Posts Tagged ‘Mike Shanahan’

* New York Giants / Defensive Coordinator
2010 : Perry Fewell (Ex-Bills Interim Head Coach)
2009 : Bill Sheridan (later hired as Dolphins Inside Linebackers Coach)

* Washington Redskins / Head Coach
2010 : Mike Shanahan (Ex-Broncos Head Coach)
2009 : Jim Zorn (later hired as Ravens Quarterbacks Coach)

* Washington Redskins / Offensive Coordinator
2010 : Kyle Shanahan (Ex-Texans Offensive Coordinator)
2009 : Sherman Smith (later hired as new Seahawks Running Backs Coach)

* Washington Redskins / Defensive Coordinator
2010 : Jim Haslett (Ex-Rams Head Coach)
2009 : Greg Blache (Retired)

* Chicago Bears / Offensive Coordinator
2010 : Mike Martz (Ex-Rams Head Coach, Ex-49ers and Lions Offensive Coordiantor)
2009 : Ron Turner

* Chicago Bears / Offensive Line Coach
2010 : Mike Tice (Ex-Jaguars Asst. Head Coach / Tight Ends Coach & Former Vikings Head Coach)
2009 : Harry Hiestand (later hired as University of Tennessee Offensive Line Coach)

* Seattle Seahawks / Head Coach
2010 : Pete Carroll (Ex-USC Head Coach)
2009 : Jim Mora

* Seattle Seahawks / Offensive Coordinator
2010 : Jeremy Bates (Ex-USC Offensive Coordinator)
2009 : Greg Knapp (later hired as Texans Quarterbacks Coach)

* Buffalo Bills / Head Coach
2010 : Chan Gailey
2009 : Interim Head Coach, Perry Fewell (later hired as Giants Offensive Coordinator)
2009 : Head Coach Dick Jauron (later hired as Eagles Defensive Backs Coach)

* Buffalo Bils / Offensive Coordinator
2010 : Curtis Modkins (Ex-Cardinals Running Backs Coach)
2009 : Turk Schonert

* Buffalo Bills / Defensive Coordinator
2010 : George Edwards (Ex-Dolphins Linebackers Coach)
2009 : Perry Fewell (later hired as Giants Defensive Coordinator)

* Miami Dolphins / Defensive Coordinator
2010 : Mike Nolan (Ex-Broncos (Defensive Coordinator)
2009 : Paul Pasqualoni (later hired as Cowboys Defensive Line Coach)

* New England Patriots / Defensive Coordinator
2010 : Vacant / Will not use one
2009 : Dean Pees (later hired as Ravens Linebackers Coach)

* Baltimore Ravens / Quarterbacks Coach
2010 : Jim Zorn (Ex-Redskins Head Coach)
2009 : Hue Jackson (later hired as new Raiders Offensive Coordinator)

* Baltimore Ravens / Linebackers Coach
2010 : Dean Pees (Ex-Patriots Defensive Coordinator)
2009 : Vic Fangio

* Cleveland Browns / Front Office
2010 :Named Mike Holmgren (Ex-Seahawks Head Coach) new Team President
2010 :Named Tom Heckert (Ex-Eagles General Manager) new General Manger

* Houston Texans / Offensive Coordinator
2010 : Rick Dennison (Ex-Broncos Offensive Line Coach)
2009 : Kyle Shanahan (later hired as Redskins offensive coordinator)

* Denver Broncos / Defensive Coordinator
2010 : Don Martindale (promoted from Linebackers Coach)
2009 : Mike Nolan (later hired as Dolphins Defensive Coordinator)

* Kansas City Chiefs / Offensive Coordinator
2010 : Charlie Weis (Ex-Notre Dame Head Coach)
2009 : Head Coach Todd Haley called plays

* Kansas City Chiefs / Defensive Coordinator
2010 : Romeo Crennel (Ex-Browns Head Coach)
2009 : Clancy Pendergast (later hired as new Raiders Defensive Backs Coach)

* Oakland Raiders / Offensive Coordinator
2010 : Hue Jackson (Ex-Ravens Quarterbacks Coach)
2009 : N/A

Now that the NFL regular season is over, teams will be signing mostly practice squad players and young players to “futures contracts”. Basically all that means is the player is signed to be on the training camp and preseason roster with that team. All players that were on practice squads to finish out the season with the non playoff teams, are now free agents and are free to sign futures contracts with any team. Playoff teams are still making transactions as the normally would in the regular season.

It’s already been quite busy, as far as the off-season is concerned, and it has only been 2 days. So far we have seen Washington Redskins head coach, Jim Zorn get fired, and will be replaced by long time former Denver Broncos head coach Mike Shanahan. It is also a pretty much safe bet that he will bring with him, Houston Texans offensive coordinator, and son, Kyle Shanahan. The Buffalo Bills cleaned out their entire coaching staff, and it is heavily rumored that former Baltimore Ravens head coach Brian Billick already is getting a coaching staff together to become the new head coach of the Buffalo Bills. The Chicago Bears announced they are keeping Lovie Smith in as head coach, and Lovie announced the release of Chicago Bears offensive coordinator, Ron Turner. A few names that have popped up as Ron Turner’s eventual replacement are former 2009 Buffalo Bills interim head coach Perry Fewell, and the ever so popular name of Mike Martz even is rumored to be interested in the position. Also, Bears linebackers coach, Rod Marinelli is rumored to be getting a promotion to new defensive coordinator for the Bears. Within the next week or so we will see if the new Cleveland Browns Head of Football Operations Director, Mike Holmgren, will keep Eric Mangini as his head coach for the Browns, or choose to go in another direction.

As I mentioned before in a previous post, I will be keeping you up-to-date with all the news and rumors throughout the off-season. Everything from the “Head Coaching Carousel”, to players signed to “futures contracts”, to “2010 Free Agency”, to the updated attempts for a new collective bargaining agreement, and how that will affect free agency in 2010. I will be giving you updated listings on who will be free agents by position, weather or not they will be restricted or unrestricted free agents, and all the movement of players via trades or signings. This will be my first year blogging this out, so bear with me. My goal is to give you the viewers, as much information as possible, and be as up-to-date as possible.

From a Chicago Bears fan, I have some things to say about our football team…let me beat you to it, and say, yeah they suck this year. Let me tell you why….the trade for Jay Cutler is still the best thing the Bears have done in a very long time. He is the piece we need to build around. The FRANCHISE quarterback. His performance so far is not great by any means, but you can’t deny his positives. Our current receiving core isn’t going to cut it. If Cutler had more experienced and taller receivers, I think that would be a start. Our failed attempt to acquire Anquan Boldin gives us fans hope that Jerry Angelo still knows what he needs to do. The Cardinals will now gladly trade Anquan Boldin this off-season, and I think we need to do whatever it takes to get him. I still think we should have signed former Jaguars (WR)Matt Jones. He is still out there, and despite having some off the field issues, he has all the tools we need at the position. Next year if we had Anquan Boldin, Matt Jones (or another free agent signing), with Devin Hester or Johnny Knox in the slot with Greg Olsen at Tight End, this would fix our receiving core. Another huge problem is our terrible offensive line…we will be without 1st, 2nd, and 4th round picks in the 2010 draft, so we need to do our research and get ourselves some offensive lineman, and some help for our secondary. Free Agency might also help both of these positions a bit. As far as our running game is concerned, I think it all starts with our offensive line. They aren’t giving Matt Forte the holes he needs. Some of the blame has to go to Forte himself as well. He seems too antsy, and just needs to have a good off-season of strengthening and conditioning. I’m not totally opposed to adding another running back through the draft or free agency though. Kevin Jones is not the answer as our back up. He is just too injury prone, and I wouldn’t mind adding a bruising type back. Our defense is getting older, and I think the acquisition of (DE)Gaines Adams from the Buccaneers will help. I’m not too concerned with our defensive line or linebackers. They just need to stay healthy, and we need to make sure we have adequate depth in case of injury.

There has been some talk of letting Head Coach Lovie Smith go after the season. I have mixed emotions on this….I think Lovie is a players coach, and I doubt there is a single player in that locker room that holds any ill will towards Lovie Smith. He lead us to a Super Bowl in 2007, and that should tell you right there that he is capable of being our head coach. I feel that Lovie needs to fire himself up a bit more, and drop the reserved approach. He should still treat his players as men, but needs to take a tougher approach to it. I read somewhere that former Denver Broncos head coach, Mike Shanahan would be a perfect fit. I don’t disagree with that at all, because he is from the Chicago area, was the head coach of Jay Cutler since he entered the league in 2006, and has lead the Denver Broncos to multiple Super Bowl championships. It is no guarantee he would take the job here anyway, but you can see why it would be attractive to the Bears, as well as Shanahan himself. It surely is an interesting scenario. I just don’t think Lovie is to blame for all of our problems. We need to fire Ron Turner in the offseason….that is one thing I am very sure of. We need to start from scratch and implement a new offensive scheme with a new offensive coordinator, who will build our offense around Jay Cutler’s abilities. As far as free agents in 2010, I will list a few players that would help us in getting this thing turned around. Remember that we don’t have many choices in the 2010 draft, so we need to bring in fresh faces through free agency or trades. Bringing in the right group of talent could get this thing turned around. It seems like any offensive player who comes to Chicago from another team, never does as well as his previous stint with the old team. The players that leave the Bears to go to different teams seem to do so much better with their new team, than with their stint with the Bears…just look at (RB)Cedric Benson – Bengals, (RB)Thomas Jones – Jets, (WR)Bernard Berrian – Vikings, (QB)Kyle Orton – Broncos, (DT)Tank Johnson – Cowboys & Bengals….it’s too much to be coincidence. Our upper management needs to make sure we work extra hard in the off-season, to not only evaluate players, but evaluate how their independent skills will mesh with the next guy.

2010 Free Agent Wide Receivers of Interest :
– Eagles (WR)Jason Avant
– Bills (WR)Terrell Owens
– Ravens (WR)Mark Clayton
– Bengals (WR)Chris Henry
– Broncos (WR)Brandon Marshall (looks like he will get an extension in Denver though)
– Giants (WR)Sinorice Moss

2010 Free Agent Cornerbacks of Interest :
– Cowboys (CB)Terence Newman
– Colts (CB)Marlin Jackson
– Eagles (CB)Ellis Hobbs
– Packers (CB)Will Blackmon
– Panthers (CB)Richard Marshall
– Steelers (CB)Deshea Townsend
– Steelers (CB)William Gay (RFA)
– Falcons (CB)Brent Grimes (RFA)

2010 Free Agent Safeties of Interest :
– Colts (S)Antoine Bethea
– Packers (S)Atari Bigby
– Steelers (S)Ryan Clark
– Eagles (S)Sean Jones
– Jets (S)Eric Smith
– Saints (S)Usama Young (RFA)