Tag:Dave Wannstedt
Posted on: January 2, 2012 9:08 am
Edited on: January 8, 2012 1:42 pm

Latest coaching rumors, news

It's Black Monday and that means seats are heating. (Getty Images)
By Eye on Football Staff

Throughout the day on Monday (and now Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday!) week news and rumors will be flying about job security of various NFL coaches. Bookmark this page to stay updated constantly.

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  • Although Ray Horton realizes that Jeff Fisher has to be the No. 1 choice for the Rams job, the St. Louis Post Dispatch is reporting that if Fisher takes the Miami job, St. Louis will give a second look to Horton, the Cardinals defensive coordinator. Apparently, Horton's initial five-hour interview went very well. "When it was over they called my agent and said they were blown away by him, and he couldn't have been any better," Horton said.
  • According to Rapid Reporter Ron Clements, the Rams have received permission to interview Tennessee VP of football operations Lake Dawson and Titans VP of player personnel Ruston Webster for the vacant GM job. Both worked with Jeff Fisher in Tennessee.
  • CBSSports.com's Clark Judge speculates that Vikings defensive coordinator Fred Pagac might be fired soon. According to Judge, four candidates have already lined up interviews to replace him -- Steve Spagnuolo, Raheem Morris, Mel Tucker and Mike Singletary.
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  • The Chiefs reportedly have decided to remove the interim tag for coach Romeo Crennel, meaning the job is all his. It seems like general manager Scott Pioli wanted Crennel to have the job all along.
  • It didn't take long for the Patriots to hire their next offensive coordinator to replace Bill O'Brien. It's their old offensive coordinator of course as Josh McDaniels will take over O'Brien's spot for 2012 AND will begin work immediately, helping New England in this postseason.
  • According to NFL.com's Jason La Canfora, the Dolphins have permission from the Falcons to interview offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey. Jacksonville already has shown interest in Mularkey.
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  • Ray Horton, the Cardinals defensive coordinator, is set to interview with the Rams for their head coaching position soon.

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  • Packers offensive coordinator Joe Philbin has been a busy man lately, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Philben was in Kansas City on Wednesday, and by this weekend, he'll interview for the Dolphins head coaching job as well.
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  • Although he and general manager A.J. Smith kept their job, Chargers coach Norv Turner fired defensive coordinator Greg Manusky after just one season. Interesting, because, three days ago, Turner said he thought Manusky had done a good job this year.

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  • Raheem Morris was spotted dining with Redskins brass, and Washington could be interested in hiring Morris as a defensive coach. The only problem with that scenario is that Buccaneers were the worst team in the league in points allowed this season.
  • Yahoo Sports' Michael Silver has written that the Jeff Fisher sweepstakes has become a two-way race between the Dolphins and the Rams. Fisher was scheduled to interview with St. Louis today.
  • NFL.com's Albert Breer is saying that Jay (not Jon!) Gruden is the favorite to land the head coaching job in Jacksonville. The Bengals offensive coordinator, however, can't interview until Cincinnati is out of the playoffs. Until then, it sounds like the Jaguars will continue to interview every hot offensive coordinator they can find.

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  • According to multiple reports, Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien will interview for the Penn State job on Thursday. Though his interview with the school has been reported and then denied previously, it seems like O'Brien might have a real shot at landing this position, especially since it appears he's not a candidate for any current open NFL head coaching jobs.

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  • The Rams have requested permission from the Ravens to interview director of player personnel Eric DeCosta for the St. Louis general manager spot, according to PFT. DeCosta is seen as the possible successor to Ozzie Newsome in Baltimore. St. Louis also has received permission from the Falcons to interview director of player personnel Les Snead.

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  • Jeff Fisher's the hottest name on the coaching circuit and he officially visited Miami -- even flying there on a helicopter! -- to talk to owner Stephen Ross about the Dolphins gig.
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  • Colts owner Jim Irsay calls firing Bill and Chris Polian a tough decision, and adds that "it's not outside the realm of possibility" that Jim Caldwell returns as head coach. When asked if Peyton Manning will play again he responded, "I don't."
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  • The Rams will interview Jeff Fisher this week for their vacant coaching job. If they land Fisher, then they would try to find a general manager.

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  • According to the Buffalo News, Bills defensive coordinator George Edwards has been fired and replaced by Dave Wannstedt.

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  • According to the Chicago Tribune, Bears special teams coach Dave Toub will interview for the Dolphins job.

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  • A report from the New York Daily News says that Brian Schottenheimer will interview with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Because the Jets offense was just so awesome this year, apparently.
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  • Although there were reports that Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien was the prime coaching target for Penn State, it sounds like O'Brien won't be headed to Happy Valley after all.
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  • During his last regular-season news conference, Colts coach Jim Caldwell said he's "moving forward" with his day-to-day work. Caldwell also said he met with owner Jim Irsay on Sunday night and with executives Bill and Chris Polian on Monday morning. Obviously, at this moment, Caldwell is still employed. Which led Indy Star reporter Phillip B. Wilson to tweet, "Colts fans, to be honest, I have no idea what's going on ... maybe team won't announce changes for another day or two, IDK."
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  • An interesting set of tweets from UniversalDraft.com's Chris Kouffman: "<s>@</s>ArmandoSalguero with a stunning revelation that Carl Peterson was told to have dinner w/ Jon Gruden and allowed to offer Gruden the job ... which included total control over football operations, ability to hire and fire whomever he wanted...and Gruden TURNED IT DOWN. Yikes."
  • The Dolphins release a statement saying they're gearing up for their coaching search.
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  • We have our first victim on Black Monday! Steve Spagnuolo, as expected, was fired by the St. Louis on Monday. Spags was 10-38 in three years with the Rams but should be a hot name for defensive coordinator positions.
  • You want to talk about a coach in demand? How about Jeff Fisher. Mike Freeman writes that the two jobs that intrigue him the most are Indianapolis and Tampa Bay.
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  • Speaking of the Jets, their public relations staff announced that BOTH general manager Mike Tannenbaum and coach Rex Ryan will be at Monday's press conference. That's not "normal" and it could mean that people's jobs are in trouble.
  • Despite a disappointing season in which the Jets didn't make the playoffs, defensive coordinator Mike Pettine -- whose reputation has largely remained intact this year -- has reportedly drawn interest from the Dolphins.

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  • CBSSports.com's Mike Freeman reports that the Bucs spent all evening gathering intel on Raheem Morris from players. Ownership is starting to believe that though they don't want to fire Morris, they might have to fire Morris.


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Posted on: December 5, 2011 7:47 pm
Edited on: December 5, 2011 7:50 pm

New Jags owner Khan is all about the mustache

New Jags owner Shahid Khan. (AP)
Posted by Ryan Wilson

There truly is something remarkable about mustaches. And in less than a week, new Jaguars owner Shahid Khan has one of the all-time great mustaches in NFL history. And according to a recent New York Times story, it's Khan's calling card.

"He is described as a private person with a gregarious, salesman’s personality," the Times' Richard Sandomir wrote on November 30. "With long, wavy hair and a thick mustache that ends in waxed tips, Khan cuts a somewhat rakish figure."

Added Ron Guenther, the former athletic director at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, Khan's alma mater: “That mustache didn’t come out of nowhere. That’s his signature.”

Well, we applaud and embrace it. And so too, it appears, do Jags fans. Details via the Florida Times-Union:
Jaguar fans don’t know a whole lot yet about Shahid Khan, the Illinois truck-parts magnate who has agreed to buy the team. But they do know he has an awesome mustache. … There are already T-shirts around town showing the mustache on the Jaguars logo, and several websites have popped up.
The Times-Union says that "Khan won’t be at tonight’s Monday Night Football game between the Jaguars and the San Diego Chargers — he said last week that he’ll be in New York, prepping for an NFL Finance Committee meeting where his bid go buy the team will be considered, and that he’d rather leave the spotlight on outgoing owners Wayne and Delores Weaver."

And because you asked for it (okay, you didn't -- we were curious), here are how some other NFL luminaries would look with their very own Mr. Tickles. You're welcome.

From left to right: Roger Goodell, Norv Turner, Hines Ward, Peyton Manning, Tom Brady.

No homage to mustachioed gentlemen would be complete without a nod to those players and coaches who unwittingly made it possible for the rest of us to look less ridiculous. Again, you're welcome.

From left to right: Mike Ditka, Dave Wannstedt, Jake Plummer, Ryan Wendell (Getty Images)

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Posted on: June 8, 2011 4:25 pm
Edited on: June 8, 2011 5:07 pm

Hot Routes 6.8.11: Way back in Saints history

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

  • The lockout isn’t all bad. For Bills assistant coach Dave Wannstedt, who spent the last six years as the head coach at Pitt, it’s a chance to catch up with what’s been going on in the NFL since he’s been gone.
  • If you were interested in knowing which 10 assistant coaches could have a shot at landing a head coaching job soon, CBSSports.com’s Pete Prisco has you covered.
  • If CBSSports.com’s Chuck Finder had his druthers, Steelers chairman emeritus Dan Rooney would be in the negotiating room helping to end the lockout.
  • Rams LB James Laurinaitis wishes people would stop saying nasty things about his former coach at Ohio State, Jim Tressell. "The fact that he's being vilified as some liar and backstabber and stuff," Laurinaitis told NFL.com. "That guy is about as genuine a person as you can meet. I've seen him be a father figure to plenty of players ... To see him get portrayed as the ultimate fake guy is disheartening."
  • Eric Crouch? Not giving up on the idea of playing pro football. He’s trying out for the UFL this week.
  • The NFL.com’s Albert Breer gives a good breakdown of how and why the players and owners suddenly have more motivation to get a labor deal done (pssst, probably because some people are saying that a lost season would cost the NFL $1 billion).

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Posted on: February 28, 2011 11:58 am

Hot Routes 2.28.11: The Wonder(lic) years

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

  • How about some more NFL combine news? According to two sources for the Fort Worth Star Telegram, Alabama QB Greg McElroy scored a 48 on the Wonderlic test. That’s out of 50, which, if my math is correct, means he scored a 96 out of 100.
  • The Jaguars feel like Luke McCown is one of the best backup QBs in the league, which is why, according to the Florida Times Union , Jacksonville is close to re-signing him to a one-year deal.
  • Last season, the Bears offered S Danieal Manning a contract extension worth $6 million over three years ($2 million of it was guaranteed), but he rejected it. Sounds like he thinks he can get more on the open market if he’s ruled an unrestricted free agent.

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Posted on: January 21, 2011 9:40 am
Edited on: January 21, 2011 7:38 pm

Report: Bills hire Wannstedt

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

UPDATE 7:40 p.m. EST: The Bills have officially announced Wannstedt as their new assistant head coach/inside linebackers coach.


Looks like Dave Wannstedt won’t stay out of coaching very very long.

Alex Marvez of Foxsports.com reports that the Bills have hired Wannstedt to be Buffalo’s assistant head coach and the linebackers coach.

Wannstedt, most recently, had to step down from the Pitt head coaching job after his team, much like his NFL head coaching career, just wasn’t good enough to get over the hump.

Considering Bills coach Chan Gailey was Wannstedt’s offensive coordinator when he coached the Dolphins, this move isn’t exactly a surprise. According to Marvez, Wannstedt had interviewed in Cleveland and had drawn interest from Carolina.

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Posted on: January 20, 2011 3:38 pm
Edited on: January 20, 2011 3:39 pm

Searches for defensive coordinators continue

Posted by Andy Benoit

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that the Browns, looking to fill Roby Ryan’s old defensive coordinator post, have interviews lined up with former Cardinals defensive coordinator Billy Davis and former Pitt Panthers head coach Dave Wannstedt. Wannstedt, a longtime NFL defensive coach, is one of the most talked-about names on the market right now.

In related defensive coordinator news, Schefter also reports that the Philadelphia Eagles are interested in talking with Ravens linebacker coach and former Patriots D coordinator Dean Pees about their defensive coordinator position. The Eagles, however, are denying this.

It would be noteworthy if Pees does talk to Philly because his background is primarily in 3-4 schemes. The Eagles have long been a 4-3 team, though there were whispers last offseason that they could be gearing up to go in a new direction. Something to keep an eye on…

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Posted on: January 13, 2011 7:14 pm

Dave Wannstedt meets with the Bills

Posted by Andy Benoit

Since being fired at Pitt, Dave Wannstedt has been a hot NFL defensive coordinating prospect for 2010. It’s been rumored that the former Bears and Dolphins head coach has drawn interest from the Chargers and Browns – two teams in need of a defensive coordinator.

A third team jumped into the fray: Buffalo. Chan Gailey was the offensive coordinator on Wannstedt’s Dolphins staff in 2000 and 2001. The Bills defensive staff met with the former Super Bowl-winning defensive coordinator (Cowboys ’92) on Thursday.

“He’s extremely knowledgeable,” Gailey told Chris Brown of BuffaloBills.com. “He’s a great human being. A great team guy and he would bring some intensity to our team because I know what burns inside of him.”

There is an opening at the linebacker coach position on Buffalo’s staff, though if Wannstedt came aboard his duties would likely reach beyond those of a traditional positional assistant.

“I think he would be a very good fit, but it remains to be seen if this is something he would like to do or not,” Gailey said. “So he’ll have to think about it and see what direction he wants to go.”

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Posted on: January 12, 2011 3:27 pm

Checking in on Browns' coaching search

Posted by Andy Benoit

At the end of the BCS National Championship, Mike Tirico asked his Monday Night Football and (for that night) radio partner Jon Gruden if he would return to coaching in 2011. “No, I’ll be back with you,” Gruden said.

Gruden ostensibly wants to watch his high school senior son play one more year of football. His son said a few months ago that the plan for his dad was to return to coaching in 2012 and take either the 49ers or Browns job.

Obviously, those jobs will almost certainly not be available now. The Niners gave Jim Harbaugh a five-year, $25 million contract last week. As for the Browns…

Whispers around the NFL are that Rams offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur is the leading candidate. Prior to joining the Rams in 2009, Shurmur spent 10 years as an offensive assistant in Philadelphia. The Eagles run a West Coast style system that Mike Holmgren prefers (and likely requires).

Another offensive-minded head coach in the mix is Mike Mularkey. The Falcons offensive coordinator interviewed for the job on Saturday (the Browns visited him in Atlanta). But according to Tony Grossi of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the process was rushed (Mularkey sort of had a lot on his plate – you know, with the playoffs and everything).

Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell has also interviewed, and there are rumblings about former Bears/Dolphins/Pitt Panthers head coach Dave Wannstedt. It is believed that Wannstedt is not necessarily a head coaching candidate, but rather, a possibility as a defensive coordinator.

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