Usually new coaches take over terrible teams, but this year that's not the case. Two playoff teams from last season (San Diego and Dallas) and two teams that hovered around .500 (Pittsburgh and Atlanta) have new head men this year. Here's my prediction on how all seven new coaches will fare in 2007:
Norv Turner, Chargers: Turner, who has a 58-82-1 career record as a head coach, takes over a loaded team. The problem is, San Diego's schedule gets much tougher this season. The Chargers out-of-division slate is brutal - Chicago, Indy, Baltimore, at New England, at Jacksonville. Predicted Record: 10-6
Mike Tomlin, Steelers: The franchise's third coach takes over an intriguing team. The Steelers won six of their last eight in '06, had the No. 8 overall defense last year and will have a healthy Ben Roethlisberger. Tomlin could be the next coaching star from Tony Dungy's old staff in Tampa Bay. Predicted Record: 10-6.
Wade Phillips, Cowboys: Jerry Jones' experiment with a big-name coach didn't result in a Super Bowl, so the Dallas owner is back to a guy who won't get in his way. Phillips isn't bad, but he won't bring back the Jimmy Johnson glory days. Predicted Record: 9-7
Ken Whisenhunt, Cardinals: Every offseason the Cardinals look like a great darkhorse. Even though I like Whisenhunt, I'm not falling for Arizona again this time. Predicted record: 7-9
Bobby Petrino, Falcons: Petrino is a noted disciplinarian with a solid NFL background (QBs coach and offensive coordinator in Jacksonville). But I don't expect his offensive success in college to translate to the NFL. Predicted Record: 6-10
Cam Cameron, Dolphins: The fans are already mad about the Ted Ginn Jr. pick, and the QB situation is still up in the air. The defense will be solid, but it won't be enough. Predicted Record: 6-10
Lane Kiffin, Raiders: Kiffin appears to be a bright guy and he has great coaching genes. The question is, how long will Al Davis give him to turn around the team, because it's not happening this year. They didn't make enough significant upgrades to improve immediately. Predicted Record: 4-12