No word on any potential changes from the Rams as of yet. Obviously, the real hinge here is Offensive Coordinator Brian Schottenheimer. The Rams' offense finished 23rd in passing yards and 20th in rushing yards with Schottenheimer having been provided a full three years to get the ship moving the right direction. Don't be surprised if Defensive Coordinator Gregg Williams' name pops up. And no, Jeff Fisher isn't going anywhere...unless we're in for the shock of the year.
Jim Harbaugh and the 49ers have mutually agreed to part ways. That leaves CEO Jed York and GM Trent Baalke looking for a replacement to keep the 49ers afloat with a very talented roster, as DC Vic Fangio has apparently already expressed interest. This is a high profile gig that comes with high expectations. Expect plenty of Josh McDaniels rumors (hahaha).
In perhaps the opposite in a high profile gig with very low expectations going into 2015, the Jets are remaking things. Both Head Coach Rex Ryan and General Manager John Idzik have been sent onward. In the country's biggest media market, they won't be able to try the wacky hire (see: Marc Trestman) or the unabrasive acceptor (see: Jeff Fisher). It's New York. They're going to go big and brash...stay tuned. For his part though, Ryan's an attractive commodity. He'd be able to fill a DC role immediately as well as anyone, but as a head coach, the hiring of Brian Schottenheimer and Marty Morningwheg as his offensive coordinators raises questions about staff management decisions.
Head Coach Mike Smith has been let go, but General Manager Thomas Dimitroff is hanging on to his job...by a thread. Keep an eye on who the Falcons go after. With the league's fifth-best passing attack per yardage, the offense is pre-built for an incoming head coach. This is the place Rams fans need to be angling Schottey for.
Chicago's gone with a HC/GM double sacking with Marc Trestman and Phil Emery both having been removed today. Trestman is going to be a hot commodity as an offensive mind, and certainly as a target that many Rams fans will be endorsing. With the defense struggling and Cutler, um, Cutlering, this is going to be a tough rebuild for any coach...even Rex Ryan?
Expect chaos. Expect confusion. It's Washington. Expect the expected.
Coughlin's staying put.
Tom Coughlin has been told that he will return to Giants in 2015, but still has a meeting with John Mara today re: potential staff changes.— Dan Graziano (@DanGrazianoESPN) December 29, 2014