DETROIT, MI - OCTOBER 10: Head coach Jim Schwartz heads onto the field after beating the Chicago Bears 24-13 at Ford Field on October 10, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
Following the 2008 season, there was a lot of turnover in the coaching ranks. 11 new head coaches were hired in the 2009 offseason, and a lot of them were big names.
Amazingly, as pointed out by Adam Schefter, only two of the 11 head coaches haven't been fired. With Jim Caldwell being the latest to be canned on Tuesday, the number of coaches hired in 2009 to be fired went up to nine. Only Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz and New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan haven't been axed.
Via Rich Eisen, here's the list of the other coaches hired in 2009:
Eric Mangini (Browns), Josh McDaniels (Broncos), Jim Mora (Seahawks), Todd Haley (Chiefs), Tom Cable (Raiders), Mike Singletary (49ers), Raheem Morris (Buccaneers), Steve Spagnuolo (Rams) and Jim Caldwell (Colts)
It's pretty remarkable that so many changes have been made in such a short amount of time. Then again, in today's NFL, in most cases, you either win and win quickly or your job will be in jeopardy. Obviously not all situations are like that, as evidenced by there being very little talk about Schwartz being on the hot seat after an 8-24 start. After going 10-6 this past season and with an extension coming, Schwartz's job is safe for at least a couple years.
Ryan, the other survivor from the 2009 head coaching class, could be in some trouble if the Jets have another rough season in 2012. He seems to have lost his team, and if things don't improve next season, Schwartz could end up outlasting all of the other head coaches hired in 2009.