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
Chiefs Looking at New Contract for Patrick Mahomes After 2019
While there is still disappointment surrounding the Kansas City Chiefs following their AFC Championship loss to the New England Patriots, the future is bright, especially after an MVP-type season from quarterback Patrick Mahomes.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Chiefs are looking to work on a new contract with Mahomes following the 2019 season, when he will become eligible for a contract extension.
The report goes on tho speculate that the new deal for Mahomes could be the NFL’s first $200 million deal.
Mahomes, 23, threw for 5,097 yards and a league-leading 50 touchdowns in 2018, leading the Chiefs to the AFC Championship game.
Jaguars Re-Sign Jarrod Wilson
The Jacksonville Jaguars have re-signed safety Jarrod Wilson to a three-year contract, the team officially announced last week.
Wilson, 24, was set to become a free agent this offseason, but the new deal will keep him in the fold through the 2021 season.
Wilson collected 21 tackles, two pass deflections, and a forced fumble last season for the Jags.
Texans Re-Sign Seantrel Henderson
The Texans announced that they have re-signed Henderson, who had expressed a desire to stay in Houston, for a one-year, $4.5 million contract.
- Eagles’ Carson Wentz Expected Healthy For Offseason Program
- Chiefs Looking at New Contract for Patrick Mahomes After 2019
- Rams to Discuss Contract Extension With Sean McVay
- Jaguars Re-Sign Jarrod Wilson
- Texans Re-Sign Seantrel Henderson
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