I can’t believe it’s Jan. 24 and we’re still waiting on three teams to hire new head coaches. Here’s the latest:
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: Decide between finalists Phil Emery (from the Chiefs) and Jason Licht (from the Patriots).
What they should do next: Hire whoever earns it but encourage them to give Smith one more year. Too late to start a head-coaching search now.
What’s happening: They’ve interviewed or will be interviewing head-coaching candidates such as Mike Zimmer, Pete Carmichael, Jerry Gray, Todd Bowles, Marty Morhinweg, Brad Seely, Chuck Pagano, Brad Childress and even Jim Tressel.
What they’ll do next: Keep interviewing. Did you see how many names I just listed? We won’t hear about a new head coach until Thursday or Friday at the earliest.
What they should do next: Hire Zimmer, but I think they’re leaning toward an offensive mind for the sake of Andrew Luck.
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 hired Joe Philbin. Case closed.
What’s happening: New GM Reggie McKenzie is trying to determine who will replace fired head coach Hue Jackson.
What they’ll do next: Hire one of three finalists, according to CSN Bay Area. The leading candidate is reportedly Broncos defensive coordinator Dennis Allen, with Packers assistant Winston Moss and a “mystery candidate” also in the running.
What they should do next: Hire Moss. 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 tried and failed to land Oregon’s Chip Kelly, which means they’re back to trying to decide between the 132 candidates they’ve interviewed thus far.
What they’ll do next: Interview Mike Sherman for a second time.
What they should do next: I don’t think they can go wrong with either Mike Zimmer or Sherman.