Sometimes it only takes a championship, a winning season that includes a beatdown of the crosstown rival or the addition of a few great players to give a coach or manager some breathing room.
It took Darryl Sutter, coach of the Los Angeles Kings, just a few months to make history and thus keep his job for at least another year. Sutter joined the Kings in December 2011, finished the season in third place in the Pacific Division and entered the playoffs as the eighth seed in the Western Conference.
In the playoffs, they beat the first seed Vancouver Canucks, second seed St. Louis Blues and third seed Phoenix Coyotes to advance to the Stanley Cup Finals, the only team to accomplish that feat in the 119-year history of the Stanley Cup Finals.
The Kings went on to defeat the New Jersey Devils, four games to two to give L.A. their first Stanley Cup in the 45-year history of the franchise.
Not a bad start, and one that will allow Sutter a chance to build on his success. That is, unless he somehow figures out a way to turn the champs into the chumps.
You see, the Kings have had 24 coaches in a little more than 40 years as a franchise. You do the math. They move coaches faster than Gretzky hit a puck.
For Sutter's sake, he better hope he can alter that trend.
Meanwhile, the big news in L.A. football is not USC, nor even the possible coming of an NFL franchise, but the rise of UCLA football.
Not only did UCLA beat USC in their fall classic, they beat the pants off of them in recruiting, which is as much a product of head coach Jim Mora Jr. and his hard-nosed, super-competitive attitude toward the game and his team as the team's winning record of 9-5.
The win over USC was the first since 2006 and followed last year's 50-0 stomping. It was Mora's first game in the rivalry, and he took it to the Trojans 38-28.
Mora is as tough as they come and faces down everyone from critics to the media. He ripped ESPN's Doug Gottlieb on the air one day and then a little while later through the press off of his practice field. Mora suffers no fools, and to him everyone is a fool.
That kind of tough-guy demeanor is obviously attractive to recruits and fans alike, especially in the face of USC's dominance over the years.
There's a new sheriff in town, and his name is Jim Mora Jr.
Mike Scioscia, the manager of the Los Angeles Angels, has got to be happy after his team's offseason deals, which included the acquisition of Josh Hamilton from the Texas Rangers.
Or, maybe he's a bit nervous.
The Angels now have Albert Pujols AND Hamilton in the same lineup. Is this some kind of joke? If these guys play up to their normal standards, the other teams in the league sure won't be smiling.
But, like his L.A. National League counterpart at Dodger Stadium, Scioscia has the to deal with some very high expectations. Higher than even last year when they added the perennial All-Star Pujols to their roster.
With Rookie of the Year and five-tool sensation Mike Trout leading off and their ace Jared Weaver the key starter, the Angels will surely be favored to take the American League pennant this time around.
Last year, it looked pretty good for them, but Pujols hit line drives instead of homers for the first part of the season and the bullpen gave up way too many leads in the late innings.
Scioscia escaped criticism due to player injuries and maybe due to his long tenure with the club, but this year will probably be different.
Management spent $317 on Pujols and pitcher C.J. Wilson last year and another $125 million on Hamilton.
There really will be no excuses for anything less than a World Series championship, and Scioscia most likely will be the fall guy should that not occur.