NFL: Joe Philbin, Rex Ryan among coaches on hot seat in 2014

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Dec 1, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Miami Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin during the game against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Dec 1, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Miami Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin during the game against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

The NFL is a “what-have-you-done-for-me-lately?” kind of league. It’s one of the sport’s worst-kept secrets, yet the misconception among some is it only applies to players. That couldn’t be further from the truth.

Head coaches are subject to the same critiques and reviews as players, with their superiors (general managers and owners) holding the final say. At the end of each season — and sometimes before — coaches will get axed if their performances aren’t up to snuff, making it no different than, say, a running back or linebacker getting his pink slip for a string of bad outings.

2014 will be no different.

Heading into a brand new campaign, there are, by my count, five coaches whose seats are hotter than the devil’s backside. They’ll all need impressive seasons (read: winning records) to retain their jobs. For a select few, that might not even be enough to convince the powers-that-be. Talk about dire.

Read on to find out who these five marked men are.

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