By Cody Strahm @CodyJStrahm on May 15, 2014
The 2014 NFL Draft is over and the pressure is now on for NFL coaches across the league's landscape. Here are five head coaches who are set to enter a make-or-break season on the proverbial hot seat.
Marc Trestman was far from an awe-inspiring hire by the Chicago Bears last January. Thus, his leash is probably a little shorter than those coaches with more impressive NFL pedigrees. The Bears are fairly talented as well, with a highly productive tandem of receivers in Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery for quarterback Jay Cutler to dissect opponents with. No playoffs in 2014 could lead to a coaching change.
After back-to-back 4-12 seasons in Oakland, Dennis Allen is entering a make-or-break 2014 campaign with the Raiders. GM Reggie McKenzie was aggressive in free agency to ensure improvement and the draft turned up an athletic specimen in Khalil Mack and a potential franchise quarterback in Derek Carr. Another four-win season or worse or just marginally better would likely seal Allen's fate.
Mediocrity has been the theme of Joe Philbin's tenure in Miami thus far. A 15-17 record through two seasons has set the stage for a crucial 2014 for Philbin and the Dolphins. He appears to be on the same page with new GM Dennis Hickey, however, which is more than what was said about his partnership or lack thereof with former GM Jeff Ireland. His quarterback, Ryan Tannehill, should have substantially more time in the pocket too.
The Jets may have handed Rex Ryan a multiyear extension after the team overachieved in 2013 and publicly denied that he's on the hot seat entering the fall. But in a city like New York, winning is demanded on a yearly basis. Ryan is far from the problem with the Jets, but he'll face the ramifications if the team stumbles to a losing season.
It's amazing Jason Garrett has lasted this long in Dallas. Surviving three consecutive seasons without a winning record in that climate, where winning is imperative, is a testament to owner Jerry Jones' confidence in Garrett. However, 2014 might be Garrett's last chance. After the roster was gutted in free agency, the deck could be stacked against him.
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