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  1. 1. Who do you want as the next HC

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Teryl Austin

It's rare for an assistant to spend one year as a coordinator and then jump up to the big chair, but that's exactly what could happen with Detroit's Teryl Austin. Like Mike Tomlin in 2006, Austin took over a defense that was talent-rich but leadership-poor and molded it into an elite unit. The Lions were by far the best team in the league at stopping the run, and were far better against the pass than expected.

Strengths: Austin specializes as a secondary doctor. He took a group that featured 34-year-old Rashean Mathis and unproven Darius Slay at corner and consistently squeezed quality play from them.

Weaknesses: While Austin has been great for the Lions, he only has one season of coordinator experience at the NFL level.

Interested teams: The Falcons have requested permission to interview Austin.

Todd Bowles

Todd Bowles earned accolades for his work as the Arizona Cardinals' defensive coordinator this season. Under Bowles' leadership, the Cards weathered a long list of injuries at every level of the defense but remained an aggressive, effective unit. They overcame the losses of players like Daryl Washington, Calais Campbell, John Abraham, Darnell Dockett and Patrick Peterson for varying lengths of time. The Cards signed Bowles to a nice extension earlier this year, so he can afford to be selective.

Strengths: Bowles' aggression is his calling card, and any potential interest should bank on a dynamic defensive-minded coach coming in to right the ship. Bowles also has previous experience as an interim coach for the Miami Dolphins and finished with a 2-1 record.

Weaknesses: The Cardinals suffered a slide at season's end, and their defense has been carved up more recently. Bowles was a much hotter name at midseason than he was after Week 17. In addition, his aggressive tendencies could keep him from looking like a mature, balanced head coach. He's interviewed and been passed over for jobs in the past.

Interested teams: The 49ers are rumored to be interested, as are the Falcons and the Jets. Bowles was a safety for the Niners in 1991.

Adam Gase

Adam Gase is the 36-year-old offensive coordinator behind Peyton Manning's Broncos. He replaced Mike McCoy two years ago when the San Diego Chargers hired McCoy to be their head coach. Denver finished first or second in scoring in each of Gase's two years calling the offense. Teams such as the Cleveland Browns approached him last offseason, but Gase elected to stay put at that time.

Strengths: Gase runs a potent offensive attack that has evolved from a pass-heavy approach to one that features C.J. Anderson and Denver's other talented tailbacks.

Weaknesses: It's unclear how much credit Gase is due for the offensive success. Manning runs the show on the field and often changes the call at the line.

Interested teams: He will interview with Bears, 49ers and Falcons on Friday and Saturday, according to Adam Schefter. Gase coached for the Niners in 2008.

Josh McDaniels

Few candidates are as polarizing as Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels. He has a track record of success as a playcaller that dates back to 2007, the year New England set every offensive record imaginable. However, McDaniels is also the guy who sank the Broncos after taking over for Mike Shanahan in 2009. Still, he has successfully rebuilt his image since returning to the Patriots and could have a more successful second chapter, à la his mentor and boss Bill Belichick.

Strengths: Tom Brady has experienced his greatest success with McDaniels calling the offense. McDaniels also has presumably learned from the mistakes he made in Denver.

Weaknesses: There were so many mistakes with the Broncos -- including a videotape scandal of his own -- he couldn't make it through two full seasons before getting fired in Week 13. Also, he drafted Tim Tebow in the first round.

Interested teams: Both the Falcons and 49ers reportedly have requested permission to interview McDaniels.

Dan Quinn

The 44-year-old defensive coordinator of the Seattle Seahawks was a popular name on the coaching carousel last season after Pete Carroll's staff held up the Lombardi Trophy. Quinn's reputation has only grown stronger after another stellar season by the Seattle defense. Michael Bennett called this year's unit "the best defense to ever play football." That line reads nicely on Quinn's résumé.

Strengths: Quinn stepped right in after Gus Bradley left for Jacksonville, and elevated the defensive rankings to league-leading status. The Seahawks led the league in points allowed (254) and yards allowed (4,274) and it wasn't even close.

Weaknesses: It's hard to top the last two years for Quinn, but his ability to serve as a franchise's point man will come into question in these interviews. Quinn was DC for the University of Florida before joining Seattle and that's it for his coordinator experience. Several other candidates will have more impressive tenures to point toward.

Interested teams: The Bears, Falcons, Jets and 49ers are all reportedly interested in Quinn as a potential head coach. Quinn was on staff for San Francisco from 2001-04 and has already interviewed for the 49ers' opening. Quinn will interview with the Jets and Bears on Friday, and then the Falcons on Saturday, per Albert Breer.

Rex Ryan

For the past six seasons, Rex Ryan has guided an often talent-poor New York Jets team to a 46-50 mark. While that record may look underwhelming, Ryan's Jets have gone 4-2 in the playoffs, including two AFC Championship appearances. Around the league, he is regarded as a premier defensive mind and a quality head coach derailed by a lackluster Jets roster.

Strengths: Ryan can manufacture ways to pressure the quarterback without elite pass rushers. For teams looking to turn around their defenses, there are few better options.

Weaknesses: Despite two opportunities to develop the team's highly drafted quarterbacks, Ryan and his staff consistently struggled to squeeze quality play out ofMark Sanchez and Geno Smith.

Interested teams: The Falcons and 49ers have requested interviews.

Jim L. Mora

The 53-year-old UCLA head coach has plenty of coaching experience at the NFL level, which is really what helped land him the Bruins gig in 2012. Prior to that, Mora had spent 25 years in the NFL in some kind of coaching capacity, mostly as a defensive coordinator or secondary coach. From 2004-06, he was the head coach of the Atlanta Falcons while compiling a 26-22 record that included an NFC Championship appearance in 2004.

After he was fired from the Falcons, Mora become an assistant head coach under Mike Holmgren with the Seattle Seahawks. Once Holmgren retired, Mora took over as head coach for the 2009 season. He went 5-11 and was fired after one year.

Strengths: Unlike most candidates, Mora actually has experience as an NFL head coach, so there should be little adjustment if he returns to the league. He has an extensive defensive background and has guided UCLA to three straight seasons of nine wins or more, the program's best three-year stretch since the late '80s.

Weaknesses: Mora has been out of the NFL for five years now, and his last stint was nothing to be proud of: A 5-11 record with the Seahawks that saw them miss the playoffs for just the second time in seven seasons. He has a 31-33 record overall in the NFL with just one postseason appearance, so the upside might not be very high with him.

Interested teams: Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reported that the Jets are looking into the buyout details of Mora's contract with UCLA. Peter King of SIreports the 49ers are interested, but no interview has been requested yet.

Jack Del Rio

Unlike many candidates on this list, Jack Del Rio has worked as a head coach before, leading the Jacksonville Jaguars from 2003-11. During that span, the Jags delivered winning records three times and an overall mark of 68-71. Del Rio has spent the spent the last three seasons in Denver building the Broncos into one of the league's better defensive teams.

Strengths: Del Rio has turned a handful of young players into defensive stars in Denver, including Von Miller and Terrance Knighton.

Weaknesses: Sustaining success was an issue for Del Rio in Jacksonville. Over the last four seasons there, the Jaguars went 23-36.

Interested teams: According to reports, the Raiders have interest in bringing in Del Rio.

Pep Hamilton

Hamilton is wrapping up his second year as offensive coordinator in Indianapolis. He joined the Colts after two successful seasons as the offensive coordinator at Stanford. He has nine years of NFL experience, having previously coached quarterbacks and wide receivers with the New York Jets, San Francisco 49ers and Chicago Bears. The Colts finished the regular season No. 6 in scoring offense and No. 3 in total yards.

Strengths: Guiding a top 10 scoring offense will always help an offensive coordinator's chances to become a head coach.The Colts improved as an offense in his second season, another selling point. Andrew Luck put up some prolific passing numbers in Hamilton's offense.

Weaknesses: Despite some success with the counting stats, Indianapolis' offense was far from the top of the league in terms of efficiency. The Colts ranked 17th in offensive DVOA, according to Football Outsiders. The rushing attack was once again a major weakness.

Interested teams: The Raiders have requested permission to interview Hamilton, according to Josina Anderson of ESPN.

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Well, all of the candidates have either been interviewed or are free to interview.

The following candidates are suddenly available:

Hue Jackson - OC, Bengals

Trey Austin _ DC, Lions

Todd Bowles - DC, Cardinals

In addition to the ones already available:

Rex Ryan - Ex, Jets

Dan Quinn - DC, Seahawks

Josh McDaniels - OC, Patriots

Doug Marrone - Ex, Bills

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