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this would be the order I would put the HC candidates, in order of probability: (from most probable to least)

1 Leslie Frazier: A very good DC with Tony Dungy lineage. He has been around and has held DC as well as HC positions. He is a quiet-type that commands respect from his players. He drastically improved the Vikings' Defense in only one season.

2 Steve Spagnuolo: An excellent DC in the Johnson mold. He also commands his players' respect with a family-like approach. He is an excellent communicator and gets the most out of his players.

3 Mike Singletary: This is the "thinking out of the box" candidate. His lack of DC experience is compensated by his old school work ethic and organizational skills. He is another candidate that commands respect and is an excellent teacher.

4 Mike Smith: Another old school guy. He is quiet and thorough. He has done a fantastic job in Jax and deserves a HC position. He will get a job soon.

5 Kirk Ferentz: He is a college coach with solid NFL experience. Personally, I don't want him, but he is a darkhorse candidate, considering his Pioli connection.

6 Ron Rivera: This guy can coach. He may not interview well, but he can deliver. He should have gotten HC offers, but something behind the scenes is holding him back.

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It comes down to availability. It just happens that this year's crop is heavy with defensive coaches. McDaniels and Garrett are not ready.

Hopefully, we can land one of the defensive guys and hire Hue Jackson to run the O. I happen to think that Jackson is a rising star. He could put himself in a very good position if he handles this offense for two to three seasons.

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bgarcia28 (1/19/2008)
It comes down to availability. It just happens that this year's crop is heavy with defensive coaches. McDaniels and Garrett are not ready.

Hopefully, we can land one of the defensive guys and hire Hue Jackson to run the O. I happen to think that Jackson is a rising star. He could put himself in a very good position if he handles this offense for two to three seasons.

It is tough to find someone that is close to 50-50. Guys that fit that mold are recycled HC's. Marty fits that mold, as does Reeves. The young HC candidates come from one discipline or another. It doesn't mean that the team will be slanted towards D or O; HC's understand the value of a balanced team.

I am still giving Frazier the edge with Spagnuolo as a close second.

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Marty has a great record, but his age is a factor. I would prefer to hire a younger guy that is more likely to stay with the team for the long haul. The other major factor against Marty is his need for total control. I don't think that he has the personnel accumen to take that role.

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somecut8 (1/20/2008)
I'll take you on and my list goes like so:

1) Mike Smith

2) Steve Spagnuolo

3) Rex Ryan

4) Leslie Frazier

5) Schwartz

Mike Smith is a solid candidate, but I am getting the feeling that Frazier is rising to the top. I suspect that TD is talking to several people around the league and to Frazier's past co-workers. If LF's character and leadership skills check out, I suspect that he will be our next HC.

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