Thursday, January 20, 2022

2022 NFL coaching carousel tracker: Updates, latest news and rumors on firings and hires

The NFL coaching carousel is upon us with the conclusion of the regular season, as plenty of teams will begin to make decisions on the future of their franchise. The Las Vegas Raiders and Jacksonville Jaguars began the process of searching for their next coach during the season with the in-season firings of Jon Gruden and Urban Meyer. (Jacksonville has already begun the process of searching for their next head coach.)

The Denver Broncos didn’t waste any time in firing Vic Fangio, making them the third team that will be looking for a new head coach in 2022. The Minnesota Vikings and Chicago bears are two other teams that have yet to make a decision on their coaches, but that will, in all likelihood, happen this week. 

With all the coaches on the move around the NFL, we’ll be tracking every single firing around the league (and the coaches who are going to be retained). To keep you up to date on the latest firings, rumors and hirings, make sure to keep tabs on the coaching tracker below.

Broncos 

  • Fired: Vic Fangio 
  • Hired: TBD

The Broncos fired Fangio after he failed to get them in the playoffs after three seasons in Denver, compiling a 19-30 record in his tenure. Denver hasn’t made the playoffs in six seasons, and is still searching for that franchise quarterback the team hasn’t had since Peyton Manning

Fangio built a strong defense in Denver, but general manager George Paton bought low on Teddy Bridgewater in the hopes Denver would finish with a winning record and compete for the playoffs. The Bridgewater experiment didn’t last, but Denver has a talented roster that could compete for the AFC West with a much better signal-caller. Denver already has Dan Quinn as a candidate for its next head coach, and more candidates are expected to be revealed in the coming days. 

Raiders

  • Fired: Jon Gruden
  • Hired: TBD

Gruden was the first head coach to be fired after a series of emails were released in an investigation into the Washington Football Team that included racist, homophobic and sexist emails sent from Gruden. The Raiders went with interim head coach Rich Bisaccia for the remainder of the season. Bisaccia has gone 6-5 and has Vegas on the verge of playoff contention. 

The Raiders job will be an attractive one if Bisaccia isn’t retained, and the team could have interest in Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh. Vegas may get a later start on finishing its head coach with a playoff berth. 

Jaguars

  • Fired: Urban Meyer
  • Hired: TBD

The Jaguars fired Meyer 13 games into his first season after a series of incidents led to his dismissal. Interim head coach Darrell Bevell filled in the final four games for the Jaguars, who have already begun the process of searching for a head coach. The Jaguars have interviewed Doug Pederson, Todd Bowles, Jim Caldwell, Byron Leftwich, and Kellen Moore over the last two weeks — and also plan to interview Bill O’Brien

With Trevor Lawrence and the No. 1 overall pick, the Jaguars job will be an attractive one. 

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