Breaking down Cardinals, Colts, Giants, Lions coaching searches
It’s been nearly two weeks since the regular season ended, and the coaching carousel remains at a standstill. The Oakland Raiders and Chicago Bears filled their coaching vacancies — and neither move initiated a domino effect of creating other jobs to be filled.
Thus, four head coaching jobs remain open, and those openings could stay in place depending on this weekend’s results. Here’s a snapshot of where things stand, based on discussions with several sources involved in each situation.
Indianapolis has narrowed its search to two candidates: Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and Texans defensive coordinator Mike Vrabel. The plan is to gather intel this weekend, meet, then proceed Monday with either second interviews or simply by making a choice.
This is the most open and methodical search, with owner Michael Bidwill stating publicly he’s taking his time. Expect full second-round interviews and no fast deadline. Shurmur is expected to be one finalist, and Wilks and Steelers offensive line coach Mike Munchak are well-regarded in Arizona. They could be finalists, as well.
Defensive coordinator James Bettcher is the top in-house candidate, and Bruce Arians has stumped for him. Based on their deliberate pace, Arizona does face the prospect of losing out on a preferred candidate (possibly Shurmur) if the Vikings lose and they don’t accelerate their search. That said, the last candidate they interviewed during their previous search — Bruce Arians — worked out just fine.
Jones wrote a letter to Goodell Thursday, seeking to have a special owners’ meeting scheduled for Nov. 28 in New York. The meeting, Jones wrote, would be to address the negotiations of Goodell’s contract extension, oversight of the compensation committee and a date for all owners to vote on Goodell’s contract. A copy of the letter was obtained by The Washington Post.