NFL Rumors: 5 Coaching Moves That Could Happen Shortly

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5 Coaching Decisions That Could Be Made Soon

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It was yet another Black Monday to remember in the NFL. This week alone, we saw five head coaches fired before the end of the day on Monday. Mike Shanahan, Leslie Frazier, Jim Schwartz, Greg Schiano and Rob Chudzinski were all let go of their respective teams in effort for each franchise to go in a new direction. Hopefully, for the sake of each team, that direction is in the way of winning.

Thus far, we have seen one of those vacancies filled already. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers made news when they hired former Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith on Wednesday, replacing the fired Schiano. What kind of impact will Smith have there in Tampa? Well, his Bears did lead the league in takeaways during his tenure. My guess is, he'll have the same effect with the Bucs.

Beyond Tampa Bay, there are still four teams needing new head coaches. There are also other teams that may not have fired their head coach, but could soon look to let go of some important folks on the coaching staff or in the front office. Who are those teams? Well, there aren't any for-sure scenarios just yet, but a few teams have been among the league's rumors this week.

With so much going on in the world of NFL coaching, there are plenty of moves yet to be made. Rest assured, the madness has only begun. As the playoffs kick off this weekend, many teams will begin to step forward in the process of replacing coaches and maybe even letting go of even more assistants. Here are five different moves around the league that could happen very soon.

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5. Miami Dolphins Fire Offensive Coaching Staff

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Head coach Joe Philbin was and looks still to be safe this offseason. However, the Miami Herald is reporting that owner Stephen Ross would like Philbin to change things up a bit. How so, you ask? Ross reportedly would like Philbin to fire some, if not all, of his offensive assistants.

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4. Perry Fewell Becomes Washington Redskins’ Head Coach

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New York Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell has had his fair share of head coaching interviews. Having gone through four of them last season, he did not land a job. But, the New York Daily News is reporting that the Washington Redskins are "courting" Fewell to be their next head coach.

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3. Ken Whisenhunt Becomes Detroit Lions’ Head Coach

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Multiple sources have already linked San Diego Chargers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt to the vacant job left by Schwartz. The Detroit Lions are said to be one of the top teams who are interested in landing Whisenhunt.

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2. Leslie Frazier Becomes Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Defensive Coordinator

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There are plenty of folks out there, including the St. Cloud Times, that have reported Frazier's imminent deal with the Bucs to join Smith as the defensive coordinator. Nothing official has been agreed upon yet, but it looks like it's all but a sure thing.

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1. Josh McDaniels Hired As Cleveland Browns Head Coach

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The Cleveland Browns are going to interview New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels this weekend, considering the Pats are on a bye week. From the get-go, McDaniels looked to be one of the top candidates in Cleveland and could find himself a gig shortly.


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