Where could the next wave of coaching and GM changes take place?


Every year the NFL generates good teams and bad teams. Bad teams hope to become good teams. One way to try to make the change quickly is to change coaches.

We know there will be coaching changes after the regular season ends, beyond the two vacancies that already exist in Jacksonville and Las Vegas. Here is an overview of the places we are currently keeping an eye on, whether they are the traditional “hot seat” candidates or any surprises (it seems there is always one) or the coaches who may decide to voluntarily move on.

None of this is based (as of yet) on anything other than a tea leaf reading, given the published reports and other gossip within the league and industry that covers it without interruption.

Let’s start with those who are generally considered to be in the hot seat. None have received public assurances that they will return. It is likely that none have obtained private insurance either.

Bears coach Matt Nagy: He is generally expected to be fired. Reports of his disappearance began to circulate weeks ago, before the Thanksgiving win over Detroit. A Coach of the Year award in 2018 and two playoff appearances in his first three years on the job apparently won’t be enough to save him.

Bear GM Ryan Pace: Recent reports have indicated he might stick around, with a new title. We don’t know what his title would be, or if he would have a real influence on anything. It could be similar to what happened with the Jets years ago, when Terry Bradway moved from GM to a recruiting role.

Bears President and CEO Ted Phillips: While we are in the Windy City, it makes sense to point out that the team president could finally be kicked out of the city. Phillips has been the ship’s captain since 1999, bringing Bears fans like Phil Emery and Marc Trestman along the way, with limited success – only two seasons capped by playoff wins, 2006 and 2010.

Vikings coach Mike ZimmeA: Will the Wilfs continue to settle for “just good enough”? The problem is, this year they haven’t even hit the level that’s just good enough. Too many mistakes, too many lost leads, too many excuses, not enough wins. As I told KFAN’s Paul Allen earlier this week, there will always be a chain of and if this would potentially turn a few losses into wins. This franchise should strive to achieve a level of performance that doesn’t require luck or luck or anything to win just enough games to earn a place in the playoffs. Since the late 1970s, the Vikings have been making donuts on the top floor of a parking lot in an effort to become the franchise that the Packers are today. Zimmer had eight years to get there. Frankly, he’s had enough.

Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman: This one is a harder call. As nice and good as he is, the Wilfs need to make an objective assessment of the situation and consider whether it’s time for a change. They also need to consider whether their status as an out-of-town owner requires a vice president of football operations / alternate owner who brings a constant presence and a higher level of accountability, as does an owner who shows up every day. . If, of course, the Vikings let Spielman go, they’ll have to take the risk of him heading for the Lion, where his brother, Chris, has a major position of influence and power – though not widely. realized.

Broncos coach Vic Fangio: One year away from his contract, it’s the perfect time for the team to move on. Especially with an existing GM who hasn’t hired Fangio and the potential to land a veteran quarterback who could push the Broncos over the top. The only problem with firing Fangio and hiring a new coach is that the new owner (which is likely for 2022) may not be a fan of the coach who is hired.

Panthers coach Matt Rhule: It’s been a big disappointment for two seasons, and owner David Tepper is said to be “unhappy and embarrassed” with the team’s performance under former Baylor coach. Rhule would be safe, however; a massive buyout (he made a seven-year, $ 62 million deal) may have saved him.

Texans coach David Culley: Obviously it is safe and sound. And for good reason. He is essentially the puppet of General Manager Nick Caserio. Together they have done enough this year to start again next year.

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll: Russell Wilson has said he plans to pursue his goal of three Super Bowl wins as a member of the Seahawks. He didn’t say he plans to do it with Pete Carroll as the head coach. That’s the threshold question for owner Jody Allen. Is a change of coach necessary to stop Wilson from trying to find his way? (In fact, the threshold question is whether she cares whether Wilson wants to come out by force.) Carroll’s buyout would be expensive, but multibillionaires can afford it. And there is no salary cap for coaches.

Seahawks General Manager John Schneider: Widely respected throughout the league, Schneider would be in trouble if Allen chooses to press the reset button. Remember, Pete Carroll has the final say. Maybe Schneider becomes the best dog on a post-Carroll diet. Or maybe he’s being asked to leave as part of a fresh start.

Giants general manager Dave Gettleman: Several weeks ago, the Giants-owned media outlet announced that Gettleman would be leaving after the end of the season. The Giants have never pushed back on this report. It has become inevitable that Gettleman will not return.

Giants coach Joe Judge: Seemingly safe by ESPN, Judge wasn’t speaking Sunday or Monday like a guy who was told he would be back. From his rant “not a clown show” on admission (basically) that he engaged in the forgery by talking to guys who are gone and who are under contract elsewhere and want to come back, Judge looks like someone trying to talk about their way to stay. He could be talking to go.

Raiders general manager Mike Mayock: He entered the season on one of the hottest seats, with former coach Jon Gruden likely considering making Mayock the scapegoat, if the season ended in another failure to qualify for the playoffs. Mayock has handled a tumultuous season well, and while the Raiders lose Sunday night and miss the AFC pitch, he may have done enough to earn the trust, admiration and respect of owner Mark Davis.

Jaguars GM Trent Baalke: Reports that he will remain in place triggered the team’s fan base, culminating in a planned “clown-out” on Sunday. Will that be enough to change owner Shad Khan’s mind? Baalke’s presence will definitely limit the options at the coach.

GM Joe Douglas Jets: With the return of owner Woody Johnson and with the Jets still among the worst teams in the league, Woody could decide to cancel the biggest hire his brother, Christopher, made while Woody was United States Ambassador to the Kingdom -United. What did Douglas do to improve the list? That’s a good question to ask, and Woody may decide the answer is “not enough.” “

Next, let’s look at the potential surprises.

Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury: He apparently had a term for the playoffs or a failure early in the season. While they will achieve it, the prospect of ending the season with a five-game losing streak at home and the playoffs in one fell swoop after a 10-2 start could leave the owner wondering if anyone. else might get something more from Kyler Murray. . Especially since the property has generally not kept a trainer for a long time. In over 100 years, no one has led the team for more than six seasons.

Cowboys Coach Mike McCarthy: Could Jerry Jones Get Rid Of A Super Bowl Winner? If Dallas loses at home in the wildcard round, who knows? With offensive coordinator Kellen Moore’s star shining, the Joneses may decide to stay on the sidelines by not only keeping Moore but promoting him.

Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians: The owners had no qualms about getting rid of the coaches. With Byron Leftwich and / or Todd Bowles potentially gone after this season, the powers that be could decide to push the Arians into retirement (as the Steelers did a decade ago), raising one of their best lieutenants. at the top. Arians’ management of Antonio Brown was not good for the franchise or for Arians. If the Bucs don’t win another Super Bowl this year, could a change be made?

49ers general manager John Lynch: The 2019 season continues to be the exception and not the rule for Kyle Shanahan and John Lynch. Could Shanahan, who’s leading the shots, get someone else to set the table? Either way, Shanahan should think about not listening to the one who advised him to accept Jimmy Garoppolo instead of Kirk Cousins ​​and Trey Lance instead of Mac Jones. (Some think it’s Deputy GM Adam Peters.)

Finally, a quick look at the guys who might be looking for greener pastures, either when it comes to the odds of winning or when it comes to the right greenbacks.

Saints Coach Sean Payton: No coach has won a Super Bowl with two different teams. All coaches who have won a Super Bowl and are still coaching are well aware of this. Payton for the last few years has been seen as a guy who could eventually roll the dice with a new NFL team. (Pre-order playmakers to find out how close that was to happening.) This year, with no long-term quarterback response and an impending cap mess for 2022, could he be tempted to look for a place where he might have a best chance of winning a second Super Bowl? It’s impossible to rule out the possibility entirely, if another team decides they want it – and if that team is willing to give up the draft picks to have it.

Ram coach Sean McVay: Burnout has been a concern for McVay for some time. If he wins a Super Bowl, could he do what Dick Vermeil did after winning a Super Bowl with the Rams in 1999 (and what Vermeil did years earlier after his first stint with the Eagles)? For McVay, here’s the reality – he could earn as much or more in the broadcast booth, than NFL’s new Jon Gruden (pre-Bruce Allen emails). If that happens, it would be wise for the football coach to finally get some coaching on the subject of voice modulation.

WFT Coach Ron Rivera: He is by far the best asset of the franchise. And he may have seen enough of it in two years to retire. With many unvaccinated players having no regard for Rivera’s health issues, Rivera could decide that enough is enough and that he’s had enough of an organization that continues to ooze dysfunction, as evidenced by the most recently the rail debacle that collapsed last week. (I wouldn’t bet that would happen, but I wouldn’t fall off my chair if it did.)

Where could the next wave of coaching and GM changes take place? originally appeared on Pro Football Talk


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