NFL Rumors: Lesser-Known Candidates That Deserve a Head Coaching Job

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistJanuary 8, 2013

DENVER - NOVEMBER 22:  Offensive line coach Rick Dennison (R) of the Denver Broncos talks with offensive guard Chris Kuper #73 of the Broncos as they face the San Diego Chargers during NFL action at Invesco Field at Mile High on November 22, 2009 in Denver, Colorado. The Chargers defeated the Broncos 32-3.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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While fans always want their teams to hire the hottest name on the block as a new coach, it is often the little-known candidates that make a big impact.

Former Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid has already found a home with the Kansas City Chiefs, while college coaches Bill O'Brien and Chip Kelly decided to stay where they were.

This leaves a couple of interesting options for teams still looking to get a new coach.

While these candidates might not be household names yet, they should be heavily considered for jobs for next season.


Marc Trestman

Sometimes you have to get creative when looking for a head coach. For the Cleveland Browns and others, that might take leaving the country.

According to ESPN, the Browns and Chicago Bears will interview Montreal Alouettes head coach Marc Trestman at some point in the coming days.

Although it is easy to question the league where the coach comes from, it is important to note that he has found a great deal of success in the Canadian Football League. He has won two championships in his five years and totaled a 59-31 record.

In addition, the veteran coach has a lot of experience as an offensive coordinator in both the NFL and NCAA. 

Trestman likely has spent more time around football staffs than many other candidates, and his knowledge of the game should make him a great NFL coach if he is given the opportunity.


Rick Dennison

Sometimes it takes a few years of success in order to get noticed by teams around the league. After spending time in coaching staffs with the Denver Broncos and Houston Texans, Rick Dennison might get his chance.

According to Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune"multiple reports indicate [Chicago Bears GM Phil] Emery has sought and received permission to meet with Texans offensive coordinator Rick Dennison this week."

Dennison has been a main reason for the Texans finishing in the top 10 in scoring in each of the last three seasons. He also showed his versatility by providing Houston with the No. 4 passing offense in 2010, followed by the No. 2 rushing offense in 2011.

In addition, he would be a great fit for the Bears after helping Jay Cutler to some of his best statistical years of his career in Denver.

It seems like it is time for Dennison to finally get some respect.


Ray Horton

It sometimes takes missing out on a dream candidate to take another look at those already interviewed.

After missing out on Chip Kelly, "the Browns will consider some of the candidates they've already met with," according to Fox Sports.

One of those people already interviewed is Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator Ray Horton.

He also remains in consideration for the Cardinals head coaching job, according to ESPN's Mike Sando.

The former defensive back has won a Super Bowl as a player with the Dallas Cowboys and as a coach with the Pittsburgh Steelers. He also helped improve Arizona's defense as a coordinator last season.

Horton has the resume to impress and the ability to succeed as a head coach at this level.