5 Underachieving Coaches with Most to Prove
If you've been hit with the distinction as an "underachieving" NFL coach, that means you've been squarely placed on the unenviable hot seat and are in danger of losing your job.
You've led disappointing teams during disheartening seasons and have likely fallen short of expectations.
These five NFL head coaches have certainly underwhelmed during their current coaching tenures and have a lot to prove in 2012.
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Chan Gailey has always been known for his offensive coaching mastery.
Last year, the Bills saw a drastic jump in many of their offensive numbers. In terms of yardage, they finished with the No. 14 ranked offense, a significant rise from ending 2010 ranked 25th.
However, Buffalo still hasn't sniffed playoff air since the winter of 2000, and Gailey's win-loss record with the Bills is a disheartening 10-22. What's more, Gailey is a disastrous 2-10 against divisional foes since being hired as the team's head coach prior to the 2010 campaign.
It's time for Gailey to win now.
The front office emptied the bank on defensive end Mario Williams in free agency and also acquired Mark Anderson from the New England Patriots, an edge-rusher with two 10-plus sack seasons on his resume.
Add in a newly minted Stevie Johnson and a slew of vital players returning from injury, and you'll see that Gailey has much to prove in 2012.
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Pete Carroll won't be able to get by with his spunky positive attitude and bravado any further than the 2012 season if his Seahawks don't make noise in the NFC.
Though Seattle inexplicably won the NFC West in 2010 and upset the defending champion New Orleans Saints, Carroll's teams have failed to reach the .500 mark once during the regular season.
He's built a formidable yet underrated defense (finished No. 9 in yards allowed in 2011), but his offense has sputtered with a few different quarterbacks.
Seahawks management grabbed Matt Flynn in free agency and drafted Russell Wilson to aid the quarterback competition. They also signed beastly running back Marshawn Lynch to a contract extension. Though Lynch may face a suspension from the league following an arrest on suspicion of DUI, Carroll won't be able to fall back on his potential absence as an excuse.
Seattle dominated the NFC West during the mid-2000s and have undergone a legitimate rebuilding process that's led to much higher expectations for the 2012 season.
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No coach has more to prove than San Diego's Norv Turner.
It was a surprise to some when he was brought back to the Chargers after yet another disappointing 8-8 season that caused the team to miss out on the postseason for the second straight year.
He's got a franchise quarterback in Philip Rivers, a true gun-slinger that is oftentimes mentioned in the same breath as the league's elite. Many teams would kill for the multitude of roster talent at Turner's disposal.
The AFC West is as wide open as any division, and if Turner's Chargers don't stake their claim as serious Super Bowl contenders, he'll be looking for a job following this season.
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Andy Reid's been the Eagles coach since 1999 and has experienced a great deal of success with the Philadelphia organization.
However, his tenure hasn't been all smiles.
He's dealt with a few disappointing seasons, and a rash of media and fan discontent that followed.
In 2011, the "Dream Team" was as depressing as any, having to win their last four games just to reach the 8-8 mark.
With a year to gel under the belts of newly acquired guys like Nnamdi Asomugha, Jason Babin and Cullen Jenkins, the 2012 version of the Philadelphia Eagles have their sights set on the Super Bowl.
If Reid's group underwhelms again, his reign in Philly should be over.
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Mike Shanahan is another noted offensive guru that has two Super Bowl championships on his resume.
His coaching genius hasn't yielded the desired results thus far in Washington.
Shanahan's Redskins have gone 11-21 and have finished last in the NFC East ever since he became the head coach in 2010.
The team sold their souls in the draft to move up to selected phenom quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III, finally giving Shanahan a truly gifted quarterback to mold.
This year, the NFC East will be as challenging as any division in football, but due to the hype surrounding RGIII, Shanahan, in his third season in the nation's capital, is under an extreme amount of pressure to finally deliver.