NFL coaching tracker: Latest news and updates
While the biggest headines of Wednesday naturally came from the mouth of Rex Ryan as he was officially introduced as new Buffalo Bill head coach, the Bay area truly took center stage with both NFL teams filling their head-coaching vacancies.
The big surprise not many saw coming: The San Francisco 49ers promoted defensive line coach Jim Tomsula to head coach, filling the void left by Jim Harbaugh’s departure to Michigan. While Tomsula has coached the Niners’ D-line since 2007, his only head-coaching experience — other than serving briefly as 49ers interim coach in 2010) came in 2006 . . . with the Rhein Fire in NFL Europe.
Across the bay, the Oakland Raiders have reportedly tabbed Jack Del Rio as head coach. As opposed to the 49ers’ choice, Del Rio does have head-coaching experience in the NFL, having led the Jacksonville Jaguars to a 68-71 record in nine seasons from 2003-11.
For the latest candidates and rumors for each of the five teams with vacancies remaining, check below.
Buffalo Bills: Rex Ryan
New York Jets: Todd Bowles
Oakland Raiders: Jack Del Rio
San Francisco 49ers: Jim Tomsula
ATLANTA FALCONS: Fired Mike Smith
Keith Armstrong, Falcons special teams coordinator
Teryl Austin, Lions defensive coordinator
Adam Gase, Broncos offensive coordinator
Doug Marrone, former Bills head coach
Josh McDaniels, Patriots offensive coordinator
Dan Quinn, Seahawks defensive coordinator
Jan. 13: With Bowles now the Jets’ head coach, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Quinn and Austin are the favorites to be offered the Falcons’ job, with Austin scheduled to be interviewed for a second time this week.
CHICAGO BEARS: Fired Marc Trestman
John Fox, ex-Broncos head coach
Jan. 12: The Bears had an eye for Ravens offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak, but now look to have set their sights on Teryl Austin of the division-rival Lions.
Jan. 13: John Fox is going to interview with the Bears on Wednesday and may be the first choice.
** The team announced through its official Twitter account that the Bears interviewed Austin and Marrone on Tuesday.
Jan. 14: The Bears did indeed interview Fox on Wednesday.
DENVER BRONCOS: Parted ways with John Fox
Rick Dennison, Ravens quarterbacks coach
Gary Kubiak, Ravens offensive coordinator
Jan. 12: With the news just breaking about Fox’s departure, Gase seems to be the only current candidate, but expect that to change.
Jan. 13: It looks like the Broncos are looking in-house to fill their head coaching vacancy. Gase and Del Rio look to be the two frontrunners.
Jan. 14: According to multiple reports, the Broncos will interview Austin on Friday.