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2022 NFL Head Coach and General Manager Tracker: Rumors, Reports and Official Moves

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The 2021-2022 NFL season is over for the unfortunate 18 NFL teams that fell short of the playoffs. And just like every year, there are now several head coach and general manager vacancies that need to be filled.

Here’s a full rundown of all those general manager and head coaching vacancies, confirmed candidates, and some other notes.

This post will be updated as we gather more information, so be sure to bookmark this page in preparation for the 2022 NFL offseason

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CHICAGO BEARS

The Bears fired both head coach Matt Nagy and general manager Ryan Pace. Both moves were widely expected, and Chicago will now hit the reset button. Team chairman George McCaskey said they will consult with Hall of Famer Bill Polian for advice on finding a new GM and coach.

Latest on GM search:

UPDATE: The Bears reached an agreement on a deal to make Chiefs Director of Player Personnel Ryan Poles their new general manager. In 2008, the Bears signed Poles as an undrafted free agent out of Boston College, where he played left guard for Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan. He began working with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2009 and enjoyed a meteoric rise to general manager.

  • Interviewed Ryan Poles (Chiefs Director of Player Personnel)
    • Poles interviewed a second time
    • Poles hired as GM
  • Interviewed Champ Kelly (Bears Assistant Director of Player Personnel)
  • Interviewed Jeff Ireland (Saints Assistant GM)
  • Interviewed Kwesi Adofo-Mensah (Browns VP of Football Operations)
  • Interviewed Glenn Cook (Browns VP of Player Personnel)
  • Interviewed Monti Ossenfort (Titans Director of Player Personnel)
  • Interviewed Joe Schoen (Bills Assistant GM)
  • Interviewed Ed Dodds (Colts Assistant GM)
  • Interviewed Ran Carthon (49ers Director of Player Personnel)
  • Interviewed Eliot Wolf (Patriots Senior Consultant)
  • Interviewed Reggie McKenzie (Former Raiders GM)
  • Interviewed Morocco Brown (Colts Director of College Scouting)
  • Interviewed Omar Khan (Steelers VP of Football & Business Administration)
  • Interviewed JoJo Wooden (Chargers Director of Player Personnel)
Latest on HC search:

UPDATE: The Bears are hiring Colts defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus as their next head coach. Eberflus has been with Indianapolis since 2018 and originally was part of Josh McDaniels’ staff before the New England Patriots offensive coordinator backed out of his agreement to become Indianapolis’ head coach. Colts head coach Frank Reich still kept Eberflus on board. He has been in coaching since 1992.

  • Interviewed Colts DC Matt Eberflus
    • Interviewed Eberflus a second time
    • Eberflus hired as HC
  • Interviewed former Lions/Colts HC Jim Caldwell
    • Interviewed Caldwell a second time
  • Interviewed Cowboys DC Dan Quinn
    • Interviewed Quinn a second time
  • Interviewed former Eagles HC Doug Pederson
  • Interviewed former Dolphins HC Brian Flores
  • Interviewed Bills OC Brian Daboll
  • Interviewed Packers OC Nathaniel Hackett
  • Interviewed Bucs OC Byron Leftwich
  • Interviewed Bucs DC Todd Bowles
  • Interviewed Bills DC Leslie Frazier

DENVER BRONCOS

The Broncos fired head coach Vic Fangio after three seasons with the team. Denver hired general manager George Paton last offseason and signed him to a six-year deal. Fangio and Paton had a great working relationship, but Paton will now have a shot at making his own hire. 

Latest on HC search:

UPDATE: The Broncos reached an agreement on a deal to make Packers offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett their next head coach. The 42-year old has spent the last three years as Green Bay's offensive coordinator and three seasons before that as the Jaguars’ offensive coordinator. He has also been the Bills’ offensive coordinator.

  • Interviewed Packers OC Nathaniel Hackett
    • Interviewed Hackett a second time
    • Hackett hired as HC
  • Interviewed Cowboys DC Dan Quinn
  • Interviewed Rams OC Kevin O’Connell
  • Interviewed Lions DC Aaron Glenn
  • Interviewed Packers QB coach Luke Getsy
  • Interviewed Cowboys OC Kellen Moore
  • Interviewed Patriots LB coach Jerod Mayo
  • Interviewed Eagles DC Jonathan Gannon
  • Interviewed Bengals OC Brian Callahan
  • Interviewed Chiefs OC Eric Bieniemy

HOUSTON TEXANS

The Texans fired head coach David Culley after just one season with the team. The reality is that Culley was hired just to be a “bridge head coach” as the Texans worked through some organizational chaos last offseason. They had the Deshaun Watson trade request and sexual misconduct allegations, they didn’t have a first- or second-round pick, and ownership was under a lot of fire from the fanbase. General manager Nick Caserio will now look to hire a new head coach from his shortlist of candidates. Brian Flores, Jerod Mayo and possibly Josh McDaniels are the names to watch.

Latest on HC search:
  • Interviewed former NFL QB Josh McCown
    • Will interview McCown a second time
  • Interviewed former Dolphins HC Brian Flores
  • Interviewed Florida Atlantic WR coach Hines Ward
  • Interviewed Chargers OC Joe Lombardi
  • Interviewed Eagles DC Jonathan Gannon
  • Interviewed Rams OC Kevin O’Connell

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS

The Jaguars fired Urban Meyer after a 2-11 start and some off-field incidents came to light. Owner Shad Khan targeted Meyer from the get-go last year, but he’s planning to have an extensive interview process this time around. The team came into the process planning to keep GM Trent Baalke on board, but some candidates could be lured away because of that.

Latest on HC search:
  • Interviewed Bucs OC Byron Leftwich
    • Leftwich interviewed a second time.
  • Interviewed Colts DC Matt Eberflus 
    • Eberflus interviewed a second time.
  • Interviewed former Broncos HC Vic Fangio
  • Interviewed Raiders interim HC Rich Bisaccia
  • Interviewed Packers OC Nathaniel Hackett
  • Interviewed former Eagles HC Doug Pederson
  • Interviewed former Colts/Lions HC Jim Caldwell
  • Interviewed former Texans HC Bill O’Brien
  • Interviewed Cowboys OC Kellen Moore 
  • Interviewed Bucs DC Todd Bowles
  • Requested Rams OC Kevin O'Connell

MINNESOTA VIKINGS

The Vikings fired both head coach Mike Zimmer and general manager Rick Spielman. Spielman had served in Minnesota since 2006, while Zimmer was hired in 2014. Team owners Zygi and Mark Wilf will lead the HC search.

Latest on GM search:

UPDATE: The Vikings hired Cleveland Browns vice president of football operations Kwesi Adofo-Mensah as their new general manager.  A Princeton graduate, Adofo-Mensah worked on Wall Street before getting into the NFL in 2013. He's worked closely with Andrew Berry and has been touted as “super, super bright.”

  • Interviewed Kwesi Adofo-Mensah (Browns VP of Football Operations)
    • Adofo-Mensah interviewed a second time
    • Adofo-Mensah hired as GM
  • Interviewed Monti Ossenfort (Titans Director of Player Personnel)
  • Interviewed John Spytek (Bucs VP of Player Personnel)
  • Interviewed Catherine Raiche (Eagles VP of Football Operations)
  • Interviewed Brandon Brown (Eagles Director of Player Personnel)
  • Interviewed Ryan Poles (Chiefs Director of Player Personnel)
  • Interviewed Elliot Wolf (Patriots Senior Consultant)
  • Interviewed Glenn Cook  (Browns VP of Player Personnel)
Latest on HC search:
  • Interviewed Rams OC Kevin O'Connell 
    • Will interview O'Connell a second time
  • Interviewed Rams DC Raheem Morris
    • Will interview Morris a second time
  • Interviewed Giants DC Patrick Graham
    • Will interview Graham a second time
  • Interviewed Michigan HC Jim Harbaugh
  • Interviewed 49ers DC DeMeco Ryans
  • Interviewed Packers OC Nathaniel Hackett
  • Interviewed Cowboys OC Kellen Moore
  • Interviewed Cowboys DC Dan Quinn
  • Interviewed Eagles DC Jonathan Gannon
  • Interviewed Bucs DC Todd Bowles

MIAMI DOLPHINS

The Dolphins fired head coach Brian Flores after three seasons with the team. While the move might come as a surprise, there were rumblings over the last month that this could happen. During Miami's seven-game losing streak, there was a lot of talk that the coaching staff in Miami were not getting along. “There was a lot of finger-pointing going on with the offensive staff,” a source said at the time. The Dolphins will keep GM Chris Grier, and he will assist owner Stephen Ross in the head coaching search. Ross, who is a Michigan man, told reporters that he will not pursue Jim Harbaugh.

Latest on HC search:
  • Interviewed 49ers OC Mike McDaniel
    • Will interview McDaniel a second time
  • Interviewed Cowboys OC Kellen Moore
    • Will interview Moore a second time
  • Interviewed Cardinals DC Vance Joseph
  • Interviewed Cowboys DC Dan Quinn
  • Interviewed Bills OC Brian Daboll
  • Interviewed Bills DC Leslie Frazier
  • Interviewed Rams assistant HC Thomas Brown

NEW YORK GIANTS

Giants HC Joe Judge was fired after two seasons, and GM Dave Gettleman retired. Owner John Mara is planning to hire a GM first and then will allow the new GM to find a head coach. This is expected to be the first time the Giants hire a GM without previous experience with the organization since Ernie Accorsi in 1998.

UPDATE: The Giants hired Bills assistant general manager Joe Schoen to be the team's new general manager. Schoen has served as Brandon Beane’s right-hand man and has played a major role in building up Buffalo’s roster to one of the best in the NFL.

Latest on GM search:
  • Interviewed Joe Schoen (Bills assistant GM)
    • Schoen interviewed a second time.
    • Schoen hired as GM
  • Interviewed Ryan Poles (Chiefs Director of Player Personnel)
    • Poles interviewed a second time.
  • Interviewed  Adam Peters (49ers Assistant GM)
    • Peters interviewed a second time.
  • Interviewed Adrian Wilson (Cardinals VP of Pro Personnel)
  • Interviewed Quentin Harris (Cardinals VP of Player Personnel)
  • Interviewed Joe Hortiz (Ravens Director of Player Personnel)
  • Interviewed  Monti Ossenfort (Titans Director of Player Personnel)
  • Interviewed  Ryan Cowden (Titans VP of Player Personnel)
  • Interviewed  Ran Carthon (49ers Director of Player Personnel)

UPDATE: The Giants hired Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll to be the team's new head coach. Daboll has been the Bills’ offensive coordinator since 2018 and was instrumental in quarterback Josh Allen’s development. The Giants hope Daboll can work wonders with 2019 first-round pick Daniel Jones.

Latest on HC search:
  • Interviewed Bills OC Brian Daboll
    • Daboll interviewed a second time.
    • Daboll hired as HC
  • Interviewed Bills DC Leslie Frazier
    • Frazier will interview a second time.
  • Interviewed Cowboys DC Dan Quinn
  • Interviewed Bengals DC Lou Anarumo
  • Interviewed Giants DC Patrick Graham
  • Interviewed former Dolphins HC Brian Flores

LAS VEGAS RAIDERS

Despite all the adversity the team has been through, Raiders interim head coach Rich Bisaccia was able to make the playoffs. It’s still considered a longshot for him to become the permanent head coach, but owner Mark Davis has tremendous respect for Bisaccia and will take a hard look at keeping him. GM Mike Mayock was fired.

UPDATE: The Raiders hired Patriots Director of Player Personnel Dave Ziegler to be their new GM. Ziegler helped replace Nick Caserio in New England's front office and played a significant role in New England's offseason last year. He's expected to bring Josh McDaniels along with him to Las Vegas.

Latest on GM search:
  • Interviewed Dave Ziegler (Patriots Director of Player Personnel)
    • Ziegler hired as GM.
  • Interviewed Brandon Hunt (Steelers Pro Scouting Director)
  • Interviewed Ruston Webster (Falcons National Scout)
  • Interviewed Trey Brown (Bengals scout)
  • Interviewed Champ Kelly (Bears Assistant Director of Player Personnel)
  • Interviewed Ed Dodds (Colts Assistant GM)
  • Interviewed John Spytek (Bucs VP of Player Personnel)
Latest on HC search:
  • Interviewed Patriots OC Josh McDaniels
  • Interviewed interim HC Rich Bisaccia
  • Interviewed Patriots LB coach Jerod Mayo
  • Interviewed Bucs DC Todd Bowles
  • Requested 49ers DC DeMeco Ryans

New Orleans Saints

Saints Head Coach Sean Payton announced that he is stepping away from coaching after 16 years with the organization. The leaguewide expectation is that he will take a break in 2022 and possibly do television for at least one season, and the door would be open for a return to coaching in 2023. Meanwhile, New Orleans will go through a head coach search as a new era begins.  DC Dennis Allen is an obvious candidate, but the Saints will need to go through a head coaching search and comply with the Rooney Rule.

Latest on HC search:
  • Interviewed former Eagles HC Doug Pederson
  • Will interview former Dolphins HC Brian Flores
  • Will interview DC Dennis Allen
  • Requested Lions DC Aaron Glenn
  • Requested Bucs OC Byron Leftwich
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