Every January is abuzz with news of coaches who may lose their jobs, those with new gigs, and openings that fans are anxious to hear more about. January of 2020 is no different, as we have seen plenty of news in the recent days and hours. Let's take a closer look.
NFL Coach Openings
At present, the only opening on the horizon is the head coaching job for the Cleveland Browns. The Browns were looking at Mike McCarthy, but we now know that McCarthy was offered and accepted the head coaching job with the Dallas Cowboys.
CBS Sports' Cody Benjamin wrote that the Browns have an interest in former Ohio State coach, Urban Meyer. There hasn't been anything concrete to report, but it will certainly be interesting to see such talks move forward.
More concrete news about the Browns, according to Benjamin, is that they have had interviews with Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll, San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh, Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator Greg Roman, and Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy. Additionally, the team plans to meet with Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski and New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels very soon.
Having scrambled through eight different head coaches in 13 years and their fourth in five years, the Browns are hoping to latch on to someone more successful.
NFL Vacancies Filled
Dallas Cowboys: As previously mentioned, the Dallas Cowboys have hired Mike McCarthy as their new head coach after recently firing Jason Garrett. The deal is reportedly for five years.
Carolina Panthers: Early this morning, ESPN's David Newton reported that the Panthers hired Matt Rhule as their new head coach. The seven-year deal is expected to be worth $60 million with additional incentives that could total up to $70 million. Rhule was the head coach at Baylor University for three years, and had an 11-3 record in 2019. The Panthers fired Ron Rivera in early December after almost nine years at the helm.
Washington Redskins: It didn't take long for Ron Rivera to find a job. The Redskins fired head coach Jay Gruden back in early October after the team's 0-5 start. Redskins owner Dan Snyder said that after several meetings with Rivera, he felt confident that hiring him was the right decision while noting that Rivera is widely respected around the league. Rivera had a 79–67–1 record in his tenure with the Carolina Panthers, taking them to the playoffs four times in nine years.
New York Giants: The Giants have hired Joe Judge as their new head coach (per ESPN). Judge is the youngest of all the candidates, and was the wide receiver's coach for the New England Patriots. Judge is known to be tough, stand his ground, and take a strong approach in his coaching. The team fired Pat Shurmur after just two seasons.
Stay tuned for more news and information on the annual carousel of coach hirings and firings. It may be a circus at times, but it's always interesting.