Only Three NFL Head Coaching Vacancies Remain

Eight NFL teams were in search of a head coach to start the New Year, but five clubs have already found their man. Let’s quickly run down the jobs that are off the table and check in on where things stand for the three remaining vacancies:

“No Vacancy”:

Arizona Cardinals

  • Kliff Kingsbury, offensive coordinator (USC): Hired

Cleveland Browns

  • Freddie Kitchens, offensive coordinator (Browns): Hired

Denver Broncos

  • Vic Fangio, defensive coordinator (Bears): Hired

Green Bay Packers

  • Matt LaFleur, offensive coordinator (Titans): Hired

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

  • Bruce Arians, former head coach (Cardinals): Hired

Jobs Still Open:

Cincinnati Bengals

Miami Dolphins

New York Jets

The Bengals, so far, have cast a wide net, but the recommendation of Marvin Lewis and the club’s history with Jackson could lead to the ex-Browns coach landing on his feet. They’re also considering another recently fired head coach in Joseph and the group lacks general star power, so Jackson’s chances cannot be dismissed.

The buzz is slowly building around Richard in Miami, even though he is not believed to be a serious candidate in New York. From a pure knowledge standpoint, Allen may be the best bet of the free agent bunch. Overall, the Dolphins’ top choice could be Harbaugh, but he won’t be an option for them if he signs an extension with the Ravens. Even if he doesn’t, the Dolphins might not want to part with significant draft capital and shell out big bucks to land him.

The Jets never really had a chance at Kliff Kingsbury, but Jets fans probably won’t lose sleep over seeing the inexperienced young coach go to Arizona. What’s left is a mishmash of head coaching retreads (Caldwell, Gase, McCarthy), coordinators and assistants (Monken, Richard, Bieniemy), and one more college-to-pros candidate (Rhule). Some believe that Rhule, the head coach at Baylor, is the Jets’ No. 1 target.

The list above, derived from the 2019 Head Coaching Search Tracker, was edited to omit candidates that are no longer in consideration or have taken jobs elsewhere.

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11 comments on “Only Three NFL Head Coaching Vacancies Remain

  1. acarneglia

    Jets are the most attractive team. High pick, QB of the future, future all pro in Jamal Adams on defense.

    • Steven Juris

      Teams build their defenses around a safety? He wasn’t the best safety in the draft either.

    • Michael Chaney

      They also have no job security working under a lame duck GM in Maccagnan who’s shown he doesn’t know how to use the resources he has

    • New York market is a nightmare. Endless partying, celebrity status, drugs, girls – ruins many players and most football teams. Jets seem to have even more of a problem than Giants for some reason. A coach would need to bring in a curfew culture or something to have any long term success with a Jets team.

  2. TheTruth12

    Have to imagine Jets fans are hoping for anyone but McCarthy, a wet towelette would add more creativity to the offense than him.

  3. TJECK109

    It would be so bengal like to bring Lewis back. Also surprised his name hasn’t been mentioned at all

  4. dust44

    Jets go with Monken. Bengals go with Bienemy. Dolphins go with Richard. There’s my guess….

  5. Thronson5

    I actually forgot about the Bengals and Dolphins still needing a HC. For some reason the Jets were the only team I thought still needed to hire one. I think McCarthy lands the Jets job. Anyone wanna guess who lands the Dolphins and Bengals job? I wouldn’t be surprised at all if the Bengals hire Hue but really not sure what the Dolphins will do. Haven’t heard a whole lot about these teams and who is in the lead for those jobs.

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