A daily look at what’s happening as the NFL offseason gets into full swing for the 20 non-playoff teams.
Sunday, Jan. 17
Kansas City offensive coordinator Doug Pederson is widely expected to be the next coach of the Philadelphia Eagles, but there was little indication of that after the Chiefs were bounced from the playoffs by the New England Patriots on Saturday night. “We’ll see how things roll here in the next couple of days,” Chiefs Coach Andy Reid, who was fired by the Eagles after the 2012 season, told reporters.
Mike Mularkey is the Titans’ choice
So much for rumors about Chip Kelly joining his Oregon quarterback, Marcus Mariota. The Tennessee Titans will stick with Mike Mularkey, their interim coach who went 2-7 with the team. That almost wraps up this year’s cavalcade of coaching openings, with Kelly going to the San Francisco 49ers, Tom Coughlin taking his name out of the running in Philly, Dirk Koetter replacing Lovie Smith in Tampa Bay, Adam Gase to Miami, Hue Jackson going to Cleveland and Ben McAdoo being promoted to replace Coughlin with the New York Giants.
The hires complete a cycle in which teams were looking to offensive coordinators to solve their problems, The Post’s Mark Maske writes.
Thursday, Jan. 14
Sure, why not? Philly reportedly is having advanced talks with the former Giants coach. The Eagles also reportedly are interested in Chiefs offensive coordinator Doug Pederson.
He was found at a Foxborough police station in a confused state early Sunday morning.
Mike Shanahan to the 49ers?
With injury concerns and a huge salary-cap number, the standout running back may not be long for the Texans.
Saturday, Jan. 9
Miami quickly took care of business, hiring the Chicago Bears offensive coordinator as head coach.
Matt Patricia interviews with Browns
Patriots defensive coordinator spent his off week talking about the job in Cleveland.
The Philadelphia Eagles have requested permission from the Giants to interview the coach they parted with last week.
Friday, Jan. 8
There seems to be mutual interest, but would he be a good fit as San Francisco’s head coach?
He’s probably not going to the Eagles, despite a report that says he had interest.
Thursday, Jan. 7
Bucs looking to promote Dirk Koetter?
Is Tampa Bay going to replace Lovie Smith with his former offensive coordinator? NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport thinks it’s a possibility.
According to multiple reports, the Bucs fired Smith over the phone rather than face-to-face. According to Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times, the team made the move in such an abrupt matter because they were worried about losing Koetter to another team.
Dolphins really want Adam Gase?
CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora says Miami is targeting much-desired Bears offensive coordinator Adam Gase, who’s interviewed with the Browns and is scheduled to have his second interview with the Eagles this weekend.
Cowboys teammates reportedly soured on Greg Hardy
According to the Dallas Morning News, the controversial acquisition was perpetually late to team activities as the season wore on yet never had his playing time cut. “A few teammates who had supported Hardy early began to sour on him late in the season,” writes Brandon George. Hardy cleaned out his locker Monday and will be an unrestricted free agent this offseason.
Wednesday, Jan. 6
A somewhat stunning move by Tampa Bay, which wasn’t thought to be leaning in that direction, especially with the team appearing to be on the upswing. After going 2-14 last season, Smith;s first at the helm, the Bucs went 6-10 this season, although just 1-5 in their final six games.
There had been widespread speculation that the New Orleans head coach would be moving on to another team, possibly in a trade for a draft pick, as he still has two years left on his current contract. But Payton told reporters, “Nothing is changing and I plan on finishing my career here.” Now there is widespread speculation that other teams weren’t as interested in acquiring the coach’s services as he or the Saints thought.
A source tells Vic Carucci of the Buffalo News that Bills owner Terry Pegula has told Ryan and GM Doug Whaley that they need to make the playoffs in 2016 or be fired. Buffalo went 8-8 in Ryan’s first season in Western New York, and Ryan still has four years left on his contract. He will make $27 million guaranteed.
The Bears offensive coordinator is proving to be the hottest name on the coaching market, and Philadelphia liked his first interview so much that it’s bringing him back for a second this weekend, according to NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport. The Eagles, Browns, Dolphins and Giants — in other words, just about every team with a vacancy — also want to talk to Gase.
After the Cowboys plane was spotted at a New Orleans area airport, the Cowboys owner had a night on the town. But was he there to talk to Saints Coach Sean Payton? He said no to the New Orleans Advocate. Payton is still officially the Saints coach and Jones has said Jason Garrett will be back as Cowboys coach next year, but his trip got people talking.
Tuesday, Jan. 5
The former Trojans coach is reportedly “putting out feelers to NFL teams” in hopes of joining an NFL staff. He was fired mid-season by Southern Cal, after the school announced he would take a leave of absence in order to seek treatment for his problems with alcohol.
Does this open the door for RGIII or Johnny Manziel in Dallas?
Just because he’s “stepping down” from the Giants doesn’t mean the longtime coach is ready to retire.
Sure, he’ll be 70 by the time the 2016 season starts, but he’s got two rings and the reputation of building true contenders. That should net him a few calls, right?
Why the Colts kept Chuck Pagano (8:30 a.m.)
After the surprising announcement on Monday about a multi-year extension for Indianapolis’s head coach, there came a flurry of tweets about how Pagano went from a man reportedly out the door to one who is firmly entrenched in his position. There was also some healthy debate about how committed the Colts were to Pagano while negotiating with him.
Two of the league’s most dialed-in reporters disputed that report.
Monday, Jan. 4
Patriots defensive coordinator drawing head coaching interest
The Browns have reportedly taken a liking to New England’s bearded DC Matt Patricia.
The Browns’ controversial QB reportedly wore a blonde wig, fake mustache and glasses — an alter-ego deemed “Billy.”
By Monday morning, it was clear that Cleveland’s Mike Pettine and San Francisco’s Jim Tomsula were fired, with the promise of more upheaval ahead. Among the questions of the day: What will happen with New York Giants Coach Tom Coughlin?
By the afternoon, we had our answer: Coughlin parted ways with the Giants after 12 seasons and two Super Bowl titles.
One of the most intriguing possibilities is that Alabama’s Nick Saban would return to the NFL after his disastrous stint with the Miami Dolphins. But don’t put too much faith in that one, no matter how often reports swirl that the Indianapolis Colts and New York Giants would love to hire him.
Who is in and out for the Eagles?
One of the best openings in the NFL is in Philadelphia, where the Eagles fired coach Chip Kelly last week. The team will interview Pat Shurmur, the interim coach, on Monday afternoon. Already, he has quarterback Sam Bradford’s endorsement.
“The quarterback-head coach relationship is extremely important in any organization,” Bradford said (via ESPN). “Given the history I have with Pat — we were together my rookie year [in St. Louis] and reunited this year — I think it would mean a lot to me. I would love to play for him. I really enjoyed playing for him today. If he is a candidate, I hope that he gets serious consideration.”
The other big question is whether Bradford is back.
The Eagles also reportedly are interested in Adam Gase, the offensive coordinator in Chicago who was instrumental in helping Peyton Manning in Denver, according to Pro Football Talk. They might also go all in on Sean Payton (per the Philadelphia Daily News).
Sean Payton’s future in New Orleans?
Speaking of Payton, he is expected to meet with New Orleans General Manager Mickey Loomis this week to discuss his future and whether the team might be willing to let him walk in exchange for compensation. That price tag? Reportedly, a second-round draft pick.
Payton is also desired in San Francisco, where the 49ers are reportedly looking at Kelly, as well, and Mike Shanahan.
What will Colts do with Chuck Pagano, Ryan Grigson?
In Indianapolis, Coach Chuck Pagano’s status has been a foregone conclusion for weeks and weeks, but his meeting with owner Jim Irsay lasted into the afternoon. Less clear is whether the Colts’ housecleaning will include General Manager Ryan Grigson.
Titans fire GM Ruston Webster; future of Mike Mularkey?
The Tennessee Titans, having fired coach Ken Whisenhunt midseason, added to the housecleaning by giving General Manager Ruston Webster the boot. Now, the question is whether Mike Mularkey will be retained as coach after replacing Whisenhunt.
One team that won’t be looking for a head coach is the San Diego Chargers, who will retain Mike McCoy.
The Dolphins, as expected, elevated Chris Grier, their longtime director of college scouting, to the position of general manager. Now, Grier and Mike Tannenbaum, the executive vice-president of football operations, will seek a head coach. This may be the only team that doesn’t have Saban on its wish list. The Dolphins are expected to interview Dan Campbell, the interim coach who replaced Joe Philbin midseason, later this week.
As for players, they’ll begin changing teams a little later, but Johnny Manziel already tops the list of players expected to end up elsewhere — perhaps in Dallas with Jerry Jones.