Dungy retired approximately a week after losing to the Chargers in the wildcard round. However, he left open the possibility of returning to the game. That was the same tactic deployed by Mike Holmgren, another Super Bowl winner who retired this offseason yet could be enticed to return under the right circumstances.
HC Norv Turner
It's difficult to imagine that a coach who has led his team to division titles and playoff victories in each of his first two seasons could be on the hot seat. But that's the case with Turner, due in large part to the team's roller-coaster nature under his guidance.
In 2007, the Chargers started 1-3 before riding an eight-game winning streak all the way to the AFC Championship Game.
The Chargers came into 2008 determined to start fast, yet came out of the gates at 4-8, the team's worst start since 2003. San Diego rallied to win four straight games and steal the embarrassingly bad AFC West, but that doesn't negate the fact that the Chargers underperformed for most of the season.
The schedule certainly won't do Turner any favors next season. The NFL's rotating schedule has the Chargers set to play the NFC East and the AFC North, two of the toughest and most physical divisions in football. Also, because of San Diego's first-place finish, the Chargers earned dates with the Tennessee Titans and Miami Dolphins.
However, Chargers management will accept no excuses for another inconsistent season. Turner must prove he can secure the one thing that has evaded this franchise -- a Super Bowl victory -- or the Chargers may chase a coach who's been there and done that.
Michael Lombardo is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America and a long-time contributor to the Scout.com network. His analysis has been published by the NFL Network, Fox Sports and MySpace Sports. He has followed the Chargers for more than 15 years and covered the team since 2003.