Mike Mularkey, Tennessee Titans: Mike Mularkey has shed his interim label, as he was hired by the Titans to be their head coach, per the team. After taking over for Ken Whisenhunt last season, Mularkey went 2-7 as interim coach. He has an 18-39 career coaching record, and had previous head coaching stints with the Bills and Jaguars.
Dirk Koetter, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported the Buccaneers are hiring offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter as their head coach, per a source. The team confirmed the news via Twitter on Friday morning. Koetter was previously Tampa Bay's offensive coordinator under Lovie Smith.
The Brownsfired coach Mike Pettine shortly after the team's Week 17 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Pettine was 10-22 as Cleveland's coach. Ray Farmer, the embattled general manager, also was relieved of his duties after meeting with the team's ownership hours before the season-ending loss. The Brownspromoted Sashi Brown to vice president of football operations and hired former New York Mets executive Paul DePodesta as their chief strategy officer.
"We are looking for guys who want to invest in winning," Gase said. "It's going to be critical that guys come in here day in and day out and understand that's what we want."
Sean Payton, New Orleans Saints:Payton will remain the Saints head coach, the team announced Jan. 6. After days of deliberation, Payton and general manager Mickey Loomis agreed he's staying in New Orleans. "This is where I plan on coaching and I can't envision" coaching anywhere else, Payton told reporters.
Jim Caldwell, Detroit Lions: Despite some uncertainty due to Detroit's hire of Bob Quinn as their new GM, the team announced that Caldwell will stay as head coach. After an 0-5 start to last season, the Lions finished the season by winning seven of their final 11 games, likely saving Caldwell's job. The Lions also named Kyle O'Brien as director of player personnel. O'Brien previously served as the director of college scouting for the Jaguars.
Chuck Pagano, Indianapolis Colts: The expectation was Pagano would be out of Indianapolis. But a day after the Colts' season ended, the team announced Pagano agreed to a four-year contract extension to stay with the team. A day later, though, the team announced the firing of defensive coordinator Greg Manusky. Ravens linebackers coach Ted Monachino was hired as defensive coordinator and interim offensive coordinator Ron Chudzinski was hired as the permanent OC, the team announced Jan. 7.
The team confirmed general manager Ryan Grigson will also return after a lengthy meeting with Colts team owner Jim Irsay. Irsay added in Jan. 4's news conference that Pagano pushed to have Grigson get an extension. The two are now "contractually tied" together, as Irsay put it. Although the relationship between Grigson and Pagano was described as toxic as various times during the season, Rapoport was told that it was closer to two passionate professionals with mutual respect.
Though McCoy's job is safe, Rapoport adds that the Chargers are expected to make some changes to its staff. The team will not retain offensive coordinator Frank Reich. The Chargers also confirmed the release of five assistant coaches. Defensive coordinator John Pagano, who has been in that position since 2012, is also at risk, Rapoport adds.
Jeff Fisher, St. Louis Rams: By any measure, Fisher should be on the hot seat. He hasn't delivered a winning record in four seasons with the Rams. It's an offense-first league, and the Rams' offense gets worse by the year. Fisher has six winning seasons in 21 years as an NFL head coach, but Rapoport reported before the season ended that both Fisher and general manager Les Snead are expected back. They both have strong organizational support from owner Stan Kroenke. The strong finish to this season, with three wins in four games to get 7-9, also helps. Fisher also has strong ties with reporters, which tends to keep the criticism of his team to a minimum. There isn't a fan outcry to get rid of him and the looming potential move to Los Angeles complicates things.
The Rams will not renew the contracts of assistant strength and conditioning coach Adam Bailey, assistant special team coach Paul F. Boudreau, offensive assistant Jeff Garcia, wide receivers coach Ray Sherman and running backs coach Ben Sirmans, the team announced.
Rex Ryan and Doug Whaley, Buffalo Bills:Bills owner Terry Pegula announced before Week 17 that Ryan and his general manager Doug Whaley would be back together in 2016. The Pegulas signed Whaley to a multi-year extension. The Bills also signed Ryan's brother, Rob, to be the team's assistant head coach/defense and former defensive back Ed Reed to be an assistant defensive backs coach.