Breaking Down the 10 Biggest NFL Coaching Rumors
10 NFL Coaching Rumors That May Come to Pass
After what was an eventful Black Monday and the week to follow held a lot more news, plenty of NFL head coaches found themselves out of a job. As the scramble began to fill vacancies immediately, a couple of teams got their man in efficient fashion.
The first position to be filled was that of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The team parted ways with Greg Schiano following another disappointing year highlighted by a couple of circumstances where players didn't agree with his coaching style. It was a tough season for Josh Freeman and Darrelle Revis, who were the most notable players to have a problem with Schiano. But, everything is on the right track once again after the Bucs hired Lovie Smith to be their new leader.
The Washington Redskins organization underwent changes as well, firing Mike Shanahan after a tumultuous year and some tension between he and owner Dan Snyder. Following the firing, Washington went out this past week and brought in Jay Gruden to be the man who gets Robert Griffin III to the next level.
The question now is, who's next? Which of these head coaching positions gets filled the soonest? There are quite a few rumors going around over the last several days, some of which seem to carry a lot of weight to them. On top of the head coaching vacancies, there are going to be coordinator spots filled as well. With so many stories and whispers, it can be hard to keep up. For that reason, here are 10 of the top coaching rumors going on at the moment and the latest regarding each one.
9. Romeo Crennel to be Houston Texans DC
ESPN has reported that once Romeo Crennel is done coaching the East-West college All Star Game, he will become the defensive coordinator for the Houston Texans. This is much more than a rumor now, as it looks to be set in stone.
8. Josh McDaniels Completely Out of Cleveland Browns’ Picture?
It appears that Josh McDaniels is indeed going to stay with the New England Patriots – for now. He sees more potential with the Patriots as their offensive coordinator than the head coach of the Cleveland Browns. Hey, I wouldn’t blame him.
7. Detroit Lions Serious About Mike Munchak?
The Detroit Lions have interviewed former Titans coach Mike Munchak, but there is little belief he will be a fit. Munchak has no history of working with quarterbacks, which is precisely what Detroit is looking for. Consider Munchak just another name the Lions are doing their due diligence with.
6. Dom Capers’ Job In Jeopardy?
Days after the Green Bay Packers lost in the first round of the playoffs, head coach Mike McCarthy reinstated his faith in defensive coordinator Dom Capers calling him a “great coach.” But, there is still a lot of doubt regarding Capers’ future with the team as his scheme has taken plenty of criticism over the last couple of years.
5. Minnesota Vikings Between Greg Roman and Mike Zimmer
The Minnesota Vikings will now have interviewed San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman, Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer and Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator Todd Bowles as what are thought to be the finalists in their head coaching search. Roman and Zimmer, though, look like they could be the two men in the driver’s seat for the job. The question is, however, are the Vikings wanting an offensive-minded or defensive-minded head coach?
4. Tennessee Titans Have No Shot at Ken Whisenhunt
Because of the options on the table for San Diego Chargers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt, the Titans are not likely going to be in the final running for him. There is a much more attractive job that appears to be on his radar, which I will address in just a moment.
3. Jim Tomsula Could Follow Greg Roman to Minnesota
The Vikings are reportedly going to interview 49ers defensive line coach Jim Tomsula for their head coaching position as well, but many believe he doesn’t stand a shot at that hire. However, if the Vikings hire Roman, look for Tomsula to potentially follow as an assistant.
2. Cleveland Browns Job Unattractive, Running Low on Candidates
According to the International Business Times, the Browns’ coaching candidate list has gotten incredibly thin. They may believe that a few guys whom are on their list may not be a possibility, so there have even been rumors of the team talking to former NFL head coach Brian Billick who has been removed from the league for seven years now.
1. Detroit Lions Set on Ken Whisenhunt
This looks like a potential slam-dunk. Once the Chargers’ playoff lives are taken from them (whenever that may be), Whisenhunt will very likely become the head coach in Detroit. He has been the favorite since the day Jim Schwartz was fired, and it is reportedly his job to take at this moment.