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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: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: January 2, 2012 1:54 pm

Black Monday: Latest coaching rumors, news

The Bucs should hire Norv OC.  He is good enough to just keep you out of the playoff as a Head Coach but as an OC he could hareness Freeman, Blount, and Williams.

Since: Dec 15, 2007
Posted on: January 2, 2012 1:53 pm

Black Monday: Latest coaching rumors, news

Spagnolo......hmmm, NO ONE could have won with that roster.  Devaney was a good kick, Spags wasn't.

The Rams have no talent whatsoever, save for a few, like Long and Laurinitis.  Bradford.....we'll see if he gets a half way decent receiving corps. 

Raheem Morris:  Buddy, I wanted to believe.  But your own team didn't.  You needed to go.  Sorry, guy.

A few days for Norv?       

Since: Apr 2, 2010
Posted on: January 2, 2012 1:39 pm

Black Monday: Latest coaching rumors, news

Thats easily answered..
Its BLACK they whacked Morris first.
The white dudes will be gone tomorrow.
To all of you politically correct liberals...
IT WAS A JOKE..GET OVER IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Since: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: January 2, 2012 1:15 pm

Black Monday: Latest coaching rumors, news

I am usually one not to blame one person for the failurs of a group as a whole but the Spags firing makes sense since there were some very questionable play call made by McDaniels that Spags let fly.  Not sure if the Rams lack the talent to grasp or execute the McDaniels offense but they should have stuck to the more conservative approach that made Bradford so successful last year and ease into the more complex routes as the season wore on.  The club not being aggressive enough over the past 4 years in free agency has also hurt the club.  Heck, they weren't even good enough at losing to win the Luck sweepstakes.

Since: Oct 10, 2006
Posted on: January 2, 2012 1:13 pm

Black Monday: Latest coaching rumors, news

Gruden was fired!  I'm glad to see him tell them to stick it.

Since: Nov 5, 2007
Posted on: January 2, 2012 1:11 pm

Black Monday: Latest coaching rumors, news

How was Norv Turner not the 1st guy fired?

Since: Jul 26, 2009
Posted on: January 2, 2012 1:02 pm

Black Monday: Latest coaching rumors, news

No suprises yet. I can't remember but did Gruden leave Tampa or was a fired previosuly?

Since: Dec 31, 2006
Posted on: January 2, 2012 1:02 pm

Black Monday: Latest coaching rumors, news

I'm not surprised that Morris and Spagnuolo got canned...The Bucs showed serious regression and so did the Rams.  If both teams had improved or stayed the same from what they did last year, I think they both would've been okay.  That didn't happen.

I also agree that Norv Turner should be gone, as should Andy Reid and Mike Shanahan.  Turner continues to hang on for some reason; Reid's voice has finally reached the point to where the Eagles no longer hear it; and Shanahan is a complete joke.  Tom Coughlin saved his job last night, I'm convinced of that. 

And I agree that Jim Caldwell deserves another year.  Remember that the Colts did bring in Kerry Collins, a quarterback with a proven track record, to lead the team after Peyton Manning went down.  Collins went down himself, and neither Curtis Painter nor Dan Orlovsky was particularly effective.  With Peyton Manning at the helm, there's no way this team wins one game.  But it's not Caldwell's fault that this team put so much faith in Manning.  I put that blame squarely on the shoulders of Bill Polian.  I like Caldwell, and I like Polian, but I think they're both out next year if Manning doesn't return or if Manning is ineffective.

Since: Mar 15, 2010
Posted on: January 2, 2012 12:56 pm

AJ Smith needs to go along with Norv Turner

Time for the Chargers to rebuild around a decent offense that has 2-3 years left.   Sign some players to help on OL/DL and draft some impact players.  Come on Dean, make the move before more of your season ticket holders get fed up.

Since: Jun 24, 2009
Posted on: January 2, 2012 12:38 pm

Black Monday: Latest coaching rumors, news

Hue Jackson is not the big problem in Oakland, he is a great offensive mind and I believe a good head coach.  If you listen to his interviews he is exactly the type of person I want leading the Radiers.  Our biggest issue is a complete lack of a creative and knowledgeable defensive coordinator.  We still have too many overpaid slugs on defense as well.  Gut that whole side of the ball and get a good experienced d coach.

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