Which Assistant Coaches Are Next in Line for Head Coaching Roles?

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Which Assistant Coaches Are Next in Line for Head Coaching Roles?
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Patriots assistant Josh McDaniels would be on this list, but he expressed no interest in making the jump earlier this offseason.

Since the end of the 2010 season, 31 NFL head coaches have been fired for their inability to deliver a winning product to their respective franchises, leaving the door open for upcoming coordinators and former head coaches to get one of the most prestigious jobs in all of professional sports.

With an average of nearly five new head coaching jobs opening up per year, the competition is fierce for aspiring coordinators and positional coaches, so only the cream of the crop get considered in most situations.

As the 2014 season rapidly approaches, let’s take a look at the assistant coaches in the NFL who will be considered for head coaching positions after this year, if all goes well during the season.

To qualify for this list, the assistant must currently be in a coordinator position and have a significant claim as to why they deserve to be interviewed by an owner. Although the trend has been to hire first-time head coaches in the last five years, an average of one former head coach has been hired, so I included the top candidate from that pool as well.

In order from most to least likely, let’s take a look at the assistant coaches who are next in line for a head coaching role.

 

All statistics are courtesy of Sports-Reference.com.

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