NFL Rebuild Rankings: Which Groups Are In Best Shape For Future?
With the NFL season over, each team can consider itself for now.
The Philadelphia Eagles’ successful run to Super Bowl LII (after consecutive losing seasons) should serve as inspiration to organizations that found themselves home that January. Some have the ingredients to produce a similar surge following time, while playoff teams might be in for a fall.
Here’s our look at all 32 teams, Rated from best to worst in their Prognosis for the Elongated future:
1. Eagles: The underdog behave is over. Having a 25-year-old, MVP-caliber quarterback in Carson Wentz about the repair, Philadelphia has a strong core eyeing to build off the franchise’s first Super Bowl title. The Eagles have a tight salary-cap outlook in 2018 but confront minimal losses from a group with few flaws.
2. Vikings: Yup, Minnesota has a Mall of America-sized hole at quarterback with Case Keenum, Teddy Bridgewater and Sam Bradford place to hit free agency. However, with lots of spending room and an enviable roster, the Vikings should be able to find a resolution. Maybe no other team is as great at creating homegrown celebrities, since there’s outstanding talent at the skill positions and during the NFL’s top-ranked defense.
3. Patriots: Tom vs. Time is a battle the NFL’s most up-to-date MVP plans on winning, even if his opponent is undefeated. As long as Brady shows no signs of slowing and mentor Bill Belichick stays at the helm — New England shouldn’t slip far. TE Rob Gronkowski’s non-committal remarks about his future will keep many on border until he shows his plans, and the defense also needs to be addressed after being repeatedly chopped at the Super Bowl.
4. Falcons: They may be poised to pull away what Minnesota dropped short of by becoming the first group to play at the Super Bowl. OC Steve Sarkisian still must prove he could capitalize on his array of weapons, but the pieces are there. Don’t overlook what might be the next defense of the NFL and breakout star LB Deion Jones.
5. Jaguars: Can The Location for Jacksonville? A defense packed at each level and top-ranked run match headed by Leonard Fournette suggests the Jags are here to stay. But keeping Blake Bortles seems like a limitation.
6. Rams: There’s no better youthful troika than trainer of the year Sean McVay, 32, offensive player of the year Todd Gurley, 23, and defensive player of the year Aaron Donald, 26. Taking another step is dependent on QB Jared Goff’s development. Sacrifices and losses from free agency could send the shield in the wrong direction.
7. Saints: After a group, New Orleans has given itself a rush of vitality with a sterling rookie course led by RB Alvin Kamara and CB Marshon Lattimore. Nevertheless this is Drew Brees’ show, and New Orleans should be given the assurance it needs to make another push by the quarterback’s anticipated return.
8. Steelers: Despite boasting a eight Bowlers, Pittsburgh has not done enough to close the gap. While shortcomings were shown by LB Ryan Shazier’s harm, chilly cans still run occasionally. Maintaining Le’Veon Bell is essential, though striking an arrangement may not be easy (or cheap).
9. Packers: Aaron Rodgers returned to a tone by imagining his comeback from a broken collarbone led to an MVP campaign, Following grumbling about the reduction of his quarterbacks coach. The Pack ought to have the ability to run with the elite elsewhere. Mike Pettine could be the boon in the staff shake-up for a self-defense protection, although Joe Philbin could help Rodgers and the offense get back to top form in his next stint in Green Bay.
10. Cowboys: Is Dallas performed with drama for a while? Though the looming contract ordeal of Dez Bryant is ironed out, it’s apparent the more help is needed by Dak Prescott from his receiving corps. DE Demarcus Lawrence is a piece that deserves a hefty contract in free agency, but the shield is still reliant upon LB Sean Lee.
11. Chargers: They demonstrated that they won’t settle for second banana in Los Angeles. Although the fourth-ranked offense remains in great hands with Philip Rivers and Melvin Gordon, Melvin Ingram and Joey Bosa represent the NFL’s best young pass-rushing duo. But it’s past time to fix the farcical kicking porous run defense and anxieties.
12. Texans: The cap of the roster is sterling, as Deshaun Watson and J.J. Watt provide tantalizing possibilities since they mend from harms, whilst DE Jadeveon Clowney and WR DeAndre Hopkins also stand among the very best at their respective places. Yet 54 sacks were given up by the line, and the secondary was burnt for 30 touchdowns. With no pick in the first two rounds, Houston may have to await remedies.
13. Seahawks: Ticking to a reset? It’s unclear exactly what form that may take. With CB Richard Sherman rehabbing a torn Achilles and Pete Carroll casting doubt on the futures of S Kam Chancellor and DE Cliff Avril — theories of DE Michael Bennett’s death have also been floated — that the vaunted defense seems like it could be in for a significant shift. Russell Wilson’s output (he had a hand in all but one of Seattle’s offensive touchdowns) was nothing short of heroic, but that formulation finally proved untenable.
14. Chiefs: Let ‘er rip. Last year first rounder must have free rein of an offense, following Kansas City sent Alex Smith to Washington following a career year. His first season as a starter might be a slap of his Texas Tech days, since the defense is still in bad shape (though the yield of Eric Berry and acquisition of Kendall Fuller will boost the secondary).
15. 49ers: San Francisco has an impressive setup after shutting the year on an NFL-best five-game win streak under Jimmy Garoppolo, who’s returning on a contract. The entire breakout might be a year off as Kyle Shanahan and John Lynch continue to reconstruct the roster. Expected to be among the groups the Niners could choose to create a major splash.
16. Titans: Tennessee was the only playoff team to create a coaching change. Whether the Titans picked the substitute in Mike Vrabel, who had 1 year of planner experience remains unclear. Marcus Mariota regressed in 2017 but may use a playbook and help after he threw 15 interceptions and 13 touchdowns.
17. Panthers: involving the anticipated sale of this franchise by Jerry Richardson and interim GM Marty Hurney being placed on paid leave amid allegations from his ex-wife, few nightclubs face more uncertainty. And that’s to say nothing of the changes made on Ron Rivera’s staff, that will have two new coordinators, such as Norv Turner taking over the offense.
18. Broncos: John Elway is in the batter’s box, waiting to take his huge swing for a quarterback. Whatever movement he makes may not be a cure-all to get a group that failed an eight-game losing streak last season. However, Von Miller and the rest of the defense help position Denver to make a big leap if a competent passer is obtained.
19. Raiders: The Silver & Black are not waiting for their Vegas move to put on a display. Jon Gruden’s return raises both the team’s profile and expectations. Though many will focus on how he manages Derek Carr after last year’s battles, the defense also needs to be than the Khalil Mack sacred act.
20. Redskins after landing Alex Smith, Washington still does not know how to find a graceful end to the Kirk Cousins saga. Smith must settle in with coach Jay Gruden’s offense, though might experience the very same struggles Cousins failed in developing a rapport. Better luck on the injury front could provide a spark in 2018, but more consistency is required.
21. Ravens: Baltimore is headed for major changes After spending the majority of the previous five years in a Bowl stasis. GM Ozzie Newsome is currently entering his final year, also John Harbaugh was extended a movie mandate. For now, the story is still the same, as a formidable defense will be tasked with carrying his supporting cast that is second-rate and Joe Flacco.
22. Lions: Leading Detroit is. But notching the franchise’s first postseason win since the 1991 year might be similarly vexing. While Matthew Stafford provides a wonderful base, Patricia will have to discover answers to get a pass rush and long-dormant run game.
23. Cardinals: Larry Fitzgerald is the final link to the most successful run in Arizona’s history, and it’s still not obvious what his 2018 plans are. RB David Johnson’s return should re-balance the offense, while the sixth-ranked defense has cornerstones in bag king Chandler Jones and Patrick Peterson, who is now seven-for-seven on Pro Bowls in his career. Having a murky outlook at quarterback and along the line, however, Steve Wilks’ first year as head coach will be shaping up to be rocky.
24. Bills: Ending the NFL’s longest playoff drought reveals they’re in good hands with Sean McDermott. As Buffalo lacks building blocks but even returning to postseason in the future could prove challenging. Change at quarterback is likely afoot, and the offense needs to find weapons.
25. Bears: by pairing new coach Matt Nagy with Mitchell Trubisky following the quarterback’s uneven rookie campaign the Sean McVay plan is attempting. A triumph is constituted by retaining Vic Fangio as defensive coordinator, but the Bears’ reconstruct looks more like a climb instead of rocket-fueled ascension.
26. Dolphins: Difficult to assess a team that bedeviled that the Patriots was about a 40-0 drumming in the Ravens’ company end. Miami’s authentic self likely lies somewhere between these polarities, though falling eight of the past ten was a trend that is discouraging. Ryan Tannehill’s return could keep them afloat, but it is tough to see how this group becomes much better given the absence of wiggle room.
27. Buccaneers: Jameis Winston and Dirk Koetter are entering a season after their venture showed indications of maxing out following a disappointing 5-11 effort. Help is needed by the pass rush, if the offense gets back on track, and also the secondary might experience substantial changes.
28. Bengals: Status quo is given a divorce from Marvin Lewis appeared inevitable. The Bengals boast intriguing talent — CB William Jackson III, RB Joe Mixon and DE Carl Lawson are shaping up as starters — but advance will be hard to find until the offense line is piled out.
29. Giants: Pat Shurmur’s measured approach looks ideal for that which was a volatile locker space. Despite questions about Eli Manning’s durability and Odell Beckham’s contract, the G-Men possess the tools to rebound. But cap space will prevent them from spending away their problems.
30. Colts: So … who wants this job following Josh McDaniels bailed? If Andrew Luck heals, an roster could be again carried by the franchise quarterback. However, this is a team reversed from the pass rush to the two ends, as no crime gave up more sacks (56) and only 1 defense tallied fewer (25).
31. Browns: Using cap space expected to exceed $110 million and five selections from the first two weeks, including the No. 1 and 4 overall selections, it is time for new GM John Dorsey to capitalize on a stockpile of resources. There is some emerging talent on the roster, especially on defense. But Hue Jackson has drained his explanations .
32. Jets: This won’t be a fun situation to step right into, even for another quarterback. Perhaps no team is more bereft of ability, though last year’s rookies signify a step in the right direction. Smart drafting, which has not occurred consistently for a while, remains necessary for long-term construction, particularly given New York’s failed free service forays in recent decades.