The 15 Best NFL Head Coaching Candidates Still Available

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As soon as the final game of the NFL season was over the coaching carousel was spinning and ready to go. The Tennessee Titans, Detroit Lions, Washington Redskins, Cleveland Browns, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Houston Texans and Minnesota Vikings all said goodbye to their head coaches and now find themselves in the desperate search for someone to fill the vacancy. That is a job that I do not envy.

Think about it for a second. A team that decides to change the head coach is willing to blame the problems of the entire team on one man. I’m not necessarily saying that is crazy because it is easier to change one than the entire team most of the time.

Still, if you were the one whose job it was to fill that one position, wouldn’t it be stressful? There is no magic formula for finding a good NFL head coach and the team clearly would be willing to blame whoever hired the next guy in the case that the team wasn’t improved.

I’m just saying, that is a job I do not want. Sure there are some guys that seem like an easy choice for head coach but those guys are wanted and interviewed by every team. Every team can’t hire the same guy obviously the field gets thin very quickly.

There are some out there however that most teams are interested in. Here is a look at those who appear to be the top 15 available head coaches for hire. Some are former head coaches that just got fired and others are not. Take a look at let us all know what you think by leaving a comment below.

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15 – Jim Schwartz

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I don’t think all of the Lions problems could really be saddled with Schwartz alone. As negative as some might view him, there are others that might think his strategy will work well with their team in a fresh start.

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14 – Rich Bisaccia

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Bisaccia has been mentioned less than a few others. He is the current Special Teams Coach for the Dallas Cowboys and could well be looking to make a huge step forward if teams continue to show a little interest.

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13 – Gary Kubiak

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I’m sure there are some Texans fans who would disagree with this but it wasn’t that long ago that Kubiak was considered the best man for the job there as well. Don’t be too shocked if he finds a nice place to land as soon as the 2014 season.

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12 – Bob Stoops

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The current head coach at Oklahoma was mentioned by the Cleveland Browns but he wanted nothing to do with that. That doesn’t mean that he wouldn’t entertain other coaching jobs however. He is still one of the best thought of candidates whether he likes Cleveland or not.

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11 – Mike Shanahan

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Though things have ended for him in Washington I think Shanahan has proven himself over the years as someone whose scheme works in the right places. Assuming there is a team out there looking who would be willing to sell out their team to Shanahan’s plans, he could make a huge comeback because he has proven he can coach and do so quite effectively.

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10 – Jon Gruden

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Gruden seems to like his gig with ESPN but at the same time he isn’t that far removed from being a passionate head coach. Someone will be calling him to be sure. He will return to the sidelines one day and that day could come as soon as next season.

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9 – Ben McAdoo

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The Quarterback Coach for the Cowboys, McAdoo’s name has come up a time or two in relation to coaching vacancies. He might not be everyone’s number one but he has a shot at a job next year. He is certainly worth several interviews.

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8 – Josh McDaniels

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Everyone can get a nice look at McDaniels’ handiwork as the New England Patriots make their way through the NFL Playoffs. He is the Offensive Coordinator and has been the subject of more than one rumored interview.

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7 – Todd Bowles

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The current Defensive Coordinator for the Arizona Cardinals, Bowles is considered by a few people ready for the big step to an NFL head coaching job.

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6 – Darrell Bevell

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A lot of attention has been on the Seattle Seahawks this season for good reason. It would appear that at least one and maybe more members of their coaching staff could have the chance to move elsewhere.

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5 – Mike Zimmer

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Zimmer is the Cincinnati Bengals Defensive Coordinator for now but has been looked at by a few teams already. Look for him to probably be gone to the sidelines by next season.

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4 – Dan Quinn

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Quinn, the Seahawks Defensive Coordinator, is actually apparently more sought after than his fellow Seahawks coordinator. It is a very real possibility that Quinn could be coaching against the Seahawks next season.

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3 – Mike Munchak

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Munchak wasn’t apparently fired because of the season the Titans had but rather because he wouldn’t fire anyone on his coaching staff. Whatever your view of that; the fact remains that he is a quality head coach and would probably do well with a change of scenery.

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2 – Jim Caldwell

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Caldwell is the Baltimore Ravens Offensive Coordinator and certainly one of the top two coaches left available who want to roam the sidelines next season. Almost every team with a vacancy is interested in him.

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1 – Ken Whisenhunt

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Without a doubt the San Diego Chargers Offensive Coordinator is the most sought after head coach candidate out there. Every team, not almost every team but every team that needs a coach is interested in Whisenhunt. It is a guarantee he will coach someone next season. The only question is which team will win his services.

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  • Fin

    Sorry, you lost me when you made Jim Caldwell and Mike Munchak, 2 and 3. It is like you just looked at guys with head coaching experience and said, “They must be good.”

    Caldwell was a man who was installed as Indy’s HC by Peyton Manning because he wouldn’t ruffle Peyton’s feathers. Peyton Manning coached that team and the second he was out, Caldwell fell apart. He had no answers and spent every game looking like a deer in headlights as his team fell apart. At best, this was a guy who built his entire team around one player with no other foundation or backup. At worst, he is a guy who built his team around one player with no other foundation or backup and let that one player run his team. Either way, that is not head coaching material.

    Similarly, Munchak was a guy who was promoted to HC after Bud Adams had his public fall out with Jeff Fisher over Vince Young. Adams knew Munchak wouldn’t rattle the cage and would be a competent yes-man. He did nothing of note during his time with Tennessee and couldn’t make playoffs once in three seasons, in a league with infinite parity. That isn’t acceptable.

    These aren’t guys that you want as a head coach.

    • David Miller Rant

      Thanks for your comments and I fully understand your points. I wouldn’t necessarily want all of these guys coaching my team either. The fact remains that these are some guys getting a lot of buzz. Every team can’t hire Whisenhunt after all. I agree with a lot that you said though. Thanks again for the comment.

  • http://WWW.EXTRA-CASH-ONLINE.COM/ Robert Connor

    Who are the Lions going to get?