The NFL is really about the coaching matchup between coordinators and the matchups and mismatches they attempt to create and exploit. The players on offense and defense are like pieces on a chess board. The coordinators in the NFL engage in a battle using these “pieces” in an endless game of wits.
It’s important to keep in mind that any coordinator poised to receive a raise is also probably poised to become a head coach. Rising coordinators don’t stay coordinators for very long.
As the NFL world prepares for the divisional playoffs, here is a list of five coordinators poised to earn raises for the 2012 season (if they don’t become head coaches first).