Tracking the latest rumors and buzz surrounding potential coaching changes in the NFL.
Tuesday, March 7
Bradley will return as Colts DC
Gus Bradley has been retained as the Indianapolis Colts defensive coordinator, and Notre Dame’s Brian Mason has been hired as the team’s new special teams coordinator, the team announced.
“I have a ton of respect for Gus,” Steichen said. “I spent four years with him (with the Los Angeles Chargers, 2017-2020). … I’m very fortunate to have him still in the building.”
Mason succeeds Bubba Ventrone, who was hired by the Cleveland Browns as their assistant head coach/special teams coordinator.
Ravens Choose DB Coach
The Baltimore Ravens announced they have hired Dennard Wilson as their defensive back coach.
Wilson had interviewed for defensive coordinator spots with the Cleveland Browns and Philadelphia Eagles.
Tuesday, Feb. 28
Bills’ Leslie Frazier Taking Year Off
Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier has decided to take the 2023 season off from coaching but return for the 2024 season, the team announced. Frazier has coached the Bills’ defense since the 2017 season.
Since 2017, the Bills’ defense ranks third in points allowed per game and first in total yards allowed per game.
Eagles Fill Coordinator Positions
The Philadelphia Eagles are promoting quarterbacks coach Brian Johnson to offensive coordinator, ESPN reported. Johnson will replace Shane Steichen who left to become the head coach of the Indianapolis Colts.
Johnson is credited with helping develop Jalen Hurts during his two seasons working with the Eagles. Before that, he spent three seasons as the offensive coordinator for the Florida Gators. Johnson also worked with Dak Prescott at Mississippi State.
Their new defensive coordinator will be Sean Desai, NFL media reported.
Desai, who was the associate head coach and defensive assistant for the Seattle Seahawks, also was in the running in Cleveland.
Commanders Shift, Fill Positions
The Washington Commanders announced today that Tavita Pritchard has been named the team’s quarterbacks coach. Ken Zampese who served as the quarterbacks’ coach from 2020-22 will move to the role of senior offensive advisor/game management. Brent Vieselmeyer has been promoted to the role of defensive backs coach, Richard Rodgers has been promoted to the role of senior defensive assistant/safeties and Cristian Garcia has been promoted to the role of assistant defensive backs/nickels coach.