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Mularkey, Rivera in limbo as Jags, Panthers consider coaching changes

The Panthers and Jaguars are still mulling over possible coaching moves, according to league and team sources, with coaches Ron Rivera and Mike Mularkey both in limbo.

The Jags are deep into the GM search and are expected to wrap up the interviewing process this weekend with Arizona assistant GM Steve Keim (who is expected to be promoted to the Cards' GM job). Numerous league sources believe Atlanta exec Dave Caldwell is well-positioned to be named the Jaguars' next GM, and, according to sources with knowledge of the search, candidates will have the authority to make a coaching change.

Mularkey is coming off a 2-14 season and could be let go shortly. According to league sources, Caldwell is high on 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman, whom he knows from college (John Carroll). Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden could also be pursued next week, among others.

Carolina's coaching staff has been dangling as well, with owner Jerry Richardson finally set to meet with second-year coach Ron Rivera this weekend. The longer that this has dragged out, the more unrest and concern has gripped the staff, team sources said. The assistants were informed they would know their status by Monday. Should Richardson make a change, Denver offensive coordinator Mike McCoy is viewed by many as a strong favorite (he worked in Carolina previously).

Richardson has requested permission to interview Giants execs Marc Ross and Dave Gettleman, sources said, but the actual interview process is not believed to have commenced.

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