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NFL coaching carousel keeps spinning

The past two weeks are a blur of teams hiring and firing coaching staffs.

The most notable change is in Denver. John Fox and the team mutually decided to part ways after the team lost in the divisional round of the playoffs.

The Broncos turned to a former quarterback and coach, Gary Kubiak, to lead them to another Super Bowl. Kubiak spent the last year as offensive coordinator of the Baltimore Ravens. Prior to Baltimore, he was head coach of the Houston Texans for eight seasons.

Kubiak played quarterback for the Broncos from 1983-91 and was offensive coordinator from 1995-2005, including the two Super Bowl wins in 1997-98.

John Elway, who has a strong connection with Kubiak, announced the hiring on Jan. 19 and introduced him at a press conference the next day.
John Fox, the man Kubiak replaced, takes over in Chicago. Fox was introduced in a press conference on Jan 19.

New Chicago GM Ryan Pace contacted Fox only hours after Denver announced he wouldn’t be staying with the team.

Fox will look to repeat the quick success he had in Denver, where he led a 4-12 team to a division championship the next year and a Super Bowl appearance in 2014.

Rex Ryan was named the head coach of the Buffalo Bills on Jan. 12 after being fired by the New York Jets.

The Bills job opened after head coach Doug Marrone opted out of his contract with the team. Buffalo hired a familiar personality from the division rival Jets.

Ryan takes over a defense that he feels is stronger than the one he left in New York. He will have to find a quarterback, something he failed to do with the Jets.

The Jets replaced Ryan with the defensive minded Todd Bowles. Bowles was the defensive coordinator for the Arizona Cardinals for the last two years.

The Cardinals allowed the fifth fewest points in the NFL during that time. The Jets will expect the same success without the media circus Rex Ryan created.

The Oakland Raiders also hired a defensive coach in Jack Del Rio.

Del Rio is the former defensive coordinator of the Broncos after nine seasons as the head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars. Jacksonville went 68-71 with two playoff appearances under Del Rio.

The San Francisco 49ers replaced the departed Jim Harbaugh with one of their own. Jim Tomsula was promoted from defensive line coordinator to head coach.

The 49ers introduced Tomsula on Jan. 15.

The only team without a head coach is the Atlanta Falcons. The lead candidate on their wishlist is Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn, but nothing can be made official until after the Super Bowl.

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