Head Coaching Job Openings
Before getting into which Kansas City Chiefs coaches or front office people might be going where, we need to break down the available jobs. Plenty of positions in the coaching ranks have opened up over the past couple of weeks, and several more are likely still to come. So let’s see what jobs are out there:
The Bills have had enough of Rex Ryan, and rightfully so. When Ryan came to Buffalo the team was already stacked with talent on the defensive side of the ball. However, that defense has fallen apart despite Rex Ryan’s (and his brother Rob’s) highly regarded defensive acumen. There is some talent available here, but the quarterback position remains a mess.
Gary Kubiak is reportedly going to step down as the Broncos head coach after this season due to health concerns. The veteran coach, and friend of GM John Elway, led the team to a Super Bowl victory last year. Much of that roster is still in tact in Denver, which makes this a very attractive job.
Things are still up in the air here, but it is altogether possible that the Bengals finally move on from Marvin Lewis. Despite multiple trips to the postseason under Lewis, Cincinnati has not won a playoff game since 1990. Lewis himself is 0-7 in the playoffs. However, the coach expects that he will return next year. There is a lot of talent on this team, including superstar AJ Green. This would be a prized job.
Jay Glazer is putting it out there that Bill O’Brien might be out as the Texans head coach if the team can’t win a playoff game. This would be a bit of a surprise, but also a pretty solid opportunity. The AFC South is still pretty weak and the Texans have a talented roster. An offensive-minded coach may be able to fix whatever is ailing Brock Osweiler…or not.
Gus Bradley was very well liked as a head coach by analysts and players alike. However, that could not excuse his inability to get the Jaguars back on track despite their huge resources and a very talented roster. This job is attractive right away simply because the roster offers so much talent. It will take a coach that believes they can get Blake Bortles back to where he was in 2015 though.
Los Angeles Rams
The Rams finally decided to move on from Jeff Fisher. This may have been a move made too late. Any coach coming in is automatically tied to quarterback Jared Goff, whether they like him or not. However, the latest rumors suggest that there will be a trade here with the Saints sending head coach Sean Payton to LA.
New Orleans Saints
Rumors have again surfaced that the Saints are looking to trade head coach Sean Payton this offseason. It is even being said that the team won’t ask for a hefty price in return. The rift appears to be over money. This would be yet one more important piece of the team that the Saints have sacrificed while paying Drew Brees a ridiculous contract. An incoming coach should be wary here.
San Diego Chargers
Mike McCoy was fired just moments after the Chargers lost to the Kansas City Chiefs this weekend. The once highly touted coordinator proved to simply be out of his depth as a head coach. The Chargers organization has some key pieces to build on, and Philip Rivers is still in town. This would be a nice gig for any coach.
San Francisco 49ers
It’s all but settled that the 49ers will move on from Chip Kelly after just one season. Since his debut in the NFL, Kelly has had a hard time sticking anywhere. From his offense becoming ineffective, to repeated clashes with others in his organizations, the former Oregon coach has become a bit of a pariah. This might be the single best available job in the NFL though.