LA Rams defensive coordinator Brandon Staley has been the subject of head coaching rumors for weeks now, but he won’t be a part of any this week. Instead, Staley will be solely focused on how to stop the Seattle Seahawks in Saturday’s wild card game so that the Rams can advance to the divisional round of the postseason.
By rule, teams can begin interviewing head coaching candidates this week — so long as they are not currently employed and alive in the playoffs.
Teams known to be looking for a new head coach includes the Texans, Lions and Falcons, based on midseason firings, as well as the Jets, Jaguars and Chargers based on moves made this past weekend and on Monday. Those teams are contacting and interviewing names like 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh, Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bienemy (because his team is on a bye), and college coaches like the currently-unemployed Urban Meyer.
Staley is reportedly of interest to Atlanta, though no strong rumors have connected him to any of the teams with vacancies yet.