NFL News and Rumors Today: Dan Quinn’s busy week continues, Vikings reveal GM finalists

The New York Giants made the first hire of the head coach/general manager cycle. Will another NFL team take the plunge this weekend?

Come Sunday night, there will be just four teams NFL still alive in the playoffs. Which means the assistants for the other 28 clubs will be free to accept a promotion. In our latest round of NFL news and rumors, we break down the latest as NFL head coach and general manager searches really start ramping up.

NFL News and Rumors Today

With a quarter of the league in action this weekend, and many of the biggest names coaching for those teams, it’ll be a pretty quiet couple of days on the head coach front. But the three remaining teams with a GM opening could be busy.

Chicago Bears

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

Scheduled/requested HC interviews:

  • Dennis Allen
    Saints defensive coordinator
    Tuesday, Jan. 25
  • Todd Bowles
    Buccaneers defensive coordinator
    Saturday, Jan. 22
  • 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
    Saturday, Jan. 22

Scheduled/requested GM interviews:

  • Kwesi Adofo-Mensah
    Browns vice president of football operations
    Thursday, Jan. 13
  • Morocco Brown
    Colts director of college scouting
    Monday, Jan. 24
  • Ran Carthon
    49ers director of player personnel
    Wednesday, Jan. 19
  • Ed Dodds – Withdrew from consideration
    Colts assistant general manager
    Monday, Jan. 17
  • Glenn Cook
    Browns vice president of player personnel
    Wednesday, Jan. 12
  • Ryan Poles
    Chiefs director of player personnel
    Friday, Jan. 21 (first); Tuesday, Jan. 25 (second)
  • 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
    Thursday, Jan. 20
  • Monti Ossenfort
    Titans director of player personnel
    Saturday, Jan. 15
  • Joe Schoen – Hired by the Giants
    Bills assistant general manager
    Sunday, Jan. 16
  • Eliot Wolf
    Patriots director of scouting
    Tuesday, Jan. 18

The latest: A day after interviewing Leslie Frazier, the Bears will meet with another defensive coordinator with previous head coaching experience. Quinn, the former Atlanta Falcons HC, has drawn interest from five teams. Meanwhile, the Bears could be close to a GM hire. With Schoen accepting the Giants job, there are three more openings still unfilled. Chicago is planning to meet with Poles for a second time next week, according to Sports Illustrated.

Denver Broncos

Fired: Vic Fangio (HC)

Scheduled/requested interviews:

  • Eric Bieniemy 
    Chiefs offensive coordinator
    Friday, Jan. 21
  • 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
    Thursday, Jan. 20
  • Dan Quinn
    Cowboys defensive coordinator
    Tuesday, Jan. 18

The latest: Broncos general manager George Paton just wrapped up an exhaustive (and surely exhausting) week of interviews. He has met with seven candidates since Tuesday, including Bieniemy on Friday.

Houston Texans

Fired: David Culley (and offensive coordinator Tim Kelly)

Scheduled/requested interviews:

  • Brian Flores
    Former Dolphins head coach
    Friday, Jan. 14
  • Jonathan Gannon
    Eagles defensive coordinator
    Tuesday, Jan. 18
  • Joe Lombardi
    Chargers offensive coordinator
    Saturday, Jan. 15
  • Kevin O’Connell
    Rams offensive coordinator
  • Josh McCown
    Former NFL QB
    Thursday, Jan. 20
  • Hines Ward
    Florida Atlantic special assistant to the head coach
    Saturday, Jan. 15

The latest: The Texans’ weird coaching search plods on. After waiting a few days to decide to fire Culley, they’ve taken their time in identifying his replacement, and their search has not included many of the big names that have become familiar this cycle. The Athletic reports that the Texans are “working to set up” a second interview with Gannon.

Jacksonville Jaguars

Fired: Urban Meyer (HC)

Scheduled/requested interviews:

  • Darrell Bevell
    Jaguars interim head coach
    Tuesday, Jan. 11
  • Todd Bowles
    Buccaneers defensive coordinator
    Friday, Jan. 3 (Jan. 7 has also been reported)
  • Jim Caldwell
    Former Colts and Lions head coach
    Tuesday, Jan. 4
  • Matt Eberflus
    Colts defensive coordinator
    Saturday, Jan. 15 (first); Thursday, Jan. 20 (second)
  • Nathaniel Hackett
    Packers offensive coordinator
    Friday, Jan. 14
  • Byron Leftwich
    Buccaneers offensive coordinator
    Friday, Jan. 7
  • Kellen Moore
    Cowboys offensive coordinator
    Friday, Jan. 7
  • Bill O’Brien
    Alabama offensive coordinator
    Thursday, Jan. 13
  • Doug Pederson
    Former Eagles head coach
    Thursday, Dec. 30
  • Dan Quinn
    Cowboys defensive coordinator

The latest: What are the Jaguars waiting for? Their search is nearing its fifth week, and — as new PFN Insider Aaron Wilson reported — they keep adding candidates, or at least potential candidates. Just don’t call their “conversation” with Josh McCown an interview. It wasn’t.

Las Vegas Raiders

Resigned: Jon Gruden (HC)

Scheduled/requested HC interviews:

  • Jerod Mayo
    Patriots LB coach

Scheduled/requested GM interviews:

  • Trey Brown
    Bengals scout
    Friday, Jan. 21
  • Ed Dodds
    Colts assistant general manager
  • Champ Kelly
    Bears assistant director of player personnel
    Thursday, Jan. 20
  • Dave Ziegler
    Patriots director of player personnel
    Friday, Jan. 21

The latest: After a very late start to the process, the Raiders finally seem to be making headway, at least in their GM search. Ziegler and Brown became the latest to interview for Mike Mayock’s old job. The Raiders’ coaching search, however, still seems to be in its infancy. Among the potential candidates: Josh McDaniels, according to Pro Football Talk.

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: The Dolphins’ first round of interviews is wrapping up, if it isn’t over already. With seven interviews since Sunday, expect Miami to decide on finalists in the coming days.

Some flight tracking sleuthing suggests that the Stephen Ross’ private jet was in the Bay Area since Wednesday, but is now back in New Jersey after a stop in Denver (presumably to meet with Joseph).

Minnesota Vikings

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

Scheduled/requested HC interviews:

  • Todd Bowles
    Buccaneers defensive coordinator
    Friday, Jan. 21
  • 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
    Friday, Jan. 21
  • 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 (first); Wednesday, Jan. 26 (second, tentative)
  • 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: The Vikings could make a decision shortly on general manager. News emerged Friday that Ryan Poles and Kwesi Adofo-Mensah will meet with the team for a second time next week.

New York Giants

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

Hired: Joe Schoen (GM)

Scheduled/requested HC interviews:

  • Brian Daboll
    Bills offensive coordinator
    Friday, Jan. 21
  • Leslie Frazier
    Bills defensive coordinator
    Saturday, Jan. 22
  • 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, Jan. 12

The latest:  The Giants’ decision to hire Bills assistant GM Joe Schoen as their next GM seemingly bodes well for Daboll to get the HC job. Expect a flurry of interview requests to drop this weekend, and that included Frazier, who interviewed Saturday morning. NFL Network reports Flores, Quinn and Giants defensive coordinator Patrick Graham are also on New York’s list of candidates.

Schoen said the following after he was hired: “We will cast a wide net, it can be former head coaches, first-time head coaches but, more importantly, it has to be a person who possesses the ability to lead an organization and the ability to motivate and develop players.”

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