Last week I took a good, long look at the top GM candidates for this year’s cycle.
This week … you guessed it … it’ll be head coaches, offensive coordinators and defensive coordinators. I enlisted a similar set of coaches, executives, agents and league sources in an anonymous polling over this past week-plus to cultivate the best list I could.
There could always be surprises, but it doesn’t feel like there’s going to be a ton of head-coaching turnover this season. The Raiders and Jaguars will obviously have new head coaches. The Bears will be in the market for one, and the Vikings may. And despite what their respective fan bases may be calling for, I’m told the Giants and Panthers will be standing pat this offseason.
All that said, here’s the list in alphabetical order.
Head coach candidates
Eric Bieniemy, Chiefs OC: He’s been passed over two straight offseasons (and you could argue three) for HC jobs. Bieniemy is a key part of what the Chiefs have going.
Todd Bowles, Buccaneers DC: Bowles has been at the controls of the league’s best rush defense since 2019 after four years as the Jets head coach.
Jim Caldwell: The former Colts and Lions head coach should have been on every team’s list last year and should remain on those lists this cycle.
Brian Daboll, Bills OC: He helped turn Josh Allen into a MVP runner-up and quarter-billion dollar man. Many around the league were stunned he didn’t get the Chargers job last season.
Matt Eberflus, Colts DC: Eberflus leads the most opportunistic defense in the NFL that just shut down Bill Belichick’s Pats.
Leslie Frazier, Bills DC: The former Vikings head coach was a finalist for the Texans’ gig last year.
Jerry Gray, Packers DBs coach/passing game coordinator: Gray could wind up being a top DC name if a head coach job doesn’t happen. He showed what he could do when he took over for Joe Barry in the Packers’ win against Arizona.