AFC Coaching Rumors: Jets, Broncos, Jaguars, Dolphins, Browns

Two coaches fired after the 2017 season look to have secured additional interviews about possible 2019 top jobs. Jim Caldwell will interview with the Jets, according to SNY’s Ralph Vacchiano. Chuck Pagano is now expected to interview with the Broncos, Mike Klis of 9News tweets. Caldwell has already met with the Packers and been connected to the Browns’ wide-ranging search as well.

Here’s the latest from the AFC’s side of the coaching carousel.

  • Another year, another issue with the Jets‘ OC. After John Morton‘s stay in New York featured conflict, apparently Jeremy Bates‘ did as well. A growing frustration sprouted about Bates’ play-calling, something Jets GM Mike Maccagnan became aware of, Vacchiano reports. Bates is now in limbo after Todd Bowles‘ firing, and one agent suggested the Jets would have had to fire their OC if they wanted to land impact free agents on offense. Jermaine Kearse was also not happy with Bates’ work, per Vacchiano. The Jets may have more than one major hire to make in the coming weeks. Bates spent 2017 as New York’s QBs coach before taking over for Morton.
  • The expansive Browns search thus far does not include Josh McDaniels, Mary Kay Cabot of cleveland.com tweets. A Cleveland-area native, McDaniels was part of the Browns’ turbulent 2014 coaching search that ended with Mike Pettine. The Bengals have requested a meeting with McDaniels, but he has not yet accepted. McDaniels can interview this week because of the Patriots’ bye week.
  • The Broncos are monitoring Mike McCarthy, but no interview is as of yet scheduled, Klis tweets. McCarthy has been connected to just about every opening thus far. The 13-year Packers coach may sit this cycle out, unless he sees a perfect fit, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com notes (video link).
  • Rex Ryan contacting possible assistant coaches about the Dolphins‘ vacancy appears to have been premature. He is not in the running to land the Miami job, Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports (on Twitter). This would have been Ryan’s third AFC East job. The former Jets and Bills coach has not been mentioned on Black Monday as a candidate for any of the eight openings.
  • The latest Leonard Fournette incident appears to have cost a coach his job. The Jaguars fired running backs coach Tyrone Wheatley on Monday, Tom Pelissero of NFL.com tweets. Jacksonville is retaining Doug Marrone but is looking for a new offensive coordinator, so there will now be another position available. Wheatley just finished his second season as the Jags’ RBs coach.
  • In addition to Wheatley, the Jags are canning three other assistants — defensive backs coach Perry Fewell, offensive line coach Pat Flaherty and defensive line coach Marion Hobby, Alex Marvez of Sirius XM Radio reports (on Twitter). Both Fewell and Flaherty spent extensive time with Tom Coughlin on Giants coaching staffs. This was Hobby’s first NFL job.
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24 comments on “AFC Coaching Rumors: Jets, Broncos, Jaguars, Dolphins, Browns

  1. Glad the browns aren’t interviewing McDaniels. He’s going to suck as a head coach (again).

          • Max Jackson

            Yeah, maybe. The Broncos need an HC but there’s no way in hell Elway would hang his rep on McDaniels.

            What McD did in Indy shows he still has problems dealing with people in major decisions. He should just stay an OC.

    • Polish Hammer

      Wild Bill Belicheck sucked in Cleveland, good thing nobody else gave him another shot at a HC gig…SMH…

        • ohiodevil

          No you can’t, can you name another formerly fired HC in NFL who had half the success as Belicheck? Maybe you need yo GTFOH

      • Thomas Bliss

        He is also the last head coach to win a playoff game in Cleveland or put up 11 wins. He was fired after a 5 win season. The worst year they had there and the year Nick Saban left to become the head coach at Michigan State.

  2. BAINES03

    Who cares what Jermaine Kearse thinks? That guy has been the epitome of underperforming talent his whole career.

  3. Jimmy Johnson’s Ghost

    The Jets better wake up and keep Jermaine Kearse happy. How could they ever replace his 37/371/1 stat line if he bails?

  4. sportsfan101

    The jets would have sucked no matter what coaches were in place this year with the minimal talent on there roster. Don’t blame the coaches! Blame the front office

  5. Clark K

    The hate or whatever you want to call it towards McDaniels is laughable the man went 11-17 that’s not even 2 full seasons, HUE JACKSON and JEFF FISHER for crying out loud can get a second chance McDaniels has proven he deserves one.

  6. Bubba

    Can’t believe anyone would give Pagano or Caldwell another shot. Really are we so hard up to find coaches we keep bringing back the has beens ?

    • tweeter02

      Pagano’s only losing season was in 2017, and Luck missed the entire season. One of his two 8-8 seasons Luck missed half the year. He went 11-5 in each of Lucks first 3 seasons, earning playoff births. I wouldn’t say he’s horrible and doesn’t deserve another shot.

  7. After leaving the Colts at the altar last year, I can’t believe anyone is interviewing Josh McDaniels.

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