Tag:Coaching Rumors
Posted on: January 24, 2012 7:45 pm
 

Report: Philbin won't retain Bowles in Miami

BowlesBy Josh Katzowitz

Todd Bowles has been linked to the head coaching openings in Oakland and, considering he was the Dolphins interim after the organization fired Tony Sparano, in Miami. Instead, Dolphins owner Stephen Ross hired Joe Philbin as the head coach, and now, it appears Bowles is out of a job completely.

That’s the word from the South Florida Sun Sentinel, which writes that Philbin won’t return Bowles to his previous position as defensive coordinator and won’t consider him for a secondary coach job.

Since he was hired last week, Philbin has met with Sparano’s holdover assistant coaches, but he apparently is interested in hiring Bengals secondary coach Kevin Coyle as Miami’s new defensive coordinator.

Bowles -- who went 2-1 after replacing Sparano -- was in charge of the Miami defense for the past four seasons, and this year, the Dolphins ranked sixth-best in the league in points allowed. 

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Posted on: January 24, 2012 6:22 pm
Edited on: January 24, 2012 6:23 pm
 

Report: Todd Haley interviewing with Cards

By Josh Katzowitz

Last week, it appeared that former Chiefs coach Todd Haley was not going to find a job with his former team, the Cardinals, even though both sides apparently wanted it to happen. That’s because Arizona coach Ken Whisenhunt didn’t want to remove offensive coordinator Mike Miller, and though there was an open quarterback coach position, Haley apparently didn’t want to take anything less than a coordinator job.

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Things apparently have changed.

NFL.com’s Jason La Canfora reports that Haley is in Arizona today for an interview and writes, “Based off what I'm hearing now, sounds like they may be able to find common ground this time and make it work.”

Haley spent 2007-08 in Arizona as the offensive coordinator, and in his final season before getting the Kansas City job, the Cardinals were a top-five offense.

With Miller in his first season as coordinator this year, Arizona ranked 19th in yards gained and 24th in points scored, but Arizona finished 8-8, somewhat surprising since franchise quarterback Kevin Kolb was out for about half the season and the team lost second-round pick Ryan Williams before the year began.

As for what kind of job Haley and Whisenhunt have been talking about? I have no idea. Maybe we should ask Kansas City general manager Scott Pioli.

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Posted on: January 24, 2012 3:17 pm
 

Arians retired after not getting new contract

Yes, Bruce Arians retired but only after Pittsburgh didn't offer him a new contract. (Getty Images)

By Ryan Wilson

First, there was speculation that Bruce Arians might not return as the Steelers' offensive coordinator. Then the word on the street was that he would retire. A day later, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that he would've been fired if he didn't leave.

Today, we finally hear from Arians, who spoke to the York Daily Record (Pa.) about his final days with the organization. He said he retired when he "wasn't offered a contract." After that, "it was an easy decision for me."

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Arians added that team president Art Rooney II didn't give him a reason. "I can't answer that question," he said. "Only the people there can. That's the business. I know the job we did as a staff. I don't have any regrets."

Arians was promoted to offensive coordinator in 2007, head coach Mike Tomlin's first year with the Steelers. In four of five seasons, Pittsburgh was a top-10 offense, according to Football Outsiders (and the only year they weren't, 2008, they won the Super Bowl). Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger flourished under Arians, but the Steelers got away from what they had previously been known for: running the ball.

Last week, Rooney was asked if he wanted Arians back in 2012.

“Well, that’s really Mike (Tomlin's) decision," he told KDKA's Bob Pompeani. "I mean, and that’s the process Mike’s involved in right now is talking to all of the coaches about where they are and where they are with their contracts, so I think that’s something – I’ll leave it to those guys to kind of work out where we’re going on that front.”

Rooney was also asked about the perception that Roethlisberger and Arians' had more a "father-son relationship instead of a boss-employer relationship." (No idea why this matters but apparently it does.)

“Well, I think first you have to look at the success that they’ve had," he said. "With Bruce and Ben, we’ve had a pretty good run here, so I’m not sure that I would complain too much about what the relationship has been and it’s been a productive one and that’s the key part of the puzzle.”

It was Roethlisberger who helped save Arians' job several years ago when there were first discussions of letting him ago. Big Ben reportedly tried again this time with no success.

"He's not happy," Arians said, "but that's part of the business."

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Gerry Dulac wrote over the weekend that the decision to part ways with Arians seemed to come from Rooney, and Tomlin told Arians several times that he wanted him back in 2012.

Arians told the Daily Record that he has already been contacted by five or six teams but didn't go into specifics.

The most obvious choice? Steelers West: the Arizona Cardinals. CBSSports.com Rapid Reporter Craig Morton writes that "Arians does have Steelers ties to multiple Cards coaches (including Ken Whisenhunt, Russ Grimm, Ray Horton and former Steelers player-turned-assistant Deshea Townsend). Arizona has a vacant QBs coach position."

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Posted on: January 23, 2012 12:28 pm
 

OAK has interviewed Moss; to look at Allen again

Winston Moss reportedly interviewed with Oakland on Jan. 14 (US Presswire).By Josh Katzowitz

When Reggie McKenzie was hired as the Raiders general manager, the league consensus was that Packers assistant head coach Winston Moss was an early favorite, particularly since McKenzie was coming to Oakland from the Green Bay player personnel director position.

But since then, we hadn’t heard much about moss, though we know the Packers have interviewed Todd Bowles and Marty Mornhinweg and have shown interest in Bears offensive coordinator Mike Tice, Broncos defensive coordinator Dennis Allen, Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy (who declined an interview) and Saints offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael. Plus, as CBS Sports’ Charley Casserly reported Sunday, the Raiders also want to speak with Packers defensive coordinator* Dom Capers.

Turns out, though, that Moss already has interviewed for the job, all the way back on Jan. 14, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. The day before the Packers lost to the Giants, Moss interviewed for four hours with the Raiders.

*Jeez, it seems like the only Packers assistant coach who the Raiders didn’t interview was the guy who ended up getting the Dolphins head coaching job.

But if you’re forecasting a favorite besides Moss, the paper has a thought on the matter.

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Writes Vittorio Tafur, “There are those who think Mornhinweg might be the new favorite for the Raiders' job. He worked with McKenzie in Green Bay and was the Packers' quarterbacks coach when Green Bay won the Super Bowl with Brett Favre. Al Davis always liked to hire offensive coaches, and maybe his son, Mark, and McKenzie follow suit.”

In other Raiders head coach news, ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting that Allen has been lined up for a second interview with the Oakland brass. That interview is scheduled to occur during this week's Senior Bowl activities in Mobile. 

Which might mean that Allen -- and not necessarily Moss or Mornhinweg -- is the favorite at this point.

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Posted on: January 23, 2012 8:24 am
Edited on: January 23, 2012 12:21 pm
 

Chip Kelly changes mind, turns down Bucs

Kelly

By Josh Katzowitz


On Sunday afternoon, we had the news that Oregon coach Chip Kelly was a prime candidate for the Buccaneers head coaching job, and overnight Monday, it appeared that he had decided to take the job.

Now, it appears that he’s reversed course and will stay at Oregon.

That’s according to CBSSports.com's Bryan Fischer, who writes that a source said via text message, "I don't know what to say... he changed his mind."

One report from a Portland radio station Sunday stated that Kelly was "working to finalize a deal that would make him head coach of the Tampa Bay Bucs,” and the Tampa Bay Tribune wrote that the Glazer family had met with Kelly last week and “both Kelly and the Bucs are proceeding down a path they mutually hope will result in an agreement in the next 24-48 hours."

Early Monday morning, the Eugene Register Guard reported simply that the deal “was done.” But apparently, soon after he had made a decision, he reversed course and decided to stay in Eugene.

"His heart is with college football and Oregon and he's no longer being considered,'' general manager Mark Dominik told the Tampa Bay Times.

But CBSSports.com's Mike Freeman reports that there's a tiny chance Kelly could re-reverse course, writing, "What I'm also told is that while this is 99 percent done there is still a one percent chance Kelly could change his mind again."

As he appeared close to taking the job Sunday night, Kelly canceled at least one recruiting visit, leading to speculation that he really was considering the Buccaneers. But according to the Register Guard, Kelly told an assistant he wasn’t sure what he wanted to do, so it’s unclear whether Kelly actually accepted the job in the first place.

The move would have also made sense on this level. As Fischer writes, “Numerous questions surround the timing of the move to Tampa Bay, beginning with Oregon's still-open NCAA investigation into recruiting violations surrounding supposed scout Willie Lyles. Kelly is believed to be at the center of the probe regarding, among other things, a $25,000 payment to Lyles for scouting services and any improprieties surrounding former Ducks running back Lache Seastrunk.”

Now, the Buccaneers will have to find somebody else to replace Raheem Morris, who they fired three weeks ago. Previous candidates for the job include Mike Sherman (seemingly the early favorite to land the job), Wade Phillips (who has pulled his name out of consideration), Mike Zimmer, Rob Chudzinski, John Gray and Marty Schottenheimer and Brad Childress.

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Posted on: January 22, 2012 8:10 pm
Edited on: January 22, 2012 9:35 pm
 

Report: Chip Kelly 'close' to landing Bucs job

Chip Kelly is reportedly "close" to being the next Buccaneers coach. (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers coaching search has been quiet the last few days but on Sunday night a potentially earth-shaking report emerged that has Oregon Ducks coach Chip Kelly leaving his gig in Eugene to take a job with the Bucs.

That report comes from KGW Sports' Michael Berk who says that Kelly is "working to finalize a deal that would make him head coach of the Tampa Bay Bucs."

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Berk adds that Kelly will "make the jump" if he can "come to terms on a contract," so let's hold the horses on assuming that this is a done deal, at least for now.

Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Tribune confirms Berk's report, noting that general manager Mark Dominik and the Glazer family met with Kelly "this past week" and that "both Kelly and the Bucs are proceeding down a path they mutually hope will result in an agreement in the next 24-48 hours."

And then there's this:

"We got Chip Kelly!... Let's go #Buccaneers," Bucs wide receiver Arrelious Benn tweeted Sunday night, before adding that he was only "asking" if the Bucs landed Kelly.

Kelly became the offensive coordinator for Oregon in 2007 and served in that position until head coach Mike Bellotti became the school's athletic director and Kelly took over as head coach.

He's won the PAC-10 Coach of the Year award twice and made a BCS bowl each of his three seasons at Oregon, in large part thanks to his high-powered spread offense that's piled up points for the Ducks since he came to Eugene.

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Posted on: January 22, 2012 2:58 pm
Edited on: January 22, 2012 3:16 pm
 

Colts tried to talk with Jay Gruden, Perry Fewell

Indy wanted to talk with Fewell and Gruden but couldn't. (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

On Saturday, Colts owner Jim Irsay tweeted that the team expected to hire a coach by "mid 2 late next week." If that's the case, cross two teams off the list: Indy wanted to talk with Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden and Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell but couldn't.

According to CBS Sports Charley Casserly, Gruden turned down the Colts offer to interview and Fewell was still coaching and thus unavailable.

"They asked permission to talk to Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden," Casserly reported on The NFL Today. "He declined to interview for the head coaching job with the Colts. They also wanted permission to interview with Perry Fewell, the defensive coordinator of the Giants but they couldn't even ask permission because Fewell is still coaching."


Gruden's decision isn't particularly surprising considering he took his name out of the running for the Jaguars and Rams jobs earlier in the year, but it's a bit odd considering that he'd have his pick of top-tier quarterback to groom for the future, with Irsay already publicly saying that he'd take either Andrew Luck or Robert Griffin III with the top pick.

Fewell's a name that's always right there in the running for head coaching positions, but he's never gotten enough push to land a gig. Perhaps this could've been his break, which is a shame.

It still could, if the Colts decide to wait. But it's also going to be tough for Fewell will get enough face time with Irsay and new Colts general manager Ryan Grigson if the Giants win on Sunday.

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Posted on: January 21, 2012 9:54 pm
Edited on: January 23, 2012 12:08 am
 

Report: Tressell has interviewed with Colts TWICE

TresselBy Josh Katzowitz

On Friday, my CBSSports.com colleague Ryan Wilson asked the question: “Would the Colts interview Jim Tressel for a coaching job?”

Apparently the answer to that question is yes. Not only that, but it’s a resounding yes.

As WBNS-TV in Columbus is reporting (via the Cleveland Plain Dealer), Tressel already has had two interviews for the chance to replace Jim Caldwell, and the second one occurred Friday when owner Jim Irsay flew to Sarasota, Fla., where Tressel has a home, to talk with the former Ohio State coach.

If Indianapolis was to hire Tressel, it would be a stunning development.

On Thursday, CBSSports.com’s Mike Freeman talked to a source about the Colts possibly speaking to Tressel, who worked with the franchise as a game day consultant this season, and that source told him that there is “no way in hell” the franchise would consider it.

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Well, it sounds like Indianapolis is more than considering it.

Already, it’s been reported that the Colts have focused their attention on Titans defensive coordinator Jerry Gray and Saints offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael.

Either way, this decision should be done seven days from now.

Already today, Irsay tweeted that Colts fans can expect a decision on the new coach by late next week. Will that person be Tressel? Somehow, it sounds like it’s most definitely a possibility.

And just as a reminder, this is what I wrotein October:
You wonder about Caldwell’s statement about wanting Tressel to get the hang of how the pro operation works. Does Caldwell eventually want to hire Tressel to be an assistant on his staff? Or what happens if the Colts deem Caldwell expendable after this debacle of a season is complete? Would Tressel be a candidate for the head coaching job?

If so, perhaps Caldwell should cool it on letting Tressel know too many secrets of pro football coaching (if it’s even Caldwell’s call). Otherwise, the guy he’s schooling might be the guy who is soon to replace him.

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