NFL Rumors Roundup: Lions May Promote Defensive Coordinator, Jon Gruden Latest & More

The NFL regular season is over after a Sunday jam-packed with 16 games. The Monday after the regular season ends is known as "Black Monday" and several coaches have already been given the ax with the Detroit Lions firing head coach Jim Caldwell and the Chicago Bears parting with John Fox after both Jack Del Rio and Chuck Pagano were fired yesterday by the Oakland Raiders and Indianapolis Colts, respectively. Elsewhere, Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians is retiring, creating another opening, while the Denver Broncos have decided to retain head coach Vance Joseph.

Still, despite all of that movement, there are several other off-field happenings around the league. Here are the latest news & rumors you need to know:

Jon Gruden latest
Oakland has turned their full attention to former head coach and current ESPN analyst Jon Gruden, and he's expected to take the job, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

"Jon Gruden is the going to be the next coach of the Raiders," ESPN's Adam Schefter said on SportsCenter Sunday night. "Not a question of if but when."

Oakland's offer to Gruden is expected to include an ownership stake in the team, and the Raiders are confident he'll take the job. However, he is staying with ESPN to call the Kansas City Chiefs vs. Tennessee Titans playoff game on Saturday.

Lions may promote defensive coordinator Teryl Austin to head coach
Lions defensive coordinator Teryl Austin has been a candidate for several other head coaching vacancies each of the past few offseasons, and now, he's interviewing to be the head man in Detroit, according to ESPN's Josina Anderson.

The Lions are also planning to interview Texans defensive coordinator Mike Vrabel and Panthers defensive coordinator and assistant head coach Steve Wilks.

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Texans GM Rick Smith to take year off
Houston Texans general manager Rick Smith is taking a leave of absence to care for his wife as he goes through breast cancer treatments, and he is planning to miss the entire year. As such, he said he's fine if owner Bob McNair hires another GM.

“That’s not up to me, that’s up to Mr. McNair.”

Smith is also the team's executive vice president and is under contract through the 2020 season.

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