- Mel Kiper Jr., Football analyst
As of this writing, four NFL head-coaching jobs are currently open -- Jacksonville, Miami, St. Louis and Tampa Bay. While Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay described Jim Caldwell's chances to return as head coach as "not outside the realm of possibility" earlier this week, there's a sense that when the Colts land a new general manager, they may well be in the market for a new coach. So the question is: What's the most appealing situation for a new coach to walk into?
I was asked to rank these, and a lot of factors go into it. Some include:
• This is a quarterback-driven league; what's the QB situation you inherit?
• If you want to make scheme changes, is the personnel versatile enough?
• What does the young talent look like, and how are you set up in the draft?
• Is this a situation where you can truly win early, and if not, can you stick around?
Obviously, a lot more goes into it, from location and weather to what kind of decision-making clout the coach will have as well as the working relationship with the GM and team president. It all plays a part. But let's concentrate on the known and consider the pros and cons of each opening.
Mel Kiper breaks down the top coaching vacancies in the NFL, including the Indianapolis Colts, who may not retain Jim Caldwell.