For starters, we take note of the premise that whatever works is always instantly emulated in the NFL. And then we remind you that all four of this season's four rookie head coaches have teams in legitimate playoff contention, with winning records and a combined mark of 30-18 entering Week 14. Will it be any wonder, then, if the NFL owners who go looking for a coach this offseason are trying to identify the next
Adding to the perception that coordinating has become a non-essential part of a head coach's background is the success of
But with my third installment of this year's NFL coaching hot seat rankings (see the first two
First, a look at the likely head coaching prospects, roughly grouped from the most popular to the long-shots on the list. Following that will be a fresh temperature reading of the league's coaching hot seats....
While the NFL could come calling, another possibility to keep an eye on is Notre Dame. Harbaugh is extremely popular in Indiana following his successful career with the Colts, and he's known as a great recruiter. Given Harbaugh's public rebuke of his alma mater, Michigan, last year, wouldn't that spice up the Irish-Wolverine rivalry?