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Eric Manigini Fired, Gary Kubiak Retained And Other NFL Head Coaching Moves

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The 2010 regular season has ended which means plenty of teams will be evaluating their coaching staffs to see if a change is warranted. Some teams made head coaching changes midseason, some waited until after the season and some are still in the evaluation stages. 

Here's the status of the coaching changes around the league two days after the regular season:

The San Francisco 49ers fired Mike Singletary and they're now searching for a new GM and head coach. Trent Baalke is already with the organization and is expected to be the leading candidate for the GM job. There are plenty of other rumors on head coaching candidates including Jim Harbaugh and Hue Jackson, who was interviewed for the job. 

The Oakland Raiders are expected to let Tom Cable go as well. Cable brought the team back to respectability but Al Davis has until January 18 to decide whether to pick up the option in Cable's contract. If he doesn't, which he's not expected to according to reports, assistant coach Hue Jackson would be a candidate.

The Miami Dolphins have been rumored to be making some changes but nothing is concrete. Head coach Tony Sparano is still around and there's not a very good vibe on whether he's safe moving into 2011. 

The Cleveland Browns fired Eric Mangini on Monday and team president Mike Holmgren said they would be searching for a coach immediately. Holmgren confirmed that at the moment he is not a candidate to take over as coach. Jon Gruden, John Fox and Marty Mornhinweg are expected to be candidates.

The Cincinnati Bengals have yet to make a coaching move though many think Marvin Lewis may be gone. Lewis has reportedly said there need to be changes in order for him to come back but owner Mike Brown isn't known for making many sweeping changes, especially in the personnel department. 

Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio met with team owner Wayne Weaver on Monday and he will return in 2011. The owner indicated that the Jaguars would need to make some improvements in order for Del Rio to return after 2011. Weaver also asked Del Rio to focus more on game management and step back from defensive play calling.

The Houston Texans announced Gary Kubiak would return in 2011 though his defensive coordinator Frank Bush will not. It's been rumored that Wade Phillips is coming to Houston to become the next defensive coordinator. The thinking is that the Texans like the direction of the offense, thus keeping Kubiak, but want to shore up the defense.

The Denver Broncos are also searching for a permanent coach after firing Josh McDaniels midseason. After hiring John Elway, they're expected to make a run at Jim Harbaugh, though it's unclear what his interest is. The key with the Broncos is finding someone who can work with Tim Tebow, who was a first round pick last year.

The Giants announced Tom Coughlin would be returning in 2011 amid some rumors he might be gone. In fact, the Giants are reportedly working on a contract extension with Coughlin.

The Dallas Cowboys are expected to announce Jason Garrett will return to the team in 2011 without his interim tag after Wade Phillips was fired midseason. The Cowboys improved in the second half of the season under Garrett.

The Minnesota Vikings also announced Leslie Frazier will have the interim tag taken off and he will become the head coach. Frazier's first and most important move will be finding the team's quarterback in 2011. 

The Carolina Panthers did not renew John Fox's contract so they're in search of a head coach. The Giants' Perry Fewell and Chargers' Ron Rivera are the early names on the list of candidates. They're expected to go after a defensive minded coach.