The team did not take long to finalize their decision, agreeing to a deal with former Eagles head coach Chip Kelly. Philadelphia fired Kelly before the season finale during his third season with the team. The 52-year-old found a new home quick after being adamant on wanting to stay in the NFL, getting a four-year, $24 million deal with the Niners.
Kelly's agent had contacted San Francisco after they fired Jim Tomsula following just one season. The former Oregon head coach's offensive style was not fitting well with Philly, but many believe he can make it work with mobile quarterback Colin Kaepernick, if he returns as the starter.
The team seemed excited about the move, with wide receiver Torrey Smith joking about Kelly's style, tweeting "I guess I better start running now to get into shape."
Kelly spent four seasons in Oregon before making the move to the NFL, going 10-6 in his first season in Philly. It was downhill from there, as his stint was filled with controversy over questionable moves regarding DeSean Jackson and LeSean McCoy. He looks to move on from that in the bay area, as he continues on with his NFL tenure.
Speaking of the Eagles, they had to turn their heads in the coaching hunt after Tom Coughlin announced the withdrawing of his name from contention in Philly. The team is now expected to hire Chiefs offensive coordinator Doug Pederson as their new guy.
The deal cannot be finalized until after Kansas City's season is over. They visit the New England Patriots in a divisional round game on Saturday. The Eagles confirmed the news by saying "we have concluded our search for a head coach."
Philadelphia had their eyes on Pederson since the end of the regular season, stemming from his relationship with former Eagles coach, and current Chiefs coach, Andy Reid. The soon-to-be Eagles head coach has been Reid's OC for the past three years, and also worked with him in Green Bay.
The 47-year-old is a former Eagle, becomes the team's first former player to coach the franchise since Marion Campbell, who coached the team from 1983-1985.
Pederson played in the NFL for 12 seasons as a backup quarterback with Green Bay, Philadelphia, Miami, and Cleveland. Reid signed Pederson as a backup when he joined the Eagles in 1999.
Two teams were able to find their new head coach within the organization, starting with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers promoting offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter to head coach. He replaces the man he came in with, Lovie Smith, after the team fired him on January 6th.
The team officially announced the move on Friday afternoon after finalizing the terms of the contract Thursday night.
Koetter did interview for the 49ers job, and also received interest from the Eagles and Dolphins. With Koetter as the Bucs' OC, he grew a close relationship with young quarterback Jameis Winston, which made this decision that much easier.
The former offensive coordinator will have to focus on defense this off-season. Despite moving from 25th to 10th this season in yards allowed, they were 26th in scoring defense allowing 26 points per game.
The New York Giants followed suit after the resignation of Tom Coughlin, promoting offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo as head coach. He is the 17th head coach in Giants' history.
He has been the offensive coordinator behind Coughlin the last two seasons, and was introduced in a press conference Friday morning. McAdoo spoke on becoming New York's head coach, calling it "an honor", and saying how appreciative he is to get this opportunity, his first as a head coach.
He has worked with quarterback Eli Manning closely, who has throw 65 touchdown passes and just 28 interceptions with a 62.8 completion percentage with McAdoo as his coordinator.
Steve Spagnuolo will stay on the coaching staff as the team's defensive coordinator. Former Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin is a favorite to join the team as its new offensive coordinator. McAdoo worked with Philbin in Green Bay, so the history is there.
The 38-year-old Giants' coach is now the second-youngest coach in the NFL, behind Adam Gase, who was hired by Miami.
Thursday was the day that many questions were answered. Despite a couple deals not yet finalized, the hunt for new coaches in the NFL have come to an end.