It’s been nearly three years since Tom Brady left the NFL for the second time, and the Pats are now just two games into the season, so we are at a crossroads.
It’s time to find a replacement.
If you’re in the market for a quarterback, it is time to look beyond Brady’s last two seasons, and look for one with more than two years of NFL experience.
Here are five NFL head-coaching candidates who could be considered for the job.
Tom Coughlin, New York Jets New York Giants offensive coordinator: Coughlan was the offensive coordinator for the Eagles from 2007-2011 and was fired by the team in January.
The Jets hired Chip Kelly as their offensive coordinator, and he’s been the offensive play-caller in New York since.
Coughlans first job was as a quarterback in the NFL, but he went to offensive line coach at Syracuse University.
He was a four-year starter in the league for the Orange and has a solid résumé as an offensive line assistant.
Caughlin was also the offensive line coordinator for Cleveland for four seasons and has experience as an NFL assistant.
Mike Nolan, Tampa Bay Buccaneers Tampa Bay Bucs head coach: Nolan coached quarterback Jameis Winston for the Bucs from 2011-2015.
He is the longest-tenured coach in the organization, having spent three seasons in the Tampa Bay system.
He’s won two Super Bowls with the Buccaneers, and in 2018 he was named the Buccaneers’ head coach of the year.
He has been in charge of Tampa Bay since 2014 and has been a head coach in six seasons in Tampa.
He won a Super Bowl with the team that drafted Winston in the first round.
Nolan has coached in three Super Bowl seasons, including the 2017 championship.
He spent eight seasons as the Tampa coach from 2006-13.
Mike Zimmer, Minnesota Vikings Zimmer coached quarterbacks Ryan Tannehill, Teddy Bridgewater and Mitchell Trubisky from 2015-17 and won the NFC North from 2016-18.
He also spent four seasons in Cleveland.
Zimmer has been the head coach at Florida State since 2009.
He coached the Seminoles to a national championship in 2016.
Jim Caldwell, Detroit Lions Jim Caldwell has coached quarterbacks Eli Manning, Matthew Stafford and Matthew Stafford Jr. for the Lions from 2013-17.
He had a four year run with the Giants.
Scott Linehan, Pittsburgh Steelers Linehan coached quarterbacks Ben Roethlisberger, Eli Manning and Matt Cassel from 2013 to 2017.
He helped guide the Steelers to a 10-6 record in 2017.
Sean McVay, Indianapolis Colts McV, who also worked in the NFC East for the Rams, New Orleans Saints and Philadelphia Eagles, was fired as the Colts’ head football coach in May.
He took over the job after Jim Caldwell was fired in May after the team was ranked No. 1 in the preseason.
He replaced Caldwell, who was fired following the team’s 28-23 overtime loss to the Denver Broncos.
Jason Garrett, Dallas Cowboys Jason Garrett spent the last three seasons with the New York Cowboys, going from the NFC West to the NFC South in 2017 and then to the Super Bowl.
He went 13-11 in his first season as the head football instructor at Florida Atlantic University, where he was the defensive coordinator for four years and the offensive assistant coach from 2011 to 2013.
He became the offensive co-coordinator for the team after joining the program in 2015.
Greg Roman, New England Patriots Roman has spent the past three seasons as an assistant coach with the Denver Ravens.
He will be the offensive offensive coordinator and the quarterbacks coach in 2018.
He served as the quarterbacks coordinator for three seasons and the head of offensive coordinator in 2015-16.
He led the Ravens to the AFC Championship Game in 2016 and helped them win the Superbowl.
Tom Cable, Carolina Panthers Tom Cable spent three years as the offensive coach at Georgia Southern from 2008-13 and was the quarterbacks play-calling coordinator in 2008-10 and 2009-11.
He left for the Miami Dolphins after two seasons with Atlanta, where the Falcons won the Superdome in 2006 and again in 2009.
Kyle Shanahan, Washington Redskins Shanahan spent two seasons as a defensive coordinator with the Baltimore Ravens.
Washington hired him as the team general manager in March 2018 and hired Shanahan as the Redskins head coach two weeks later.
He guided the Ravens into the playoffs for the first time since 2007 and guided the team to a playoff appearance in his third season in Baltimore.
Sean Payton, New Saints Payton is the head coaches offensive coordinator at the New Orleans Pelicans.
He played for the Saints from 2008 to 2012.
Joe Philbin, Jacksonville Jaguars Philbin spent four years as an associate head coach for the New England Jets from 2009-13 before coming to Jacksonville.
He returned to the Jets after being fired by New England for the final time in