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NFL News and Rumors Today: The Raiders’ search could begin Saturday

In today's NFL news and rumors, we touch on the Raiders' possibility of joining the head coaching search following Saturday's playoff game.

Wild Card Weekend isn’t just the start of the NFL playoffs. It’s also when teams without a head coach or general manager could begin making hires. The Giants and Jaguars, in particular, seem poised to make big decisions in the coming days, if not hours. We explore all of the latest news and rumors.

Note: This article contains the news and rumors updates from Saturday, January 15. To keep up to date with the latest, check out Sunday’s (January 16) NFL news and rumors.

NFL News and Rumors Today

Eight NFL franchises made coaching changes since the start of the 2021 season, and three have fired their general managers. Here’s today’s NFL news and rumors and those organizations continue plotting their futures.

Chicago Bears

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

Scheduled/requested HC interviews:

  • Todd Bowles
    Buccaneers defensive coordinator
  • Jim Caldwell
    Former Lions, Colts head coach
  • 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: The Bears are running concurrent searches — one for GM, and another for HC. It keeps them in the mix for the best candidates for each opening, but it creates a tricky dynamic. They certainly don’t want to hire one without making sure the other is good with it. As we’ve seen time and again, dysfunction and failure arise when coach and general manager aren’t in lockstep.

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: The Broncos’ wide, diverse search crawls on. They completed interviews with the two Packers assistants during Green Bay’s bye week, and Glenn had ample time to sit for his because the Lions’ season is over. Each of Denver’s other seven candidates — Bieniemy, Callahan, Gannon, Mayo, Moore, O’Connell, and Quinn — have games this weekend.

Houston Texans

Fired: David Culley (and offensive coordinator Tim Kelly)

Scheduled/requested interviews:

  • Brian Flores
    Former Dolphins head coach
    Friday, January 14
  • Joe Lombardi
    Chargers offensive coordinator
    Saturday, January 15
  • Hines Ward
    Florida Atlantic special assistant to the head coach
    Saturday, January 15

The latest: The Texans could have the quickest turnaround of any team. Don’t be surprised if they announce a hire as early as Monday. Interviews with their leading candidates — Flores and Mayo — would satisfy the Rooney Rule, and the sense is one of those two candidates will get the job if they want it. Flores, who met with the Texans Friday, has known Texans GM Nick Caserio for some two decades.

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: Expect some resolution here soon. Quinn is the only known candidate yet to sit with Shad Khan, and it’s entirely possible the Jaguars already know he won’t be their guy. Jacksonville’s decision to get a jump-start on the process means they’ll get a head-start on second-round interviews, which will occur in the coming days.

Las Vegas Raiders

Resigned: Jon Gruden (HC)

Scheduled/requested interviews: N/A

The latest: The Las Vegas Raiders’ search could officially begin as soon as 7:30 PM ET Saturday. The Raiders and Bengals open the 2021 NFL postseason, and a loss by Las Vegas could mean the end of Rich Bisaccia’s time as coach. A win, however, makes things very interesting in Sin City.

Miami Dolphins

Fired: Brian Flores (HC)

Scheduled/requested interviews:

  • Thomas Brown
    Rams assistant head coach
  • Brian Daboll
    Bills offensive coordinator
    Sunday, January 16
  • Leslie Frazier
    Bills defensive coordinator
    Sunday, January 16
  • Vance Joseph
    Cardinals defensive coordinator
  • Mike McDaniel
    49ers offensive coordinator
  • Kellen Moore
    Cowboys offensive coordinator
  • Dan Quinn
    Cowboys defensive coordinator

The latest: Stop us if you’ve heard this before: The Miami Dolphins fired a coach that didn’t believe in its first-round quarterback and hired one to fix said QB. They did it in 2016 with Adam Gase and Ryan Tannehill. Now Ross apparently wants to run it back. NFL Network reported Saturday that, barring completely unforeseen, Tua will be the Dolphins’ starter in 2022 and the coach they hire to replace Brian Flores will be tasked with developing him, not replacing him.

Minnesota Vikings

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

Scheduled/requested HC interviews:

  • Todd Bowles
    Buccaneers defensive coordinator
  • Nathaniel Hackett
    Packers offensive coordinator
    Saturday, January 15
  • Kellen Moore
    Cowboys offensive coordinator
  • Jonathan Gannon
    Eagles defensive coordinator
  • Kevin O’Connell
    Rams offensive coordinator
  • Dan Quinn
    Cowboys defensive coordinator
  • DeMeco Ryans
    49ers defensive coordinator

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 were late to the party, but their coaching search is now picking up serious steam. NFL Network reported Saturday that they have put in requests for at least four candidates.

New York Giants

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

Scheduled/requested HC interviews:

  • None announced

Scheduled/requested GM interviews:

  • 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: Saturday very well could be the day the Giants name their next general manager. It would behoove them not to wait much longer, considering that the longer they wait, the shallower the pool of HC candidates will get.

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.

Adam Beasley is the National NFL Analyst and Insider for Pro Football Network. You can read all of Adam’s work here and give him a follow on Twitter @AdamHBeasley.

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