The 2023 NFL regular season has concluded, and the annual wave of coaching changes followed suit.
Here, we will track the latest hirings and firings of coaching and front office personnel.
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The Washington Commanders hired former Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Dan Quinn as the team's new head coach, as reported Thursday.
Quinn spent the last three seasons in Dallas and won 2021 Assistant Coach of the Year. He last served as a head coach with the Atlanta Falcons from 2015 to 2020, going 43-42 in the regular season and reaching the playoffs twice. Quinn was the head coach for the Falcons' famous 28-3 blown lead in the 2017 NFL Championship against the New England Patriots.
New Commanders owner Josh Harris, general manager Adam Peters, and Quinn have a big decision to make right away with the No. 2 overall pick in the upcoming NFL Draft.
The Seattle Seahawks have hired former Baltimore Ravens defensive coordinator Mike Macdonald as the team's new head coach on a reported six-year contract with a $12.7 million base salary for his first season. He was the Ravens DC from 2022 to 2023, having previously worked in the Ravens organization from 2014 to 2020. He spent 2021 as the defensive coordinator at Michigan, working under Ravens head coach John Harbaugh's brother Jim, who was hired as the Los Angeles Chargers coach this offseason.
In both seasons with Macdonald as the coordinator, the Ravens had top-10 defenses in terms of points and yards allowed. Seattle is no stranger to defense-oriented head coaches, so Macdonald's style will likely be a good fit. At 36 years old, Macdonald replaced 37-year-old New England Patriots coach Jerod Mayo - who was also hired this offseason - as the NFL's youngest current head coach.
The Atlanta Falcons are hiring Raheem Morris as their new head coach to replace Arthur Smith. Morris was the Los Angeles Rams defensive coordinator from 2021 to 2023, and he previously worked as the Falcons' defensive coordinator and interim head coach in 2020.
Morris was the Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach from 2009 to 2011. In his three seasons, he went 17-13 and never made the playoffs. He helped guide the Rams to an NFL Championship victory to cap off the 2021 season. He was part of another Championship-winning coaching staff in 2002 in his first NFL job with the Buccaneers.
Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator Dave Canales has been named the head coach of the Carolina Panthers. Canales will be in charge of improving the team that had the NFL's worst record last season at 2-15.
Canales became the Bucs offensive coordinator before the 2023 season, having previously worked in various roles in the Seattle Seahawks offensive coaching staff from 2010 to 2022. Tampa's offense ranked 20th in points scored and 23rd in yards gained during the 2023 NFL regular season under Canales. His - and his boss's - top priority will be getting the best out of quarterback Bryce Young, for whom the Panthers traded up to select with the first pick in the 2023 NFL Draft.
Less than a month after winning the College Football National Championship with Michigan, Jim Harbaugh has taken a job in the NFL with the Los Angeles Chargers. The Chargers went 5-12 last season, and quarterback Justin Herbert missed the team's last four games with an injury to a finger on his throwing hand. As a result, they have the fifth-overall pick in the 2024 NFL Draft.
Harbaugh's last tenure as an NFL head coach was with the San Francisco 49ers from 2011 to 2014. He led them to one NFL Championship game and two NFC Championship games in his four seasons there, going 44-19 in the regular season and 8-5 in the playoffs. Under Harbaugh, the Niners' offense never ranked in the league's top 10 in points or yards in a season, while the defense never ranked outside the top 10 in those categories. He went 89-25 in nine seasons at Michigan.
The Tennessee Titans have named former Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Brian Callahan as the team's new head coach. Callahan is 39 years old and joined the Bengals as the offensive coordinator in 2019.
During his tenure in Cincinnati, he guided the team into the top 10 in scoring offense after it was 30th and 29th in that category in his first two years with the team. He worked with 2020 first-overall pick Joe Burrow, and the team lost in the NFL Championship in 2021 and lost in the AFC Championship in 2022.
The Las Vegas Raiders have made Antonio Pierce their head coach, removing the interim tag. As the interim coach in 2023, Pierce led the Raiders to a 5-4 record after taking over for Josh McDaniels, who was fired midseason.
Pierce spent nine years as a linebacker in the NFL. His playing career ended in 2009 and his coaching career began five years later when he became the head coach of Long Beach Poly High School in his hometown of Long Beach, California. He then served as a defensive coach for Arizona State, eventually rising to defensive coordinator there, before joining the Raiders in 2022 as a linebackers coach.
New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft selected 37-year-old inside linebackers coach and former player Jerod Mayo to replace Bill Belichick. Mayo becomes the youngest current head coach in the NFL.
Mayo played eight seasons in the NFL, all for Belichick's Patriots. He had spent his entire coaching career up to this point in New England and was regarded around the league as a future head coach. Now, he gets his chance to lead the Pats after a 4-13 season that earned the team the third-overall pick in the 2024 NFL Draft.
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After 24 seasons together, Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots parted ways. Belichick ended his tenure as the coach with the second-most regular season and playoff wins, and he won six NFL Championships to make the Pats the league's most successful franchise.
The decision to part ways comes after a 4-13 season that saw inconsistency at quarterback, which led to New England matching the 2-15 Carolina Panthers as the lowest-scoring team (236 points) in the NFL during the 2023 campaign. Belichick, now 71, will likely be in demand as a coach given his NFL Championship pedigree and, despite their record, the Patriots allowed the 15th-fewest points in 2023.
Three days after the 2023 NFL regular season ended, reports surfaced that the Seattle Seahawks fired head coach Pete Carroll after 11 seasons. The Seahawks finished the season 9-8 and missed the playoffs.
Carroll led the team to its first NFL Championship win at the end of the 2013 season, which was his fourth at the helm. Seattle was known for its "Legion of Boom" defense around that time, but this season, the unit allowed the seventh-most points in the league with 402. Now 72, it is reported that Carroll has the option to move into an advisor role with the franchise.
The Titans fired Mike Vrabel two days after the end of the regular season off the back of missing the playoffs for the second consecutive season. Tennessee went 6-11 and finished last in the AFC South in 2023. Vrabel spent six seasons with the team, amassing a 54-45 record.
Vrabel won the Coach of the Year Award in 2021 and led the team to two playoff victories during his tenure.
Ron Rivera was hired as the Washington Commanders' head coach ahead of the 2020 season, and he guided the team to records of 7-9, 7-10, 8-8-1, and, most recently, 4-13. A new ownership group led by Philadelphia 76ers and New Jersey Devils owner Josh Harris took over the franchise midseason, and the team's win-loss record likely motivated the group to find a new coach.
The day after the regular season ended, Harris hired former Golden State Warriors general manager Bob Myers to help Harris and the Commanders find the team's new head coach, despite Myers having never held a job in professional football. The Commanders have reportedly requested permission to interview Los Angeles Rams defensive coordinator Raheem Morris, Baltimore Ravens defensive line coach Anthony Weaver, Detroit Lions offensive coordinator Ben Johnson and Lions defensive coordinator Aaron Glenn for the head coaching position.
The Atlanta Falcons went 7-10 in each of Arthur Smith's three seasons at the helm, and the franchise decide to let him go after a 48-17 loss to NFC South rivals the New Orleans Saints in Week 18. If the Falcons won that game, they could have made the playoffs if other results went their way.
Desmond Ridder started 13 games at quarterback while Taylor Heinicke started the other four and neither separated themselves as a franchise player under center, which made Smith's job harder than it already was.
Josh McDaniels was fired as head coach of the Las Vegas Raiders on October 31, 2023, after a 26-14 away loss to the Detroit Lions.
In one and a half seasons in Vegas, McDaniels went 9-16. The Raiders promoted Antonio Pierce from linebackers coach to the interim head coach role, and he led the team to a 5-4 record to end the season.
Frank Reich, who helped lead the Philadelphia Eagles to their NFL Championship victory in 2018 as the team's offensive coordinator, has been fired from his last two head coaching jobs mid-season. The Colts fired him on Nov. 7, 2022, and the Carolina Panthers fired him one year and 20 days after that.
Reich was fired after the Panthers started the season 1-10, despite having drafted quarterback Bryce Young with the first-overall pick in the 2023 draft. The Panthers promoted Chris Tabor from special teams coordinator to the interim head coach role to replace Reich.
The third and final coach who was fired before the end of the 2023 NFL regular season, Brandon Staley led the Chargers to a 5-9 record before he was relieved of his duties after a 63-21 loss to the Raiders on December 14, 2023. Staley had guided LA to a 9-8 record and a 10-7 record in his first and second seasons respectively.
Outside linebackers coach Giff Smith was promoted to serve as interim head coach, and the Chargers lost all three games Smith coached. Staley was hired after a hugely successful 2020 season as the Los Angeles Rams defensive coordinator, and he will likely be considered for coordinator jobs again this time around.
Mike Zimmer, who worked as Minnesota Vikings head coach from 2014-2021 and has since worked as an analyst/consultant under Deion Sanders at Jackson State and then Colorado, has been hired as the Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator. The Cowboys lost former DC Dann Quinn, who left for the Washington Commanders' head coaching job. In eight seasons as Vikings head coach, Zimmer had five top-10 defenses based on points allowed, finishing first in that statistical category in 2017 with a unit led by Everson Griffen, Danielle Hunter, Anthony Barr, Linval Joseph, Eric Kendricks, Harrison Smith, and Xavier Rhodes.
Three days after the San Francisco 49ers lost 25-22 to the Kansas City Chiefs in the NFL Championship game, Niners coach Kyle Shanahan fired defensive coordinator Steve Wilks, saying that the coordinator and team did not have the right fit together. The Niners had the third-best defense by points allowed in the regular season, but evidently, Shanahan thought Wilks was one of the people at fault for the loss at the final hurdle.
The Tennessee Titans have hired Dennard Wilson as the team's new defensive coordinator under recently-hired head coach Brian Callahan. In the past, Wilson held positions as defensive backs coach with the Los Angeles Rams, New York Jets, Philadelphia Eagles, and, most recently, the Baltimore Ravens. Wilson has also been a passing game coordinator, giving him an inside look at how NFL offenses make decisions and plan for games. Under Wilson's coaching, Jamal Adams, James Bradberry, and Kyle Hamilton have been named to the All-Pro first team.
Jimmy Lake, who most recently was an assistant head coach for the Los Angeles Rams and was head coach at the University of Washington from 2020-2021, has been hired as the Atlanta Falcons defensive coordinator. He was Washington's defensive coordinator for two years before being promoted to head coach, but he has never been a defensive coordinator in the NFL, although he has had spells as defensive backs coach for the Detroit Lions and Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the past.
After he was fired by the Chicago Bears shortly after the end of the 2023 NFL regular season, Luke Getsy has found a new job as the Las Vegas Raiders offensive coordinator. He will work under Antonio Pierce, who was named full-time head coach after he served as interim head coach last season. In Getsy's two seasons as Bears offensive coordinator, the team finished with the 23rd-most points in 2022 and the 18th-most points in 2023.
Former Tennessee Titans defensive coordinator Shane Bowen has been hired as the new defensive coordinator for the New York Giants. In his first season in Tennessee, Bowen's defense allowed the sixth-fewest points in the league, and his defenses finished in the top half of the league in points allowed in all three of his seasons in the role.
The Los Angeles Chargers have hired the coordinators who will work under new head coach Jim Harbaugh, and they come from places familiar to the coach.
Jesse Minter was hired as the defensive coordinator, and he last worked under Harbaugh at Michigan in the same role. Minter's Michigan defense allowed a Division I-best 10.4 points per game in 2023. Greg Roman was hired as offensive coordinator, and he last worked in that role under Jim's brother John with the Baltimore Ravens. The Ravens scored the most points in the NFL in 2019, Roman's first season as their offensive coordinator.
Nick Holz, who worked as the Jacksonville Jaguars passing game coordinator in 2023, is joining the Tennessee Titans coaching staff as the offensive coordinator. Holz previously worked as an offensive coordinator at the University of Nevada - Las Vegas after he spent nine years in the Las Vegas Raiders organization, dating back to the team's days in Oakland and working in various position and quality control coaching roles there between 2012 and 2021.
Holz will work under new Titans head coach Brian Callahan, who worked as the Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator before taking the Tennessee job. In his one season as Jaguars offensive coordinator, Holz helped the team gain the sixth-most passing yards in the league.
Kliff Kingsbury, formerly the Arizona Cardinals head coach from 2019 to 2022, has been hired as the Washington Commanders offensive coordinator after he pulled out of the running to become the Las Vegas Raiders OC. Kingsbury is known for his work with quarterbacks: he helped Patrick Mahomes develop into a first round pick and eventual multi-time NFL Champion while coaching Texas Tech, and then he was hired to coach first-overall draft pick Kyler Murray in Arizona.
In 2023, Kingsbury joined fellow quarterback guru Lincoln Riley at USC, where the two coached consensus 2024 top pick Caleb Williams. The rumor mill is likely to buzz until draft time about whether or not Washington will trade up from the No. 2 pick to the No. 1 pick to select Williams. Kingsbury was an offensive analyst and quarterbacks coach at USC.
Shortly after former Ravens defensive coordinator Mike Macdonald was named as the Seattle Seahawks' new head coach, the Ravens announced that the team's former linebacker Zachary Orr would become the new DC. Orr played three seasons in the NFL, earning second-team All-Pro honors in his final season, before retiring due to a spine and neck injury.
Orr became a defensive analyst for the Ravens in 2017, one year after his retirement. He was in that role until 2020, became the Jacksonville Jaguars outside linebackers coach for one season in 2021, then moved back to Baltimore to become the inside linebackers coach. Now, at 31 years old, Orr is the defensive playcaller for the league's top defense based on points allowed in 2023.
Houston Texans offensive coordinator Bobby Slowik signed a new deal with a pay raise to keep him with the organization for another season. He was rumored to be a candidate for head coaching jobs before signing the new deal. Slowik is 36 years old and he led Houston to score the 13th-most points in the league in 2023 after ending 2022 ranked 30th in that category.
Detroit Lions offensive coordinator Ben Johnson, who helped lead the team to its first NFC Championship game since 1991 and first-ever playoff win at Ford Field, is staying put. He was in demand for head coaching jobs, but he wants to try and win an NFL Championship with the team that gave him his first job as an offensive coordinator in 2022. Detroit has scored the fifth-most points in the NFL in each of the two seasons with Johnson leading the offense.
Jim Harbaugh's partner in turning the Los Angeles Chargers franchise around has been named: Joe Hortiz. Hortiz spent 26 years in the Baltimore Ravens front office, most recently working as the team's director of player personnel. He started his time in Baltimore as a scout, and the team won two NFL Championships while Hortiz worked there. He and Harbaugh will get to work on decided what to do in free agency and with the team's fifth-overall selection in the 2024 NFL Draft.
Eric Washington, the former Carolina Panthers defensive coordinator who most recently worked as the Buffalo Bills defensive line coach, has been hired as the Chicago Bears defensive coordinator. The Bears went 7-10 this past season and the team's defense ranked 20th in points allowed. Chicago has the first- and ninth-overall picks in the upcoming draft.
The Philadelphia Eagles will have their third offensive coordinator in as many years, and the team's new OC Kellen Moore will have his third team in as many years. Moore, who used to be the Dallas Cowboys offensive coordinator, wasn't retained by the Los Angeles Chargers after the team hired Jim Harbaugh as head coach and the Eagles hired Moore in the hopes that he'll get more out of a talented offensive unit.
Vic Fangio, who spent the 2023 season as the defensive coordinator for the Miami Dolphins, is leaving South Beach to join Nick Sirianni's coaching staff with the Philadelphia Eagles. Reports said that Fangio, who is from Pennsylvania, wanted to be closer to his family there and that he parted amicably with the Dolphins.
Former Los Angeles Chargers general manager Tom Telesco has been hired for the same role with the Las Vegas Raiders. Telesco served as Chargers GM from 2013 to 2023 and oversaw the Chargers' QB transition from Philip Rivers to Justin Herbert. With the Raiders' QB position uncertain, that will likely become his first priority in Vegas.
After taking the general manager job with the Tennessee Titans in January 2023, Ran Carthorn has been promoted to executive vice president/general manager. The Titans went 6-11 in his first year in charge. Team owner Amy Adams Strunk said "Ran Carthorn makes the Tennessee Titans a destination for the league's top talent."
The Green Bay Packers defense ranked in the league's bottom 10 teams in turnovers forced, first downs allowed, and rush yards allowed, so head coach Matt LaFleur has decided not to retain defensive coordinator Joe Barry. Barry joined the team in 2021 and helped the team make the playoffs in his first and final seasons there.
The Jacksonville Jaguars lost five of their last six games and missed the playoffs, and while the team decided to retain coach Doug Pederson, they have made a change at defensive coordinator and brought in Ryan Nielsen. Nielsen last held the same role with the Atlanta Falcons, and he might find things easier in Jacksonville because the Jags have more talent. His leaders in sacks in Atlanta were Calais Campbell and Bud Dupree with 6.5 each, while the Jaguars' were Josh Allen with 17.5 and Travon Walker with 10.0.
After working under recently-fired general manager Scott Fitterer as the team's assistant general manager, Dan Morgan has been promoted to the general manager position. He has already been involved in the team's search for a new head coach, taking part in an interview with current Panthers defensive coordinator Ejiro Evero for the role.
Due to a disappointing season where the team lost six of its last seven games including playoffs, the Philadelphia Eagles have fired offensive coordinator Brian Johnson. While the Eagles offense ranked seventh in points scored and eighth in yards gained, most fans and experts thought the team's playcalling was questionable at times and did not get the best out of skill position players including AJ Brown, DeVonta Smith, and D'Andre Swift, among others.
Former Seattle Seahawks offensive coordinator Shane Waldron is joining the Chicago Bears in the same role. Waldron spent the last three seasons as the Seahawks' OC, cracking the league's top 10 teams in points scored during the 2022 regular season. Before joining Seattle, he had worked under Sean McVay with the Los Angeles Rams as a tight ends coach and passing game coordinator.
After his playcalling duties on defense were revoked late in the regular season amid the team's historic slide, Sean Desai has been fired as the Eagles' defensive coordinator. The Eagles had high hopes after making the NFL Championship game last season, but the Desai-led defense finished 30th in points allowed and 26th in yards allowed in 2023 en route to a loss in the Wild Card round.
The Cleveland Browns fired offensive coordinator Alex Van Pelt four days after the team's 45-14 Wild Card round loss to the Houston Texans. The Browns ranked 10th in the league in points scored and 16th in yards gained in the 2023 season. Cleveland's offense also turned the ball over more than any other team.
After 15 seasons in the role, Pete Carmichael has been fired as the New Orleans Saints offensive coordinator. He took over playcalling duties when Sean Payton left the team in 2021 and never got the best out of the Saints, who had the league's highest payroll in the 2023 NFL season. The Saints went 9-8 and missed the playoffs in 2023.
Adam Peters, the now-former San Francisco 49ers assistant general manager, was named as the Washington Commanders new general manager. New owner Josh Harris - assisted by former Golden State Warriors GM Bob Myers - is rebuilding the front office staff, and Peters is the biggest hire thus far.
Firing the head coach was just the first step for Carolina Panthers owner David Tepper. Tepper fired general manager Scott Fitterer on 'Black Monday,' the day after the NFL regular season ends when most coach, coordinator, and general manager firings happen.
Fitterer was responsible for the deal that landed the 2023 first-overall draft pick, which was used to select quarterback Bryce Young. The Panthers sent wide receiver DJ Moore, the Panthers' first-round picks in 2023 and 2024, and second-round picks in 2023 and 2025 in return for the top pick.
New York Giants defensive coordinator Wink Martindale has resigned from his position, and reports say he will pursue other coaching opportunities. He had previously served as the Baltimore Ravens' defensive coordinator from 2018-2021 before the Giants hired him. Martindale's defense caused the most turnovers in the league with 31, but they allowed the sixth-most points per game with 23.9.
In addition to Martindale's resignation, the Giants fired special teams coordinator Thomas McGaughey and offensive line coach Bobby Johnson.
The Chicago Bears fired offensive coordinator Luke Getsy and other members of the offensive coaching staff. The Bears went 7-10 this season; their offense ranked 18th in the league in points per game and 20th in total yards. The biggest question surrounding the Bears' offseason is whether they will keep quarterback Justin Fields or draft a new QB with one of their two first-round picks. Whoever the Bears hire to replace Getsy could provide an indication of the team's QB direction depending on the new coordinator's preferred offensive style.