No shortage of qualified coaching candidates for NFL teams


By Rob Maaddi - AP Sports Writer



FILE - In this Dec. 29, 2013 file photo, in the rain Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan leaves the field after an NFL football game against the New York Giants in East Rutherford, N.J. Chip Kelly, Adam Gase and Shanahan are just a few of the hot names for teams looking for a new head coach. (AP Photo/Peter Morgan, File)


FILE - In this Aug. 13, 2015, file photo, Chicago Bears offensive coordinator Adam Gase during the first half of an NFL preseason football game against the Miami Dolphins in Chicago. Chip Kelly, Gase and Mike Shanahan are just a few of the hot names for teams looking for a new head coach. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)


FILE- In this Dec. 26, 2015, file photo, Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly watches from the sidelines before an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins in Philadelphia. Kelly, Adam Gase and Mike Shanahan are just a few of the hot names for teams looking for a new head coach. (AP Photo/Michael Perez, File)


Teams looking for a new head coach will find plenty of qualified candidates.

Picking the right one is the tough part for the Giants, Eagles, Dolphins, 49ers, Browns and Titans.

Chip Kelly, Adam Gase and Mike Shanahan are just a few of the hot names.

From proven winners to successful coordinators to Super Bowl champions, here’s a list of some of the top candidates:

THE COORDINATORS

Adam Gase: Bears offensive coordinator and former Broncos OC. Has helped Jay Cutler and Peyton Manning have success. Dolphins, Browns and Eagles have interest.

Sean McDermott: Panthers defensive coordinator since 2011. Former Eagles DC. His defense has ranked in top-10 four straight years. Eagles, Giants could be right fit.

Josh McDaniels: Patriots OC since 2012. Former Broncos head coach, going 11-17. Has worked with Tom Brady for all but three seasons. Dolphins, Eagles possibilities.

Teryl Austin: Lions DC past two seasons. Led second-ranked unit in 2014. Browns, Eagles, Dolphins have interest.

Hue Jackson: Bengals OC this season. Went 8-8 as Raiders head coach in 2011. Has coached offense/defense. Andy Dalton had best season under him. Browns, 49ers, Titans possibilities.

Matt Patricia: Patriots DC since 2012. Has been on Bill Belichick’s staff since 2004 and previously coached offensive side. Dolphins, Browns possibilities.

Darrell Bevell: Seahawks OC since 2011. Was hot name past couple pf years. Helped Russell Wilson have his best season this year. Teams have to wait to interview him. Titans would be nice fit.

ASSISTANT COACHES

Anthony Lynn: Bills running backs coach and assistant HC. Has been RB coach since 2003 with four teams. Dolphins have interest.

Doug Marrone: Jaguars assistant HC. Was 15-17 as Bills head coach in 2013-14. Browns, Eagles, Dolphins have interest.

FORMER COACHES

Mike Shanahan: Won two Super Bowls with Broncos. Dolphins, 49ers possibilities.

Chip Kelly: Was 20-12 first two seasons before 6-9 cost him job in Philadelphia. Titans, 49ers, Browns possibilities.

Mike Smith: Led Falcons to playoffs four times in seven seasons. Dolphins interviewed him Monday.

Jim Schwartz: Was 29-51 as Lions coach from 2009-13. Was DC in Buffalo in 2014 when Bills had fourth-ranked defense. Browns have interest.

CURRENT COACHES

Sean Payton: Saints HC past 10 seasons. Won one Super Bowl. Has two years remaining on contract. Giants, 49ers, Eagles would have interest if he’s available.

John Harbaugh: Ravens HC past eight seasons. Won one Super Bowl, six winning years. No reason to think he’s leaving unless Eagles make a trade offer Baltimore can’t refuse.

FILE – In this Dec. 29, 2013 file photo, in the rain Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan leaves the field after an NFL football game against the New York Giants in East Rutherford, N.J. Chip Kelly, Adam Gase and Shanahan are just a few of the hot names for teams looking for a new head coach. (AP Photo/Peter Morgan, File)
http://wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1_107952486-897627c2ae6c4134b05552db7a5f02b9.jpgFILE – In this Dec. 29, 2013 file photo, in the rain Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan leaves the field after an NFL football game against the New York Giants in East Rutherford, N.J. Chip Kelly, Adam Gase and Shanahan are just a few of the hot names for teams looking for a new head coach. (AP Photo/Peter Morgan, File)

FILE – In this Aug. 13, 2015, file photo, Chicago Bears offensive coordinator Adam Gase during the first half of an NFL preseason football game against the Miami Dolphins in Chicago. Chip Kelly, Gase and Mike Shanahan are just a few of the hot names for teams looking for a new head coach. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)
http://wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1_107952486-462f49aa3363427094cab6de3fc1f687.jpgFILE – In this Aug. 13, 2015, file photo, Chicago Bears offensive coordinator Adam Gase during the first half of an NFL preseason football game against the Miami Dolphins in Chicago. Chip Kelly, Gase and Mike Shanahan are just a few of the hot names for teams looking for a new head coach. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)

FILE- In this Dec. 26, 2015, file photo, Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly watches from the sidelines before an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins in Philadelphia. Kelly, Adam Gase and Mike Shanahan are just a few of the hot names for teams looking for a new head coach. (AP Photo/Michael Perez, File)
http://wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1_107952486-5246f423c16f4cdb9053262d4fbf83a0.jpgFILE- In this Dec. 26, 2015, file photo, Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly watches from the sidelines before an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins in Philadelphia. Kelly, Adam Gase and Mike Shanahan are just a few of the hot names for teams looking for a new head coach. (AP Photo/Michael Perez, File)

By Rob Maaddi

AP Sports Writer

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