Below is your head coaching and general manager rumors and interview roundup for Monday, Jan. 7.
Arizona Cardinals: The Cardinals' search for a head coach and general manager continues into a second week. The team has already interviewed current defensive coordinator Ray Horton and met with Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy on Saturday. Though no interview has taken place, the Cardinals requested permission to interview Pittsburgh Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley, who was the Cardinals' offensive coordinator from 2007-08. On Sunday, the Cardinals requested permission to interview Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden
Steve Keim, the team's vice president of player personnel, remains the top candidate for the team's general manager position, but is drawing interest from other clubs. The Cardinals have also interviewed Washington Redskins director of pro personnel Morocco Brown for the GM post.
Buffalo Bills: The Bills concluded their head coaching search by hiring Syracuse University head coach Doug Marrone, who was introduced by the team on Monday. Bills CEO Russ Brandon had interviewed Cardinals defensive coordinator Ray Horton, former Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt and Oregon head coach Chip Kelly before hiring Marrone, who coached the Orange to a 25-25 record over four seasons after inheriting a program that had won just 10 of its previous 47 games.
Carolina Panthers: Owner Jerry Richardson decided that the team made enough progress in the second half of the season to keep head coach Ron Rivera for a third season. Now comes the task of finding a full-time replacement for general manager Marty Hurney. Interim GM Brandon Beane is a candidate as is New York Giants director of college scouting Marc Ross. The club has also received permission to interview Giants senior pro personnel executive Dave Gettlemen as their search is expected to intensify this week.
Chicago Bears: GM Phil Emery is casting a very wide net in his search for Lovie Smith's replacement. Candidates for the position include, but is not limited to, Atlanta Falcons special teams coordinator Keith Armstrong, Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan, Dallas Cowboys special teams coordinator Joe DeCamillis, Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy, New Orleans Saints offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael, Green Bay Packers offensive coordinator Tom Clements, Montreal Alouettes head coach Marc Trestman, Houston Texans offensive coordinator Rick Dennison, Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians and Seattle Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell. More names could be added to the list, but Emery hopes to have a head coach in place by the East-West Shrine Game on Jan. 19.
Cleveland Browns: Believed to be the favorites to land Oregon head coach Chip Kelly, the Browns pulled out of the running and "rebooted" their head coaching search over the weekend. The Browns have already interviewed Cardinals defensive coordinator Ray Horton and former Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt last week. The Browns also met with Penn State's Bill O'Brien, who remained with the Nittany Lions, and Syracuse's Doug Marrone, who accepted the Bills' job early Sunday morning. Browns owner Jimmy Haslam and CEO Joe Banner are expected to interview Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians and Alouettes head coach Marc Trestman as part of their rebooted head coaching search.
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: Owner Shad Khan has a third meeting scheduled with Falcons director of player personnel David Caldwell, a good sign that the owner has identified his preferred choice for their general manager vacancy. Other candidates for the Jags' GM job include Giants director of college scouting Marc Ross, San Francisco 49ers director of player personnel Tom Gamble – who backed out of a second interview – and Cardinals vice president of player personnel Steve Keim.
Kansas City Chiefs: The Chiefs were the first to hire a new head coach this offseason, reaching a five-year agreement with former Eagles head coach Andy Reid. The Chiefs parted ways with GM Scott Pioli before signing Reid and the top two candidates to replace Pioli are Packers director of football operations John Dorsey and former Browns GM Tom Heckert, who spent a decade working with Reid in Philadelphia. It is possible that Reid, who, along with the GM, will report to owner Clark Hunt, could land both executives.
New York Jets: Heckert was initially a candidate in New York, but may have dropped out of the race entirely. The Jets have busy in their search for Mike Tannenbaum's replacement, interviewing Falcons director of player personnel David Caldwell and 49ers director of player personnel Tom Gamble, who appears to be the favorite at this point. Other candidates include Giants director of college scouting Marc Ross and current Jets assistant general manager Scott Cohen.
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Philadelphia Eagles: The Eagles were the runner-up to the University of Oregon on Chip Kelly, who had a nine-hour meeting with the Eagles' brass before deciding to return to Eugene. The Eagles also met with Penn State's Bill O'Brien, who also stayed in school, and interviewed Falcons defensive coordinator Mike Nolan and special teams coordinator Keith Armstrong. The Eagles interviewed Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy on Sunday and have requests to interview Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians, Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley and Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden.
San Diego Chargers: The Chargers remain focused on their search for a GM to replace A.J. Smith. According to Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune, the club is expected to decide between current director of player personnel Jimmy Raye or Colts director of player personnel Tom Telesco within "a day or two". The Chargers also interviewed Giants director of college scouting Marc Ross, Cardinals vice president of player personnel Steve Keim and are scheduled to interview 49ers director of player personnel Tom Gamble on Tuesday.
As for their head coaching vacancy, the team interviewed Syracuse head coach Doug Marrone the night before he agreed to become the Bills' head coach. The Chargers are believed to be interested in Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians and former Bears head coach Lovie Smith.
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