The NFL draft is well in the rear view mirror. Mini-camps have concluded and training camp for all 32 teams is still weeks away. Summer in the NFL is time for player evaluation, rookie orientation and heated position battles. Just as a player is scrutinized for their on-field performance, several coaches need to prove themselves worthy of retaining their own jobs on the sideline next season. As the 2014 season approaches, which coaches are on the hot seat?
Jason Garrett - Dallas Cowboys
Jerry Jones doesn’t like losing. Obviously, no one does, but Jones is the owner of 'America’s Team' and expects results. After failing to make the playoffs and finishing 8-8 in each of the last three seasons, Garrett needs to get the team over the mediocrity hump. Dallas said goodbye to defensive starters DeMarcus Ware and Jason Hatcher in the offseason and addressed needs on both sides of the ball in this year’s draft. Tony Romo is recovering from offseason back surgery and backup QB Kyle Orton has been a no-show at mini camp, leaving Browns’ castoff Brandon Weedon taking snaps. 2014 could very well be the last chance for Garrett.
Dennis Allen - Oakland Raiders
The Raiders had an excellent offseason, acquiring talent both in the draft and free agency. Second year GM Reggie McKenzie has provided Allen the tools to significantly improve over back-to-back 4-12 seasons. McKenzie brought in big names like LaMarr Woodley, Justin Tuck and Carlos Rogers to boost the defense, while adding offensive weapons Maurice Jones-Drew and James Jones. First round pick Khalil Mack should also help the team that finished 29th in points allowed last season. Allen and the Raiders are hoping these moves are enough to put the franchise back to its winning ways and assure the coach another season with the team.
Joe Philbin - Miami Dolphins
Philbin’s two-year tenure with the Dolphins has resulted in a 15-17 record, which doesn’t necessarily exude a high-level of job security for the head coach. The coach came under fire for the Richie Incognito harassment incident, claiming the team wasn’t aware it was happening. Still, he kept his job while GM Jeff Ireland was shown the door. The team signed Pro Bowl tackle Branden Albert as part of their new look offensive line and added veteran running back Knowshon Moreno. With Ryan Tannehill entering his third NFL season, Philbin hopes to turn around a team that hasn’t made the playoffs since 2008. If not, the Dolphins could be looking for his replacement next season.
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