There are dozens of places where really good coaches can live out their career making millions of dollars a year. They don't have the pressure, the media responsibilities or the restrictions that ND would place on them. Shit, Hugh Freeze is going to make $4 million a year at Ole Miss and Gary Patterson is going to make $3.5 million at TCU. They don't need Notre Dame to become rich.
But they might have confidence in their own abilities and recognize the opportunities and advantages that ND offers that they can't get at their schools. But if they're going to give up those jobs to go for the upside of Notre Dame, they're going to want to know that it isn't a career limiting experience. Good, or even great coaches can do a good job and still come up failures in the minds of their fans.
So, I think, it is important, from a coach recruiting perspective, for Swarbrick to demonstrate to coaches that they're going to get the benefit of the doubt and a fair shake if they decide to come here. And that a disastrous season is not necessarily going to mean the axe.