Pete Carroll departed his post as Seattle Seahawks head coach after 14 years to move into an advisory role, Nick Saban retired at Alabama as college football’s most successful head coach, and Bill Belichick parted ways with the New England Patriots after 24 years and six Super Bowl victories from nine Super Bowl appearances – all within the space of 24 hours. Just like that, three of the modern era’s most influential football minds, responsible for some of football’s greatest ever teams, move on to raise the curtain on a new era for football.

Even before then, Mike Vrabel was fired as Tennessee Titans head coach amid one of the wildest and most high-profile coaching hiring cycles in recent memory. Large-scale change has arrived, and a frantic scramble to land A-lister candidates is officially under way.

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