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2019 NFL Coaching Tracker

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Here is the latest on coaching searches, rumors, and hires around the NFL

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Black Monday lived up to its hype and the NFL is now looking to fill head coaching vacancies for 25% of its teams. The Buccaneers were the first team to relieve their head coach of his duties following the completion of the season. Soon followed by the Jets, Dolphins, Bengals, Cardinals, and Broncos. Mix in the two in season firings - Packers and Browns - and you have eight openings to be filled.

Our goal here is to streamline the rumors, hires, and news on all these teams and the coaching candidates around the league. Continue to check back for the latest on the openings from around the league as the rumor mill continues to heat up.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

  • Jason Licht said that this will be an outside hire and that the person chosen can determine which position coaches are retained. There will be no internal candidates
  • Per Ian Rapoport, he received a text from Bruce Arians saying “I know Jason, so I would listen” regarding Bucs’ HC vacancy
  • Bucs have requested an interview with Kansas City offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy
  • Alex Marvez reports Bucs have interest in Jack Del Rio and Jim Caldwell and that Bucs’ interest in Arians is “legit”
  • Former head coach Dirk Koetter is the leading candidate to become the Falcons offensive coordinator, per D. Orlando Ledbetter
  • Per Tom Pelissero, the Bucs have requested an interview with Vikings defensive coordinator George Edwards
  • Per Ian Rapoport, the Bucs will be interviewing Edwards on Friday. He also stated that the Bucs are set to interview Chiefs OC Eric Bienemy today (Wednesday).
  • Per David Haugh of 670 The Score in Chicago, Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly has emerged as a candidate the Buccaneers are interested in.
  • Ian Rapoport says Cowboys defensive play-caller Kris Richard will interview with the Bucs. *Update* Richard will interview on Sunday with the Bucs
  • Rapoport: The Bucs have real interest in former coach Bruce Arians for their vacant head coach position, and the interest is mutual. The two could meet soon.
  • Bucs completed an interview with Bruce Arians. Per Ian Rapoport, the Bucs would not owe compensation to the Cardinals if Arians is the hire since his 2019 option was not picked up
  • JoeBucsFan has reported that the Bucs will make their coaching announcement no later than Tuesday
  • Bucs could announce Arians as their head coach early next week per Ian Rapoport

New York Jets

  • The Jets reached out to request an interview with Bucs’ offensive coordinator Todd Monken for their HC vacancy
  • Jets have done “extensive research” on Jim Caldwell per Ian Rapoport
  • Jets have requested an interview with Kansas City offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy
  • Jets expressed interest in Iowa State head coach Matt Campbell, who declined the offer for an interview per Ian Rapoport
  • Per Joe Caporoso, the Jets will also interview or have expressed interest in Mike McCarthy and Kris Richard
  • The Jets are set to interview Mike McCarthy per Ian Rapoport
  • Jets are going to interview USC offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury for their HC vacancy per Charles Robinson
  • Ian Rapoport says that along with the Bucs, the Jets are set to interview Chiefs OC Eric Bienemy today (Wednesday).

Cleveland Browns

  • GM John Dorsey said both interim head coach Gregg Williams and offensive coordinator Freddie Kitchens will get interviews for the head coach job
  • Browns requested an interview with Minnesota interim offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski per Ian Rapoport
  • Browns requested interviews with Colts’ offensive coordinator Nick Sirianni and defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus per Ian Rapoport
  • Browns requested an interview with New Orleans’ assistant head coach and tight ends coach Dan Campbell
  • Browns have reached out to Mike McCarthy per Mary Kay Cabot
  • Browns have requested interview with Patriots’ linebackers coach Brian Flores
  • Browns are interviewing Vikings interim OC Kevin Stefanski per Ian Rapoport
  • Browns to interview Chuck Pagano per Ian Rapoport

Arizona Cardinals

  • Cardinals have requested an interview with Los Angeles Rams’ QB coach Zac Taylor
  • Cardinals have requested an interview with Saints’ assistant head caoch and TE coach Dan Campbell per Tom Pelissero
  • Cardinals have requested an interview with Kansas City offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy
  • Cardinals, in addition to firing head coach Steve Wilks, have fired offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich and defensive coordinator Al Holcomb
  • Former Dolphins head coach Adam Gase will interview with the Cardinals, per Adam Schefter
  • The Cardinals are going to interview USC offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury for their HC vacancy per Charles Robinson
  • Per Adam Schefter, the Cardinals are interviewing Kliff Kingsbury

Cincinnati Bengals

  • Bengals have requested an interview with Los Angeles Rams’ QB coach Zac Taylor
  • Bengals reached out to the Patriots to request an interview with offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels - UPDATE - McDaniels has declined the request
  • Per Tom Pelissero, Bengals will interview in-house candidates including special teams coach Darrin Simpson and offensive coordinator Bill Lazor. Mike Garafolo says many believe Simmons has a very strong shot at the job
  • Marvin Lewis gave his endorsement for former Browns head coach Hue Jackson
  • Per Tom Pelissero, Bengals have requested an interview with Rams’ passing game coordinator and TE coach Shane Waldron
  • Bengals have requested permission to interview Bucs OC Todd Monken per Jeremy Fowler
  • Bengals set to interview Hue Jackson per multiple reports

Green Bay Packers

  • Packers have requested an interview with Titans’ offensive coordinator Matt LaFleur
  • Packers have requested an interview with Saints’ assistant head coach and TE coach Dan Campbell
  • Per Jim McBride, the Packers have requested permission to interview Patriots’ offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and defensive coordinator/linebackers coach Brian Flores
  • Former Lions head coach Jim Caldwell has already interviewed for the job
  • Packers have requested an interview with Steelers’ offensive line coach Mike Munchak
  • Packers are expected to interview Northwestern head coach Pat Fitzgerald
  • Packers plan to interview former Colts head coach Chuck Pagano

Denver Broncos

  • Per Ian Rapoport, the Broncos’ search will be small and specific, including Steelers’ offensive line coach Mike Munchak, Patriots defensive coordinator/linebackers coach Brian Flores, and Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio

Miami Dolphins

  • Dolphins have expressed interest in Steelers’ offensive line coach Mike Munchak
  • Dolphins have requested an interview with Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio
  • Per Tom Pelissero, the Dolphins have reached out to the Chiefs requesting an interview with offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy
  • Chris Grier remains GM and will have final say in coaching search
  • Dolphins have requested an interview with Patriots defensive coordinator/linebackers coach Brian Flores