No longer is it easy for coaches to install five-year plans to turn around lame-duck franchises.
In an era where millions of dollars are on the line with every move, rookie head coaches have a small window of opportunity in which to perform.
If the team is not winning, the coach may be ousted after just a year.
In 2011, we will see five rookie head coaches at the helm; Ron Rivera, Hue Jackson, Jim Harbaugh, Pat Shurmur and Mike Munchak will all take the reins for their teams.
Now, here are the projected win-loss records for all five rookie head coaches, ranked from worst to best.