Follow us as we track all the coaching carousel news here.
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.
- 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.
- According to one report, the Cardinals are expected to hire Pat Shurmur. Unless he goes to the Giants, where he’s also a finalist.
- ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported on Jan. 13 that Brian Flores, the Patriots’ linebackers coach, “is very much in play in Arizona.”
John DeFilippo and Mike Munchak are expected to get second interviews for the head coaching job.
Mike Munchak withdraws from the Cardinals’ search.
- Steve Wilks and Keith Armstrong will both have second interviews with the Cardinals on Friday, Jan. 19, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
The Cardinals want to interview Brian Flores for the second time, according to Schefter. If hired, he would bring Jim Caldwell on as the offensive coordinator.
According to Rapoport, James Bettcher is “still very much alive” in the Cardinals’ coaching search.
- The Cardinals will put in requests for second interviews for Brian Flores and John DiFilippo, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. Those interviews will have to be done before the Monday before the Super Bowl, per league rules.
- Steve Wilks will be the next head coach of the Cardinals, according to ESPN’s Josina Anderson.
- The Cardinals interviewed Darrell Bevell and Mike McCoy for their OC position, per Rapoport. He later reported that McCoy is expected to be their next OC, which soon became official.
Cardinals interests include:
James Bettcher, John DeFilippo, Brian Flores, Mike Munchak, Matt Patricia, Jim Schwartz, Pat Shurmur, Steve Wilks.
- If Steve Sarkisian leaves for Seattle, Jedd Fisch is expected to be a top candidate as a replacement, per Jason La Canfora.
- Dan Quinn says that Sarkisian isn’t going anywhere.
- 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.
- Typically, the Patriots are known for poaching former Bills. For 2018, it’ll be the opposite. Buffalo has hired former New England tight ends coach Brian Daboll, who spent last fall as Alabama’s offensive coordinator, to serve as its offensive coordinator.
- Chicago has requested an interview with Chiefs offensive coordinator Matt Nagy, per Rapoport.
- The team would reportedly like to find a coach with experience developing quarterbacks to work with Mitchell Trubisky.
- Look for the Bears to look into Saints offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael as a potential head coach candidate, according to Rapoport.
- The Bears have asked to interview Panthers DC Steve Wilks, per Fox Sports’ Peter Schrager.
- The Bears plan to interview Eagles QB coach John DeFilippo, according to Mike Garafolo.
- The Bears have requested interviews with Patriots OC Josh McDaniels and Vikings OC Pat Shurmur, according to Rapoport.
Vikings OC Pat Shurmur interviewed with the Bears on Friday, Jan. 5.
GM Ryan Pace met with Josh McDaniels on Friday, Jan. 5.
GM Ryan Pace interviewed Eagles quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo on Saturday, Jan. 6.
GM Ryan Pace is interviewing Chiefs OC Matt Nagy on Jan. 7. Nagy will be the next Bears coach.
- Nagy is expected to keep Vic Fangio as the defensive coordinator, according to Rapoport.
- The Bears pulled Brad Childress out of retirement to be an offensive consultant for the team, according to Sirius XM’s Adam Caplan.
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 Bengals hired former Cowboys offensive line coach Frank Pollack for the same role after parting ways with Paul Alexander, who’s now interviewing in Dallas.
- The Browns will interview Texans quarterbacks coach Sean Ryan for their OC job. Bill O’Brien says he wants Ryan to stay, per the Houston Chronicle’s John McClain.
- Former Bengals OC Ken Zampese, who was fired after the team’s disastrous 0-2 start to the year, will interview for an offensive assistant job, according to Cleveland.com’s Mary Kay Cabot. It turns out, he’s getting the quarterbacks coach job, per Cabot. He held that role for more than a decade with the Bengals.
- Sean Ryan will interview for the OC job on Wednesday, Jan. 10, according to Ian Rapoport.
- On the day Mike Mularkey and the Titans parted ways, ESPN’s Pat McManamon reported the Browns are closing in on hiring the former Titans, Jaguars and Bills head coach as offensive coordinator.
- Former Giants coach Ben McAdoo will interview for the Browns offensive coordinator opening today, per Cleveland.com’s Mary Kay Cabot.
- Todd Haley, the Steelers’ former offensive coordinator, is the favorite to take over as Browns OC, according to Cabot.
- 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.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported on Jan. 14 that Patricia is likely to become Detroit’s next head coach.
- Paul Pasqualoni, current DL coach for Boston College, is a candidate for the Lions’ DC opening. Pete Thamel of Yahoo reported Monday night that he is accepting a position with the Lions, although it wasn’t reported if it was the defensive coordinator role.
- The Lions made the hiring of Matt Patricia official.
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.
- The Colts have requested permission to interview Panthers defensive coordinator Steve Wilks, according to the Charlotte Observer’s Joe Person and confirmed by Wilks.
- The Colts have been given permission to interview Texans DC Mike Vrabel, according to Breer. That interview will happen Saturday.
- The Colts plan to interview Seahawks DC Kris Richard, according to Tom Pelissero. Rapoport reports the interview will take place on Friday, Jan. 5.
- Josh McDaniels will interview with the Colts first, on Thursday, Jan. 4, per Pelissero.
- The Colts will interview Chiefs’ offensive coordinator Matt Nagy on Jan. 7.
- Indy interviewed Baylor head coach Matt Rhule earlier in the week.
- Rhule withdrew his name from the Colts’ coaching search on Thursday.
- Steve Wilks has no plans to interview with the Colts, and they’re focused on offensive coaches to fill the job.
On Jan. 14, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport tweeted that McDaniels is the clear favorite to land the Colts’ head-coaching gig. McDaniels also told potential assistants to wait on him. Mike Vrabel is also a finalist to land the job.
- Despite the Titans’ job opening up, Josh McDaniels is still expected to take the Colts’ job, per Rapoport.
- McDaniels will have his second interview with the Colts on Friday, according to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero. He can’t formally accept the job until after the Super Bowl.
- The Colts intend to hire McDaniels after the Super Bowl, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
- Two days after the Super Bowl, the Colts made it official, hiring Josh McDaniels as their next coach … and then hours later, McDaniels changed his mind and is staying with the Patriots.
- After McDaniels decided not to join the Colts, GM Chris Ballard said that none of the original candidates will be considered for the job.
- The Colts will likely try to interview Eagles OC Frank Reich and Saints assistant head coach Dan Campbell, per Schefter. Campbell’s interview will be Thursday while Reich is expected to interview Friday.
- Schefter also said the Colts plan to interview Eagles QB coach John DeFilippo for the OC job.
- The Colts plan to interview Bills defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier for their head coach vacancy per Rapoport.
- Reich has emerged as the favorite to land the Colts job, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
- The Colts made it official: Frank Reich is their new head coach.
- Former Chargers wide receivers coach Nick Sirianni will be the Colts’ new offensive coordinator, according to ESPN’s Field Yates.
Colts interests include:
Dan Campbell, Leslie Frazier, Josh McDaniels, Frank Reich, Matt Rhule, Kris Richard, Mike Vrabel, Steve Wilks.
Kansas City Chiefs
Los Angeles Chargers
New England Patriots
- The Patriots could make LB coach Brian Flores their new DC, after the Cardinals hired Steve Wilks as their next head coach, per Adam Schefter.
- Although the Colts are expected to name Josh McDaniels head coach, Mike Florio says there is “increasing chatter” he stays in New England as offensive coordinator.
Football Scoop reports Ohio State defensive coordinator and former Buccaneers head coach Greg Schiano is the favorite to become the new defensive coordinator of the Patriots after Matt Patricia.
- The Colts announced Josh McDaniels as the team’s new head coach this week, but then he decided to stay with the Patriots.
- Ohio State CB Tyreke Johnson told Andrew Lind that Schiano said he was staying with the Buckeyes and would not leave for a job with the Patriots. Schiano confirmed it with Bruce Feldman.
New York Jets
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.
- The Giants interviewed Eric Studesville on Jan. 10, per Adam Schefter.
- Pat Shurmur is still a favorite to land the Giants’ head-coaching gig, according to Ian Rapoport on Jan. 14. The Giants can move quickly if the Vikings lose against the Saints in the Divisional Round. Steve Wilks is also still a favorite.
Steelers head coach Mike Tolmin called the Giants to make a case for Wilks. Wilks, if hired, would be the first minority head coach in franchise history.
- Rapoport reported that Pat Shurmur is expected to accept an offer from the Giants. He later did, a day after the Vikings were ousted in the playoffs.
Former Raiders’ head coach Jack Del Rio is the leading candidate to land the Giants’ defensive coordinator job.
- The Giants decided on a different name for their DC position: James Bettcher, according to Rapoport.
- Mike Shula will be the new offensive coordinator for the Giants, according to Kimberly Jones of NFL Network. He will also serve as the team’s quarterbacks coach, per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
Giants interests include:
Josh McDaniels, Matt Patricia, Jim Schwartz, Pat Shurmur, Steve Spagnuolo, Eric Studesville, Steve Wilks.
- The Raiders might have made Jon Gruden an offer he couldn’t refuse: ownership stake to coach.
- The Raiders are confident Jon Gruden is their coach, but will still call ESPN’s Saturday Wild Card game, according to Ian Rapoport. Gruden plans to call plays, and hire Paul Guenther as his DC.
Gruden said “I hope I’m a candidate” for the Raiders, a job he is almost certainly going to accept.
- Cowboys special teams coordinator Rich Bisaccia will be allowed out of his contract, and is assumed to be joining Jon Gruden’s staff in Oakland, per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
Marvin Lewis confirms Paul Guenther will interview for Raiders’ DC position.
- Tight ends coach Bobby Johnson interviewed for the head coaching job, according to Ian Rapoport. He’s one of two candidates that would satisfy the team’s compliance with the Rooney Rule.
- The rumors from the start were true and the Raiders plan to announce Gruden as the head coach Tuesday.
- As if there were any doubt, ESPN’s Sean McDonough said goodbye to Gruden on their broadcast of the Chiefs-Titans game.
- The Raiders interviewed Cowboys RB coach Gary Brown for the same position Wednesday, per Ian Rapoport.
- Rich Gannon will not be Gruden’s quarterback coach, he announced Wednesday.
NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported on Jan. 13 that Oakland hired Tom Cable, the Seahawks’ former offensive line coach.
- NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported on Sunday that Titans ownership was at the team’s facility all week. And head coach Mike Mularkey is in trouble. The Titans will look at Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels.
- Rapoport reported on Jan. 6 that Mularkey’s job is in jeopardy. If the Titans lose to the Chiefs in the AFC Wild Card round, they could hand Mularkey his walking papers. Tennessee is poised to make a run for Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels.
- Titans ownership announces after win vs. Chiefs that the team will retain Mike Mularkey as head coach.
- Annnnd, nope! The Titans changed course, firing Mularkey Monday morning after their weekend loss to the Patriots. The rumor now is that they’ll pursue Josh McDaniels to fill the vacancy.
- Mike Vrabel, who knows Titans GM Jon Robinson from their time together with the Patriots, will interview for the coaching job, per the Houston Chronicle’s John McClain.
- The Titans plan to interview Panthers DC Steve Wilks, according to La Canfora, although the may have competition with the Cardinals also interested in Wilks.
Gary Klein of the LA Times reported that the Titans will interview Rams OC Matt LaFleur for the head coaching job.
The Titans interviewed Matt LaFleur and Steve Wilks on Friday.
- The Titans interviewed Texans DC Mike Vrabel for their head coaching position. He was later announced as their new head coach.
Ohio St. co-offensive coordinator Ryan Day was considering becoming the Titans’ new offensive coordinator, but he’s staying put.
- The Titans will interview former Cardinals DC James Bettcher for their defensive coordinator job.
- The new defensive coordinator of the Titans will be Dean Pees, according to ESPN’s Cameron Wolfe. Pees spent the last six seasons as defensive coordinator of the Ravens before retiring earlier in January. His retirement lasted less than a month, though.
- The new offensive coordinator of the Titans will be Matt LaFleur, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. He was previously the offensive coordinator for the Rams.
Titans interests include:
Matt LaFleur, Mike Vrabel, Steve Wilks
Hirings/coaches staying put
Green Bay Packers
Kansas City Chiefs
Los Angeles Chargers
Los Angeles Rams
New England Patriots
Josh McDaniels is sticking around after all.
New York Giants
San Francisco 49ers
The 49ers announced a few hirings. Johnny Holland is their new run game specialist/outside linebackers coach. Michael Clay was named assistant special teams coach. Ken Norton Jr., who had been named their assistant head coach for the defense and inside linebackers coach, instead took the Seahawks defensive coordinator job.
- 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.
- 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).
New York Jets
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.
Hirings/GM staying put
Green Bay Packers
New York Giants
New York Jets
NFL assistant coaches who could be head coaches
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