The latest from the carousel, which is starting to slow down:
What’s happening: They continue their search for a new general manager, which means Lovie Smith isn’t guaranteed anything.
What they’ll do next: Big names like Ted Sundquist and Bill Polian have faded. Now they’ll interview four guys most of us have never heard of for the vacant GM spot.
What they should do next: Hire Marc Ross from the Giants. The guy’s had some superb drafts of late.
What’s happening: They’ve hired Ryan Grigson away from Philadelphia to be their new GM
What they’ll do next: They’ll decide whether or not to fire Jim Caldwell.
What they should do next: I think they should fire Caldwell and start anew. But the fact that Jeff Fisher is now officially off of a market that is dwindling in size leads me to believe they’ll give Caldwell a do-or-die 2012 season. A lot of mystery in Indy right now.
What’s happening: They’ve hired Mike Mularkey to be their next head coach. Case closed.
Kansas City Chiefs
What’s happening: They’ve removed the interim tag from Romeo Crennel’s title. Case closed.
What’s happening: They’ve lost out on Fisher, who chose St. Louis.
What they’ll do next: Interview “fallbacks” such as Mike Zimmer, Brian Billick and Rod Chudzinski. Dave Toub and Joe Philbin are also possibilities.
What they should do next: Hire Zimmer, who has done great things in Cincinnati and might have the perfect attitude and persona for the job. Losing out on Fisher could be the best thing to happen to the Dolphins in a long time.
What’s happening: New GM Reggie McKenzie is trying to determine who will replace fired head coach Hue Jackson.
What they’ll do next: Interview a bunch of Packers coaches — such as Philbin, Winston Moss, Dom Capers and Tom Clements — when they become available. So this could take some time.
What they should do next: Hire any of those guys. I’m a big fan of coach-GM duos that can work together peacefully and happily.
What’s happening: They decided to keep Andy Reid and Howie Roseman. Case closed.
St. Louis Rams
What’s happening: They’ve hired Jeff Fisher as head coach. Case closed.
What they’ll do next: Hire a fairly anonymous and submissive GM to work with 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. This has been the strangest and slowest coaching search in the league.
What they’ll do next: Keep interviewing, apparently. Wade Phillips is out, but Zimmer, Brad Childress and Marty Schottenheimer remain in the running. Oh, and Rob Chudzinski has become a possibility now, too.
What they should do next: Make a run at Zimmer or Mike Sherman and forget retreads like Childress and Schottenheimer. I understand that they’re trying to find the Bizarro Raheem Morris, but let’s not overdo it.