In what is usually a high stakes game of musical chairs the music has stopped. In walk 7 new players and take the chairs away from some more known names. Again this year we saw the names of Gruden and Cowher thrown around by the “Experts” and yet it seems they didn’t even interview for any of the open positions.
Chicago Bears: Out goes Lovie Smith and in walks Marc Trestman recently of the CFL.
Buffalo Bills: The first of the teams to act fired Chan Gailey and hired Doug Marrone recently of Syracuse..at least the weather will be similar.
Browns: Fire Pat Shurmur mainly because the new owner wanted to make a change, and make the biggest splash overall by hiring Rob Chudzinski, Norv Turner (and Turners son). and then bring in Michael Lombardi as the player personnel expert.
Cardinals: They let Ken Whisenhunt go (and he becomes the OC in San Diego) to hire Bruce Arians who did a magnificent job in Indianapolis this past season.
Chargers: Finally part ways with Norv Turner, and hire Mike McCoy formerly OC in Denver.
Chiefs: Fire Romeo Crennel and hire Big Red Andy Reid. Andy being the only current head coach to move to another team in the same capacity.
Eagles: Fire the aforementioned Andy Reid and hire Oregon’s Chip Kelly.
Jaguars: Fire Mike Mularkey after just one season, but again the new ownership and GM came more into play here than Mike’s resume, and hire Gus Bradley.
So, while some of the former head coaches move back to their old specialties like Norv and Whisenhunt, others like Lovie Smith will sit it out a year and see who comes calling next season.