NFC Rumors: Bears, Buccaneers, Eagles, Packers


  • According to Ian Rapoport, it wouldn’t be a surprise to sources in Chicago if the Bears fired HC John Fox in the coming weeks.
  • Rapoport says that the Bears are currently doing their homework on potential head-coaching candidates.


Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk reports that the current thinking regarding the Buccaneers is that Jason Licht will remain in place as the team’s GM but HC Dirk Koetter will be replaced after the season, possibly by Jon Gruden.

  • Ian Rapoport confirms that Buccaneers HC Dirk Koetter is on the hot seat just two years into his tenure.
  • Rapoport mentions that a number of factors including some locker room unrest and his relationship with QB Jameis Winston have all contributed to what has been a very disappointing season for Tampa Bay.
  • There continues to be talk that Jon Gruden is the guy to watch for the Buccaneers. (NFLTR)


  • Jason La Canfora reports that the Eagles are among the teams that could end up losing multiple coaches during the upcoming coaching cycle.
  • According to La Canfora, the Eagles could be most “thoroughly picked through” team once coaching moves are finalized.
  • Eagles DC Jim Schwartz is reportedly viewed by many as the top defensive coach available.
  • Meanwhile, Eagles offensive coordinator Frank Reich should be on teams’ radar after what he’s done with Carson Wentz and he has already garnered head-coaching interest from both pro and college teams.
  • La Canfora adds that Eagles quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo is also a name to watch for available positions.


  • Tom Pelissero of reports that Bears DC Vic Fangio, who will be a free agent in the coming weeks, is a “logical candidate” to join the Packers if Dom Capers doesn’t return.
  • Ian Rapoport reports that Packers RB Aaron Jones will undergo an MRI but his knee injury isn’t believed to be serious.
  • The Packers are still awaiting word on OT Jason Spriggs and TE Richard Rodgers, according to Rapoport.

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