Wednesday’s NFL News and Rumors: New York Giants, Jacksonville Jaguars and Chicago Bears get serious

In today's news and rumors, Day 10 of the NFL offseason could see the first offers of the 2022 head coach and general manager search cycle.

Will the NFL’s 2022 hiring cycle be over by Valentine’s Day? Hopefully. But not necessarily. With eight teams needing a head coach and four needing a general manager, it’s been a slog. But in today’s rundown of NFL coaching/GM news and rumors, we point out that the dam might slowly be breaking.

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The Jacksonville Jaguars might be ready to make an offer to a coach. But they’ll have to hold off the Chicago Bears for their preferred candidate. And the New York Giants seem to be closing in on a general manager hire. But those are just the first dominoes that need to fall.

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 (first), Monday Jan. 24 (second)
  • 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
    Tuesday, Jan. 18
  • Ran Carthon
    49ers director of player personnel
  • Glenn Cook
    Browns vice president of player personnel
  • Ryan Poles
    Chiefs director of player personnel
  • 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 the hot name this cycle, but it doesn’t sound as though he’ll make a decision this week. Chicago has requested a second interview with the Colts DC, but NFL Network reports it won’t occur until Monday. The Bears meanwhile continue churning through GM interviews, but the light might soon be near the tunnel’s end. With the news that the Giants were narrowing their list to finalists, there will surely be motivation for the Bears to wrap things up soon, too. One name we know will not get the job: Colts assistant general manager Ed Dodds, who NFL Network reports withdrew his name from consideration.

Denver Broncos

Fired: Vic Fangio (HC)

Scheduled/requested interviews:

  • Eric Bieniemy 
    Chiefs offensive coordinator
  • 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 
    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
    Friday, Jan. 21
  • Dan Quinn
    Cowboys defensive coordinator
    Tuesday, Jan. 18

The latest: Wednesday is Mayo’s day in the spotlight. The Patriots’ 35-year-old inside linebackers coach is a rising star in the coaching ranks, and while some think he might need a year or two more of seasoning, the sheer volume of openings could speed up that time frame.

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
    Tuesday, Jan. 18
  • Joe Lombardi
    Chargers offensive coordinator
    Saturday, Jan. 15
  • Kevin O’Connell
    Rams offensive coordinator
  • Hines Ward
    Florida Atlantic special assistant to the head coach
    Saturday, Jan. 15

The latest: The idea that the Texans will hire Flores with the expressed purpose of mending fences with Deshaun Watson needs revision.

Texans general manager Nick Caserio was asked about that scenario on Sports Radio 610 this week, and replied: “That more than likely would not be the case.”

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 (first); Thursday, January 20 (second)
  • 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 news that Eberflus will sit for a second interview Thursday was a sign that the Jaguars are finally inching toward a resolution. NFL Network’s report that Bill O’Brien isn’t getting the job speaks well for Shad Khan’s decision-making.

Las Vegas Raiders

Resigned: Jon Gruden (HC)

Scheduled/requested HC interviews:

  • Jerod Mayo
    Patriots LB coach

Scheduled/requested GM interviews:

  • Trey Brown
    Bengals scout
  • Ed Dodds
    Colts assistant general manager
  • Dave Ziegler
    Patriots director of player personnel

The latest: Brown should be a familiar name for discerning Raiders fans. He was a candidate for the job the last time around when it went to Mike Mayock. Brown is a valued member of the Bengals’ small scouting department, and his departure would be felt. Brown previously worked for the Eagles and in both the XFL and AAF.

Miami Dolphins

Fired: Brian Flores (HC)

Scheduled/requested interviews:

  • Thomas Brown
    Rams assistant head coach
    Friday, Jan. 21
  • Brian Daboll
    Bills offensive coordinator
    Sunday, Jan. 16
  • Leslie Frazier
    Bills defensive coordinator
    Sunday, Jan. 16
  • Vance Joseph
    Cardinals defensive coordinator
    Friday, Jan. 21
  • Mike McDaniel
    49ers offensive coordinator
    Wednesday, Jan. 19
  • Kellen Moore
    Cowboys offensive coordinator
    Thursday, Jan. 20
  • Dan Quinn
    Cowboys defensive coordinator
    Thursday, Jan. 20

The latest: We hear the Dolphins are running their most open-minded search in years, and the wide range of candidates reflects a willingness by owner Stephen Ross to turn over every rock. McDaniel is a perfect example of that approach. He isn’t an archetypal NFL head coach, but Ross hasn’t gotten it right yet, so perhaps it’s time to think outside the box. Meanwhile, NFL Network reports that the schedule has been set for sitdowns with Moore, Quinn and Joseph.

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
    Thursday, Jan. 20
  • Raheem Morris
    Rams defensive coordinator
  • Kevin O’Connell
    Rams offensive coordinator
    Friday, Jan. 21
  • Dan Quinn
    Cowboys defensive coordinator
  • DeMeco Ryans
    49ers defensive coordinator
    Wednesday, Jan. 19

Scheduled/requested GM interviews:

  • Kwesi Adofo-Mensah
    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
    Chiefs director of player personnel
    Tuesday, Jan. 18
  • 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: Ryans probably doesn’t need to bring his résumé to Wednesday’s meeting, but he’d be smart to bring a copy of Sunday’s All-22. He called an excellent game against Dak Prescott and the high-powered Dallas Cowboys, and if he repeats the performance this weekend in Green Bay, he should be hired on the spot.

New York Giants

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

Scheduled/requested HC interviews:

  • Dan Quinn
    Cowboys defensive coordinator

Scheduled/requested GM 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
    Chiefs executive director of player personnel
    Thursday, Jan. 13 (first), Wednesday, Jan. 19 (second)
  • Joe Schoen
    Bills assistant general manager
    Wednesday, Jan. 12 (first), Tuesday, Jan. 18 (second)
  • Adrian Wilson
    Cardinals vice president of pro personnel
    Wednesday, January 12

The latest: Schoen, Peters and Poles are the Giants’ three finalists. And that’s smart. They’re three of the best candidates this cycle. The sooner they make a decision, the sooner the Giants can start interviewing head coaches. And that’s good for everyone involved. Meanwhile, NFL Network reports that the Giants have put a request in to speak with Quinn, the first coaching candidate to surface for New York.

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