With the end of the NFL season upon us, that means the league’s annual coaching purge is about to kick into high gear.
The purge actually started back in October when the Redskins decided to fired Jay Gruden. Not to be outdone, the Panthers also decided to dump their coach in December when they cut ties with Ron Rivera. Heading into the 2020 offseason, there could be as many as six teams looking for a new coach, and that number could jump even higher if we see any surprise moves.
We’ll be tracking all the latest news as teams start their search for the right coach. To keep you up to date on the latest firings, rumors and hirings, make sure to keep tabs on the coaching tracker below.
Notable developments for Tuesday, Dec. 31
- [8:34 a.m. ET]: Former Packers coach Mike McCarthy is expected to interview with the Giants this weekend, according to ESPN.com. That makes McCarthy a popular man. Not only has he already interviewed with the Panthers, but he’s also expected to talk with the Browns at some point in the near future.
- [8:48 a.m. ET]: The Redskins have found their new coach. According to NFL.com, the team has reached a deal with Ron Rivera to take over the coaching reins in Washington. CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora reported on Sunday that Rivera was almost certainly going to be getting the job, and now he has it.
Notable developments for Monday, Dec. 30
- [7:03 a.m. ET]: Ron Rivera new Redskins head coach
- [8:01 a.m. ET]: Panthers request permission to interview Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy, per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. The Giants have also requested an interview with Bieniemy, according to Rapoport.
- [8:36 a.m. ET]: Browns request permission to interview Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, Panthers expected to seek permission as well, per Adam Schefter of ESPN
- [9:10 a.m. ET]: Pat Shurmur after compiling 9-23 record in two seasons.
- [2:51 p.m. ET]: The Jaguars have added some drama to their coaching decision. According to ESPN.com, Jags coach Doug Marrone won’t be meeting with the team until Dec. 31, which means it will be one more day before we know his fate.
- [4:55 p.m. ET]: The Giants could be raiding a division rival to find their new coach. According to ESPN.com, the team is going to interview Cowboys passing game coordinator/defensive backs coach Kris Richard on Thursday.
- [5:48 p.m. ET]: It looks like an announcement about Jason Garrett’s future won’t be coming on Monday. The Cowboys PR team sent the media home, which means we’re going to be waiting at least one more day, if not more, for the team to make an announcement. Garrett did meet with Jerry Jones on Monday, but it appears Jones wasn’t ready to make a move. Jones technically won’t even have to fire Garrett if he doesn’t want, and that’s because the coach’s contract expires on Jan. 14.
Fired: Freddie Kitchens
Potential interviews: Mike McCarthy, Greg Roman, Josh McDaniels
The Freddie Kitchens experiment, which turned out to be a disaster for the Browns, is ending after only one season. Shortly after their loss to the Bengals on Sunday, the Browns announced that they’ve made the decision to fire Kitchens, who ended the season on a three-game losing streak. After a 7-8-1 season in 2018, the Browns had high hopes for 2019, but those hopes quickly went down the drain after a 2-6 start in 2019. Although the team rebounded and eventually got to 6-7, the Browns didn’t win another game for the rest of the year after that, which included an embarrassing season-ending loss in Cincinnati. CBS Sports NFL Insiders Jason La Canfora reported that the team had been sending out feelers and making calls to potential coaching candidates during the past few days, which definitely wasn’t a good sign for Kitchens, who is now out of a job.
The Browns haven’t wasted any time lining up interviews as the team has contacted Josh McDaniels, former Packers coach Mike McCarthy, Ravens offensive coordinator Greg Roman and 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh (via ESPN.com). The most intriguing name there might be McDaniels, who is from Cleveland, and according to Cleveland.com, he would have a hard time turning down the job if the Browns were to offer it to him.
The Browns are also planning to interview Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll, according to NFL.com.
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On the hot seat: Doug Marrone
Jaguars owner Shad Khan has(Tom Coughlin) and it wouldn’t be surprising if Marrone is the next man up on the chopping block. A report on Saturday indicated that the Jags had already made the decision to fire Marrone, but that’s actually not the case. Khan seems genuinely split on what do with Marrone and won’t make any decisions , according to La Canfora. The argument working in Marrone’s favor is that he’s just two years removed from leading the Jaguars to the AFC title game. On the other hand though, Marrone has gone just 11-21 in the regular season since that title game loss, although the Jags did end the season with an impressive 38-20 win over the Colts.
On the hot seat: Jason Garrett
Barring a miracle, it seems that Garrett’s time in Dallas is finally going to be coming to an end after nine and a half seasons. (A miracle would be either a change of heart by Jerry Jones). If Garrett is out, that means it’s going to be a busy offseason for Jones, who will have to conduct his first full-fledged coaching search since 2007 (Garrett was named interim coach after the firing of Wade Phillips in 2010 and promoted to head coach the following the season). Once Garrett is officially out, the Cowboys job is instantly going to become the most coveted one in the NFL. Although Jones isn’t thrilled with the idea of hiring a college coach, Oklahoma’s Lincoln Riley, Baylor’s Matt Rhule and Urban Meyer will all likely garner consideration. La Canfora will also likely be a candidate.
Fired: Pat Shurmur
With a rookie quarterback under center, it wasn’t a huge surprise to see the Giants go through some growing pains this year, but it those growing pains were too much for co-owners John Mara and Steve Tisch, who watched the Giants lose 10 games in a row at one point this season. Shurmur, who went 9-23 since being hired at the start of the 2018 season, was fired on Monday morning. According to ESPN.com, two candidates the Giants will definitely be targeting are Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and Baylor coach Matt Rhule. The Giants are also planning to interview Cowboys passing game coordinator/defensive backs coach Kris Richard. Two other names to watch out for are former Packers coach Mike McCarthy and Ravens defensive coordinator Wink Martindale, who are both expected to interview with the team in the near future, according to NFL.com.
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Fired: Ron Rivera
Possible hires: Mike McCarthy, Josh McDaniels, Matt Rhule
After Rivera Super Bowl bye week if their team is still playing. The Panthers also plan to interview Baylor coach Matt Rhule with that interview coming at some point after his team’s bowl game on New Year’s Day., Panthers owner David Tepper made it pretty clear that he would likely be targeting an offensive-minded coach who had a solid understanding of analytics, and so far, that’s exactly what he’s doing. Although the Panthers have already interviewed former Packers coach Mike McCarthy, don’t look for them to make a quick hire, and that’s because Tepper wants to interview multiple coaches who will be in the playoffs this year (coordinators in the playoffs can only interview during their team’s bye week). La Canfora to interview Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and Ravens offensive coordinator Greg Roman. The team also has their eye on Vikings offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski and Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll, but those two won’t be available for an interview until their season ends or until the
Fired: Jay Gruden
Possible hires: Ron Rivera
When it comes to the hiring process, the Redskins got a two-month head start on nearly every NFL team and that’s because they dumped Gruden . Although the Redskins job hasn’t always been viewed as an attractive one, that could change this year due to the fact that longtime team president Bruce Allen was reportedly stripped of his power to make football decisions. Taking it one step further, one day after their 3-13 season came to an end in embarrassing fashion against the Cowboys. La Canfora reported that Redskins owner Daniel Snyder wants Rivera so badly he was going to make him an offer he “can’t refuse” on Monday, and it appears that’s exactly what happened. Rivera is reportedly expected to be named the team’s new head coach, ushering in a bold new era in Washington.
Was on the hot seat, but got a vote of confidence and will return in 2020
Jets coach Adam Gase: After starting the season 1-7, there was some talk that Gase might only last one year in New York, but since that ugly start, the Jets have gone 5-2 and could end the year 7-9 if they can beat the Bills on Sunday. No matter what happens during the Jets’ finale in Buffalo, one thing is for sure: Gase will be keeping his job. Jets owner Christoper Johnsonthat Gase would definitely be returning in 2020.
Lions coach Matt Patricia: The Patricia era in Detroit has been a painful one for the Lions with the second-year coach going just 9-21-1 since being hired in 2018, which is even worse when you consider that the man he replaced (Jim Caldwell) had three winning seasons during his four years in Detroit. Although the team hasn’t gotten any better under Patricia, the former Patriots defensive coordinator will be getting at least one more season in Detroit, and that’s because owner Martha Fordthat Patricia will be returning in 2020.
Falcons coach Dan Quinn: Quinn spent most of the early season on the hot seat, but his chair cooled down considerably after he led the Falcons to five wins in seven games following Atlanta’s Week 9 bye. With two of those five wins coming against two of the NFL’s best teams — the Saints and 49ers — that was apparently enough for him to save his job. Falcons owner Arthur Blankwill coming back to Atlanta in 2020.