They are scorching-hot as NFL coaches.
Their chairs, for the moment, are comfortably cool.
This season features an unusually high number of coach-of-the-year candidates, making that one of the more competitive races.
There's no time to campaign for the honor, of course, with all the focus on a fluid playoff picture that won't be fully decided until Sunday night. But several coaches could make a convincing case that the 2013 award belongs in their office.
The field of contenders includes Kansas City's Andy Reid, who rescued the bottom-of-the-barrel Chiefs; Philadelphia's Chip Kelly, whose team has a chance to go from worst to first in its division (something at least one NFL team has done every year for the last decade); and Arizona's Bruce Arians, who last season became the first interim coach to win the honor.
The NFL's top 10 coach-of-the-year candidates, from least to most deserving:
10. Chuck Pagano, Indianapolis
He deserves it: Pagano was an inspiration to the Colts last season when he battled cancer, but this year he proved he's a good head coach. At one point, Seattle, San Francisco and Denver were a combined 17-1 against the rest of the league, and 0-3 against Indianapolis.
Maybe next year: Having Andrew Luck at quarterback automatically gives you a big edge. The Colts repeatedly fell behind early in games this season and couldn't always dig themselves out. They were crushed by St. Louis and Arizona by a combined 78-19.
9. Sean Payton, New Orleans
He deserves it: With Payton suspended last season, the Saints were 7-9. He returned and the team won its first five games. His decision to hire Rob Ryan as defensive coordinator was key, and Payton's play-calling, especially early in the season, was masterful.
Maybe next year: New Orleans has gone 5-5 in its last 10 games and 3-5 on the road. The Saints can't seem to figure out their issues playing away from the Superdome. They will need to, though, because it looks as if Carolina will win the NFC South with the Saints hitting the road in the playoffs (if they get that far).
8. John Fox, Denver
He deserves it: Just look at what the Broncos have done on offense. Peyton Manning has thrown an NFL-record 51 touchdown passes with one game to play, and a record five Denver players have scored at least 10 touchdowns. Fox is something of a sentimental favorite too, having missed part of the season for heart surgery.
Maybe next year: Manning is essentially the NFL's 33rd head coach, and he makes the job look easy. Denver's defense has gone from elite last season to a subpar liability this season. The Broncos blew a 24-0 halftime lead at New England on their way to a 34-31 defeat in overtime.
7. Jim Harbaugh, San Francisco
He deserves it: Another year, another great season for Harbaugh, whose team has a league-long winning streak of five games. They played most of the year without No. 1 receiver Michael Crabtree. In fact, Harbaugh had to deal with more adversity this fall than his first two seasons combined.
Maybe next year: Quarterback Colin Kaepernick stalled or maybe even regressed this season. He has played better lately, but this season doesn't compare to his skyrocketing trajectory in 2012. These 49ers have yet to prove they can win at Seattle, having lost the last two by a combined 71-16.
6. Pete Carroll, Seattle
He deserves it: Once again, the Seahawks have been almost unbeatable at home. Russell Wilson is 14-1 there. Seattle had a few signature wins, among them pounding San Francisco and New Orleans, and rebounding from a 21-point deficit to beat Tampa Bay in overtime, the largest comeback in franchise history. The Seahawks also had to deal with a major reshuffling of their offensive line because of injuries.