With the end of the NFL regular season comes changes, as teams let go of head coaches and general managers in search of a fresh start. Black Monday is typically when the coaching carousel starts, since it’s the day that most teams fire underachieving coaches.
It can start earlier, such as when Ben McAdoo got released in December, but for the most part teams don’t start making moves until the regular season is done.
As coaching rumors and news heats up, we’ll be tracking all the action here. Follow us from the first job opening up, to the last one getting filled.
- The Broncos are keeping Vance Joseph, but they fired six coaches: Jeff Davidson (OL), Johnnie Lynn (assitant DBs), Brock Olivo (special teams coordinator), Fred Pagac (OLB), Eric Studesville (assistant head coach/RBs) and Tyke Tolbert (WRs).
- Bruce Arians has been hounded by retirement rumors most of the season, and he’s vehemently denied them every time. The latest report came from Pro Football Weekly, which Arians decried as “fake news.”
- He’ll likely retire after the season, according to a Sunday morning report from Adam Schefter. However, the team may try to convince him to stick around one more year. Update: Arians decided to retire.
- The Cardinals have requested an interview with Eagles QB coach John DeFilippo, per Schefter.
- Following Arians’ retirement, the Cardinals have also asked to interview Eagles DC Jim Schwartz and Patriots DC Matt Patricia, according to Rapoport.
- The Cardinals also want to interview Patriots linebackers coach Brian Flores, per Schefter.
- The Cardinals requested an interview with former Titans head coach and current Steelers offensive line coach Mike Munchak, according to Rapoport.
- Defensive coordinator James Bettcher is set to interview for the head coaching job as soon as Wednesday, Jan. 3, per Rapoport.
- The Cardinals will talk to Falcons special teams coordinator Keith Armstrong about the head coaching job, according to Sam Farmer.
- Vikings OC Pat Shurmur will meet with the Cardinals on Thursday, Jan. 4, per Mike Garafolo.
- The Cardinals’ brass made a trip to Philadelphia to meet interview John DeFilippo and Jim Schwartz on Friday, Jan. 5, according to Jeff McLane.
- The Cardinals interviewed Patriots LBs coach Brian Flores, and Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
- The Cardinals interviewed Steelers OL coach Mike Munchak.
- Falcons special teams coordinator Keith Armstrong interviewed with the Cardinals on Monday, Jan. 8, per Vaughn McClure.
- Panthers defensive coordinator Steve Wilks will interview with the Cardinals on Wednesday, Jan. 10, according to Josina Anderson.
- Cardinals interests include: James Bettcher, John DeFilippo, Brian Flores, Mike Munchak, Matt Patricia, Jim Schwartz, Pat Shurmur, Steve Wilks.
- The Ravens have targeted Chuck Pagano, who had a stint as their DBs coach, to be their new defensive coordinator, according to The Baltimore Sun. Nothing ever came of it, however.
Bears interests include:
Pete Carmichael, John DeFilippo, Matt Nagy, Josh McDaniels, Pat Shurmur, Steve Wilks.
- Marvin Lewis may or may not be stepping down, but the Bengals are primed to move on without him no matter his next move. The club has reportedly begun vetting in-house candidates for his job. Lewis said after Sunday’s win, which knocked the Ravens out of playoff contention, that he’d like to coach the Bengals next year, but it’s complicated. On Monday, he said it shouldn’t take long for him to make a decision and on Tuesday, the decision came: he’s … staying. For some reason.
- Lions DC Teryl Austin interviewed for the defensive coordinator position on Friday, Jan. 5, according to Josina Anderson. Former DC Paul Guenther will join the Raiders under Jon Gruden.
- The Bengals are closing in on hiring Teryl Austin as their new defensive coordinator, per Ian Rapoport. Josina Anderson said Austin has accepted the job, which was officially announced soon after.
- Former Bengals QB Jon Kitna will interview to join the coaching staff, likely for the QBs coach opening. Secondary coach Kevin Coyle will not be return, according to Alex Marvez.
- The Lions submitted a request to interview Patriots DC Matt Patricia for their head coaching job, according to Schefter.
- Detroit has asked to interview Texans DC Mike Vrabel, according to MMQB’s Albert Breer. Vrabel’s interview is set for Wednesday, Jan. 3.
- The Lions have requested permission to interview Panthers defensive coordinator Steve Wilks, according to the Charlotte Observer’s Joe Person and confirmed by Wilks.
- Packers assistant head coach/linebackers coach Winston Moss will interview Tuesday, Jan. 2, per Ian Rapoport.
- Vikings OC Pat Shurmur will meet with the Lions on Thursday, Jan. 4, per Mike Garafolo.
- The Lions interviewed defensive coordinator Teryl Austin on Tuesday, Jan. 2.
- The Lions interviewed offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter on Tuesday, Jan. 2.
- The Patriots are prepared for Matt Patricia to leave, most likely for the Lions, according to sources of Mike Florio.
Lions interests include:
Teryl Austin, Jim Bob Cooter, Winston Moss, Matt Patricia, Pat Shurmur, Mike Vrabel, Steve Wilks.
Green Bay Packers
- The Packers tried to interview Lions DC Teryl Austin for their defensive coordinator position, but Detroit blocked them, according to Ian Rapoport. They will interview in-house candidate Darren Perry for the job, per Rapoport.
- Mike Pettine, former Browns coach, will interview with the Packers for the DC job on Tuesday, Jan. 9, according to Adam Schefter.
- The Packers want to interview Gus Bradley, whose contract as Chargers defensive coordinator is set to expire, for their DC position, per Schefter.
- Adam Schefter reported that the Packers plan to hire Mike Pettine as their new defensive coordinator.
Colts interests include: Josh McDaniels, Kris Richard, Mike Vrabel, Steve Wilks.
Kansas City Chiefs
Los Angeles Chargers
New York Giants
- Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz is expected to interview with the Giants.
- The Giants have submitted requests to interview Patriots DC Matt Patricia and OC Josh McDaniels for their head coaching job, per Adam Schefter.
- The Giants have requested permission to interview Panthers defensive coordinator Steve Wilks, according to the Charlotte Observer’s Joe Person and confirmed by Wilks.
- Former Broncos assistant coach Eric Studesville will be interviewed by the Giants, according to Calvin Watkins of Newsday. He was the team’s running backs coach since 2010 and an assistant head coach in 2017, but was fired along with several other assistants after the season.
- Add Vikings OC Pat Shurmur to the list of candidates the Giants will interview, per Jordan Raanan.
- Interim coach Steve Spagnuolo gets the first crack at interviewing for the full-time job. That’s scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 3, according to Garafolo.
- The Giants interviewed Matt Patricia and Josh McDaniels on Friday, Jan. 5.
- Pat Shurmur interviewed with the Giants on Saturday, Jan. 6.
- Jim Schwartz was supposed to interview with the Giants this weekend, but Ralph Vacchiano reported that they couldn’t figure out a time to meet, so they will wait until after the Eagles’ season is over … unless the Giants have already made a hire then. So yeah, sounds like Schwartz is not really a serious candidate.
- Panthers defensive coordinator Steve Wilks interviewed with the Giants on Tuesday, Jan. 9. For the first time in the hiring process, Giants chairman Steve Tisch will sit in on an interview. However, Wilks is still set to interview with the Cardinals on Wednesday, according to Tom Rock.
- Eric Studesville’s interview is set for Wednesday, Jan. 10, via Ian Rapoport.
- Bruce Arians told Colin Cowherd it “wouldn’t surprise” him if Nick Saban, fresh off his latest national championship at Alabama, was interested in returning to the NFL to coach the Giants. It would surprise the rest of us, Bruce.
Giants interests include: Josh McDaniels, Matt Patricia, Jim Schwartz, Pat Shurmur, Steve Spagnuolo, Eric Studesville, Steve Wilks.
Hirings/coaches staying put
Green Bay Packers
Kansas City Chiefs
Los Angeles Rams
- The Dolphins hired Dowell Loggains as offensive coordinator. Loggains was formerly the Bears’ offensive coordinator and worked with Adam Gase in Chicago.
San Francisco 49ers
- The 49ers announced a few hirings. Ken Norton Jr., who spent part of this season as the Raiders defensive coordinator before he was fired, was named their assistant head coach for the defense and inside linebackers coach. Johnny Holland is their new run game specialist/outside linebackers coach. Michael Clay was named assistant special teams coach.
- It appears that Jay Gruden is safe for another year. Ian Rapoport said that there is a “deep understanding” of Washington’s injury woes, and that Gruden isn’t in danger of losing his job.
Green Bay Packers
New York Giants
Green Bay Packers
- If Bill O’Brien stays, longtime Texans GM Rick Smith could be shown the door. However, as of Sunday afternoon, Smith announced he would be taking an extended leave to focus on his wife’s recent breast cancer diagnosis.
- The Texans are interested in Eagles VP of player personnel and Cowboys VP of player personnel Will McClay, per John McClain of the Houston Chronicle.
- Brian Gutekunst traveled to Houston to interview for the Texans GM job, but left before it took place, according to McClain. Gutekunst, who was the Packers’ director of player personnel, is finalizing a deal to be their new GM.
- Brian Gaine, currently with the Bills as their VP of player personnel, is now the favorite to be hired as the Texans’ new GM, per Ian Rapoport. . Gaine was previously the director of player personnel in Houston.
- Texans VP of football operations/assistant GM Jimmy Raye III interviewed for the GM job on Monday, Jan. 9. Brian Gaine will interview on Tuesday, Jan. 9, per McClain.