NFL Rumors: Recent Chatter Surrounding 2022 Head Coaching Vacancies

Jake RillFeatured Columnist IIJanuary 18, 2022

NFL Rumors: Recent Chatter Surrounding 2022 Head Coaching Vacancies

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    It's been more than a week since the NFL's Black Monday, which is known as the day when the most head coach firings take place. That was the case again this year, although some teams waited to fire their head coaches until a day or two later.

    Now, there are eight teams seeking new head coaches. None of them have made hires yet, but there have been plenty of interviews taking place over the past week. And soon, some of these openings will be filled.

    Here's some of the latest buzz surrounding coaching rumors from around the NFL.

Busy Week of Interviews Ahead for Quinn

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    Dan Quinn has been a popular name in coaching rumors of late, and it appears the Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator is going to have a busy week ahead. Now that the Cowboys were eliminated from the playoffs with an NFC Wild Card Round loss to the San Francisco 49ers, Quinn can begin to think more about his future.

    According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Quinn is scheduled to interview with the Denver Broncos, Minnesota Vikings, Miami Dolphins and Chicago Bears for their head coach openings. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport shared that Quinn's interview with Denver is set for Tuesday, with the rest coming later in the week.

    It's not a surprise that Quinn is garnering so much interest on the coaching market. He went 43-42 while serving as the head coach of the Atlanta Falcons from 2015-20, and he guided them to Super Bowl LI in the 2016 season. He also had success while coaching the Cowboys' defense in 2021.

    Over the weekend, NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reported that Quinn was the favorite to land the Broncos job. However, he won't be the only candidate to talk with Denver, as Rapoport shared that Cowboys offensive coordinator Kellen Moore, New England Patriots inside linebackers coach Jerod Mayo and Philadelphia Eagles defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon will also interview with the Broncos this week.

    But if Quinn doesn't get hired by Denver, there appears to be several other teams that will have interest.

Frazier Continuing to Interview for Jobs

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    Leslie Frazier hasn't been a head coach in the NFL since 2013, but it may not be much longer before that changes. The Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator appears to be drawing considerable interest from around the league.

    Rapoport reported that Frazier interviewed with the Miami Dolphins over the weekend and that he's now scheduled to talk with the Chicago Bears this Saturday. In the meantime, Frazier is also looking to help lead the Bills to the first Super Bowl title in franchise history.

    Frazier went 21-32-1 as the Minnesota Vikings' head coach from 2010-13, and he's since served as an assistant for numerous teams. He was the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' defensive coordinator from 2014-15 and the Baltimore Ravens' secondary coach in 2016 before the Bills hired him as their defensive coordinator in 2017.

    At some point this offseason, it wouldn't be surprising to see Frazier return to the head-coaching ranks. But it could be a bit before that happens if Buffalo goes on a deep playoff run.

Could Raiders Keep Bisaccia as Head Coach?

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    The Las Vegas Raiders greatly exceeded expectations during the 2021 season as they made a run to the playoffs under interim head coach Rich Bisaccia. At the end of Week 14, they were 6-7 and appeared to be falling out of the postseason hunt. Then, they won four straight games to secure a wild-card berth.

    However, Las Vegas couldn't make a run once it got into the playoffs. The Raiders lost 26-19 to the Cincinnati Bengals in the AFC Wild Card Round on Saturday night, bringing an end to their season. But was that the end of Bisaccia's time as head coach?

    That hasn't been decided yet. Las Vegas fired general manager Mike Mayock on Monday, but that doesn't necessarily mean Bisaccia is out of the running for the head coach opening. According to Rapoport, Raiders owner Mark Davis still plans to interview Bisaccia for the job.

    Schefter reported, though, that Las Vegas has "submitted interview requests for at least one head-coaching candidate." So it could opt to go with an external option rather than retaining Bisaccia.

    Bisaccia had been the Raiders' special teams coordinator since 2018. He's a longtime NFL assistant, but he had never been a head coach in the league before getting Las Vegas' job on an interim basis this past season.