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NFL Rumors: Latest Updates on Hot Seat Coaches, GMs and Potential Replacements

Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistDecember 30, 2012

NFL Rumors: Latest Updates on Hot Seat Coaches, GMs and Potential Replacements

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    If there is one constant in the NFL, it is change. There is little patience these days for players who fail to perform, coaches who can't earn victories and general managers who fail to field a competitive roster.

    Major NFL turnover has already begun. Some firings that have been expected for a long time have been finally made official, while others have come as surprises. Read on for the latest.

     

Tony Sparano, Oakland Raiders

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    UPDATE: Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2:25 p.m. ET by Donald Wood

    After being fired by the New York Jets, former offensive coordinator Tony Sparano was hired as the Oakland Raiders’ assistant head coach and offensive line coach, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter:

    The Oakland Raiders have hired former Jets offensive coordinator Tony Sparano as their assistant head coach/offensive line.

    — Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 23, 2013

    ---End of update---

Chip Kelly, Oregon

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    UPDATE: Sunday, Jan. 20 at 11:01 a.m. ET by Patrick Clarke

    Former Browns coach Pat Shurmur is expected to become the offensive coordinator for the Eagles under new head coach Chip Kelly according to ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter via Twitter:

    Former Browns HC Pat Shurmur is expected to join Chip Kelly's coaching staff in Philadelphia, likely as Eagles' offensive coordinator.

    — Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 20, 2013

    ---End of Update---

     

    UPDATE: Wednesday, Jan. 16 at 12:13 p.m. ET by Patrick Clarke

    FOX Sports NFL insider Jay Glazer reports via Twitter that Chip Kelly will become the next head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles:

    Yes I can confirm Chip Kelly is going to Eagles.

    — Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) January 16, 2013

    ---End of Update---

     

    UPDATE: Monday, Jan. 7 at 9:15 a.m. ET by Adam Wells

    After a brief flirtation with the NFL, Chip Kelly will be going back to Oregon. 

    According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, Kelly had a chance to move to the NFL, likely with the Eagles, but found that college is where he wanted to be. 

    Chip Kelly turned down a chance to go to the NFL and to returned to Oregon, according to sources. Considered Eagles but stayed at Oregon.

    — Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 7, 2013

    It is hard to argue with Kelly for making this decision. He has a great thing going at Oregon. The program is going to compete for Pac-12 championships for years.

    A move to the NFL, while it would provide more financial incentive, also comes with more risk. If the team doesn't turnaround in two years, he is out of a job. Kelly has as much job security as anyone in college football after leading the Ducks to four-straight BCS games. 

    ---END OF UPDATE---

     

    UPDATE: Sunday, Jan. 6, 12:50 p.m. ET by Alex Kay

    Oregon coach Chip Kelly has reportedly narrowed his job choices down to two.

    According to SI's Peter King, the coveted candidate will decide between the Philadelphia Eagles and his current gig with the Ducks 

    Chip Kelly's going to choose between Oregon and the Eagles, I'm told.

    — Peter King (@SI_PeterKing) January 6, 2013

    It'll be interesting to see where Kelly lands when he finally makes his selection. We'll keep you updated right here when we find out the latest news and rumors concerning this tough decision.

    ---END OF UPDATE---

    UPDATE: Saturday, Jan. 5, 9:30 a.m. ET by Donald Wood

    According to Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Oregon Ducks head coach Chip Kelly will reportedly make his final decision on where he will coach in 2013 by Saturday night:

    Chip Kelly will make his decision by tonight, I'm told. He promised the #Eagles, #Browns and #Bills he'd interview with all three.

    — Jeff McLane (@Jeff_McLane) January 5, 2013

    While this isn’t good news for two of the three teams vying for Kelly’s services—Philadelphia, Cleveland and Buffalo are all rumored—the two teams left out of the Kelly sweepstakes will have ample time to find a suitable candidate as worthy as the star collegiate coach.

    ---End of Update---

     

    UPDATE: Saturday, Jan. 5, 8:10 a.m. ET by Donald Wood

    While Oregon Ducks head coach Chip Kelly has met with other NFL teams about their vacant coaching positions, he will now meet with the Philadelphia Eagles organization, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter:

    Eagles flying to Arizona to interview Chip Kelly today.

    — Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 5, 2013

    The Philadelphia Eagles have the speedy personnel Kelly would need to implement his unique offensive style, and the stability the organization provided to former head coach Andy Reid has to be a factor in Kelly’s willingness to interview.

    With a few NFL teams in the mix for Kelly’s services now, the football world is hanging on his decision.

    ---End of Update---

     

    UPDATE: Friday, January 4 at 11:23 p.m. ET by Tyler Conway

    Even though Chip Kelly finished a "very positive" interview with the Cleveland Browns on Friday, he still plans on meeting with the Buffalo Bills and Philadelphia Eagles, per SportsCenter's Twitter feed

    Developing: Sources: Chip Kelly finishes "very positive" interview w/Browns, will interview w/Bills, Eagles. CLE favored (via @mortreport)

    — SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) January 5, 2013

    According to ESPN's Jamison Hensley, Kelly will be meeting with Buffalo later on Friday, with his interview with Philadelphia coming on Saturday. 

    ---End of Update---


    UPDATE: Friday, January 4 at 6:07 p.m. ET by Tyler Conway

    It's looking like an increasing possibility that Thursday night's Fiesta Bowl win was Chip Kelly's last game at Oregon. According to NFL.com's Ian Rapoport, Kelly is close to an agreement to become the Cleveland Browns' next head coach:

    BREAKING: Chip Kelly is close to a deal to become the #Browns coach, according to a source informed of his situation.

    — Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 4, 2013

    If the deal gets finalized, this is undoubtedly a coup for Cleveland. Kelly was one of the hottest names in coaching circles and could help resuscitate the Browns' stagnant offensive attack.

    ---End of Update---


    UPDATE: Thursday, January 3 at 3:46 p.m. ET

    Should Chip Kelly leave Oregon for the NFL, the program reportedly would name Mark Helfrich his successor, according to USA TODAY's George Schroeder.

    Offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich will be promoted to head coach if Kelly jumps to the NFL, according to a person with direct knowledge of the school's plans. This person spoke to USA TODAY Sports on condition of anonymity because Kelly is still the Ducks' coach.

    ---End of Update---

    UPDATE: Thursday, January 3 at 3:20 p.m. ET by Ethan Grant

    It appears we know when and where Chip Kelly's first NFL interview will happen.

    According to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Kelly is scheduled to interview for the head coaching vacancy with the Cleveland Browns just a day after coaching his Oregon Ducks in the Fiesta Bowl.

    After interviewing Ray Horton in Arizona, the site of the Fiesta Bowl, it appears Cleveland management will gear up for a Kelly interview—wasting no time in filling the void left by firing Pat Shurmur at the conclusion of the regular season. Here's an excerpt from Cabot's article:

    But Browns owner Jimmy Haslam and CEO Joe Banner, who flew to Arizona on Tuesday to first interview Cardinals defensive coordinator Ray Horton and then Kelly, know they have to move quickly.

    Like the offense he's supposedly bringing to the NFL, Kelly's NFL coaching prospects have moved very quickly over the past few days. Stay tuned to see what other teams are interesting in the offensive guru over the next week.

    ---End of Update---

     

    UPDATE: Wednesday, January 2 at 6:40 p.m. ET by Ethan Grant

    We know Chip Kelly is an attractive NFL option, but it appears he'll have several suitors and his position as head football coach of the Oregon Ducks is as unsafe as ever.  

    According to a report from USA Today and Mike Garafolo and Erick Smith, Kelly has interviews scheduled with at least three NFL teams, and his game against Kansas State in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl could very well be his last as a college coach.

    Here's an excerpt from the piece:

    He will interview with the Cleveland Browns, Philadelphia Eagles and Buffalo Bills about their respective vacancies, according to a person informed of Kelly's plans to meet with the teams. The person spoke to USA TODAY Sports' Mike Garafolo on condition of anonymity because neither the clubs nor Kelly's camp have spoken publicly about the scheduled interviews.

    Kelly is doing nothing to assuage concerns that he might bolt from a program he has guided to a 45-7 career record and four straight BCS bowl game appearances.

    "I do know what the future holds," Kelly said. "I do know we have a football game tomorrow night and I'm going to be there."

    Not exactly the kiss of death, but if Kelly's decision-making about career choices is as fast as his offense, we could see a decision on this front very soon.

    ---End of Update---

     

    UPDATE: Wednesday, January 2 at 2:50 p.m. ET by Tyler Conway

    It seems like the Browns' interest in Kelly is getting reciprocated by the Ducks head coach. According to an ESPN report, Kelly will interview for the position on Friday after Oregon's bowl game:

    According to several reports, Cleveland's CEO Joe Banner is in Arizona and intends to interview Kelly, who is preparing the Ducks to play in Thursday's Tostitos Fiesta Bowl. The interview will take place Friday.

    The 49-year-old Kelly has long been seen as one of the most innovative offensive minds in college football. Considering Cleveland's struggles on that side of the ball, Kelly could be the perfect man for the job. 

    ---End of Update---


    UPDATE: Monday, December 31 at 8:30 p.m. ET by Tim Keeney

    According to NFL insider Adam Caplan, the Cleveland Browns have Kelly at the very top of their list:

    Two high-ranking #NFL personnel execs say Oregon HC Chip Kelly is the clear #1 choice for the Browns.

    — Adam Caplan (@caplannfl) January 1, 2013

    Kelly is one of the hottest candidates in the college game, and it wouldn't be surprising to see several NFL squads try very hard to woo him.

    ---End of update---

     

    He's one of the hottest potential coaching candidates on the market, and La Canfora is reporting that the Eagles and Cleveland Browns will be hot on the trail of Oregon's head coach.

    As we reported last week, Kelly is the prime target of the Eagles with Reid set to depart. Many in the league are bracing for an intriguing struggle for Kelly's services to emerge between Philadelphia and the Browns, who are now run by former Eagles president Joe Banner.

    As one source with ties to Kelly pointed out this week, it's still roughly 50/50 that Kelly leaves college, and several execs said this week they have heard that Kelly might be only lukewarm at best about the Philadelphia opening.

    I would expect far more teams looking for a head coach to pursue Kelly than just the Eagles and Browns. He'll be in the NFL next year.

Michael Lombardi, Cleveland Browns

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    Current NFL Network contributor, and former NFL executive, Michael Lombardi was hired by the Cleveland Browns this morning as reported by Adam Schefter.

    Browns hired Michael Lombardi as GM.

    — Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 18, 2013

    Judy Battista of the New York Times clarified Lombardi's title in the Browns front office.

    RT @adamschefter: Update: Michael Lombardi's title in Cleveland will be VP player personnel.

    — Judy Battista (@judybattista) January 18, 2013

    Lombardi has a long history in the NFL, getting his start as a scout for during the 49ers glory days of the 1980's. 

    This is not Lombardi's first round with the Browns. From 1987-1996 he worked in the Browns front office, most prominently as Director of Player Personnel. 

    The reality is that Lombardi has a wealth of knowledge and experience in both the scouting side and the salary cap side. It's not a secret that the Browns franchise has been mediocre at best for most of the last decade. In the last 11 years the Browns have had just one playoff appearance and two winning seasons. 

    Lombardi may be happy to return to the front office, but there is no mistaking that he's going to have his work cut out for him. 

John Idzik, New York Jets

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    UPDATE: Friday, Jan. 18 at 5:22 p.m. ET by Alex Ballentine

    The New York Jets have confirmed that John Idzik has been hired as the new general manager.

    It's official: Jets have announced John Idzik has been named general manager. Announcement was made by Jets chairman/CEO Woody Johnson.

    — New York Jets (@nyjets) January 18, 2013

     

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    UPDATE: Friday, Jan. 18 at 4:17 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford

    According to to CBS' Jason La Canfora, the Jets officially hired John Idzik as their new general manager:

    The Jets have hired John Idzik, formerly of the Seahawks, as their new GM. Done deal. Negotiations are complete.

    — Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) January 18, 2013

     

    ---End of update---

     

    According to NFL.com reporter Albert Breer (per Gregg Rosenthal), the New York Jets are expected to offer their general manager position to the Seattle Seahawks' vice president of football administration John Idzik.

    Taking on the Jets' franchise at this point is a tall task for anyone, even for someone with Idzik's experience.

    Idzik has held the assistant general manager position with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and was the Arizona Cardinals' senior director of football operations when the team reached the Super Bowl only to fall to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

    New York has had trouble finding a suitable candidate for this important job, but it appears that they may have their guy.

    If Idzik does take the position, he must be prepared to rebuild a franchise that has fallen on tough times in the past two seasons.

    He will have his work cut out for him, but his resume shows that he has had success in the past.

Adam Gase, Denver Broncos

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    The Denver Broncos have filled their offensive coordinator vacancy internally, as Stuart Zaas of the team’s official website is reporting quarterbacks coach Adam Gase has been promoted into the role.

    Mike McCoy left the position open when he accepted the head coaching gig of the Broncos AFC West rival, the San Diego Chargers, earlier this week.

    Gase has been with the Broncos for the past four years and around the NFL in various capacities for a total of eight seasons. His first two years with the team was as a WR coach, while his last two were as the QB coach.

    During that time, he helped lead Brandon Lloyd (2009), Brandon Marshall (2010) and Peyton Manning (2012) to the Pro Bowl as a position coach.

    Gase was also instrumental in Tim Tebow’s miraculous run as a starter in 2011, which culminated in a postseason victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers before faltering in the AFC’s divisional round, a similar fate suffered again this year.

    Coach John Fox was quick to foist praise onto his new coordinator, as per Zaas’ report:

    Adam was an integral part of the success we had offensively this season and was heavily involved in all aspects of our game plan, both during the week and on gameday. Maintaining that continuity with our offense was very important in this decision. While we did speak with several qualified candidates, it became clear that Adam was the best fit to be our offensive coordinator.

    As long as Manning remains under center and prolific wide receivers Eric Decker and Demaryius Thomas are finding ways to get open, Gase should have a relatively easy time keeping this offense running at a high level.

Gus Bradley, Seattle Seahawks

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    UPDATE: Thursday, Jan. 17 at 7:45 a.m. ET by Adam Wells

    After Philadelphia hired Chip Kelly as its next head coach, Gus Bradley's fate was tied to the Jacksonville Jaguars. It turns out he liked what he heard from the Jaguars, and vice versa. 

    According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, Bradley will be taking over as head coach of the Jaguars.

    Filed to ESPN: Former Seahawks DC Gus Bradley has accepted the head coaching job with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

    — Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 17, 2013

    Bradley's hiring leaves just the Arizona Cardinals as the only team left to fill their head-coaching vacancy.

    The Seahawks defense turned into one of the best in the NFL this season under Bradley. Now we will see how he is able to translate that success as a coordinator into a head coach. 

    ---END OF UPDATE---

     

    UPDATE: Tuesday, Jan. 15, 11:58 a.m. ET by Patrick Clarke

    Bradley is scheduled to arrive in Philadelphia to meet with the Eagles on Tuesday, and then interview with the Jaguars on Wednesday, according to ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter via Twitter:

    Seahawks DC Gus Bradley not scheduled to arrive in Philly till this afternoon. Bradley is scheduled to interview with Jaguars Wednesday.

    — Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 15, 2013

     

    ---End of Update---

     

    UPDATE: Monday, Jan. 14, 9:45 p.m. ET by Ryan Davenport

    Apparently, Gus Bradley has emerged as a favorite for the vacant head coaching position in Philadelphia. The team announced on its Twitter account that Bradley had been invited back for a second interview, and the two sides will meet tomorrow.  

     

    will conduct a second interview with Seattle defensive coordinator Gus Bradley tomorrow

    6:02 PM - 14 Jan 13

    ---End of Update---

    Gus Bradley, the defensive coordinator of the Seattle Seahawks, is starting to garner interest for a head coaching job.

    According to USA Today's Mike Garafolo, the Philadelphia Eagles have received permission to interview the coach.

     

    RT @derek_boyko: #Eagles granted permission by the Colts to interview Bruce Arians and by the Seahawks to interview Gus Bradley

    — Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) January 4, 2013

     

    Seattle finished the regular season allowing only 15.3 points per game, a mark that led the NFL. This is certain to make Bradley's name come up at least a few times this offseason.

Darrell Bevell and Marc Trestman, Chicago Bears

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    UPDATE: Wednesday, January 16 at 8:40 a.m. ET by Timothy Rapp

    We start with Marc Trestman, who has been named the new head coach of the Chicago Bears. From Michael C. Wright of ESPN:

    The Chicago Bears ended their search for a new coach early Wednesday morning when they made the decision to bring aboard the Montreal Alouettes' Marc Trestman as the franchise's 14th head coach.

    A noted quarterback guru, Trestman has been out of the NFL for eight years before his stint in the CFL that eventually led to his succeeding Lovie Smith, who was fired by the Bears on Dec. 31.

    The Bears scheduled a news conference for 11 a.m. ET on Thursday. 

    But don't cry for Darrell Bevell, considered one of the Bears' finalists for the job. He still has at least two interviews planned, according to Albert Breer from the NFL Network:

    Darrell Bevell, beaten out in Chicago, will interview with Jags & Cards, per source. Colleague @rapsheet reports Arians to talk with AZ too.

    — Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) January 16, 2013

    ---End of Update---

    The Chicago Bears have reportedly advanced far enough in their search for a new coach to have identified some finalists. 

    ESPN's Adam Schefter shares the news. 

    Bears will meet again with Seahawks OC Darrell Bevell and Montreal HC Marc Trestman, first 2 candidates to be identified as Bears finalists.

    — Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 15, 2013

    So, we will wait and see if there are more finalists announced, or if this will all quickly progress into a hire. 

Bruce Arians, Indianapolis Colts

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    UPDATE: Wednesday, January 16 at 8:35 a.m. by Timothy Rapp

    While many thought that Bruce Arians would get snatched up quickly for a head-coaching position, he remains on the market for teams. Now, the Arizona Cardinals are inquiring.

    From Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com:

    NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports that the Cardinals have requested permission to speak to Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians, according to a source informed of their plans. Arians was beaten out for the Bears job by Montreal Alouettes coach Marc Trestman on Tuesday night.

    ---End of Update---

     

    UPDATE: Thursday, January 10 at 2:10 p.m. by Timothy Rapp

    Could we see Bruce Arians head to San Diego Chargers?

    While we don't have any rumors linking the two as of yet, Arians has expressed an interest in the job. Well, he's expressed an interest if you read the subtext of his quotes. From Josh Alper of Pro Football Talk:

    One of the teams reportedly interested in Arians is the Chargers. During an interview with 1090 AM in San Diego, Arians said that an interview hasn’t been set up yet but that the team’s decision to hire former Colts exec Tom Telesco as their general manager upped his interest in the job.

    “I would be now that Tommy’s there,” Arians said, via SportsRadioInterviews.com. “I think so much of [the] success that teams have are great relationships between general manager and head coach. And it’s not who has control of the roster, it’s how do we get the best players? … I had the opportunity to work for 12 weeks as a head coach this year with Ryan Grigson and Tommy Telesco, and it was a fantastic relationship. And I wouldn’t want to work in any other situation as a head coach, unless it’s that type of relationship where nobody’s got a power player [and] we’re all in this together trying to win.”

    ---End of Update---

    UPDATE: Friday, January 4 at 4:55 p.m. by Rob Goldberg

    Bruce Arians will be a busy man in the coming days and weeks.

    The Bears have already been in contact with the Colts about the former interim coach of the Colts, and now the Philadelphia Eagles interest. Mike Garafolo of USA Today reported the news on Twitter:

    RT @derek_boyko: #Eagles granted permission by the Colts to interview Bruce Arians and by the Seahawks to interview Gus Bradley

    — Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) January 4, 2013

    It seems like Arians will have a head coaching job somewhere before next season begins.

    ---End of Update---

    Finally, interest in Bruce Arians is being reported. It had been far too quiet on the Arians front, especially after the Indianapolis Colts' offensive coordinator led the team to a 9-3 record while head coach Chuck Pagano was undergoing chemotherapy treatment.

    From Ian Rapoport of NFL.com:

    #Bears are 1st team to put in an interview request for #Colts OC Bruce Arians, I'm told. Won't be the last. #Chargers among those interested

    — Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 3, 2013

    Alongside his 9-3 mark as head coach, Arians has developed quite the rapport with Andrew Luck, and Ben Roethlisberger was vocally unhappy when the Pittsburgh Steelers fired him as offensive coordinator and replaced him with Todd Haley. 

    If indeed he ends up on the Chicago Bears or San Diego Chargers, he should do wonders for Jay Cutler or Philip Rivers, two talented quarterbacks who haven't gotten the most out of that talent in recent years.

    Plus, taking the head job on a team with a veteran quarterback would be a soft landing for Arians in his first official head-coaching gig. 

    And he'll get that first gig this year—I would be shocked if Arians doesn't get hired to lead a franchise this season. He proved his worth with the Colts this year, and then some.

Mike Mularkey and Gene Smith, Jacksonville Jaguars

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    UPDATE: Tuesday, Jan. 15 at 11:52 a.m. ET by Patrick Clarke

    Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley is scheduled to interview for the Jaguars on Wednesday according to ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter via Twitter:

    Seahawks DC Gus Bradley not scheduled to arrive in Philly till this afternoon. Bradley is scheduled to interview with Jaguars Wednesday.

    — Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 15, 2013

     

    ---End of Update---

     

    UPDATE: Sunday, Jan. 13 at 12:15 p.m. ET by Adam Wells

    Mularkey may be down after just one season as head coach in Jacksonville, but he is hardly in danger of being out for long. 

    According to Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer, Mularkey is on the list of candidates the Panthers have for their next offensive coordinator. 

    The Panthers are expected to consider Pat Shurmur, Mike Mularkey and Ken Whisenhunt, a league source told the Observer. The Panthers also plan to interview Cincinnati assistant coach Hue Jackson, the Oakland Raiders’ former coach.

    While never having great success as a head coach, Mularkey was instrumental in the development of Matt Ryan and Atlanta's offense when he was the coordinator with the Falcons from 2008-11. 

    ---END OF UPDATE---

     

    UPDATE: Wednesday, Jan. 9 at 2:58 p.m. ET by Patrick Clarke

    Jaguars head coach Mike Mularkey is expected to be fired this coming week after Jacksonville recently hired a new general manager, David Caldwell. This according to CBS Sports NFL insider Jason La Canfora via Twitter:

    Jags very likely to announce they are parting way with coach Mike Mularkey this week, with the GM search over. Still hear Greg Roman

    — Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) January 8, 2013

    Greg Roman, according to La Canfora, could be an early front-runner to replace Mularkey.

    ---End of Update---

    The first casualty on Black Monday comes from Jacksonville, as the Jaguars have fired general manager Gene Smith:

    Shahid Khan today announced that the team is parting ways with general manager Gene Smith. #Jaguars

    — Jacksonville Jaguars (@jaguars) December 31, 2012

    Will head coach Mike Mularkey be the next to go? Stay tuned.

Mike McCoy, Denver Broncos

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    UPDATE: Tuesday, Jan. 15, 9:20 a.m. ET by Donald Wood

    According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy has accepted the San Diego Chargers head coaching position:

    Mike McCoy informed the Broncos this morning that he is accepting the San Diego Chargers head coaching job.

    — Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 15, 2013

    ---End of update---

     

    UPDATE: Tuesday, Jan. 15, 9:20 a.m. ET by Donald Wood

    According to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, the San Diego Chargers have reportedly agreed to a deal with Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy about taking the vacant head coaching position:

    Chargers are nearing a deal to make Mike McCoy their head coach. Looks like it will be finalized today. More ahead @cbssports

    — Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) January 15, 2013

    ---End of update---

     

    UPDATE: Sunday, Jan. 13 at 11:45 a.m. ET by Adam Wells

    The Cardinals are starting to narrow their search for a new head coach. 

    Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reported on Sunday that the Cardinals are expected to make a big play for Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy now that the Broncos have been ousted from the postseason. 

    With #Cardinals prepared to make a big push on Mike McCoy, expect Ray Horton to be his DC. Teams have asked for Horton. Cards not letting go

    — Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 13, 2013

    In addition to whatever the Cardinals are planning, Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reports that McCoy will interview with the Chargers. 

    As I told you yesterday, more interviews lining up for Denver OC Mike McCoy. He'll meet with the Chargers next

    — Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) January 13, 2013

    That loss to Baltimore may have been the best thing that happened to McCoy's coaching prospects. Teams like to fill vacancies sooner rather than later, so the longer the Broncos played, the less likely it was he would get a job. 

    ---END OF UPDATE---

     

    UPDATE: Sunday, Jan. 6 at 12:57 a.m. ET by Austin Green

    The Philadelphia Eagles will meet with McCoy and Syracuse head coach Doug Marrone, accordng to Reuben Frank of CSNPhilly.com.

    OK, now THIS is interesting. I'm told by league source Eagles still planning to meet tomorrow with McCoy and Marrone. So there's that.

    — Reuben Frank (@RoobCSN) January 6, 2013

    ---End of Update---

     

    Not surprisingly, Denver Broncos' offensive coordinator Mike McCoy has been a hot name in NFL circles to become a head coach next season. One team that has shown interest is the Philadelphia Eagles, who are bringing him in over the Broncos' bye week for an interview.

    From Dave Spadaro of PhiladelphiaEagles.com:

    #Eagles confirming a Sunday interview with Denver offensive coordinator Mike McCoy for vacant head coaching job.

    — Dave Spadaro (@davespadaro) January 3, 2013

    McCoy worked wonders in completely adjusting the Broncos offense to suit Tim Tebow in 2011, and he and Peyton Manning have worked together this year to create one of the league's most efficient offenses. 

    If Eagles' owner Jeffrey Lurie decided to bring in another offensive-minded head coach, McCoy seems like an excellent candidate.

Andy Reid, Philadelphia Eagles

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    UPDATE: Friday, Jan. 4 at 9:30 a.m. ET by Sam Westmoreland

    Well, it would appear that Andy Reid will be the Chiefs' new head coach, according to ESPN's Chris Mortensen

     

    Andy Reid and the Chiefs have reached an agreement. Lawyers reviewing contract. Added to ESPN story along with @adamschefter

    — Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) January 4, 2013

    Given the way this process went, it's clear that Reid was the Chiefs' top choice from the start, and they must've done a good job selling the organization to him. His first priority will be to rebuild an offense that was among the most incompetent in the sport last season, and he'll need to find himself a franchise quarterback, as neither Matt Cassel nor Brady Quinn will fill that role for this franchise. 

    UPDATE: Friday, Jan. 4 at 12:21 a.m. ET by Austin Green

    According to Chris Mortensen of ESPN, Andy Reid's meeting with the Arizona Cardinals has been cancelled.

    Andy Reid's scheduled interview Friday w Cardinals has been cancelled as he continues talks with Chiefs. AZ source: "He's out with us."

    — Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) January 4, 2013

    This isn't necessarily a surprising development, as all recent reports have indicated that Reid will take over as head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs.

    ---End of Update---

     

    UPDATE: Thursday, January 3 at 1:05 p.m. ET by Timothy Rapp

    According to Jason La Confora of CBS, Reid to the Chiefs is all but a done deal:

    sorry, my bad here- deal between Chiefs and Andy Reid is NOW imminent. As in will be finalized likely by end of day

    — Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) January 3, 2013

    It looks as though the first—and one of the biggest, you could argue—coaching dominoes has fallen. My guess? After tonight's Fiesta Bowl, Chip Kelly will be the next coach hired. Just a hunch.

    ---End of Update---

    UPDATE: Thursday, January 3 at 12 p.m. ET by Timothy Rapp

    It looks as though Scott Pioli will be out as the Chiefs general manager if Andy Reid indeed becomes the team's next head coach. No surprise there. 

    From Ian Rapoport of NFL.com:

    Andy Reid is telling #Chiefs owner Clark Hunt that he will bring ex-#Browns GM Tom Heckert with him to KC. They worked together with #Eagles

    — Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 3, 2013

    I cannot confirm Reid/Chiefs is a done deal. Just know 1 of Reid's pitches RT @shotgunradio1: @rapsheet So is this a done deal then? #Chiefs

    — Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 3, 2013

    This doesn't come as a surprise. It was speculated that Reid might look to hook up with Heckert again at his next destination. Stay tuned—it sounds like Reid to the Chiefs is a mere formality at this point.

    ---End of Update---

    UPDATE: Thursday, January 3 at 10:40 a.m. ET by Timothy Rapp

    It looks like Andy Reid won't be catching that flight to Arizona after all—ESPN's Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen are reporting the ex-Eagles' head coach is close to agreeing on terms with the Kansas City Chiefs to be the team's head coach:

    The Kansas City Chiefs are on the verge of a deal to make Andy Reid their next head coach, according to league sources.

    There still are minor details to work out but after nine hours of meetings Wednesday, one source involved in the talks said "the major issues have been discussed and agreed upon."

    One source close to Reid said this morning, "This is going to happen fast."

    ---End of Update---

    UPDATE: Thursday, January 3 at 9:45 a.m. ET by Timothy Rapp

    In news that will surely be unpopular in Arizona and make the Cardinals' brass feel like little more than a bargaining chip, Andy Reid did not yet fly to Arizona, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN:

    Andy Reid did not fly to Arizona last night as scheduled.

    — Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 3, 2013

    According to Reuben Frank of CSNPhilly.com, Reid met with the Chiefs for nine hours on Wednesday. The Cardinals may not even get the opportunity to interview Reid, folks—Kansas City looks like the destination for the former Eagles' coach.

    ---End of Update---

    UPDATE: Wednesday, January 2 at 9:55 a.m. ET by Adam Wells

    The Andy Reid interview circus will head to Kansas City today. According to Chris Mortensen of ESPN (via Aaron Nagler of Bleacher Report), the former Eagles coach will meet with Chiefs personnel on Wednesday. 

    Per @mortreport, Andy Reid will interview with the KC Chiefs today.

    — Aaron Nagler (@Aaron_Nagler) January 2, 2013

    There have been conflicting reports about Reid's future. On Tuesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN, speaking to sources, reported that there was a "95 percent" chance he would be the next head coach in Arizona. The same report also says that the Cardinals' search is wide open right now. 

    Regardless of what is real and what isn't with the Cardinals right now, Reid certainly is doing all he can to get back in the coaching circle after being let go from the Eagles following a disastrous 4-12 season. 

    ---END OF UPDATE---

     

    UPDATE: Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 10:00 p.m. ET by Tim Keeney

    Hopefully Andy Reid has been practicing his interview skills, because he won't get much time before meeting with the Arizona Cardinals.

    From Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports:

    Andy Reid will interview with the Cardinals tomorrow.

    — Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) January 2, 2013

    It appears as though the Cardinals are intelligently looking to fill their coaching vacancies as soon as possible.

    ---End of update---

     

    UPDATE: Monday, December 31 at 6:06 p.m. ET by Ryan Rudnansky

    The Arizona Cardinals will interview Andy Reid and Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy, according to Darren Urban of AZCardinals.com.

    Urban tweeted on Monday:

    Bidwill will interview Mike McCoy and Andy Reid, he said.

    — Darren Urban (@Cardschatter) December 31, 2012

     

    --- End of Update ---

    UPDATE: Monday, December 31 at 10:05 a.m. ET by Timothy Rapp

    It's official—Andy Reid is out as head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles. The team's website made the news official, writing "The 14-year head coaching tenure of Andy Reid has ended, the Philadelphia Eagles announced on Monday morning."

    The news continued, as Jeffery Lurie made the following statement:

    Andy Reid won the most games of any head coach in Eagles history and he is someone I respect greatly and will remain friends with for many years to come. But, it is time for the Eagles to move in a new direction. Coach Reid leaves us with a winning tradition that we can build upon. And we are very excited about the future.

    The team will hold a press conference at noon.

    ---End of Update---

    UPDATE: Sunday, Dec. 30 at 6:15 p.m. ET by Ben Chodos

    While it is still not official, Andy Reid is out as the Philadelphia Eagles head coach. 

    Mike Garafolo of USA Today reported the following:

    Andy Reid has been fired after 14 seasons as head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles, with the official announcement coming Monday, according to a person informed of the team's plans for releasing Reid.

    The person, who spoke to USA TODAY Sports on condition of anonymity because the Eagles haven't made any announcement yet, was unsure if it will be spun as Reid resigning or if he'll be fired, but said it's clear he will not coach the Eagles after Sunday's 42-7 loss to the New York Giants.

    Garafolo's report also notes that the Eagles are still denying that any decision has been made.

    ---End of Update---


    UPDATE: Sunday, Dec. 30 at 5:45 p.m. ET by Ben Chodos

    There is more writing on the wall for Andy Reid, and his firing appears to be only a formality at this point. 

    CSNPhilly.com's Reuben Frank is the latest to report on Reid's likely exit from Philadelphia:

    Two sources confirmed Lurie has told Andy he's going in a different direction. Andy Reid is out as Eagles head coach.

    — Reuben Frank (@RoobCSN) December 30, 2012

    ESPN's Adam Schefter also reported via WhoSay.com, "Andy Reid and Jeffrey Lurie scheduled to meet Monday. A team official insisted Lurie has not informed Reid he will be fired yet, though that news is expected Monday."

    But NFL.com received a slight different story and reported the following:

    NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid learned from owner Jeffrey Lurie on Friday that he would coach his final game with the team on Sunday against the New York Giants, according to two sources. The Eagles are expected to formally announce Reid's firing Monday.

    While the exact details are still up in the air, Andy Reid's tenure as the team's head coach is nearly over. 

    ---End of Update---

     

    At this point, Andy Reid's departure seems all but certain. Dubbed the "Dream Team" in 2011 by Vince Young, the Philadelphia Eagles finished that season 8-8 and came into the last week of the 2012 season at 4-11.

    It's time for a change. 

    According to Jason La Canfora of CBS, multiple league sources expect that Reid will be fired after the season ends. And Adam Schefter of ESPN has reported that Reid is already starting to compile a staff for next year, in the expectation of coaching elsewhere.

    Could that be with the San Diego Chargers? That has been a popular rumor, though Schefter noted in that report that San Diego isn't interested. Instead, Schefter cited the Jacksonville Jaguars and Arizona Cardinals as possible destinations for Reid.

Ken Whisenhunt and Rod Graves, Arizona Cardinals

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    UPDATE: Monday, Jan. 14 at 2:30 p.m. ET by Ben Chodos

    The Philadelphia Eagles are certainly not limiting their options in their coaching search, and Ken Whisenhunt is the latest coach to interview with the team. 

    Patrick Wall of PhiladelphiaEagles.com reported, "The Eagles continued their search for a head coach on Monday, interviewing former Arizona Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt and Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden."

    The Eagles have interviewed a number of coaching candidates, and it is difficult to know who is the frontrunner to be Andy Reid's replacement. 

    ---End of Update---


    UPDATE: Sunday, Jan. 13 at 12:10 p.m. ET by Adam Wells

    If Whisenhunt is unable to land a head-coaching job, he could find himself back on the sidelines as an offensive coordinator. 

    According to Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer, the Panthers, who lost offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski to the Cleveland Browns, are considering many big names that includes Whisenhunt. 

    The Panthers are expected to consider Pat Shurmur, Mike Mularkey and Ken Whisenhunt, a league source told the Observer. The Panthers also plan to interview Cincinnati assistant coach Hue Jackson, the Oakland Raiders’ former coach.

    Putting Whisenhunt, who had success with Pittsburgh and Ben Roethlisberger for years, alongside Cam Newton could be exactly what the Panthers need to get their offense playing more consistently. 

    ---END OF UPDATE---

     

    UPDATE: Thursday, Jan. 3 at 9:35 p.m. ET by Timothy Rapp

    According to ESPN, recently fired Cardinals' coach Ken Whisenhunt had another interview on Wednesday:

    Former Arizona Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt interviewed Wednesday with the Cleveland Browns about their head coaching vacancy, according to league sources.

    The meeting with Whisenhunt took place in Arizona, where Browns owner Jimmy Haslam and CEO Joe Banner are conducting a handful of interviews. Next up is Syracuse coach Doug Marrone, and the Browns have a meeting scheduled Friday with Oregon coach Chip Kelly, whose team plays Kansas State in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl on Thursday night.

     ---End of Update---

     UPDATE: Wednesday, Jan. 2 at 7:00 p.m. ET by Ben Chodos

    Ken Whisenhunt is still riding the coaching carousel and his landing spot may be in Buffalo. Several officials from the Bills have reportedly met the with ousted Arizona Cardinals coach.  

    Chris Brown of BuffaloBills.com reported the following:

    The Bills began their search for a new head coach in Arizona with a candidate that has prior NFL head coaching experience. Buffalobills.com has learned that the club has formally interviewed former Arizona Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt.

    The interview took place in Arizona as the Bills search team of President and CEO Russ Brandon, GM Buddy Nix, Assistant GM Doug Whaley and Senior VP of Football Administration Jim Overdorf traveled there by plane Tuesday afternoon.

    Brown notes that Bills assistant general manager Doug Whaley worked with Whisenhunt when the two were with the Pittsburgh Steelers. This connection just may give the former Cardinals coach a leg up on other candidates, although no Buffalo executive has made any statement reflecting which way they are leaning in their current coaching search. 

    ---End of Update---

     

    UPDATE: Monday, December 31 at 1:18 p.m. ET by Matt Fitzgerald

    Major change is coming in Arizona. ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that the Cardinals have fired head coach Ken Whisenhunt and GM Rod Graves:

    Cardinals Gm Rod Graves fired.

    — Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 31, 2012

    Cardinals fired HC Ken Whisenhunt. Up to 7 HCs today.

    — Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 31, 2012

    ---End of Update---

     

    We start with Kent Somers of AZCentral.com, who notes changes could be coming for the Arizona Cardinals:

    [Ken] Whisenhunt has two more years on his contract, including a team option for 2014, but there is considerable speculation about his future.

    This is the Cardinals' second losing season in three years, and team president Michael Bidwill could decide to make major changes that include a new coach and replacing general manager Rod Graves, who is under contract in 2013.

    Bidwill has declined comment other than to say he would wait until after the season to evaluate performances.

    La Canfora also reported that Whisenhunt was likely on the way out, while Schefter noted during SportsCenter on Sunday that Graves was likely out (via Evan Silva of NBC Sports):

    ESPN's @adamschefter reported AJ Smith, Gene Smith, Tom Heckert, Rod Graves all likely "out" next week. "Leaning out" on Pioli & Tannenbaum.

    — Evan Silva (@evansilva) December 30, 2012

    After this miserable season in Arizona, heads should roll. It looks like they will.

Rex Ryan, Tony Sparano, Mike Tannenbaum and Mike Pettine, New York Jets

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    UPDATE: Tuesday, Jan. 15, 11:49 a.m. ET by Patrick Clarke

    According to ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter, the Seattle Seahawks' John Idzik is set to interview for the New York Jets' vacant general manager position soon:

    Seahawks VP/Administration John Idzik is scheduled to interview Wednesday for the Jets GM job.

    — Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 15, 2013

     

    ---End of Update---

     

    UPDATE: Tuesday, Jan. 8, 11:28 a.m. ET by Patrick Clarke

    According to Chris Brown of BuffaloBills.com, New York Jets defensive coordinator Mike Pettine will not be back with New York in 2013 and will instead interview for the Bills on Tuesday. Brown goes on to report that special teams coach Mike Westhoff will not return with the Jets next season.

    Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports via Twitter that Ben Kotwica will replace Westhoff as special teams coach:

    Rex says Ben Kotwica will replace Mike Westhoff as Special Teams coach. Rex says he's looking for OC and DC. #nyj

    — Manish Mehta(@MMehtaNYDN) January 8, 2013

     

    ---End of Update---

     

    UPDATE: Tuesday, Jan. 8, 7:50 a.m. ET by Donald Wood

    In what should come as a surprise to no one, the New York Jets have reportedly fired offensive coordinator Tony Sparano after the team failed to show little-to-no continuity on that side of the ball throughout the season, according to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen:

    The Jets have fired offensive coordinator Tony Sparano, as expected, per league sources.

    — Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) January 8, 2013

    ---End of Update---

     

    UPDATE: Monday, Jan. 7, 11:10 a.m. ET by Donald Wood

    After firing former GM Mike Tannenbaum, the New York Jets have already started the hunt for his replacement and have two names in mind already, according to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News:

    Jets scheduled to interview Marc Ross & Scott Cohen for GM job today. Meanwhile, Rex Ryan & staff are back to work after week hiatus #nyj

    — Manish Mehta(@MMehtaNYDN) January 7, 2013

    ---End of Update---

     

    UPDATE: Monday, December 31 at 9:20 a.m. ET by Timothy Rapp

    As expected, general manager Mike Tannenbaum is out in New York, as announced by the team's official Twitter account:

    Woody Johnson announced this morning that GM Mike Tannenbaum will not return to Jets in 2013.

    — New York Jets (@nyjets) December 31, 2012

    Rex Ryan is staying put, however, according to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News:

    Woody Johnson also announces in statement that Rex Ryan will remain the Jets head coach. #nyj

    — Manish Mehta(@MMehtaNYDN) December 31, 2012

    ---End of Update---

    Rex Ryan is likely staying put as the New York Jets head coach. The same can't be said for Tony Sparano, who will likely be out as the team's offensive coordinator, according to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News:

    Rex Ryan's preference is to replace Tony Sparano. It sounds like Woody Johnson is on the same page. #nyj

    — Manish Mehta(@MMehtaNYDN) December 30, 2012

    La Canfora has more, and it isn't good news for general manager Mike Tannenbaum:

    Jets owner Woody Johnson does not intend to fire head coach Rex Ryan, according to league sources, but is highly unlikely to retain Mike Tannenbaum as his general manager.

    As we first reported last week, Johnson was quietly gauging whether some candidates would have interest in serving as his general manager with Tannenbaum remaining in a salary-cap capacity. Those overtures have been largely rebuffed, sources said, and, at this point, Tannenbaum could be let go this week. Ryan, who is generally held in high regard by his players, has also reached out to those whom he trusts to ascertain a group of potential new general managers whom he might be able to work well with, sources said.

    It looks like Ryan will survive this nightmare season for the Jets. Given the complete dearth of talent on the roster he was given this year, that seems fair.

Jay Gruden, Cincinnati Bengals

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    UPDATE: Monday, Jan. 14 at 2:30 p.m. ET by Ben Chodos

    The Philadelphia Eagles have continued to look at offensive-minded coaches to take over the team's vacant head coaching position, and it is no surprise that Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden is one of their candidates. 

    According to Patrick Wall of PhiladelphiaEagles.com, "The Eagles continued their search for a head coach on Monday, interviewing former Arizona Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt and Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden."

    While Gruden's brother Jon may still have a more impressive résumé, his ability to lead the Bengals to consecutive playoff berths has attracted wide interest from around the NFL.

    ---End of Update---


    UPDATE: Sunday, Jan. 13 at 11:55 a.m. ET by Adam Wells

    In addition to their interview with Mike McCoy, the Chargers will also interview Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden. 

    According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, Gruden's interview will take place on Sunday and he also has more interviews scheduled this week. 

    Bengals OC Jay Gruden is interviewing today with Chargers, then scheduled to interview Monday with Eagles and Tuesday with Jaguars.

    — Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 13, 2013

    Gruden has become one of the hottest commodities this season. He has done a great job with Andy Dalton over the last two seasons, so it makes sense that the teams interested in him have quarterback issues. 

    ---END OF UPDATE---

     

    UPDATE: Friday, January 11 at 6:33 p.m. ET by Alex Ballentine

    According to NFL Network's Ian Rappaport, Gruden will interview for the Philadelphia Eagles head coaching vacancy on Monday. 

    The #Eagles are scheduled to interview #Bengals OC Jay Gruden on Monday

    — Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 11, 2013

     

    ---End of Update---

    UPDATE: Thursday, January 10 at 6:30 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford

    According to Associated Press reported Bob Baum (via Dayton Daily News), Gruden has interviewed for the Arizona Cardinals' head coaching job:

    Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden is the latest to interview for the vacant head coaching job with the Arizona Cardinals.

    Gruden, younger brother of former Oakland and Tampa Bay coach Jon Gruden, said his interview Thursday at Cardinals headquarters was his first for a head coaching job with any NFL team. He said he may interview with the Philadelphia Eagles next week.

     

    ---End of Update---

     

    UPDATE: Monday, Jan. 7 at 9:00 a.m. ET

    With the Bengals eliminated from the postseason, offensive coordinator Jay Gruden is free to interview for vacant head-coaching jobs. 

    According to Darren Urban of ArizonaCardinals.com, Gruden will meet with the Cardinals this week about their vacancy. 

    The @azcardinals confirm they plan to interview Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden this week for their vacant head coaching job.

    — Darren Urban (@Cardschatter) January 7, 2013

    Gruden's name has been bantered about a lot in the last week. He has been at the helm for the Bengals' turnaround with Andy Dalton and A.J. Green, so his stock has never been higher. 

    ---END OF UPDATE---

     

    Not previously linked to any other head coaching positions, Gruden's name has suddenly popped up in the running for the Philadelphia Eagles' position.

    On Saturday, ESPN's Adam Schefter broke news on Twitter about the Eagles requesting permission from the Bengals to interview Gruden.

    Eagles expected to request permission from Bengals on Monday to interview Cuncinnati OC Jay Gruden for their HC job, per league source.

    — Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 5, 2013

    Of course, Schefter means "Cincinnati," and the fit definitely makes sense. Gruden runs a version of the West Coast offense, which would provide continuity for presumed QB of the future Nick Foles, who played pretty well as a rookie.

    The fact that Gruden is also relatively young at 45 and provides a fresh face for the franchise—while also bringing credibility—makes him an attractive candidate.

    Gruden has keyed the Bengals' offense to the playoffs the past two years, shocking the league in 2011 by building the offense around rookie QB Andy Dalton and WR A.J. Green.

    Check back here for more as this situation develops.

Brian Billick, Fox Sports

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    With the Eagles still scouring the coaching circles to find their next leader, Reuben Frank of Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia is reporting that the team interviewed former Baltimore head coach Brian Billick.

    League source: Eagles interviewed Brian Billick on Monday.

    — Reuben Frank (@RoobCSN) January 13, 2013

    Billick was known as one of the most innovative offensive coaches in the game when he was with the Minnesota Vikings in the late-90s. He did win a Super Bowl with the Ravens in 2000, but the franchise could never find a consistent quarterback to support those great defenses. 

Jerry Angelo, Chicago Bears

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    Former Chicago Bears general manager Jerry Angelo, who was fired following the 2011 season, could be getting back in the game. 

    According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the New York Jets are going to conduct another interview Angelo for their vacant GM position. 

    Jets will hold follow-up discussions with at least two GM candidates they have interviewed. Name to watch: former Bears GM Jerry Angelo.

    — Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 13, 2013

    The Jets are in an interesting spot, because whoever they hire to be their general manager has to be on the same page as Rex Ryan. Owner Woody Johnson has committed to Ryan for at least one more year. 

John Dorsey, Kansas City Chiefs

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    The Kansas City Chiefs have tabbed John Dorsey, Green Bay's Director of Football Operations, as its next general manager, according to Kansas City beat writer Adam Teicher of the Kansas City Star (via Twitter):

    #Chiefs have hired John Dorsey as new general manager. He was long-time college scout for Packers and favorite for job all along

    — Adam Teicher (@adamteicher) January 13, 2013

    Dorsey, a former player, has worked in the NFL player personnel department for 22 years, according to the Packers' official website.

    He got his post-playing career start as a scout for the Packers in 1991 and following Mike Holmgren and his West Coast Offense to Seattle in 1999. From there, he returned to Green Bay to serve as the organization's director of college scouting.

    He was promoted to his current position prior to the start of the 2012 season.

Mel Tucker, Jacksonville Jaguars

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    Mike Mularkey has been ousted in Jacksonville, but a member of his coaching staff may wind up taking over the head coaching reins. According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Jaguars plan on interviewing defensive coordinator Mel Tucker for their head coaching vacancy next week:

    Jacksonville plans to interview its defensive coordinator Mel Tucker next week for Jaguars HC job.

    — Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 11, 2013

    Tucker, 41, predated Mularkey's tenure and has been Jacksonville's defensive coordinator since 2009. When Jack Del Rio was let go by the team midway through the 2011 season, Tucker took over as the interim head coach and led the Jaguars to a 2-3 record.

    Before arriving in Jacksonville, Tucker was with the Cleveland Browns organization, where he was the defensive backs coach from 2005-07 and defensive coordinator in 2008. He also has a requisite amount of collegiate experience, too, having worked under both Nick Saban and Jim Tressel.

Rob Chudzinski, Cleveland Browns

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    Rob Chudzinski spent the last two seasons molding Cam Newton into the Carolina Panthers' franchise quarterback. Now, the Cleveland Browns hope he will do the same next season for whoever they have under center, as the team has hired the Panthers offensive coordinator to be its new head coach, per ESPN's Chris Mortensen:

    Rob Chudzinksi is a done deal. He is the Browns new head coach. Confirmed.

    — Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) January 11, 2013

    Though a surprise hire considering Cleveland's initial lofty goals, Chudzinski's name shouldn't be unfamiliar to Browns fans.

    He has had two different coaching stints with the team, starting in 2004 where he was the tight ends coach. After moving on, Chudzinski returned from 2007-08 as the offensive coordinator under Butch Davis.

    Following Davis' dismissal, Chudzinski spent two seasons with the San Diego Chargers as an assistant head coach and tight ends coach before leaving for Carolina in 2011.

Brian Schottenheimer, Jacksonville Jaguars

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    According to NFL.com reporter Ian Rapoport (via Gregg Rosenthal), the Jacksonville Jaguars will interview St. Louis Rams offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer:

    Ian Rapoport of NFL.com confirmed that Caldwell has requested permission to speak to St. Louis Rams offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer about the new head coaching vacancy in Jacksonville.

    Schottenheimer hasn't enjoyed much success as an NFL offensive coordinator, but he's still a young prospect among professional coaches.

    The Rams' offense finished in the middle of the pack this season under his leadership, and he would actually have less talent to work with in Jacksonville.

    It's also important to note that this would be his first head coaching job. The position would require more leadership, and it would also come with more responsibility.

    Stay tuned for updates.

Dave Gettleman, Carolina Panthers

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    In an official release given by the Carolina Panthers on Jan. 9, they announced the hiring of New York Giants Senior Pro Personnel Analyst Dave Gettleman as their new general manager. Owner Jerry Richardson released a statement on the hiring, via the Panthers' official website:

    I was very impressed with Dave's experience and think he will be a very good fit for our organization. He has an extensive background in personnel and comes from an organization in the New York Giants that I hold in high regard and played an instrumental role in their success.

    The 61-year-old Gettleman spent 15 years with the Giants organization where he worked his way up diligently. He's considered instrumental in both the team's player development and drafting strategies, both of which have paid massive dividends in New York.

    Having been in the NFL since 1986, Gettleman also has the requisite experience Richardson was looking for in a general manager. He will replace Marty Hurney, who was let go by the team back in October.

Norv Turner and A.J. Smith, San Diego Chargers

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    UPDATE: Friday, Jan. 11 at 12:05 p.m. ET by Sam Westmoreland

    The Chargers' head coaching hunt continues today, as NFL.com reports that the team is preparing to interview former Cardinals coach Ken Wisenhunt. Per that report:

    Former Bears coach Lovie Smith was en route in the morning for a Friday interview. Now former Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt is scheduled for a Saturday session, sources told NFL.com's Ian Rapoport.

    Wisenhunt guided the Cardinals to the Super Bowl back in 2008, but has yet to replicate those results since the retirement of quarterback Kurt Warner. Given the talent in San Diego, he's certainly an intriguing possibility.

    ------------END UPDATE---------------

    UPDATE: Wednesday, Jan. 9 at 2:44 p.m. ET by Patrick Clarke

    The San Diego Chargers have hired former Indianapolis Colts vice president of football operations, Tom Telesco as their general manager according to Colts beat writer Mike Chappell via Twitter:

    #colts Tom Telesco new San Diego GM. Nice hire. Good luck, Tom.

    — Mike Chappell (@mchappell51) January 9, 2013

    ---End of Update---

    UPDATE: Wednesday, Jan. 9 at 10:13 a.m. ET by Patrick Clarke

    The San Diego Chargers have expressed interest in UCLA head coach Jim Mora as it pertains to their vacant head coaching position according to Chris Foster of the Los Angeles Times

    But, that's not all. 

    According to Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune, Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians is also a "top target":

    Several people around the league and inside Chargers Park have said Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians is a top target, and Arians is interested in the gig.

    Arians led the Colts to a 9-3 mark while replacing an ill Chuck Pagano as head coach for 12 games this season.

    ---End of Update---

    UPDATE: Thursday, January 3 at 9:40 p.m. ET by Timothy Rapp

    Norv Turner may not get another head coaching job in the NFL, but he'll have no shortage of interest around the league in his services as an offensive coordinator. The latest team rumored to desire him in that role is the New York Jets.

    From ESPN:

    Though no official decision has been made on New York Jets offensive coordinator Tony Sparano, sources told ESPNNewYork.com that Rex Ryan wants to bring in a new coordinator, and former San Diego Chargers coach Norv Turner is said to be on his short list.

    While many fans and media have speculated that Sparano will be fired after one season with the Jets, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press the Jets have not made a decision on the status of Sparano.

    ---End of Update---

    UPDATE: Monday, December 31 at 1:10 p.m. ET by Matt Fitzgerald

    The Chargers' official website made the inevitable official in a statement released on Black Monday:

    San Diego Chargers President Dean Spanos announced today that General Manager A.J. Smith and Head Coach Norv Turner will not return in 2013.

    “I thank A.J. and Norv for the determination and integrity they brought to the Chargers each and every day,” said Spanos. “Both Norv and A.J. are consummate NFL professionals, and they understand that in this league, the bottom-line is winning.  My only goal is the Super Bowl, and that is why I have decided to move in a new direction with both our head coach and general manager positions.  I am committed to our great fans, and we will do whatever we possibly can to achieve that goal.”

    ---End of Update---

     

    UPDATE: Sunday, December 30 at 8:21 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford

    According to CBS, Turner seems prepared to be let go:

    #Chargers Norv Turner on future: We will meet tomorrow and then I am sure they will start looking for a new head coach.

    — Chargers RReports (@CBSChargers) December 31, 2012

     

    ---End of Update---

     

    Michael Gehlken of the San Diego Union-Tribune basically wrote Norv Turner's eulogy on Saturday, noting that even Turner hinted at his own firing before a sparsely attended press conference after Thursday's practice. 

    It was only the diehards, remarked Bill Johnston, team director of public relations.

    "Diehard. That's what I am, right?" Turner said with a smile, his voice barely audible. "Houdini may not get out of this one."

    This is it for the Chargers head coach. This Sunday afternoon, his six-year tenure will come to a close against the Raiders when he coaches his final game with San Diego. He is expected to be officially relieved of his duties as early as Monday, the same going for general manager A.J. Smith.

    As Gehlken notes, team president Dean Spanos made his mind up about dismissing Turner weeks ago but decided to give him the rest of the season before moving on. With the playoffs out of the question well into the season, why bother shaking things up mid-year?

    La Canfora's report also cites Turner's firing as imminent and notes that he'll likely be a hot candidate for coordinator positions.

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    UPDATE: Wednesday, Jan. 9 at 10:52 a.m. ET by Patrick Clarke

    The Browns will interview Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer for their vacant head coaching position on Wednesday according to FOX Sports NFL insider Jay Glazer via Twitter:

    Browns are bringing in Bengals DC Mike Zimmer for an interview later today for their head coach opening.Really like this fit for them.

    — Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) January 9, 2013

     

    Zimmer has been the Bengals' defensive guru for the past five seasons.

    ---End of Update---

    UPDATE: Monday, December 31 at 9:15 a.m. ET by Timothy Rapp

    Pat Shurmur won't be alone in departing Cleveland, as general manager Tom Heckert has also been fired. Both moves were expected.

    From Jay Glazer of Fox Sports:

    In addition to Shurmur the Browns have also fired GM Tom Heckert

    — Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) December 31, 2012

    ---End of Update---

    UPDATE: Monday, December 31 at 9 a.m. ET by Timothy Rapp

    As expected, the Browns have fired head coach Pat Shurmur. From Jay Glazer of Fox Sports:

    Black Monday begins. The Cleveland Browns have just fired HC Pat Shurmur

    — Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) December 31, 2012

    ---End of Update---

    Pat Shurmur and Tom Heckert will be fired or leave the Cleveland Browns, according to Mary Kay Cabot of The Plain Dealer.

    It makes sense. New Browns owner Jimmy Haslam III and CEO Joe Banner can then hire their own head coach and general manager and start the organization in a new direction, as Cabot notes:

    When Haslam agreed to buy the team in August and Banner took over in October, it was almost a foregone conclusion that the two would want to hit the ground running with their own people. Banner made it clear in an interview with The Plain Dealer in November that he had excellent candidates in mind at all positions to take the Browns to a championship level.

    He also stressed that he wouldn't be one to stock the Browns with people he's worked with before, and that he'd rely on all the relationships he'd developed over the years.

    Another season, another head coach in Cleveland. 

Dave Caldwell, Jacksonville Jaguars

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    It looks like the Jacksonville Jaguars have found GM Gene Smith's replacement.

    Dave Caldwell, Atlanta Falcons director of player personnel, is set to take the job after a round of three interviews, according to FOX Sports' Jay Glazer (via Twitter):

    Jacksonville has tabbed Dave Caldwell as their new GM, the two sides are trying to work out a contract

    — Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) January 8, 2013

    Caldwell spent the past season as the director of player personnel for the Falcons and worked with the organization for a total of five years. Prior to that he was a scout with the Indianapolis Colts for 10 years.

    The team's new general manger's first task will be solving the quarterback conundrum. Jacksonville has not had a franchise-type QB since the team parted ways with Mark Brunell in 2003.

Steve Keim, Arizona Cardinals

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    Folks, the Arizona Cardinals have just landed one of the hottest and biggest names on the market, landing Steve Keim to be the team's new general manager.

    I kid, I kid. Well, about the "hottest and biggest name" thing, that is. According to Mark Dalton, the Cardinals' vice president of media relations, Keim will be named the new general manager today:

    Steve Keim named new @azcardinals GM; will be introduced at 3 PM press conference. Started as Cards area scout in '99.

    — MarkDalton (@CardsMarkD) January 8, 2013

    One would guess Keim will hit the ground running, looking to find the team's next head coach. He was previously the team's vice president of player personnel.

Lovie Smith, Chicago Bears

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    UPDATE: Friday, Jan. 11 at 9:45 p.m. ET by Shawn Brubaker

    The San Diego Chargers have interviewed Lovie Smith today, according to Bill Johnston of Chargers.com:

     

    Chargers interview Lovie Smith m.chargers.com/s/30849/newsDe…

    — Bill Johnston (@ChargersPRguy) January 12, 2013

    Since being released from the Chicago Bears, Smith has been a hot prospect for multiple teams, including the Buffalo Bills, Philadelphia Eagles and now the Chargers. He will definitely be coaching somewhere in 2013, but where that will be remains unclear. San Diego certainly looks like a contender, though.

     

    UPDATE: Friday, Jan. 11 at 9:32 a.m. ET by Ethan Grant

    Lovie Smith has been making the rounds since being released by the Chicago Bears, and his latest stop will be for the San Diego Chargers head coaching vacancy.

    According to NFL.com's Ian Rapoport, multiple sources have spotted Smith at O'Hare International Airport en route to an interview with another organization:

    Sources: Ex-#Bears coach Lovie Smith is in O'Hare Airport right now at the San Diego gate. Heading to interview with #Chargers

    — Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 11, 2013

    Smith is leaving no stone unturned in finding a good fit for his career, and other NFL teams recognize the kind of head man he is. He'll have a job soon, but don't be surprised if he has other offers to sort through before it all plays out.

    ---End of update---

     

    UPDATE: Tuesday, Jan. 8 at 2:45 p.m. ET by Adam Wells

    The Lovie Smith train continues to rack up more interviews. The latest addition will take him to Philadelphia to interview for the Eagles' head-coaching job. 

    According to Reuben Frank of Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia, Smith's interview will take place on Thursday. 

    Lovie Smith up next for the Eagles. Great move. Recently fired Bears coach will interview on Thursday.

    — Reuben Frank (@RoobCSN) January 8, 2013

    Smith is expected to be one of the most sought-after coaching candidates this offseason. He had success with Chicago, including winning 10 games this year, and was rather unceremoniously let go because the team felt it needed to make a change. 

    ---END OF UPDATE---

     

    UPDATE: Tuesday, Jan. 8, 8:50 a.m. ET by Donald Wood

    The Chicago Bears are continuing the hunt for a new head coach and two new names have surfaced during the interview process, according to Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune:

    Add 2 more names to #Bears interview list for Phil Emery: #Vikings assistants Mike Singletary and special teams coach Mike Priefer.

    — Brad Biggs (@BradBiggs) January 8, 2013

    ---End of Update---

     

    UPDATE: Thursday, January 3 at 9:50 a.m. ET by Timothy Rapp

    According to Rotoworld Staff (via Howard Simon), Love Smith is expected to interview with the Buffalo Bills this weekend.

    Sources tell WGR Radio that the Bills plan to interview former Bears coach Lovie Smith this weekend.

    The Bills are casting a wide net in their search to replace Chan Gailey. They've been linked to Chip Kelly, Ray Horton, Doug Marrone and Ken Whisenhunt. Smith's turnover-forcing Cover-two defense that worked wonders in Chicago would certainly fit well in Buffalo. Although the Bills ranked 26th in points allowed last year, their defense is laden with talent.

    ---End of Update---

     

    UPDATE: Monday, December 31 at 11:46 a.m. ET

    FOX Sports' Jay Glazer reports that the Bears already have somebody on their wish list to replace Lovie Smith.

    The Bears have already asked for permission to interview Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy. He's a very, very hot name right now

    — Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) December 31, 2012

    ---End of Update---

     

    Pretty shocking news here, folks—it looks as though the Chicago Bears have fired head coach Lovie Smith, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com:

    BREAKING: #Bears have fired coach Lovie Smith, I'm told #BlackMonday

    — Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 31, 2012

    This comes shortly after Adam Schefter of ESPN reported that the team had sent out inquires to other teams, requesting permission to interview coaches:

    Whoa: Bears have sent out consent forms requesting permission to interview head-coaching candidates.

    — Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 31, 2012

    It looks like Chicago decided to axe Smith after the team failed to make the playoffs, despite winning 10 games. After starting 7-1 and looking like one of the NFC's top teams in the NFC, the Bears fell apart down the stretch. More than anything else, that likely did Smith in.

    Still, had the Vikings lost yesterday Smith probably would have kept his job. That's the nature of the NFL, folks.

Marc Trestman, Montreal Alouettes

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    The Cleveland Browns will reportedly interview Montreal Alouettes head coach Marc Trestman this week according to ESPNCleveland.com's Tony Grossi.

    Cleveland's owner and CEO have apparently traveled to the Windy City in order to interview Trestman for the Browns head coaching job according to Grossi. Trestman is also set to interview for the Bears job.

    The 56-year-old has been an assistant in the NFL for many years, coaching for seven different teams from 1985 to 2004. Trestman has been a head coach in the Canadian Football League since 2008 with Montreal. 

    Trestman, who has plenty of experience as a quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator at the NFL level, led the Alouettes to back-to-back Grey Cup titles in 2009 and 2010.

Mike Holmgren

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    Former Cleveland Browns president Mike Holmgren, as well as UCLA head coach Jim Mora, Jr., could be an appealing option for the San Diego Chargers in their search for a new head coach, according to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports

    According to league sources, the Chargers could include Mike Holmgren, former head coach in Green Bay and Seattle, as well as former NFL coach and current UCLA coach Jim Mora.

    The Chargers also intend to interview Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians, sources said. Holmgren, according to sources, has had serious interest in the Dallas job should it open up and is also very intrigued by San Diego's opening -- its geography as well as the chance to work with quarterback Philip Rivers

    Holmgren would be a big-name hire for the Chargers if they are able to lure him in. Like Andy Reid with Kansas City, it would likely take a huge commitment on San Diego's part to make it happen, because Holmgren loves to build his own rosters and be in charge of personnel decisions. 

    The Chargers are the kind of job that Holmgren has traditionally been attracted to. They are a team that is a lot more talented than its records would indicate, but are just missing that little something to push them over the top. 

Doug Marrone, Syracuse

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    UPDATE: Sunday, Jan. 6 at 8:20 a.m. ET by Adam Wells

    Scratch Doug Marrone's name off the list for Cleveland and Philadelphia. According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the former Syracuse head coach has taken the same position with the Buffalo Bills. 

    Filed to ESPN: Doug Marrone has agreed to leave Syracuse and become the next head coach of the Buffalo Bills.

    — Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 6, 2013

    Marrone led Syracuse to a share of the Big East championship in 2012 and a victory over West Virginia in the Pinstripe Bowl. He spent four seasons as head coach of the Orange, compiling a 25-25 career record. 

    ---END OF UPDATE---

    UPDATE: Sunday, Jan. 6 at 12:54 a.m. ET by Austin Green

    The Eagles will meet with Syracuse head coach Doug Marrone and Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy, according to Reuben Frank of CSNPhilly.com

    OK, now THIS is interesting. I'm told by league source Eagles still planning to meet tomorrow with McCoy and Marrone. So there's that.

    — Reuben Frank (@RoobCSN) January 6, 2013

    ---End of Update--

    UPDATE: Saturday, January 5 at 10:02 p.m. ET by Richard Langford 

    Doug Marrone may be closing in on the Cleveland Browns job. The NFL.com's Ian Rapoport tweeted out the latest. 

    Source: #Browns met with #Cuse's Doug Marrone again. Yesterday, looked like job was Kelly's. Today Browns trying to figure out their choice

    — Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 6, 2013

    This is not just a sign that the Marrone may be headed to Cleveland, but also that Chip Kelly could be on his way to Philadelphia. 

     

    UPDATE: Saturday, January 5 at 10:53 a.m. ET

    CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reports that interest in Marrone is heating up even more, confirming the interview with the Eagles nad adding that the Syracuse coach will also interview with the San Diego Chargers:

    Syracuse head coach Doug Marrone remains hot. Had two formal interviews so far: BUF and CLE. Interviews scheduled with SD and PHI next week

    — Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) January 5, 2013

    There is no doubt that Marrone has emerged as a hot name after leading the Orange to a relatively successful 8-5 season, capped off with a victory in the Pinstripe Bowl.

    ---End of Update---

     

    UPDATE: Saturday, January 5 at 10:05 a.m. ET by Matt Fitzgerald

    Marrone may not be staying at Syracuse after all. Les Bowen of the Philadelphia Daily News reports that the Orange head coach will interview with the Eagles over the weekend:

    Source says Eagles will interview Syracuse coach Doug Marrone in Arizona this weekend, before or after Chip Kelly...

    — Les Bowen (@LesBowen) January 5, 2013

    Both Marrone and Kelly have interviewed for the Cleveland Browns job, with Marrone definitely rejecting. It will be interesting to see where these two hot candidates wind up specifically, and Marrone's interview with Philadelphia will only fuel speculation in the coming days.

    ---End of Update---

     

    UPDATE: January 4 at 2:30 p.m. ET by Rob Goldberg

    Although Doug Marrone was in consideration to be the next head coach of the Cleveland Browns, it seems that he will be staying right where he is.

    Tom Withers of the Associated Press reported that the coach is staying at Syracuse and the Browns will look elsewhere:

     

     

    #Browns others lined up to speak with Oregon's Chip Kelly. Understanding is Doug Marrone not leaving 'Cuse.

    — Tom Withers (@twithersAP) January 4, 2013

     

     

    This is good news for the Orange, who are hoping to build off a victory in the Pinstripe Bowl.

    ---End of Update---

    Sorry Syracuse, but it might be time to start looking for a new head football coach.

    According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Doug Marrone, the current leader of the Orange, is set to interview for multiple NFL positions:

    Syracuse HC Doug Marrone is scheduled to interview this week for Cleveland Browns' HC and also will interview for Buffalo Bills' HC.

    — Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 1, 2013

    After leading 'Cuse to an 8-5 record and an impressive win in the Pinstripe Bowl, Marrone, who has spent time as an assistant with the New York Jets and New Orleans Saints, has surfaced as one of the hottest head-coaching prospects at the collegiate level.

    It's unclear as of now what his plans are, but it's clear NFL teams are more than interested. 

Bill O'Brien, Penn State

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    UPDATE: Thursday, January 3 at 9:42 p.m. ET by Tyler Conway

    Well it looks like Penn State's tugging of Bill O'Brien's heat strings has worked. According to CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora, the Nittany Lions head coach has decided to rebuff NFL overtures and stay at the school:

    Bill O'Brien is staying at Penn State after NFL pursuit

    — Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) January 4, 2013

    For the teams targeting O'Brien, it looks like they'll have to go back to the drawing board.

    ---End of Update---

     

    UPDATE: Thursday, January 3 at 8:53 p.m. ET by Tyler Conway

    All hope in Happy Valley may not be lost yet, folks. According to Sports Illustrated's Pete Thamel, Bill O'Brien is considering staying at Penn State after a strong push from the university:

    Penn State is in the midst of a massive push to keep O'Brien, according to a source, and has received positive indications that he's strongly considering staying. The source said that the university is tugging at O'Brien's heartstrings and attachment to the school that gave him his break to be a head coach.

    Though O'Brien's future is still up in the air, that news gives a glimmer of hope to Nittany Lions fans. However, with his name being such a hot commodity, it remains to be seen whether the former New England Patriots offensive coordinator will be able to resist an NFL return.

    ---End of Update---

     

    UPDATE: Thursday, January 3 at 6:50 p.m. ET by Tim Keeney

    According to the Plain Dealer's Mary Kay Cabot, Bill O'Brien has already interviewed with the Cleveland Browns:

    Breaking: The #Browns interviewed Penn State coach Bill O'Brien this week, a source told the Plain Dealer today.

    — Mary Kay Cabot (@MaryKayCabot) January 3, 2013

    ---End of update---

     

    UPDATE: Thursday, January 3 at 2:45 p.m. ET by Timothy Rapp

    Jason La Confora of CBS believes Bill O'Brien will likely end up coaching the Philadelphia Eagles or Cleveland Browns, as he told the Bull & Fox show (via David Jones of The Patriot-News):

    "Whoever doesn't get Chip Kelly will certainly be high on Bill O'Brien in the case of the Browns and the Eagles," said La Canfora. "[Syracuse coach] Doug Marrone is a guy these teams are looking at as well. And then you have a whole slew of coordinators who, if something doesn't work out with these college guys or if they decide to stay, then there's directions the Browns can go as well."

    ---End of Update---

    Bill O'Brien did a masterful job at Penn State this season, leading the Nittany Lions to a surprising 8-4 record after overcoming a slew of transfers and the cloud hanging over the university after the Jerry Sandusky scandal.

    And because of that, the former Patriots coordinator has become an attractive commodity in NFL circles. From Chris Mortensen of ESPN:

    As NFL owners and executives revisit the success of college coaches at the pro level, Penn State's Bill O'Brien may be on more short lists than Oregon's Chip Kelly and that would include the Cleveland Browns and Philadelphia Eagles, according to league sources.

    O'Brien would not necessarily jump at any NFL opportunity, but if he did leave Penn State it would qualify as a surprise after the former Patriots offensive coordinator was named the Big Ten Coach of the Year in his first season as the Nittany Lions coach in 2012.

    Mortensen added, "O'Brien could not be reached for comment, but the sources emphasized that he would not leave Penn State for just any NFL job. He bypassed an opportunity to interview for the Jacksonville job last January."

    Would you remain at a school with limited scholarships and no bowl eligibility for the next three years, or would you make the jump to the NFL? It seems like a pretty easy decision when put like that, doesn't it?

Todd Haley, Pittsburgh Steelers

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    Despite finishing with a 19-26 record as the head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs and famously having a contentious relationship with starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger this season, the Arizona Cardinals are still interested in interviewing Todd Haley for their head coaching vacancy.

    From Mark Kaboly of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:

    Just confirmed that the Steelers did grant Todd Haley permission to interview for the head coaching job with the Cardinals.

    — Mark Kaboly (@MarkKaboly_Trib) January 3, 2013

    It's your funeral, Arizona. After being rumored as a possible destination for Andy Reid, I'm not sure Cardinals' fans will be jumping with joy at the thought of Haley.

Ray Horton, Arizona Cardinals

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    UPDATE: Wednesday, January 2 at 4:00 p.m. ET by Adam Wells

    The Cleveland Browns brought Horton in for an interview already this week, according to a report from the Arizona Republic (via Daryl Ruiter of 92.3 The Fan in Cleveland).

    Arizona Republic reports Cardinals D- Coordinator Ray Horton interviewed Tuesday evening w/ #Browns owner Jimmy Haslam & CEO Joe Banner

    — Daryl Ruiter (@RuiterWrongFAN) January 2, 2013

    Horton's defense in Arizona was outstanding this past season, though the overall numbers might look worse than they actually are as a group because the quarterback situation was so dreadful. 

    The Browns have a strong defensive nucleus in place, so perhaps hiring a defensive-minded coach would be the key to getting that unit to playing up to its potential. Of course, finding a more consistent offense with a strong quarterback wouldn't hurt, either. 

    ---END OF UPDATE---

     

    The Arizona Cardinals may have dumped coach Ken Whisenhunt and GM Rod Graves, but that won’t stop the organization from looking internally for its next head coach.

    According to Kent Somers of AZCentral.com, president Michael Bidwill may be willing to make the coaching hire without first replacing the team’s general manager.

    Bidwill won't necessarily hire GM. will hire a coach first if that's best and vice versa. #azcardinals

    — Kent Somers (@kentsomers) December 31, 2012

    Because of that, ownership has a short list of candidates and that reportedly includes the incumbent defensive coordinator, Ray Horton (as per Somers).

    so,Horton, Reid and McCoy will be interviewed by #azcardinals. There will be others but those are names Bidwill felt comfortable mention

    — Kent Somers (@kentsomers) December 31, 2012

    The 52-year-old assistant managed to hold together a surprisingly effective defense for the lowly Cardinals, and a number of others teams are reportedly interested in his services (per Somers).

    Ray Horton expected to meet w/Bidwill tues morn. Cleveland, buff, SD also interested in interviewing. #AZCardinals

    — Kent Somers (@kentsomers) January 1, 2013

    We’ll keep you updated right here when we know more about where this coveted candidate might wind up.

Chan Gailey, Buddy Nix and Mike Pettine, Buffalo Bills

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    UPDATE: Wednesday, Jan. 9 at 9:13 a.m. ET by Patrick Clarke

    The Buffalo Bills have hired Mike Pettine as their new defensive coordinator according to ESPN NFL insider Chris Mortensen via Twitter:

    As expected, the Bills have hired Mike Pettine as defensive coordinator. Pettine had been with Jets previous four seasons.

    — Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) January 9, 2013

     

    The Bills' defense ranked 10th against the pass, 31st against the run and 22nd overall in 2012.

    ---End of Update---

    UPDATE: Monday, December 31 at 11:05 a.m. ET by Timothy Rapp

    It's official—Chan Gailey has been fired as head coach by the Buffalo Bills, as the team announced via Twitter on Monday morning:

    Chan Gailey has been relieved of his duties as head coach of the Buffalo #Bills

    — Buffalo Bills (@buffalobills) December 31, 2012

    ---End of Update---

    UPDATE: Monday, December 31 at 11 a.m. ET by Timothy Rapp

    Black Monday rumbles on, with its next victim looking like the Buffalo Bills head coach, Chan Gailey. From Jerry Sullivan of The Buffalo News:

    Highly placed bills source tells me gailey has been fired.

    — Jerry Sullivan (@TBNSully) December 31, 2012

    They informed him moments ago, as I understand it.

    — Jerry Sullivan (@TBNSully) December 31, 2012

    Stay tuned.

    ---End of Update---

    Head coach Chan Gailey and general manager Buddy Nix have been rumored to be on the chopping block in Buffalo, but Mark Gaughan of The Buffalo News has heard conflicting reports:

    Rumors were swirling in NFL circles Saturday that the Buffalo Bills would clean house and fire not only head coach Chan Gailey but general manager Buddy Nix as well. 

    However, high-ranking Bills sources insisted the decision on the team's top two football men remained, as always, with owner Ralph C. Wilson Jr. and that Wilson had yet to tell any of his employees in Western New York of his verdict. 

    Gaughan also noted that, "An executive on another team and another league source both said Saturday they were hearing of a full house-cleaning by the Bills."

    Stay tuned.

Jon Gruden, ESPN

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    Is this the offseason Jon Gruden finally returns to the NFL? It looks that way—Mike Freeman of CBS is reporting that Gruden will interview for NFL jobs:

    Despite public protestations he's happy in his current position as a television analyst, Jon Gruden will interview with NFL teams for their head coaching position, according to people with knowledge of the situation.

    Over the past few weeks, teams have quietly contacted Gruden and/or his representatives to gauge Gruden's interest. In response, Gruden and/or his representatives informed teams Gruden would speak to them once the regular season ended.

    Well, the regular season has ended, and Gruden will begin talking to those teams maybe as early as Monday.

    I fully expect Chucky to return to an NFL sideline this season. Which means one thing—bring back Ron Jaworski to Monday Night Football!

Romeo Crennel and Scott Pioli, Kansas City Chiefs

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    UPDATE: Monday, December 31 at 10:55 a.m. ET by Timothy Rapp

    Romeo Crennel is officially out as head coach in Kansas City. From the team's official website:

    "I have a tremendous amount of respect and admiration for Romeo, both personally and professionally,” Chiefs Chairman and CEO Clark Hunt said. “He is an accomplished coach, a man of great character and he helped guide our football team through some extremely challenging circumstances this season.

    “However, I am embarrassed by the poor product we gave our fans this season, and I believe we have no choice but to move the franchise in a different direction. I will immediately begin the search for the next head coach of the Chiefs. The entire football operation will remain under review, and there may be additional changes to come. No final determination has been made at this point on the future of General Manager Scott Pioli.

     

    UPDATE: Monday, December 31 at 9:25 a.m. ET by Timothy Rapp

    Adam Schefter of ESPN is reporting what most expected in Kansas City, noting "The Kansas City Chiefs will fire coach Romeo Crennel on Monday, but not general manager Scott Pioli, at least not now, according to league sources."

    ---End of Update---

    Here's where we stand in Kansas City. Romeo Crennel is likely out as head coach, while general manager Scott Pioli will stick around. Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com starts us off with the following:

    According to NFL.com's Steve Wyche, the Kansas City Chiefs are expected to retain general manager Scott Pioli despite a disastrous season, according to a source briefed on the situation. Coach Romeo Crennel won't be as fortunate. The source said Crennel likely will be fired, although no final decision has been made on the coach's future.

    Chiefs owner Clark Hunt has strong feelings for Pioli and wants to give him another shot to get things right, the source said.

    Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk is reporting the same.

    So who might the team target? According to Rosenthal, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reports the team could go after Iowa's Kirk Ferentz. Of course, Ferentz's name isn't new to NFL circles, so whether that is an actual possibility remains to be seen.

Mike Nolan and Keith Armstrong, Atlanta Falcons

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    The Philadelphia Eagles are reportedly looking at Atlanta Falcons assistant coaches Mike Nolan and Keith Armstrong, according to Geoff Mosher of CSNPhilly.com.

    According to Mosher, Eagles team chairman Jeffrey Lurie, president Don Smolenski and general manager Howie Roseman boarded a flight to Atlanta on Wednesday afternoon to interview the candidates.

    Nolan has had success as a defensive coordinator in the league, but his last head coaching gig in the NFL with the San Francisco 49ers didn't go so smoothly.

    The Falcons rank in the top 15 in opponents' yardage per kickoff return and opponents' yardage per punt return this season with Armstrong as the special teams coordinator. They haven't allowed a return for a touchdown.

Brian Kelly, Notre Dame

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    UPDATE: Wednesday, Jan. 9 at 8:33 p.m. ET by Ethan Grant

    The rumors about Brian Kelly starting to garner league interest have not been exaggerated. According to NFL Insider Jay Glazer, the Philadelphia Eagles are seriously interested in Kelly as their next head coaching candidate:

    Eagles have legitimate interest in Notre Dame HC Brian Kelly. Kelly right now however is out of the country

    — Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) January 10, 2013

    ESPN's Chris Mortensen also chimed in with the surprising news that the Eagles have already interviewed Kelly, and the two sides will meet again when he's back in the country.

    From @adamschefter & myself: Eagles interviewed Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly. Sides will revisit when Kelly returns from out of country.

    — Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) January 10, 2013

    After chasing both Oregon's Chip Kelly and Penn State's Bill O'Brien this offseason, the Eagles appear interested to build their program with a head coach that can build his NFL team from the ground up.

    We'll continue to monitor Kelly's status as a a head coaching candidate—it appears it's serious in nature.

    ---End of Update---

     

    Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly is starting to garner some buzz around the NFL, according to Bruce Feldman of CBSSports.com.

    Feldman tweeted on Wednesday:

    Chip Kelly not the only Kelly generating NFL interest. ND coach Brian Kelly is rising on some NFL teams radar as well

    — Bruce Feldman (@BFeldmanCBS) January 3, 2013

     

    Kelly and the Fighting Irish have had a tremendous campaign this season, ranked No. 1 in the country and slated to meet defending champion Alabama in the BCS National Championship Game.

    Kelly has been able to succeed without an explosive passing game, although the improvements sophomore quarterback Everett Golson has made have been noticeable under Kelly's guidance.

    The 51-year-old coached at Cincinnati before joining Notre Dame.

Tom Gamble, San Francisco 49ers

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    Tom Gamble has spent the last seven years with the San Francisco 49ers, but several teams are looking to break up that relationship. 

    According to Albert Breer of NFL.com, the Cleveland Browns—among other teams—are hoping to interview San Francisco's current Director of Pro Personnel for their GM position:

    The Browns have asked the Niners for permission to interview Tom Gamble for their GM post. Gamble being pursued by NYJ, Jax and SD also.

    — Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) January 4, 2013

    Gamble has been terrific in helping turn the 49ers into a legitimate Super Bowl contender, and it's clear that the rest of the league is noticing. 

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