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Rivera heads list of coaching candidates

Ron Rivera heads Eric Allen's list of the top five head coaching candidates next year.

Updated: February 20, 2007, 5:01 PM ET
By Eric Allen | ESPN.com

There have been seven coaching changes this offseason. While these guys didn't get head coaching jobs, any team looking for a new coach next season should have them on its list. Here are my five top coaching candidates:

1. Ron Rivera, defensive coordinator, Bears: He did a great job this season of not only making the Bears a ferocious defense early in the season, but also keeping them above water late in the season when injuries and suspensions started hurting this team. He's leaving ...

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