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Published: Dec. 24, 2014 at 10:01 a.m. Updated: Dec. 24, 2014 at 10:08 a.m.
Jim Harbaugh leads top 10 head-coaching candidates

Chris Wesseling
Around the NFL Writer 
 
1. Jim Harbaugh49ers coach: Now that San Francisco has been eliminated from postseason contention, a divorce with Harbaugh is inevitable, NFL Media columnist Michael Silver has reported. Harbaugh's 43-19-1 record with three consecutive trips to the NFC Championship Game have already garnered an offerfrom the University of Michigan. Once he's cut loose by the Niners, expect the Raiders to be first in line for his services. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport has reported mutual interest between the two camps, with Oakland owner Mark Davis seeking a "rock star" or "superstar" head coach. Once Harbaugh is jettisoned in San Francisco, defensive line coach Jim Tomsula will be the favorite to take over the 49ers.
2. Rex RyanJets coach: Owner Woody Johnson is already assembling a football council to help with the hiring decision, an ominous sign for the futures of Ryan and general manager John Idzik. Although Ryan has been undone by his almost willful disregard for offense and inability to identify coaches capable of developing quarterbacks, he's still respected as one of the game's premier defensive minds. John Fox, a coach with a similar profile, has succeeded with the help of a franchise quarterback in Denver.
 


 


 
3. Todd BowlesCardinalsdefensive coordinator: Withmaniacal blitzes and creative scheming, Bowles has fashioned anisland of misfit toys into one of the NFL's most overachieving defenses. Bowles offers experience as an interim head coach with the Dolphins in 2011 and has interviewed for openings in each of the past few seasons. TheCardinals have already acknowledgedBowles will be one of the hot candidates in January.
4. Dan Quinn, Seahawks defensive coordinator: The Seahawks stand atop the NFL's defensive rankings in points and yards 10 months after Quinn cooked up one of the best game plans in Super Bowl history. Quinn is one of the main reasons pass rusher Michael Bennett boasted Monday that Seattle is now home to the greatest defense ever to hit the gridiron. If Quinn draws interest around the league, Pete Carroll will have no qualms about nudging his top lieutenant out of the nest.
5. Teryl Austin, Lions defensive coordinator: In his first year as coordinator, Austin's Detroit defense is second only to Quinn's in points and yards thanks to his aggressive, player-friendly approach. Chairman John Wooten has said Austin will be one of the top-three minority candidatesthe Fritz Pollard Alliance Foundation will submit to NFL teams with coaching vacancies this off-season. Austin is "absolutely" open to interviews next month.
 
6. Adam Gase, Broncos offensive coordinator: One of the NFL's bright, young offensive minds, Gase turned down an opportunity to interview for the Browns' job last January, focusing instead on Denver's Super Bowl run. Former Rams coach Mike Martz believes Gase is excellent at scheming matchup advantages, which would help a team with a young quarterback in need of a guiding hand.
7. Hue JacksonBengals offensive coordinator: In addition to his semi-successful stint as Raiders head coach, Jackson hasplenty of experience developing quarterbacks, running backs and wide receivers at the college and pro level. Despite injuries to Marvin JonesTyler Eifert and A.J. Green, he has kept Cincinnati's offense afloat thanks to a strong rushing attack and crafty game plans. One concern for prospective teams: Andy Dalton's regression in Jackson's first season replacing Jay Gruden.
8. Darrell Bevell, Seahawks offensive coordinator: Bevell worked with Brett Favre in Green Bay and Minnesota before helping to develop Russell Wilson in Seattle. He's also had the good fortune to work with two of the best running backs of the past decade in Adrian Peterson and Marshawn Lynch. After spending the offseason tinkering with Wilson and Percy Harvin, Bevell has found himself leaning on Lynch and a passing attack that relies on Wilson's extraordinary improvisational skills. How will interested teams interpret that temporary identity crisis?
 
9. Josh McDanielsPatriots offensive coordinator: Not ready to become a head coach at age 33, McDaniels crashed and burned with the Broncos in 2010. He has rehabilitated his image as an offensive specialist since returning to New England four years ago. Although he's viewed as a quarterback guru, McDaniels was not able to develop a handpicked Tim Tebow or former No. 1 overall draft pick Sam Bradford. There is also speculation that he is not all that eager to leave his station as Bill Belichick's right-hand man.
10. Mike Shanahan, free agent: Will NFL teams view Shanahan in a different light after Jay Grudenwent through similar struggles with Robert Griffin III this season? The former Broncos and Redskinscoach is interested in coaching again, but only for the right organization with a roster ready to contend. The problem is those teams don't tend to have head-coaching vacancies.
Other names to watch: Jim SchwartzGary Kubiak, Pep Hamilton, Kyle Shanahan, Norv Turner, Mike Singletary
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Lol Rex at 2. Give me a ****iing break. Rex sucks yet he is completely bulletproof to some. All he needs is an elite OL, franchise QB, top 5 RB. 2 of the Top 10 CBs in the NFL. and elite DL and he may get to the playoffs. He is bad at every level, and having him at #2 completely invalidates your entire list.

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If Harbaugh goes to Michigan, the football counsel will be forced to sign Rex.

 

I can actually see this happening.  The same football team that gave us the strategy of no punt returner fires Rex on Monday, then hires him back two weeks later because their search yielded candidates who are worse than the guy they just let go.

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There are others I like better, but I wouldn't hate it if he was the choice. I thought he did a solid job in Oakland in his one season as their coach.

Well, Hue Jackson would be interesting.  First, we gotta get the right GM..... maybe Tom Gamble is the one.  He interviewed last year.  Maybe he didn't want the job if Rex

 

was there.    BTW--    interesting quote below: ---

CASSERLY once said:

“I would say, having been in an organization, it’s hard to know from the outside-in who’s making the final decision on things,” he said. “For example, they took two corners in the first round. One is hurt [Dee Milliner], and the other one, [Kyle] Wilson, hasn’t panned out. So how much of that was the coaching staff? How much of that was the scouting staff? Who made the final decision? Those are the things you’re going to have to figure out — and that’s the owner’s job to figure that out.”

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Yeah Herm Edwards... some of his coaching methods are definitely questionable but he has a good way of keeping control of players who tend to get out of line.  He said he would have benched Geno for missing that meeting in San Diego- something Rex probably should've done although hines sight is 20/20.  Herm is a no BS kind of coach whereas Rex is a little more laid back in most cases.

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Other than Harbaugh (which sounds like it's Michigan or Raiders) Shanahan would be the only other person, on that list, I would want.  It certainly does sound like RGIII was the problem - if we have a shot at Shanahan we should take it.

 

No more first time HC's...

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Other than Harbaugh (which sounds like it's Michigan or Raiders) Shanahan would be the only other person, on that list, I would want. It certainly does sound like RGIII was the problem - if we have a shot at Shanahan we should take it.

No more first time HC's...

Is your handle a Kubrick tribute?

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Lol Rex at 2. Give me a ****iing break. Rex sucks yet he is completely bulletproof to some. All he needs is an elite OL, franchise QB, top 5 RB. 2 of the Top 10 CBs in the NFL. and elite DL and he may get to the playoffs. He is bad at every level, and having him at #2 completely invalidates your entire list.

AMEN brother. Rex - to me - falls somewhere below the bottom of this list. I am so fed up with the people who continue to think this buffoon is a good NFL HC. Please give me a list of REASONS why Rex is a good coach and NOT just a list of excuses made for him. That is what pisses me off so much about the Rex lovers. They just love him because.....there really is no rational reason for it...they just wuv him.

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AMEN brother. Rex - to me - falls somewhere below the bottom of this list. I am so fed up with the people who continue to think this buffoon is a good NFL HC. Please give me a list of REASONS why Rex is a good coach and NOT just a list of excuses made for him. That is what pisses me off so much about the Rex lovers. They just love him because.....there really is no rational reason for it...they just wuv him.

 

They love him because he took Sanchez to two AFC championship games.

 

I'm ready for Rex to go but I can understand his supporters...

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