Rivera could ride Bears' success to head coaching job

With a number of coaching jobs expected to be open this offseason, Len Pasquarelli looks at some of the candidates to fill those vacancies.

Updated: December 2, 2005, 11:55 AM ET
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

Not since 2001, when Gregg Williams took over the Buffalo Bills, has the coordinator of the NFL's top-rated defense one year been elevated to head-coach status the next. Before Williams moved from Tennessee to Buffalo, the last assistant to make the jump from coordinator of the No. 1-ranked defense to head coach the following campaign was Dave Wannstedt, with the Chicago Bears in 1993.

So, even as the recent trend seems to be skewing toward the defensive side of the ball when owners opt ...

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