It’s that time of year again, kids! No, not the NFL Playoffs. It’s the yearly coaching “carousel” that begins spinning at the end of every football season. Underachievers are sacked – and often hired someplace else – and coordinators have an opportunity to step into the limelight has head coaches. So let’s look at who’s likely fired and who might be hired.
John Fox of the Carolina Panthers is gone, but that’s not really news. Everyone knew he was leaving months ago. There will be no ‘in-house’ hirings as the entire staff has been let go. There are no high-profile names being tossed around, but Perry Fewell – defensive coordinator for the New York Giants – is currently in the running.
The San Francisco 49ers are looking to hire Jim Harbaugh away from Stanford, but there are other candidates in the mix in case the Harbaugh deal falls through. According to Niners’ Nation, Jason Garret of the Cowboys, Jeff Fisher of the Titans and Leslie Frazier of the Vikings are all being considered. But although these coaches would all be big improvements over recently fired Mike Singletary, Harbaugh is far and away owner Jed York’s first choice.
Eric Mangini of the Cleveland Browns has been fired according to Dawgpound Daily. Mangini doesn’t seem to have what it takes to be a successful head coach but he could be an effective coordinator for another team. He could take over as d-coordinator for the Giants or the Texans, especially since Houston has just fired Frank Bush. Along with the Panthers opening, Perry Fewel of the Giants is also in the running for the Browns job.
To say that Marvin Lewis of the Cincinnati Bengals is on the hot seat is like saying Terrell Owens doesn’t mind a little media attention. The ‘Bungles’ simply fell apart this season after making it to the playoffs in 2009. Lewis no longer seems to be the answer in Cincinnati. It’s difficult to say who would be willing to take over there, but Bill Cowher and Jon Gruden are – technically – still available.
Miami Dolphins head coach Tony Sparano still has his job, but could be fired in the next couple of days. Sparano was expected to lead Miami back to the playoffs with a stingy defense and a much improved offense, but quarterback Chad Henne has not quite been the saviour they were hoping for. There were rumours that Bill Cowher might take the job, but if those rumours were true, Sparano would have been fired a week ago.
There are a slew of coordinator openings, some of which we’ve touched on earlier. A couple of notables are o-coordinator for the Kansas City Chiefs and d-coordinator for the New York Giants. We’ll let you know when anything new happens on those fronts. Until then, enjoy the playoffs and good luck snagging that head coach you’ve been dreaming of ever since your team was eliminated from the post season.
[Source: Who Dat Dish]