With the 2012-13 NFL regular season out of the way and the postseason in full swing, the rumors surrounding the teams already preparing for next season and the coaches trying to find jobs are through the roof.
Huge names like Jon Gruden, Mike McCoy and Jay Gruden are all over the rumor mill, but there are certain landing spots that would fit the schemes and personnel of these coaches better than the rest.
All of the following coaches have been rumored for head coaching positions this season, but where each will land is anyone’s guess. This is where they fit the best, though.
Jay Gruden’s Best Fit: Arizona Cardinals
The Cincinnati Bengals' passing and rushing attacks have been dangerous over the last two seasons despite a lack of elite talent, and that has made offensive coordinator Jay Gruden a prime target for teams looking to revamp their playbook.
According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, Gruden is spending his time visiting many different teams about coaching positions, including the best fit for his style, the Arizona Cardinals:
To the common fan, the Cardinals are an absolute mess on both sides of the ball, but to a new head coach like Gruden, it’s a puzzle full of talented pieces ready to be put together.
With a stellar draft and a guarantee that he’d have a few years to turn the culture of the franchise around, Gruden could make a difference in Arizona.
Mike McCoy’s Best Fit: San Diego Chargers
Now that the Denver Broncos have been bounced from the postseason, the coaching carousel that surrounds offensive coordinator Mike McCoy is in full swing. McCoy is one of the hottest names this offseason.
As flattering as it is to be rumored as a key target by many teams, ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting that the coaching veteran will interview with San Diego Chargers:
San Diego plans to interview Broncos OC Mike McCoy for its HC job.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 13, 2013
With Philip Rivers and the lackluster rushing attack, the Chargers need a major overhaul from McCoy and his creative sets and schemes. It is a risk for any team to take on an unproven coach, but with a track record like McCoy’s, there is little doubt the transition from OC to head coach in San Diego would be smooth.
Jon Gruden’s Best Fit: Philadelphia Eagles
There are many options for a coach with the kind of experience and youth that former Oakland Raiders and Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Jon Gruden has, but if the ESPN analyst does return to the NFL, it must be with the Philadelphia Eagles.
According to Phil Sheridan of the Philadelphia Inquirer, while the organization has been looking for a younger coach with a fresh mind that is looking to win championships, “that's a pretty good description of Gruden, who at 49 is the same age as Chip Kelly, younger than Brian Kelly, and just three years older than Gus Bradley.”
Gruden has been away from the coaching game since being fired by Tampa Bay, but the experience and knowledge the veteran NFL mind has earned while in the booth with ESPN covering both NFL and college games is undeniable.
Add in all the work Gruden has done with the top college quarterbacks over the years and his knowledge of all levels of football, and this fit is perfect for all parties involved.