A great season is always ideal for a coach, but five coaches in particular need to have a great 2011 season if they want to secure their head coaching spot for next season.
While coaches like Bill Belichick and Sean Payton spots are secure, others aren't so safe.
Andy Reid and Tom Coughlin are two names that come to mind.
There could be a completely new NFL coach outlook if coaches like them don't get it together this year.
With that in mind, here are the five NFL coaches who need to have great seasons.
As a New York Giants fan, I think this choice is pretty obvious.
Tom Coughlin can't miss the playoffs this year.
The Giants have missed the playoffs the last two years running, and New York fans don't like losing.
Fans have already been calling for Coughlin's name due to recent failures, and the 2011 season could be Coughlin's last.
The Jacksonville Jaguars have to make the playoffs for Jack Del Rio to keep his head coaching job.
Don't believe me?
"Team owner Wayne Weaver has said Jacksonville needs to make the playoffs for Del Rio to stick around for a 10th season," according to Associated Press.
A wild card is almost out of the question in the AFC, with the Baltimore Ravens and New York Jets as likely candidates.
This mean the Jaguars have to beat out the Indianapolis Colts and the Houston Texans to reach the playoffs.
Good luck with that.
This season looks like Del Rio's last with the Jags.
The Philadelphia Eagles need to make and win the Super Bowl this year.
Anything less is now a disappointment in Philadelphia.
That's what happens when you break the bank during free agency.
The Eagles signed Nnamdi Asomugha, traded for Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and even snagged Steve Smith away from their arch-rival New York Giants.
Andy Reid has led the Eagles to the Super Bowl once in 2004, and it's time for him to repeat that feat this year.
Jason Garrett needs to build off his 5-3 record with the Dallas Cowboys last season.
The Cowboys were 1-7 under Wade Phillips before Garrett took over, so he could be exactly what this team needs.
Tony Romo is back, Dez Bryant is healthy and Rob Ryan is defensive coordinator.
All the pieces are in place for Garrett, but if he doesn't use them properly, he'll be out the door just like Phillips.
Mike Shanahan needs to bring it for the Washington Redskins it this year.
A 6-10 record and fourth in the NFC East doesn't exactly scream two-time Super Bowl winning coach.
Shanahan got rid of Donovan McNabb and Albert Haynesworth, the two biggest underachievers on the Redskins roster last year.
With two quarterbacks in Rex Grossman and John Beck, as well as the recent Tim Hightower trade, Shanahan has no excuse if he leads the Skins to another 6-10 season.
You might've noticed the focus on NFC East teams, but that just speaks volumes to how difficult that division really is.
Any one of these four coaches could be out next season deepening on how things go this season, so except a tight battle down east.
Jack Del Rio recently got rid of David Garrard, so he's definitely pulling all the stops to secure his coaching spot.
Keep your seatbelts on folks, it's going to be a crazy year.