Career Development Advisory Panel identified 23 candidates for the current hiring cycle

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Every year, names emerge in the media as potential head-coaching candidates. Every year, the NFL’s Career Development Advisory Panel creates a list of candidates for distribution to the teams.

Per a source with knowledge of the list, a total of 23 names appeared on it for the current hiring cycle. Eight former NFL head coaches were identified, including Saints defensive coordinator Dennis Allen, former Colts and Lions coach Jim Caldwell, Bills defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier, former Bengals coach Marvin Lewis, former Packers coach Mike McCarthy, Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, Broncos offensive line coach Mike Munchak, and Packers defensive coordinator Mike Pettine. Of those, only Lewis, McCarthy, and McDaniels received interviews (McDaniels technically hasn’t had one yet). McCarthy was hired to coach the Cowboys.

The list included seven coordinators who have never served as head coaches in the NFL: Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy, Colts defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus, Vikings defensive coordinator George Edwards, Browns offensive coordinator Todd Monken, Cowboys defensive backs coach/passing game coordinator Kris Richard, Ravens offensive coordinator Greg Roman, and 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh. Bieniemy, Richard, Roman, and Saleh landed on the interview list of one or more teams. None has been hired yet.

College head coaches on the list include Clemson co-offensive coordinator/running backs coach Tony Elliott, Penn State coach James Franklin, Michigan offensive coordinator Josh Gattis, former Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer, Baylor coach Matt Rhule, Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley, Stanford coach David Shaw, and Colorado coach Mel Tucker. Rhule is the only one whose name emerged publicly. Others may have been courted privately.

Former Panthers (now Washington) coach Ron Rivera didn’t appear on the list, presumably because the list was made before Rivera became available. Former Patriots special-teams coordinator Joe Judge, now the Giants coach, is the only coordinator hired who was not on the list.

10 responses to “Career Development Advisory Panel identified 23 candidates for the current hiring cycle

  1. Colts defensive coordinator? What defense? They play the same old boring non aggressive defense. I don’t know why he hasn’t being fired yet

  2. This panel and list is a joke. Potential HC candidates for career development should be for individuals who never held the position in the past. Key word: career development.

    I’d hate if my organization keeps promoting advancement opportunities and career ladders but the only folks who ever get the opportunity for the program are current leaders and old retreads who failed previously.

    Also can’t believe people get paid for to do this. Any person can pick coordinators and coaches from successful teams or top ranked offense/defense.

  3. Curious on how they even come up with a list. Being a great OC/DC has nothing to do with being a great head coach. Completely different skillset and responsibilities. In fact, you can be the worst OC at designing successful plays yet have the right overall perspective of running a team.

  4. Maybe the Browns will interview them all…
    Seriously, owners are under pressure to win Super Bowl or at the least produce a winning team.. So they should be able to hire the coach they fill will best accomplish that goal..

    Who really wants a bunch of bad teams playing each other because the owners were forced to hire someone that is a higher risk at failure and waste more years losing!

  5. Identified by whom…..non-owners that don’t plan to actually pay anyone out of their own pockets?

    This is comparable to our “ruling class” identifying the Presidential Candidates fro which we should choose to vote.

  6. I wonder how much time the ‘panel’ wasted on this. I could have done their entire job in less than 20 minutes. This is just a list of a few former coaches, a few coordinators and a few college coaches. Really tough.

  7. The name of this thing seems very deceptive. When I read “career development” I’m thinking guys who have not been head coaches before. Yet, there are several former head coaches on the list–including Mike McCarthy who just came off of 13 years as the Packers head coach. How much more “career development” does McCarthy need? And why would current college head coaches at major programs like James Franklin be included?

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