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    Just a list I put together with Lions WMD. Feel free to add to the list, I'm sure a lot of guys are missing.

    NFL Head Coaches

    Brian Billick (ex-BAL HC) - Has a ring and a decent winning percentage, will probably get some looks. Didn't look much like an offensive genius in Baltimore though.

    Bill Cowher (ex-PIT HC) - Possibly the most desirable coach on the market. Went out on top. Will want full control of a team, and won't take just any job.

    Jim Fassel (UFL HC) - A candidate for desperate teams like the Raiders with very undesirable coaching positions. Not likely to become a coach.

    Dennis Green (UFL HC) - Had a great pedigree in the NFL before going to Arizona. Also has some fantastic drafts. I don't see him getting a job though.

    John Gruden (ex-TB HC) - Could be a nice option for a team that doesn't want to give GM duties of its team away. Also has a ring, but was average ever since.

    Mike Holmgren (ex-SEA HC) - Took a one year sabbatical and already wants to come back. I could see him being a frontrunner for some team.

    Marty Schottenheimer (ex-SD HC) - I don't think he'll come back, but it's worth mentioning that in his last season as a head coach, he went 14-2.

    Mike Shanahan (ex-DEN HC) - Great coach with two rings. However, he also wants GM duties, and he's shown that he's probably not the best GM out there.

    NFL Assistant Coaches

    Todd Bowles (MIA AHC) - A Bill Parcells guy. Very good reputation around the league, but the Dolphins haven't been too great so far this year.

    Dom Capers (GB DC) - Doing a nice job in Green Bay and was respectable as head coach in Houston. Defensive guru with a pretty good reputation.

    Jeff Davidson (CAR OC) - Had a nice reputation before the playoffs last year. Jake Delhomme's meltdown may have cost him a head coaching job.

    Leslie Frazier (MIN DC) - Minnesota's defense is ridiculous and Frazier was close to becoming a head coach last year in St. Louis. Will be a hot candidate.

    Jason Garrett (DAL OC) - Reputation has faltered a bit over the years, but young guys are the new thing in the NFL and he almost got the Rams job last year.

    Kevin Gilbride (NYG OC) - New York has a nice offense and Gilbride is the man in charge. Not the best reputation, would need to take a bad job.

    Russ Grimm (ARI AHC) - A very tough coaching candidate not unlike the guy he works under, Ken Whisenhunt. Could be a top candidate this year.

    Hue Jackson (BAL QBC) - Did nice things with Carson Palmer and Joe Flacco. Proved he can handle a problem child in Cincinnati with Ochocinco.

    Winston Moss (GB AHC) - Probably not experienced enough for a job, but that didn't stop him from being interviewed a few times last year. Could get a look.

    Mike Mularkey (ATL OC) - Wasn't anything special in Buffalo in the two years he was there, but has done some very nice work in Atlanta with Ryan and co.

    Mike Nolan (DEN DC) - Flamed out miserably in San Francisco, so it might be too soon for him. Doing an amazing job in Denver with limited talent.

    Ron Rivera (SD DC) - One of the top coordinator candidates. Not doing a fantastic job in San Diego but he should still end up getting a few interviews.

    Brian Schottenheimer (NYJ OC) - With some improvement from Mark Sanchez down the stretch, could get interviewed. Was in the shadow of Favre last year.

    Kyle Shanahan (HOU OC) - Has done some pretty good work in Houston, but Kubiak still has a big hand in playcalling. Probably a couple of years off.

    Gregg Williams (NO DC) - Doing an absolutely fantastic job in New Orleans, turning their defense into a powerhouse. Was a pretty bad head coach, though.

    NCAA Head Coaches

    Pete Carroll (USC HC) - It's doubtful that he'll want to leave one of the best jobs in the country for an NFL job, but if he did, he'd probably get GM duties.

    Kirk Ferentz (IOWA HC) - Has Iowa at 7-0 this year, and an excellent NFL pedigree. Has been a little inconsistent in the past at Iowa, but remains a top NCAA candidate.

  • #2
    I could see Sean McDermott getting some interviews.

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    • #3
      Is Tony Dungy gone for 1 year only? 2? Or has he probably proved all he needs to?

      Brian Schottenheimer is a pretty good candidate, and so is Kevin Gilrbride for the possible Titans coaching job. I could also see Gruden as well.

      Any other college football coaches to name? I'm thinking even though its unlikely, Monte Kiffin could (and should) be drawn to a head coaching job.


      Originally posted by bearsfan_51
      Show me your Wang, if you will.

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      • #4
        My analysis of teams that could be looking for a new head coach, and who I think would make for a good fit in each situation:

        Buffalo Bills

        Dick Jauron is on the very hot seat - Mike Mularkey was fired following two 7-9 seasons, and Jauron already has three 7-9 years. I doubt he wins out, so I think he ends up getting fired. The Bills are ready to rebuild. I've heard whispers that they really like Jack Del Rio, but this year isn't helping Del Rio out much. Leslie Frazier would be nice.

        Carolina Panthers

        I'm a big fan of John Fox, so I don't think he deserves to be fired. This guy is just a year removed from a very good season, and if anyone deserves to get the axe after this year, it's Jake Delhomme. Fox still has time to turn it around, and I think he stays in the end. If he does get fired, someone in-house like Jeff Davidson might make sense.

        Cleveland Browns

        As awful as I think Eric Mangini is, I don't think he should get fired after this year. Yes, the Browns are pretty terrible, and Mangini is doing a good job alienating his players as usual, but the Browns were really hot for Mangini last offseason and they're going to give him more than a year. If he got fired, they'd be dying for Bill Cowher, though.

        Dallas Cowboys

        Jerry Jones has already said he won't fire Wade Phillips midseason, but unless the Cowboys win a playoff game, I don't see him sticking around. I like Wade, but he's not performing up to expectations in there. I don't think Jason Garrett has a good chance at being the next coach. My guess is that Mike Shanahan or Jeff Fisher is the front-runner.

        Jacksonville Jaguars

        I think Jack Del Rio will get the boot at the end of the season. He's had ample time to make his case and hasn't really done it yet, so I think he's on the outs. The Jaguars barely even beat the Rams, and that's sad. No one in-house is particularly appealing, so they'll have to look outside the box. Bringing in a tough guy like Kirk Ferentz would be a good move.

        Oakland Raiders

        In the face of possible legal concerns and some poor play this year from his team (despite beating the Eagles), Tom Cable is on the hot seat in Oakland. Then again, everyone is on the hot seat in Oakland. Plus, who would want this job? It'd have to be someone desperate, like Kevin Gilbride or maybe Jim Fassel.

        San Diego Chargers

        The Chargers aren't playing too well this year, and Marty Schottenheimer got fired for a lot less. Still, I think the Chargers will keep Norv Turner around. Why? He's won in the playoffs, and the Chargers still have some time to turn their season around. They could possibly interest Pete Carroll, or go in-house with Ron Rivera.

        Tennessee Titans

        Jeff Fisher hasn't won in the playoffs since 2003, when Tennessee still had McNair and Eddie George, and he's lost the team so far, with a 0-6 record and uninspired play. He could be a good coach somewhere else, but I think he's gone here. Too bad they missed out on Jim Schwartz. A good candidate here might be Russ Grimm.

        Washington Redskins

        It will be a travesty for Redskins fans everywhere if Jim Zorn doesn't get fired. Actually, I don't think anyone would be surprised if he got fired within the week. No one in house is up to the job, but the Redskins are a pretty desirable team to coach. They'll look for a big name guy, and I think they'll end up with John Gruden or maybe Mike Holmgren.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Go_Eagles77 View Post
          I could see Sean McDermott getting some interviews.
          I could too, but he's probably not been an assistant long enough. The Eagles are under-performing as well. Plus, we haven't really seen a lot of what he wants to do - he seems to just be doing the same thing Jim Johnson did, with what seem to be Johnson's plays and Johnson's guys.

          Originally posted by aNYtitan View Post
          Is Tony Dungy gone for 1 year only? 2? Or has he probably proved all he needs to?

          Brian Schottenheimer is a pretty good candidate, and so is Kevin Gilrbride for the possible Titans coaching job. I could also see Gruden as well.

          Any other college football coaches to name? I'm thinking even though its unlikely, Monte Kiffin could (and should) be drawn to a head coaching job.
          Tony Dungy is probably going to stay retired. If he wanted to coach, he would have stayed in Indianapolis. If he does come back, it'll be far down the line, like what Parcells did. Both of the guys you mentioned would be pretty good for Tennessee schematically, but I don't see them as top tier candidates. If I remember correctly, Monte Kiffin has said he doesn't want to be a head coach (similar to Tom Moore), and that's probably for the best, because he's so old already.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by RavenOfProphecy View Post
            Tony Dungy is probably going to stay retired. If he wanted to coach, he would have stayed in Indianapolis. If he does come back, it'll be far down the line, like what Parcells did. Both of the guys you mentioned would be pretty good for Tennessee schematically, but I don't see them as top tier candidates. If I remember correctly, Monte Kiffin has said he doesn't want to be a head coach (similar to Tom Moore), and that's probably for the best, because he's so old already.
            Ah I had not read that Monte Kiffin quote. His age was my one concern with him.

            In looking to the college ranks, of course you turn to the assistants of USC. Yeah I know, Lane Kiffin didn't work out or Norm Chow, but someone like Jeremy Bates should get a good look. Has coaching experience in the pros already and has done a good job with QB's in the pros and at USC.

            Anybody else that could make that transition to the pros? The long tenured coaches I think will probably never leave (ie. Mack Brown, Pete Carroll, Bob Stoops, Urban Meyer [not just yet])


            Originally posted by bearsfan_51
            Show me your Wang, if you will.

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            • #7
              No mention of Mike Martz? Martz's short comings in Detroit were not completely his fault. When you have two people saying two different things about your OL assignments it will turn into alot of sacks. OL Coach Jim Coletto (sp?) is just as much if not more at fault than Martz. The problem at SF is simple enough no QB worth a damn. I think he should at least get an OC gig this off season and I wouldn't be shocked if it was with the Cowboys.
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              Originally posted by njx9
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              • #8
                Originally posted by broth223 View Post
                No mention of Mike Martz? Martz's short comings in Detroit were not completely his fault. When you have two people saying two different things about your OL assignments it will turn into alot of sacks. OL Coach Jim Coletto (sp?) is just as much if not more at fault than Martz. The problem at SF is simple enough no QB worth a damn. I think he should at least get an OC gig this off season and I wouldn't be shocked if it was with the Cowboys.
                This is a head coaching candidate thread, not offensive coordinator candidates.

                There's no way anyone's offering Mike Martz a head coaching job.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by GB12 View Post
                  This is a head coaching candidate thread, not offensive coordinator candidates.

                  There's no way anyone's offering Mike Martz a head coaching job.
                  Why does Brian Billick get consideration but not Martz?
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                  Originally posted by njx9
                  oh please. as if canadians even know what beer is.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by broth223 View Post
                    Why does Brian Billick get consideration but not Martz?
                    Brian Billick's not insane. Martz is also not much of a chemistry guy (front office people supposedly don't like him.) He's also pretty far removed from being a HC.

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                    • #11
                      A name not mentioned but should be noted: Greg Manusky, DC for the Niners. He's only 43, and has done a lot, with very little talent on the Niners.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Brent View Post
                        A name not mentioned but should be noted: Greg Manusky, DC for the Niners. He's only 43, and has done a lot, with very little talent on the Niners.
                        He is more the cause of the revitalization of the niners defense then Singletary?


                        Originally posted by bearsfan_51
                        Show me your Wang, if you will.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by RavenOfProphecy View Post
                          Brian Billick's not insane. Martz is also not much of a chemistry guy (front office people supposedly don't like him.) He's also pretty far removed from being a HC.
                          Granted Martz is a full on nut job but his team scores many points. I can't confirm nor deny his FO issues. But Billick is farther removed from the league than Martz.
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                          Originally posted by njx9
                          oh please. as if canadians even know what beer is.

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                          • #14
                            For the Titans fans is it at all possible that Fischer gets fired if your season continues to spiral out of control like this? It might be a Shanahan type situation.
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                            • #15
                              Russ Grimm please.

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