The amazing thing about the NFL is just how quickly teams can turn things around if they are smart. Judicious use of free agency and draft picks—plus a little luck—has been how many teams have made a quick turnaround from sad, bottom-feeding team to contender—or at least a team which don’t force their fans to make sad videos. Although, even they know how quick things can improve.
As we head towards the 2015 NFL draft, OTAs and then training camp, teams are already well on their way to forming the basis for their 2015 campaigns. For some—like the Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots or the runner-up Seattle Seahawks—it’s a matter of reloading.
For teams who are lower on the food chain, there is usually a lot more work to do, but it’s not beyond the realm of possibility that these teams are able to get back on track quickly. The Kansas City Chiefs, Indianapolis Colts and Detroit Lions are just a few of the teams who, after a bad season, were able to get their act in gear and improve.
That’s not to say it’s easy—clearly it isn’t as Cleveland Browns, Jacksonville Jaguars and Buffalo Bills fans can attest to. And it can all fall apart quickly as well, something Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New York Jets fans can tell you about.
This year’s offseason has seen some strong moves by many of the teams at the bottom of last year’s barrel and there are a few who appear to be well on their way to a competitive season. Do we believe what we see though?
Meanwhile some teams didn’t do much of anything. That doesn’t necessarily spell doom though because occasionally the moves you don’t make are the best ones.
So which of the sub-.500 teams do we see turning things around this season and which ones will fall short?
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