Here’s our Tuesday look at the coaching carousel, which is picking up steam.
What’s happening: General manager Jerry Angelo was fired today, while offensive coordinator Mike Martz left.
What they’ll do next: Hire a GM you’ve never heard of and promote offensive line coach Mike Tice into the offensive coordinator position.
What they should do next: I they think should have fired Smith and gone after a blue-chip coaching candidate. Now they’ll have to settle for a more submissive GM. Ideally, they’ll chase Josh McDaniels to fill the offensive coordinator role if he gets cut loose in St. Louis.
What’s happening: Jim Caldwell’s fate has yet to be decided, but Bill and Chris Polian are out.
What they’ll do next: Caldwell will continue to twist in the wind for a while. I don’t think they’ll fire him until they’ve gotten an answer from Jeff Fisher, whom they’re apparently chasing.
What they should do next: Fire Caldwell and start anew with a power head coach and a submissive GM. I’m thinking someone like Jon Gruden and a GM you’ve never heard of before. Don’t let Manning dictate the process this late in his career.
What’s happening: They’re beginning the process of interviewing head-coaching candidates.
What they’ll do next: Interview current offensive coordinators Brian Schottenheimer (why?), Mike Mularkey, Bill O’Brien, Mike McCoy and Rob Chudzinski.
What they should do next: Make a run at Jeff Fisher and stay away from Schottenheimer.
Kansas City Chiefs
What’s happening: They have to decide whether to remove Romeo Crennel’s interim tag or look elsewhere for Todd Haley’s replacement.
What they’ll do next: Probably interview Bill O’Brien as Scott Pioli stays close to his roots.
What they should do next: Keep Crennel, whom the players seem to like. They have the talent to compete ASAP under him.
What’s happening: They’ve jumped into the deep end immediately, interviewing Jeff Fisher after flying him in on a helicopter. According to NFL.com’s Jason La Canfora, potential personnel czar Carl Peterson and current GM Jeff Ireland are running separate coaching searches, because Peterson might only take a job in South Florida if Fisher gets the coaching gig.
What they’ll do next: Are you kidding me? Could Stephen Ross please take control of this team and stop the shenanigans? I can’t even guess where they’re going to go with this, but I still get the feeling Fisher will end up in St. Louis. Jim Haslett’s name is also in the mix now. This is a mess.
What they should do next: Chase Fisher, settle for Bill Cowher. Forget Peterson and Ireland.
What’s happening: They decided to keep Andy Reid and Howie Roseman. Case closed.
St. Louis Rams
What’s happening: They’re looking for a new GM and head coach after firing Billy Devaney and Steve Spagnuolo yesterday.
What they’ll do next: Interview Fisher this week.
What they should do next: Hire Fisher.
San Diego Chargers
What’s happening: They decided to keep Norv Turner and A.J. Smith. Case closed.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
What’s happening: General manager Mark Dominik is looking for a new head coach after Raheem Morris was fired Monday.
What they’ll do next: Start interviewing. Mike Sherman, Jerry Gray, Mike Mularkey and, of course, Fisher are reported candidates.
What they should do next: Hire Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer, who’s been flying under the radar for years and could revamp that terrible D. Sherman would also be interesting.