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The former Stanford coach inherited talent, but the lockout prevented him from bringing in a QB to replace veteran Alex Smith, a pending free agent who is now expected to re-sign. The Niners have 16 players (six starters) scheduled to hit the open market, and Pro Bowl cornerback Nate Clements will also have to restructure his contract, or he could be cut.
6 Pat Shurmur, Browns
Cleveland is switching to the West Coast offense (which Shurmur used as the Rams' coordinator) and a 4--3 defense, but these should be fairly smooth transitions because the changes fit the personnel. The Browns' biggest concern is retaining its key free agents: cornerback Eric Wright, defensive end Jayme Mitchell, guard Floyd Womack and defensive end Robaire Smith.
7 Leslie Frazier, Vikings
Frazier faces less of a challenge: He was Minnesota's interim coach for three games last year and has a veteran-laden, playoff-caliber team. But there are issues, none bigger than at QB, where Brett Favre has retired and the top two candidates to replace him, rookie Christian Ponder and second-year vet Joe Webb, have two career starts between them.
8 Jason Garrett, Cowboys
No "new" coach has a roster as loaded as Garrett (Dallas's interim coach for the last eight games of the 2010 season) does. And unlike other coaches in this category, he has a Pro Bowl--caliber quarterback in Tony Romo. The Cowboys went 5--3 last year after Garrett replaced the fired Wade Phillips, and there will be no significant changes in offensive or defensive philosophy.