Chicago Bears Chairman George McCaskey retained general manager Ryan Pace and coach Matt Nagy for the 2021 season despite many fans’ calls for change following a second straight 8-8 regular season.
But several other teams decided to shake up their front offices and coaching staffs. Here are the GM and head coach moves other NFL teams have made this offseason.
Who’s out: The Falcons fired general manager Thomas Dimitroff and coach Dan Quinn in October.
Who’s in: The Falcons announced former Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator Arthur Smith as their new head coach on Jan. 16 and named Terry Fontenot, the former New Orleans Saints vice president/assistant general manager for pro personnel, their new general manager on Jan. 19.
Notable: Fontenot, 40, spent 18 years with the Saints, starting with them as a marketing intern and also working under Pace before Pace left for the Bears. He is the first Black general manager in Falcons history and one of four in the NFL in 2021. Bears pass game coordinator Dave Ragone and running backs coach Charles London are rumored to be candidates to join Smith’s staff.
Who’s out: The Panthers fired general manager Marty Hurney but kept coach Matt Rhule.
Who’s in: Scott Fitterer, the former Seahawks vice president of football operations, was hired Jan. 14 to be the new GM.
Notable: Panthers owner David Tepper told reporters he and Rhule wanted a GM who was more data-driven, according to ESPN. Fitterer, a former quarterback, was a minor-league pitcher in the Toronto Blue Jays organization before he returned to football. He had been with the Seahawks since 2001.
Who’s out: John Elway announced in early January he would remain Broncos president of football operations, but was seeking to hire a general manager to oversee the personnel and football departments.
Who’s in: The Broncos hired longtime Minnesota Vikings executive George Paton.
Notable: Paton started his career with the Bears as an intern before he became a pro scout and then was the assistant director of pro personnel under Rick Spielman in Chicago. Paton was with the Vikings for 14 seasons.
Who’s out: The Lions fired general manager Bob Quinn and coach Matt Patricia in November.
Who’s in: Brad Holmes, the Los Angeles Rams director of college scouting, became the new GM on Jan. 14, and Saints assistant head coach/tight ends coach Dan Campbell joined the Lions as their new head coach Jan. 20.
Notable: Campbell was a tight end for 10 years in the NFL with the New York Giants, Dallas Cowboys and Lions. He has coached in the league since 2010, with his only head coaching stint when he filled in as interim head coach for 12 games with the Miami Dolphins after Joe Philbin was fired in 2015.
Who’s out: The Texans fired general manager and head coach Bill O’Brien in October.
Who’s in: After 20 seasons with the New England Patriots, most recently as their director of player personnel, Nick Caserio agreed to become the Texans GM. The head coaching search is ongoing.
Notable: Caserio enters a shaky situation with the Texans, with ESPN reporting quarterback Deshaun Watson’s displeasure with the hiring process. That has fueled speculation that Watson could force a trade heading into the 2021 season.
Who’s out: The Jaguars fired GM Dave Caldwell in November and later fired coach Doug Marrone at the end of a 1-15 season — the worst in franchise history.
Who’s in: On Jan. 14, the Jaguars hired former Florida and Ohio State coach Urban Meyer to replace Marrone. They also promoted Trent Baalke, who joined the team in 2020 as the director of player personnel, from interim general manager.
Notable: Jaguars owner Shad Khan said Meyer and Baalke will report to him, though Meyer is expected to determine the vision for the roster. Baalke was the San Francisco 49ers GM for six seasons, including 2011-13, when they made the NFC Championship game for three straight years under Jim Harbaugh and lost in Super Bowl XLVII. But Baalke also fired Harbaugh.
Los Angeles Chargers
Who’s out: The Chargers fired coach Anthony Lynn after they went 7-9 in his fourth season.
Who’s in: Rams defensive coordinator Brandon Staley was announced as the Chargers new head coach on Jan. 17.
Notable: Staley has made a rapid climb up the NFL ranks after starting as Bears outside linebackers coach in 2017 and 2018. He left the next offseason to follow Vic Fangio to the Broncos and then became the Rams defensive coordinator in 2020, when he directed the top defense in the league in several categories. His hiring will affect the Bears because defensive line coach Jay Rodgers is expected to leave Chicago to join Staley’s new staff.
New York Jets
Who’s out: The Jets fired coach Adam Gase after they went 2-14 in his second season.
Who’s in: On Jan. 14, the Jets hired 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh.
Notable: Saleh, 41, has coached in the NFL since 2005, the last four seasons with the 49ers. He helped the San Francisco defense become a top-five unit in several categories to fuel their run to the Super Bowl last season. Gase, the former Bears offensive coordinator for one season, was fired from his second head coaching job in five seasons (he spent three seasons with the Miami Dolphins).
Who’s out: The Eagles fired coach Doug Pederson on Jan. 11.
Who’s in: The Eagles are hiring Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Nick Sirianni, according to ESPN on Jan. 21.
Notable: Pederson was just three years removed from leading the Eagles to their only Super Bowl championship after quarterback Nick Foles replaced an injured Carson Wentz. But Wentz and the offense regressed badly in a 4-11-1 season in 2020, and there reportedly were disagreements between owner Jeffrey Lurie and Pederson about the right path forward. Sirianni has worked in the NFL since 2009 with the Chiefs, Chargers and Colts, including the last three seasons as the Colts offensive coordinator.
Washington Football Team
Who’s out: Nobody. Washington didn’t have a general manager alongside coach Ron Rivera in 2020, but opted to bring one in this season.
Who’s in: After the Panthers fired him, Marty Hurney signed on to be the WFT GM.
Notable: Hurney rejoined Rivera, with whom he worked over two separate stints as general manager in Carolina. He has 15 years of experience as a GM.