Coaches Who Must Win to Save Their Jobs
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The NFL's landscape is currently littered with coaches who could be on their last legs. Several guys were retained at the end of last season against all odds and need their teams to win this year if they hope to keep their jobs.
The following is a list of coaches who need their teams to win games this season or they could be looking for new employment.
Norv Turner, San Diego Chargers
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Norv Turner's grip on his job was hanging by a thread at the end of the 2011 season. It was the second-straight year that his San Diego Chargers missed the playoffs. They have gone 17-15 over the past two seasons since losing to the New York Jets in the Divisional Round of the 2009 playoffs.
In his first season with the team, Turner led the Bolts to an 11-5 record, an AFC West title and a berth in the AFC Championship Game. Two more division titles followed, but playoff success hasn't. He has a 49-31 regular season record during his five seasons at the helm in San Diego, and a 3-3 mark in the playoffs.
Talent has never been the problem for the Chargers during the Turner era, but focus, discipline and commitment have been. That has to change if San Diego is going to turn things around.
After two straight disappointing seasons, Turner and general manager A.J. Smith must lead the Chargers to a deep playoff run if they want to keep their jobs. An 8-8 record won't get it done.
Jason Garrett, Dallas Cowboys
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Jason Garrett has been with the Dallas Cowboys as a coach since 2007, and he took over as head coach in the middle of the 2010 season. Since then the team has a record of 13-11 and hasn't reached the postseason.
Yes, that is a short resume but owner/general manager Jerry Jones has put a ton of talent on the Cowboys' roster, and Garrett has no excuse if Dallas misses the playoffs this season.
Quarterback Tony Romo will have a loaded offense surrounding him again. And the additions of first-round draft pick Morris Claiborne and free agent pickup Brandon Carr to the team's secondary should solidify the team's attacking 3-4 defense.
Garrett will have a lot of questions to answer if the Cowboys don't reach the postseason this year, especially following a disappointing 8-8 campaign in 2011.
Andy Reid, Philadelphia Eagles
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Andy Reid has been the head guy for the Philadelphia Eagles since 1999 and in that time has racked up a record of 126-81-1. The Eagles have won six NFC East titles and reached the playoffs nine times in his 13 seasons with the team. But after a supremely disappointing 8-8 campaign in 2011, some believe it's time for a new voice to lead Philadelphia.
The Eagles spent wildly in free agency during the 2011 offseason and had little to show for it on the field. Yes, they finished strong, but they still missed the playoffs and Reid won't have any excuses if his team doesn't perform this season.
The Eagles haven't won a playoff game since falling to the Arizona Cardinals in the 2009 NFC Championship Game.
Philadelphia has a Super Bowl-caliber roster, and if the team doesn't make a deep run into the postseason this year, Reid will likely be out of a job.
Rex Ryan, New York Jets
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So much bravado, so few results. Rex Ryan's New York Jets fell apart from the inside last season after back-to-back AFC Championship Game appearances. The Jets limped to an 8-8 record and missed the postseason while in-fighting and a poisoned locker room destroyed any chemistry that existed.
Ryan has a 28-20 record since taking over as Gang Green's head coach in 2009, but proclamations of his team's superiority have rubbed many the wrong way. New York has fallen short of those predictions and its expectations.
Another disappointing season could really sink Ryan's ship in New York. His act has worn thin, and if the team's roster can't even get along with each other, then it's clear he's not the right man for the job. Things need to change and turn around this season for Ryan and the Jets.