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NFL coaching, GM tracker 2018: Firings, hirings, rumors, and news

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Follow us as we track all the coaching carousel news here.

With the end of the NFL regular season comes changes, as teams let go of head coaches and general managers in search of a fresh start. Black Monday is typically when the coaching carousel starts, since it’s the day that most teams fire underachieving coaches.

It can start earlier, such as when Ben McAdoo got released in December, but for the most part teams don’t start making moves until the regular season is done.

As coaching rumors and news heats up, we’ll be tracking all the action here. Follow us from the first job opening up, to the last one getting filled.

Head coaches

Rumors

Arizona Cardinals

  • Bruce Arians has been hounded by retirement rumors most of the season, and he’s vehemently denied them every time. The latest report came from Pro Football Weekly, which Arians decried as “fake news.”
  • He’ll likely retire after the season, according to a Sunday morning report from Adam Schefter. However, the team may try to convince him to stick around one more year. Update: Arians decided to retire.
  • The Cardinals have requested an interview with Eagles QB coach John DeFilippo, per Schefter.
  • Following Arians’ retirement, the Cardinals have also asked to interview Eagles DC Jim Schwartz and Patriots DC Matt Patricia, according to Rapoport.
  • The Cardinals also want to interview Patriots linebackers coach Brian Flores, per Schefter.
  • The Cardinals requested an interview with former Titans head coach and current Steelers offensive line coach Mike Munchak, according to Rapoport.
  • Defensive coordinator James Bettcher is set to interview for the head coaching job as soon as Wednesday, Jan. 3, per Rapoport.
  • The Cardinals will talk to Falcons special teams coordinator Keith Armstrong about the head coaching job, according to Sam Farmer.
  • Vikings OC Pat Shurmur will meet with the Cardinals on Thursday, Jan. 4, per Mike Garafolo.
  • The Cardinals’ brass made a trip to Philadelphia to meet interview John DeFilippo and Jim Schwartz on Friday, Jan. 5, according to Jeff McLane.
  • The Cardinals interviewed Patriots LBs coach Brian Flores, and Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
  • The Cardinals interviewed Steelers OL coach Mike Munchak.
  • Falcons special teams coordinator Keith Armstrong interviewed with the Cardinals on Monday, Jan. 8, per Vaughn McClure.
  • Panthers defensive coordinator Steve Wilks will interview with the Cardinals on Wednesday, Jan. 10, according to Josina Anderson.
  • According to one report, the Cardinals are expected to hire Pat Shurmur. Unless he goes to the Giants, where he’s also a finalist.
  • ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported on Jan. 13 that Brian Flores, the Patriots’ linebackers coach, “is very much in play in Arizona.”
  • Cardinals interests include: James Bettcher, John DeFilippo, Brian Flores, Mike Munchak, Matt Patricia, Jim Schwartz, Pat Shurmur, Steve Wilks.

Atlanta Falcons

  • If Steve Sarkisian leaves for Seattle, Jedd Fisch is expected to be a top candidate as a replacement, per Jason La Canfora.
  • Dan Quinn says that Sarkisian isn’t going anywhere.

Baltimore Ravens

  • The Ravens have targeted Chuck Pagano, who had a stint as their DBs coach, to be their new defensive coordinator, according to The Baltimore Sun. Nothing ever came of it, however.

Carolina Panthers

Chicago Bears

Bears interests include: Pete Carmichael, John DeFilippo, Matt Nagy, Josh McDaniels, Pat Shurmur, Steve Wilks.

Cincinnati Bengals

  • Marvin Lewis may or may not be stepping down, but the Bengals are primed to move on without him no matter his next move. The club has reportedly begun vetting in-house candidates for his job. Lewis said after Sunday’s win, which knocked the Ravens out of playoff contention, that he’d like to coach the Bengals next year, but it’s complicated. On Monday, he said it shouldn’t take long for him to make a decision and on Tuesday, the decision came: he’s … staying. For some reason.
  • Lions DC Teryl Austin interviewed for the defensive coordinator position on Friday, Jan. 5, according to Josina Anderson. Former DC Paul Guenther will join the Raiders under Jon Gruden.
  • The Bengals are closing in on hiring Teryl Austin as their new defensive coordinator, per Ian Rapoport. Josina Anderson said Austin has accepted the job, which was officially announced soon after.
  • Former Bengals QB Jon Kitna will interview to join the coaching staff, likely for the QBs coach opening. Secondary coach Kevin Coyle will not be return, according to Alex Marvez.
  • The Bengals hired former Cowboys offensive line coach Frank Pollack for the same role after parting ways with Paul Alexander, who’s now interviewing in Dallas.

Cleveland Browns

Dallas Cowboys

  • Backup quarterback Kellen Moore plans to retire and become the Cowboys’ new QBs coach, according to The Sporting News’ Alex Marvez.
  • The Cowboys fired offensive line coach Frank Pollack and have interviewed former Bengals and Seahawks line coaches Paul Alexander and Tom Cable, respectively.

Denver Broncos

  • Vance Joseph is looking like a one-and-done case in Denver. Broncos GM John Elway will meet with Joseph on Monday morning. His first season with the Broncos included regression on both sides of the ball. Update: Joseph is staying.
  • The Broncos hired three assistants for Joseph: quarterbacks coach Mike Sullivan, running backs coach Curtis Modkins, and interior offensive line coach Sean Kugler.

Detroit Lions

Lions interests include: Teryl Austin, Jim Bob Cooter, Winston Moss, Matt Patricia, Pat Shurmur, Mike Vrabel, Steve Wilks.

Green Bay Packers

Houston Texans

  • According to a report from the Houston Chronicle, Bill O’Brien and GM Rick Smith are in a “toxic” and “dysfunctional” relationship, leaving open the possibility of O’Brien seeking a job elsewhere.
  • The Texans are expected to keep O’Brien, Schefter reported Sunday morning, but it’s not a done deal. There are still issues to workout between the two sides.
  • With Rick Smith taking an extended leave of absence due to his wife’s breast cancer diagnosis, O’Brien is scheduled to meet with owner Bob McNair on Monday to discuss direction of personnel department.

Indianapolis Colts

Colts interests include: Josh McDaniels, Matt Rhule, Kris Richard, Mike Vrabel, Steve Wilks.

Kansas City Chiefs

Los Angeles Chargers

New York Giants

Giants interests include: Josh McDaniels, Matt Patricia, Jim Schwartz, Pat Shurmur, Steve Spagnuolo, Eric Studesville, Steve Wilks.

Oakland Raiders

  • The Raiders might have made Jon Gruden an offer he couldn’t refuse: ownership stake to coach.
  • The Raiders are confident Jon Gruden is their coach, but will still call ESPN’s Saturday Wild Card game, according to Ian Rapoport. Gruden plans to call plays, and hire Paul Guenther as his DC.
  • Gruden said “I hope I’m a candidate” for the Raiders, a job he is almost certainly going to accept.
  • Cowboys special teams coordinator Rich Bisaccia will be allowed out of his contract, and is assumed to be joining Jon Gruden’s staff in Oakland, per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
  • Marvin Lewis confirms Paul Guenther will interview for Raiders’ DC position.
  • Tight ends coach Bobby Johnson interviewed for the head coaching job, according to Ian Rapoport. He’s one of two candidates that would satisfy the team’s compliance with the Rooney Rule.
  • The rumors from the start were true and the Raiders plan to announce Gruden as the head coach Tuesday.
  • As if there were any doubt, ESPN’s Sean McDonough said goodbye to Gruden on their broadcast of the Chiefs-Titans game.
  • The Raiders interviewed Cowboys RB coach Gary Brown for the same position Wednesday, per Ian Rapoport.
  • Rich Gannon will not be Gruden’s quarterback coach, he announced Wednesday.
  • NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported on Jan. 13 that Oakland hired Tom Cable, the Seahawks’ former offensive line coach.

Seattle Seahawks

Tennessee Titans

Hirings/coaches staying put

Baltimore Ravens

Carolina Panthers

  • The Panthers are finalizing a deal to make Norv Turner the new offensive coordinator, replacing Mike Shula.
  • The Panthers made it official, hiring Norv Turner.

Chicago Bears

  • Matt Nagy, the Chiefs’ offensive coordinator in 2017, is the Bears’ new head coach.
  • The Bears hired former Oregon head coach Mark Helfrich to be the offensive coordinator.
  • Chris Tabor is returning to the Bears, this time as special teams coordinator. Tabor spent the past seven years serving in the same position with the Browns.
  • Charles London is going from Texans RBs coach to Bears RBs coach.
  • Good news for the Bears. They’ve reached a three-year agreement with defensive coordinator Vic Fangio, according to Adam Schefter.

Cincinnati Bengals

  • So much for those reports that Marvin Lewis would leave. Instead, he got a two-year extension.
  • The Bengals hired former Lions DC Teryl Austin as their new defensive coordinator.
  • Bob Bicknell was named the Bengals’ new wide receivers coach.

Cleveland Browns

  • Browns owner Jimmy Haslam told new GM John Dorsey that Hue Jackson would return as head coach with no debate.
  • The team brought on Adam Henry as the new wide receivers coach and Ken Zampese as the new quarterbacks coach.

Dallas Cowboys

  • Jerry Jones reiterated that Jason Garrett will remain the Cowboys’ head coach. “You pay a price when you make a change at the head coach,” he said on 105.3 The Fan.
  • Jerry Jones plans to keep Rod Marinelli and Scott Linehan as coordinators, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

Denver Broncos

Green Bay Packers

  • Earlier this season, Mike McCarthy signed a one-year extension through 2019, per Rob Demovsky.
  • Green Bay tapped former Browns head coach Mike Pettine as new defensive coordinator.

Houston Texans

Kansas City Chiefs

  • The Chiefs named running backs coach Eric Bieniemy as their new offensive coordinator. He’ll replace Matt Nagy, who was hired as the new coach of the Chicago Bears.

Los Angeles Chargers

  • The Chargers announced that defensive coordinator Gus Bradley and offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt are both returning for the 2018 season.

Los Angeles Rams

  • The Rams promoted assistant wide receivers coach Zac Taylor to QBs coach. He’ll replace Greg Olson, who is now the Raiders OC.

Miami Dolphins

  • The Dolphins hired Dowell Loggains as offensive coordinator. Loggains was formerly the Bears’ offensive coordinator and worked with Adam Gase in Chicago.

New York Jets

  • The Jets closed the door on any coaching change this year by signing Todd Bowles to a contract extension.

Oakland Raiders

  • The Raiders finally made it official: the team will announce Jon Gruden as the head coach on Tuesday, Jan. 9.
  • Jon Gruden was introduced as the Raiders’ new head coach. Paul Guenther (DC), Greg Olson (OC), and Rich Bisaccia (special teams) were named coordinators. GM Reggie McKenzie said the team complied with the Rooney Rule by interviewing TEs coach Bobby Johnson and USC OC Tee Martin.

San Francisco 49ers

  • The 49ers announced a few hirings. Ken Norton Jr., who spent part of this season as the Raiders defensive coordinator before he was fired, was named their assistant head coach for the defense and inside linebackers coach. Johnny Holland is their new run game specialist/outside linebackers coach. Michael Clay was named assistant special teams coach.

Seattle Seahawks

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

  • Despite speculation about a Jon Gruden return to Tampa, the Bucs are reportedly sticking with Dirk Koetter for 2018.

Tennessee Titans

Washington

  • It appears that Jay Gruden is safe for another year. Ian Rapoport said that there is a “deep understanding” of Washington’s injury woes, and that Gruden isn’t in danger of losing his job.

Firings/Retirements

Arizona Cardinals

  • Bruce Arians made it official Monday morning: He is retiring.

Baltimore Ravens

Buffalo Bills

Carolina Panthers

Chicago Bears

  • John Fox was fired in Chicago after three seasons that didn’t really go very well.

Dallas Cowboys

Denver Broncos

  • The Broncos are keeping Vance Joseph, but they fired six coaches: Jeff Davidson (OL), Johnnie Lynn (assitant DBs), Brock Olivo (special teams coordinator), Fred Pagac (OLB), Eric Studesville (assistant head coach/RBs) and Tyke Tolbert (WRs).

Detroit Lions

  • Jim Caldwell is out. The Lions’ move was reported earlier Monday morning.

Green Bay Packers

  • The Packers fired longtime defensive coordinator Dom Capers, according to multiple reports.
  • Green Bay continued turning over its coaching staff on Wednesday, dismissing offensive coordinator Edger Bennett and QB coach Alex Van Pelt.

Houston Texans

Indianapolis Colts

  • Head coach Chuck Pagano was relieved of his duties following the Colts’ Week 17 win over the Texans.

New York Giants

  • The Giants fired Ben McAdoo after a 2-10 start and numerous controversies, most notably benching Eli Manning and ending his starting games streak. Steve Spagnuolo was named interim coach.

Oakland Raiders

Jack Del Rio was fired by the Raiders after Oakland’s 30-10 loss to the Chargers in Week 17. This opens the door for a Jon Gruden return to Oakland.

General managers

Firings

Carolina Panthers

  • The Panthers surprisingly fired GM Dave Gettleman just a couple weeks before training camp. They brought back Marty Hurney, who GM’d the team from 2002-12, to serve an interim role.

Cleveland Browns

  • The Browns let go of GM Sashi Brown less than two years after hiring him.

Green Bay Packers

  • Ted Thompson is transitioning to new role on the team after 13 years as the GM. He’ll now serve as senior advisor to football operations.

New York Giants

  • Jerry Reese was fired alongside McAdoo, as the Giants started a complete housecleaning of the front office.

Rumors

Green Bay Packers

  • The Packers are attempting to interview Ravens assistant GM Eric DeCosta to fill their vacancy, according to Pro Football Talk.
  • Green Bay’s request to interview assistant Vikings GM George Paton was declined by the Vikings, per Schefter.
  • The Packers asked to talk to Seahawks GM John Schneider, but were denied, according to multiple reports.

Houston Texans

  • If Bill O’Brien stays, longtime Texans GM Rick Smith could be shown the door. However, as of Sunday afternoon, Smith announced he would be taking an extended leave to focus on his wife’s recent breast cancer diagnosis.
  • The Texans are interested in Eagles VP of player personnel and Cowboys VP of player personnel Will McClay, per John McClain of the Houston Chronicle.
  • Brian Gutekunst traveled to Houston to interview for the Texans GM job, but left before it took place, according to McClain. Gutekunst, who was the Packers’ director of player personnel, is finalizing a deal to be their new GM.
  • Brian Gaine, currently with the Bills as their VP of player personnel, is now the favorite to be hired as the Texans’ new GM, per Ian Rapoport. . Gaine was previously the director of player personnel in Houston.
  • Texans VP of football operations/assistant GM Jimmy Raye III interviewed for the GM job on Monday, Jan. 9. Brian Gaine will interview on Tuesday, Jan. 9, per McClain.

Hirings/GM staying put

Chicago Bears

Cleveland Browns

  • On the same day the team fired Sashi Brown, Cleveland tapped John Dorsey as its new general manager.
  • The Browns hired Eliot Wolf as assistant GM and Alonzo Highsmith as VP of player personnel. Both Wolf and Highsmith spent more than a decade with the Packers.

Green Bay Packers

New York Giants

  • New York found its man to replace Reese, hiring former Panthers GM Dave Gettleman. He’ll be tasked with finding a new head coach and repairing a fractured locker room.

New York Jets

  • On the same day the Jets extended Todd Bowles, they also gave GM Mike Maccagnan a new contract.

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