Below is a Saturday afternoon look at the NFL head coach and general manager rumor mill:
Arizona Cardinals: After firing Ken Whisenhunt, the Cardinals were believed to be the early favorites to land former Eagles head coach Andy Reid, who signed with the Chiefs. The Cardinals have had two interviews with current defensive coordinator Ray Horton and requested, and were granted, permission to interview Pittsburgh Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley, who was the Cardinals' offensive coordinator from 2007-08. The Cardinals are scheduled to interview Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy on Saturday.
As for the Cardinals' GM search, in-house candidate Steve Keim, the team's vice president of player personnel, will interview for the position and is the early favorite to replace Rod Graves.
Buffalo Bills: CEO Russ Brandon is leading the search and has been busily interviewing candidates this week. The Bills interviewed former Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt and current Cardinals defensive coordinator Ray Horton early in the week. The Bills interviewed former Bears head coach Lovie Smith, Oregon head coach Chip Kelly and Syracuse head coach Doug Marrone on Friday and are scheduled to interview Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy on Saturday.
Carolina Panthers: We added the Panthers to mix because head coach Ron Rivera is scheduled to meet with owner Jerry Richardson on Saturday. The Panthers fired GM Marty Hurney during the 2012 season and Rivera was no lock to return in 2013. However, the Panthers closed out the regular season on a high note, winning four straight and five of their last six to finish 7-9, a finish that saved Rivera's job as he will return in 2013, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.
Former New York Giants GM Ernie Accorsi is consulting on the Panthers' search for a new general manager and the club has requested permission from the Giants to interview director of college scouting Marc Ross and senior pro personnel analyst Dave Gettleman for their vacancy. The search process for a GM is expected to ramp up next week, with interim GM Brandon Beane and Tennessee Titans vice president of player personnel Lake Dawson also on the candidates list, reports Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer.
Chicago Bears: GM Phil Emery is casting a wide net in his efforts to replace Lovie Smith. Emery has already interviewed Atlanta Falcons special teams coordinator Keith Armstrong and Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan and has weekend interviews planned with Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy, Dallas Cowboys special teams coordinator Joe DeCamillis. The Bears have requested permission to interview Green Bay Packers offensive coordinator Tom Clements and Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians, and are also interested in meeting with New Orleans Saints offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael and, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, Montreal Alouettes head coach Marc Trestman will interview for the position.
Cleveland Browns: Reports surfaced late on Friday that the Browns were close to a deal with Oregon's Chip Kelly, who is also drawing interest from the Bills and Eagles. The Browns and Kelly reportedly met for seven hours, but fans in Cleveland might want to wait until Kelly has purchased real estate in the Cleveland area before popping the bubbly. The innovative head coach left the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at the alter in 2012.
The Browns interviewed Cardinals defensive coordinator Ray Horton and former Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt earlier in the week and met with Penn State head coach Bill O'Brien, who opted to stay with the Nittany Lions. Syracuse head coach Doug Marrone interviewed with the Browns on Thursday.
The Browns' GM search ramped up as the team requested permission to interview San Francisco 49ers director of player personnel Tom Gamble and Seattle Seahawks vice president of football administration John Idzik.
Jacksonville Jaguars: Jaguars assistant coaches were informed on Friday that they are free to pursue other opportunities, which could mean that Mike Mularkey's days with the franchise are numbered. Owner Shad Khan is in the midst of a search for a new GM, who will likely have the autonomy to bring in his own head coach. According to Ryan O'Halloran of the Florida Times-Union, Khan has interviewed New York Giants director of college scouting Marc Ross, with Atlanta Falcons director of player personnel David Caldwell and San Francisco 49ers director of player personnel Tom Gamble also on the Jaguars' candidates list.
Kansas City Chiefs: Less than a week after seven NFL teams made the decision to change head coaches, only one vacancy has been filled. The Chiefs signed Andy Reid to a five-year contract that gives him full control over the football operations as the club parted ways with GM Scott Pioli prior to closing the deal with Reid. The lead candidate for the GM position is Green Bay Packers director of football operations John Dorsey, though former Browns GM Tom Heckert has strong ties to Reid and could be an option, as well.
New York Jets: The Jets were planning to interview former Browns GM Tom Heckert on Saturday, but that meeting was canceled. 49ers director of player personnel Tom Gamble and Packers director of football operations John Dorsey will interview with the Jets this weekend. Other candidates include Falcons director of player personnel David Caldwell, Giants director of college scouting Marc Ross and Jets assistant general manager Scott Cohen.
Philadelphia Eagles: Owner Jeffrey Lurie and GM Howie Roseman will interview Oregon head coach Chip Kelly on Saturday. The Eagles have already interviewed Falcons defensive coordinator Mike Nolan and special teams coordinator Keith Armstrong and Penn State's Bill O'Brien and are scheduled to interview Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy on Sunday. The Eagles have requested permission to interview Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden, Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians and Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley.
San Diego Chargers: The Chargers plan to hire a GM before hiring a head coach and president Dean Spanos and consultant Ron Wolf have already interviewed Chargers director of player personnel Jimmy Raye and Colts director of player personnel Tom Telesco. Additional candidates for the GM position include San Francisco 49ers director of player personnel Tom Gamble, Falcons director of player personnel David Caldwell, New York Giants director of college scouting Marc Ross and Cardinals vice president of player personnel Steve Keim.
The Chargers have been linked to Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians for their head coaching vacancy and are reportedly talking to former Bears head coach Lovie Smith.
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