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The Scoop - Sunday December 31, 2017

Sunday December 31, 2017


Denver Broncos: Mike Klis reports that John Elway will "sleep on decision" and meet with head coach Vance Joseph in the morning. The Broncos lost to the Chiefs today, 24-27. A report from earlier today stated that Joseph "faces increasingly long odds at being retained and returning for his second season." Klis adds that the Broncos are expected to drop the "interim" title and make Bill Musgrave the team's full-time offensive coordinator in 2018.

Oakland Raiders: "Jon Gruden is going to be the next head coach of the Oakland Raiders." reports Adam Schefter.

Cincinnati Bengals: Marvin Lewis says that he would like to come back and coach the Bengals in 2018, but the situation is more complicated than that, per a tweet from Jim Owczarski. Last week, Adam Schefter reported that Lewis would not return to lead the team after a 15 year run.

Miami Dolphins: Owner Steve Ross confirms that Adam Gase, executive VP / football operations Mike Tannebaum and GM Chris Grier will all return next season. The Dolphins made the playoffs last season, Gase's first as head coach, finishing 10-6 on the year and then dropped to 6-10 this season.

Oakland Raiders: The Raiders have fired head coach Jack Del Rio. Del Rio was 25-22 in three season leading the team, including a 12-4 finish last year. Read more h

UCLA: Sources tell FootballScoop Colorado State director of player personnel Geoff Martzen has accepted the same role at UCLA. Prior to joining Mike Bobo's staff at CSU, Martzen previously served in personnel at BYU and also spent a year each at Boise State and Alabama. UCLA director of player personnel (under Jim Mora) Matt Bernstein and his staff won't be retained we are told.

Indianapolis Colts: The Colts have fired head coach Chuck Pagano, per multiple reports. Read more here.Update>> The team has now formally announced the news.


Cleveland Browns: Owner Jimmy Haslam reiterated after Sunday's game that Hue Jackson will return as the Browns' coach in 2018. Cleveland went 0-16 in 2017.

Houston Texans: GM Rick Smith is taking a leave of absence to help take care of his wife, Tiffany, who was recently diagnosed with breast cancer, per a tweet from Adam Schefter. Please join us in keeping the Smith's in your prayers. Update>> Smith has released a statement.

Seattle Seahawks: Pete Carroll has now responded to the rumors of his potential retirement.

Houston Texans: According to a report from Alex Marvez, head coach Bill O'Brien is planning to pitch a scenario where either he leaves, or GM Rick Smith needs to go during their scheduled meeting with Texans owner Bob McNair tomorrow. O'Brien has one year left on his contract, while Smith had his deal extended one year through the 2020 season. The Texans have won the AFC South the past two seasons before injuries to star players this year have led to a 4-11 record heading into the final game of 2017.

Lenoir Rhyne (D-II - NC): Per source, West Georgia (D-II) defensive line coach / recruiting coordinator Josh Aldridge has agreed to become the program's defensive coordinator.

Seattle Seahawks: According to Jay Glazer, head coach Pete Carroll is considering retirement. Read more on that here.

Denver Broncos: According to a tweet from Adam Schefter, head coach Vance Joseph "faces increasingly longer odds at being retained and returning for his second season." Joseph has led the team to a 5-10 mark heading into their season finale today against Kansas City.

New York Giants: Adam Schefter noted on SportsCenter this morning that a favorite for the Giants opening is Philadelphia Eagles defensive coordinator, and former Lions head coach, Jim Schwartz.

Chicago Bears: Expect the Bears to look at Saints longtime offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael as a potential head coaching candidate, per a tweet from Ian Rapoport.

Philadelphia Eagles:Adam Caplan notes to expect Eagles quarterbacks coach John Defilippo to be targeted for several teams, including the Bears, Cardinals and Colts among the possibilities. Caplan also notes that the Eagles can block him from pursuing offensive coordinator jobs while still under contract.

Trinity International (NAIA – IL): Trinity International is looking for a home game for either week 1 8/25/18 or Week 5 9/22/18 and a game for Week 1 in 2019 (8/31/19) Interested programs can contact Lamont Butler at

Virginia: Ricky Brumfield has been announced as the new special teams coordinator at Virginia after spending the last two seasons in the same capacity at UTSA.

Houston Texans: The Texans are working to retain Bill O'Brien for 2018, per a tweet from Ian Rapoport, and a meeting Monday is expected to take place to "work out the issues." Adam Schefter is also reporting the same.

Detroit Lions: Head coach Jim Caldwell is expected to coach his last game on Sunday, according to a tweet from Ian Rapoport. Rap adds to keep an eye on Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia, whose hire would allow the Lions to keep the offensive staff mostly intact.

Chicago Bears: John Fox is expected to be let go following their game today, Ian Rapoport tweets. Rapoport adds that GM Ryan Pace will lead the search for a new coach and that team president Ted Phillips has already been doing work behind the scenes on prospective candidates, including current Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio.

Green Bay Packers: Defensive coordinator Dom Capers, who has been with the team since 2009, is not expected to return, according to a tweet from Adam Schefter this morning.

Baltimore Ravens: Defensive coordinator Dean Pees is expected to retire after the season, Adam Schefter reports. Pees is 68 and has served as defensive coordinator for the Patriots, Michigan State, Toledo, Miami (OH) and Findlay (D-II - OH) during his coaching career, with one head coaching stop at Kent State from 1998-2003.

Arizona Cardinals: Adam Schefter is reporting that Bruce Arians is likely coaching his last game today and is "likely to step away from coaching," and has not informed the Cardinals of his official plans yet.

Dallas Cowboys:Ian Rapoport reports that Jason Garrett "still has the support of the front office, and a firm grasp on his job," but with expiring contracts on his coaching staff, the Cowboys could see significant coaching turnover among the coordinators and assistant coaches.

Indanapolis Colts: The Colts are expected to part ways with head coach Chuck Pagano after six seasons, per a tweet from Adam Schefter.

Head coaching changes: 2017-18 NFL & college head coaching changes