If you remember last year, I ran a head coaching tracker, a page where fans could see daily updates about news regarding the various head coaching vacancies in the NFL. Last year saw 8 teams fire and subsequently replace their head coach. This year we have already seen two teams move on from their head coaches (Washington and Carolina), with a handful more likely to make changes.
What you’ll see now is me begin to set up what the coaching tracker will look like below, and I’ll list some names I think you’ll hear a lot about in the coming weeks; when interviews begin, this will change into a section to show you the coaches that are getting the most interviews.
Note: I list someone as a candidate when another reporter does so officially, or an interview has been requested, scheduled, or taken place. Otherwise, any mentioning of a name (done so by at least one verified reporter) will mean that person is just linked to the job.
Yesterday Washington decided to end Jay Gruden’s days as their head coach.
I’ve called him mediocre in the past, but truly he was working with a bad set of cards (and he deserves another shot somewhere else down the line). Washington has been one of the most incompetent organizations since Dan Snyder bought the team in 1999, and that has been reflected by the product on the field.
They’ve had good players, they’ve had Hall of Fame coaches, but there is just a structural disharmony that exists, and has only gotten worse.
Over the next few weeks, with head coaching openings across the NFL, you can use this page to link to recent stories on candidates connected to respective jobs, and who ultimately lands the gig. I will also add in my two cents on who I believe should get hired (and will admit if I was right or wrong once a final choice is made). I will try to update this page as often as possible (probably daily), but I will not change who I think should initially get the job.