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Editor's note: The NFL coaching carousel has hit full speed with the regular season over. Around The NFL keeps you up to date with all of the latest coaching news, including the latest reports from Ian Rapoport, Tom Peliserro, Mike Garafolo and all NFL Network reporters on available jobs and whose coaching position is safe.

HIRED HEAD COACHES


Matt LaFleur, Green Bay Packers: The Packers are hiring the Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday. Green Bay was LaFleur's only interview. LaFleur spent one season as Tennessee's offensive coordinator. The Titans hired him away from Los Angeles, where he was Sean McVay's OC in 2017. 

Kliff Kingsbury, Arizona Cardinals: The Cardinals are hired the former Texas Tech head coach to be their next head coach, Rapoport and Good Morning Football's Peter Schrager reported Tuesday, per sources.

Bruce Arians, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: The Buccaneers hired the former Cardinals coach to be their next head coach, Rapoport reported Tuesday. Arians will have a four-year deal with a fifth-year option, a source told Rapoport.

Freddie Kitchens, Cleveland Browns: The Browns promoted Kitchens to be their next head coach, Rapoport reported Wednesday. 

Vic Fangio, Denver Broncos: The Broncos hired Fangio as their next head coach. NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reports Fangio's deal is for four years with a fifth-year option.

Adam Gase, New York Jets: The Jets hired the former Miami Dolphins skipper as their next head coach, Rapoport reported Wednesday night.

HEAD COACHES OUT


Todd Bowles, New York Jets: The team fired Bowles hours after the Jets lost their season finale to end up 4-12 on the season. Bowles failed to reach the postseason in his four years with the team. Blunder-filled losses to the Browns, Jaguars and Bills annihilated any real chance of New York evolving into a contender for the postseason. Bowles posting a 24-40 record during his time with Gang Green, with his best season coming in 2015 when the Jets missed the playoffs despite going 10-6.

Adam Gase, Miami Dolphins: Gase exited Miami after posting a 23-25 record over three seasons with the team. The coach led the Dolphins to a 10-6 record and a playoff appearance his first year with the club. The past two years, Gase compiled a 13-19 record. After jumping out to a 3-0 start to the 2018 season, Miami finished 7-9.

Vance Joseph, Denver Broncos: Denver fired Vance Joseph immediately after posting the franchise's first consecutive losing seasons since 1971-72. The Broncos went 11-21 in Joseph's two seasons at the helm. The Broncos allowed 22.8 points per game (15th in the NFL) 104.5 rushing yards (11th), and 58.3 red zone conversion rate (19th) during his two seasons. (The Cardinals hired Joseph as their new defensive coordinator.)

Dirk Koetter, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Koetter was fired shortly after the Buccaneers lost their season finale to the Atlanta Falcons to finish at 5-11 for the second straight year. Koetter leaves Tampa with a 19-29 career record. Tampa Bay failed to climb out of the NFC South doldrums en route to missing the playoffs for the 11th straight season.

Marvin Lewis, Cincinnati Bengals: Bengals owner Mike Brown fired Lewis after the team failed to reach the postseason for the third consecutive season. Lewis leaves Cincinnati as the winningest coach in franchise history, posting a 131-122-3 record over his 16 seasons at the helm. Despite seven postseason berths during Lewis' tenure, the Bengals never won a playoff game.

Mike McCarthy, Green Bay Packers: The longtime Packers head coach became the first coaching casualty of the 2018 season when the Packers fired him following a loss at home to the Arizona Cardinals on Dec. 2. The loss annihilated the Packers' chances of making the postseason and was part of a disappointing 6-9-1 season that saw the Packers miss the postseason for the second straight year. McCarthy departs Green Bay after posting a 125-77-2 mark over 13 seasons.

Steve Wilks, Arizona Cardinals: Wilks is out in Arizona after only one season in the desert -- a 3-13 campaign that tied for the worst in Cardinals franchise history since the team's move from St. Louis in 1988. Arizona owned the worst offense in the NFL in Wilks' first season, ranking last in points per game (14.1) and total yards per game (241.6).

Hue Jackson, Cleveland Browns: Jackson was fired after the Browns' Week 8 loss to the Steelers. His two-and-a-half-year run in Cleveland ended with a disastrous 3-36-1 record (.088 winning percentage) including last year's 0-16 debacle. Jackson got another chance to turn things around, but the team's poor start and struggles on offense started to be a point of contention within the team.

HIRED ASSISTANT COACHES


Atlanta Falcons: Dirk Koetter is staying in the NFC South. The former Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach is returning to Atlanta as the Falcons offensive coordinator, the team announced. Atlanta also hired former Titans coach Mike Mularkey as its tight ends coach.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Arians is hiring Byron Leftwich as offensive coordinator and is expected to hire Harold Goodwin as run game coordinator/offensive line and Clyde Christiansen as QB coach, Rapoport added. Arians also hired his former defensive coordinator Todd Bowles for the same position in Tampa Bay.

Minnesota Vikings: Kevin Stefanski returning as the full-time offensive coordinator. Stefanski took over in Minnesota late last season after the Vikings jettisoned OC John DeFilippo.

Denver Broncos: The Broncos hired former Steelers offensive line coach Mike Munchak in the same capacity.

Green Bay Packers: Green Bay hired former Jaguars offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett in the same capacity.

Jacksonville Jaguars: Jacksonville hired former Vikings coach John DeFilippo as their new offensive coordinator.

Detroit Lions: The Lions hired former Seahawks OC Darrell Bevell as their new offensive coordinator.

FIRED ASSISTANT COACHES


Atlanta Falcons: The Falcons fired offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian, defensive coordinator Marquand Manuel and special teams coordinator Keith Armstrong. A search will begin for the OC and special teams slots, but Falcons head coach Dan Quinn will assume the role as defensive coordinator. Rapoport reported that Gary Kubiak would be a strong candidate for the OC job and they will also interview former Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell.

Detroit Lions: The Lions announced they did not renew fourth-year offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter, who had been promoted by previous head coach Jim Caldwell and was retained by Matt Patricia for 2018.

COACHES WHO ARE SAFE


John Harbaugh, Baltimore Ravens: The team announced on Dec. 21 that Harbaugh would remain its head coach in 2019 and that the parties were working on a contract extension for the man that guided the franchise to a Super Bowl title in 2012. The Ravens won their final three games to reach the playoffs for the first time since 2014. Harbaugh is 114-77 in his 11 seasons with the team.

Doug Marrone, Jacksonville Jaguars: The team announced shortly after its season finale that it would retain Marrone, general manager Dave Caldwell and executive vice president of player operations Tom Coughlin for the 2019 season. Caldwell has been Jacksonville's GM since 2013. Marrone has been on the Jaguars staff since 2015 and was promoted to head coach in 2017. Coughlin joined the organization in 2017. Jacksonville missed the playoffs following a 5-11 season.

Ron Rivera, Carolina Panthers: Rivera has been told by the Panthers he will remain with the team, a source familiar with the team's plan told NFL Network's Michael Silver. Rivera indicated heading into Week 17 of the season he was still in the Panthers' good graces when he said he had good conversations recently with David Tepper, the team's owner. A seven-game losing streak zapped Carolina's playoff hopes and doomed the Panthers to a 7-9 finish to the season.

COACHING CANDIDATES


Dennis Allen, Saints DC: Dolphins

Eric Bieniemy, Chiefs OC: Dolphins, Bengals

Jim Bob Cooter, former Lions OC: Cardinals OC

Brian Flores, Patriots DC: Dolphins

Nathaniel Hackett, former Jaguars OC: Packers OC, Lions OC

Hue Jackson, former Browns coach: Bengals

Bill Lazor, Bengals OC: Bengals

Dowell Loggains, Dolphins OC: Dolphins

Todd Monken, Buccaneers OC: Bengals

Chuck Pagano: Bears DC

Mike Pettine, Packers defensive coordinator: Retained as Packers DC

Kris Richard, Cowboys DBs coach/passing game coordinator: Dolphins

Darren Rizzi, Dolphins assistant head coach/ST coordinator: Dolphins

Darrin Simmons, Bengals ST coordinator: Bengals

Zac Taylor, Rams QBs coach: Bengals

Shane Waldron, Rams TEs coach/passing game coordinator: Bengals

Steve Wilks, former Cardinals head coach: Browns DC

GENERAL MANAGER HIRED


Mike Mayock, Oakland Raiders: The Oakland Raiders are set to hire Mayock as their new general manager, a source informed of the situation told Rapoport. Gruden and the Raiders seem confident that Mayock's expertise as a media draft analyst will allow them to rebuild the team into a winner. Oakland heads into the offseason with three first-round draft picks and a determination to improve significantly on this season's 4-12 result. It's Mayock's first job in an NFL front office.

FIRED GENERAL MANAGER


Reggie McKenzie, Oakland Raiders: The Raiders parted ways with McKenzie on Dec. 10 amid a disappointing season that saw the team trade away All-Pro pass rusher Khalil Mack and former fourth-overall draft pick Amari Cooper. McKenzie, who played for the Raiders from 1985-88, joined Oakland's front office in 2012 after spending 18 years with the Green Bay Packers (1994-2011), and went about rebuilding the Raiders. Oakland went 39-70 overall, including 0-1 in the playoffs, with McKenzie as the general manager.

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