2014 NFL: 5 Head Coaches With Something To Prove This Season
5. Jeff Fisher - St. Louis Rams
Fisher has been armed with a blockbuster trade to rebuild a team that already had a stout front seven in place. Their defense is as good as there is in the NFC West which should be expected with all the first rounders and Fisher's pedigree. As with any coach, Fisher is attached at the hip with his quarterback Sam Bradford who needs to stay healthy to give them a chance. The Rams passed on their choice of quarterbacks this year in the draft, so Bradford needs to reward that faith or everyone could be looking for employment.
4. Marvin Lewis - Cincinatti Bengals
Lewis has done a good job the last decade or so building the Bengals back to respectability. Lewis lost both of his coordinators to head coaching jobs this year with Jay Gruden heading to the Washington Redskins and Mike Zimmer to the Minnesota Vikings. The expectations have risen a bit and the organization seems to be demanding more success with the questions on Andy Dalton's long term future, the head coach should not be any different. With the transitions going on around the division, now is a prime time for the Bengals to grab hold of a division title and host a playoff game.
3. Tom Coughlin - New York Giants
Hard to believe this is the case with two Super Bowls under his belt including one in 2011, but missing the playoffs a third straight year would be a disaster for a team that has a championship core of players. Coughlin is getting up there in age and he has one of the longest running tenures in the league, but as with all task masters, sometimes the act gets old and players stop responding.
2. Rex Ryan - New York Jets
Ryan's job was in question at the end of this past season, he has a dynamic personality that is great for New York but the success isn't happening. The quarterback posiiton has held them back, but even the defense hasn't been able to really establish dominance like Ryan's Baltimore Ravens units that got him this job in the first place. Whether it's Geno Smith or Michael Vick, the jets need to make the playoffs or the team most likely will be starting over.
1. Jason Garrett - Dallas Cowboys
Owner Jerry Jones has done everything the past 4 years but fire Jason Garrett. Wade Phillips, Rob Ryan and Monte Kiffin all became coaching casualties as defensive coordinators. The team plays hard for Garrett and his offense is consistently a top unit but infortunately for him, his success is tied to a defense that has had its struggles and this team will need to find itself in the postseason for Jones to justify bringing back this staff. Garrett is in the final year of his contract as is a lot of the staff. Garrett will be coaching for his future with the Cowboys or if it's the defense that betrays him again, his next coaching job.