NFL coaching rumors: Which coaches are likely to be hired?
As the NFL enters the postseason and with “Black Monday” behind us, many teams have parted ways with coaches and general managers after subpar seasons. Here are the latest rumors on who is staying, who is going and who is hiring.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
• The Bucs fired Lovie Smith, opening up another head coaching position. Multiple reports suggest that offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter is a top candidate for the job, but the Bucs will still interview others.
• The Buccaneers will interview Panthers defensive coordinator Sean McDermott as a head coaching candidate over the weekend, reports Peter Schrager of Fox Sports.
• Tampa Bay could be looking for a new defensive coordinator, and will not retain defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier for the 2016 season, reports Rick Stroud of The Tampa Bay Times.
• The Buccaneers are in talks with Cardinals offensive coordinator Harold Goodwin about the team’s head coaching position, reports Roy Cummings of The Tampa Tribune.
• Miami fired general manager Dennis Hickey.
• The Dolphins hired Adam Gase as head coach.
New York Giants
• After 12 seasons with the Giants, head coach Tom Coughlin stepped down.
• The Giants have also talked to their offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo, and have requested to talk to Bears offensive coordinator Adam Gase, reports NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport.
• Jacksonville Jaguars offensive line coach Doug Marrone will interview with the Giants on Saturday, reports Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News.
• Kansas City chiefs offensive coordinator Doug Pederson is the leading candidate to replace Chip Kelly as the Philadelphia Eagles’ head coach, reports Schefter.
• The Eagles interviewed Giants offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo for the head coaching job on Thursday, reports Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Daily-News.
• Former Raiders and Buccaneers head coach Jon Gruden has informed the Eagles he is interested in the job opening, reports Paul Domowitch of the Philadelphia Daily-News. Gruden was the offensive coordinator for the Eagles from 1997 to ’98, but team owner Jeff Lurie is reportedly reluctant to hire him.
• The Eagles have also requested to interview Bengals defensive coordinator Paul Guenther, reports Rapoport.
• Philadelphia has not scheduled a second interview with Gase, reports CSNPhilly.com’s Reuben Frank.
San Francisco 49ers
• After a disappointing season that gave the 49ers their first losing record since 2010, the team fired first-year head coach Jim Tomsula.
• In addition to meeting with Kelly, the 49ers have also reportedly met with Buffalo Bills running backs coach Anthony Lynn and have a meeting scheduled with Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator John DeFilippo for Friday, according to ESPN.
• Jackson will interview with San Francisco on Sunday, reports Robinson.
• The 49ers also requested to interview Koetter, but have not yet heard back, reports Schefter.
• Stanford’s head coach David Shaw will not interview for the vacant head coaching position, reports the San Jose Mercury News’ Jon Wilner.
• Cleveland fired coach Mike Pettine.
• Chip Kelly is expected to be a candidate for the Browns head coaching job, reports Florio.
• Guenther will be interviewed for the position on Sunday, according to Rapoport.
• Cowboys secondary coach Jerome Henderson is set to interview with the Browns Friday, reports Tom Withers of the Associated Press.
• The Browns confirmed they interviewed Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia for their head coaching job.
• Carolina Panthers defensive coordinator Sean McDermott has interviewed for the job, the team confirmed.
• The Colts agreed to a four-year contract extension with head coach Chuck Pagano.
• Lions owner Martha Ford is a fan of head coach Jim Caldwell and would like to retain him, but will let the new general manager make the final decision, reports Adam Schefter of ESPN. The Lions fired general manager Martin Mayhew in early November.
New England Patriots
• Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels will not interview for any head coaching jobs this weekend and will instead keep his focus on the playoffs, reports Rapoport.
• Falcons owner Arthur Blank said in a statement that general manager Thomas Dimitroff will remain with the team.