Predicting Landing Spots for Every Coach Fired on Black Monday
A record number of NFL head coaches were let go on the infamous and drama-filled "Black Monday," and now it's time to project where those guys will land in 2013.
With an abundance of openings and plenty of ties, many of the men who were let go on New Year's Eve will be coaching in new cities next season.
Let's take a look.
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Landing Spot: San Diego Chargers Offensive Coordinator
Ken Whisenhunt had a good run as the Arizona Cardinals head coach. However, as is usually the case, sporadic and occasionally awful play at the quarterback position ruined him.
While his hiring in San Diego wouldn't necessarily be welcomed by the fans coming off a five-win 2012, Whisenhunt is a great offensive mind and would presumably help Philip Rivers reemerge as a borderline elite signal-caller.
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Landing spot: Arizona Cardinals Offensive Coordinator
The Arizona Cardinals cleaned out their entire coaching staff, and they would love to bring in a creative offensive guy to help the team return to relevance on that side of the football.
While Chan Gailey ultimately couldn't handle calling the plays along with the head-coaching responsibilities in Buffalo, he definitely can get the most out of the offensive talent on any roster.
More than likely, he would be working with a new quarterback in 2013, something that could be appealing for him.
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Landing spot: Buffalo Bills Head Coach
The Buffalo Bills were disastrous on defense during the Chan Gailey era, even after they added solid defensive pieces over the last three years.
With Smith's famed 4-3 Tampa 2 scheme, the Bills wouldn't have to go through much of a transition from an alignment standpoint, and guys like Mario Williams, Marcell Dareus and Kyle Williams would be enticing for the former Bears coach.
Theoretically, after hiring Lovie, Buffalo would then look to find an offensive coordinator to solely control the play-calling duties.
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Landing spot: Out of coaching for a year
After two dismal seasons as the Browns head coach, I envision Pat Shurmur taking a year off from football, even if it's not by choice.
He was billed as an up-and-coming offensive guru, but his Cleveland teams faltered mightily on offense in 2011 and 2012.
Much of that was due to a lack of general offensive talent, but which team, after firing its offensive coordinator, would have an interest in adding Shurmur to its new staff?
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Landing spot: Cincinnati Bengals Defensive Coordinator
With Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer as one of the hottest head-coaching candidates, there's a good chance Cincinnati will be looking to find a new defensive coordinator for 2013 and beyond.
Though Crennel has struggled in two stints as a head coach, he does have vast defensive knowledge and would inherit a rather talented Bengals defense.
(Clearly, this is pure speculation at this point, as Zimmer is still employed by the Bengals. Don't be surprised to see Crennel land as a defensive coordinator somewhere, though.)
Landing Spot: His couch
Andy Reid needs a rest. He's been the Eagles' head man for 14 years and has dealt with relentless criticism in Philadelphia over the last two seasons.
Taking a year off worked for guys like Mike Shanahan and Jeff Fisher, and it's the best and most likely option for Reid at this juncture.
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Landing spot: New York Jets Offensive Coordinator
All will depend on who is named Gang Green's general manager, but with new offensive direction needed, Turner actually would be a good fit in New York.