A lot of talk about what kind of coach the Panthers should hire (if Rivera is out).
Let's look at where the rest of the league is.
First off, offense vs defense:
SPECIAL TEAMS COACHES:
Next question...What were they doing before they were hired for their current job?
NFL DEFENSIVE COORDINATORS (10)
NFL OFFENSIVE COORDINATORS (7)
NFL HEAD COACHES (5)
Andy Reid (formerly a Quarterback Coach)
Jeff Fisher (former Defensive Coordinator)
John Fox (former Defensive Coordinator)
Mike Shanahan (former Offensive Coordinator)
Tom Coughlin (former College Head Coach, NFL position coach)
NFL POSITION COACHES (3)
COLLEGE HEAD COACHES (5)
John Harbaugh (NFL Special Teams Coach)
Marc Trestman (CFL Head Coach)
- Bill Belichick had been both an NFL head coach and a defensive coordinator before becoming coach of the Patriots.
- Bruce Arians was an interim head coach while Chuck Pagano was ill, but his official position was still as an OC.
- Tom Coughlin and Jim Harbaugh both had experience coaching in the NFL before getting their college head coaching jobs.
- Likewise, Pete Carroll had been an NFL head coach twice as well as a very successful defensive coordinator before coaching USC.
- John Harbaugh has experience coaching in all phases of the game, but made his name in the pros coaching special teams.
- Marc Trestman had several years experience as an offensive coach in the NFL before going to Canada.
And finally, let's take a look at who's been competing in - and winning - the big game over the last decade:
2013 - John Harbaugh defeated Jim Harbaugh
2012 - Tom Coughlin defeated Bill Belichick
2011 - Mike McCarthy defeated Mike Tomlin
2010 - Sean Payton defeated Tony Dungy
2009 - Mike Tomlin defeated Ken Whisenhunt
2008 - Tom Coughlin defeated Bill Belichick
2007 - Tony Dungy defeated Lovie Smith
2006 - Mike Tomlin defeated Mike Holmgren
2005 - Bill Belichick defeated Andy Reid
2004 - Bill Belichick defeated John Fox
2003 - Jon Gruden defeated Bill Callahan
2002 - Bill Belichick defeated Dick Vermeil
2001 - Brian Billick defeated Jim Fassel
2000 - Dick Vermeil defeated Jeff Fisher
Breaking it down...
Numbers tell you the best position to get an NFL head coaching job from is still a pro coordinator (DCs beat OCs by a narrow margin). Guys like Nick Saban, Bobby Petrino and Steve Spurrier made it tough for college coaches to get a look for a while there. Jim Harbaugh and Pete Carroll may be helping rebuild their image, though truthfully, it's kind of a misnomer to refer to Pete Carroll as a college coach. He had loads of experience as an NFL coach (including two head coaching stints) but his rep had taken a hit before he did some image rehab at USC.
Harbaugh and Coughlin aren't exactly pure college coaches either. Coughlin was a pro position coach before going to Boston College. Harbaugh had a few years on the Raiders staff, but was a pro player for way longer than he was a pro coach (his last year was with the Panthers). Doug Marrone and Greg Schiano have pro experience too: Schiano spent three years as a Chicago Bears defensive assistant (Ron Rivera was also on staff for the last two of those) and Doug Marrone had a three year stint as OC for the New Orleans Saints.
The only pure college coach on the list: Chip Kelly, whose grade so far is most definitely an incomplete.