Mike Smith

Atlanta Falcons

Went from a sexy pick to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl last season to a team in a season-long free-fall, crash-landing at 4-12. Getting Julio Jones back from injury will help.

Jason Garrett

Dallas Cowboys

How many more 8-8 seasons can owner Jerry Jones endure? Garrett has provided three straight. He better improve or watch Jones hunt for his next Jimmy Johnson or Barry Switzer.

Rex Ryan

New York Jets

Few thought Ryan would survive last season after the Jets finished 8-8, their third straight non-winning season on the heels of back-to-back playoff appearances. Yet there he is, brash as ever.

Dennis Allen

Oakland Raiders

Owner Mark Davis has been patient, but the honeymoon is over. Allen needs much more than the four victories that the Raiders managed in each of his first two seasons.

Joe Philbin

Miami Dolphins

Last year's slight progress got overshadowed by the bullying scandal. All eyes will be on how well the Dolphins perform in Philbin's third season.



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