Here's a look at how Jason Garrett in Dallas and Leslie Frazier in Minnesota are handling being mid-season replacements.
Jason Garrett, Dallas Cowboys
Garrett's Cowboys played another inspired game on Thanksgiving, at least for three quarters. Dallas couldn't close out a dominant and then suddenly over-matched New Orleans Saints squad that has been the epitome of inconsistency all season long.
Garrett has brought discipline to Dallas in three weeks on the job, but in some ways the Cowboys slid backwards last Thursday. Penalties were rampant, especially early, which gave New Orleans most of its early openings. Then Dallas looked like the Cowboys of the past two weeks, roaring back to lead the defending champions before quietly fading.
Whether or not Garrett keeps this job is anybody's guess. To his credit, his team came back against a tough opponent on a very short week. However, he must get the Cowboys playing more disciplined football for the entirety of games or Dallas will spend too much time attempting to dig out of holes it created.
Leslie Frazier, Minnesota Vikings
Frazier's Vikings went back to the winning formula of establishing a dominant rushing attack and using the pass to set up running plays. When you have a 40-year old quarterback who can't dominate games and who is turnover prone, that's the best way to win.
Nothing about Minnesota's win over the Washington Redskins on Sunday will be remembered as particularly dominant, but it was a victory either way. One thing was clear: Frazier has more of the players' confidence than Brad Childress probably ever did.
Every player, including the enigmatic Brett Favre, seems to have bought into Frazier's message. It was obvious that players had long-since soured on Childress. Frazier, for one week at least, has brought some stability to the top of the ladder and he has the Vikings playing a much more sound brand of football.