Around the NFC West: Jan. 17, 2013
The Jacksonville Jaguars have hired Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley as their next head coach.
This move has significant repercussions in the NFC West.
It pushes Seattle into the market for a defensive coordinator while removing what had been considered a likely landing spot for San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman. And with Arizona having interviewed Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell on Wednesday, it's now possible Seattle will lose both coordinators to head coaching jobs. That would stand as a setback for the Seahawks.
Bradley's hiring also makes the St. Louis Rams much more likely to keep offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer, who had interviewed for the job in Jacksonville.
The Seahawks had been expecting Bradley to become the next head coach in Philadelphia. Chip Kelly's surprise hiring headed off that scenario. Bradley then interviewed with Jacksonville, but there was still some thought that Roman would get strong consideration. Roman and new Jaguars general manager Dave Caldwell were college teammates and roommates.
The 49ers now appear likely to keep together their coaching staff unless Arizona moves on Roman following the 49ers' NFC Championship Game appearance against Atlanta.
Some have asked whether Seahawks linebackers coach Ken Norton Jr. might become the new defensive coordinator in Seattle. I've never heard Norton's name come up as a candidate for coordinator. Former Seattle defensive line coach and assistant head coach Dan Quinn, now the defensive coordinator at the University of Florida, is one potential candidate. There could be others, for sure.
With Bradley heading for the AFC South, here are a few thoughts on other NFC West names in the news:
John Idzik, Seattle Seahawks vice president of football administration: Idzik is a finalist to become general manager of the New York Jets. He has been most involved in managing the Seahawks' salary cap. The team enters the offseason with more than $18 million in cap space. The Jets' cap situation is problematic. The GM title usually carries expectations for personnel evaluation. Idzik worked for Arizona and Tampa Bay previously. He has been with Seattle since Tim Ruskell hired him in 2007. More recently, Idzik has worked closely with Seahawks general manager John Schneider with an eye toward developing his personnel evaluation. Idzik was a wide receiver at Dartmouth, graduating with honors in 1982.
Darrell Bevell, Seahawks offensive coordinator. Bevell met Wednesday with Cardinals officials regarding their coaching vacancy. There's not much new since we discussed Bevell in relation to the Cardinals earlier in the week. Bevell interviewed with Jacksonville as well. Arizona added Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians to its list of candidates. Arians, like Bevell, worked with a successful rookie quarterback in 2012. He also worked previously with Cardinals defensive coordinator Ray Horton when both were with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Horton has interviewed for the head-coaching vacancy, but Arizona has otherwise focused on coaches with backgrounds on offense.
Brian Schottenheimer, St. Louis Rams offensive coordinator. Schottenheimer was a candidate for the Jaguars' job. He was a finalist one year ago. The Rams have had three offensive coordinators over the past three seasons. They would like to keep Schottenheimer and build continuity over time. The team plans to keep its basic offensive system even if Schottenheimer departs. It's now looking highly likely that Schottenheimer will be back.