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Where The Top Coaching Candidates Will Land In 2018

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It’s ‘Black Monday’ in the NFL, aka the time when disappointed teams part ways with their head coaches in sometimes-surprising, but most of the time expected dismissals.

With jobs opening up around the league, here is how I see some of the hottest coaching candidate names landing in 2018.

Philadelphia Eagles Defensive Coordinator Jim Schwartz

Schwartz will get his 2nd chance at a head coaching gig after his failed run with the Detroit Lions a few years back.

His work in Philadelphia, and in Buffalo, has earned him enough cred to take the helm of an NFL team in 2018.

All signs point to the New York Giants as that team.

Destination: New York Giants

New England Patriots Defensive Coordinator Matt Patricia

It’s really remarkable what Patricia has done during his tenure with New England, especially with all the roster changes made in the past few seasons.

The “bend-but-do-not-break” philosophy has paid off as the Patriots have given up a ton of yards, but have not yielded a lot of points.

The results? Another probably Super Bowl appearance and Patricia interviewing for head coaching vacancies.

The destination? The Detroit Lions seem like the best fit and most motivated team to bring Patricia on as their next head coach.

Destination: Detroit Lions

New England Patriots Offensive Coordinator Josh McDaniels

This is probably the toughest candidate to figure out, simply because McDaniels is appealing to a number of teams, and, it’s hard to determine a destination that wouldn’t entertain adding McDaniels.

The only team I would rule out is the Denver Broncos, who still may fire coach Vance Joseph. McDaniels has done that song and dance before and likely has zero interest in going back for another run.

With the Indianapolis Colts armed with a franchise quarterback (when healthy) in Andrew Luck, and positioned for a valuable pick in the NFL draft, the situation is appealing.

Colts owner Jim Irsay is looking to make a splash in the aftermath of Chuck Pagano’s dismissal and McDaniels would certainly provide that.

The Chicago Bears will also be a team to watch as they look for an offensive minded coach to take over for the departed John Fox and help groom Mitch Trubisky, so, expect them to make McDaniels a priority.

Destination: Indianapolis Colts

Minnesota Vikings Defensive Coordinator George Edwards

Edwards is a name the has been circulating for a while and for good reason.

The NFL’s Career Development Advisory Panel recommended the Minnesota Vikings defensive coordinator as a potential head-coaching candidate and Edwards also made the Fritz Pollard Alliance’s list of recommended NFL head-coaching candidates, according to Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

Edwards seems like a great fit for the Denver Broncos.

While Vance Joseph is still at the helm in Denver, he is on thin ice and may be yet another casualty of ‘Black Monday’ when it’s all said and done.

Edwards could help bring a talented defense back to prominence.

Destination: Denver Broncos

Philadelphia Eagles Quarterbacks Coach John DeFilippo

Let’s face it, after the success that the Philadelphia Eagles experienced this season, you can expect a run on their coordinators and staff which includes quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo.

“He’s a great teacher, No. 1,” Eagles head coach Doug Pederson said of DeFilippo in December, according to NJ.com’s James Kratch. “He understands the offense, he knows what we’re trying to get across. He’s a great teacher, not only in the classroom, but the drill work and what he puts the quarterbacks through. It’s all game-specific drill work and he really does a nice job preparing the guys, the quarterbacks, during the week. Very exhaustive in the film study and is showing them every look, every blitz and for the entire season. Plus, it’s just the way he prepares these guys and he’s done a great job with them. Great communicator.”

DeFilippo fits the bill for the Chicago Bears who will be looking for an offensive mind with a proven record of success to help groom Mitch Trubisky.

Destination: Chicago Bears

Kansas City Chiefs Special Teams Coordinator Dave Toub

A handful of teams will be taking a serious look at Toub, who has been referred to as “a combination of [John] Harbaugh and John Madden”, according to CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora in 2016.

Toub has found success with his units in both Kansas City and Chicago and could make the jump from special teams coordinator to head coach much like Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh did.

Toub wouldn’t be a “splashy” hire for the Bengals, but one that comes with a solid reputation and could be on the verge of being a solid NFL head coach.

Destination: Cincinnati Bengals

New Orleans Saints Offensive Coordinator Pete Carmichael Jr.

New Orleans Saints offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael Jr. is due a head coaching gig and 2018 may be the year he gets his opportunity.

I won’t bother reeling off the Saints’ offensive statistics, it’s widely known that they are, and have been, one of the NFL’s most dangerous offensive attacks.

Should the Tennessee Titans or Cleveland Browns fire their coaches, expect Carmichael to get a serious look, but I believe Arizona makes the most sense.

Carmichael will be under consideration for the Bears and Colts jobs, but Arizona is too good of a fit, and stacked with plenty of offensive playmakers, along with a draft pick to spend on a quarterback to groom, to pass up.

Destination: Arizona Cardinals

 

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Chris Johnson Retires as Titan

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Former NFL running back Chris Johnson signed a one-day contract with the Tennessee Titans so that he can retire with the team he has spent the best years, and the majority of his NFL career with.

Johnson also believes that if he was a feature back, he could still surpass 1,000 yards rushing in a complete NFL season

“Shoot, that’s not even a question” Johnson said, according to Jim Wyatt of the Tennessee Titans’ official team website . You put me in an offense where I’m the starting back, there’s no way I wouldn’t get 1,000 yards,” said Johnson. “I could still do it, but it’s time to move onto the next situation.”

“Tennessee, that’s the first organization that gave me a chance to make my dreams come true,” Johnson said. “I have so many great memories in Tennessee and was able to do so many things with the Titans. It’s an organization I always want to be considered a part of.

“I grew up in Tennessee. I went from being a kid to a grown man here. I might have grown up as a kid in (my hometown of) Orlando, but I was still a kid in Nashville when I got there. The team and the city, they’ve always shown me so much love. I have great memories from my days with the Titans, so many on the field and in the city. I’ve always loved Tennessee, and I always will because I’ve always felt so much love.”

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Bengals Pick Up Option on William Jackson

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The Cincinnati Bengals have picked up the fifth-year option on cornerback William Jackson, according to an official team announcement.

A former 2016 first round pick, Jackson missed his rookie season due to injury, and played in a reserve role when he returned the following season.

Jackson became a starter in 2018, starting all 16 games for the Bengals and although he did not record a single interception, he was graded highly by Pro Football Focus for his coverage.

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Ravens, Justin Tucker Agree to Contract Extension

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The Baltimore Ravens have agreed to terms with veteran kicker Justin Tucker on a four-year, $23.05 million contract extension, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Tucker’s new deal will include an $8 million signing bonus and $12.5 million fully guaranteed during the first two seasons of the new deal, a record for kickers.

Tucker’s new deal will keep him Baltimore through the 2023 season.

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