The 2012 NFL season is mercifully creeping closer as fans wade through the dog days of summer. We can finally start to realistically prognosticate the trends of the approaching year.
There are teams that are sure to rise and those that will regress.
There are also players who will begin to determine their legacy and others who might legitimize theirs.
But not all of the attention will be paid to the issues on the field.
Click through to find out what trends will be hot-topic items next season.