The Bucs have interviewed old-timers like Marty Schottenheimer and Brad Childress, and are now looking at Perry Fewell.
Most Likely To Get Fired
1. Jim Caldwell, Colts. His job has not been assured.
2. Lovie Smith, Bears. He is said to be secure. Yet, the longer this GM search drags on, the more possible it is that he goes, too.
3. Tom Coughlin, Giants. He is said to be secure, but an embarrassing showing this weekend could make them think about change.
I think Marvin Lewis and Chan Gailey are definitely safe. I also think it makes sense to keep Leslie Frazier around and tinker with at least his defensive coordinator. Frazier is a good enough motivator and – while the Vikings were close in 4 of their 6 division games – they have enough rebuilding that it doesn’t make sense to pay two coaches when you are so deep in the basement.
Most Attractive Places to Go
1. Dolphins. There is more young talent on this team than on any other. Many of the defenders are still in their prime, the tight ends and fullbacks are great, the wide receivers have talent. This year, there will be a lot of nice available quarterbacks in the draft and free agency, and you have a solid back-up in Matt Moore.
2. Giants. You would walk into a cushy place with Eli Manning and the second most-talented defensive line behind the Ravens.
3. Bears. Any coach would love the preexisting leadership of Jay Cutler, Julius Peppers, Matt Forte, Charles Tillman and – probably – Lance Briggs. Go get a wide receiver, a safety and another corner and you’re in business. It’s actually similar to the Broncos situation, having D.J. Williams, Champ Bailey and Brian Dawkins as leaders in place.
4. Cowboys. Jerry Jones can be a pain, but they have the best offense of anyone on this list, hands down. They need a lot of defensive moves and the fan base is sick of waiting for a Super Bowl.
5. Raiders. A similar situation to Dallas, but the defense is a little worse, the receiving corps more green, and the quarterback less dazzling.
5. Colts. If Manning is healthy – and Irsay doesn’t plan on releasing him -, this becomes #3 on the list. Anyone would love to coach Peyton Manning. A lot of the variables have to do with what happens with the Chargers and Bears.
6. Buccaneers. There are a lot of holes on this team.
Predictions For Each Job
Buccaneers: Mike Sherman. He’s an intelligent guy with a winning pedigree. He may even try to reel in his old quarterback, Ryan Tannehill, in the draft.
Dolphins: Joe Philbin, if he wants to coach. If not, Dave Toub. The Dolphins want someone who is super smart and comes from a strong coaching tree. Toub fits that bill for the most part. I’m sure they’d like an offense like Green Bay’s, which is why I expect Philbin is the first choice.
Raiders: Dom Capers, with Tom Clements as OC to take over as head coach when Capers retires.
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