Tag:Coaching Search Rumors
Posted on: December 18, 2011 12:48 pm
Edited on: December 29, 2011 5:35 pm
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Casserly: Kirk Ferentz 'staying at Iowa' in 2012

By Will Brinson

One of the hot names for the head coaching gig in Kansas City is Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz. Ferentz worked with Scott Pioli in the early 90's, he's part of the Belichick coaching tree, and he generally gets mentioned in every single coaching search.

But CBS Sports Charley Casserly reported on Sunday during The NFL Today that Ferentz is not going to be a candidate for the Chiefs job in 2012.

"One name rumored for the job that will not be there is Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz," Casserly told James Brown Sunday. "I talked to him this week and he's staying at Iowa. I would not be totally surprised if Romeo Crennel is the head coach next year."

Ferentz might seem like a "hot name" (he's really the Hansel of NFL coaching searches) but he's also an unproven commodity at the NFL level and that's probably a risk Scott Pioli can't take with his next coach even if Ferentz were interested.


Crennel makes a lot of sense -- he has head coaching experience, he's a Pioli guy, the Chiefs defense has been impressive this year despite the team's record, and he could likely bring Josh McDaniels from St. Louis as offensive coordinator.

The Chiefs are just a year removed from an AFC West championship, and Crennel, as defensive coordinator, was a big part of that. There's a good chance he now gets rewarded for his good work on that defense.

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Posted on: December 16, 2011 12:36 pm
Edited on: December 16, 2011 1:26 pm
 

Brian Billick expresses interest in Dolphins gig

By Will Brinson

Brian Billick sounds interested in taking the rock from Stephen Ross.  (Getty Images)

The Miami Dolphins coaching search won't be completed until after the season ends, but as expected, the Dolphins will contact all "the big names" before the season ends. At least one of those big names -- Brian Billick -- expressed interest in the position.

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Billick, currently an analyst with FOX and the NFL Network, was asked directly on Thursday if he was interested in the job.

"Yeah," Billick said, per Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald. "The Dolphins are a marquee franchise. But at the end of the day, it’s the structure of what they put together. It has to be a partnership between the head coach, general manager and ownership with a very specific vision.

"The Dolphins are probably a long way from formulating their plans."

Billick also made a couple of interesting points, perhaps as analyst. Or perhaps not. For one, he said it's "a GM's league," stating that in order to be successful in the NFL, you have to have a "marriage" between coach and general manager. Obviously Jeff Ireland is still GM in Miami.

This job, frankly, makes a lot of sense for Billick if he can get along with Ireland.

He's a big enough name to satisfy Stephen Ross' hunger for making news, he's won a Super Bowl before so he's clearly had success and he's an offensive-minded coach, which is what the Dolphins need right now.

There's the presence of Mike Nolan, once Billick's defensive coordinator in Baltimore, on the staff already. Then there's the quarterback situation -- Billick had success with mediocre quarterbacks (Trent Dilfer anyone?) with the Ravens, so it's not inconceivable that either Chad Henne or Matt Moore could be successful under Billick.


But given the likelihood of the Dolphins high pick, Billick could actually get a shot at redemption through developing a quarterbacks of his own. The Kyle Boller experiment made the Hindenburg look like a perfectly executed landing and surely that eats at Billick in terms of how it reflects on his legacy as a coach.

Going to Miami would give him a shot at (potentially) grooming someone like Matt Barkley or Robert Griffin, III.

But he'll have to beat out other candidates to get there, first. Jackson also reports that the Dolphins are contacting or have contacted both CBS Sports analyst Bill Cowher and former Titans coach Jeff Fisher.

Billick said on NFL Network's Total Access Thursday, however, that he has not been contacted. But if he keeps making nice statements about Miami, and the Dolphins don't receive mutual interest from Fisher and Cowher (Fisher said he'll "listen to anyone," while Cowher has repeatedly said he's not returning to coaching), there's a pretty good chance he'll hear from Ross at some point.

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Posted on: December 14, 2011 11:16 am
Edited on: December 29, 2011 5:36 pm
 

Agent: Jeff Fisher 'will listen to anyone'

By Will Brinson

One of the biggest names in coaching searches -- three, at least, by my count -- this offseason will be former Titans coach Jeff Fisher, who's been connected with just about every possible opening and/or potential opening thus far.

Here's some good news for those would-be suitors: Fisher's agent Marvin Demoff says the coach is interested.

Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald asked Demoff about the opening with the Dolphins (Tony Sparano was canned on Monday) and Demoff said he hadn't spoken to Fisher about the Miami job specifically but said Fisher "will listen to anyone."

Thus far, Fisher's been connected to the Dolphins and Chiefs jobs, and it's entirely possible that Stephen Ross sped up the timeline for dumping Sparano in order to stay abreast of the Chiefs, who fired Todd Haley earlier Monday.

Not that it matters -- teams that appoint an interim coach aren't allowed to hire their full-time coach until the season ends and only after complying with the necessary interviewing guidelines.

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"Once the season is concluded, the head coaching position must be considered open and the club must fill the position in accordance with the interviewing guidelines,” NFL VP of Communications Greg Aiello told Jackson.

There was some rumbling on Tuesday that hiring minority interim coaches (Romeo Crennel, Todd Bowles and Mel Tucker are all African-American) would allow the teams in question to circumvent the Rooney Rule. It does not.

But the Jaguars, Chiefs and Dolphins can all talk to potential head-coaching candidates before the end of the season, which means that Fisher will absolutely get a chance to listen over the next couple of weeks.

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