This is the time of year when we use fun NFL buzz words like culture and cohesion and structure. The truth is some teams simply have bad players and coaches.
Luckily for them, this offseason promises to serve the underwhelming while the teams with quality rosters wait for them to catch up. At least seven free agent quarterbacks have extensive starter’s experience. At least four new head coaches will be learning on the job. And a draft with serious depth at several positions — including running back and wide receiver — can bolster teams saddled with capital.
It’s time to get better. Here’s a deeper look at which non-playoff teams need an overhaul, and the list of tweaks needed by teams that don’t need a massive rebuild.
Tear it down
Priorities this offseason: Get the quarterback. Let Andy Dalton walk and use the No. 1 pick on the guy — either LSU’s Joe Burrow at the top or moving back a few spots to select Tua Tagovailoa or Justin Herbert. Execs agree the offensive line needs major work and the defense has looked a step slow thanks to multiple aging vets. And make efforts to re-sign Green at a reasonable cost, which seems possible coming off a lost year due to injury. Coach Zac Taylor will probably get at least another one to two years to fix this.