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Latest coaching rumors, news

Posted on: January 2, 2012 9:08 am
Edited on: January 8, 2012 1:42 pm
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.
  •'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'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.
  •'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'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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  •'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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Since: Oct 22, 2007
Posted on: January 4, 2012 12:14 am

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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."

Is Jeff okay ... because flying 'on' a helicopter would cut most mortal men to bits.

Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: January 3, 2012 9:07 pm

Latest coaching rumors, news

i think hiring wannstadt is a good move. he did good with the  cowboys, thought his best talent was getting the defense out of jail and putting them on the field. they kept getting caught for the same offensenses. they had to do something, being good early in the season and then they couldn't stop anybody.when that happens, the fans come first and they need to be appeased 

Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: January 3, 2012 9:02 pm

Latest coaching rumors, news

the firing may tell us something. pollian might have wanted to keep his boy manning, pushed it and irsay had to show him whose is boss. besides hiring your son an gm. how tacky. these egotistical owners find a reason to get rid of somebody after a while. especially if the employee acts cocky. i would like for the chefs teenage owner  to fire pioli and hire polian, but that would make too much sense.

Since: Feb 23, 2010
Posted on: January 3, 2012 1:17 am

Black Monday: Latest coaching rumors, news

Rex Ryan should have joined the guys that got canned on Black Monday. Jim Caldwell, I agree should be let go too, I don't think the Colts respond to him and need a stronger & veteran coach. Either Jacksonville & Miami should look at a guy like Mike Martz, offensive genius and stir some excitement on the scoreboard.

Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: January 3, 2012 12:12 am

Black Monday: Latest coaching rumors, news

No thanks! Isn't Polian in semi-retirement already? If he didn't want to be full-time in Indy, why would we want him in SD part-time? How's his record in Indy in the past few years? No thanks!

Admidst the firings of losing coaches (Spags, Morris, etc), it's amazing that Turner (at 8-8 and in a 3-way tie for best record in AFC West and with all the injuries) is in the discussion. Not sayin he's the best, but there should be some internal discussions at Bolts' HQ. My question is who does Spanos consult with? His GM's head is also on the chopping block.

Since: Jan 19, 2009
Posted on: January 2, 2012 10:49 pm

Black Monday: Latest coaching rumors, news

No king you are right and wrong.  The NFL has made flynn "joe frickin NamAth" its school yard ball  its like when you were a  kid playin in the school yard one mississippi two mis....oh! johnny scores ok first to  10 wins.  The league stinks now.  Whats worse it looks and acts like the NBA.  you dont have to watch till theres 5 mins left in the 4th qtr the idiot players do dances whoop and hollah (because thats so sportsman like and professional) after every meaningless score or hit.  But flynn will never be anything but matt cassell even in this era's league can you imagine what "joe frickin namAth" would be like  today? or the prototype of todays qb Kenny anderson who who have a pass pct of 60% in the 70s would be lie today??? PS i'm not not a Jet or Bengal fan 

Since: Nov 21, 2011
Posted on: January 2, 2012 9:42 pm

Black Monday: Latest coaching rumors, news

the coaching gm merry go round is going to be interesting, polian definitely adds intrigue to all the openings

ok and by the way one game doesnt make flynn joe frickin nameth, it was against detriot's bs secondary  

Since: Nov 1, 2011
Posted on: January 2, 2012 9:00 pm

Black Monday: Latest coaching rumors, news

The Jets should get Norv Turner and fire Shcotenhimmer

Since: Aug 29, 2009
Posted on: January 2, 2012 8:21 pm

Black Monday: Latest coaching rumors, news

Matt Flynn and Jeff Fischer in Indy............excellent move!!!!!

Since: Dec 8, 2011
Posted on: January 2, 2012 6:43 pm

Black Monday: Latest coaching rumors, news

I think the Saints would fall completely  apart if they lost Drew Brees.

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