Everyone knew that this would be a busy time of the year for NFL teams looking to make a change, but nobody anticipated that it would be this busy.
On Monday, after the playoff picture was locked into place and all of the teams left on the outside began reflecting on where it all went wrong, seven coaches were ultimately shown the door.
Among the most notable names: Lovie Smith, Andy Reid and Norv Turner.
The sheer quantity of available head coaching opportunities out there has led to rampant speculation about who will fill which vacancy. In an effort to make life a little easier for everyone, we ran down some of the more interesting rumors below.
"ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio reported on 97.5 FM the Fanatic this about the Philadelphia Eagles: 'Keep the name Bill Cowher in mind. Cowher is in play for the Birds job.'" [NFL Grid Iron Gab]
“The former Philadelphia Eagles' coach will meet with the Chiefs Wednesday in Philly, according to a person informed of the interview. The person, who spoke to USA TODAY Sports on condition of anonymity because the Chiefs haven't confirmed the meeting, said Reid will then fly to Arizona for his meeting with the Cards on Thursday.” [USA Today]
Browns and Eagles still primed to take their best shot at Kelly. Whoever doesnt get him will push for Bill O'Brien I'm told— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) January 2, 2013
Caldwell is a hot name as Chargers and Cards also asking to interview him. Last year Thomas DiMitroff's top guy Les Snead got Rams GM gig— Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) January 1, 2013
The Jags have interviewed Dave Caldwell (ATL) and Tom Gamble (SF) for their GM job, and will also interview Steve Keim (AZ).— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) January 2, 2013
For the Eagles job: “Other outside candidates, per SN correspondent Geoff Mosher of Comcast SportsNet, include NFL Network analyst Steve Mariucci and Falcons offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter.” [Sporting News]
Stay tuned -- when dominos start falling, they fall fast.