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Latest coaching rumors, news

Posted on: January 9, 2012 12:13 pm
Edited on: January 15, 2012 11:14 am
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By Eye on Football staff

Coaching news and rumors don't slow down just because there's football. If you missed all of last week's action, hit it here to catch up and then scroll down. Make sure to bookmark this page as we'll be updating it throughout the week with the latest news and rumors.

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  • Bill Callahan is officially on board with the Cowboys, and he's actually going to be named the offensive coordinator, which is pretty interesting. However, Jason Garrett will continue to call plays. And, presumably, timeouts. Ahem.
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  • With the loss of Mike Mularkey to Jacksonville, the Falcons reportedly are looking at Brian Billick, former Jaguars offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter and former Jets offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer to fill the Atlanta OC job.
  • Saints coach Sean Payton confirmed that Aaron Kromer, New Orlean's OL coach, will interview for the Rams head coaching job.

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  • If the Colts fire coach Jim Caldwell, could new Indianapolis GM Ryan Grigson, formerly the personnel director of the Eagles, consider Philadelphia offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg? The Philadelphia Inquirer thinks there might be some merit to that idea.
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  • According to a radio station in Orlando, the Bengals have signed a three-year extension with offensive coordinator Jay Gruden. So, it appears that Gruden will be staying in Cincinnati.


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  • Former Buccaneers coach Raheem Morris has landed a new job as the defensive backs coach for the Redskins. It's nice to see that Washington DOES provide jobs to the unemployed.
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  • Todd Bowles, formerly the interim coach in Miami, is the first Raiders coaching candidate to emerge in the wake of Hue Jackson's firing, according to ESPN.
  • Mike Mularkey wants to keep former Jaguars interim coach Mel Tucker in Jacksonville as the defensive coordinator. That's via the Florida Times-Union, which quotes Mularkey as saying, "I want to really just have a chance to sit down and talk to him. I’ve spoken to him already, prior to this going down. We really have a pretty good relationship, so hopefully it works out.” Tucker has already interviewed for the Vikings defensive coordinator job.
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  • According to the Newark Star Ledger, former Chiefs coach Todd Haley will arrive in New Jersey on Wednesday night to interview for the Jets offensive coordinator job. It's not yet Tony Sparano's gig.

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  • Here are a couple of reasons why we shouldn't be holding our breath about a Schottenheimer family reunion.

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  • Ryan Grigson is the new general manager for the Indianapolis Colts. Grigson served as director of player personnel with the Eagles for the past year and was the director of college scouting before that.
  • The Jaguars hiring Mike Mularkey eliminated Panthers offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski from leaving for Jacksonville, but the Associated Press reports he's now interviewing for the Rams job.
  • One report has the Falcons, who "let" Brian VanGorder leave for Auburn, checking out Steve Spagnuolo for the defensive coordinator position. That'd be a nice fit.
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  • It's your standard quiet Tuesday night on the NFL coaching rumor front: Brian Schottenheimer is out as Jets offensive coordinator and the latest reports have Tony Sparano stepping into that role in 2012. (Schotty didn't get "fired" by the way, but yeah, it sounds awkward.)
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  • The Dolphins announced that they interviewed Mike Zimmer, defensive coordinator of the Bengals. Meanwhile, Cincy offensive coordinator Jay Gruden declined to interview with the Rams and Jaguars and will stay with Marvin Lewis and Andy Dalton.

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  • Winston Moss, the assistant head coach/linebackers coach for the Packers, is considered the front-runner for the open Raiders job.
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  • Broncos defensive coordinator Dennis Allen has drawn interest from the Rams and will interview for their head coaching position Thursday, according to the Denver Post.
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  • One time-Rams scout Ryan Grigson, now the Eagles director of player personnel, interviewed Monday for the St. Louis general manager job, according to the St. Louis Post Dispatch.
  • As Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer writes, Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer was scheduled to interview for the Dolphins head coaching job Monday. Strangely enough, Cincinnati offensive coordinator has NOT been approached by the Jaguars to interview. “I have not heard anything," Gruden said. "I don’t know what’s happening to be honest with you. I don’t know if I’m ready. I’m just dealing with the season that came to an end and whatever happens, happens. I got a couple texts from people that heard I was a candidate for the job but I haven’t heard anything otherwise. I don’t know exactly how it works. I’ll probably find shortly if it is true.”
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  • Cowboys secondary coach Dave Campo, formerly Dallas' head coach, will not return for 2012, writes the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Apparently, the rest of Jason Garrett's staff should be safe.
  • Via ESPN's Adam Schefter, Falcons offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey will interview for the Jaguars job on Tuesday.
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Since: Apr 16, 2009
Posted on: January 13, 2012 6:34 pm
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Since: Oct 19, 2006
Posted on: January 13, 2012 5:48 pm

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Someone let the Browns know they need an OC and a DB coach.

Since: Jan 10, 2012
Posted on: January 10, 2012 12:21 pm

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My last post was in response to deucedynamite's response and the Atlanta Falcons coaching staff (thought I was just replying to his comment). Also heard the Falcons might be interested in Jack Del Rio for DC.

Since: Jan 10, 2012
Posted on: January 10, 2012 12:16 pm

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My thoughts exactly. His decisions have always been suspect, even going back to the saints loss in ot. People say he's a player's coach but does that necessarily and solely translate to success and winning in the NFL? Aside from that and getting back to the comment at hand, the focus should definitely not just be on the defensive side of the ball. In fact, I felt the defense played pretty dang good against the Giants in the wild card loss and they just gave way after the offense struggled to capitalize and score on the few good drives they had.

Since: Sep 28, 2010
Posted on: January 9, 2012 5:05 pm

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It is not a shock at all that Atlanta fired Brian VanGorder, but maybe they need to look at the entire regime because Mike Smith continues to make the same stupid decisions over and over. And to say there wasn't an offensive issue? Really? They scored ZERO. Had Eli Manning not made the error he did, Atlanta loses in a blowout. 

Since: May 31, 2007
Posted on: January 9, 2012 3:10 pm

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I think it was a 'no brainer' not because of his head coaching resume, but because of other factors.  The fact that he's tight with Pioli, the players love him, he performed well as an interim, etc. all added up.  Basically, it looked like a slam dunk to the people watching at home... regardless of whether it looked like a good plan.

That being said, let's not forget that one Bill Belicheck also looked out of place and over his head in his first head coaching stint in Cleveland.  I'm not saying Crennel is the next Belicheck (I would say the odds of that are ridiculously slim, in fact), but lots of head coaches suck their first time around, and get it together on the second stop.  Anyway, it could be worse.  I mean, they interviewed Jack Del Rio for crying out loud.  That guy quit even trying a full month before they canned him.

Since: Oct 27, 2008
Posted on: January 9, 2012 2:12 pm

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Why was Crennel a "no brainer"?  He was a horrible head coach.  He always seemed out of place and looked dumb founded on the sideline when with the browns.  He is a good coordinator but over his head as head coach.

Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: January 9, 2012 2:11 pm

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Here's a "what if"--  Chargers GM A.J. Smith doesn't fire Marty S. after a 14-2 regular season, but a first-round playoff loss for San Diego.  Would the Chargers have been in any Super Bowls in the past five years?  We'll never know.  Marty's replacement hasn't been able to win a big game with playoff implications or in the playoffs either.  Hmmm.

Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: January 9, 2012 1:17 pm

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Why is it such a "shocker" to anyone that the Bucs are talking to Marty Schottenheimer?  Schottenheimer is a quick turnaround specialist.  His only real flaw is that he can't quite elevate a team to Super Bowl level.  He can, though, take a team perceived as "underachieving" and get it to or close to the playoffs.  
The bottom line is Tampa is that the Glazer family spends all of its money on Manchester United.  They operate the football team with as little expenses as possible because they realize that you don't have to win to make money hand over fist in the NFL.  In fact, trying to put a winner on the field costs money, and teams can lose if they aren't careful.  
As long as the Glazers own the Bucs, it will continue its slide toward its former place on the food chain: one of the two worst franchises in the NFL.  

The Glazers shouln't have fired Raheem Morris; they should have fired themselves. 

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