If the Browns can find a suitable coach, then this will apply to them. Until then, it only describes the AFC North's "Big Three."
When he was hired to take over for Bill Cowher, Mike Tomlin knew he had big shoes to fill. Needless to say, he has done a fantastic job. Tomlin has led the Steelers to two Super Bowls in three years.
With the victory in Super Bowl XLlll, he became the youngest head coach to hoist the Lombardi Trophy. Tomlin has certainly lived up to expectations and has continued the Steelers' longstanding, tough reputation and successful tradition.
In four years with Baltimore, John Harbaugh has led his team to the playoffs each year. There were many concerns when he first began since there was a rookie head coach and quarterback, but Harbaugh silenced all the questions.
He breathed a new life into the Ravens, and they are now looking better and fresher than ever. With his great enthusiasm and passion for the game, Harbaugh is exactly what the team and fans of Baltimore needed.
After his success in Baltimore as the defensive coordinator, Marvin Lewis left to become the Bengals' head coach. His term has certainly had its ups-and-downs, and if the Bengals had not made it to the playoffs last season, he may not be around.
Lewis is an experienced coach, though, and has led Cincinnati to success, despite instability within the organization. He's a savvy coach, and with the right pieces beginning to come together, Lewis should find himself in the fast lane to more winning seasons.
The Cleveland Browns have had six different coaches since 1999, and only one led them to a playoff berth. Current coach Pat Shurmur will get another year after last season, but as usual, patience is wearing thin. If Cleveland can keep a consistent leader in the locker room, they can then begin to build chemistry and the rest of the team.