The Top 15 Football Coaches Available Right Now
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.