With the dust still settling over the 2017 NFL season for 20 non-playoff clubs, six head-coaching vacancies have emerged — New York Giants, Indianapolis Colts, Oakland Raiders, Detroit Lions, Chicago Bears and Arizona Cardinals.
It's certainly possible another head gig or two opens up, with all eyes currently on Tennessee, barring the result of the Titans' wild-card game at Arrowhead on Saturday.
For now, there's a half-dozen openings, and PFW editors Eric Edholm and Arthur Arkush are ranking them in terms of attractiveness to prospective candidates.
6. Cardinals A tale of two sides of the ball. Arizona may have the defensive MVP (Chandler Jones) and certainly an additional blue chipper in Patrick Peterson. Haason Reddick and Robert Nkemdiche are 23-year-old physical marvels whose best football is ahead. Tyrann Mathieu is only 26. But the offense is essentially a blank canvas, albeit with one heck of a brush with which to start painting in David Johnson.
5. Colts There's just too much uncertainty with Andrew Luck and too few additional players to build around. But Chris Ballard is as sharp as they come and, armed with the third pick and fourth-most cap space, a guy you want overseeing a rebuild. But there's no getting around it — the Colts need a ton of maintenance in almost every area, perhaps including behind center.
4. Bears The jury's out on Mitch Trubisky but the early evidence is promising. Unlike the QBs above him, he'll be cheap for the next three seasons. Akiem Hicks, Danny Trevathan and Eddie Jackson are playmakers at each level on an already solid 'D,' with potential sleeping giant, Leonard Floyd, returning healthy and Kyle Fuller maturing enough to warrant a big deal or the tag. Tarik Cohen and Adam Shaheen are intriguing balls of clay for better coaches.
3. Giants They have the second overall pick, with quarterback and O-line atop the to-do list, plus a two-time Super Bowl winner possibly coming back at a reasonable cost to build a bridge. Dave Gettleman immediately improves their credibility, in need of restoration with locker room dysfunction swirling. And there are special playmakers on both sides of the ball — though Odell Beckham's impending contract negotiations may be the only ones more complex than the Niners' with Jimmy Garoppolo.
2. Raiders Two 27-year-olds — Carr at the most important position and a season removed from an MVP-caliber campaign; Mack plays football's second-most important position and is the regining Defensive MVP. Amari Cooper, just 24 entering Year Four, has top-five talent. The flanks on offense aren't as vibrant but the O-line's interior remains in great shape. 2017 top picks Gareon Conley and Obi Melifonwu essentially come off lost rookie years but are unique talents. Mark Davis, well, unique is one word, and relocation obviously looms.
1. Lions They're top 10 in cap space and already secured stud Matt Stafford, who turns 30 next month; NFL INT leader Darius Slay, 27; and 32-year-old FS Glover Quin, maybe their defensive MVP. The O-line underperformed but has fixtures outside locked in for the next few years. Marvin Jones, like Slay, has matured into a No. 1. And there are young building blocks up the middle of the 'D' in A'Shawn Robinson and Jarrad Davis.