The NFL coaching carousel never stops spinning. Heading into 2014, there are coaches who will need to save their jobs by winning games – and in some cases winning multiple playoff games. In no particular order, we break down the head men who are feeling the heat. - James Parziale
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Tom Coughlin, Giants
Yes, he’s won two Super Bowls, but the front office made him jettison his long-time offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride this offseason in favor of Ben McAdoo, a Packers transplant. Let’s not forget the Giants have missed the playoffs in four of the past five seasons.
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Mike Smith, Falcons
Atlanta has made the playoffs in four of the six seasons Smith has been at the helm, but have won just one playoff game. Atlanta blew a 17-0 lead to the 49ers two years ago in the NFC Championship and is coming off a 4-12 season.
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Jim Harbaugh, 49ers
San Francisco has been the best team to not win a Super Bowl the past three seasons, losing to the eventual Lombardi champ each time. That’s a lot of winning, so Harbaugh wants to get paid, and it’s created a rift with management. If he doesn’t climb the mountain in 2014, he may be coaching elsewhere in 2015.
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Jason Garrett, Cowboys
Assurances from the big man aside, finishing 8-8 three years in a row with no playoff berths is not the model for long-term success in Jerry’s World. If Tony Romo’s health is an issue, Garrett is going to need a Gatorade bath to keep cool.
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Joe Philbin, Dolphins
After 7-9 and 8-8 campaigns, things might start to get hot under the collar for Philbin. He’s had to deal with the Chad Johnson and Richie Incognito-Jonathan Martin situations, and last year the Dolphins were 8-6 and could have made playoffs with a win in either of their last two games, but scored a combined seven points in losses to the Bills and Jets.
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Doug Marrone, Bills
Last season, the Bills went 6-10 in Marrone’s first season, so he’s not in any immediate danger. But with a pending ownership change in Buffalo that could lead to a new home, new management could want to come in and clean house.
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Jeff Fisher, Rams
Two seasons into his tenure, the Rams haven’t cracked .500. The team has too much talent to not make a run at the playoffs, despite being in a division that featured three teams with winning records last season. Expectations in St. Louis are high, especially if Sam Bradford stays healthy. Wins need to start coming.
Dennis Allen, Raiders
Justin Tuck. James Jones. Matt Schaub. That’s an influx of new veteran talent that should help the Raiders compete, even in the AFC's best division last year. Oakland hasn’t made playoffs since their Super Bowl appearance back in 2002 and has had seven coaches since.
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Mike Pettine, Browns
The ownership bungled its coaching situation in the offseason by firing Rob Chudzinski after just one season. Then none of the top-tier candidates wanted the job. That said, you have to figure Pettine is safe since no one wanted the job. But then again, given Cleveland's penchant for firings, should anyone truly feel comfortable there? Maybe Johnny Manziel can be player-coach?
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Rex Ryan, Jets
Ryan’s team has missed the playoffs the last three seasons after going to back-to-back AFC title games in his first two years as head man. Last year, the team’s 8-8 campaign seemed to exceed expectations, but with the additions of Chris Johnson and Eric Decker -- not to mention a top-flight defensive front -- Ryan may need a playoff berth -- or else -- in a weak AFC.