The Cincinnati Bengals are out of the playoffs, and the race for Hue Jackson has officially begun. Here is a look at my coaching prospect big board, and where everybody is.
(This is not a list of people that I know are interested in the Titans job or vice versa, they are just the top candidates and big names.)
1. Hue Jackson
Believed to be the favorite for the San Francisco 49ers job, Jackson could be employed by the end of the day. However, if I were him I would reach out to Tennessee and other teams for a ton of reasons. If I was the hottest candidate in football I would at least get two offers to play them against each other to make more money.
Also, after seeing how hard it is to run an offense with no quarterback, you couldn't pay me enough money to take on that QB room in San Francisco.
2. Josh McDaniels
McDaniels is more than likely the Titans next head coach. I like what he has done with no offensive line (I mean he is literally on his 3rd string right now) and no receivers. He also has intelligently schemed Gronk into great coverages which is one of the reasons he is so dominant when healthy.
3. Adam Gase- Hired
4. Dave Toub
I wrote yesterday why Toub may be ready for his HC debut, especially if the Titans hire Chris Ballard.
Current/Former Head Coaches:
1. Tom Coughlin
Coughlin reportedly has interest from the Eagles, and if you are looking for someone to help coach up a great defense, a run game, an offensive line, and some very good wide receivers, then you could do worse than Coughlin who has his name on elite players like Michael Strahan, Odell Beckham, Eli Manning, Dave Diehl, Justin Tuck, and many others.
If you want a coach to come in and instill a culture then Coughlin has to be high on your list.
2. Marvin Lewis
Lewis is coming off of a game where his lack of ability to control players stood out, but you can't argue with his results over the last five years making the playoffs consistently in a very tough division.
David Shaw, Brian Kelly, and Kevin Sumlin
These are all coaches that I have not heard connected to Tennessee, but who I believe have a future in the NFL, especially Shaw.