list of HC candidates.

    They are simply stating the obvious.

  5. Jim Schwartz is a Wade Phillips type – top notch coordinator that just isn’t cut out to be the head man.

  6. Penn State’s James Franklin? I mean sure, if you need to get 3 seconds added to the clock at the end of the first half, he’s your man. If you want a good head coach and not a used car salesman (no offense to people who sell used cars, it’s just an expression), Franklin ain’t all that.

  7. Would love to see how McDaniels would design an offense for Marcus Mariota. Go get him John Robinson…

  8. If I were an owner/GM, I would look briefly over the list, then ignore it. Then, I would hire the guy I wanted after holding a bunch of perfunctory interviews. The people on some list that other people made would mean nothing to me.

  9. Pat Shurmur is a huge reason for the Vikings’ success this year and has head coaching experience. He was 9-23 in two years with Cleveland. From what we know now, that was probably one of the best coaching jobs anyone has ever done.

  10. So, a billion dollar enterprise should take their head coaching hiring advice from a bunch of GMs who’ve probably failed at their jobs and now are stuffed in a closet at 345 Park Ave giving advice on who to hire?

    Sounds about right.

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