The 2013 NFL offseason officially began the day after Super Bowl XLVII.
That means the grace period has already ended for the eight new head coaches hired last month.
No joke. Those who don’t help their new teams instantly improve could be out of a job at this time next year.
Mike Mularkey and Romeo Crennel are the latest examples of the win-now culture permeating the NFL. Mularkey (Jacksonville) and Crennel (Kansas City) became the fourth and fifth head coaches in the past five seasons to get fired after just one year at the helm. They were canned following 2-14 debuts.
The rebuilding process is a more daunting task with some clubs than others, but team owners aren’t looking for excuses either. San Francisco’s Jim Harbaugh inherited a 6-10 squad and immediately guided the 49ers to appearances in the NFC Championship Game (2011 season) and Super Bowl XLVII (2012). Harbaugh became the fourth coach in his first or second year with a franchise to take his charges to the Super Bowl since 2007.
Which teams with new X's-and-O's leadership are ready to make the leap back into the playoffs and who are the newbies with the greatest obstacles to overcome? Here are my FOXSports.com rankings of the most-to-least attractive jobs as well as the biggest challenge each coach faces as we look ahead to looming personnel decisions, the free-agent signing period that begins in mid-March and April’s college draft. - Alex Marvez
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