Sunday’s NFL News and Rumors: A big day for Brian Daboll, Leslie Frazier

The NFL head coaching and general manager hiring cycle slogs on -- here's the latest news and rumors as teams prepare to make offers.

The NFL offseason is now a week old, but as dawn broke Sunday morning, exactly zero teams had hired a head coach or general manager. We don’t expect that to be the case next Sunday. Rather, the first hires could come at any moment. We discuss that and much more as we explore the latest NFL news and rumors.

NFL News and Rumors Today

This is your moment, Brian Daboll and Leslie Frazier. The Bills’ offensive and defensive coordinators, respectively, plan to sit for interviews Sunday — just hours after the Bills trounced the Patriots in the Wild Card round of the NFL playoffs.

Chicago Bears

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

Scheduled/requested HC interviews:

  • Todd Bowles
    Buccaneers defensive coordinator
  • Jim Caldwell
    Former Colts, Lions head coach
    Saturday, January 15
  • Brian Daboll
    Bills offensive coordinator
    Sunday, January 16
  • Matt Eberflus
    Colts defensive coordinator
    Monday, January 17
  • Brian Flores
    Former Dolphins head coach
    Friday, January 14
  • Leslie Frazier
    Bills defensive coordinator
    This week
  • 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
  • Reggie McKenzie
    Dolphins senior personnel executive
  • Monti Ossenfort
    Titans director of player personnel
    Saturday, January 15
  • Joe Schoen
    Bills assistant general manager
  • Eliot Wolf
    Patriots director of scouting 

The latest: Chicago is now up to as many as 11 candidates to replace Ryan Pace as general manager after the McCaskeys on Saturday met with Ossenfort, who has now been considered for all three GM openings around the league. Up next: Zoom meetings with the Bills’ two coordinators, whose stock has probably never been higher after Saturday night’s thrashing of the Patriots.

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 on Saturday posted to Twitter a video clip of GM George Paton deboarding a private jet after a week’s worth of head coaching interviews. Will Paton’s in-person approach convince his preferred candidate to sign on? Most believe Quinn is his top target, but Dallas’ defensive coordinator has a bunch of options.

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: Texans general manager Nick Caserio told reporters Friday not to make any assumptions about Houston’s coaching search, and that they are “going to be very deliberate with this process. The most important thing is just finding the best fit for this organization.” Meeting with Ward, who is currently an assistant at Florida Atlantic and has just three years of coaching experience, certainly suggests the Texans are casting a wide net. We still think Flores and Jerod Mayo are the likeliest to land the job.

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

The latest: The Jaguars’ coaching search is approaching its fourth week, and we still don’t know for sure who will land the job. If O’Brien truly was the preferred candidate, as many believed a couple of weeks back, why hasn’t he been hired yet?

Las Vegas Raiders

Resigned: Jon Gruden (HC)

Scheduled/requested interviews: N/A

The latest: Is it Jim Harbaugh time in Sin City? The Raiders were, as expected, one-and-done in the playoffs (thanks in no small part to an officiating blunder), so it’s probably relatively easy for Mark Davis to move on from interim Rich Bisaccia if indeed he wants to. Hovering in the background is Harbaugh, who Pro Football Talk reported “wants to get back to the Super Bowl and win it.”

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: If the Dolphins are indeed committed to rolling with Tua Tagovailoa for a third year (consider us skeptical, to say the least), Daboll becomes the obvious pick. And he probably could ask for a blank check after orchestrating seven — SEVEN! — touchdown drives in Saturday night’s Bills win over the Patriots. If Daboll returns to Miami (he was the team’s offensive coordinator a decade ago), we could absolutely see him bringing Miami legend Ken Dorsey with him as OC.

Minnesota Vikings

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

Scheduled/requested HC interviews:

  • Todd Bowles
    Buccaneers defensive coordinator
  • Nathaniel Hackett
    Packers offensive coordinator
    Sunday, January 16
  • 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
    Sunday, January 16
  • 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: Five of the Vikings’ reported candidates have elimination games Sunday, which means many (but not all) of them could have nothing but time to interview for and accept jobs as soon as Monday. Granted, hiring a general manager probably needs to come first, so we expect some significant movement on that front in the coming days.

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: Like the Vikings and Bears, the Giants need to make a decision on GM in short order. To be honest, that’s the one domino that’s holding up the entire cycle. The Giants won’t even begin interviewing coaches until they have a GM in place, and the top HC candidates would be foolish to commit to anything before knowing all of their options.

Seattle Seahawks

Fired: N/A

Scheduled/requested interviews: N/A

The latest: Pete Carroll and John Schneider will both be back in 2022, ESPN reports, after a normal year-end meeting with Seahawks ownership last week. The big, unresolved question: Will Russell Wilson be back with them?

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