North Coaching Rumors: Fitzgerald, Harbaugh, Bengals

We heard last night that the Packers are interested in Northwestern head coach Pat Fitzgerald, and now there is some fire for that smoke, as Adam Schefter of reports that Green Bay is expected to request an interview with Fitzgerald after Northwestern plays in tomorrow’s Holiday Bowl. It is unclear whether Fitzgerald will accept the interview request, but Packers CEO and president Mark Murphy was Northwestern’s athletic director when Fitzgerald was hired as the Wildcats’ head coach in 2006, and the two men have a great deal of respect for each other.

Now for more coaching rumors from the league’s north divisions:

  • Schefter reports that at least one team that is considering a head coaching change is also considering calling the Ravens about a potential trade for head coach John Harbaugh if Baltimore is eliminated from postseason contention today, and Jay Glazer of FOX Sports (via Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk) says multiple teams are thinking about making a run at the 11th-year HC. The Ravens announced earlier this month, despite weeks of rumors to the contrary, that Harbaugh would remain in Baltimore in 2019, but his future with the club still does not feel like a slam dunk. Florio suggests that Baltimore would want at least two first-round picks in exchange for Harbaugh.
  • No one is sure what will happen with Marvin Lewis and the Bengals, and his assistant coaches are actively trying to find out, per Florio. Some believe Lewis will retire from coaching and begin a broadcasting career, while others believe he could become a candidate for the Cardinals‘ head coaching job. If Lewis moves on, Florio writes — as has been reported numerous times — that Hue Jackson would be a candidate to replace him, as would current Vikings head coach (and former Cincinnati DC) Mike Zimmer. Zimmer would perhaps be interested in the Bengals’ gig, per Florio, but much would depend on whether Minnesota would let him leave and if the Vikings would demand significant compensation in exchange.
  • The Vikings will likely attempt to promote interim OC Kevin Stefanski to the full-time job in 2019, per Ian Rapoport of The problem is that Stefanski is only under contract through 2018, so Minnesota may have to fight to retain him.
  • We heard several weeks ago that Browns interim head coach Gregg Williams has a chance to get the “interim” tag removed, and Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reports that Cleveland will indeed give Williams serious consideration (though the team will obviously interview other candidates and continue its full-blown search). Ownership remains high on Patriots OC Josh McDaniels, but if the team does not give Williams the full-time job, it will risk losing the bulk of the staff that has led the Browns’ promising turnaround this year.
  • Lions OC Jim Bob Cooter‘s contract is up at the end of the season, per Rapoport, who suggests that it would be a surprise if Cooter remained in Detroit in 2019. The 34-year-old is expected to be a highly-coveted OC candidate assuming he and the Lions part ways. Unsurprisingly, Rapoport says head coach Matt Patricia is safe [SOURCE LINK].
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  1. captainchaos55

    The Bengals should have never let Zimmer go…or Gruden for that matter. I would have rather had either one of those than keep Lewis. It’s not that Marvin is a terrible coach. He did bring out of the years of irrelevance but it’s like listening to AC/DC. Good music but we’ve heard it over and over and over. Time for something new. Hopefully he takes his arsenal the red rifle with him.

  2. adshadbolt1

    Why would zimmer leave Minnesota for Cincinnati his Minnesota roster is 10x better than cinci

    • slpdajab55

      I agree .. he does have family ties in cincy but your absolutely right

      • joeshmoe11

        Rosters are pretty comparable if you can actually be subjective. Also, don’t forget how much the organization and city embraced him when his wife suddenly passed away in ’09. The world is a lot less cold hearted than the comments section

      • Zimmer is on thin ice in Minn and also could land a 4-5 year new contract in Cincy.

  3. RockHard

    The Ravens don’t want Harbaugh but they want another team to give them 2 first rounders!? Makes a ton of sense…

  4. dugdog83

    Jim Bob Cooter should have been fired years ago. The man sucks. Why would anyone label him highly-coveted?

  5. coachsteve

    JBC needs to go ASAP. There was talk about Adam Gase (on the radio) as a replacement. IF Gase doesn’t get another head coaching gig from another team.

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