2017 NFL head-coaching tracker

2017 NFL head-coaching tracker

49ERS
Fired: Chip Kelly, Jan. 1
Hired: KYLE SHANAHAN, Monday, Feb. 6

Candidates
--Atlanta offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan (interviewed Friday, Jan. 6)
--New England offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels (interviewed Saturday, Jan. 7)  Withdrew from consideration, Jan. 16
--Seattle offensive line/assistant head coach Tom Cable (scheduled to interview Sunday, Jan. 15)  Withdrew from consideration, Jan. 17
--Buffalo interim coach Anthony Lynn (interviewed Wednesday, Jan. 4)  Hired by Chargers, Jan. 14
--Carolina defensive coordinator Sean McDermott (interviewed Tuesday, Jan. 10)  Hired by Bills, Jan. 11
--Miami defensive coordinator Vance Joseph (scheduled to interview Thursday, Jan. 12)  Hired by Broncos, Jan. 11
--Washington offensive coordinator Sean McVay (interviewed Monday, Jan. 9) Hired by Rams, Jan. 12

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LOS ANGELES CHARGERS
Fired: Mike McCoy, Jan. 1
Hired: ANTHONY LYNN, Friday, Jan. 14

Candidates
--Tampa Bay defensive coordinator Mike Smith (interviewed Thursday, Jan. 5)
--New England defensive coordinator Matt Patricia (interviewed Saturday, Jan. 7)
--Kansas City special-teams coordinator Dave Toub (interviewed Sunday, Jan. 8)
--Buffalo interim coach Anthony Lynn (interviewed Tuesday, Jan. 10)
*Second interview expected (TBA)
--Detroit defensive coordinator Teryl Austin (scheduled to interview Tuesday, Jan. 10)
--Miami defensive coordinator Vance Joseph (TBA)-
--Carolina defensive coordinator Sean McDermott (interviewed Saturday, Jan. 7)

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LOS ANGELES RAMS
Fired: Jeff Fisher, Dec. 12 (interim Jim Fassel)
Hired: SEAN McVAY, Wednesday, Jan. 12

Candidates
--Carolina assistant head coach/secondary Matt Wilks (interviewed Tuesday, Jan. 3)
--Washington offensive coordinator Sean McVay (interviewed Thursday, Jan. 5)
*Second interview with McVay (Wednesday, Jan. 11)
--Arizona offensive coordinator Harold Goodwin (interviewed Thursday, Jan. 5)
--New England offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels (interviewed Saturday, Jan. 7)
--New England defensive coordinator Matt Patricia (interviewed Saturday, Jan. 7)
--Buffalo interim head coach Anthony Lynn (interviewed Sunday, Jan. 8)
*Second interview expected (TBA)
--Atlanta offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan (TBA)
--Detroit defensive coordinator Teryl Austin (TBA)
--Houston linebackers coach Mike Vrabel (TBA)
--Jacksonville interim head coach Doug Marrone (interviewed Sunday, Jan. 8)
--Miami defensive coordiantor Vance Joseph (TBA)

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BUFFALO
Fired: Rex Ryan, Dec. 27 (interim Anthony Lynn)
Hired: SEAN McDERMOTT, Wednesday, Jan. 11

Candidates
--Carolina defensive coordinator Sean McDermott (interviewed Wednesday, Jan 4)
--Buffalo interim head coach Anthony Lynn (interviewed Thursday, Jan. 5)
--Arizona offensive coordinator Harold Goodwin (interviewed Saturday, Jan. 7)
--Seattle defensive coordiantor Kris Richard (interviewed Sunday, Jan. 8)
--Miami defensive coordinator Vance Joseph (TBA)

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DENVER
Resigned: Gary Kubiak, Jan. 2
Hired: VANCE JOSEPH, Wednesday, Jan. 11

Candidates
--Kansas City special-teams coordinator Dave Toub (interviewed Friday, Jan. 6)
--Atlanta offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan (interviewed Saturday, Jan. 7)
--Miami defensive coordinator Vance Joseph (interviewed Tuesday, Jan. 10)

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JACKSONVILLE
Fired: Gus Bradley, Dec. 18 (interim Doug Marrone)
Hired: DOUG MARRONE, Monday, Jan. 9

Candidates
--Former Jacksonville/N.Y. Giants coach Tom Coughlin (interviewed Dec. 28)
--Arizona offensive coordinator Harold Goodwin (interviewed Tuesday, Jan. 3)
--Tampa Bay defensive coordinator Mike Smith (interviewed Wednesday, Jan. 4)
--Jacksonville interim coach Doug Marrone (interviewed Thursday, Jan. 5)
--Atlanta offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan (interviewed Friday, Jan. 6)
--New England offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels (interviewed Saturday, Jan. 7)

Harbaugh goes Biblical, responds to Jacobs' criticisms of his coaching

Harbaugh goes Biblical, responds to Jacobs' criticisms of his coaching

Former NFL running back Brandon Jacobs spent one season with the San Francisco 49ers in 2012 under head coach Jim Harbaugh.

Jacobs only played in two games and gained seven yards on five carries. The results were nothing like his 5,087 yards and 60 touchdowns over eight years with the Giants. 

Apparently being pushed to the bench as a 31-year-old veteran running back didn't sit well with Jacobs. 

“Going somewhere where they don’t have route conversions into certain coverages was just absurd,” Jacobs said Thursday on the Tiki and Tierney Show. “They’re just running routes in the defense, getting people killed. Size and strength is what they had, and that’s why they won.

"Let’s be real. They had great assistant coaches, but Jim didn’t know what he was doing. Jim had no idea. Jim is throwing slants into Cover-2 safeties, getting people hurt. That guy knew nothing, man."

On Saturday morning, Harbaugh responded to Jacobs with a tweet to him. 

Harbaugh went 44-19-1 in four seasons as the 49ers' head coach. He also added five playoff wins and a trip to the Super Bowl in the 2012-13 season, the one that Jacobs played for him.

Shanahan: Brooks earns place on 49ers' first-team defense

Shanahan: Brooks earns place on 49ers' first-team defense

SANTA CLARA – The eldest non-kicker on the 49ers’ roster is learning a new position this offseason.

But Ahmad Brooks has plenty of experience adapting to new positions during his 12-year NFL career. He has played inside linebacker, outside linebacker in a 3-4 and defensive end in pass-rush situations.

Now, Brooks has moved to the strong side linebacker position -- the “Sam” -- in the 49ers’ new 4-3 scheme under first-year defensive coordinator Robert Saleh.

“He’s getting them (first-team repetitions) because he deserves them,” 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said this week. “Watching how he played last year and then going into this offseason, you never know when a guy who has been around a bunch, if they’re going to feel that they need the offseason like other people do. And Ahmad’s been here every day and he’s needed it just like everyone has anytime you’re learning a new scheme.

“But anytime you have a veteran like that, you worry that, hey, maybe they won’t think that they do need it. But Ahmad has and he’s been here. He’s worked at everything. He’s in good shape. He’s done what we’ve asked in the weight room with Ray and he’s done everything with the position coaches and coordinator on defense. So, I think he’s learning it and he should because he’s putting the work in.”

Brooks, 33, has entered the past three offseasons with his place on the 49ers seemingly in jeopardy. But the 49ers have not been able to find a younger, better player to replace him. Brooks has tied for the team-lead in sacks in each of the past four seasons with 27 sacks over that span.

Eli Harold, Dekoda Watson and undrafted rookie Jimmie Gilbert were the other players who lined up at the Sam position during the first week of 49ers organized team activities.

Brooks and Aaron Lynch, starters at outside linebacker for the 49ers in the previous systems, have the steepest learning curves in the transition to a new defense. Lynch has moved to the team’s pass-rush defensive end position, known as the “Leo.”

“I think techniques are totally different,” Shanahan said. “How you want to take on blocks, how you want to play the run. Ahmad has been around a little longer than Aaron. So he’s probably had a little bit more crossover, some similar schemes.”