NFL head coach and general manager interview and rumor tracker: Chargers request interview with Jason Garrett

The NFL coaching carousel is in full motion following Jacksonville and New York’s decisions to move on from head coaches Doug Marrone and Adam Gase coming out of the weekend. With the Chargers joining the fray, the league is up to five head coaching vacancies and six general manager vacancies. The searches to fill those roles are expected to be highly competitive and several have already seen movement.

Below is an up-to-date look at where things stand for each vacancy:

Atlanta Falcons (Head coach and general manager)

Atlanta had seen enough following a Week 5 loss to the rival Panthers. They had given both men ample opportunity to overcome a devastating comeback loss to the Patriots in the Super Bowl but the situation never improved and it was time for a clean slate. Head coach Dan Quinn and general manager Thomas Dimitroff were fired after a combined 19 seasons in Atlanta.

Interviewed candidatesRaheem Morris, interim Falcons head coachRumorsCarolina Panthers (General manager)

Carolina hired head coach Matt Rhule in the 2020 offseason to lead the team. Despite an occasionally encouraging start to the season, the Panthers dropped to 5-11 on the year. General manager Marty Hurney, who was actually in his second stint as GM with the franchise, had been released from his duties in December.

Interviewed candidates

N/A

RumorsDenver Broncos (General manager)

Denver announced that John Elway will remain with the organization but give up final say on personnel decisions. The team intends to hop into a deep pool of others seeking a lead personnel figure and hire a general manager. 

Interviewed candidates

N/A

Rumors49ers VP of Player Personnel Adam Peters and Bears Assistant Director of Player Personnel Champ Kelly have been linked to the vacancy.  Detroit Lions (Head coach and general manager)

The Lions fired head coach Matt Patricia and general manager Bob Quinn following a Thanksgiving loss in Week 12. Patricia, by all accounts, had lost control of the locker room and it was evident in the team’s 13-29-1 record over a little less than three years. Quinn had been with the organization since 2016.

Interviewed candidatesThomas Dimitroff (GM), former Falcons GMKyle O’Brien (GM), Lions VP of player personnelLance Newmark (GM), Lions director of player personnelRob Lohman (GM), Lions director of player personnelLouis Riddick (GM), ESPN analystRick Smith (GM), former Texans GMScott Pioli (GM), former Chiefs GMMarvin Lewis (HC), former Bengals head coachRumorsHouston Texans (Head coach and general manager)

Houston did not wait long to can head coach and general manager Bill O’Brien. After the team’s 0-4 start, ownership pulled the rip cord on its leadership. It was evident that the team had motioned into reverse following some questionable personnel decisions, including the trade of wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins.

Interviewed candidatesJim Caldwell (HC), former Lions head coachMarvin Lewis (HC), former Bengals head coachMatt Bazirgan (GM), Texans director of player personnelLouis Riddick (GM), ESPN analystRumorsVP of Player Personnel Trent Kirchner and VP of Football Operations Scott Fitterer are expected to receive interviews for the GM vacancy. Rams Scouting Director Brad Holmes is in the mix for the GM job. The Texans have submitted a request to speak with Colts defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus regarding the head coaching vacancy.Houston is pursuing Patriots Director of Player Personnel Nick Caserio for the GM vacancy once again. They have requested permission to speak with him. Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy is expected to receive an interview. Panthers offensive coordinator Joe Brady, Ohio State head coach Ryan Day, Patriots inside linebackers coach Jerod Mayo, Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and Tennessee offensive coordinator Arthur Smith were other potential candidates mentioned. Other potential candidates for the GM vacancy include, Bills Director of Pro Personnel Malik Boyd, Patriots Director of Player Personnel Nick Caserio, Ravens Director of Football Research Scott Cohen, Colts assistant GM Ed Dodds, Seahawks VP of Player Personnel Trent Kirchner, Cowboys VP of Player Personnel Will McClay and Seahawks consultant Alonzo Highsmith.  The Texans have requested permission to interview Panthers offensive coordinator Joe Brady. 

On Monday morning after Week 17, head coach Doug Marrone had been informed of his employment termination. The team compiled a 2-14 record en route to rights to the No. 1 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. General manager Dave Caldwell had already been fired in 2020. 

Interviewed candidatesJerry Reese, former Giants GMLouis Riddick, ESPN analystRumorsFormer Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer is expected to be at the top of list of resumes for Jacksonville and reports have suggested that he has already begun constructing a potential coaching staff. If Meyer removes himself from the equation, Meyer’s successor in Columbus, Ryan Day, could become a candidate. Jacksonville has either requested to interview Titans offensive coordinator Arthur Smith or intend to do so in the near future.Los Angeles Chargers (Head coach)

Los Angeles made the decision to part ways with head coach Anthony Lynn Monday. The Chargers did not want to be any further behind the curve when it comes to securing time with top prospects. Lynn had been with the organization for four seasons but failed to accomplish what the organization had envisioned. 

Interviewed candidates

N/A

Rumors

The Jets made the decision to move on from head coach Adam Gase after two seasons. The team compiled a 9-23 record during that time frame. The former Dolphins head coach is now looking for new employment. New York has retained general manager Joe Douglas, who was in his first season with the team, for the time being.

Interviewed candidates

N/A

Rumors

After essentially spending the past year without a general manager, Washington intends to fill the role this offseason, according to various reports. Head coach Ron Rivera has had a lot of control over the direction of the organization and one would expect him to be heavily involved with the search. 

Interviewed candidates

N/A

Rumors

Published: 2021-01-05 01:53:57

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