Latest NFL coaching rumors
The NFL season is over for 20 teams and seven of them -- including the Eagles -- are looking for new head coaches. As teams go shopping, here's a summary of the latest names passing through the rumor mill:
- UPDATE, 12:38 AM: Les Bowen of the Daily News reports that Eagles offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg will not be going to Kansas City to coach under Andy Reid.
-UPDATE, 10:21 PM: According to Comcast Sportsnet, a league a source told Derrick Gunn that Andy Reid has offered Juan Castillo the offensive line coaching job on his new staff wherever that may be.
- UPDATE, 6:50 PM: According to a report from Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Cleveland Browns have interviewed Penn State head coach Bill O'Brien.
- UPDATE, 1:20 PM: It is being reported that barring a disastrous interview, the Browns are prepared to make Chip Kelly an offer that would take him off the table for any other potential suitors, such as the Eagles.
- Reid and the Chiefs met for nine hours on Wednesday, after Reid was released by the Eagles. He is also reported to have interviews set up in Arizona and San Diego. It appears that the Chiefs have stepped up their pursuit as they are now 'on verge' of hiring Reid. Reid will not be going anywhere with special teams quality control coach Duce Staley, however, as he is the only assistant coach the Eagles are reluctant to let go.
- The Eagles are also planning to interview Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy within the next few days, the team confirms. They have already met with Falcons assistant coaches Keith Armstrong and Mike Nolan. McCoy has an endorsement from Peyton Manning as to his abilities in a head coaching role.
- Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, son of head coach Mike Shanahan, is rumored to have piqued the interest of an unknown number of teams. Shanahan has stated he will not be scheduling any meetings until after Washington's season ends; though he is unaware of any specifics, as he does not employ an agent.
- Ken Whisenhunt also has the Browns in his ear, after the firing of head coach Pat Shurmur. Cleveland is also looking at the collegiate level for Chip Kelly of Oregon and Bill O'Brien of Penn State, both of whom are rumored to be candidates for the head coach opening in Philadelphia. O'Brien is reportedly pursuing an NFL position, despite familial resistance.
- The Chargers have done away with both head coach Norv Turner and GM A.J. Smith. Smith seems likely to be replaced first, while at the moment there is nothing to Turner's replacements but theories and rumors.
- Lovie Smith was fired by the Bears. Chicago looks to replace him with a swiftly arranged short list, including offensive coordinators Tom Clements of the Packers, Mike Sullivans of the Buccaneers, Denver's Mike McCoy, and New Orleans' Pete Carmichael. Also in the mix are special teams coaches Keith Armstrong of the Falcons, and the Cowboys' Joe DeCamillis.
- Though the Bears are the first team to show interest in Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians for their head coaching position, the Chargers are also expected to enter the fray.
- In Buffalo, the Bills have already interviewed former Arizona Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt to replace the recently fired Chan Gailey. Lovie Smith, fresh off his pink slip in Chicago, is also reported to be in the hunt for the Bills' head coaching gig.
- At the moment, the Panthers have placed head coach Ron Rivera in limbo. Reports have surfaced stating that his firing is inevitable, though he has yet to meet with team officials and does not seem as though he will do so until the end of the week.