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10 NFL Head Coaches Under The Most Pressure To Win In 2014

10 NFL Head Coaches Under The Most Pressure To Win In 2014

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With NFL training camps underway and the preseason right around the corner, every team and fanbase has hope going into the 2014 season. Every teams starts with a 0-0 record and an equal shot at winning the Super Bowl. That being said, there are coaches every season who are on the hot seat. Which coaches are under the most pressure to win in 2014?

10. Gus Bradley, Jacksonville Jaguars

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10. Gus Bradley, Jacksonville Jaguars

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Jacksonville went 4-12 in 2013, Bradley’s first season with the Jags. They drafted QB Blake Bortles, Marqise Lee, and Allen Robinson at WR in this year’s draft. After his latest arrest, it appears that WR Justin Blackmon will be lost for the season. Jacksonville has some talent, but they are young. Bradley doesn’t need the Jaguars to make the playoffs to keep his job, but they do need to show some improvement in 2014.

9. John Fox, Denver Broncos

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9. John Fox, Denver Broncos

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In the three seasons that Fox has been in Denver the Broncos are 34-14. They have also won three straight AFC West titles and earned a Super Bowl berth last season. They also have one of the best QBs in the league in Peyton Manning -- and each season has ended in a manner the Broncos wish they could forget.

8. Jim Harbaugh, San Francisco 49ers

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8. Jim Harbaugh, San Francisco 49ers

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Yes, the 49ers have won at least 11 games in each of the three seasons under Harbaugh, and they’ve made it to three straight NFC Championship games, but it is possible that he is out after 2014. Reportedly, there has been tension between Harbaugh and GM Trent Baalke this offseason. Harbaugh helped turned around a proud franchise, but if the animosity between Harbaugh and Baalke continues, winning a Super Bowl may be the only fix.

7. Tom Coughlin, New York Giants

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7. Tom Coughlin, New York Giants

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Coughlin has been the coach of the Giants since 2004, and this wouldn’t be the first time he has been on the hot seat. There have been late-season collapses, and the Giants have missed the playoffs in four of the last five seasons. Some say the two Super Bowl wins bought him a “lifetime contract.” That’s ludicrous. New York teams are always under a microscope, and if the Giants fail to make the playoffs in 2014, they may have a new coach in 2015.

6. Mike Smith, Atlanta Falcons

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6. Mike Smith, Atlanta Falcons

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In the six seasons that Smith has been in Atlanta the Falcons have quietly had five winning seasons. However, they have won only one playoff game in that time, and 2013 was a disaster (4-12) due to injuries. Smith is a good coach and his seat may not be as hot as some others, but at some point regular season success is not enough. Winning a playoff game in 2014 would go a long way towards securing his future.

5. Marvin Lewis, Cincinnati Bengals

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5. Marvin Lewis, Cincinnati Bengals

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In 11 seasons, Lewis has led the Bengals to only five winning seasons. They have reached the playoffs five times under Lewis, including each of the last three seasons and four out of the last five, but they haven’t won a playoff game. For Lewis to keep his job, you would think the Bengals must make the playoffs and win at least one playoff game this season. Continuing to throw up a goose egg in the win column in the playoffs is not good enough.

4. Jason Garrett, Dallas Cowboys

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4. Jason Garrett, Dallas Cowboys

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Garrett’s 29-27 record at the helm, including three straight 8-8 seasons, is pretty mediocre. Dallas has missed the playoffs for four straight seasons. They have lost three straight winner-take-all season finales for the division, and lost three of their last four games in 2013. If Dallas fails to make the playoffs in 2014, it’s safe to say Garrett is just an okay head coach and Jerry Jones will need to hire someone else.

3. Rex Ryan, New York Jets

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3. Rex Ryan, New York Jets

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Even Rex Ryan knows the writing is on the wall -- he told his players during the 2013 season that he expected for be fired. Amazingly, he kept his job even though the Jets missed the playoffs for the third straight season. The Jets have gone 42-38 in Ryan’s five seasons in NY, with no AFC East titles or Super Bowl appearances. It is doubtful the Jets will win the AFC East, and if the Jets fail to make the playoffs, Ryan is probably out.

2. Dennis Allen, Oakland Raiders

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2. Dennis Allen, Oakland Raiders

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The Raiders went 4-12 in each of Allen’s first two seasons in Oakland. That’s not a strong statement to keep your job, but somehow Allen is still the coach of the Raiders. If Al Davis was still alive and calling the shots, Allen would have already been fired. If the Raiders produce more of the same in 2014, Mark Davis will have to find a new head coach. It’s possible that Allen doesn’t make it through the 2014 season as the Raiders' head coach.

1. Joe Philbin, Miami Dolphins

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1. Joe Philbin, Miami Dolphins

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One question: how did Philbin keep this job after the 2013 season? The Dolphins have gone 15-17 in the two seasons under Philbin, and the bullying he allowed to take place was awful. Dennis Hickey didn’t hire Philbin, and if the Dolphins don’t make the playoffs (and they won’t) in 2014, Philbin will be out of a job faster than he can say Incognito.