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Friday’s NFL News and Rumors: David Culley fallout continues and Nathaniel Hackett set for first interview Friday

25% of NFL teams are searching for a new coach, three teams are looking for a GM -- we have all of the latest NFL news and rumors right here.

What an eventful start we have had to the NFL offseason as news and rumors have been flying on coaching/GM candidates each of the four days. The addition of David Culley to the list of fired head coaches created yet another ripple through the NFL — the Texans’ next move will be highly scrutinized. Let’s take a look at what Friday is set to bring in terms of potential news around the NFL.

Note: This article contains the news and rumors updates from Friday, January 14. To keep up to date with the latest, check out Thursday’s (January 20) NFL news and rumors

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A quarter of the NFL is now looking for a new head coach; three of them are also looking for a new general manager. With all of the teams taking different approaches, we are in an intriguing spot in the coaching cycle. Friday could see the first coach or general manager of the cycle hired, and we will almost certainly see more interviews requested.

Chicago Bears

Fired: Matt Nagy (HC), Ryan Pace (GM)

Scheduled/requested HC interviews:

  • Todd Bowles
    Buccaneers defensive coordinator
  • Brian Daboll
    Bills offensive coordinator
  • Matt Eberflus
    Colts defensive coordinator
    Monday, January 17
  • Brian Flores
    Former Dolphins head coach
    Friday, January 14
  • Leslie Frazier
    Bills defensive coordinator
  • Nathaniel Hackett
    Packers offensive coordinator
    Saturday, January 15
  • Byron Leftwich
    Buccaneers offensive coordinator
  • Doug Pederson
    Former Eagles head coach
    Wednesday, January 12
  • Dan Quinn
    Cowboys defensive coordinator

Scheduled/requested GM interviews:

  • Kwesi Adofo-Mensah
    Browns vice president of football operations
  • Morocco Brown
    Colts director of college scouting
  • Ran Carthon
    49ers director of player personnel
  • Glenn Cook
    Browns vice president of player personnel
  • Ed Dodds
    Colts assistant general manager
  • Jeff Ireland
    Saints assistant general manager
    Friday, January 14
  • Champ Kelly
    Bears assistant director of player personnel
    Thursday, January 13
  • Omar Khan
    Steelers vice president of football and business administration
  • Joe Schoen
    Bills assistant general manager
  • Eliot Wolf
    Patriots director of scouting 

The latest: After a flurry of requests in the first half of the week, now the interviews are beginning for Chicago. Pederson is the only one to be completed so far, with Nathaniel Hackett to follow Saturday in terms of the head coach. With the Bears holding interviews with GMs and HCs at the same time, it will be intriguing to see how they bring together the process.

Denver Broncos

Fired: Vic Fangio (HC)

Scheduled/requested interviews:

  • Eric Bieniemy 
    Chiefs offensive coordinator
  • Brian Callahan
    Bengals offensive coordinator
  • Jonathan Gannon
    Eagles defensive coordinator
  • Luke Getsy
    Packers QB coach/passing game coordinator
    Friday, January 14
  • Aaron Glenn
    Lions defensive coordinator
    Thursday, January 13
  • Nathaniel Hackett 
    Packers offensive coordinator
    Thursday, January 13
  • Jerod Mayo
    Patriots LB coach
  • Kellen Moore
    Cowboys offensive coordinator
  • Kevin O’Connell
    Rams offensive coordinator
  • Dan Quinn
    Cowboys defensive coordinator

The latest: There are a lot of intriguing names on this list for the Broncos. It is clear that Denver is not set on wanting a particular type of coach. They have an intriguing blend of offense, defense, youth, and experience among their requested candidates.

Houston Texans

Fired: David Culley (and offensive coordinator Tim Kelly)

Scheduled/requested interviews: N/A

The latest: After seemingly sitting out the first three days of the NFL offseason, the Texans sprung into action Thursday. They fired both their head coach David Culley and offensive coordinator Tim Kelly on Thursday. A report by Ian Rapoport suggested that Culley’s unwillingness to change his offensive staff was among the reasons for his dismissal.

With Houston’s front office having ties to New England, it is no wonder that three current or former Patriots coaches are among the candidates discussed so far. PFN’s NFL Insider and Chief Draft Analyst Tony Pauline reported that Josh McDaniels is in the frame.

Elsewhere, there have been reports that both Brian Flores and Patriots LB coach Jerod Mayo are among their top candidates. A report from CBS sports reporter Jonathan Jones stated that Pep Hamilton is likely to be the next OC.

Jacksonville Jaguars

Fired: Urban Meyer (HC)

Scheduled/requested interviews:

  • Darrell Bevell
    Jaguars interim head coach
    Tuesday, January 11
  • Todd Bowles
    Buccaneers defensive coordinator
    Friday, January 3 (Jan. 7 has also been reported)
  • Jim Caldwell
    Former Colts and Lions head coach
    Tuesday, January 4
  • Matt Eberflus
    Colts defensive coordinator
    Saturday, January 15
  • Nathaniel Hackett
    Packers offensive coordinator
    Friday, January 14
  • Byron Leftwich
    Buccaneers offensive coordinator
    Friday, January 7
  • Kellen Moore
    Cowboys offensive coordinator
    Friday, January 7
  • Bill O’Brien
    Alabama offensive coordinator
    Thursday, January 13
  • Doug Pederson
    Former Eagles head coach
    Thursday, December 30
  • Dan Quinn
    Cowboys defensive coordinator
    After Cowboys’ regular season

The latest: It would seem that we are getting close to our first hiring of this cycle in Jacksonville. Bill O’Brien appears to be the front-runner, but the Jaguars have a couple more interviews scheduled for the next two days. Of the coaches they have publicly requested to interview, only Dan Quinn has not been interviewed.

Las Vegas Raiders

Resigned: Jon Gruden (HC)

Scheduled/requested interviews: N/A

The latest: The Raiders are really in a holding pattern in terms of their head coach for 2022 and beyond. With the Raiders still alive in the playoffs, the focus of the franchise is understandably on the playoffs.

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Las Vegas is said to have interest in potentially hiring Jim Harbaugh as Jon Gruden’s replacement. Still, it would be an awful look to replace interim coach Rich Bisaccia, who got the Raiders to the playoffs.

Miami Dolphins

Fired: Brian Flores (HC)

Scheduled/requested interviews:

  • Brian Daboll
    Bills offensive coordinator
  • Leslie Frazier
    Bills defensive coordinator
  • Vance Joseph
    Cardinals defensive coordinator
  • Mike McDaniel
    49ers offensive coordinator
  • Kellen Moore
    Cowboys offensive coordinator
  • Dan Quinn
    Cowboys defensive coordinator

The latest: The Dolphins are keeping their cards very close to their chest. We have seen some names trickling in, and there is a good mix of candidates among their requests so far. Experience seems to be the keyword around Miami, but there is plenty of youth on the list of requested interviews.

Minnesota Vikings

Fired: Mike Zimmer (HC), Rick Spielman (GM)

Scheduled/requested HC interviews:

  • None announced

Scheduled/requested GM interviews:

  • Kwesi Adofo-Mensah
    Browns vice president of football operations
  • Brandon Brown
    Eagles director of player personnel
  • Glenn Cook
    Browns vice president of player personnel
  • Monti Ossenfort
    Titans director of player personnel
  • Ryan Poles
    Chiefs director of player personnel
  • Catherine Raîche
    Eagles vice president of football operations
  • John Spytek
    Buccaneers vice president of player personnel
  • Eliot Wolf
    Patriots player personnel consultant

The latest: The Vikings seem to have set about hiring a GM first and then going from there. Their list contains Catherine Raîche, who is believed to be the first woman ever requested for a GM interview in NFL history. They now have five names on their list but appear to be taking the slow and methodical approach to this offseason so far.

New York Giants

Fired/retired: Joe Judge (HC), Dave Gettleman (GM)

Scheduled/requested interviews:

  • Kevin Abrams
    Giants assistant general manager
  • Ran Carthon
    49ers director of pro personnel
    w/c January 17
  • Ryan Cowden
    Titans vice president of player personnel
    Friday, January 14
  • Quentin Harris
    Cardinals vice president of player personnel
    Thursday, January 13
  • Joe Hortiz
    Ravens director of player personnel
    Saturday, January 15
  • Monti Ossenfort
    Titans director of player personnel
    Friday, January 14
  • Adam Peters
    49ers assistant general manager
    w/c January 17
  • Ryan Poles
    Chiefs executive director of player personnel
    Thursday, January 13
  • Joe Schoen
    Bills assistant general manager
    Wednesday, January 12
  • Adrian Wilson
    Cardinals vice president of pro personnel
    Wednesday, January 12

The latest: It has been a rocky few days in New York, but now the hard work comes of getting the hires right for their next GM and then subsequently their head coach. The Giants have been busy interviewing late in the first week of the offseason — we may not be far away from them hiring someone.

Seattle Seahawks

Fired: N/A

Scheduled/requested interviews: N/A

The latest: There has been no official word either way from the Seahawks on Pete Carroll. It seems likely that the veteran head coach will remain. However, after an eventful offseason last year, Seattle remains a place to watch this year.

Ben Rolfe is a Senior Managing Editor at Pro Football Network and is also a member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association (FSWA). You can find him on Twitter @BenRolfePFN.

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