NFL head coaching search tracker

  • By Gregg Rosenthal
  • Updated: Jan. 1, 2013 at 12:29 p.m.

Black Monday was especially dark this season. Seven coaches were fired and five general managers lost their jobs. While a few teams remain in limbo, our focus now turns to coaching searches.

We'll have all the news covered at Around the League, but come back to our coaching search tracker for a one-stop shop of all the latest news. Here's what we know so far:

Arizona Cardinals

Cardinals president Michael Bidwill announced the team will meet with former Eagles coach Andy Reid, Cardinals defensive coordinator Ray Horton, and Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy for the team's head coaching vacancy. Former Chicago Bears coach Lovie Smith has also reportedly targeted the Cardinals.

The team is undecided whether it will hire a coach or general manager first. They are interviewing in-house candidate Steve Keim for the GM job.

Buffalo Bills

Lovie Smith has targeted the Bills as a potential landing spot, according to's Ian Rapoport.'s GM Buddy Nix will remain in place, but Russ Brandon is now in charge of Bills football operations and lead the coaching search. Nix will report to Brandon.

The Buffalo News says to watch out for Ken Whisenhunt's name in Buffalo. Brandon thinks highly of him.

Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator Ray Horton and Syracuse coach Doug Marrone reportedly will both reportedly interview for the Bills job.

Chicago Bears

The Bears have set up three early interviews. Ian Rapoport of reports that Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan will interview for the vacant Bears job. Albert Breer of reports Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy will meet with Bears GM Phil Emery. Atlanta Falcons special teams coordinator Keith Armstrong will also meet with the Bears, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

Cleveland Browns

Chip Kelly is atop the Browns wish list, according to Adam Caplan of Sirius XM NFL Radio. Syracuse coach Doug Marrone and Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter will interview according to reports from ESPN and FOX.

Kansas City Chiefs

Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt won't commit to GM Scott Pioli sticking around, but Pioli remains in place for now. Hunt will hire the coach.

The first two interviews: Falcons offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter and Falcons special teams coordinator Keith Armstrong, according to Alex Marvez of FOX.

Philadelphia Eagles

Chip Kelly is reportedly the top name on Philadelphia's list of candidates. It appears the team is leaning towards hiring an offensive coach.

Fox Sports insider and NFL Network contributor Jay Glazer reports that Falcons defensive coordinator Mike Nolan will interview with the Eagles this week. Falcons offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter and Falcons special teams coordinator Keith Armstrong will also interview, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

San Diego Chargers

Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians is the name most tied to the Chargers in the early running, according to NFL Network's Michael Lombardi. Ken Whisenhunt is also interested in the job, according to U-T San Diego. A lot of coaches will be interested because of the presence of Philip Rivers.

It may take a while for true head coaching candidates to emerge in San Diego. The team plans to hire a GM first, then have the GM help search for a coach.