The NFL is always looking for the next great head coach and the end of the season creates optimism across all fan bases looking to restart fresh with a new face and new ideas. The intrigue surrounding teams looking for big hires and we thought it was important to finally create the ultimate page to visit during the mayhem here at NFL Sapient.

The openings looking to be filled in the NFL at head coach:

TeamCoach OutPhilosophy LeanCoach In
Chicago BearsMatt NagyOffenseTBD
Denver BroncosVic FangioDefenseTBD
Houston TexansDavid CulleyDefenseTBD
Jacksonville JaguarsUrban MeyerOffense/BalancedTBD
Las Vegas RaidersJon GrudenOffenseTBD
Miami DolphinsBrian FloresOffenseTBD
Minnesota VikingsMike ZimmerUnknown (New GM)TBD
New York GiantsJoe JudgeUnknown (New GM)TBD

Let’s get into it.

The second year of the new minority rule

As a reminder, this will be the second offseason that the NFL will implement the new rules to help encourage teams to encourage minority coaches to be promoted and hired through the NFL ranks. Teams that surrender minority coaches to another team for a head coaching position will be awarded a third-round compensation pick for the loss to their team.

Last season, the San Francisco 49ers were awarded a compensatory pick for the New York Jets hiring their defensive coordinator, Robert Saleh. The 49ers selected CB Ambry Thomas with the additional pick.

Rule adjustments to assist with the extra regular season week

The NFL has introduced a new one-year trial rule adjustment to the league this year. This trial allows NFL teams with head coaching vacancies, or teams that have informed their coach that he will not be returning next year, to begin interviewing candidates still actively working with other teams.

Previously, a team would have to wait to hire a head coach until their season was finished with their active team. That is no longer the case.

NFL Coaches Heat ratings

A basic explanation of what our heat ratings are is important before looking through our guide. While it’s fairly obvious, you may notice with frequent visits to the guide that the ratings fluctuate based on what’s going down around the league.

  • 3-4 = Smoke. There’s not much to these rumors and teams are going through the motions by interviewing them.
  • 5-6 = Embers. The fire has been there but it’s not really burning. The fire is going out. You can cook out a Bar-B-Q on embers, but for the most part you aren’t grilling out with a lot of anticipation. There’s certainly interest but it’s still not enough to get excited about.
  • 7-8 = Flames. The fire is burning strong and is on the brink of burning out of control.
  • 9-10 = Burning. This is pretty much a done deal. The hot coaching candidate has his pick of the jobs available and will be the hot commodity going into the 2022 season.

The Candidates

Eric Bieniemy

Kansas City Chiefs

Offensive Coordinator (2018-2021)

Head Coaching Experience: None.

Playing Experience: Running Back (9 years, 142 games, 1 start)
Colorado (College, 1987-1990); San Diego Chargers (1991-1994); Cincinnati Bengals (1995-1998); Philadelphia Eagles (1999).

Worked With: Andy Reid, Brad Childress.

Super Bowl Victories: 2019 (Offensive Coordinator – Kansas City Chiefs).

Age: 53

TeamInterestInterview Status
Chicago BearsNoN/A
Denver BroncosYesRequested
Houston TexansNoN/A
Jacksonville JaguarsNoN/A
Las Vegas RaidersYesInterest (Report)
Miami DolphinsNoN/A
Minnesota VikingsNoN/A
New York GiantsNoN/A

After Eric Bieniemy’s NFL career, he returned to the college ranks as a running backs coach for Colorado and UCLA before getting the call up by Brad Childress to the Minnesota Vikings. He served as Colorado’s offensive coordinator from 2011-2012 before coming back to the NFL and remaining on staff with Andy Reid ever since. He’s a very good offensive coordinator and has been a media favorite ever since.

The biggest draw to Bieniemy is the fact that his offense has always been top-5 in the league. He became the offensive coordinator the same year that the Kansas City Chiefs handed the torch from Alex Smith to Patrick Mahomes as the franchise’s signal caller. He’s been doing interviews ever since, but never has landed the job.

Heat Rating: 6 (Embers)

Todd Bowles

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Defensive Coordinator (2019-2021)

Head Coaching Experience: 26-41
2011 Miami Dolphins (interim, 2-1); 2015-2018 New York Jets (24-40).

Playing Experience: Free Safety (8 years, 117 games, 82 starts).
Temple (College, 1981-1985); Washington Redskins (1986-1990, 1992-1993), San Francisco 49ers (1991).

Worked with: Bill Parcells, Wade Phillips, Andy Reid, Bruce Arians, Butch Davis, Mike Holmgren.

Super Bowl Victories: 1987 (Player – Washington Redskins), 1996 (Player Personnel Staff – Green Bay Packers), 2020 (Defensive Coordinator – Tampa Bay Buccaneers).

Age: 58

TeamInterestInterview Status
Chicago BearsYesRequested
Denver BroncosNoN/A
Houston TexansNoN/A
Jacksonville JaguarsYesInterviewed
Las Vegas RaidersYesInterested (Report)
Miami DolphinsNoN/A
Minnesota VikingsNoN/A
New York GiantsNoN/A

Todd Bowles is by far one of the most experienced and seasoned veterans in the game. An NFL safety who played for two legendary coaches (Joe Gibbs and George Seifert), Bowles has worked with so many great coaches who have helped form him into the coach he is today. His work with the New York Jets, one of the toughest places to coach, is oftentimes over scrutinized for the lack of success that he saw in The Big Apple.

Recently, since taking over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers defense, they’ve had a top-ten rushing defense in all three years he’s been calling plays. His work has been impressive as a coordinator all of his career and teams will certainly be intrigued by his experience.

Heat Rating: 6 (Embers)

Jim Caldwell

Free Agent

Last Position: Assistant Head Coach/Quarterbacks, Miami Dolphins (2019).

Head Coaching Experience: 62-50
1993-2000 Wake Forest (College – 26-63); 2009-2011 Indianapolis Colts (26-22); 2014-2017 Detroit Lions (36-28).

Playing Experience: None.

Worked With: Tony Dungy, John Harbaugh, Brian Flores.

Super Bowl Victories: 2006 (Assistant Head Coach/Quarterbacks – Indianapolis Colts); 2012 (Quarterbacks/Interim Offensive Coordinator – Baltimore Ravens).

Age: 67

TeamInterestInterview Status
Chicago BearsNoN/A
Denver BroncosNoN/A
Houston TexansNoN/A
Jacksonville JaguarsYesInterviewed
Las Vegas RaidersNoN/A
Miami DolphinsNoN/A
Minnesota VikingsNoN/A
New York GiantsNoN/A

Jim Caldwell has been retired and out of football for the last two years before receiving a call from the Jacksonville Jaguars this offseason for an interview. His work with Peyton Manning and Tony Dungy in Indianapolis earned him the job when Tony Dungy retired in 2009 and the Colts responded by winning the AFC but falling short to Sean Peyton and the New Orleans Saints.

Caldwell took over the Detroit Lions and helped the franchise see the most consistency that they had seen in decades. Unfortunately, for Caldwell, it wasn’t enough and the Lions sunk back to the bottom of the NFC North. The issue with Caldwell coming into this year is his age (67) which is not ideal, especially for the long term. Unless a team feels close to a Super Bowl, it’s hard to see anyone putting an offer together to pull Caldwell out of retirement.

Heat Rating: 4 (Smoke)

Brian Daboll

Buffalo Bills

Offensive Coordinator (2018-2021)

Head Coaching Experience: None.

Playing Experience: None.

Worked With: Bill Belichick, Nick Saban, Romeo Crenel, Sean McDermott.

Super Bowl Victories: 2001 (Defensive Assistant – New England Patriots); 2003 (Wide Receivers – New England Patriots); 2004 (Wide Receivers – New England Patriots); 2016 (Tight Ends – New England Patriots).

Age: 47

TeamInterestInterview Status
Chicago BearsYesRequested
Denver BroncosNoN/A
Houston TexansNoN/A
Jacksonville JaguarsNoN/A
Las Vegas RaidersYesInterested (Report)
Miami DolphinsYesRequested
Minnesota VikingsNoN/A
New York GiantsNo N/A

Brian Daboll has been a part of some very successful programs. After working with Bill Belichick for almost a decade, Daboll took the opportunity to branch out and attempt to make the leap in 2009 when he took the offensive coordinator job with the Cleveland Browns. He ended up coaching three teams over the next four years and ultimately back in New England.

His big break was going back to the college level as the Alabama offensive coordinator in 2017, winning a national title with Nick Saban. The job earned him the spot with the Buffalo Bills where he has helped bring to life the career of Josh Allen and led Buffalo to one of the top offenses in the league. Daboll should be a head coach by next year if he doesn’t earn a spot this year.

Heat Rating: 8 (Flames)

Matt Eberflus

Indianapolis Colts

Defensive Coordinator (2018-2021)

Head Coaching Experience: None.

Playing Experience: None.

Worked With: Frank Reich, Jason Garrett.

Super Bowl Victories: None.

Age: 52.

TeamInterestInterview Status
Chicago BearsYesScheduled
Denver BroncosNoN/A
Houston TexansNoN/A
Jacksonville JaguarsYesScheduled
Las Vegas RaidersNoN/A
Miami DolphinsNoN/A
Minnesota VikingsNoN/A
New York GiantsNoN/A

Matt Eberflus had anything but a traditional path to this point of his career. The first decade and a half of his career, he was in the college ranks, including serving as the defensive coordinator of Missouri from 2001-2008. He joined the Cleveland Browns staff in 2009 as a linebackers coach before ending up on Jason Garrett’s staff in Dallas.

Eberflus was a popular candidate last season as well, interviewing with the Houston Texans, the New York Jets, and the Los Angeles Chargers. There has been some speculation that this would be his final year with the Colts, but he may be the odd man looking in yet again.

Heat Rating: 6 (Embers)

Brian Flores

Free Agent

Last Position: Head Coach, Miami Dolphins (2019-2021)

Head Coaching Experience: 24-25.
Miami Dolphins (2019-2021)

Playing Experience: None.

Worked With: Bill Belichick, Jim Caldwell, Chan Gailey.

Super Bowl Victories: 2004 (Scouting Assistant – New England Patriots); 2014 (Safeties – New England Patriots); 2016 (Linebackers – New England Patriots); 2018 (Linebackers – New England Patriots)

Age: 41.

TeamInterestInterview Status
Chicago BearsYesScheduled
Denver BroncosNoN/A
Houston TexansNoN/A
Jacksonville JaguarsNoN/A
Las Vegas RaidersNoN/A
Miami DolphinsNoFired
Minnesota VikingsNoN/A
New York GiantsNoN/A

Brian Flores worked his way up the coaching ranks, starting as a scouting assistant for the New England Patriots in 2004. Over the next decade and a half, Flores became one of the hottest candidates on the market as the Patriots linebackers coach, which ended with Flores getting the Miami Dolphins job in 2019.

The Miami Dolphins firing Flores came as a surprise to most people, especially considering the rebuilding effort that had been put into Miami, who barely missed the playoffs over both of the last two seasons. It’s reported that Flores will be a very hot candidate over the next couple of weeks to fill another head coaching vacancy.

Heat Rating: 7 (Flames)

Leslie Frazier

Buffalo Bills

Defensive Coordinator (2017-2021)

Head Coaching Experience: 21-32-1
Minnesota Vikings (2010-2013)

Playing Experience: Cornerback (5 years, 65 games, 49 starts)
Chicago Bears (1981-1985)

Worked With: Tony Dungy, Andy Reid, Brad Childress, John Harbaugh, Marvin Lewis, Sean McDermott, Lovie Smith, Kevin Stefanski, Mike Singletary.

Super Bowl Victories: 1985 (Player, Chicago Bears); 2006 (Defensive Backs, Indianapolis Colts).

Age: 63.

TeamInterestInterview Status
Chicago BearsYesRequested
Denver BroncosNoN/A
Houston TexansNoN/A
Jacksonville JaguarsNoN/A
Las Vegas RaidersNoN/A
Miami DolphinsYesRequested
Minnesota VikingsNoN/A
New York GiantsNoN/A

Leslie Frazier is a very experienced coaching candidate that a team could be looking to utilize his connections and experience across the league to make their team a playoff candidate early on. Because of his age (63), it’s hard to imagine Frazier as a long-term candidate. However, he could assemble arguably one of the best staffs in the league.

Frazier recently served as the Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator. The Bills defense has been among the leagues best over his tenure, ranking top five in three of the last five years. He’s a defensive-minded coach who has previous head man experience and could be ready to lead a team again.

Heat Rating: 5 (Embers)

Jonathan Gannon

Philadelphia Eagles

Defensive Coordinator (2021)

Head Coaching Experience: None.

Playing Experience: None.

Worked With: Frank Reich, Nick Sirianni, Mike Munchak, Steve Spangnuolo.

Super Bowl Victories: None.

Age: 39.

TeamInterestInterview Status
Chicago BearsNoN/A
Denver BroncosYesRequested
Houston TexansNoN/A
Jacksonville JaguarsNoN/A
Las Vegas RaidersNoN/A
Miami DolphinsNoN/A
Minnesota VikingsNoN/A
New York GiantsNoN/A

2021 was the first year that Jonathan Gannon was a defensive coordinator, stepping into the big shoes left behind by Jim Schwartz. The rookie coordinator didn’t fail to impress, showing tremendous promise and helping the Eagles defense well outperform expectations.

Gannon came up the hard way, starting as a student assistant at Louisville and working into the NFL as a scout. He got his first job as a coach with the Tennessee Titans in 2012 as a defensive quality control assistant and got his first position group with the Indianapolis Colts in 2018, where he would coach the cornerbacks until taking the job in Philadelphia. It’s hard to think he’d get a job this year, but could be in the running as a hot candidate next year.

Heat Rating: 4 (Smoke)

Luke Getsy

Green Bay Packers

Quarterbacks/Passing Game Coordinator (2020-2021)

Head Coaching Experience: None.

Playing Experience: None.

Worked With: Mike McCarthy, Matt LaFleur.

Super Bowl Victories: None.

Age: 38.

TeamInterestInterview Status
Chicago BearsNoN/A
Denver BroncosYesRequested
Houston TexansNoN/A
Jacksonville JaguarsNoN/A
Las Vegas RaidersNoN/A
Miami DolphinsNoN/A
Minnesota VikingsNoN/A
New York GiantsNoN/A

Luke Getsy has worked inside and outside of the NFL over the last decade, bouncing between the professional and college levels. He’s been a position coach and coordinator at both levels and seen some success.

The interest surrounding Getsy, and his teammate Nathaniel Hackett, seems to be revolved around Aaron Rodgers and the uncertainty of his future with the Green Bay Packers organization. Hackett and Getsy could be looked at as potential ins to bring Rodgers to a respective team.

Heat Rating: 4 (Smoke)

Aaron Glenn

Detroit Lions

Defensive Coordinator (2021)

Head Coaching Experience: None.

Playing Experience: Cornerback (15 years, 205 games, 176 starts)
New York Jets (1994-2001); Houston Texans (2002-2004); Dallas Cowboys (2005-2006); Jacksonville Jaguars (2007); New Orleans Saints (2008).

Worked With: Sean Payton, Dan Campbell.

Super Bowl Victories: None.

Age: 50.

TeamInterestInterview Status
Chicago BearsNoN/A
Denver BroncosYesRequested
Houston TexansNoN/A
Jacksonville JaguarsNoN/A
Las Vegas RaidersNoN/A
Miami DolphinsNoN/A
Minnesota VikingsNoN/A
New York GiantsNoN/A

Aaron Glenn was a shutdown cornerback in the NFL through the 1990s and into the early 2000s. His 15 seasons could put him in the Hall of Fame someday as a player, but it wasn’t until recently that Glenn got into coaching. In 2014, he entered onto the Cleveland Browns as an assistant defensive backs coach. After the staff was cleared out following the 2015 season, Glenn was hired by Sean Payton where he served until taking the Lions defensive coordinator position with Dan Campbell.

Glenn is one of the freshest defensive minds in the league right now. He could potentially draw more interest than just the Denver job, but for now it looks like he’s about a year away from getting a head coach position.

Heat Rating: 5 (Embers)

Nathaniel Hackett

Green Bay Packers

Offensive Coordinator (2019-2021)

Head Coaching Experience: None.

Playing Experience: None.

Worked with: Jon Gruden, Matt LaFleur, Doug Marrone.

Super Bowl victories: None.

Age: 43.

TeamInterestInterview Status
Chicago BearsNoN/A
Denver BroncosYesRequested
Houston TexansNoN/A
Jacksonville JaguarsYesRequested
Las Vegas RaidersNoN/A
Miami DolphinsNoN/A
Minnesota VikingsNoN/A
New York GiantsNoN/A

Nathaniel Hackett has become one of the top coordinators in the NFL after working his way as an offensive quality assistant with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Buffalo Bills. After a stint as the offensive coordinator at Syracuse, Hackett re-entered the NFL as the Jacksonville Jaguars offensive coordinator. Hackett was brought to Green Bay after the Jaguars fired Gus Bradley at the end of 2018 and has helped Green Bay to three NFC Championship appearances.

Reportedly, Hackett could be an intriguing fit with the Denver Broncos, especially if John Elway and company make a run this offseason for Aaron Rodgers. His name was immediately mentioned following Vic Fangio’s dismissal from Denver.

Heat Rating: 6 (Embers)

Jim Harbaugh

Michigan Wolverines

Head Coach (2015-2021)

Head Coaching Experience: 44-19-1
San Francisco 49ers (2011-2014)

Playing Experience: Quarterback (14 years, 177 games, 140 starts)
Michigan (College, 1983-1986); Chicago Bears (1987-1993); Indianapolis Colts (1994-1997); Baltimore Ravens (1998); San Diego Chargers (1999-2000).

Worked With: Bill Callahan.

Super Bowl Victories: None.

Age: 58

TeamInterestInterview Status
Chicago BearsYesInterested (Report)
Denver BroncosYesInterested (Report)
Houston TexansNoN/A
Jacksonville JaguarsNoN/A
Las Vegas RaidersYesInterested (Report)
Miami DolphinsYesInterested (Report)
Minnesota VikingsNoN/A
New York GiantsNoN/A

Jim Harbaugh has been a very successful coach at pretty much any stop he’s made. He coached division II San Diego to prominence and landed a job with Stanford, coaching up the eventual first overall pick in Andrew Luck. He left Stanford for the NFL and took the San Francisco 49ers to the Super Bowl in 2012.

When Harbaugh took the Michigan Wolverines job in 2015, it was thought he would never leave. However, after an 0-5 start against rivals Ohio State, he was on the hot seat. While he’s under a long term deal in Michigan, there has been a lot of reports about his interest to return to the NFL level. It appears to be legitimate as there is a lot of interest between Las Vegas and Chicago (reportedly, of course). He would be a good hire for a team looking to be competitive right away.

Heat Rating: 8 (Flames)

Vance Joseph

Arizona Cardinals

Defensive Coordinator (2019-2021)

Head Coaching Experience: 11-21
Denver Broncos (2016-2017)

Playing Experience: Cornerback (2 years, 17 games, 6 starts)
New York Jets (1995-1996)

Worked With: Marvin Lewis, Mike Nolan, Gary Kubiac, Kliff Kingsbury.

Super Bowl Victories: None.

Age: 50

TeamInterestInterview Status
Chicago BearsNoN/A
Denver BroncosNoN/A
Houston TexansNoN/A
Jacksonville JaguarsNoN/A
Las Vegas RaidersNoN/A
Miami DolphinsNoN/A
Minnesota VikingsNoN/A
New York GiantsNoN/A

Vance Joseph has made himself a successful NFL career, serving as a quality assistant coach since 2005 when he joined the San Francisco 49ers. A former NFL cornerback, Joseph has been one of the best defensive backs coaches over the last decade before getting his chance in 2017 as the head man of the Denver Broncos. It was a brief stint, most people concluding he wasn’t ready for the job.

Joseph was brought onto the staff in Arizona with Kliff Kingsbury because of his valuable head man experience. Kingsbury wanted the experience as he was moving to the NFL level for the first time. His help on defense has been a tremendous help to the Cardinals and kept them firmly in the hunt.

Heat Rating: 4 (Smoke)

Byron Leftwich

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Offensive Coordinator (2019-2021)

Head Coaching Experience: None

Playing Experience: Quarterback (9 years, 60 games, 50 starts).
Marshall (College, 1999-2002); Jacksonville Jaguars (2003-2006), Atlanta Falcons (2007), Pittsburgh Steelers (2008, 2010-2011), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2009).

Worked With: Bruce Arians, Steve Wilks.

Super Bowl Victories: 2008 (Player – Pittsburgh Steelers), 2020 (Offensive Coordinator – Tampa Bay Buccaneers).

Age: 42

TeamInterestInterview Status
Chicago BearsYesRequested
Denver BroncosNoN/A
Houston TexansNoN/A
Jacksonville JaguarsYesInterviewed
Las Vegas RaidersNoN/A
Miami DolphinsNoN/A
Minnesota VikingsNoN/A
New York GiantsNoN/A

Byron Leftwich’s passion for the game has never been questioned. As a quarterback at Marshall, Leftwich famously played one of his best career games on a broken leg. As an NFL player, he was an exciting star for the Jacksonville Jaguars before injuries derailed his career, where he spent the rest of it as a backup mostly for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Leftwich is one of the hottest young coaching candidates in the league, especially after the offensive explosion that the Buccaneers have seen with him at the helm. Even with Jameis Winston in 2019, it was clear to see that Leftwich is among the brightest football minds in the league. It’s a foregone conclusion that he will be a head coach by the end of the year.

Heat Rating: 7 (Flames)

Jerod Mayo

New England Patriots

Inside Linebackers (2019-2021)

Head Coaching Experience: None.

Playing Experience: Linebacker (8 years, 103 games, 93 starts)
New England Patriots (2008-2015).

Worked with: Bill Belichick.

Super Bowl victories: 2014 (Player, New England Patriots).

Age: 36.

TeamInterestInterview Status
Chicago BearsNoN/A
Denver BroncosYesRequested
Houston TexansNoN/A
Jacksonville JaguarsNoN/A
Las Vegas RaidersNoN/A
Miami DolphinsNoN/A
Minnesota VikingsNoN/A
New York GiantsNoN/A

Jerod Mayo has been one of the fastest rising names in the league since joining the Patriots coaching staff in 2019, when he replaced Brian Flores as the teams linebackers coach. He interviewed last year for the Philadelphia Eagles vacancy last year, and reportedly has rare leadership traits. He could potentially become a popular candidate this season despite his lack of coordinating experience.

The former all-pro linebacker was a phenomenal player, a first round pick in 2008, who had a successful NFL career before switching to the coaching ranks. His name was immediately mentioned in a Bleacher Report scoop following the sacking of Vic Fangio.

Heat Rating: 6 (Embers)

Mike McDaniel

San Francisco 49ers

Offensive Coordinator (2021)

Head Coaching Experience: None.

Playing Experience: None.

Worked With: Mike Shanahan, Kyle Shanahan, Gary Kubiac, Dan Quinn.

Super Bowl Victories: None.

Age: 39.

TeamInterestInterview Status
Chicago BearsNoN/A
Denver BroncosNoN/A
Houston TexansNoN/A
Jacksonville JaguarsNoN/A
Las Vegas RaidersNoN/A
Miami DolphinsYesRequested
Minnesota VikingsNoN/A
New York GiantsNoN/A

Mike McDaniel has been in the Shanahan camp since the start of his career. McDaniel was hired by Mike Shanahan as an intern for the Denver Broncos in 2005, paving the way for his football coaching career. In 2017, he was made Kyle Shanahan’s Run Game Coordinator with the 49ers, and elevated to offensive coordinator in 2021.

McDaniel is Shanahan’s right hand man and is considered one of the brightest minds in football. He did a masterful job with the offense this season while navigating through a quarterback controversy and several key player injuries.

Heat Rating: 5 (Embers)

Kellen Moore

Dallas Cowboys

Offensive Coordinator (2019-2021)

Head Coaching Experience: None.

Playing Experience: Quarterback (3 games, 2 starts).
Boise State (College, 2008-2011); Detroit Lions (2012-2014); Dallas Cowboys (2015-2016).

Worked With: Mike McCarthy, Jason Garrett.

Super Bowl Victories: None.

Age: 33

TeamInterestInterview Status
Chicago BearsNoN/A
Denver BroncosYesRequested
Houston TexansNoN/A
Jacksonville JaguarsYesInterviewed
Las Vegas RaidersNoN/A
Miami DolphinsYesRequested
Minnesota VikingsNoN/A
New York GiantsNoN/A

Kellen Moore was an undrafted free agent out of Boise State in 2012 who was heralded for his high football IQ. A torn ACL in the Dallas Cowboys 2016 training camp ended his playing career, but Moore picked back up by taking a position as the Dallas Cowboys quarterbacks coach in 2018.

Since then, it’s been nothing but up for the youngster, who won’t turn 33 until shortly before the start of the 2022 NFL season. His stock is red hot and it’s assumed that he will be a head coach by the end of the 2021 season.

Heat Rating: 9 (Burning)

Bill O’Brien

Alabama Crimson Tide

Offensive Coordinator (2021)

Head Coaching Experience: 52-48.
Houston Texans (2014-2020).

Playing Experience: None.

Worked With: Bill Belichick, Nick Saban, Romeo Crennel, Mike Vrable.

Super Bowl Victories: None.

Age: 52.

TeamInterestInterview Status
Chicago BearsNoN/A
Denver BroncosNoN/A
Houston TexansNoN/A
Jacksonville JaguarsYesInterviewed
Las Vegas RaidersNoN/A
Miami DolphinsNoN/A
Minnesota VikingsNoN/A
New York GiantsNoN/A

Bill O’Brien had been disgraced after a poor attempt to take over as the Houston Texans general manager in 2019. He had made his way up the ranks as a high profile assistant to Bill Belichick before taking the Penn State job in 2012. He coached through the sanctions following the Jerry Sandusky trials and returned to the NFL as the Texans head coach in 2014. While he was a good head coach, O’Brien was not good at both coaching and making personnel decisions.

He entered Alabama, the “coaches rehab center” as the offensive coordinator for the Crimson Tide in 2021. Rumors have O’Brien being a top candidate for the Jacksonville Jaguars position, but outside of that the rumors have been mostly mum. O’Brien may have to serve time as an NFL offensive coordinator again before he gets a chance at another go.

Head Rating: 5 (Embers)

Kevin O’Connell

Los Angeles Rams

Offensive Coordinator (2020-2021)

Head Coaching Experience: None.

Playing Experience: Quarterback (1 year, 2 games)
New England Patriots (2008).

Worked With: Sean McVay, Chip Kelly.

Super Bowl Victories: None.

Age: 37.

TeamInterestInterview Status
Chicago BearsNoN/A
Denver BroncosYesRequested
Houston TexansNoN/A
Jacksonville JaguarsNoN/A
Las Vegas RaidersNoN/A
Miami DolphinsNoN/A
Minnesota VikingsNoN/A
New York GiantsNoN/A

Kevin O’Connell has helped the Los Angeles Rams offense explode the season after the addition of Matthew Stafford in the offseason. O’Connell has only been coaching since 2015, when he took the quarterbacks position with the Cleveland Browns. He served as the offensive coordinator under Jay Gruden in Washington in 2019 before getting picked up by McVay in 2020.

Coaches from the Sean McVay tree have fared well in recent memory, especially with the Cincinnati Bengals winning the AFC North under head coach Zac Taylor, who was the quarterbacks coach under McVay. Los Angeles Chargers head coach Brandon Staley was also McVay defensive coordinator. It’s almost certain that O’Connell’s interest stems from his association with McVay.

Heat Rating: 5 (Embers)

Doug Pederson

Free Agent

Last Position: Head Coach, Philadelphia Eagles (2016-2020)

Head Coaching Experience: 42-37
2016-2020 Philadelphia Eagles.

Playing Experience: Quarterback (10 years, 100 games, 17 starts)
Miami Dolphins (1993); Green Bay Packers (1996-1998, 2001-2004); Philadelphia Eagles (1999); Cleveland Browns (2000).

Worked With: Andy Reid.

Super Bowl Victories: 1996 (Player – Green Bay Packers); 2017 (Head Coach – Philadelphia Eagles).

Age: 54

TeamInterestInterview Status
Chicago BearsYesInterviewed
Denver BroncosYesInterest (Report)
Houston TexansNoN/A
Jacksonville JaguarsYesInterviewed
Las Vegas RaidersNoN/A
Miami DolphinsNoN/A
Minnesota VikingsNoN/A
New York GiantsNoN/A

Doug Pederson was lauded back in his playing days as a backup quarterback for his high football intelligence, receiving high praise from all of the coaches that he played under. He worked his way into a shot at coaching with Andy Reid, first in Philadelphia before following him to Kansas City where he was promoted as an offensive coordinator. Pederson never called plays before taking over as the Eagles head coach and when hired by Philadelphia in 2016, the move was criticized heavily by the media.

Doug Pederson is forever linked into Philadelphia Eagle’s folklore for leading the franchise to its first ever Super Bowl win in 2017. However, the messy exit at the end of the 2020 season forced Pederson to take a year off and collect himself. He should be back in football in 2022, either as a head coach or an offensive coordinator.

Heat Rating: 6 (Embers)

Dan Quinn

Dallas Cowboys

Defensive Coordinator (2021)

Head Coaching Experience: 43-42
2013-2020 Atlanta Falcons.

Playing Experience: None.

Worked With: Pete Carroll, Nick Saban, Mike McCarthy, Dennis Erickson, Jim Mora.

Super Bowl Victories: 2013 (Defensive Coordinator – Seattle Seahawks).

Age: 52

TeamInterestInterview Status
Chicago BearsYesRequested
Denver BroncosYesRequested
Houston TexansNoN/A
Jacksonville JaguarsYesRequested
Las Vegas RaidersN/AN/A
Miami DolphinsNoN/A
Minnesota VikingsNoN/A
New York GiantsNoN/A

Dan Quinn was a superstar defensive coordinator, helping create the “Legion of Boom” in Seattle under Pete Carroll. His work with the Seahawks earned him the head spot with the Atlanta Falcons where they famously blew the 28-3 lead to the New England Patriots in 2016. After a 0-5 start in 2020, the Falcons fired Quinn along with their general manager.

Quinn has taken over a Dallas Cowboys defense this season that has struggled tremendously over the last couple of seasons and led them to be among the best in the NFL this season. He’s back in the hunt for a job, especially if a franchise is looking for a defensive-minded head man.

Heat Rating: 9 (Burning)

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By John Vogel

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