Now that then NFL regular season has concluded, the head coaching carousel is in full swing.
Some head coaching changes were more predictable than others and stints of all lengths came to an end following the 2015 season. Jim Tomsula is out in San Francisco after one season and Tom Coughlin has stepped down as Giants coach after 12 seasons, including two Super Bowls.
There are currently six openings and possibly more to come. There are several candidates drawing interest from multiple teams and others only linked to one job at the moment.
Here is a look at the organizations involved with coaching searches:
Miami Dolphins (recently filled)
The Dolphins announced Saturday the hiring of Bears offensive coordinator Adam Gase, seemingly their first choice. After firing Joe Philbin mid-season, interim Dan Campbell coached the rest of the way through a 6-10 season and had been given an interview along with Mike Shanahan (twice), former Falcons coach Mike Smith, Lions defensive coordinator Teryl Austin, Bills running backs coach Anthony Lynn and Jaguars offensive coordinator Doug Marrone.
New York Giants
Tom Coughlin resigned as Giants coach after finishing under .500 for the third straight year. The team already interviewed offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo, defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo and Lions defensive coordinator Teryl Austin. Jaguars offensive line coach Doug Marrone has also interviewed and there has been interest linked to Panthers defensive coordinator Sean McDermott. The Giants were also interested in Gase before he decided to sign on in Miami.
Philadelphia fired Chip Kelly prior to Week 17 after a 46-41 record in almost three seasons. They had interest in Gase but are scheduled to meet with ex-Giants coach Tom Coughlin. The Eagles already interviewed running backs coach Duce Staley, interim coach Pat Shurmur and Giants offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo. There is said to be interest in Lions defensive coordinator Teryl Austin, Bengals defensive coordinator Paul Guenther and Chiefs offensive coordinator Doug Pederson. Panthers defensive coordinator Sean McDermott has made it known he is interested in the Eagles job as well.
San Francisco 49ers
The 49ers fired Jim Tomsula after just one season in which he went 5-11. Chip Kelly reached out to express interest and has been interviewed along with Bills RBs coach Anthony Lynn. The 49ers requested interview with Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson, who has been labeled as the clear frontrunner at this point. If that’s the case, where does Chip Kelly turn to next?
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
In a surprising move, the Bucs decided to part ways with Lovie Smith. It appears they may have wanted to tab offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter, who had requests for other head-coaching jobs, which led to Smith’s firing. The Bucs font office liked Koetter’s work with the Tampa offense and rookie quarterback Jameis Winston and he looks like the front runner although the team also interviewed Cardinals offensive coordinator Harold Goodwin and have one scheduled with Panthers defensive coordinator Sean McDermott.
Cleveland fired Mike Pettine, who had a 10-22 record in two seasons and he wasn’t the only casualty as general manager Ray Farmer was also let go. The Browns already completed interviews with Gase, Lions defensive coordinator Teryl Austin, Cowboys secondary coach Jerome Henderson and Jaguars offensive line coach Doug Marrone for head coach. They have scheduled an interview with Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson as well. Interest has been linked to Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia and Bengals defensive coordinator Paul Guenther.
Following Ken Wisenhunt’s firing early in the season, the Titans look as though they will give Mike Mularkey a legitimate chance to take the interim tag off and take over coaching duties full-time. He went 2-7 but is the only interview Tennessee currently has scheduled and looks like the frontrunner to this point. However, reports indicate Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels is interested in the position. McDaniels was fired after Week 13 of his second season as head coach of the Broncos in 2010 and he finished with an 11-17 record.