Monday brings golden opportunities
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[January 03, 2017]
(Reuters) - National Football
League owners were sifting through head coaching resumes on Monday
with six teams looking to fill vacancies.
The Buffalo Bills, Jacksonville Jaguars, Los Angeles Rams, San Diego
Chargers, San Francisco 49ers and the Super Bowl champion Denver
Broncos all had help wanted ads out after disappointing campaigns
that saw all six miss the postseason.
The day following the end of the regular season, known as Black
Monday, was strangely quiet this year with most teams having already
decided on change.
Just hours after season-ending defeats on Sunday the Chargers
announced Mike McCoy would not be back, while the 49ers terminated
The Rams' Jeff Fisher was let go following an embarrassing Week 14
blowout loss to Atlanta, and the Jaguars sacked Gus Bradley after a
Week 15 loss. Buffalo's Rex Ryan found himself on the unemployment
line a week later.
Only Denver's Gary Kubiak made it official on Monday when he stepped
down as the Broncos' head coach citing health concerns.
Many teams are focusing their search for a new head coach on New
England (14-2) where Patriots' defensive coordinator Matt Patricia
and offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels seem to be at the top of
the wish lists.
The Chargers, along with the Rams, are believed to be targeting
Patricia, whose top-ranked defense conceded a league low 15.6 points
a game this season.
Los Angeles, Jacksonville and San Francisco are also believed to be
interested in McDaniels according to a report in the Boston Globe.
McDaniels has an attractive resume that includes head coaching
experience with the Broncos and eight seasons with New England,
where he has worked with quarterback Tom Brady to build the
Patriots' high-powered offense.
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As offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels looks on, New England
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) throws during training camp at
Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports
teams want to talk to Patricia and McDaniels they will have to do so
during their bye this week or wait until the Patriots' playoff run
"Great coaches get opportunities and he's fortunate to be in a
position where he should get them because he's earned it," Brady
said about McDaniels on Monday on his WEEI radio show in Boston.
"I would hate to lose him, but I think it's always aspirational for
a coach because it's great to lead a team, lead an organization."
The hapless Jaguars determined to end years of subpar results have
cast a wide net.
They have already interviewed former Giants' Super Bowl winning
coach Tom Coughlin and along with McDaniels are believed to be
looking at Falcons' offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan and Tampa
Bay' defensive coordinator Mike Smith.
(Reporting by Steve Keating in Toronto. Editing by Larry Fine)
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