NFL coach, GM changes tracker: Updates, latest news, rumors on firings, hires
Check here for the latest news, rumors and updates for NFL coaching changes and searches
The NFL coaching carousel got kicked off early this season thanks to the Rams releasing Jeff Fisher from his job duties before Week 15.
Every year it looks like there won't be much change in the NFL and every year there's a surprise on some level, whether it's someone who was able to survive a potential ax or someone who had the sword come swinging earlier than expected.
Jan. 2, 2017, is Black Monday, but in order to keep up to date on all of the hires and firings, rumors and candidates for job openings, we'll keep updating our tracker below.
OUT: GM Ryan Grigson
RUMOR: Coach Chuck Pagano could be let go
WHAT WE THINK: The Colts finally parted ways with Grigson after five seasons after failing to put together a competent offensive line to protect Andrew Luck or a top-flight defense to complement the offensive firepower they have on hand. It's possible the Colts aren't done clearing house, either. The Colts job would likely be one of the best available openings for any candidate looking to step into the top role this offseason.
OUT: Coach Gus Bradley
WHAT WE THINK: The big winner in Jacksonville, as Jason La Canfora reports, is Blake Bortles. The Jaguars kept Marrone and brought back Coughlin, the most successful coach in franchise history, in an executive role because they prized experience and bought into Marrone's vision that he could salvage Bortles. The third-year QB regressed entirely in 2016 to all but sink a season that began with playoff hopes. The Jags passed on former Falcons coach Mike Smith, their other top candidate, opting to go with Marrone after coming away impressed by his two-game stint as interim coach. Like Bradley, however, Marrone is now tied to Bortles, for better or worse, and the Jags could come to regret not landing a bright offensive mind like Kyle Shanahan or Josh McDaniels and moving on from Bortles.
OUT: Coach Jeff Fisher
IN: Special teams coordinator John Fassel is the interim head coach.
THE LATEST: According to CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora, the Rams exploring several top offensive minds. They are interested in a trade for Sean Payton, and have already scheduled interviews with Josh McDaniels and Redskins offensive coordinator Sean McVay, sources said. They'll interview their interim coach John Fassel today but are aiming for a bigger hire.
RUMORS: Could Jon Gruden take on the job of developing Jared Goff? According to Sam Farmer of The Los Angeles Times, "those close to Gruden have indicated he would listen to a Rams pitch." Gruden won a Super Bowl with the Buccaneers and had plenty of success with the Raiders before their run of ineptitude began. He's spent the past several seasons as an analyst for ESPN, but he's been frequently linked to coaching vacancies.
WHAT WE THINK: The 49ers announced on Sunday that both Kelly and Baalke would not be back with the team in 2017. That puts the 49ers on their fourth coach in four years. CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora writes some names potentially connected to the 49ers GM job include former Chiefs GM Scott Pioli and former NFL personnel executive Louis Riddick. On the coaching front, former 49ers assistant Vance Joseph is seen as a rising star for his work as the Dolphins' first-year defensive coordinator and he would have appeal to the team, sources said. Jed York has been very high on Josh McDaniels in the past, but it's unlikely he would be interested in this job given the number of options he'll have.
OUT: Coach Mike McCoy
WHAT WE THINK: The Chargers went 9-7 in McCoy's first two seasons but fell to four wins last year and won a dismal five games this season after coming into the year as a potential darkhorse in the division. San Diego's loaded with talent -- Melvin Gordon emerged as a workhorse this year, Keenan Allen is a stud receiver and Philip Rivers is a top-10 quarterback -- but has consistently underachieved with McCoy as coach.
OUT: Coach Gary Kubiak told his players he's stepping down
WHAT WE THINK: Kubiak is only 55, but he has suffered from several health issues during his time as a head coach. Kubiak evaded questions about his future in coaching during his Friday press conference. NFL.com is already reporting that Miami Dolphins defensive coordinator Vance Joseph (who interviewed for the job when Kubiak ultimately got it) is a candidate to take over for Kubiak.
RUMOR: Coach Bill O'Brien, Texans could part ways
WHAT WE THINK: According to Jay Glazer of FOX Sports, Bill O'Brien and the Texans aren't guaranteed to stick together following 2016, even though the Texans are back in the playoffs for the second straight year. Should O'Brien leave, he would become a coach who generates plenty of interest from multiple teams given his success despite the quarterback situation in Houston.
OUT: Coach Rex Ryan
IN: Offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn has been named interim coach
WHAT WE THINK: CBS Spors NFL Insider Jason La Canfora reports that Lynn is far and away the front-runner for the permanent job, according to sources with knowledge of the situation. The veteran RBs coach has strong internal support from team management and ownership. While the Bills may still conduct a nominal coaching search, it's Lynn's job for all intents and purposes. Lynn is well-liked by Bills players, including star RB LeSean McCoy.
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