Large number of coaching jobs could be open

John Clayton looks at the NFL landscape and writes that there could be as many as nine head coaching changes this offseason.

Updated: December 2, 2005, 11:54 AM ET
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

Matt Millen's firing of Steve Mariucci officially started a winter of discontent. After three head coaching changes in 2005, the NFL can expect a wild January of change.

While in-season moves are rare, offseason moves are frequent. There has been an average of seven coaching changes a year since the start of the salary cap era in 1992. Owners are impatient. Like fans, they ride the emotions of seasons. But the dynamics of firing coaches is starting to change a bit because of the complexities ...

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