We said it last year, and we’ll say it again in 2021: Your favorite NFL team probably sucks.
“Sucks” can hit a slightly wide swath. You’re probably using words like “rebuild,” “re-equip,” and “potential” as comforting phrases to help you get through another brutal, ineffective, and wasted season as an NFL fan.
“Next year” has been “next year” for the past 10 years. It’s okay. Happens. After all, rebellions are built on hope. But bridges, buildings, and other forms of infrastructure are not built on hope. They are built with steel and other tangible things that really matter and can withstand. Things you can touch, feel and shape.
So you can wait as long as you want, but these teams have absolutely no chance of winning Super Bowl 56.
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New York Jets
2020 record: 2-14
We promise this is not last year’s cut and paste.
It’s a familiar list though, but don’t use “The Same Old Jets” – with Joe Douglas and Robert Saleh at the helm, it seems the Jets of yesteryear are dead. Long live Adam Gase.
But no matter how strong the good vibes are with Gang Green, the fact remains: the list is not very deep, Zach Wilson is a rookie, and the head coach is an untested commodity. Add to that the fact that defensive end Carl Lawson, one of New York’s biggest free agents, will miss the year with a torn Achilles tendon.
Saleh has done well to remove the stench of Gase from the grass fields at Florham Park, but that’s not much until the games are played. The Jets will likely be more competitive this year, but more competitive won’t come close to anything like a Super Bowl appearance.
2020 record: 4-12
There is no way you can interpret the Texans of 2021 as anything other than impending disaster, and that might be making it light when it comes to disasters.
Under the leadership of new general manager Nick Caserio, Houston has had a very, very large roster rotation, but make no mistake, this is the first year of what a total rebuild can be, especially with the uncertainty surrounding the quarterback. Deshaun Watson field.
Coming out of the chaotic final years of the Bill O’Brien era, Houston has a lot of work to do, and until there’s intermittent resolution around Watson, it’s hard to see if the Texans have improved enough (spoiler alert: not are) to make noise or the Super Bowl.
David Culley is very busy in Houston. It may be too much to carry in the first year of his tenure with the Texans.
2020 record: 4-11-1
Does it hurt so good? Rather it hurts so questionable.
There seems to be more than a little fear surrounding quarterback Jalen Hurts’ position as future franchise starter with Philadelphia. Combining that with a first-year head coach who seems out of reach at times, and an offseason bogged down at an odd moment with the firing of Doug Pederson.
After trading Carson Wentz, the Eagles appear to be in a rebuild-type deal on the fly (Eagles fly), something that doesn’t normally work out in the NFL.
If the offensive line plays up to its capabilities, perhaps the Hurts-Devonta Smith connection could provoke defensive attacks. However, Hurts will have to upgrade his freshman pass to give Philadelphia some hope of competing this year.
Hey, Nick Foles is available, if you want to rub the genie bottle and squeeze another Super Bowl wish.
2020 record: 1-15
First-year quarterback, first-year head coach, and after Tim Tebow’s release? They may be able to overcome two things, but definitely not three.
The Jaguars are, from the talent level, on the rise. There are some pretty big question marks surrounding Urban Meyer and what he might be able to do coming from the ranks of the university. The past history of college coaches making the jump to the NFL isn’t entirely encouraging, either.
So far, Meyer’s tenure has been bogged down in head-scratching decisions and the Tebow circus, which ultimately doesn’t mean much in the grand scheme of things. But Jacksonville has a long, long way to go, even with an unwavering quarterback prospect like Trevor Lawrence.
This year will be a lot about what Lawrence can do and what pieces will stay in Jacksonville, not the Super Bowl.
2020 record: 5-11
The Panthers have an unproven quarterback and unproven defense. Usually that is a very bad combination.
While Carolina’s defense is unproven, she is also very young and full of potential. However, the jury is still out on Sam Darnold: Moving Darnold from being one of the worst quarterbacks in football since entering the league, regardless of the situation, to being useful in center will be a Herculean task for Joe. Brady. , Matt Rhule and Co.
Darnold will have more help at skill position with Carolina than ever with New York, but the offensive line is still shaky, which won’t help his PTSD.
The Panthers are still the fourth best team in their division, so don’t expect them to come out of the NFC South or even sniff the playoffs this year. Especially if Darnold is still Darnold from New York.
2020 record: 5-11
Dan Campbell could have more starters than Lions wins this year.
Don’t let the threats of biting the kneecap distract you. Campbell and Detroit are a perfect fit, and new general manager Brad Holmes and the rest of the Lions front office seem to have a good idea of the direction the team should be moving.
With Matthew Stafford out, Jared Goff in, and a hungry Lions team looking to exorcise the demons left by Matt Patricia, there’s a good chance this group is cruel and hungry for victories. If there’s one thing they can hang their hat on, it’s the offensive line, which is one of the best units in all of football.
Then, if you add promising first-round pick Penei Sewell to the mix, the defensive line’s chances of winning are drastically diminished.
The Lions could be better than many people think this year, but with a positional talent of limited offensive ability and a defense that is budding, but not quite. Still there, they are still a year away from being a year away.
2020 record: 4-12
The hiring of Arthur Smith in Atlanta along with the draft pick of Kyle Pitts means Atlanta feels like a win-win team. Unfortunately, the “winning” part is highly questionable.
The Falcons are in a very difficult situation as an organization: With an aging Ryan at the center and Ryan’s number one favorite target now with the Titans, it’s hard to know if they are coming or going. Calvin Ridley and the unmissable Pitts will still make a real 1-2 hit for Ryan and the offense, but it’s the rest of the team that is a bit concerning.
The Falcons’ offensive line could be improved, but it’s a big maybe: Much of their success hinges on whether Kaleb McGary can continue to improve and whether 2021 draft picks Jaylen Mayfield and Drew Dalman contribute instantly along the line.
They should still be competitive, but in a division that has Super Bowl winners and a few other teams on equal footing, it’s hard to see Atlanta work its way through the division and a competitive NFC for a wild-card spot. it will only make the playoffs.
2020 record: 4-11-1
Joe Burrow and Zac Taylor’s sophomore year is likely to take a step forward, but no one mistakes the Bengals for Bowl-bound. Especially not in a division where the Browns, Steelers and Ravens still exist, and they have varying degrees of goodness.
Recruiting Ja’Marr Chase to placate Burrow was undoubtedly a move: while Cincy’s tackle situation isn’t dire (and the catch that cost Burrow his knee and his season came from inside the line ), eyebrows rose when they opted to reunite Chase with Burrow and not recruit Penei Sewell from Oregon to help shore up the line.
With Chase, Tee Higgins and Tyler Boyd out of bounds, there’s a good chance the Bengals’ offense will be better, but it’s hard to see if they finish anywhere other than last for the fourth year in a row.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.