20 head coaching possibilities for 2016

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Nov 22, 2015; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins interim head coach Dan Campbell looks on from the sideline during the second half against the Dallas Cowboys at Sun Life Stadium. The Cowboys won 24-14. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

The Miami Dolphins are not the only ones who will be looking for a new head coach this off-season. 20 coaches are primed to make the jump either back into the NFL, back to being a head coach in the NFL, or getting that coveted promotion to a head coach.

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The question is of course, who are those coaches?

After you peruse the coaching list the next logical question is what teams will be looking for one? We know that there is a huge likelihood that the Indianapolis Colts could be looking for a new head coach. Chuck Pagano has run out of steam in Indianapolis and owner Jim Irsay is tired of waiting. Joining the Colts could be seven other teams who could be axing their current coach at season’s end.

In San Diego, Mike McCoy could be on his way out although with all the injuries sustained by the Chargers this year, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him stay for one more season. McCoy became a head coach the same year Joe Philbin was hired in Miami. Another coach from that same season could be Rams head man Jeff Fisher. Fisher may get fired or he may ask for his release. With the team likely to move to L.A. the question of whether Fisher wants to remain with the team is real. To say nothing of the team’s record since he arrived.

In San Francisco it’s likely a one and done for Jim Tomsula and Cleveland is likely to fire Mike Pettine after the season. In Detroit Jim Caldwell is likely gone and there is talk that despite Jerry Jones’ confidence, Jason Garrett could also be on the unemployment line. Then there are two other coaches who could find themselves traded or out of a job.

Sean Payton has been a popular name in coaching trade rumors, specifically the Dolphins and that’s not likely going to end any time soon. In Baltimore, John Harbaugh could be another coach who might be looking for greener pastures. Harbaugh, it’s been reported in the past, wants more control over his roster. Currently Ozzie Newsome makes all player decisions. There has been reported tension in the building as a result.

After those 10 coaches, yes 10 coaches including Miami’s situation, other teams may take a long look at their current coaching situation. Is Jay Gruden going to be out in Washington? What about Mike Mularkey, another interim head coach in Tennessee? Chip Kelly says he isn’t going anywhere but it may not be his decision to make. Will Tom Coughlin be back for another season if they miss the playoffs?

Some of these coaches obviously won’t go anywhere. But there is a big chunk of names that very well could be looking for work. And each of those coaches fired will leave a team searching for a replacement. Here are 20 coaches who could be in line for one of those jobs, in no particular order.

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