With the University of Texas announcing that long-time head coach Mack Brown will resign from his position, speculation regarding a replacement for what many consider as the one of the best head coaching jobs in the country has produced a lot NFL names so far.
49ers HC Jim Harbaugh and Steelers HC Mike Tomlin have already been floated as potential targets for Texas, but Mike Silver of the NFL Network reported early Friday morning that Harbaugh has no interest in leaving San Francisco.
- Instead, Harbaugh is expected to discuss a long-term deal with the 49ers at some point during the offseason.
- Ian Rapoport reports that sources close to Tomlin mentioned that the idea of leaving for Texas is “absurd.”
ESPN’s Chris Mortensen (via Pro Football Talk) mentioned that Texas could reach to Packers HC Mike McCarthy, Seahawks HC Pete Carroll, and Eagles HC Chip Kelly at some point.
Mortensen added that an Eagles spokesman “laughed off” the suggestion that Kelly could depart for the Texas job.
Packers beat reporter Jason Wilde mentions that he has a hard time believing McCarthy would interview or take the job, but wouldn’t completely rule it out. McCarthy does have a house in Austin, Texas, but has a plenty of job security and a star quarterback in Green Bay.
The same can be said of Carroll who is currently the head coach of, arguably, the best team in the NFL.
There is no question that there will be more rumors and speculation circulating in the coming weeks involving NFL coaches. We’ll have more as the news is available.