Above are the poll results from a Jan. 6 poll that asked Tennessee Titans enthusiasts whether they preferred Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden or defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer as the man to replace Mike Munchak as head coach. One can vote in that poll HERE.
A third consecutive sub-par showing from Andy Dalton has seemed to work against Gruden, at least in the fan’s view. Not to the Washington Redskins. On Jan. 8, Gruden agreed to become the Redskins head coach. Zimmer continues to interview and is considered among the top candidates to land the Minnesota Vikings’ job.
There are a lot of available candidates out there. Coaches looking for their first opportunities (e.g. Darrell Bevell, Dan Quinn, Rich Bisaccia) and coaches hoping to get another crack at it (e.g. Jim Caldwell). Expect interviews to go on at least through the end of this week.
What may dictate the longevity of the coaching search is how long the Seattle Seahawks remain in the playoffs. If general manager Ruston Webster, who has Seahawks roots, wants Bevell and Quinn, he may need to wait until after the conference championships. On Jan. 10, the Seahawks will open their playoff schedule with a divisional playoff game against the New Orleans Saints.