Now that the Chicago Bears have hired Marc Trestman to be their head coach, three head coaching positions remain. The Arizona Cardinals and Philadelphia Eagles are in their third week without a head coach, while the Jacksonville Jaguars are in the second week of their search for a replacement for Mike Mularkey. Here's an update on those searches, along with the Cleveland Browns and New York Jets searches for a new general manager.
Arizona Cardinals: The Cardinals have interviewed current defensive coordinator Ray Horton, Pittsburgh Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley, and Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden, who remain in the mix for the position. Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy was also a candidate, but accepted the San Diego Chargers' head coaching job on Tuesday. The Cardinals are scheduled to interview Seattle Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell on Wednesday. The Cardinals have also requested permission to interview Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians.
Jacksonville Jaguars: GM David Caldwell interviewed current defensive coordinator Mel Tucker, who went 2-3 as the team's interim head coach at the end of the 2011 season. Offensive coordinators Jay Gruden (Bengals) and Brian Schottenheimer (St. Louis Rams) have also interviewed for the position. Caldwell has expanded the search to include Seahawks coordinators Darrell Bevell (offense) and Gus Bradley (defense), but the favorite for the position remains San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman, who played with Caldwell at John Carroll University, but is unavailable to interview while the 49ers remain alive in the playoffs.
Philadelphia Eagles: On Tuesday, the Eagles interviewed Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley for a second time after meeting with him briefly in Atlanta last Saturday. Bradley is the first candidate to have a second interview with the team. The "short list" in Philadelphia reportedly includes former Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt and former Baltimore Ravens head coach Brian Billick. The Eagles also interviewed Atlanta Falcons defensive coordinator Mike Nolan and special teams coordinator Keith Armstrong, Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden and Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians. Philadelphia missed out on Oregon head coach Chip Kelly, Penn State head coach Bill O'Brien and Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly, each of whom remained in their current positions, and former Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy, who is now the head coach of the Chargers. Syracuse head coach Doug Marrone was also a candidate, but was hired by the Buffalo Bills.
General Manager searches
Cleveland Browns: Owner Jimmy Haslam and CEO Joe Banner have wrapped up the first wave of GM interviews and have identified an unnamed front-runner for the job, reports Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer.
That executive is widely believed to be Kansas City Chiefs director of pro personnel Ray Farmer, who was passed over for the GM position with the Chiefs. Another known candidate is Seahawks vice president of football administration John Idzik. Minnesota Vikings assistant GM George Paton was a candidate, but is reportedly out of the mix for the position. Michael Lombardi, a former NFL executive and current analyst for the NFL Network, has been rumored to be a candidate for the Browns' GM position, as well.
New York Jets: On Wednesday, the Jets will conduct a second interview with Seahawks vice president of football administration John Idzik, who has over 20 years of experience in the NFL, mostly with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. With two interviews, Idzik appears to be the second "cap guy" on the Jets' short list, joining Pittsburgh Steelers vice president of football administration Omar Khan. Current Jets assistant GM Scott Cohen and former Bears general manager Jerry Angelo are believed to be the other two finalists for the position.
The Jets have also interviewed 49ers director of player personnel Tom Gamble, New York Giants director of college scouting Marc Ross and Miami Dolphins assistant GM Brian Gaine. Former Falcons director of player personnel David Caldwell was interviewed, but accepted the GM position with the Jaguars. Montreal Alouettes GM Jim Popp was a candidate, as was Chargers director of player personnel Jimmy Raye, who has subsequently taken a top position with the Indianapolis Colts.