Who might fill the NFL coaching openings


When NFL coaching jobs open, the names Jon Gruden, Bill Cowher and Tony Dungy immediately surface as potential candidates.

Much more likely than any of those Super Bowl winners returning to the sideline for 2013 would be the hirings of more obscure assistant coaches such as Mike Zimmer, Mike McCoy and Gus Bradley.

And Jon Gruden’s brother, Jay.


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Sure, some of the best-known coaches, including Andy Reid and Lovie Smith, who lost their jobs Monday, will be in the mix. So might college coaches Chip Kelly of Oregon and Bill O’Brien of Penn State.

Maybe even Nick Saban, although leaving Alabama for the NFL is a long shot.

Online: http://pro32.ap.org/poll and http://twitter.com/AP-NFL

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