This go around will focus on the top coaching candidates. There are some obvious candidates that I think everyone would want but knowing our luck we won't have a shot at. Anyways, on to the candidates:
Please let the dream come true:
Ben Johnson (OC, DET) - Aside from Steichen last year, Ben was the next fan favorite candidate for the job. His body of work speaks for itself and hopefully we can get him to at least commit to an interview this time around. Johnson will have the pick of the litter this year as he's primed as a lock for a HC job.
Lock for a HC job:
Ejiro Evero (DC, CAR) - Well, guess what? I believe Evero is a lock to be a head coach next year. The question is whether the Panthers choose to keep him or if he even chooses to stay in this sh$tshow since he's already seen behind the curtains. Most Carolina fans won't want another defensive head coach but honestly I don't care if the head coach is defensive or offensive as long as they can lead the team, create a winning culture and bring in smart coordinators then I'm game.
The Next Best OCs:
Brian Johnson (PHI) - So we missed out on Steichen but we may have a shot at his bridesmaid. Brian took over the OC reins after Steichen and Philly really hasn't missed a beat. Johnson has worked closely with Hurts who, like our own Bryce Young, was an Alabama QB that initially struggled. With Hurts' rise to stardom the hope is Brian can do the same for our beleaguered QB.
Frank Smith (MIA) - Sticking with the theme of guys helping Alabama QBs play better, Smith is next for being a part of the Dolphins offense the is one of the most exciting and interesting in the league. From the play concepts to helping Tua become an MVP candidate, hopefully Smith could bring McDaniels' knowledge and style to Carolina. If he's as funny as McDaniels in interviews then all the better.
Mike Kafka (NYG) - Mike was on the coaching lists last year but didn't land a head job. In his first year with New York he elevated Daniel Jones's play so much that NY game Jones a ridiculous extension. This year hasn't gone as well but he's still a guy to look at.
Brian Callahan (CIN) - By all accounts Callahan is a very smart and experienced offensive coach. He relates well to players and has learned from some of the best coaches. Personally, I don't know much about him but in the past couple seasons at Cincinnati their offense has improved.
Other Top OCs who I'm kind of over at this point: Todd Monken (BAL), Eric Bieniemy (WAS), Kellen Moore (LAC), Jim Bob Cooter (IND), Ken Dorsey would have been here but he just Panthered his chance away
Aaron Glenn (DET) - He in his own right demands respective in Detroit even though Dan Campbell is the emotional tone-setter. Glenn has worked for Parcells back in the day. Being in Detroit he also has access to some good offensive minds in Ben Johnson as well as others on staff. He also has ties to Sean Payton and Kyle Shanahan.
Sean Desai (PHI) - Desai took over in Philly this year for Jonathan Gannon who went to coach the Cardinals. Desai has spent time under Vic Fangio and Pete Carroll. Like Glenn, he's part of a team that has some good offensive minds too and could very well be able to bring some with him as a head coach. First preference of Philly coordinators for me will still be Ben though.
Welcome back to the NFL:
Jim Harbaugh (HC, Michigan) - Given the trouble at Michigan it might be time for Jim to move back to the NFL. We reached out last year and talked to him and we may do it again. Not sure how I feel about Harbaugh. I do think he's a good coach and kind of got screwed over in San Francisco. I think he'd make the team more disciplined but is he just a better version of Steve Wilks?
I really won't expand on these coaches as none are intriguing to me but the possibilities range from Bill O'Brien, Matt Nagy to Brain Flores, Raheem Morris and Dan Quinn
Long Shots/Keep an eye on:
Bobby Slowik (OC, HOU), Rich Bisaccia (STC, GB), Joe Brady (OC, BUF), Duce Staley (Asst HC, CAR), Derrick Ansley (DC, LAC)
Again, sound off in the comments!