Realistic First-Year Predictions for Every New NFL Head Coach

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Realistic First-Year Predictions for Every New NFL Head Coach
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In the NFL, there's nothing that inspires the hopes of a fanbase more than a new head coach.

At the introductory press conference, it's all sunshine and happiness. The new head coach waxes grandly about what a great opportunity it is, what a great city it is and what kind of football team he's going to field.

The clichés flow freely: The team will be aggressive, yet mentally tough and fundamentally strong. They'll open up the passing game and rush the passer, yet somehow also run and stop the run. They'll score quickly yet still control the clock, they'll play hard yet not commit penalties, they'll play to win yet not turn the ball over, et cetera ad nauseam.

Of course, the coach says a Super Bowl championship is their goal, and visions of Lombardi Trophies will dance in fans' heads.

How realistic is any of this, though? How quickly can any of the eight new head coaches be expected to fulfill the goals they laid out on Day 1? How many wins can fans of these teams really expect in the first year of the new head coach's regime—and how many losses should they be bracing themselves for?

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