There were 11 new head coaches around the NFL at the start of the 2009 season.
When the Colts fired Jim Caldwell earlier this week, only two of those 11 men were still in their jobs. One of the teams that had a new coach in 2009, the Raiders, has already fired the replacement for the first guy, and the Browns might do the same if they don't show significant improvement next season. Trench warfare in World War I had a better survival rate than that.
That turnover seems significant because there haven't been many coaches who have been fired more often by fans and the media than Tom Coughlin. You can't flip on New York sports radio powerhouse WFAN on the Monday after a Giants loss without hearing someone, let's call them Rocco from Rockville Center, calling for Coughlin's head. Those calls got very loud in 2009 and 2010 as the Giants missed the playoffs and the polish of his Super Bowl title wore off.
But the Giants hung with Coughlin, and their patience paid off w...