The latest from the carousel:
What’s happening: They continue their search for a new general manager, which means Lovie Smith isn’t guaranteed anything. They’ve officially promoted Mike Tice to the vacant offensive coordinator spot.
What they’ll do next: Ted Sundquist and Bill Polian are the top candidates. Those two are more likely to can Smith. (Eagles director of player personnel Ryan Grigson has also emerged, and now we’re hearing that they might stay in-house and promote Tim Ruskell. That would be very good news for Smith.
What they should do next: Polian’s a dinosaur. I’d like to see them give a fresh name like Grigson a chance, and I’m not just saying that because he’s a former CFL guy.
What’s happening: Jim Caldwell’s fate has yet to be determined as they search for a new GM.
What they’ll do next: They’ve apparently been considering in-house candidates as well as Atlanta’s Les Snead, Marc Ross from the Giants, David Caldwell from the Falcons, Grigson from Philly, Tom Ciskowski from Dallas and
Ralph Rick Reiprish from New Orleans. So this could take a while.
What they should do next: I don’t know much about these guys, but I think they should clean house with whoever they hire.
What’s happening: They’ve been interviewing head-coaching candidates such as Brian Schottenheimer, Mike McCoy, Jay Gruden, Mike Mularkey and Rob Chudzinski.
What they’ll do next: They’re slated to interview Mularkey on Tuesday. They can’t get McCoy in because his Broncos are still alive.
What they should do next: Clearly they’re not chasing a blue-chipper, so I’d say they should settle for Gruden, Mularkey or Chudzinski. This could take some time.
Kansas City Chiefs
What’s happening: They’ve removed the interim tag from Romeo Crennel’s title. Case closed and smart move.
What’s happening: As they await word from Jeff Fisher (who will be deciding in the coming days), they’re preparing contingency plans.
What they should do next: I have a feeling Fisher’s going to St. Louis, and I think Zimmer would make a great head coach. In fact, I don’t think he’d be a downgrade from Fisher, and he’d probably come much cheaper.
What’s happening: They’ve hired Reggie McKenzie, who was the director of football operations in Green Bay, to take over as GM.
What they’ll do next: We’ll find it in the coming days if Hue Jackson is being retained as head coach.
What they should do next: Fire Jackson and let McKenzie start anew. Unfortunately, Jackson and Al Davis traded away all of his draft picks.
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 and are awaiting a decision from Jeff Fisher.
What they’ll do next: Hire Fisher or settle for a guy like Ray Horton (who appears to be their fallback). They’ll also keep interviewing fairly anonymous GM candidates like Snead, Grigson and Briane Gaine. They’ll need a new offensive coordinator, too
What they should do next: I don’t really care what they do at GM, especially if they 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: They’re interviewing literally everyone associated with the game of football.
What they should do next: Make a run at Zimmer or Mike Sherman and forget retreads like Phillips, Childress and Schottenheimer. I understand that they’re trying to find the Bizarro Raheem Morris, but let’s not overdo it.