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NFL coaching rumors round-up: Browns, Cardinals, Eagles, Bears continue their search

We take a look at the latest coaching and GM rumors around the league as teams ramp up their efforts to land a leader.


The NFL coaching carousel enters its second week, with five teams still looking for a new head coach and six hunting for a general manager, and a handful looking to fill both positions. The Kansas City Chiefs and Buffalo Bills have settled on their head coach positions, hiring Andy Reid and Doug Marrone, respectively. Perhaps the biggest domino in coaching searches fell over the weekend, when Chip Kelly spurned the Cleveland Browns and Philadelphia Eagles to stay at Oregon for one more season.

With that in mind, let's take a look at the latest rumors for teams still trying to fill front office positions.

Cleveland Browns

The Browns went all in on Kelly and nearly had a deal in place before he changed his mind. They're now looking to regroup and start the process over again. ESPN Cleveland is reporting that the Browns will interview Montreal Alouettes head coach Marc Trestman sometime this week. Trestman led the Alouettes to two Grey Cup titles in five seasons and has a long history of assistant tenures in the NFL dating back to 1985. He was the Raiders' OC and QB coach during Rich Gannon's 2002 MVP season.

The Browns are also hoping to interview Colts OC Bruce Arians, who was hospitalized with the flu on Sunday.

Arizona Cardinals

The Cardinals made an aggressive push for Reid shortly after Black Monday before he joined the Chiefs. They have been relatively quiet lately, although they do have an interview lined up with Bengals OC Jay Gruden. Marc Trestman has also expressed interest in the job.

Philadelphia Eagles

The Eagles are another team in on Jay Gruden, as they have been granted permission to speak with him. They are also pursuing Arians, Broncos OC Mike McCoy, and Seahawks DC Gus Bradley. With Denver and Seattle still in the playoffs, Arians is more likely to get an interview first.

San Diego Chargers

The Chargers have already interviewed Marc Ross and Tom Telesco for the GM position over the weekend, and a decision should be coming in the next few days. As for the coaching spot, they remain interested in Arians, and Mike Holmgren and Jim Mora Jr. have been floated as potential candidates. Holmgren seems to be the biggest longshot -- he's interested in returning to the sidelines, but personnel control may be a major sticking point.

Chicago Bears

The Bears have been granted permission to interview Seahawks OC Darrell Bevell, adding another name to the big pile of coaching suitors. Other men slated to interview include Texans OC Rick Dennison, Marc Trestman, Bruce Arians, and Mike McCoy, among others. It may be a while before they settle on a final candidate.

Jacksonville Jaguars

The Jaguars are down to two names for the GM spot -- Falcons director of player personnel David Caldwell, and Cardinals player personnel director Steve Kiem. Caldwell got a third interview with the team on Monday and appears to be the front runner. Kiem has long been rumored to be promoted to Arizona's GM position when Ron Graves got fired, and has been heavily involved with their coaching search. All signs point to him staying in Arizona. Whoever gets the job in Jacksonville will ultimately decide Mike Mularkey's fate.