Bradley deserves a long, long leash considering the mess he and general manager Dave Caldwell stepped into when hired in 2013. But at some point, the Jaguars have to start showing some progress after seven wins in two seasons under Bradley’s watch.
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Lovie Smith, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
After finishing 2-14, Tampa Bay was a disaster in Smith’s first season as head coach. Smith is now staking his Buccaneers future on Jameis Winston becoming a franchise quarterback and assuaging off-field character concerns that enshrouded him at Florida State.
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Ken Whisenhunt, Tennessee Titans
Although he was hired in 2014, Whisenhunt has increased pressure to get Tennessee back on track due to an uncertain ownership situation and his 2-14 record last season.
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Tom Coughlin, New York Giants
Coughlin has built positive equity from two Super Bowl victories. But that may take Coughlin only so far with the Giants having failed to reach the playoffs for three straight seasons.
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Jay Gruden, Washington Redskins
Gruden’s 4-12 debut with the Redskins was further tainted by his failure to get Robert Griffin III on track or get strong play from any other quarterback. Owner Daniel Snyder has fired head coaches for less in the past.
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Chuck Pagano, Indianapolis Colts
The Colts have advanced farther in the postseason every season since Pagano became head coach in 2012, but his failure to reach a contract extension entering the final year of his deal indicates a potential Super Bowl-or-bust scenario.
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Jeff Fisher, St. Louis Rams
Fisher can be cut some slack after inheriting a team sorely lacking in talent upon his arrival in 2012. But he's under the gun to get the Rams back into the playoffs for the first time since 2004 after three straight losing seasons under him.
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Marvin Lewis, Cincinnati Bengals
Cincinnati has become a reputable franchise once again under Lewis’ watch. However, one has to wonder how much more patience owner Mike Brown will have if the Bengals don’t win a playoff game after four straight one-and-done postseason appearances in the past four years.
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Chip Kelly, Philadelphia Eagles
Eagles owner Jeff Lurie gave Kelly total control of football operations in early 2015. Kelly must now show that his radical offseason makeover of Philadelphia’s roster has made the Eagles a better squad after failing to win a playoff game in his first two years.
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Joe Philbin, Miami Dolphins
Philbin and St. Louis’ Jeff Fisher are the NFL’s only head coaches who have failed to reach the playoffs in the past three seasons and still are with the same team. Philbin is running out of time, especially with Miami having a new football czar (Mike Tannenbaum) who didn’t hire him.