Their watchword is discipline. Matt Millen wants it in Detroit, John Shaw wants it in St. Louis. But executives in search of coaches who'll crack the whip shouldn't call the man who turned the Cowboys into champs in the '90s. "I'm not going back into coaching," Jimmy Johnson said on Sunday. "I've told [several owners], 'I've enjoyed the good life too long. You don't want me.'" Here are the top 10 candidates--including a couple of taskmasters at the top--for what should be between six and 10 vacancies.
1. Tim Lewis, Giants defensive coordinator Maestro of a relentless pass rush; just 44 but a 19-year college and pro coaching vet.
2. Gregg Williams, Redskins defensive coordinator Deserves a second chance after 17-31 stint as coach of the Bills (2001-03).
3. Pat Hill, Fresno State coach (above) Former Bill Belichick assistant in Cleveland who has built an offensive powerhouse.
4. Russ Grimm, Steelers assistant Joe Gibbs disciple who'd install conservative, ground-hugging offense and intimidating D.
5. Al Saunders, Chiefs offensive coordinator Dick Vermeil's handpicked successor; why hasn't Carl Peterson embraced him?
6. Eric Mangini, Patriots defensive coordinator At 34, he's been an NFL assistant for 11 years; another Belichick prot�g�.
7. Maurice Carthon, Browns offensive coordinator Has ties to Belichick and Bill Parcells; impressive job with little talent in Cleveland.
8. Mike Martz, Rams coach On the outs in St. Louis, quarterback guru is worth considering despite hard-to-work-with reputation.