Monday’s NFL News and Rumors: Dallas Cowboys’ loss could clear head coach logjam

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

The Dallas Cowboys losing Sunday was terrible for Jerry Jones but great for the rest of the NFL. The NFL head coach and general manager hiring cycle has been at a standstill since the end of the regular season. However, now that defensive coordinator Dan Quinn and offensive coordinator Kellen Moore can interview for and accept jobs, we expect that to change. Here’s the latest coaching/GM news and rumors on Day 8 of the NFL offseason.

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After the Cowboys’ dramatic loss to the Buccaneers, Jones insisted that firing Mike McCarthy was “not on the table.” But if he’s faced with the prospect of losing both Quinn and Moore, that could potentially change. Jones’ ultimate decision will impact the eight teams that have moved on from their head coach this cycle.

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, Jan. 15
  • Brian Daboll
    Bills offensive coordinator
    Sunday, Jan. 16
  • Matt Eberflus
    Colts defensive coordinator
    Monday, Jan. 17
  • Brian Flores
    Former Dolphins head coach
    Friday, Jan. 14
  • Leslie Frazier
    Bills defensive coordinator
    Friday, Jan. 21
  • Nathaniel Hackett
    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

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
    Monday, Jan. 17
  • 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
  • Reggie McKenzie
    Dolphins senior personnel executive
  • Monti Ossenfort
    Titans director of player personnel
    Saturday, Jan. 15
  • Joe Schoen
    Bills assistant general manager
    Sunday, Jan. 16
  • Eliot Wolf
    Patriots director of scouting
    Tuesday, Jan. 18

The latest: Eberflus is not a household name, but he had his opportunity Sunday to state his case to the Bears. He was the architect of a Colts defense that ranked second against the run (149.4) and in yards per carry allowed (5.1).

Denver Broncos

Fired: Vic Fangio (HC)

Scheduled/requested interviews:

  • Eric Bieniemy 
    Chiefs offensive coordinator
  • Brian Callahan
    Bengals offensive coordinator
  • 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 
    Packers offensive coordinator
    Thursday, Jan. 13
  • Jerod Mayo
    Patriots LB coach
    Wednesday, Jan. 19
  • Kellen Moore
    Cowboys offensive coordinator
    Tuesday, Jan. 18
  • Kevin O’Connell
    Rams offensive coordinator
  • Dan Quinn
    Cowboys defensive coordinator
    Tuesday, Jan. 18

The latest: If Quinn is the Broncos’ guy, as many believe he is, now is the time for them to act. Assuming Jones meant what he said and the Cowboys retain McCarthy, Quinn will surely look elsewhere for his next job, and Denver makes as much sense as any team. He and Broncos GM George Paton have a long history.

Houston Texans

Fired: David Culley (and offensive coordinator Tim Kelly)

Scheduled/requested interviews:

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

The latest: The strangest coaching search is in Houston, where a late start and a bizarre interview list have some scratching their heads. Jerod Mayo, the Patriots’ de facto defensive coordinator, is free to interview now that New England has been eliminated, and we expect the Texans to put in a request.

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 are another team expected to be in on Quinn. He declined a request to meet with Shad Khan while the Cowboys were still alive in the playoffs, but now that they’re done, expect renewed interest. Perhaps the Jaguars are just waiting to gauge Quinn’s potential interest before making an offer to O’Brien, who was said to be the favorite for the job.

Las Vegas Raiders

Resigned: Jon Gruden (HC)

Scheduled/requested HC interviews:

  • Jerod Mayo
    Patriots LB coach

Scheduled/requested GM interviews:

  • Ed Dodds
    Colts assistant general manager
  • Dave Ziegler
    Patriots director of player personnel

The latest: Wholesale changes coming to Las Vegas. The Raiders informed GM Mike Mayock that he will not return in 2022. The Raiders are wasting no time in searching for his replacement. In fact, they began the process before formally announcing Mayock was out. They have already reached out to Patriots executive Dave Ziegler about the opening, per NFL Net, and also have interest in Colts executive Ed Dodds. Meanwhile, it appears as though Rich Bisaccia is out too. The Raiders have put in a request to interview Patriots assistant Jerod Mayo.

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: It will be a busy week for Stephen Ross. The Cowboys’ two coordinators are now free to interview, but McDaniel and Kyle Shanahan out-coached them both Sunday. Brown’s Rams and Joseph’s Cardinals play Monday night.

Minnesota Vikings

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

Scheduled/requested HC interviews:

  • Todd Bowles
    Buccaneers defensive coordinator
  • Nathaniel Hackett
    Packers offensive coordinator
    Sunday, Jan. 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
    Monday, Jan. 17
  • Brandon Brown
    Eagles director of player personnel
  • Glenn Cook
    Browns vice president of player personnel
    Thursday, Jan. 20
  • Monti Ossenfort
    Titans director of player personnel
    Sunday, Jan. 16
  • Ryan Poles
    Chiefs director of player personnel
  • 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

The latest: Raîche will become the first woman to formally interview for a team’s GM position Monday. The Vikings need to wrap up their search soon — candidates will begin accepting other jobs, and they don’t want to be the last team standing when the music stops.

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
    Monday, 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
    Monday, 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 Bears and Vikings, the Giants are probably closing in on an offer at GM. Cathon and Peters on Monday will become the latest, and perhaps last, to interview in Gotham. And while the Giants’ slate of coaching candidates has not yet been announced, Brian Flores is reportedly in the mix for that job as well as the Bears and Texans.

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