NFL head coaching hires for every team with an opening in 2024

Firing season may be winding down in the NFL.

But hiring season is kicking into gear.

As the NFL Playoffs loomed, eight teams were looking for a new head coach. While there may be some surprises still in store, based on how the playoffs unfold, at least a quarter of the league is looking for a new head coach.

One of those teams? The New England Patriots. They parted ways with legendary head coach Bill Belichick, announcing the decision on Thursday. However, the Patriots had a clear succession plan in place, and were the first team to announce a new head coach.

Here are all the head coach hirings, starting with the new leader in Foxborough.

New England Patriots hire Jerod Mayo

As noted above, the Patriots became the first team to name a new head coach, with the news on Friday that Jerod Mayo would be stepping into the role vacated by Belichick:

Mayo was viewed by many as the top internal option to replace Belichick, and it seems the team agreed. Word broke on Thursday evening that when the organization reworked Mayo’s contract with the team prior to the 2023 season, they contractually established the defensive coach as Belichick’s successor:

Now, Mayo takes over. The former Patriots linebacker has spent his entire NFL career in New England, when he was drafted in the first round by the Patriots in the 2008 NFL Draft. His eight-year career in New England as a player ended after the 2015 season, and he returned to the organization in 2019 as their inside linebackers coach, a role he held until his promotion to head coach.

Las Vegas Raiders are sticking with Antonio Pierce

The interim tag is no more for Antonio Pierce.

According to multiple reports, the Las Vegas Raiders are finalizing a deal to make Pierce the 23rd head coach in franchise history:

After the Raiders started 3-5 this season under Josh McDaniels, their playoff hopes seemed far-fetched, and McDaniels was out of a job. But under Pierce the Raiders went 5-4, and fought back into playoff contention before being eliminated.

This was a move that many, from Maxx Crosby to us here at SB Nation, were hoping to see.

Tennessee Titans are hiring Brian Callahan

The latest move? The Tennessee Titans are reportedly hiring Brian Callahan as their next head coach. Callahan was meeting with Titans leadership on Monday for a second interview, and are not “letting him out of the building,” according to Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network:

Callahan started his coaching career as a coaching assistant with the Denver Broncos in 2010, and then spent two years as a quality control assistant and then two more as an offensive assistant. He joined the Lions as a quarterbacks coach in 2016, serving in that capacity for two seasons. Callahan then spent a season with the Raiders as their QB coach, before joining the Bengals as their offensive coordinator in 2019, the role he now vacates in Cincinnati.

During his NFL journey, Callahan has worked with quarterback from Peyton Manning to Joe Burrow.

What are the other NFL head coach openings?

Seattle Seahawks

Pete Carroll is out, and a new era begins

Carolina Panthers

Hey, it can’t get any worse than the Frank Reich era! Can it?

Washington Commanders

New ownership has money, and the team is picking No. 2 in the 2024 NFL Draft. It’s not going to be an overnight fix in Washington, but there’s upside here.

Atlanta Falcons

Arthur Smith was bad in such a unique way. Goal No. 1 for a new Falcons coach: get the ball to Kyle Pitts, Bijan Robinson, and Drake London. Oh, and maybe figure out a better QB situation.

Los Angeles Chargers

No team with a head coach opening offers a better QB situation than the Chargers do with Justin Herbert. While following a legend like Bill Belichick feels like an impossible task, it should be a pretty low bar to clear to follow Brandon Staley with the Chargers.

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