At least seven NFL teams will enter the 2016 season with a different head coach than the previous year. FOX Sports Senior NFL Writer Alex Marvez ranks the franchises by the attractiveness of each job that has opened. -- Alex Marvez
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7: Cleveland Browns
Pros: It’s a job ... Cons: Unproven front-office structure, quarterbacking void, lousy roster, Jimmy Haslam’s incompetent ownership. .... This opening was unattractive enough before Haslam announced that two executives with non-football backgrounds (Sashi Brown and Paul DePodesta) would have the juice in an analytics-driven approach. Haslam already has gone through three head coaches in his first four years since buying the Browns. Caveat emptor to whoever becomes the fourth.
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6: San Francisco 49ers
Pros: The bar for success was lowered 10 feet underground by Jim Tomsula. .... Cons: Working with headstrong general manager Trent Baalke is no picnic, no clear answer at quarterback. ... The Super Bowl window that was open under former head coach Jim Harbaugh slammed shut in 2015 following player retirements and free-agent departures. Colin Kaepernick was benched before heading to injured reserve in favor of Blaine Gabbert, who was better than in Jacksonville but hardly the second coming of Joe Montana. The positive thing is Tomsula was so horrendous that his successor (most likely Cincinnati offensive coordinator Hue Jackson, according to multiple media reports) will immediately provide an upgrade.
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5: Miami Dolphins
Pros: It’s warm in South Florida ... Cons: Miami’s history of dysfunction under owner Stephen Ross, doubts about whether Ryan Tannehill is a true franchise quarterback, having to coddle temperamental defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh. ... Good luck, Adam Gase. You’re going to need it with a franchise where nine head coaches (including interims) have failed to reach an AFC Championship game in the 20 years since Don Shula was forced into retirement. Gase’s first priority is trying to elevate Tannehill’s game following major regression in 2015.
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4: Philadelphia Eagles
Pros: Solid roster, ownership’s willingness to spend on players ... Cons: Front-office structure, quarterback uncertainty ... Chip Kelly’s final season as head coach was a mess but the overall roster is much better than some of the other teams with openings. The new head coach must accept having a limited say in personnel decisions working with Eagles executives Howie Roseman and Tom Donahoe, both of whom have shaky track records in that regard. Philadelphia also hasn’t publically said how it will handle its quarterback situation going forward with Sam Bradford set to become an unrestricted free agent and no other viable option on the roster.
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3: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Pros: Good young talent to build around ... Cons: Unpredictable ownership ... With the Buccaneers now on their fourth different head coach in six seasons after the shocking dismissal of Lovie Smith, anyone who takes this job has to wonder how long they will be given by the Glazer family to build a winner – especially considering the roster still needs work to become a legitimate playoff contender. Offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter seems a logical HC choice considering the strong work done by him and his staff in developing rookie quarterback Jameis Winston, but who knows with the unorthodox hiring practices of the Glazer family.
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2: New York Giants
Pros: Franchise QB, quality ownership ... Cons: A major lack of defensive talent, high expectations from the start ... With two Super Bowl championships during his 12-season head coaching reign, Tom Coughlin left huge shoes to fill when announcing his resignation. Some of Coughlin’s coaching decisions and the squandering of fourth-quarter leads marred his final year with the Giants, but the problems run deeper. The defense was atrocious, finishing last in the NFL in yards allowed (420.3 per game) and 30th in sacks (23) among numerous other failings. Coordinator Steve Spagnuolo’s scheme wasn’t to blame as much as limited talent to work with from general manager Jerry Reese, who appears safe despite a checkered history of personnel decisions. The offense is a strength with quarterback Eli Manning and wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.
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1: Tennessee Titans
Pros: A young QB with franchise potential, No. 1 pick in draft ... Cons: Ownership questions, roster deficiencies ... Even though head coach Ken Whisenhunt was fired at midseason, a source told FOX Sports that the Titans didn’t make the final decision to can general manager Ruston Webster until after the regular season concluded. This explains why the search for his replacement is dragging along. Tennessee has yet to conduct a head coaching interview, which has put the franchise well behind other teams with vacancies and eliminated “hot” candidates from contention. The longer the GM search drags out, it appears the better the chances that interim head coach Mike Mularkey has of keeping the gig. Whoever gets hired must work with the new GM to provide Marcus Mariota with upgraded talent at running back and along the offensive line.