With the end of the NFL season upon us, the league’s annual coaching purge has kicked into high gear. We’ve already seen at least seven coaches fired this year, and there may be more pink slips handed out over the next 48 hours. Heading into the 2019 offseason, there will be at least eight teams
With the end of the NFL season upon us, the league’s annual coaching purge has kicked into high gear. We’ve already seen at least seven coaches fired this year, and there may be more pink slips handed out over the next 48 hours.
Heading into the 2019 offseason, there will be at least eight teams looking for a new coach and that number could jump even higher if we see any more surprise moves. To keep you up-to-date on the latest firings, rumors and hirings, here’s our coaching tracker for the 2019 offseason.
Fired: Hue Jackson
Candidates to replace Jackson: Gregg Williams, Josh McDaniels
Dumping Hue Jackson might have been the smartest move the Browns made this season. Since Ravens. Williams has been so successful that the Browns plan to seriously consider him for the full-time job, CBS Sports NFL Insider . La Canfora also notes that Browns owner Jimmy Haslam is “very high” on Josh McDaniels, which means we could see the Patriots offensive coordinator interview for the job. If Williams and McDaniels don’t pan out, La Canfora reported that the Browns will look at several college coaches along with current NFL coordinators who lack previous head coaching experience. According to NFL.com, the team might also show some interest in former Packers coach Mike McCarthy. The Browns have also requested to interview Saints tight ends coach Dan Campbell along with both Colts coordinators: Matt Eberflus (Defensive) and Nick Sirianni (Offensive)., the Browns have gone 5-3 under interim coach Gregg Williams after losing their finale to the
Fired: Todd Bowles
The final week of the regular season couldn’t have gone much worse for Todd Bowles. Just hours after watching his team get pounded 38-3 by the Patriots, Bowles was fired by the Jets in a move that didn’t really come as a surprise. Although Bowles got off to a hot start in New York with a 10-6 record during his first year with the Jets in 2015, things fell apart after that with Bowles lead the Jets to three straight last place finishes in the AFC East, including an ugly 4-12 finish this year. The Jets job should be an attractive one, which might be why the team plans to aim high in their coaching search. According to Pro Football Talk, the team at Jim Harbaugh, although that by the Jets. La Canfora has also reported that if Harbaugh does leave Michigan, it likely . With Harbaugh out of the picture, the Jets have already lined up an interview with Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy and Buccaneers offensive coordinator Todd Monken. The team is also expected to interview former Packers coach Mike McCarthy. The Jets will also apparently be looking to the college ranks for a coach with the team getting set to interview USC offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury.
Fired: Vance Joseph
Stepping down: Marvin Lewis
After 16 years on the sideline, Marvin Lewis is finally done in Cincinnati. The Bengals announced on Monday that Lewis will not be returning as the already interviewed to in-house candidates in offensive coordinator Bill Lazor and special teams coach Darrin Simmons. The team is also set to interview two Rams assistants — Zac Taylor and Shane Waldron — along with Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy.. Lewis had been with the Bengals since 2003, and compiled a record of 131-122-3 during his time with the team. At one point under Lewis, the Bengals made the playoffs in five straight season. However, Lewis will mostly be remembered for the fact that he didn’t win a single playoff game during his time in Cincinnati, going 0-7. If you’re looking for potential replacements, it’s not crazy to think that the Bengals would give the job or Vance Joseph. The Bengals have
Not getting fired: Doug Marrone and Dave Caldwell
Despite an ugly 5-11 season, the Jaguars have decided not to cut ties with coach Doug Marrone. After the team’s season finale, Jags owner Shad Khan announced that Marrone and general manager Dave Caldwell will both be returning for the 2019 season, although it sounds both guys will be on a short leash. Keeping Marrone makes a lot of sense and that’s mainly because he’s just one year removed from leading the Jaguars to an AFC title game appearance. In 2018, Marrone had to deal with an ugly season where six different offensive linemen were placed on injured reserve — Andrew Norwell, Cam Robinson, Will Richardson, Brandon Linder, and Josh Walker. The biggest thing Marrone needs to figure during the offseason is who his quarterback is going to be heading into 2019.
Fired: Adam Gase
Possible candidate: Rex Ryan
The 2018 season has been a struggle for the Dolphins, and on Monday, team owner Stephen Ross responded to that struggle by to the Miami Herald, Ryan has to prepare for the event that he interviews for the Dolphins job at some point this week. The Dolphins are also expected to interview Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio and New England’s Brian Flores.. One name to watch as Gase’s replacement is Rex Ryan. According
Expected to stay: John Harbaugh
Although the Ravens have are multiple teams interested in Harbaugh and at least one team plans on calling Baltimore to make an offer for him if the Ravens end up missing the playoffs. According to La Canfora, there are multiple teams that would potentially be interested in Harbaugh, including the Broncos, Jets, Dolphins and Buccaneers., he’s being listed here because he’s in an odd situation. For one, the two sides have . Harbaugh’s current deal expires after the 2019 season and NFL coaches rarely go into a season as a “lame duck,” which means the two sides will likely need to hash something out soon if Harbaugh’s going to stay. Also, it’s still possible that Harbaugh leaves. According to ESPN.com, there
Fired: Mike McCarthy
Hired: Matt LaFleur
After holding nearly 10 interviews over the past five weeks, the Packers have finally made a decision on their coaching job the team has decided to hire Titans offensive coordinator Matt LaFleur. (For more on the LaFleur hiring, had the backing of several key players, including Aaron Rodgers, was also interviewed for the job. In the end, the Packers LaFleur, a 39-year-old who has worked with some of the best offensive minds in the game. Before joining the Titans, LaFleur was the offensive coordinator under Sean McVay for a year in L.A. The 39-year-old also served as the quarterbacks coach in Atlanta for two seasons, including 2016 when Matt Ryan won the MVP and took the Falcons to the Super Bowl.). Besides LaFleur, the Packers also interviewed Josh McDaniels and Patriots defensive coordinator Brian Flores, along with Saints assistant head coach Dan Campbell, Saints offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael and Buccaneers offensive coordinator Todd Monken. Interim coach Joe Philbin, who
Fired: Steve Wilks
The Cardinals had high expectations for Wilks when they hired him in January, but 2018 has basically been a disaster, which is why the team is planning to fire him after just one season, according to La Canfora. On Monday, the Cardinals . Although Mike McCarthy’s name , don’t look for him to take it. La Canfora has reported that McCarthy from the Cardinals, even though the team is willing to give him full control. Like the Packers and Browns, the Cardinals have reached out to Saints tight ends coach Dan Campbell about a possible interview. The Cards are also expected to interview Adam Gase, who Monday. USC offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury is also scheduled to get an interview with the Cardinals.
Fired: Dirk Koetter
Koetter won’t be getting a fourth year in Tampa Bay and that’s because the Buccaneers decided to fire him after Sunday’s loss to Atlanta. The move wasn’t a total surprise and that’s because the Bucs finished the season at 5-11 and last place in the NFC South for the second-straight year. Although Koetter won’t be returning, the team apparently still plans to move forward with Jameis Winston as its quarterback, which means Winston will be playing for his third coach in five years when the 2019 season kicks off. One person who could be interested in the job is Bruce Arians, who said he would listen if general manager Jason Licht contacted him. One person who will almost certainly be interviewing for the job is Vikings defensive coordinator George Edwards. Cowboys passing game coordinator Kris Richard and Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy are also scheduled to interview for the job.