2022 NFL Head Coach Tracker: Latest news and rumors on NFL head coaching vacancies

With multiple teams looking for a new head coach, here are the latest news and rumors of these vacancies in our 2022 NFL Head Coach Tracker.

Keep up to date with all the latest news and rumors regarding the latest in the numerous head coaching searches with our 2022 tracker. With nine head coaches having moved on during or after the 2021 NFL season, there has certainly been plenty of intriguing around the NFL.

2022 NFL Head Coach Tracker

Please note that we will be updating this tracker with more news and rumors when we get them. As head coach vacancies open up, we will add them to the tracker. To jump around from team to team, use these links for quick access.

Chicago Bears
Denver Broncos
Houston Texans
Jacksonville Jaguars
Las Vegas Raiders
Miami Dolphins
Minnesota Vikings
New Orleans Saints
New York Giants

Chicago Bears hired Ryan Poles as general manager and Matt Eberflus as head coach

The Bears made sweeping changes to their franchise, moving on from both Matt Nagy and Ryan Pace. Nagy’s departure had long been discussed, but the Bears maintained their record of not firing coaches during the season intact in 2022.

On January 25, the Bears hired Ryan Poles as general manager. It did not take long after being hired as GM for Poles to select his new head coach. On January 27, it was announced that Colts’ defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus had been hired as the next Chicago Bears head coach.

Confirmed Head Coach Interviews

  • Dennis Allen – Hired by Saints
    Saints defensive coordinator
    Tuesday, Jan. 25
  • Todd Bowles
    Buccaneers defensive coordinator
    Saturday, Jan. 22
  • Jim Caldwell
    Former Colts, Lions head coach
    Saturday, Jan. 15
  • Brian Daboll – Hired by the Giants
    Bills offensive coordinator
    Sunday, Jan. 16
  • Matt Eberflus – Hired by the Bears
    Colts defensive coordinator
    Monday, Jan. 17 (first); Wednesday, Jan. 26 (second)
  • Brian Flores
    Former Dolphins head coach
    Friday, Jan. 14
  • Leslie Frazier
    Bills defensive coordinator
    Friday, Jan. 21
  • Nathaniel Hackett – Hired by Denver
    Packers offensive coordinator
    Saturday, Jan. 15
  • Byron Leftwich
    Buccaneers offensive coordinator
  • Doug Pederson
    Former Eagles head coach
    Wednesday, Jan. 12
  • Dan Quinn
    Cowboys defensive coordinator
    Saturday, Jan. 22 (first), Wednesday, Jan. 26 (second)

Confirmed General Manager Interviews

  • Kwesi Adofo-Mensah
    Browns vice president of football operations
    Thursday, Jan. 13
  • Morocco Brown
    Colts director of college scouting
    Monday, Jan. 24
  • Ran Carthon
    49ers director of player personnel
    Wednesday, Jan. 19
  • Ed Dodds – Withdrew from consideration
    Colts assistant general manager
    Monday, Jan. 17
  • Glenn Cook
    Browns vice president of player personnel
    Wednesday, Jan. 12
  • Ryan Poles – Hired
    Chiefs director of player personnel
    Friday, Jan. 21 (first); Tuesday, Jan. 25 (second)
  • Jeff Ireland
    Saints assistant general manager
    Friday, Jan. 14
  • Champ Kelly
    Bears assistant director of player personnel
    Thursday, Jan. 13
  • Omar Khan
    Steelers vice president of football and business administration
    Monday, Jan. 24
  • Reggie McKenzie
    Dolphins senior personnel executive
    Thursday, Jan. 20
  • Monti Ossenfort
    Titans director of player personnel
    Saturday, Jan. 15
  • Joe Schoen Hired by the Giants
    Bills assistant general manager
    Sunday, Jan. 16
  • Eliot Wolf
    Patriots director of scouting
    Tuesday, Jan. 18
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Chicago Bears
Denver Broncos
Houston Texans
Jacksonville Jaguars
Las Vegas Raiders
Miami Dolphins
Minnesota Vikings
New Orleans Saints
New York Giants

Denver Broncos hired Nathaniel Hackett to replace Vic Fangio

The Denver Broncos announced on Sunday (January 9) morning that they were parting ways with HC Vic Fangio. The decision to fire Fangio wasn’t an easy one for GM George Paton, who likes and respects the former head coach.

But a change became necessary after the Broncos finished in the bottom 10 in scoring in each of the last three seasons. On January 27, the Broncos hired Nathaniel Hackett to be their next head coach.

Confirmed Head Coach Interviews

  • Eric Bieniemy 
    Chiefs offensive coordinator
    Friday, Jan. 21
  • Brian Callahan
    Bengals offensive coordinator
    Thursday, Jan. 20
  • Jonathan Gannon
    Eagles defensive coordinator
    Wednesday, Jan. 19
  • Luke Getsy
    Packers QB coach/passing game coordinator
    Friday, Jan. 14
  • Aaron Glenn
    Lions defensive coordinator
    Thursday, Jan. 13
  • Nathaniel Hackett – Hired
    Packers offensive coordinator
    Thursday, Jan. 13 (first); Monday, Jan. 24 (second)
  • Jerod Mayo
    Patriots LB coach
    Wednesday, Jan. 19
  • Kellen Moore
    Cowboys offensive coordinator
    Tuesday, Jan. 18
  • Kevin O’Connell
    Rams offensive coordinator
    Thursday, Jan. 20
  • Dan Quinn
    Cowboys defensive coordinator
    Tuesday, Jan. 18
JUMP AROUND

Chicago Bears
Denver Broncos
Houston Texans
Jacksonville Jaguars
Las Vegas Raiders
Miami Dolphins
Minnesota Vikings
New Orleans Saints
New York Giants

Houston Texans fired David Culley

The Houston Texans fired David Culley on Thursday after one year even though when they hired him, they knew he’d be saddled with a terrible roster, no quarterback, and even less of a chance to succeed.

PFN’s NFL Insider Aaron Wilson reports that Josh McCown was a serious contender for the Texans head coach position. However, late Sunday [February 06] night, new candidate Lovie Smith emerged as the new favorite for the position. ESPN’s Adam Schefter then confirmed that the Texans were hiring Smith as their new head coach.

Confirmed Head Coach Interviews

  • Brian Flores
    Former Dolphins head coach
    Friday, Jan. 14 (first), Monday, Jan. 31 (second)
  • Jonathan Gannon
    Eagles defensive coordinator
    Tuesday, Jan. 18 (first), Saturday, Jan. 29 (second)
  • Joe Lombardi
    Chargers offensive coordinator
    Saturday, Jan. 15
  • Kevin O’Connell
    Rams offensive coordinator
    w/c Jan. 24 (first), Monday, Jan. 31 (second)
  • Josh McCown
    Former NFL QB
    Thursday, Jan. 20 (first), Friday, Jan. 28 (second)
  • Hines Ward
    Florida Atlantic special assistant to the head coach
    Saturday, Jan. 15
  • Lovie Smith – Hired
    Texans defensive coordinator
    Sunday, Feb. 06
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Chicago Bears
Denver Broncos
Houston Texans
Jacksonville Jaguars
Las Vegas Raiders
Miami Dolphins
Minnesota Vikings
New Orleans Saints
New York Giants

Jacksonville Jaguars are hiring Doug Pederson as their next head coach

The Jaguars decided to move on from Urban Meyer just 13 games into his rocky Jacksonville tenure. Now, they’re in the market for a new head coach and as the second team with an NFL head coach vacancy, they’ve wasted little time trying to find the next person to lead their team.

According to PFN’s Aaron Wilson, Byron Leftwich was reportedly in contract discussions with the Jaguars to become their ninth head coach in franchise history. However, talks fell apart with GM Trent Baalke a major sticking point in the negotiations.

Now, Doug Pederson, who won a Super Bowl with the Philadelphia Eagles, will be the next head coach of the Jaguars and tasked with developing second-year quarterback Trevor Lawrence.

Confirmed Head Coach Interviews

  • Darrell Bevell
    Jaguars interim head coach
    Tuesday, Jan. 11
  • Rich Bisaccia
    Raiders 2021 interim head coach
    Monday, Jan. 31
  • Todd Bowles
    Buccaneers defensive coordinator
    Friday, Jan. 3 (Jan. 7 has also been reported)
  • Jim Caldwell
    Former Colts and Lions head coach
    Tuesday, Jan. 4
  • Matt Eberflus – Hired by Chicago
    Colts defensive coordinator
    Saturday, Jan. 15 (first); Thursday, Jan. 20 (second)
  • Nathaniel Hackett – Hired by Denver
    Packers offensive coordinator
    Friday, Jan. 14 (first); Thursday, Jan. 27 (planned)
  • Byron Leftwich
    Buccaneers offensive coordinator
    Friday, Jan. 7 (first); Monday, Jan. 24 (second)
  • Kellen Moore
    Cowboys offensive coordinator
    Friday, Jan. 7
  • Bill O’Brien
    Alabama offensive coordinator
    Thursday, Jan. 13
  • Doug Pederson
    Former Eagles head coach
    Thursday, Dec. 30
  • Vic Fangio
    Former Broncos head coach
    Monday, Jan. 24
JUMP AROUND

Chicago Bears
Denver Broncos
Houston Texans
Jacksonville Jaguars
Las Vegas Raiders
Miami Dolphins
Minnesota Vikings
New Orleans Saints
New York Giants

The Las Vegas Raiders hired Josh McDaniels as their next head coach

The Raiders officially moved on from GM Mike Mayock right before Monday Night Football during the Wild Card Round. As PFN’s Tony Pauline mentioned on PFN’s Between the Hashes podcast in October, there were plans to fire Mayock after the draft. Yet, over the summer, there was a mass exodus of front office personnel in the organization, including team president Marc Badain, who had been with the organization since 1991.

The Raiders also made it into the playoffs under interim head coach Rich Bisaccia. He remains with the team, but Las Vegas has put in requests to interview other candidates.

On January 31, the Raiders hired Josh McDaniels as their next head coach and Dave Ziegler as their GM, as first reported by PFN’s NFL Insider Aaron Wilson.

Confirmed Head Coach Interviews

  • Todd Bowles
    Buccaneers defensive coordinator
    Thursday, Jan. 27
  • Jerod Mayo
    Patriots inside linebackers coach
    Tuesday, Jan. 25
  • Josh McDaniels – Hired
    Patriots offensive coordinator
    Saturday, Jan. 29

Confirmed General Manager Interviews

  • Trey Brown
    Bengals scout
    Friday, Jan. 21
  • Champ Kelly
    Bears assistant director of player personnel
    Thursday, Jan. 20
  • Brandon Hunt
    Steelers pro scouting coordinator
    Wednesday, Jan. 26
  • Ruston Webster
    Former Titans general manager and Falcons national scout
    Wednesday, Jan. 26
  • Dave Ziegler – Hired
    Patriots director of player personnel
    Friday, Jan. 21
JUMP AROUND

Chicago Bears
Denver Broncos
Houston Texans
Jacksonville Jaguars
Las Vegas Raiders
Miami Dolphins
Minnesota Vikings
New Orleans Saints
New York Giants

The Miami Dolphins fired head coach Brian Flores

In a somewhat surprising move, the Dolphins fired head coach Brian Flores. According to the report from ESPN’s Jeff Darlington, the relationship between Flores, Tua Tagovailoa, and Chris Grier had deteriorated. The Dolphins kept Grier in place and will now embark on a search for a new head coach.

PFN’s NFL Director Adam Beasley noted early on in the process that San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator Mike McDaniel was a leading candidate to be the next head coach of the Dolphins. Miami officially announced that McDaniel would become their new head coach on February 06, 2022.

Confirmed Head Coach Interviews

  • Thomas Brown
    Rams assistant head coach
    Friday, Jan. 21
  • Brian Daboll – Hired by the Giants
    Bills offensive coordinator
    Sunday, Jan. 16
  • Leslie Frazier
    Bills defensive coordinator
    Sunday, Jan. 16
  • Vance Joseph
    Cardinals defensive coordinator
    Friday, Jan. 21
  • Mike McDanielHired
    49ers offensive coordinator
    Wednesday, Jan. 19 (first); Thursday, Feb. 3 (second)
  • Kellen Moore
    Cowboys offensive coordinator
    Thursday, Jan. 20 (first); Saturday, Feb. 5 (second)
  • Dan Quinn
    Cowboys defensive coordinator
    Thursday, Jan. 20
JUMP AROUND

Chicago Bears
Denver Broncos
Houston Texans
Jacksonville Jaguars
Las Vegas Raiders
Miami Dolphins
Minnesota Vikings
New Orleans Saints
New York Giants

Minnesota Vikings hire Kwesi Adofo-Mensah as GM and will hire Kevin O’Connell as their next head coach

After missing the playoffs yet again, the Vikings have unsurprisingly decided that a change is required. When the team added Kirk Cousins, they felt they were just a QB away from going all the way. However, it has not played out that way. Now, with one year remaining on Cousins’ contract, Minnesota appears to be starting fresh.

On Wednesday, Jan. 26, the Minnesota Vikings hired Browns vice president of football operations Kwesi Adofo-Mensah as their general manager.

Now, it appears they have identified Rams offensive coordinator Kevin O’Connell as their next head coach after Jim Harbaugh decided to return to Michigan.

Confirmed Head Coach Interviews

  • Todd Bowles
    Buccaneers defensive coordinator
    Friday, Jan. 21
  • Nathaniel Hackett – Hired by Denver
    Packers offensive coordinator
    Sunday, Jan. 16
  • Jonathan Gannon
    Eagles defensive coordinator
    Thursday, Jan. 20
  • Patrick Graham
    Giants defensive coordinator
    Saturday, Jan. 29 (first); Tuesday, Feb. 1 (second)
  • Jim Harbaugh
    Michigan head coach
    Saturday, Jan. 29 (first); Wednesday, Feb. 2 (second)
  • Kellen Moore
    Cowboys offensive coordinator
    Wednesday, Jan. 19
  • Raheem Morris
    Rams defensive coordinator
    Friday, Jan. 21; Monday, Feb. 31 (second)
  • Kevin O’Connell – Rumored to have job at end of Rams season
    Rams offensive coordinator
    Friday, Jan. 21 (first); Monday, Feb. 31 (second)
  • Dan Quinn
    Cowboys defensive coordinator
    Wednesday, Jan. 19
  • DeMeco Ryans
    49ers defensive coordinator
    Wednesday, Jan. 23

Confirmed/Requested General Manager Interviews

  • Kwesi Adofo-Mensah – Hired
    Browns vice president of football operations
    Monday, Jan. 17
  • Brandon Brown
    Eagles director of player personnel
    Tuesday, Jan. 18
  • Glenn Cook
    Browns vice president of player personnel
    Thursday, Jan. 20
  • Monti Ossenfort
    Titans director of player personnel
    Sunday, Jan. 16
  • Ryan Poles – Hired by Chicago
    Chiefs director of player personnel
    Tuesday, Jan. 18 (first); Wednesday, Jan. 26 (second, tentative)
  • Catherine Raîche
    Eagles vice president of football operations
    Monday, Jan. 17
  • John Spytek
    Buccaneers vice president of player personnel
    This week
  • Eliot Wolf
    Patriots player personnel consultant
    Thursday, Jan. 20
JUMP AROUND

Chicago Bears
Denver Broncos
Houston Texans
Jacksonville Jaguars
Las Vegas Raiders
Miami Dolphins
Minnesota Vikings
New Orleans Saints
New York Giants

Sean Payton informs the New Orleans Saints he is stepping away

While it had been speculated since the 2021 season ended, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport confirmed that Sean Payton has informed the New Orleans Saints that he will be stepping away after 15 seasons as their head coach. Over that time, Payton has led New Orleans to a 152-89 record, including a 9-8 postseason record and a Super Bowl victory in just his fourth year on the job.

PFN Insider Aaron Wilson reported on February 3 that the Saints requested Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy for an interview, according to a league source.

Ultimately, the Saints decided to remain in-house and promoted Dennis Allen as the successor to now-retired Sean Payton.

Confirmed Head Coach Interviews

  • Dennis Allen – Hired
    Saints defensive coordinator
    Wednesday, Feb. 2, or Thursday, Feb. 3
  • Eric Bieniemy
    Chiefs offensive coordinator
    Saturday, Feb. 5
  • Doug Pederson – Hired by Jaguars
    Former Eagles head coach
    Sunday, Jan. 30
  • Brian Flores
    Former Dolphins head coach
    Tuesday, Feb. 1
  • Aaron Glenn
    Lions defensive coordinator
    Wednesday, Feb. 2

Requested/Planned Head Coach Interviews

  • Byron Leftwich
    Buccaneers offensive coordinator
JUMP AROUND

Chicago Bears
Denver Broncos
Houston Texans
Jacksonville Jaguars
Las Vegas Raiders
Miami Dolphins
Minnesota Vikings
New Orleans Saints
New York Giants

New York Giants hired Joe Schoen as GM and Brian Daboll as head coach

After it appeared as though Joe Judge was set to remain in New York, the Giants fired him in early January. In his two seasons with the team, Judge won just 10 games, going 4-13 in 2021. Judge fired his offensive coordinator, Jason Garrett, during the season. However, the team remained stagnant and the offense remain unimaginative right through to Week 18.

The Giants were set on getting their GM in place before hiring a head coach. Therefore, the GM process took priority initially and then shifted to a head coaching search after they hired Bills assistant GM Joe Schoen as their next GM.

On January 28, the Giants announced that they had agreed to terms with Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll.

Confirmed Head Coach Interviews

  • Lou Anarumo
    Bengals defensive coordinator
    Sunday, Jan. 23
  • Brian Daboll – Hired
    Bills offensive coordinator
    Friday, Jan. 21 (first); Tuesday, Jan. 25 (second)
  • Patrick Graham
    Giants defensive coordinator
    Wednesday, Jan. 26
  • Brian Flores
    Former Dolphins head coach
    Thursday, Jan. 27
  • Leslie Frazier
    Bills defensive coordinator
    Saturday, Jan. 22 (first); Friday, Jan. 28 (second)
  • Dan Quinn
    Cowboys defensive coordinator
    Monday, Jan. 24

Confirmed General Manager Interviews

  • Ran Carthon
    49ers director of pro personnel
    Monday, Jan. 17
  • Ryan Cowden
    Titans vice president of player personnel
    Friday, Jan. 14
  • Quentin Harris
    Cardinals vice president of player personnel
    Thursday, Jan. 13
  • Joe Hortiz
    Ravens director of player personnel
    Saturday, Jan. 15
  • Monti Ossenfort
    Titans director of player personnel
    Friday, Jan. 14
  • Adam Peters
    49ers assistant general manager
    Monday, Jan. 17 (first), Thursday, Jan. 20 (second)
  • Ryan Poles – Hired by Chicago
    Chiefs executive director of player personnel
    Thursday, Jan. 13 (first), Wednesday, Jan. 19 (second)
  • Joe Schoen – Hired by Giants
    Bills assistant general manager
    Wednesday, Jan. 12 (first), Tuesday, Jan. 18 (second)
  • Adrian Wilson
    Cardinals vice president of pro personnel
    Wednesday, Jan. 12
JUMP AROUND

Chicago Bears
Denver Broncos
Houston Texans
Jacksonville Jaguars
Las Vegas Raiders
Miami Dolphins
Minnesota Vikings
New Orleans Saints
New York Giants

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