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Saturday, January 5, 2008

Coaching Carousel Spinning Furiously

Brian Billick has been fired, theoretically along with all of his staff - however, Rex Ryan has appeared to be a front-runner for the job and therefore may be looking toward keeping the assistants.

Brother Rob, with the Raiders, was rumored to be out of a job, following a nasty downturn of a once powerful Oakland defense. But rumors of his release have been replaced by rumors of a veto by head coach - I mean owner - Al Davis, who supposedly overruled Lane Kiffin.

Herm Edwards has dismissed half of his offensive staff - including longtime OL coach and last year's coordinator, Mike Solari, and Hall of Famer/WR coach Charlie Joyner. Solari, as line coach, was the architect of a long-standing incredible OL for KC, and will be a hot prospect in the future for the vacant line jobs.

Mike Nolan is staying, but has released Jim Hostler, offensive coordinator, and may release the rest of the offensive staff. 49ers quarterbacks coach Frank Cignetti interviewed Thursday at the University of Tennessee for the position of offensive coordinator on Philip Fulmer's staff. Nolan was rumored to want Brian Billick, Cam Cameron, and Mike Martz in that order, but rumors abound that new GM Scott McClanahan has vetoed Martz. N9netheless, the first and seemingly best candidate is Chan Gailey.

Gailey, along with Mike Mularkey, came available due to unfortunate means, and become no less unfortunate to see the continued retirement of Bill Cowher.

Cam Cameron is officially out, as is GM Randy Mueller. The Dolphins cleaned house, keeping only LB coach George Edwards and a third tier assistant. Parcells has already hired one of his own - the Cowboys' Jeff Ireland, as GM, and looks to interview Cowboys OL coach (and default coordinator after Sean Payton left, but before Parcells left) as head coach.

Sparano and OC Jason Garrett are both interviewing for the Ravens job, but literally almost everyone is. Sparano has the added draw of hiring deposed DC Mike Zimmer as part of his staff, though the Parcells tie makes him (and Zimmer) more likely to go to Miami.

Atlanta Update
GM Rich McKay has apparently not been fired - and is now instead running the show again in Atlanta. He's going to be critically involved in the hiring process for the division rival Falcons.

For now, that looks to be including the GM process, starting with Tom Heckert of Philadelphia. The tricky part is that Heckert, who doesn't have total control in Philadelphia, would need to receive full control from ATL to leave.

The Falcons, as well, have jumped on the bandwagon for Tony Sparano, but apparently declined to interview Jason Garrett. They interview Rex Ryan on Monday. They will interview former Wake Forest head coach Jim Caldwell, partially as a Rooney Rule candidate, and would consider pairing him with Colts assistant GM Chris Polian, though Heckert is much more likely to be hired.
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