NFL Coaching Carousel: Some Let Off, Others Let On
Who's In and Who's Out?
Now that Black Monday, where coaches are typically let go after the NFL regular season
, is over with, there are still a few lingering coaching positions that are opening up and a few that are now up for grabs. With some very surprising moves from teams like Denver, there seems to be few coaches that could be considered safe from the chopping block. With the so-called coaching carousel continually spinning, we will take a look at some of the latest changes that have been made on the sidelines for several teams.
San Francisco 49ers: With the success that Jim Harbaugh
had throughout his years as head coach, few people would have imagined that there would have been such an amicable departure for him at the end of the year. Now that he has moved on, the 49ers have decided to replace him with defensive line coach Jim Tonsula. He was given the go-ahead after many years of good service and having a good command of the locker room.
Pittsburgh Steelers: No huge news for the Steelers, but they have promoted Keith Butler to defensive coordinator after serving as the Linebacker's coach since 2003.
Oakland Raiders If there is one team that needed to make some huge changes, it was the Raiders. They managed to get a hold of Jack Del Rio, the Broncos' defensive coordinator, and had him sign on for a four year deal as head coach. He steps in as Dennis Allen was fired after an abysmal start to the season and was replaced by interim coach Tony Sparano. While Jack Del Rio has not made any significant announcements regarding his plans, the front office is hopeful for the changes to come.
New York Jets: Since the departure of Rex Ryan and John Idzik, there have been rumors swirling around the New York Jets. In a huge step Mike Maccagnan, the Texan's head of college scouting, has replaced Idzik as the general manager for the team. This move is being viewed positively as a way to bring in new ideas to the team and give them someone that is positioned to make better draft choices in the future. Also in major news for the Jets is that Tood Bowles has been signed on as the head coach for the next four years.
Denver Broncos: Since John Fox has agreed to part ways with the team after several successful seasons as head coach, there have been a lot of questions about the future of the team as well as many of their big names who are going to appear on the free agent list. They have many different candidates to choose from as many coaching jobs have been vacated, and there are still others in coordinator positions who are looking to step up to the next level.
Chicago Bears: The Bears let go just about everyone they could after a disappointing 5-11 season this year. Right now they have so many open positions that they have hired Ernie Accorsi to help them find replacements for coaches and various management positions.
Buffalo Bills: Rex Ryan has landed in Buffalo and, according to his press conference Monday; he is looking to hit the ground running. With five years and a 27.5 million dollar contract as an incentive, there are many different moves that are being evaluated by Rex Ryan already. One of the first moves that were made by Ryan was firing defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz, and hiring offensive coordinator Greg Roman from the 49ers.
Atlanta Falcons: Matt Smith, the most successful Falcons coach, was fired after seven years at the helm. There are no indications as to who is going to be tapped for the job next.
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