The names are flying around like confetti: Rex Ryan, Adam Gase, Josh McDaniels, Don Quinn, Darrell Bevell, Pete Carmichael, Hue Jassolle, Pep Hamilton, even crypt-keepers Mike Shanahan (and his son Kyle) and once and future past OC Mike Holmgren, Not to mention Fangio, Tomsula, and even Greg (urk) Roman as the internal candidates.
If they do go internal, which is a possibility, I’d tap Fangio. His job of holding together a defense riddled by injuries was above reproach. He also did more than his share to keep this team in a lot of games that could have definitely been losses if not for the stellar defense.
Lots of people out there are pooh-poohing the idea that anyone on the outside would even bother to want to get near this front office, but the reality is, this team has a lot of talent, and there are a lot of guys like Gase who would take the shot regardless of what the perception is with the front office. How he would be as a HC? Who knows?
All I know is I want a coach that can develop a cogent and fluid offense that can sustain drives and score in the red zone. I guess asking for a team that doesn’t burn all their time outs 10 minutes into the first quarter might be too much to ask for.