NFL Coaching Hire Predictions

Black Monday is upon us.

It’s the day where most NFL teams fire their head coaches after disappointing seasons.

This year’s batch of firings featured some surprises, while other jobs, like the Green Bay Packers and Cleveland Browns, have been open for weeks:

Here’s who I think each team will hire:

Arizona Cardinals – Jim Caldwell

After firing a rookie head coach after his first season, the Cardinals will likely see a head Jim_Caldwell_2016coach with experience.

By hiring Caldwell, the Cardinals would get a coach with offensive prowess, and a reputation for being able to work with quarterbacks.

Arizona drafted QB Josh Rosen in the first round last season, making this a fit for Caldwell.

Plus, if anyone could convince WR Larry Fitzgerald to play for one more season, it would be Caldwell.

In total, Caldwell has a record of 62-50 as a head coach, but that number is skewed by a 2-14 record with the Indianapolis Colts the year that QB Peyton Manning was injured.

Cincinnati Bengals – Vance Joseph

A former Bengals’ assistant, Joseph was just fired by the Broncos today.

However, I don’t expect him to stay on the market for long.

The Bengals stuck with Marvin Lewis for much longer than they should have, and will surely seek stability in their next hire.

Previously, it appeared that the Bengals were looking at another one of their assistants, Hue Jackson, as a possible replacement for Lewis.

Now, it appears they will go in another direction, and bringing Joseph back would allow them to keep Jackson as an offensive coordinator.

Miami Dolphins – Chuck Pagano

After firing Gase, I believe the Dolphins will seek to hire a different type of coach.

Pagano, who has extensive defensive prowess and a reputation as a team builder, may have the type of personality Miami will seek.

He would be a wise hire for a Dolphins team that is facing much uncertainty, with the future of QB Ryan Tannehill up in the air. A steady leader like Pagano would be able to carry the Dolphins through a subpar 2019 if the franchise chose to pursue a franchise quarterback in the 2020 Draft.

Denver Broncos –  Adam Gase

I believe the Broncos will look to one of their old assistant coaches to turn the franchise around.

While Vance Joseph was a defensive coach, Gase represents the complete opposite, as he has extensive experience as an offensive coordinator.

After going 23-25 with Miami and struggling with inconsistency and injuries, returning to Denver would give Gase a chance to prove he’s a better coach than currently thought.

His offensive mind should be just what the Broncos are seeking to fix their woes that have plagued the team since QB Peyton Manning left.

New York Jets – Mike McCarthy

A big time hire in the Big Apple.

The Jets job is made for McCarthy. The team already has a young QB in Sam Darnold, andMike_McCarthy_-_San_Francisco_vs_Green_Bay_2012.jpg the defense isn’t a terrible unit.

With high draft picks and a ton of cap room, the Jets could turn around their team quickly.

Who better to right that ship than McCarthy, who had a long tenure of success in Green Bay.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Jim Schwartz

The Bucs are a wild card team, with not many rumored candidates for the job opening.

I will take a stab in the dark and say the team will seek out Philadelphia Eagles’ defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz.

He has led the Philadelphia Eagles’ defense to three impressive seasons and two playoff appearances.

The style of defense that the Bucs have currently employed is the same style that Schwartz uses, and Tampa has a couple of his former defensive lineman in Beau Allen and Vinny Curry.

Finally, Schwartz was a head coach in Detroit for a number of seasons, and has shown that he can be the leader of a team.

Green Bay Packers – Pat Fitzgerald

One college coach has to get hired, right?

And, I have him landing in an unexpected spot: Green Bay.

Fitzgerald has thrived ever since becoming Northwestern University’s head football coach, a job he was handed by the current CEO of the Packers, Mark Murphy.

If there was ever a time for Fitzgerald to make the jump to the NFL, it would be now, and Murphy could be holding the door open for him.

While Fitzgerald is known for his work on the defensive side of the ball, he would be inheriting QB Aaron Rodgers, and could hire a number of offensive coaches to fix that side of the ball.

That would lead Fitzgerald to become a leader of the team and to work with the defensive unit, each of which Green Bay needs.

Cleveland Browns – Josh McDaniels

A year after spurning to Colts, I expect McDaniels to land another job.

This time it will be in Cleveland, to work with QB Baker Mayfield.

McDaniels has a reputation as an offensive guru following his work with the New England Patriots, and has experience as a head coach with the Denver Broncos.

The Browns have made a number of strides this season, making the task of turning around the franchise less monumental.

Now, McDaniels may find him in a spot to work with a good, young quarterback as the head man in Cleveland.


Of course, coaching hires are sometimes even harder to predict than player movement in free agency.

Check out to see if 789 was able to nail these predictions in the coming weeks!

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Cale Ahearn

I am currently a Digital Content Producer at WPMT-FOX43, at least that's my day job. I am a graduate of Shippensburg University that majored in Communications/Journalism. My goal and dream is to cover professional sports for a living. I am a lifelong Philadelphia Sports fan, and am a diehard of the Phillies, Eagles, and Sixers. Ultimately, my goal is to make 789 Media the best it can be, your one-stop-shop for news, music and entertainment news, sports, and anything you could want for your homepage of your web browser to be. I hope you enjoy the content of our site as much as we enjoy creating it.

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