The glitz and glamour of the NFL's Divisional Round is normally enough to instill a whisper of fear into each head coach. Somehow, New York Jets front man Rex Ryan continues to bring the smack talk ahead of this weekend.
While Ryan may be no Chad Ochocinco when it comes to verbal assault, the rest of the league's coaching powerhouses are preparing for a tumultuous weekend ahead that looks likely to bring yet another upset or two on the back of a surprising Wild Card Round.
However, in the midst of it all, whichever teams somehow see it through this week's storm can thank their head coaches.
Thank Vince Lombardi or thank Tom Landry, it doesn't matter—the head coaching position will be vital from here on out. The New Orleans Saints of 2009 are a perfect example of well balanced play-calling, and if you think the black and gold would have made it to the big dance without Sean Payton, guess again.
It will be a weekend full of close games, along with a Divisional Round like no other. Rivalries are set to explode in the AFC, while the NFC prepares for an offensive explosion from the likes of Green Bay, Atlanta, Chicago and Seattle.
Here's a look at each head coach ahead of the Divisional Round, along with what they must focus on in order for their team to post a victory and move one step closer to the Super Bowl.