As we ponder the hopeful 2011 season, I was thinking about why five coaches with Super Bowl rings are currently unemployed, especially since there was a seven-team coaching turnover last year.
Well, from those five, I thought about other notable coaches that are currently unemployed who should soon be back in the NFL, or are at least at the top of owners' and general managers' lists.
Nowadays, it seems that there are anywhere from four to seven changes per year, so it is conceivable that some names on this list will be back on the sidelines in a year or two.
The ranking is based on record, most notably, Super Bowls, playoff appearances and consistency. Not included are former coaches who are now coordinators like Jim Haslett or Mike Nolan; not that they would make the list anyway.
Coaches are also ranked from least likely to most likely to get several phone calls next year.