NFL 2012 Preview: Which New Head Coach Has Steepest Hill to Climb?

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NFL 2012 Preview: Which New Head Coach Has Steepest Hill to Climb?
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Jackson is the latest in a slew of coach firings

Doesn't it seem like the end of every NFL season is like the St. Valentine's Day massacre? They seem to line up the coaches and then comes the drive-by with GM's or owners toting the dreaded Tommy gun of the NFL, the pink slip.

The latest to get the ax was Hue Jackson of Oakland. Honestly, I did not see that one coming. This is the same guy who had no problem shedding tears in a victory that followed the death of the owner Al Davis. I don't know, maybe that's not Raider like.

Jackson joins a bevy of coaches who got the pink slip. Some positions have already been filled while other teams like the St, Louis Rams, Miami Dolphins, Oakland Raiders, Tampa Bay Bucs, and possibly the Indianapolis Colts (based on the new GM's assessment) have yet to get their man.

With the seven teams that have not yet, or only recently, filled their coaching vacancies, the challenge for the new head coach can be a daunting one. Each team has their separate challenges, but not all teams are treated equally or have the same problems. Let's take a look at easiest to most difficult challenges that await each of the new head coaches assuming their new position for 2012.

The following teams are being assessed for this article: Bucs, Dolphins, Jaguars—wow, it just hit me, all three Florida teams, weird—Chiefs, Raiders, Rams and possibly Colts.

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