Im guessing not a 34 guy (given our investment in the Dline). also guessing that itll be a name that is short of elite, but above the bottom of the barrel.
Candidates that are either offense or 43 defense:
Greg Roman, SF OC, a popular guy on this board because of the running game and winning without elite qbs
Jay Gruden Cincy OC, brought dalton along, experience in a similar organization, successful, and a HC at lower levels. well connected in the league
Mike Zimmer, long time 43 DC with a lot of success. Players love him, might be ready for the next step. was a hot name, but after his wife died it seems the rumors simmered down. mightve wanted the continuity that comes with staying put. his names come up though and he may be ready to jump now
lovie smith - unemployed (semi)successful 43 coach. team has underachieved at times, primarily due to his lack of ability to get a passing game going (weak line and wrs)
Jack del rio - Denver DC - former Head coach, a name associated with us before and a candidate to get back into the HC game. experience in small markets, and likely learned a few lessons
mike mccoy OC Denver - worried about any peyton manning coordinator but he handled the transition into tebow, then out of tebow and to manning well.
bruce arians - indy OC/interim HC... hot name given the run in indy but was that catching lightning in a bottle given all that happened there. hasnt been ultra successful without great qb play (but who is)
Russ Grimm former oline coach and Asst HC in arizona is back in the fray - he had a big reputation in pittsburgh, and has turned us down before. now has an interview scheduled (rumored) and will be in town shortly. unlike pretty much everyone on the list above he would need 2 strong coordinators, as he wouldnt be a playcaller on either side. more of an executive role
Other common mentions that may fit the profile but that i dont think will happen: Marty, billick
Edited by NoSaint, 31 December 2012 - 03:41 PM.