With NFL teams almost finished firing their coaching staffs/front office management, next comes the interviews with many respected coordinators or former Head Coaches. With that, here are our 5 candidates to watch for:
- Josh McDaniels. McDaniels has done a good job with the Patriots offense, but who wouldn’t with Tom Brady? McDaniels, even with a down year, ranks 15th in total offense, 8th in passing, and 18th in rushing. There have already been a few teeams requesting interviews with McDaniels, including the New York Giants, Cleveland Browns, and Carolina Panthers. This would all come down to whether or not this year is when McDaniels wants to leave New England for bigger opportunities or stay home with a dynasty he’s a part of.
- Eric Bienemy. Bienemy has done a terrific job with the Kansas City Chiefs offense, but mostly Patrick Mahomes. The Chiefs offense ranks 5th in passing, 23rd in rushing, and 6th in total offense. The Carolina Panthers requested an interview with Bienemy, which would make for an interesting hire, and could help Cam Newton’s chances at staying with Carolina. Including the Panthers, the New York Giants also requested an interview for Bienemy.
- Matt Rhule. Rhule has done a terrific job at Baylor, leading the team to a 19-19 record in his 3 seasons with the school, including an 11-2 record this season. Rhule had some coaching interest last season, meeting with the New York Jets, but in the end turning down the job. Rhule has again already received some coaching interest from the New York Giants, and should receive more as we get deeper into the off-season.
- Robert Saleh. Saleh has done a great job with the San Francisco 49ers defense this season, ranking 2nd in total defense. Peter King recently discussed the possibility of Saleh becoming a HC:
“There’s two things about this,” King said. “No. 1, he enters the offseason, clearly, as the darling of everybody out there in terms of who’s going to get the first shot. So he’ll get a lot of interviews. He’s a very impressive guy. I think he’s probably going to get a job anyway.”
So far, only the Cleveland Browns have put in a request to interview Saleh, which would make for an interesting hire since they have such a young offense.
- Greg Roman. Roman has been doing a fantastic job working with Lamar Jackson & the offense. Roman will garner a good amount off HC interest this off-season, and if all goes right, would be coaching elsewhere in 2020. Roman has been working with mobile, fast QBs for most of his career, so I would think that’s where he eventually lands. Roman has received HC interest from division rivals, Cleveland Browns for their HC position as of right now.
Other names to watch for include Lincoln Riley, Mike McCarthy, and Don Martindale.