The NFL season is over and the Patriots are champions again. But for many of the league’s not-so-fortunate teams, January was the start of firing and hiring season.
Two teams, the Browns and the Packers, fired their head coaches during the season. The Jets and Bucs followed suit immediately after their Week 17 contests. The Broncos, Bengals, and Dolphins joined them in 24 hours. Just about all of the NFL’s 32 franchises had to do some spinning on the coaching carousel to replace coordinators and assistant coaches.
All the teams have now filled their head coaching vacancy. First up was the Packers, who brought on Matt LaFleur. The Buccaneers then lured Bruce Arians out of retirement, and the Cardinals saved Kliff Kinsgbury from USC.
After that, the Browns elevated Freddie Kitchens to head coach, and Adam Gase, who’s staying in the AFC East, is now in charge of the Jets. The Broncos bucked the offensive trend and went with a defensive mind, Vic Fangio.
The other two hirings were a done deal for a while, but couldn’t become official until after Super Bowl 53. The Bengals hired Rams QBs coach Zac Taylor, while the Dolphins hired Patriots defensive playcaller Brian Flores.
We’re keeping track of the latest news and rumors as teams start making changes. Keep checking back.
Arizona Cardinals hire Kliff Kingsbury
Steve Wilks is going to join the illustrious group of NFL coaches fired after one season, a group that includes Jim Mora, Jim Tomsula, Chip Kelly and more. Wilks’ fate was decided before his team’s Week 16 loss to the Rams, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.
If Wilks goes, the question is whether or not general manager Steve Keim goes too. He’s been the team’s GM since 2013, presiding over some shaky drafts and ruinous free agent decisions (Hi, Sam Bradford). Keim is not expected to be fired, according to Kent Somers of Arizona Central. Fans are not pleased with the possibility of Keim’s return.
Dec. 24: Peter King reported that the team has interest in recently depose Packers coach Mike McCarthy, and McCarthy reportedly has some interest in the job himself.
Dec. 31: Wilks reportedly told his staff Monday morning that he would not be coaching, Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reported. The Cardinals made it official shortly after.
Jan. 1: Recently fired Dolphins coach Adam Gase will interview with the Cardinals on Wednesday.
Jan. 1: The Cardinals will interview former Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury.
Jan. 4: Former Lions and Colts coach Jim Caldwell completed his interview with the Cardinals.
Jan. 7: Suddenly, Kingsbury is meeting with NFL teams.
Jan. 8: And just like that, Kingsbury is the new coach in Arizona.
Jan. 10: Former Giants coach Ben McAdoo will interview with the Cardinals for a position on the coaching staff.
Jan. 10: Steve Sarkisian, recently fired as the Falcons OC, interviewed for the same position with the Cardinals.
Jan. 11: Josina Anderson reports Arizona will make recently deposed Broncos head coach Vance Joseph Kingsbury’s defensive coordinator.
Jan. 11: Steve Sarkisian is “closing in” on the OC gig.
Jan. 12: Although he was reportedly offered the OC job with the Cardinals, Steve Sarkisian is headed back to college — specifically, back with Nick Saban at Alabama.
Jan. 13: After Sarkisian turned them down, the Cardinals are bringing in former Vikings OC John DeFilippo for an interview.
Jan. 15: Jim Bob Cooter is also interviewing for the OC job. A Jim Bob and a Kilff? What a staff of names that would be.
Jan. 18: Gulp, Hue Jackson is next up on the OC interview list.
Head coach Dan Quinn isn’t expected to go anywhere, but there have been rumors that both coordinators, OC Steve Sarkisian and DC Marquand Manuel, could pay the price for the team’s disappointing season.
Dec. 27: Or maybe not. ESPN’s Josina Anderson reported that the team’s rash of injuries on both sides of the ball could give the coordinators another shot next season.
Dec. 29: Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network said Saturday that Sarkisian was “seriously at risk” for losing his job, along with Manuel.
Dec. 31: The Falcons fired Sarkisian, Manuel, and special teams coach Keith Armstrong. Quinn will take over defensive coordinator duties, while former Texans and Broncos coach Gary Kubiak could be a candidate for the OC job. Former Seahawks OC Darrell Bevell will also interview for the position.
Jan. 1: Dirk Koetter, freshly unemployed, will interview for a familiar position: Falcons OC.
Jan. 2: Mike Mularkey, another former Falcons OC, and another former NFL head coach, interviewed for his old job.
Jan. 8: Koetter is back as OC, and another former head coach, Mike Mularkey, is the Falcons’ new tight ends coach.
After slumping into their Week 10 bye after a 4-5 start, rumors about John Harbaugh’s future with the team started to swirl. Since then, the combo of Harbaugh and rookie QB Lamar Jackson have turned the Ravens into a playoff contender, saving Harbaugh’s job in the process. The Ravens put out a statement prior to their Week 16 win over the Chargers that Harbaugh would be back in 2019, the final year of his contract with the team. So far, there’s been no talk of an extension, and a lot of people think Harbaugh would be fine playing out his final year in Baltimore then seeing what the market holds in 2020.
Dec. 22: PFT speculated that the Ravens’ announcement could signal the team’s willingness to trade Harbaugh, should a team that coveted him want to offer up draft picks, etc. The Broncos and Jets were two teams said to have been interested in Harbaugh if the Ravens gave him the boot.
Dec. 30: At least one team will consider calling the Ravens to see if they’d be willing to trade Harbaugh, according to Adam Schefter. The Dolphins and the Broncos are two teams reportedly considering a trade for Harbaugh, if the Ravens are interested, according to Pro Football Talk.
Jan. 6: The Ravens reportedly want Harbaugh back, even as a pair of teams work to pry him out of Baltimore.
Jan. 6: Harbaugh doesn’t think he’s going anywhere, as he told reporters after the Ravens’ Wild Card loss to the Chargers, but he’s not 100% sure.
Jan. 7: Harbaugh and the Ravens are working toward a long-term extension.
Jan. 11: Greg Roman has been promoted to OC, while Marty Mornhinweg is out.
Jan 25: It’s a four-year extension for Harbaugh to stay in Baltimore.
The Bills went from a playoff team to 6-10, mostly thanks to a moribund offense that was 30th in points and yards. Their defense, on the other hand, finished the season No. 2 overall. So it’s not surprise that their coaching changes have come on the offensive side.
Jan. 3: Special teams coordinator Danny Crossman, who had been with the Bills longer than any current coach, is also out.
Jan. 15: Bobby Johnson, who served as the assistant OL coach with the Colts, is the Bills’ new OC.
The Panthers were on fire during a 6-2 start to the season, and then the wheels came off. Riverboat Ron’s team lost seven straight games headed into Week 17, fueling speculation that new owner David Tepper might use the occasion to find a new coach.
They fired a pair of defensive coaches in early December, and Rivera took over the defensive play calling duties.
Dec. 23: Head coach Ron Rivera is expected to keep his job for 2019, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network.
Dec. 29: If Steve Wilks is fired by the Cardinals, as expected, he is one possibility to return to his old job coaching the defense with the Panthers, according to Rapoport.
Jan. 4: The Panthers parted ways with wide receivers coach Lance Taylor (someone get Steve Smith on the phone).
Jan. 10: Former Colts Chunk Pagano is meeting with the Panthers about an unnamed role with the team, which seem like an odd fit.
The Bears need a new defensive coordinator now that Vic Fangio is finally getting his shot at a head coaching role with the Broncos.
Cincinnati Bengals hire Zac Taylor
And that’s it for the Marvin Lewis era in Cincy. He’s gone.
Dec. 27: ESPN’s Josina Anderson reports that the Bengals’ injuries this season are likely to help give Lewis some cover. She expects him to be coaching there in 2019.
Dec. 29: Lewis could retire, says the NFL Network. He and owner Mike Brown will meet the Tuesday after the season ends to discuss his future.
Dec. 30: Jay Glazer of Fox Sports says Lewis is going to be fired.
Dec. 31: Lewis is out. He informed his coaching staff of the decision on Monday morning.
Dec. 31: Lewis endorsed Hue Jackson to replace him (don’t do it, Bengals). Other in-house candidates include special teams coach Darrin Simmons and OC Bill Lazor.
Dec. 31: The club is also interested in Patriots OC Josh McDaniels.
Jan. 1: Vance Joseph will get an interview with the Bengals just days after being fired by the Broncos. Joseph spent two seasons in Cincinnati as the DBs coach.
Jan. 2: The highly popular Eric Bieniemy, currently OC for the Chiefs, will meet with the Bengals.
Jan. 2: Well, Hue Jackson is getting his head coaching interview in Cincinnati.
Jan. 3: Josh McDaniels won’t be interviewing with the Bengals.
Jan. 3: The Bengals added a new candidate after McDaniels declined to be interviewed: Bucs OC Todd Monken.
Jan. 10: The Bengals have been relatively quiet, but one report say they’re looking to make an offensive-minded, outside hire.
Jan. 10: Did someone say offensive-minded, outside hire? Well it looks like it’s true: the Bengals plan to hire Rams QBs coach Zac Taylor. Look at those Ohio teams, trying something new.
Jan. 11: With Zac Taylor expected to get the head coaching job, the Bengals let OC Bill Lazor go.
Jan. 11: It shouldn’t be a surprise that Hue Jackson is gone as well.
Jan. 22: Taylor’s offensive coordinator is going to be Raiders’ quarterbacks coach Brian Callahan.
Cleveland Browns hire Freddie Kitchens
Hue Jackson was fired in October. Defensive coordinator Gregg Williams got bumped up to be the interim head coach, and Freddie Kitchens went from coaching the running backs to running the offense. It worked too, raising questions of whether or not the pair might stick around or if another team could snap up Kitchens for their head coaching job.
Dec. 27: One name that has popped up in connection with the Browns is Patriots OC Josh McDaniels.
Dec. 29: Do not expect Williams to be the coach here in 2019. According to Ian Rapoport, Williams isn’t even considered a front runner for the job. Among the possibilities the Browns are expected to explore there’s McDaniels, McCarthy, Patriots defensive coordinator Brian Flores and Colts defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus.
Dec. 30: Both Jay Glazer and Ian Rapoport reported that Gregg Williams will be out after the season. Cleveland.com’s Mary Kay Cabot thinks that both Harbaugh brothers could be in play for the Browns’ head coaching job.
Dec. 30: The Arizona Republic’s Bob McManaman says it’s already a done deal that former Packers coach Mike McCarthy will be the Browns’ next head coach, though Cabot reported that the Browns have simply “reached out” to McCarthy.
Dec. 31: Adam Schefter reports that the Browns have requested permission to interview Brian Flores, Patriots defensive coordinator.
Dec. 31: The Browns will interview Freddie Kitchens for the head coaching job, Mary Kay Cabot reported. They’ll also give Gregg Williams a formal interview and then chance to explain why his 5-3 record as interim head coach qualifies him for the full-time job. The Browns confirmed they will interview both.
Dec. 31: Recently fired Dolphins coach Adam Gase is also reportedly in the mix, which will go over very smoothly with former Miami WR Jarvis Landry, who is now the Browns’ WR1.
Dec. 31: Saints tight ends coach Dan Campbell, who once led the Dolphins to a 5-7 record as interim head coach, is getting an interview with Cleveland.
Dec. 31: The Browns must like what the Colts are doing. They’ve requested interviews with both of the Colts’ coordinators: OC Nick Sirianni and DC Matt Eberflus.
Dec. 31: Vikings interim OC Kevin Stefanski will also get an interview for the Browns’ head coaching job.
Dec. 31: The Browns have shown interest in former Colts/Lions coach Jim Caldwell, though as of now, there’s no formal request for an interview.
Jan 3: Other teams are trying to poach OC Freddie Kitchens, who will get his chance to interview for the Browns’ head coaching job next week. Even if he doesn’t get the job, Cleveland would want its new coach to have the opportunity to retain Kitchens.
Jan. 3: The Browns completed their interview with Kevin Stefanski.
Jan. 7: Freddie Kitchens, whose work as interim offensive coordinator helped unlock Baker Mayfield’s potential and turn him into a rookie of the year frontrunner, has got a real shot at the Browns’ top job.
Jan. 7: The Browns are backing away a little from Mike McCarthy while they focus on other candidates.
Jan. 8: Cleveland is reportedly down to two finalists: interim offensive coordinator Freddie Kitchens and Vikings interim offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski.
Jan. 9: Wow, the Browns really did it. Freddie Kitchens is their next coach. Most of the coaching staff, including former interim coach/DC Gregg Williams and OL coach/Hard Knocks star Bob Wylie, will not return.
Jan. 10: With Kitchens now the head coach, the Browns need a new offensive coordinator. One candidate is Todd Monken.
Jan. 10: Former Lions OC, and NFL name champion, Jim Bob Cooter will also interview for the Browns’ offensive coordinator position.
Jan. 10: The Browns also have a defensive coordinator opening, and Vance Joseph is already set to interview for it. They’re also interested in Chuck Pagano.
Jan. 11: With Joseph going to the Cardinals, the Browns are primed to interview another recently fired head coach to take over at DC — this time, it’s former Arizona coach Steve Wilks.
Jan. 11: Mike Priefer is going from Vikings special teams coordinator to Browns special teams coordinator.
Jan. 11: The Browns are expected to hire Steve Wilks as their new defensive coordinator.
Jan. 13: In addition to Wilks, the Browns found their other new coordinator: former Bucs OC Todd Monken. That’s quite the staff in Cleveland.
Jan. 14: The Browns announce their new staff, including Wilks, Monken, Stump Mitchell as running backs coach, and Ryan Lindley as quarterback coach.
Jan. 16: Kitchens added another impressive hire to his list — this time stealing Alabama DC Tosh Lupoi away to coach his defensive line.
Jason Garrett isn’t going anywhere, not with the Cowboys headed to the playoffs. The Jones family likes Garrett, but they’ve made it clear that they expect the team to be contenders. On the other hand, there could be moves among Garrett’s staff.
Dec. 29: Offensive coordinator Scott Linehan could get the boot, according to Ian Rapoport.
Jan. 10: Cowboys defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli is hoping Dallas can keep Kris Richard around.
Jan. 14: Jason Garrett said he isn’t planning any major coaching staff changes, and that includes keeping Scott Linehan around as OC — but then he quickly forgot about that and said no decisions had been made, after a talk with the Joneses. So maybe Linehan’s job isn’t safe.
Jan. 15: Just one more thing: Marc Colombo is returning to Dallas as the new OL coach.
Jan. 18: OC Scott Linehan got fired despite Garrett’s best efforts.
Jan. 25: Reports suggest Kellen Moore — who was the club’s backup quarterback as recently as 2017 — will be the Cowboys’ next offensive coordinator.
Jan. 31: It’s officially Moore, whose meteoric rise through the coaching ranks will make him an NFL OC just one season after retiring as a player.
Denver Broncos hire Vic Fangio
Vance Joseph made a pretty good case for why the Broncos should fire him back in Week 9 when he made one of the worst coaching decisions of his short career (and there are a lot to choose from). But then the Broncos went on a three-game win streak and had the easiest path to an AFC Wild Card bid. That would have made it impossible for John Elway to fire him. Nope. Joseph’s Broncos went out and lost the next three, kicking them firmly out of postseason contention. As expected, they fired Joseph the day after the season ended.
Dec. 17: It says a lot that someone let it be known that the Broncos almost hired Mike Shanahan a year ago.
Dec. 22: The Broncos had been one of the teams said to be interested in John Harbaugh should the Ravens fire him. That hope got shot down when the Ravens announced he’d be back.
Dec. 29: It’s not out of the question that Joseph sticks around. However, one possibility in that scenario is that Elway brings in his old pal Gary Kubiak to run the offense, according to Rapoport. That seems like it’d be a huge problem since Kubiak has been the head coach there before and his presence and connection with Elway would undercut the head coach.
Dec. 31: He’s out. Fired.
Dec. 31: The Broncos have asked to interview Bears DC Vic Fangio, though it’ll have to wait with his team set to play on Wild Card Weekend.
Dec. 31: Don’t expect the Broncos to go back to the Adam Gase well or the Mike Shanahan well. Former coach Gary Kubiak could be an OC candidate, however.
Dec. 31: John Elway denied the Broncos were looking to bring back Mike Shanahan, but he didn’t deny they’d be willing to trade draft picks for a coach. If so, John Harbaugh could be a candidate. Right now, though, that doesn’t look likely.
Dec. 31: Rams quarterbacks coach Zac Taylor will have the chance to convince Elway he’s the right guy to dig the Broncos’ offense out of its current hole.
Dec. 31: The team is expected to interview former Colts coach Chuck Pagano, though it has not formally requested to do so yet.
Jan. 5: Mike Munchak, who already met with the Broncos, has a lot of interest in the job.
Jan. 6: Gary Kubiak is a major part of the Broncos’ rebuilding plans; the club isn’t allowing him to interview for OC jobs anywhere else in the league.
Jan. 8: The Broncos seem to be down to either Vic Fangio or Mike Munchak, with Fangio looking like the frontrunner.
Jan. 11: Welp, now Gary Kubiak will NOT be the OC.
Jan. 11: Mike Munchak didn’t get the head coaching job, but the Broncos still want to hire him, perhaps as OL coach.
Jan. 11: With reports that the Broncos were looking for an innovative offensive mind, they tried to set up one interview for the OC job: 49ers QB coach Rich Scangarello. The 49ers denied the request.
Jan. 14: Mike Munchak is joining the Broncos after all ... as the OL coach.
Jan. 15: Rich Scangarello is expected to be the new OC, while former Bears secondary coach Ed Donatell is following Vic Fangio to Denver to become his new DC.
Matt Patricia’s first year in Detroit has been disappointing enough to make people think that maybe Jim Caldwell wasn’t such a bad coach after all. But Patricia isn’t going anywhere. He’s only in his first season, and he and the general manager, Bob Quinn, are both former Belichickians.
But there could be changes among the coordinators, most likely offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter, who predates Patricia and whose contract is up after this season.
Jan 1: Yep, Jim Bob Cooter is out.
Jan. 16: And former Seahawks OC Darrell Bevell is in.
Green Bay Packers hire Matt LaFleur
The Packers fired Mike McCarthy after an embarrassing home loss to the Arizona Cardinals in Week 13. Joe Philbin took over as the interim coach. Whoever they end up hiring inherits a pretty good situation, one ripe for a quick turnaround in 2019. However, that person is going to have to do more for Aaron Rodgers than McCarthy did.
Dec. 3: Is Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels in the mix? He could be, according to Yahoo’s Charles Robinson.
Dec. 24: Northwestern’s Pat Fitzgerald was mentioned by MMQB’s Albert Breer as another possibility in Green Bay.
Dec. 26: The team got a pair of early interviews out of the way, sitting down with former Colts head coach Chuck Pagano and former Colts and Lions head coach Jim Caldwell.
Dec. 29: The Packers are interested in Fitzgerald, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network. He was hired by current Packers president Mark Murphy while Murphy as the athletic director at Northwestern.
Dec. 30: The Packers are going to kick the tires on both New England’s coordinators, asking for permission to interview Josh McDaniels and Brian Flores as they turn over every single stone in their coaching search.
Dec. 31: Saints tight ends coach Dan Campbell, who once led the Dolphins to a 5-7 record as interim head coach, will be interviewing in Green Bay as well.
Dec. 31: Steelers OL coach Mike Munchak will interview with the Packers, in addition to the Broncos.
Dec. 31: Titans OC Matt LaFleur will also get a chance to impress Green Bay’s brain trust.
Jan. 3: Pat Fitzgerald won’t interview with the Packers — or any other NFL team.
Jan. 4: Brian Flores is set for his interview with the Packers, his second of four interviews in a two-day span.
Jan. 4: Next up for Adam Gase: an interview with the Packers.
Jan. 5: The Packers were busy Saturday, interviewing Bucs OC Todd Monken, Saints OC Pete Carmichael, and Saints assistant head coach Dan Campbell.
Jan. 7: HERE WE GO. The Packers are going to hire Matt LaFleur — and it might be brilliant?
Jan. 12: The 49ers wouldn’t let the Packers interview their WRs/passing game coach — who also happens to be Matt LaFleur’s brother, Mike.
Jan. 14: Nathaniel Hackett, just hired as the Packers’ new OC, gets to upgrade from Blake Bortles to Aaron Rodgers.
The Colts were ahead of schedule, taking a 1-5 start and turning it into a spot in the Divisional Round of the playoffs. That’s where the season ended, but the future is still bright. Surely there won’t be many coaching changes, right? Especially with an OL that protected Andrew Luck more than he ever has been in his career?
Stunner: The #Colts are letting OL coach Dave DeGuglielmo go, sources say. That line made tremendous leaps this season. But Frank Reich wants his own guy. DeGuglielmo was the only offensive coach Josh McDaniels had hired. Reich is actually recommending him to other coaches.— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) January 15, 2019
No team disappointed more this season than the Jaguars, a play away from a Super Bowl bid last place in the AFC South. It wasn’t supposed to be this way. But really, is anyone surprised that this happened when the team decided to sign Blake Bortles to an extension? The team’s performance in 2017 likely bought head coach Doug Marrone and GM Dave Caldwell another season, at least. Both are expected to keep their jobs for 2019, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network.
But there will be some coaching changes in Jacksonville. The team fired offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett in November, so they’ll be in the market for a prodigious offensive mind (hopefully) to help turn things around ... hopefully a new quarterback too.
Dec. 30: Jaguars owner Shad Khan said that Doug Marrone, Tom Coughlin and general manager Dave Caldwell are safe for the 2019 season.
Dec. 31: The Jaguars did fire a few positional coaches: Tyrone Wheatley, who was in charge of a dysfunctional running backs room, as well as Perry Fewell (secondary), Pat Flaherty (OL), and Marion Hobby (DL).
Jan. 10: Todd Monken talked to the Jaguars about their OC position, though he’s still taking interviews elsewhere.
Jan. 12: After Gary Kubiak decided not to take the Broncos’ OC job, he could be a candidate for the same position with the Jaguars.
Jan. 15: Longtime NFL coach Terry Robiskie will be the new RBs coach in Jacksonville.
Jan. 15: Mike McCoy, who was fired midseason as Cardinals OC, is getting an interview for the same position with the Jaguars.
Jan. 16: The Jaguars are expected to hire Vikings interim OC John DeFilippo in hopes to reviving their awful offense.
Kansas City Chiefs
Jan. 22: Weeks after wrapping a season in which they were the AFC’s top seed, Kansas City has fired defensive coordinator Bob Sutton. The Chiefs ranked 31st in the league in yards allowed in 2018.
Miami Dolphins hire Brian Flores
Despite a 7-9 record, there was some speculation that Gase would be spared. He was not. The Dolphins fired him Monday morning after the season ended.
The team is expected to move on from quarterback Ryan Tannehill, which means a new coach will get the chance to pick his own QB.
Dec. 26: Instead, the Dolphins will be making changes in the front office. Mike Tannebaum, the vice president of football operations, is expected to be fired, according to Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald.
Dec. 29: Owner Stephen Ross is not happy with the state of things, and Gase could pay the price. There is reportedly a “legitimate possibility” that Gase ends up fired. If that happens, he’ll be a top candidate for other coaching vacancies, according to the NFL Network.
Dec. 31: Gase may be back, but maybe not before Ross checks to see if he can get either Jim or John Harbaugh to be his team’s next coach, according to Peter King.
Dec. 31: Gase was fired.
Dec. 31: The Dolphins have asked for permission to interview Patriots de facto defensive coordinator Brian Flores.
Dec. 31: Longtime NFL defensive coordinator Vic Fangio, currently with the Bears, will interview with the Dolphins.
Dec. 31: Add the Dolphins to the list of teams that will interview Steelers OL coach Mike Munchak.
Dec. 31: The Dolphins have also been in touch with Chiefs OC Eric Bieniemy, arguably the hottest name on the coaching market.
Dec. 31: Cowboys passing game coordinator and defensive backs coach Kris Richard will also be getting an interview in South Beach.
Jan. 4: Brian Flores’ first of four interviews will start with the Dolphins.
Jan. 4: The Dolphins will be the first team to interview Saints DC Dennis Allen.
Jan. 4: A new candidate emerges in the Dolphins’ head coach search — Baltimore head coach John Harbaugh, who would have to be acquired via trade.
Jan. 7: Bears DC Vic Fangio won’t interview with Miami after all.
Jan. 9: Kris Richard could be the favorite.
Jan. 10: Wait, maybe Brian Flores is the favorite.
Jan. 11: The Dolphins will be interviewed two in-house candidates: offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains and special teams coordinator Darren Rizzi.
Jan. 14: Former Lions coach Jim Caldwell is expected to join Flores’ staff as an associate head coach.
Feb. 4: A day after the Patriots shut the Rams offense all the way down in Super Bowl 53, Flores was finally officially announced as the Dolphins’ head coach.
The Vikings made one change during the season, at offensive coordinator. Interim OC Kevin Stefanski is expected to be offered the job on a full-time basis. However, Stefanski is not under contract after this season, so he could be fielding other offers, according to Rapoport.
Dec. 31: Despite a rough finish that pushed Minnesota out of the playoffs, the Vikings will retain head coach Mike Zimmer.
Jan. 2: Good news for Bengals fans: Hue Jackson is a candidate for the Vikings’ OC job.
Jan. 7: Dirk Koetter has entered the mix to be next OC in Minnesota.
Jan. 12: The 49ers keep denying requests, including the Vikings wanting to interview 49ers passing game coordinator Mike LaFleur.
Jan. 14: Gary Kubiak is met with the Vikings, where his son is the new QBs coach, and wham, he’s hired to be an offensive advisor.
New England Patriots
Bill Belichick isn’t going anywhere ... but his highly-regarded assistants might be.
Jan. 7: Reports suggest New England could be targeting USC OC Kliff Kingsbury to replace Josh McDaniels should the sought-after coordinator leave for a head coaching job.
Jan. 8: Josh McDaniels isn’t going anywhere, saying “the book is closed” on any more interviews.
Feb. 6: Former Rutgers head coach and aborted Tennessee hire Greg Schiano will fill Brian Flores’ spot as defensive coordinator. No one’s sure what that means for Bret Bielema, however, who reportedly told people he would be the club’s next DC.
New York Jets hire Adam Gase
It’s hard to believe, four seasons later, that Todd Bowles won 10 games in his first year (2015) as the Jets head coach, thanks in part to a little bit of the old FitzMagic. Little did we know that the team’s choke job in a Week 17 loss with the playoffs on the line that season would set the tone for the rest of Bowles’ 24-40 tenure there. The opinion of the league’s most well-informed insiders is that Bowles is as good as gone as soon as the season ends.
It was reported on Saturday, Dec. 29, that Bowles will be fired right after the team’s Week 17 game on Sunday.
Dec. 24: There is apparently some concern among coaching candidates that the structure of the Jets’ leadership, i.e. with Mike Maccagnan staying around as GM, could scare off some potential replacements.
Dec. 24: Chris Johnson, the son of owner Woody Johnson, shot down rumors that the team was interested in Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh.
Dec. 27: The team has interest in both Mike McCarthy and Jim Caldwell, according to Sports Illustrated, two former head coaches who have experience grooming young QBs, something the Jets value as they look to build around Sam Darnold.
Dec. 29: Maccagnan isn’t going anywhere, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network.
Dec. 30: As expected, Bowles was fired.
Dec. 31: If Jim Harbaugh isn’t coming east, Eric Bieniemy might be. The Jets have requested permission to interview the Chiefs’ OC.
Dec. 31: The Jets will also interview former Seahawks DC, and current Cowboys DBs coach, Kris Richard.
Dec. 31: Add another name to the interview list: Todd Monken, the Bucs’ current OC and former Southern Miss head coach.
Dec. 31: The Jets have interest in Jim Caldwell, but they haven’t requested an interview yet.
Dec. 31: Iowa State coach Matt Campbell declined an interview request from the Jets.
Jan. 1: Former Green Bay head coach Mike McCarthy is getting an interview in New York.
Jan. 1: Former Texas Tech head coach and current USC offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury will get an opportunity to interview with the Jets.
Jan. 2: Adam Gase will get another shot with another AFC East team, interviewing with the Jets less than a week after getting fired by the Dolphins.
Jan. 4: The Jets have shown interest in Baylor coach Matt Rhule, though it might not be anything beyond that right now.
Jan. 5: Adam Schefter reported that USC is denying the Jets permission to interview Kliff Kingsbury. As a result, Kingsbury could resign.
Jan. 5: Mike McCarthy officially interviewed with the Jets — and he could be the favorite.
Jan. 11: The Jets are reportedly on the verge of hiring Williams, who received little interest as a head coach this winter despite a 5-3 record as the Browns’ interim HC in 2018.
Jan. 16: Gregg Williams signed a three-year deal to become New York’s defensive coordinator.
Jan. 23: Dowell Loggains will be the club’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.
The Raiders don’t have a head coaching search with Jon Gruden still having nine years left on his contract, but they do need a general manager after firing Reggie McKenzie. NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo said that NFL Network’s Mike Mayock has come up in discussions and he’s already interviewed with Oakland for the gig.
A strong candidate has emerged in the #Raiders’ GM search: Mike Mayock. Sources tell me and @RapSheet the @nflnetwork draft analyst has interviewed with Oakland. He’s one of a few, as the Raiders have kept their interviews quiet. But he’s firmly in the mix.— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) December 30, 2018
Dec. 31: It’s done. The Raiders are hiring Mayock to be their next general manager, Adam Schefter reported Monday morning.
Jan. 2: The Raiders aren’t just moving on from Reggie McKenzie. They also fired McKenzie’s No. 2, Joey Clinkscales.
Jan. 3: Ryan Grigson, who didn’t fare so well as Colts general manager, will reportedly meet with the Raiders about a front office gig. Raiders fans aren’t thrilled about it.
Jan. 4: Linebackers coach Joey Porter, who helped drop Marvin Lewis to 0-7 in the playoffs by running onto the field and drawing a key unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on the Bengals back in 2017, will not return to the team in 2019.
Jan. 7: The Steelers also parted ways with running backs coach James Saxon.
Jan. 11: Former Lions and Bengals DC Teryl Austin is headed to Pittsburgh as the new secondary coach.
Jan. 14: After losing Mike Munchak to the Broncos, the Steelers promoted Shaun Sarrett to be their new OL coach.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers hire Bruce Arians
The Buccaneers fired Koetter right after their season concluded with a 34-32 loss to the Falcons. Earlier in the day it was reported that the team would be bringing back quarterback Jameis Winston in 2019 to be their expected starter.
Dec. 24: McCarthy’s name has been mentioned as a possibility in Tampa too.
Dec. 27: It’s not out of the question that Koetter might be back next season.
Dec. 30: Koetter is fired.
Dec. 31: Former Cardinals coach Bruce Arians told Ian Rapoport he “would listen” if the Bucs reached out.
Dec. 31: There hasn’t been much from the Bucs so far, but one name that has piqued their interest is Chiefs OC Eric Bieniemy.
Jan. 1: The Bucs have asked to interview Vikings DC George Edwards.
Jan.2: Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly has drawn interest from Tampa Bay, according to reports.
Jan. 2: Kris Richard, another popular coaching candidate, will also interview with the Bucs after the Cowboys play the Seahawks.
Jan. 5: Former Cardinals coach Bruce Arians met with the Bucs and could be a favorite to land the job.
Jan. 6: Arians-to-Tampa reports are picking up more steam.
Jan. 8: The Bucs made it official and announced the hiring of Arians, who is expected to reunite with Todd Bowles (as DC), Byron Leftwich (as OC), and Harold Goodwin (assistant HC).