- Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports writes that Vikings OC Pat Shurmur is the candidate under the spotlight tonight, as a loss by Minnesota could lead to him landing a head-coaching job with either the Giants or Cardinals at some point in the near future.
- La Canfora says he would put his money on Shurmur ending up with the Giants.
- If the Cardinals end up losing out on Shurmur, La Canfora expects Eagles DC Jim Schwartz, Steelers OL coach Mike Munchak and Panthers DC Steve Wilks to all get serious consideration for the job.
- A report from earlier in the day said that the Giants could move quickly to hire Shurmur as their next head coach if the Vikings lose, so this doesn’t come as a big surprise. (NFLTR)
- Jason La Canfora writes that the next step for Eagles QBs coach John DeFilippo should involve him calling plays for some team.
- While it wouldn’t necessarily be a bad thing for DeFilippo to return to the Eagles for the 2018 season, La Canfora mentions that he’ll be behind Doug Pederson and Frank Reich in the pecking order and won’t be in position to call plays anytime soon.
- If Panthers DC Steve Wilks lands a head-coaching job, La Canfora expects him to have DeFilippo as his top choice to be his offensive coordinator.
- Jason La Canfora doesn’t understand why the Seahawks wait until after this weekend before deciding to hire Brian Schottenheimer (NFLTR) as their new offensive coordinator.
- La Canfora mentions that Steelers OC Todd Haley and Eagles QBs coach John DeFilippo could both have been available to interview for the position.
- Bob Condotta isn’t sure that re-signing either TE Jimmy Graham or WR Paul Richardson will be a huge priority for the Seahawks.
- Interestingly enough, Condotta says that no one thinks Graham even wants to come back to Seattle.
- We have both of them featured in our Top 100 – 2018 NFL Free Agents list.
Update: The Titans have reportedly offered HC Mike Mularkey an extension, which assures he’ll be back for the 2018 season. (NFLTR)
- On Sunday, Titans HC Mike Mularkey told reporters that Titans TE Jonnu Smith tore his MCL, but he should be okay for offseason workouts. (Cameron Wolfe)
- Regarding the recent report that his coaching staff isn’t sure if he will be back next year, despite the vote of confidence from ownership, Mularkey said that this would be a policy violation: “If that’s a true statement, yes. But I question it.” (Paul Kuharsky)
- As of now, Mularkey says he has not spoken to DC Dick LeBeau about whether he’d like to return for the 2018 season. (Jason Wolf)
- According to Mularkey, he does not anticipate making any staff changes at this time. (Jim Wyatt)