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NFL coaching changes could be held to a minimum

At first glance, it would appear that this offseason may be a little more quiet than usual in terms of coaching changes.  At this very moment, the only actively open job is in Atlanta, where Bobby Petrino left to become the coach at Arkansas.

At the top of the list to be dismissed is Miami's Cam Cameron --  even though Cameron reportedly told his players he'd be back in 2008. But with Bill Parcells hired with intentions to "restructure" the Dolphins, the likelihood of Cameron staying on are slim.

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The first real move was in Buffalo (7-9), where Marv Levy reportedly will no longer be general manager.  Since head coach Dick Jauron was Levy's choice, you have to wonder what that means for Jauron.

The clock on coaches expected to turn around programs is three years and the 49ers' Mike Nolan, whose third season ended at 5-11, may have run out of time.  In St. Louis, Scott Linehan has had just two seasons but the Rams (3-13) haven't appeared to make any progress.  At the least, changes may occur in the front office.

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In Kansas City, 4-12 was a major disappointment but Herm Edwards will probably get one more year to get his quarterback situation headed in the right direction and at least be competitive.  Rod Marinelli may survive Detroit's collapse but it would seem that offensive Mike Martz will take the fall.


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