Tracking every NFL GM and head coaching change

Teams are wasting no time filling vacant positions ahead of the Super Bowl. Unlike past years we don’t have teams waiting until the season is completely over to bring in new blood, moving quickly to fill vacant spots — without the need to delay their hiring process while coveted coordinators wrap things up.

The flurry of hirings is easy to lose track of who’s gone, who’s been hired, and who is still left available. So let’s take a look at every opening, and every hiring in the NFL so far.

Head Coach hirings

Atlanta Falcons

No hire at this time.

Outgoing: Dan Quinn
Quinn was responsible for some of Atlanta’s highest highs, but also their lowest lows. His lack of consistency was hurting the team, requiring a chance.

Detroit Lions

No hire at this time.

Outgoing: Matt Patricia
Patricia inherited the team and progressively made the Lions worse. The defense-minded coach didn’t help in any particular area, ensuring the team remained mired in mediocrity.

Houston Texans

No hire at this time.

Outgoing: Bill O’Brien
O’Brien is hugely responsible for the mess the team is in now. He traded away DeAndre Hopkins in the offseason, which was the nail in the coffin for this team. They never stood a chance in 2020, and now have to deal with his decisions (and trying to keep DeShaun Watson happy).

Jacksonville Jaguars

Urban Meyer

The Jaguars were linked to a Urban Meyer for a long time, with many believing the former Ohio State head coach would not return to football. However, after a several week process the Jaguars announced that Meyer agreed to come to the NFL for the first time, and believe he’s the right man to use their eventual pick of Trevor Lawrence, and lead the team to success.

Outgoing: Doug Marrone
Marrone inherited the team from Gus Bradley, and was only marginally better. While he did manage to move the team on from the disastrous pick of Blake Bortles, he didn’t make the team better from there.

Los Angeles Chargers

No hire at this time.

Outgoing: Anthony Lynn.
Lynn was one of the more surprising firings this offseason. The Chargers were headed in the right direction, they had the QB they need for the future, so it’s hard to see how the team will do any better.

New York Jets

Robert Saleh

The Jets decided to move on from the offensive-minded Adam Gase, and switch to defense with the hiring of Robert Saleh. Saleh was responsible for the mammoth defensive overhaul of the 49ers, which turned them into the NFL’s best defense in 2019, taking San Francisco to the Super Bowl.

Outgoing: Adam Gase
Adam Gase is terrible.

Philadelphia Eagles

No hire at this time.

Outgoing: Doug Pederson
The firing of Doug Pederson is a risky decision that puts the blame for the Eagles’ recent failings on the coach alone, and not the rest of the front office. The only way to learn whether that was true is time, but the most-successful coach in recent Philadelphia history is a tough act to follow.

General Manager hirings

Carolina Panthers

Scott Fitterer

The Carolina Panthers decided to move on from long-time general manager Marty Hurney, who was a guy who liked to have a “feel” for players. Now they are moving more analytically, hiring Fitterer, who served as co-assistant GM under John Schneider in Seattle.

Outgoing: Marty Hurney
Hurney was the on-agin, off-again GM that did a decent job moving the team on from Dave Gettleman, Hurney’s way of thinking was too old for the NFL.

Denver Broncos

George Paton

The Broncos opted for upside in hiring George Paton, who has been in NFL circles since 1997. Most recently he was integral in the Minnesota Vikings organization, credited with being responsible for some of the best draft classes in franchise history.

Outgoing: John Elway
Elway remains with the organization in an executive role, but is stepping aside as GM to bring in some new blood. This was unquestionably the right decision, and while No. 7 is beloved, time had come for a change.

Detroit Lions

Brad Holmes

The Lions are taking a risky approach for their front office, choosing to hire Holmes who has never had a high-level position in an organization. However, that doesn’t make it a bad hire. He’s been the director of college scouting for the Los Angeles Rams since 2013, and helped bring superstars like Aaron Donald to the team.

Outgoing: Bob Quinn.
Part of the Patriots’ brain trust that built New England’s dynasty, Quinn came in along with Patricia and didn’t make the team better as a result. Changing Patricia necessitated cleaning house.

Houston Texans

No hire at this time.

Outgoing: Bill O’Brien.
O’Brien was not a good coach, and an even worse executive. The two sides were inexorably linked, requiring the change.

Jacksonville Jaguars

No hire at this time.

Outgoing: David Caldwell.
Caldwell remained from the end of the Bradley era, through Doug Marrone’s — and his tenure was marred with bad draft picks, and failed opportunities. Keeping him would not have allowed this team to progress, especially when needing to surround Trevor Lawrence with more talent,