Class of 2006: An Imperfect 10

Profiles of the 10 coaches hired in 2006, including Mike McCarthy, who boasts a 38-26 with the Packers. Of the 10, six have been fired and Sean Payton, McCarthy and Brad Childress have coached in NFC championship games.

On Jan. 12, 2006, the Green Bay Packers hired Mike McCarthy as head coach. McCarthy was one of 10 members of the coaching Class of 2006.

Four of the 10 remain on the job — not including Eric Mangini, who was hired by the Jets in 2006 but is now head coach of the Browns. Here's how the coaches stack up, from worst to best, based on winning percentage.

Oakland: Art Shell (2-14)

A bad decision by Al Davis? Get out! Shell — who went 56-41 with the Raiders from 1989 through 1994 — hadn't held a coaching job in five years before being brought back by the Raiders. The Raiders scored 12 touchdowns in 16 games.

Detroit: Rod Marinelli (10-38)

Marinelli was fired after the Lions' infamous 0-16 season in 2008. Bears coach Lovie Smith hired Marinelli as his defensive line coach for 2009, and Smith — with his butt on the hot seat after three subpar seasons since reaching the Super Bowl — recently promoted him to defensive coordinator.

St. Louis: Scott Linehan (11-25)

Linehan was fired after the Rams started the 2008 season with an 0-4 record, making him 3-17 since going 8-8 in his first season. He's now in charge of developing Matthew Stafford as the Lions' offensive coordinator.

Kansas City: Herm Edwards (15-33)

For fans who would like their coach to be more animated, we point to effusive Herm Edwards. Edwards led the Chiefs to 9-7 and the playoffs in his first season but 4-12 in 2007 and a firing-squad 2-14 in 2008. Only the Lions, Raiders and Rams had worse records during Edwards' three seasons.

Packer Report publisher Bill Huber puts this story into context.

Buffalo: Dick Jauron (24-33)

Jauron, who was the NFL's coach of the year after leading the Bears to a 13-3 record in 2001, was fired by Buffalo after nine games this season. The Bills were 3-6 and averaging 15.6 points per game. The Bills went 7-9 in each of his first three seasons. The Eagles just hired him as defensive backs coach.

N.Y. Jets: Eric Mangini (23-25)

Favre giveth, and Favre taketh away. While Brett Favre played a large role in extensions for Mike McCarthy and Brad Childress, the Jets' late-season collapse in 2008 got Mangini fired. In three seasons with the Jets, Mangini reached the playoffs just once (2006). He landed on his feet in Cleveland, going 5-11 this past season, and was retained by new general manager Mike Holmgren.

Houston: Gary Kubiak (31-33)

Progress has been slow but it was enough for the Texans to extend his contract through 2012 earlier this week. Houston has gone 6-10, 8-8, 8-8 and 9-7 in his four seasons. The Texans, with Pro Bowl quarterback Matt Schaub as a centerpiece, will enter next season with lofty expectations after winning their last four games.

Minnesota: Brad Childress (36-28)

Faced with what many insiders thought was a must-win season, Childress and the Vikings acquired Brett, improved from 10 wins to 12 and won a playoff game before fumbling and throwing away a trip to the Super Bowl. Childress was awarded a contract extension through the 2013 season.

Green Bay: Mike McCarthy (38-26)

McCarthy, whose breakthrough 2007 season got him a contract extension through 2012, got himself off the hot seat by guiding the Packers to a 7-1 record in the second half of the season. He's taken the Packers to the playoffs in two of the last three seasons. Now, there are no excuses like in 2006 (rebuilding) and 2008 (Favre fiasco).

New Orleans: Sean Payton (38-26)

Do a Google search for Payton, and the third link that comes up is The home page now pokes fun by firing itself. Payton delivered a breakthrough season for the Saints, guiding them to a 13-3 record and the franchise's first Super Bowl. Payton has led the Saints to as many conference title games (two) as everyone else on this list combined. An extension inked in 2008 will keep Payton with the Saints through 2012.

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