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The Cincinnati Bengals are tasked with replacing Mike Zimmer's big shoes with a new defensive coordinator. We take a look at an old friend that Marvin Lewis may hire.
The Cincinnati Bengals are tasked with replacing Mike Zimmer's big shoes with a new defensive coordinator. We look at the most logical selection.
Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer returned to the Vikings headquarters on Wednesday, the second day of his second interview.
According to multiple reports, the Vikings haven't offered the head coaching vacancy to Mike Zimmer, but will extend his stay for another day.
Nothing is done nor set in stone, but the Vikings may hire Mike Zimmer later in the day on Tuesday.
Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer had a second interview with the Titans on Monday and is scheduled for a second in Minnesota on Tuesday.
Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer will conduct his second interview with the Vikings on Tuesday.
Because the San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks won this weekend, the Tennessee Titans and Minnesota Vikings may accelerate their respective head coaching searches.
Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer will head to Minnesota early next week for a second interview with the Vikings.
The Minnesota Vikings are scheduled to interview San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman on Saturday.
Mike Zimmer was reportedly emerging as a leading candidate for the head coaching job in Minnesota, along with two others. According to one report, their search is over and now they'll pick their head coach from a list of finalists.
Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer is involved in a lot of moving parts for head coaching searches around the NFL.
Mike Zimmer has been Terence Newman's defensive coordinator for six seasons in the NFL.
Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer is emerging as a favorite for the Minnesota Vikings.
The Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden has been hired by the Washington Redskins.
Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden continues his interview tour on Thursday, but his next job may be in Washington.
Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden is making the rounds with interviews this week. He appears to be viewed as the leading candidate in Washington.
Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden will interview with three teams in three days, starting on Tuesday.
Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator will talk with the Minnesota Vikings and Tennessee Titans this week, according to ESPN.
Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer is generating interest with the Minnesota Vikings, Washington Redskins and Tennessee Titans and expects to interview with two teams by the end of the week.
Bengals offensive coordinator confirmed that three teams have asked for permission (hasn't heard from the Lions) and will interview.
Defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer is drawing interest from the Tennessee Titans, Minnesota Vikings and the Washington Redskins, who have already requested an interview.
The Cincinnati Bengals have a handful of assistants generating interest around the NFL. Gruden is a candidate for all vacancies and Mike Zimmer is also generating interest with the Redskins.
The Cincinnati Bengals have two assistants (predictably Mike Zimmer and Jay Gruden) that have been linked with 'interest' in Detroit.
It's the worst time of year -- knowing that at any moment when he's eligible, the beloved defense coordinator Mike Zimmer could be gone.
One website, called CoachingSearch.com, is reporting (via a source) that the Minnesota Vikings will interview Mike Zimmer at some point.
Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer reiterated that it would be unfair to his players if he were looking at available head coaching opportunities.
The Bengals defensive coordinator was interviewed in Cleveland last year as one of the team's final candidates. It doesn't appear that Cleveland will look at those candidates again this year.
Figure that Mike Zimmer and Jay Gruden will have their names thrown around quite a bit as teams are looking to fill head coaching vacancies.
After 29 years former Bengals running backs coach Jim Anderson retired. According to Joe Reedy with the Cincinnati Enquirer, Hue Jackson is expected to replace him.
Bengals assistant coach Hue Jackson remains in the news as he denies any contact with the Dallas Cowboys.
The Dallas Cowboys have reportedly held discussion with Bengals assistant coach Hue Jackson for more than one offensive position.
The Dallas Cowboys decided on their play-caller in 2013, removing the title from their head coach and giving it to the offensive coordinator.
Cincinnati Bengals assistant coach Hue Jackson interviewed with one team for a vacant offensive coordinator job this offseason. He might have another shot with the Dallas Cowboys.
Bengals assistant coach Hue Jackson was one of three finalists to become Carolina's newest offensive coordinator. They promoted quarterbacks coach Mike Shula instead.
All eight coaching positions have been filled and Jay Gruden and Mike Zimmer will remain in Cincinnati, at least for another year.
The Jacksonville Jaguars announced their new head coach on Thursday, leaving Bengals offensive coordinator one more opportunity before he officially returns to Cincinnati (not that he ever technically left).
Oregon head coach Chip Kelly changed his mind. He's joining the NFL after reports surfaced on Wednesday that he's becoming the new head coach with the Philadelphia Eagles.
The Jay Gruden storyline is slowly closing as teams began hiring their newest head coaches. Where does that leave Gruden on Wednesday?
An Orlando Sentinel columnist really wants Jay Gruden as the next Jacksonville Jaguars head coach.
Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden has one less option to choose from if he's deciding to become a head coach this year.
We take a look at teams that Jay Gruden is most likely going to accept as their next head coach.
Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy will continue making the rounds with teams needing a head coach.
Teams need to hurry up and hire their respective head coaches. Gruden's tour for first interviews will conclude by Tuesday with a meet-and-greet in Jacksonville.
According to one report, Chargers general manager Tom Telesco, likes Jay Gruden and could emerge as a favorite for the San Diego Chargers.
The Philadelphia Eagles have struck out with their third college head coach, leaving the team unsure as a variety of NFL assistants are waiting for their opportunity.
Bengals assistant coach Hue Jackson has been connected to a handful of offensive coordinator positions but one report suggests that he "appears likely to stay in Cincinnati." However he's scheduled to meet with the Panthers on Monday.
Jay Gruden has an interview with his fourth team scheduled, with the Cardinals already in the books and planned meetings with the Eagles, Chargers and now Jaguars on tap.
A compiled list of links and connections regarding Bengals coaches to other teams.
Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden is scheduled to interview with the Eagles on Monday, which is after Brian Kelly's interview this weekend.
Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator adds another team on his interview list, starting with a date in Philadelphia on Monday.
After two years of grooming Andy Dalton, the Cardinals may be attracted to Jay Gruden and his ability to work with quarterbacks.
The Carolina Panthers, who lost their offensive coordinator to the Cleveland Browns, is wants to speak with Hue Jackson while the New York Jets reportedly also have interest.
The Cleveland Browns have reportedly hired Carolina Panthers head coach Rob Chudzinski, which solidifies Mike Zimmer's return to the Bengals sideline in 2013.
According to a recent report, the Cleveland Browns want a second interview with Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer on Friday.
The Arizona Cardinals tweeted Thursday afternoon that Jay Gruden will be available to the media.After that he's scheduled for an interview next week.
Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden was mentioned as a possible candidate to become the Jaguars head coach last year. It could happen against this year.
The Cincinnati Bengals could lose their defensive coordinator as the story continues with interest from other teams.
The Cincinnati Bengals have two coordinators that will be interviewing with NFL teams this week.
Now that the initial tier of candidates are either taking their time deciding or gone, Mike Zimmer is getting some looks around the league.
Finally the ol' defensive nut-breaker will be granted an interview with the Cleveland Browns.
Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator's interview with the Arizona Cardinals is scheduled for this Thursday.
The Philadelphia Eagles beat reporter for The Philadelphia Enquirer tweeted that the team is saying that the reports that they are interviewing Bengals OC Jay Gruden are "100 percent false."
Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator hasn't been contacted yet for one of the vacant head coaching vacancies in the NFL.
Despite having doubt surface in recent weeks, Jay Gruden remains a candidate for vacant head coaching gigs.
It's been somewhat common knowledge that the Arizona Cardinals will interview Jay Gruden this coming week, but hasn't been confirmed by the team.
That confirmation has come.
According to the Arizona Cardinals website, the team has confirmed that they're interviewing Gruden this week. He joins a candidacy that includes Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy and defensive coordinator Ray Horton with former Chiefs head coach and current Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley being attached.
Last year Gruden was a candidate for several head coaching vacancies but declined interviews.
The news on head coaching searches is often a fluid thing.
The Bengals coordinators as head coaching candidates is squeezing to a close with each new hire.
The Cincinnati Bengals are preparing for the wild card game against the Houston Texans while the Philadelphia Eagles are preparing to hire a new head coach.
One of the available head coaching candidates has been taken off the market after signing a two-year extension to stick in Atlanta.
Bengals coordinators, the popular play-callers in Cincinnati, aren't top tier coaching candidates this year, but that instantly change.
Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden hasn't been mentioned much for head coaching vacancies nor heard anything from those teams.
The Buffalo Bills are looking for a new head coach and they're keeping their net wide.
Reports are surfacing on Tuesday that incoming president for the Buffalo Bills is "fond" of recently fired Ken Whisenhunt.
Teams with vacant head coaching positions are starting to schedule interviews and gather information about prospect head coaches. The Bengals coordinators aren't being mentioned much.
According to Howard Eskin of FOX 29 and WIP radio, Philadelphia Eagles owner Jeffery Lurie has devised a five-man list of candidates for the vacant head coaching job left by the recently fired Andy Reid.
The list includes Penn State coach Bill O’Brien, Falcons offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter, 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman, Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians, and Oregon coach Chip Kelly.
Note that the initial list doesn't include offensive coordinator Jay Gruden, who was mentioned as a coach that the Eagles were "high" on by several in the media.
The rumors are starting and the conjecturing has reached another gear after another black Monday with seven head coaches losing their jobs.
The body count is now up to seven head coaches. According to multiple sources, the Arizona Cardinals have fired head coach Ken Whisenhunt and General Manager, Rod Graves. Whisenhunt had had some early success with the Cardinals, taking them to the Super Bowl with Kurt Warner after the 2008 season. They lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers in dramatic fashion, though made the playoffs in 2009 once again.
The rumors have the Cardinals promoting their head coach in-house, likely their defensive coordinator, Ray Horton. In case you want a Bengals history lesson, Horton was a defensive back with Cincinnati during both of their Super Bowl appearances in the 1980s. No news of the Cardinals being interested in the Bengals' coordinators has surfaced yet.
As Black Monday continues to unfold, Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden is being thrown around as a possible head coach candidate for several teams.
Jason La Canfora with CBSSports.com confirmed on Monday an earlier report by the NFL Network that the Philadelphia Eagles could be interested in Jay Gruden.
Take note that La Canfora doesn't say that the Eagles will pursue Gruden, and it's likely that if they are interested, they'll wait until their initial list is exhausted before turning their attention on someone like Gruden.
Let's not say it's the Peyton Manning affect, but is there any point denying that? Though he was the offensive coordinator last year, catering an offense for quarterback Tim Tebow that was viewed with relative success and a postseason win.
According to Jay Glazer with Fox Sports, the Chicago Bears have asked for permission to interview Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy.
The only reason we bring this up is that the intense interest in McCoy from the Bears simply crosses off a name from the list of potential candidates in Cincinnati. Also it's worth pointing out that the first coach Chicago is looking at is an offensive coordinator, suggesting that the Bears want a head coach with a more offensive background.
Probably long overdue for many San Diego Chargers fans.
ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter writers that head coach Norv Turner and general manager A.J. Smith are expected to be fired on Monday.
Turner told reporters after Sunday's game that he expected the team will begin looking for a new coach.
"Obviously, we're going to meet with the team, and I'm sure they'll start looking for a new coach," said Turner, who has one year left on his contract at $3 million. Team president Dean Spanos said he would speak with the media on Monday.
There has been several disconnected rumors that Andy Reid could surface in San Diego, but the Chargers have since denied any interest of bringing on the former Philadelphia Eagles head coach.
And the firings continue.
According to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter, the Buffalo Bills have fired Chan Gailey on Monday.
Gailey completed his third season, finishing the year at 6-10, giving him an accumulated record of 14-32 dating back to his hiring in 2010.
According to Ian Rapoport with the NFL Network and NFL.com, the Chicago Bears have fired head coach Lovie Smith, who has instantly become the surprise firing at this point.
Though Chicago failed to make the postseason this year, they still won ten games this year. Additionally Smith had built up an 81-63 record during his nine seasons in Chicago with three playoff appearances, going 3-3 in the postseason with one Super Bowl appearance.
The Kansas City Chiefs, after finishing the season 2-14 and with the first pick of the 2013 NFL draft, are planning to fire head coach Romeo Crennel, NFL Insider Adam Schefter reported Monday Morning. Per Arrowhead Pride with a summarized version of events:
Pioli hired Todd Haley in 2009 and Haley wanted to hire Crennel, who was out of coaching that season. Crennel ended up coming to the Chiefs in the 2010 season where he was the defensive coordinator for two seasons, putting up two top 12 units.
Haley was fired in December 2011 and Crennel stepped in, carrying the Chiefs to a 2-1 record down the stretch and beating the previously unbeaten Packers at Arrowhead Stadium.
Joel Thorman made an argument for Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians, who became the interim head coach during Chuck Pagano's leukemia treatments and helped led the Colts to a surprising 11-5 record and postseason berth.
UPDATE: It's official after the Chiefs officially announced Crennel's firing.
Jay Glazer with FoxSports.com tweeted on Monday, the first Black Monday firing following the 2012 NFL regular season is Cleveland Browns head coach Pat Shurmur. Cleveland also announced that General Manager Tom Heckert won't be returning.
During the season the Browns had changed ownership and management, leaving Shurmur mostly as an expected lame duck, especially after going 9-23 in two seasons despite an obvious development project going on up north.
Per Mary Kay Cabot with the Cleveland Plain Dealer, names that the Browns intend to pursue include Oregon head coach Chip Kelly and Penn State head coach Bill O'Brien.
It's possible that Jay Gruden's name could surface as a candidate, especially after the league noted his work as a coach for inexperienced and young quarterbacks (only one of those apply to Brandon Weeden). Zimmer could also be a candidate, per Cabot.
Other names expected to be on the Browns' radar are the following NFL offensive coordinators: Josh McDaniels (Patriots), Greg Roman (49ers), Bruce Arians (Colts), Mike McCoy (Broncos), Dirk Koetter (Falcons), Jay Gruden (Bengals) and Kyle Shanahan (Redskins). On the defensive side, former Browns assistant and Cleveland native Mel Tucker of the Jaguars is expected to draw interest, along with Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer.
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