It may look glamorous, but in reality, coaching in the National Football League is not for the faint of heart. NFL coaches regularly put in 20-hour workdays; they must manage some of the biggest egos in the world; and while their salaries are nothing to scoff at, job security simply doesn’t exist for the vast majority of them. It’s common to see a coach get fired after only one or two seasons on the job. In fact, this happens almost every year.
It’s also common to see an established, Super Bowl-winning head coach get the ax if his team starts to slide. We saw this happen with (among others) Mike Shanahan and the Denver Broncos, Bill Walsh and the San Francisco 49ers, John Madden and the Oakland Raiders, and most recently, Tom Coughlin and the New York Giants.
One coach who’s in danger of joining this group in 2017: Sean Payton of the New Orleans Saints.