5 NFL Coordinators That Should Be Considered for Head Coaching Jobs in 2011
There are many teams in the National Football League that will be in need of a new head coach for the 2011 season.
Many offensive and defensive coordinators have stepped up this season and done a nice job with their teams, possibly earning themselves a head coaching job next season.
Hue Jackson has done a tremendous job with the Raiders' offense, while Perry Fewell of the New York Giants is another coordinator to consider.
Here are five coordinators in the NFL that should be considered for a head coaching job next season.
Perry Fewell: Defensive Coordinator, New York Giants
Defensive coordinator Perry Fewell is in his first season with the New York Giants and has done a nice job despite the Giants' collapse against the Eagles in Week 15.
The Giants' defense is among the league leaders in many defensive categories, and a lot of credit can go to Fewell.
The Giants are currently ranked second in the NFL in yards given up per game.
Fewell should be considered for head coaching jobs around the league for any team that is looking for a defensive-minded coach.
Mike Martz: Offensive Coordinator, Chicago Bears
Mike Martz is currently the offensive coordinator for the Chicago Bears.
It has been rumored that Martz would not mind being a head coach again in the NFL.
Martz's last and only time as head coach came with the St. Louis Rams from 2000-2005.
Martz was always known as an offensive guru, although the Bears' offense has struggled this season.
The Bears have improved during the second half of the season, and if Martz does in fact want to be a head coach again, teams around the NFL should give him a look.
Jason Garrett: Interim Head Coach, Dallas Cowboys
Jason Garrett was the offensive coordinator for the Dallas Cowboys before stepping in as interim head coach when Wade Phillips was fired.
The Cowboys were 1-7 when Garrett took over, and they are now 5-9, having won four of their last six games.
Garrett has done a good job for the Cowboys since taking over and deserves a shot as a head coach next season, whether it is with the Cowboys or elsewhere.
Leslie Frazier: Interim Head Coach, Minnesota Vikings
Leslie Frazier was defensive coordinator for the Minnesota Vikings before Brad Childress was fired.
Frazier has stepped in and gone 2-2 since taking over as head coach.
Frazier has plenty of experience around the NFL with the Eagles, Bengals and Colts. Frazier was brought in to help out the secondary in Indianapolis and helped the Colts defeat the Bears in Super Bowl 41.
Frazier certainly has the experience to be a permanent head coach for the Vikings or for any other team in need of a coach.
Hue Jackson: Offensive Coordinator, Oakland Raiders
Hue Jackson is in his first season as Raiders offensive coordinator and has done a nice job for an offense that has been dreadful in recent years.
The Raiders have shown sparks on offense, including their Week 7 performance of 59 points against the Denver Broncos.
Jackson has had stints with the Bengals and Ravens, where he served as their quarterbacks coach and groomed Carson Palmer and Joe Flacco, both talented quarterbacks in the NFL.
The Raiders should do whatever they can to keep Jackson, but he definitely deserves a chance at being a head coach.