Seattle Seahawks: William Gholston, DE, Michigan State
The Seahawks missed Chris Clemons against the Falcons, and Seattle would be wise to develop a replacement for the veteran. Bruce Irvin is just a situational pass-rusher and not a good run-defender. The undersized Irvin will probably always be a liability against the run. Adding a player like Gholston would make a lot of sense.
Gholston struggles as a pass-rusher, but he is an excellent run-defender. The junior recorded 59 tackles, 13 tackles for a loss and 4.5 sacks this year. The 6-foot-7, 278-pounder is big and strong at the point of attack. Gholston would be a nice player to platoon with Irvin depending on the situation.
Houston Texans: Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia
The Texans' offense lacked a big-play receiver to stretch the field this year. Houston's offense could've used more splash plays late in the season and some quick-strike ability. A receiver like Austin would fill that void well. The team also could use him on some runs with its zone-blocking system.
Austin (5-9, 176) totaled 114 receptions for 1,289 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2012. He also had 72 carries for 643 yards and three touchdowns. Austin was an electric play-maker who was able to consistently produce long scoring plays. He may be the most explosive play-maker available in the 2013 NFL Draft. Austin could break into late in the first round.
Let's Play Coaching Matchmaker:
This section will look at some of the available coaching head coaching positions in the NFL and good candidates to fill those vacancies.
Philadelphia Eagles: Lovie Smith
Smith coaching the Eagles makes a ton of sense. First of all, they have to hire a head coach who can work with a general manager who controls the makeup of the roster. Eagles GM Howie Roseman will be the shot-caller, and that would work fine with Smith. In Chicago, he had a general manager above him and they always worked well together.
There are other reasons why Smith is perfect for Philadelphia. He is a great leader and his players love him, so he should quickly win over a locker room in need of stability. Smith is used to a tough media market and handling the pressure in Philadelphia will be nothing new to him after his many years in the Windy City.
As far as the roster, Smith is a great fit for the talent. The Eagles have a lot of money and draft picks invested on the defensive side of the ball, so Smith would have good talent to coach. The defensive line with Fletcher Cox, Brandon Graham and Eddie Curry are perfect for his version of the Tampa 2. Smith would have good linebackers for his system in DeMeco Ryans and Mychal Kendricks. Plus, the weak Eagles secondary would really benefit from Smith's simplified system.
On offense, Smith has always wanted a running-based team, and the Eagles have an elite back in LeSean McCoy. A lot of coaches want to work with Smith, so he could bring in a good quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator to develop Nick Foles.
Smith would be a great fit in Philadelphia, but it makes too much sense to happen.
Jacksonville Jaguars: Mel Tucker
The Jaguars should've hired Tucker a year ago to replace Jack Del Rio. The players responded to Tucker when he the was interim coach in 2011. Sources have told WalterFootball.com that Tucker is well-liked and respected in the locker room. He knows the Jaguars' players better, and the team's needs more, than any other coaching candidate.
Jacksonville needs some continuity, which Tucker would bring. The Jaguars' defense played well for him at times, and sources have indicated that he has the mind to lead an elite defense if he gets talent to work with.
Tucker would bring on some new coaches, but also retain some of the other assistants. Obviously, Gene Smith needed to be replaced, but continuity is an essential winning ingredient in the NFL, and Tucker is the only coach that could bring that to Jacksonville.
Chicago Bears: Mike McCoy
The Bears need to find an offensive coach to lead the team in a new direction. The great Chicago defense is aging and the franchise's long-term talent lies on the offensive side of the ball. McCoy would be a perfect fit for the talent already on the Bears' roster.
The last two years have seen McCoy do an excellent job in leading Denver's offense. He found success with two polar opposites in quarterbacks with Tim Tebow and Peyton Manning. McCoy should be a good fit to adapt his offense to Broncos castoffs Jay Cutler and Brandon Marshall. If McCoy can get a few offensive linemen to upgrade Chicago's blocking, the team could have one of the better offenses in the NFL.
San Diego Chargers: Jon Gruden or Mike Holmgren
Either one of the superstar coaches would be good fits in San Diego. Philip Rivers needs to be revitalized and either coach would be a good choice to do so. Gruden or Holmgren would put Rivers in a West Coast offense; a system that he is a great fit for. If the Chargers also add some offensive line and wide receiver talent, the team could get back to being one of the top offenses in the NFL.
San Diego needs help on the defense as well. While that isn't the area of emphasis from either Gruden or Holmgren, each knows the best defensive assistants and would be able to bring aboard a good defensive coordinator. Gruden or Holmgren would be perfect for the Chargers.
Arizona Cardinals: Gus Bradley
If the Cardinals steal Bradley away from Seattle, they would hurt a rival while also landing one of the top young coaches in the NFL. He is a great defensive coach and a leader of men. The uber-positive Bradley is beloved by his players and is a talented defensive mind.
Over the last four years, Bradley has led a tough Seahawks' defense that has become one of the best stop units in the NFL. Any coach who takes over Arizona will have to find a quarterback, but Bradley would be a breath of fresh air for a locker room in need of some confidence and a positive tone.
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