Prospects found on contending teams
Titans defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz is among the NFL assistants who could draw some head coaching consideration.
Despite a lengthy coaching résumé, and success as a defensive coordinator, John Fox was still relatively unknown to many NFL fans when the Carolina Panthers hired him as head coach in 2002. Even after fashioning a 15-11 record in 1½ seasons, and leading Carolina to an 8-2 mark in 2003, Fox remains somewhat anonymous.
So who are the current assistants who, despite operating below the public radar, might be candidates for head coach openings in the near future?
Truth be told, there seems to be a dearth of so-called "hot" assistant coaches this year. In some cases, as well, many of the assistants doing the best jobs in 2003 are former head coaches now succeeding as coordinators. Other highly-regarded assistants may not make it onto owners' "short lists" for other reasons, like age.
But here is a look at a few assistant coaches with whom fans might not be too familiar, and who could some day be calling the shots for an NFL franchise:
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