Jason Garrett is reportedly “safe” for the present. However, there was a bit of a stir when the Cowboys team plane was spotted at the New Orleans airport. There have been rumors going around about Sean Payton possibly being available to other teams in a trade. Jerry Jones shot down the obvious rumors when asked. But, oddly enough, the day after the plane left New Orleans, the Saints announced that Payton would be returning in 2016 as the Head Coach. Riiiiiight.
Jim Caldwell will reportedly get another season in Detroit to turn things around. While this year was certainly disappointing, Caldwell does still have a playoff appearance and an overall winning record under his belt in two years as the head coach. Giving him a third season is probably the right decision here.
The Lions ownership wasn’t nearly as forgiving to the personnel department as General Manager Martin Mayhew and Team President Tom Lewand were both quickly given the ax by Martha Ford. The Lions have just recently began their GM search, which is a bit curious considering they had a head start on everyone. We’ll see if that costs them.
The hot name for Detroit right now is Trent Kirchner. Kirchner is currently the Seahawks Co-Director of Player Personnel, but has built an interesting resume that includes stints with the Panthers, Redskins, and even the Chiefs. He has been an important member of three Super Bowl team front offices (one championship).
Other Names: Kevin Abrams (NYG), Bob Quinn (NE), and Sheldon White (DET)
One of the early surprises from the Black Monday saga was that the Colts chose to not fire anybody. In fact, owner Jim Irsay gave extensions to both Head Coach Chuck Pagano. Why? Because…reasons? There was a ton of dysfunction in Indianapolis this year, and a lot of it was directly attributed to the clear discord between Pagano and everyone from Jim Irsay to GM Ryan Grigson to quarterback Andrew Luck. Not to mention the fact that the long time Defensive Coordinator has been unable to do anything to salvage the defense on this team.
Well, if you’re gonna screw it up, might as well screw it all the way up. Jim Irsay decided to also give an extension to General Manager Ryan Grigson. Grigson, of course, is the same guy that virtually ignored the offensive line situation and defense this past offseason. Outside of the obvious decision to draft Andrew Luck, Grigson’s best personnel moves to date don’t involve a single player under the age of 30.
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