Coaching Rumors: Cowboys, Gruden, Bengals

The Cowboys‘ offensive coordinator position is now vacant after the team parted ways with Scott Linehan several days ago, and we learned that tight ends coach Doug Nussmeier may be the favorite to replace Linehan. However, Ian Rapoport of suggests that Dallas could look to promote quarterbacks coach Kellen Moore — whom Rapoport described as “fast-rising” and “impressive” — to the OC job (Twitter link). If that happens, RapSheet suggests that the team could add another one of its former QBs to the coaching staff by hiring Jon Kitna, most recently the offensive coordinator for the AAF’s San Diego Fleet, as the new quarterbacks coach.

As Jerry Jones mulls the coaching credentials of his former signal-callers, let’s take a look at other coaching rumors from around the league:

  • Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports believes that the Redskins‘ failed pursuit of Todd Bowles and Gregg Williams does not bode well for head coach Jay Gruden‘s future in Washington. La Canfora writes that owner Dan Snyder put the “full-court press” on Bowles, and if Bowles had said he would only join the Redskins as a head coach, Snyder may have gone for it. Gruden will return in 2019, but if he does not lead the Redskins to a playoff berth, La Canfora would not be surprised if Snyder reaches out to Bowles and Williams again, perhaps to discuss a head coaching position.
  • If the Patriots prevail in today’s AFC Championship Game, the Dolphins will meet with New England de facto defensive coordinator and future Miami head coach Brian Flores during the week before the Super Bowl to discuss staffing and other issues, per Rapoport (via Twitter). The Fins can formally commit to Flores as their next HC at that time.
  • The Bengals have been very hands-off with their presumptive new head coach, Zac Taylor, but Rapoport (video link) says that is only because the team is closely adhering to league rules regarding coaching hires (Taylor, of course, is the Rams’ quarterbacks coach, and the Rams’ season isn’t over yet). Rapoport says Cincinnati still fully intends to hire Taylor, and he names Jack Del Rio as a potential defensive coordinator on Taylor’s new staff. La Canfora agrees that Del Rio is a DC target, and he adds John Fox as another possibility. Both JLC and RapSheet say that Raiders QB coach Brian Callahan is a top choice for offensive coordinator.
  • Former Cardinals tight ends coach Jason Michael will join the Colts in the same capacity, a source tells Albert Breer of The MMQB (on Twitter). Michael served as the Titans’ offensive coordinator from 2014-15 and was the team’s QB coach from 2016-17.
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14 comments on “Coaching Rumors: Cowboys, Gruden, Bengals

  1. sals029

    Jay Gruden has zero chance to lead the Redskins to the playoffs next season.

  2. earmbrister

    I’m going to pass on Moore for the OC position. He was an acolyte of Linehan. The Cowboys need to go in a new direction.

    • dust44

      So ur saying because he learned under a guy means he’s going to do the exact same thing as the guy he learned from? That’s usually not how it works. Everyone has there own wrinkles and designs off the system they learn under that makes it there own. The language may b the same. But I doubt it would b the same exact things

    • Michael Chaney

      Freddie Kitchens coached for part of a year under Hue Jackson, and they couldn’t be any different in how they coach

    • Natergater77

      Moore also went to Boise State. Should we assume that he will employ their schemes?

      Let’s give the guy time to show who he is, not who he learned under.

      • Breezy

        But do you want a guy who has just 1 year of coaching experience in general, designing and running your entire offense? I sure as hell don’t. Especially with a team that can compete in the playoffs right now.

        • Natergater77

          You have several guys becoming HC without coordinator experience and little coaching. You don’t get experience until you do the job. Not saying Moore is best choice but to write him off because who hired him and how long he’s coached is wrong. How long has he been doing football?

        • earmbrister

          The lack of experience factored into it for me as well. Moot point now. Cowboys seem to be going with Moore as OC and Garrett doing the play calling in 19.

          I believe Garrett did the play calling early on as HC. Hopefully, now that he’s been at it for nearly 9 years, he can more easily handle it.

          • Jimmy Johnson’s Ghost

            I’d much rather see Dallas go outside the organization, (maybe dip into the college ranks) and hire a guy with some current concepts in their repotiore

  3. Dad

    I hope they hire another fifth rate fool ! I strongly dislike me some cowboys but hate nobody!

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