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There are 32 men holding the title of NFL head coach.

On average, they will be 48.3 years of age for the regular-season opener. They range in age from the 64-year old Tom Coughlin with the New York Giants to 34-year old Raheem Morris in Tampa Bay. There are only two coaches older than 58 (Coughlin and Wade Phillips of the Cowboys), but there are four under the age of 43 (Morris, Denver’s Josh McDaniels, Mike Tomlin of Pittsburgh and Cleveland’s Eric Mangini.)

The average NFL head coach at the start of the 2010 season has been on the job 3.6 years. The dean of head coaches is easily Tennessee’s Jeff Fisher, who has coached in 246 regular season games, beginning back in the 1994 season when he replaced Jack Pardee as head coach of the Houston Oilers. Philadelphia’s Andy Reid will start his 12th season leading the Eagles, while three-time Super Bowl winner Bill Belichick of the Patriots is coaching his 11th straight season as New England’s football leader.

On the other side of that are seven head coaches who have worked only 16 games. In the last five years, 24 of the current head coaches were named to their positions; that’s 75 percent of the league.

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Not that there was any question, but the Kansas City Chiefs starting quarterback in 2010 will be Matt Cassel.

Despite a lackluster 2009 debut season with the Chiefs, the starting job “unequivocally” belongs to Cassel according to Kent Babb of the Kansas City Star.

With a revamped coaching staff that includes new offensive coordinator Charlie Weis who previously worked with Cassel in New England.

Weis’ goal is to fine-tune his throwing motion and decision-making.

If Cassel continues to struggle Brodie Coyle is waiting in the wings.

The Chiefs don’t want that to happen, however, as Tom Brady’s former backup will earn a base salary of $11.75 million this season.

No Doubt About It: Matt Cassel is Chiefs

The annual celebrity golf event, the American Century Championships, wrapped up today after three days of play at Tahoe, Nevada. Several former Dallas Cowboys participated in the event, including pro football Hall-of-Famer Troy Aikman. However, it was another Cowboys quarterback leading the way.

Vinny Testaverde finished highest of the former Cowboys, posting a final score of 38 to finish in a tie for 32nd place. Todd Haley, a former Cowboys assistant coach and current head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs, was second of the bunch. He finished in a tie for 46th place with a final score of 21.

Troy Aikman and Steve Beuerlein finished in a tie for 51st place, which is fitting, considering the two’s history. Aikman, of course, let the Cowboys to three Super Bowl championships in the 1990’s. And during the Cowboys second Super Bowl run in 1992, Beuerlein was Aikman’s backup. The two finished with a final score of 16

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