Coaching Searches Can Accelerate Now That Sparano, Garrett and Caldwell Are Available

A few head coaching searches around the league should be able to move forward and perhaps be resolved now that the Dallas Cowboys and Indianapolis Colts have been eliminated from the playoffs, making three coveted assistants--offensive coordinator Jason Garrett and offensive line coach Tony Sparano of the Cowboys and quarterbacks coach Jim Caldwell of the Colts--available to be hired.

Sparano is regarded as the favorite to be hired as the Miami Dolphins' coach. He worked for Dolphins front office czar Bill Parcells when Parcells was the Cowboys' head coach. The Dolphins also have interviewed defensive coordinators Leslie Frazier of the Minnesota Vikings and Rex Ryan of the Baltimore Ravens. They're scheduled to interview Tennessee Titans defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz and Jacksonville Jaguars assistant head coach Mike Tice, the former head coach of the Vikings, today.

Sparano, Garrett and Caldwell all interviewed with both the Atlanta Falcons and Baltimore Ravens. Caldwell is thought to be among the front-runners in Atlanta, and the Falcons should be able to move forward now that they've hired former New England Patriots scouting executive Tom Dimitroff as their general manager. Both Caldwell and Garrett could receive strong consideration in Baltimore, and Caldwell and Colts defensive coordinator Ron Meeks could be candidates for the Washington Redskins.

Caldwell also is the likely replacement for Tony Dungy in Indianapolis if Dungy retires as the Colts' coach. Dungy said after Sunday's loss to the San Diego Chargers in an AFC semifinal that he planned to discuss his coaching future with his wife and Colts owner Jim Irsay in the coming days.

By Mark Maske |  January 14, 2008; 11:50 AM ET  | Category:  Colts , Cowboys , Dolphins , Falcons , Ravens , Redskins
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