Josh McDaniels was the first name to emerge as the Seattle Seahawks search for a new offensive coordinator following the announcement that Jeremy Bates had been fired on Tuesday. McDaniels name isn't the last in what seems to be a growing list of candidates to replace Bates and lead the Seahawks offense. Two former coaches, one just days removed from leaving head coach Pete Carroll's staff, along with two former head coaches terminated during the 2010 season are all in the mix, according to reports on Tuesday.
Here's a few names that have been tossed around on Tuesday.
Brad Childress: The Minnesota Vikings dropped Childress on Nov. 22 after a disappointing 2010 campaign. Childress has been looking for an offensive coordinator job and was reportedly interviewing with the Miami Dolphins this week. After having so much control over the Vikings, right down to have ultimate power over roster decisions, can Childress handle working under Pete Carroll?
Josh McDaniels: The first name thrown into the ring on Tuesday, it was reported that McDaniels and the Seahawks were in contact on Monday, just one day before Bates was fired. McDaniels was close to signing with the St. Louis Rams, but the deal fell through at the last minute.
Jim Zorn: Another familiar name for the Seahawks. Zorn was the quarterbacks coach in Seattle from 2001-2007 before heading to Washington to coach the Redskins. Adam Schefter reported Zorn may be a candidate for the vacant offensive coordinator spot. Schefter added Zorn would be popular in the Seahawks locker room, as well.
Jedd Fisch: This is one comes as a bit of surprise and is odd considering the circumstances. Fisch just left his quarterback coach position in Seattle to take the offensive coordinator spot at the University Miami. By just left, I mean last week, during the middle of the playoff run, though he stayed on until after the Seahawks season had finished. Now, Adam Schefter is reporting the Seahawks are making a run at Fisch as an offensive cooridinator.
Four candidates, all with plenty of star power and intrigue. With the NFL assistant coaching carousel spinning wildly right now, Carroll has plenty of options to work with as he tries to replace Bates and reinvent the Seattle offense ahead of the 2011 season.
Stay tuned to our StoryStream for the latest on the coaching changes in Seattle as more news becomes available.