You're a football coach with your pick of any job in the NFL. What team could you most improve? We posed that question to the league's 28 head coaches. Nearly half of those who responded chose the Cincinnati Bengals. "They've got a lot of big-play guys," noted one coach. "I don't know why they aren't more successful." A contemporary added, "I could make Cincinnati better by going after more free agents." Others in the fraternity singled out Bengal coach David Shula (left) for blame. " Cincinnati has kept the same coach too long," said one. "Something's wrong."
Also-rans included the Oakland Raiders, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Arizona Cardinals. " Arizona could be better on offense," said a respondent. " Buddy Ryan is so one-sided." The Detroit Lions drew the vote of one coach who said, "I'd get a good fullback and put him in front of Barry Sanders."