The Top 15 Football Coaches Available Right Now

Richard Langford@@noontide34Correspondent IJanuary 20, 2011

The Top 15 Football Coaches Available Right Now

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    SAN DIEGO, CA - DECEMBER 30:  Head Coach Mike Bellotti of the University of Oregon Ducks looks on from the sidelines against the Oklahoma State University Cowboys during the Pacific Life Holiday Bowl at Qualcomm Stadium on December 30, 2008 in San Diego,
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    All of the NFL's head-coaching jobs may be filled, but that has done nothing to slow down rumors of coaches changing roles and locations. There are coordinator spots to be filled and college programs to be run.

    I am going to give you some of the hottest names in the land of rumors as I present the 15 best coaches available right now.

No. 15: Al Saunders

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    EARTH CITY, MO - MAY 9: Offensive coordinator Al Saunders of the St. Louis Rams looks on during a mini camp on May 9, 2008 at Russell Athletic Training Facility in Earth City, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
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    Al Saunders is currently rumored to be headed to Oakland to become the next offensive coordinator.

    Saunders has an extensive history of shaping NFL offenses. He is currently an offensive consultant with the Ravens, but he apparently wants to become more involved and I am sure this is a wish several teams would like to help him fulfill.

No. 14: Tom Clements

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    ST. LOUIS, MO - DECEMBER 16: Brett Favre #4 and Quarterback Coach Tom Clements of the Green Bay Packers look throught the playbook during the game against the St. Louis Rams on December 16, 2007 at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, Missouri.  The Packer
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    Clements is currently serving as the quarterbacks coach for the Green Bay Packers and in case you didn't notice, the Packers are getting some fairly-decent QB play.

    Clements was an offensive coordinator for the Bills in 2004 and 2005. With the spotlight on the Packers and Aaron Rodgers, Clements is going to be in line for a raise and a promotion.

No. 13: Marc Trestman

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    28 Jul 1998:  Offensive coordinator Marc Trestman of the Arizona Cardinals gives instructions to a player during the 1998 Arizona Cardinals training camp at the Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona. Mandatory Credit: Marc Piscotty  /Allsport
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    Marc Trestman is turning into one hot coaching candidate, eh?

    Trestman is currently the head coach of the Montreal Allouettes. His name recently popped up as a candidate for the Miami Hurricanes job and now as a possible offensive coordinator for the Carolina Panthers.

No. 12: Clarence Shelmon

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    SAN DIEGO - 2009:  Clarence Shelmon of the San Diego Chargers poses for his 2009 NFL headshot at photo day in San Diego, California.  (Photo by NFL Photos)
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    Shelmon is currently the offensive coordinator for the high-powered San Diego Chargers. He is not a play-calling coordinator and indications are he would like to be.

    Shelmon may jump to NFL teams to get a chance to run his offense or he may get lured away by a college. He has recently been linked to the Carolina Panthers offensive coordinator position.

No. 11: Jed Fisch

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    Fisch just took the offensive coordinator's job with the Miami Hurricanes, but he has already been identified as a possible candidate to take over in that capacity for the Seattle Seahawks.

    Fisch has said he is not interested. One thing is clear, however: Fisch is a coach on the rise.

No. 10: Jim Zorn

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    BALTIMORE, MD - OCTOBER 10: Quarterbacks coach Jim Zorn of the Baltimore Ravens coaches against the Denver Broncos at M&T Bank Stadium on October 10, 2010 in Baltimore, Maryland. Players wore pink in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The Raven
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    JIm Zorn went from QB coach to head coach and back to QB coach in three years. He was originally hired in Washington to be their offensive coordinator before shortly receiving his promotion to head man.

    Zorn is coming off a successful season with the Ravens and he will get a chance to call the shots again.

No. 9: Norm Chow

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    PASADENA, CA - SEPTEMBER 20:  Offensive Coordinatorm Norm Chow of the UCLA Bruins watches warm ups before the college football game against the Arizona Wildcats at the Rose Bowl on September 13, 2008 in Pasadena, California. The Wildcats defeated the Brui
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    There were rumors that Norm Chow was going to be replaced as the offensive coordinator at UCLA. There are rumors that he is a candidate to take on the Seahawks' coordinator job.

    Chow has a long history of offensive success. He knows his job at UCLA is tenuous. Chow would jump at a chance to go to the NFL or take over a college team.

No. 8: Paul Chryst

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    Chryst is coming off a very successful season as the Wisconsin Badgers offensive coordinator. Wisconsin is offering him a raise to try and keep him in place.

    In the meantime, Chryst is getting attention from teams like the San Francisco 49ers.

No. 7: Jim Mora Jr.

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    SEATTLE - JANUARY 03:  Head coach Jim Mora of the Seattle Seahawks challenges a touchdown call during the game against the Tennessee Titans on January 3, 2010 at Qwest Field in Seattle, Washington. The touchdown stood and the Titans defeated the Seahawks
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    The NFL network's Jim Mora Jr. reportedly just turned down an offer to become the Broncos' defensive coordinator. It likely won't be the last job offer Mora receives.

    Mora has entertained the idea of taking on a college job. One league or another, Mora won't be off the sidelines for long.

No. 6: Rich Rodriguez

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    ANN ARBOR, MI - NOVEMBER 20:  Head coach Rich Rodriguez of the Michigan Wolverines reacts while playing the Wisconson Badgers at Michigan Stadium on November 20, 2010 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Wisconsin won the game 48-28. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Ima
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    The word on the street is Rich Rodriguez is going to sit out the 2011 season. Whenever he does decide to coach, he will find plenty of colleges willing to hire him.

    While his system did not work in Michigan, Rodriguez has proven he can lead a college to national prominence.

No. 5: Dana Holgorsen

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    Holgorsen is coming off a wildly successful season as the Oklahoma State offensive coordinator and is certainly a coach on the rise.

    Holgorsen was mentioned as a possible candidate to take over Pitt and Colorado's programs.

No. 4: Gus Malzahn

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    When you are the offensive coordinator of a national championship offense that averaged over 40 points a game, you are going to get some attention for other jobs.

    Malzahn has already turned down a chance to take over the Vanderbilt program. I am sure there will be more offers headed his way.

No. 3: Brent Venables

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    Venables has had an incredible run of success as the Oklahoma Sooners defensive coordinator.

    Venables has been rumored as a possible college head coach for years. Most recently his name was connected to the openings in Colorado and Miami.

No. 2: Mike Leach

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    HOUSTON - SEPTEMBER 26:Head coach Mike Leach of the Texas Tech Red Raiders gives instructions to his defense against the Houston Cougars  at Robertson Stadium on September 26, 2009 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Thomas B. Shea/Getty Images)
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    Mike Leach will soon be coming out of his imposed closet time-out to coach again in college football.

    While there are a number of schools that wouldn't court the controversy that comes with him, that number shrinks with every day that goes by. He has been linked to numerous positions recently.

No. 1: Mike Bellotti

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    SEATTLE - OCTOBER 20: Head coach Mike Bellotti of the Oregon Ducks walks on sidelines during the game against the Washington Huskies at Husky Stadium on October 20, 2007 in Seattle, Washington. The Ducks defeated the Huskies 55-34. (Photo by Otto Greule J
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    Mike Bellotti's name is seemingly popping up for every available coaching job in the nation. Bellotti was the architect for Oregon's current success and he would come with a lot less baggage than Mike Leach.

    Bellotti would seem to be the biggest can't-miss hire a college could make.