NFL Coaching Vacancies and Potential Replacements

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Black Monday in the NFL is always a sad to watch as head coaches are fired from their jobs that they worked their entire life to get to. This year is no different, as five coaches have already been relieved of their duties, and it now appears that six head-coaching jobs will need to be filled over the next month.

Most teams that are going to make changes have already fired their head coaches, general managers and staff. Finding replacements quickly is key now so they can prepare for the NFL combine, draft and coming year.

Here’s the latest of who’s out and who’s safe:

Dec 15, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns head coach Rob Chudzinski against the Chicago Bears during the second quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ron Schwane-USA TODAY Sports

Rob Chudzinski of the Cleveland Browns

Candidates to replace him: Patriots OC Josh McDaniels Broncos OC Adam Gase; Seahawks DC Dan Quinn

According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the Browns “are pushing to interview Patriots OC Josh McDaniels, but with the Patriots’ season still alive at least until Jan. 11, the Browns won’t be able to interview McDaniels until Jan. 5.

McDaniels is from Ohio, but he rejected interest from the Browns last year, but’s Albert Breer now reports the Pats have given the Browns permission to interview McDaniels.

Tom Brady won one of his two MVP awards and has had his best years under McDaniels, who was also the offensive coordinator during the Patriots’ historic 2007 season, when Brady threw a then-record 50 TD passes.

Since McDaniels returned as the Pats OC last season, throwing for more than 9,000 yards, 59 touchdowns and just 19 interceptions over the last two seasons.

The rumblings continues to suggest the Browns job is McDaniels if he wants it.