Eight new head coaches will be on center stage during the 2012 National Football League season and it will be interesting to see how many of them will actually turn their teams around immediately.
Four of the eight newcomers have been NFL head coaches previously, counting Joe Vitt on an interim basis in St. Louis in place of Mike Martz in 2005. But four others are unproven commodities about to set said on their voyage as head coaches in the pro ranks.
Here’s a look at the eight coaches ready to take center stage. They are listed as follows:
Dennis Allen-Oakland Raiders: The 39-year old Allen spent one season as a defensive coordinator with the Denver Broncos. He is the youngest head coach in the NFL; however, he is a branch on the coaching trees of Dan Reeves, Wade Phillips, Gregg Williams and John Fox, all defensive-minded coaches who preached an aggressive style. He will try to bring that to the Raiders and improve a unit that ranked 29th in both yards and points allowed last season.
Romeo Crennel-Kansas City Chiefs: Crennel, 64, was hired full time by the Chiefs during the offseson after taking over on an interim basis for the final three games of the 2011 season, following the dismissal of Todd Haley. Crennel, the team’s defensive coordinator since 2010, will try to build off his previous head-coaching experience, when he led the Browns to a 24-40 mark from 2005-2008.
Jeff Fisher-St. Louis Rams: The 54-year old Fisher returns to the NFL as the third-winningest active head coach in the league (142-120) behind only Bill Belichick and Mike Shanahan. With only six losing seasons in a 17-year career as the head coach of the Tennessee Titans, Fisher’s teams appeared in one Super Bowl and two AFC title games and won three division titles. He replaces Steve Spagnuolo.
Mike Mularkey-Jacksonville Jaguars: The Jaguars are hoping the second time around is the charm for Mularkey, who compiled a 14-18 mark with the Buffalo Bills in his first stop as a head coach in 2004-05. Mularkey, 50 , spent the past four seasons as offensive coordinator for the Atlanta Falcons, overseeing the development of Falcons QB Matt Ryan. Now he is expected to develop QB Blaine Gabbert and improve the NFL’s worst passing offense in 2011.
Chuck Pagano-Indianapolis Colts: Pagano is the latest in a line of fast-rising coordinators out of Baltimore. He joins the Colts after spending the 2011 season as the Ravens defensive coordinator. This is the first head-coaching stint for the 51-year-old, who inherits the No. 1 overall pick in former Stanford QB Andrew Luck, and the difficult task of trying to take the Colts back to one of the most feared teams in the NFL.
Joe Vitt-New Orleans Saints: With Sean Payton suspended by the NFL for the entire season as part of the punishment for the Saints “Bounty” scandal, owner Tom Benson and GM Mickey Loomis turned the reins over to Vitt, Payton’s right-hand man. Vitt, who has been the team’s assistant head coach/linebackers since Payton was hired in 2006, is only keeping the seat warm until Payton returns, and he’s expected to steer the ship just as Payton would. Vitt, 57, has served as interim head coach before he stepped in for Mike Martz with the Rams in 2005. He will be suspended for the first six games of the regular season for his role in the bounty program.
Joe Philbin-Miami Dolphins: Philbin wasn’t the first choice, but he comes to Miami to try to get the franchise back on track. The Dolphins are coming off their third consecutive losing season-the first time that has happened to the team since 1969. Philbin took the job amidst tragedy, joining Miami less than two weeks after the death of his son. His success with the Packers offense was a big plus for Dolphins owner Stephen Ross, who has been looking to field a high-scoring team in South Florida.
Greg Schiano-Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Schiano was lured from the college ranks after 11 seasons as the head coach at Rutgers. He has experience taking over a downtrodden program and instituting the culture change necessary to get his team’s fortunes headed in the right direction. That’s the task he faces with a Bucs team that lost 10 consecutive games to close last season after starting 4-2.
*PULL INTERNET PHOTO OF ST. LOUIS RAMS HEAD COACH JEFF FISHER