Here's a Wednesday afternoon roundup of rumors and interviews for the seven head coaching vacancies in the NFL.
Arizona Cardinals: The Cardinals have been closely linked to former Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid, whose pitch includes a vow to "fix Kevin Kolb". That may not be what the Bidwill family wants to hear after sinking over $20 million into Kolb over the last two seasons and getting only 14 starts in return. Kolb is due $11.5 million in 2013, including a $2 million roster bonus that comes due on the fifth day of the league year.
Cardinals president Michael Bidwill spent New Year's Day meeting with defensive coordinator Ray Horton, who would be an outstanding choice for the team's head coaching vacancy. Despite the team's disappointing 5-11 season, the defense played well, ranking sixth in Football Outsiders' defensive DVOA (Defense-adjusted Value Over Average) metric and were second in DVOA when defending the pass. Bidwill and Horton are scheduled to meet again on Wednesday while the interview with Reid will take place on Thursday. Bidwell also plans to meet with Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy over the weekend and former Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith is interested in the position, as well.
Buffalo Bills: CEO Russ Brandon now has full authority over football operations and is leading the team's search for a new head coach. That process began in Arizona where Brandon will reportedly interview former Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt as well as former offensive line coach Russ Grimm and defensive coordinator Ray Horton. Like the Cardinals, the Bills are also seeking to interview Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy and could interview Syracuse head coach Doug Marrone. Former Bears head coach Lovie Smith also has interest in the Bills' opening and given the talent that the Bills have on defense, they should schedule an interview with Smith.
Chicago Bears: GM Phil Emery is looking for "his guy" and the search will include interviews with Dallas Cowboys special teams coach Joe DeCamillas, a former colleague from their days with the Atlanta Falcons. Other candidates on Emery's list include Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy, Green Bay Packers offensive coordinator Tom Clements, Falcons special teams coordinator Keith Armstrong and Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan.
Cleveland Browns: The Browns do not yet have a GM in place, but reportedly have a "No. 1 choice" in mind for their head coaching vacancy. According to Adam Caplan of Sirius XM radio, Oregon head coach Chip Kelly is the top choice in Cleveland. The Browns interviewed Cardinals defensive coordinator Ray Horton on Tuesday night and other candidates include Penn State head coach Bill O'Brien and Syracuse head coach Doug Marrone.
Kansas City Chiefs: Chiefs CEO Clark Hunt, who is the point man for the search for a new head coach, stepped in front of the Cardinals and could intercept Andy Reid. Hunt is scheduled to interview Reid in Philadelphia on Wednesday, one day before the former Eagles head coach was scheduled to meet with the Bidwills. The Chiefs have also interviewed Falcons special teams coordinator Keith Armstrong, which would satisfy the "Rooney Rule" and pave the way for the Chiefs to hire Reid.
Philadelphia Eagles: The Eagles are also hot on the trail of Oregon's Chip Kelly, but are looking at other options. Falcons defensive coordinator Mike Nolan and special teams coordinator Keith Armstrong will interview with the Eagles this week and the team will meet with Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy. The Eagles are also expected to be interested in Penn State head coach Bill O'Brien and Syracuse head coach Doug Marrone, as well.
San Diego Chargers: Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians has been linked to the Chargers' coaching vacancy, but the club is not going to hire a coach before hiring a general manager. Some of the candidates to replace fired GM A.J. Smith include the team's current director of player personnel Jimmy Raye, who will be interviewed this week, Michael Gehlken of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports. Other candidates include Indianapolis Colts vice president of football operations Tom Telesco, San Francisco 49ers director of player personnel Tom Gamble, Atlanta Falcons director of player personnel David Caldwell and Arizona Cardinals vice president of player personnel Steve Keim. The Chargers were interested in Denver Broncos director of player personnel Matt Russell, but he declined an interview request.
A popular candidate for head coach in many NFL cities was Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter, but he has removed himself from the head coaching mix by signing a two-year extension to remain on Mike Smith's staff, a signing initially reported by Alex Marvez of FOXSports.com.
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