NFL Teams with More Questions Than Answers After Minicamps

Tony SantorsaSenior Writer IIJuly 5, 2012

NFL Teams with More Questions Than Answers After Minicamps

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    At this point in the NFL offseason, all teams have some questions that need to be answered entering training camp. Granted, some teams might have huge question marks while others might only have a couple of minor ones.

    And then there are teams that have far too many questions than they do answers—and that is definitely not a situation that teams want to be in.

    Some of these organizations have no idea who their starting quarterbacks will be, while a team like the New Orleans Saints is dealing with the Bountygate scandal. 

    In that spirit, let's take a look at the NFL teams that have more questions than they have answers. 

Cleveland Browns

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    There's arguably no debate that Colt McCoy is no longer the starting quarterback for the Cleveland Browns and that rookie Brandon Weeden is the team's new franchise quarterback.

    With that being said, what are the Browns going to do with McCoy?

    The Cleveland Plain Dealer's Mary Kay Cabot indicates that due to McCoy's popularity in the locker room, Cleveland trading him is a more likely scenario.

    If the Browns do end up shipping away McCoy, that still leaves them with another huge question mark: Is Brandon Weeden the real deal?

    And to be honest, we'll have to just sit and wait to determine an answer for that question. 

Minnesota Vikings

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    The Minnesota Vikings have loads of questions that come to mind, and I'll share three of them with you.

    Question No. 1: What's the deal with Percy Harvin? Does he want to be traded or does he want to stay? The 24-year-old Florida product is entering his second-to-last year of his rookie contract, and only one can assume that Harvin is looking for more money.

    Question No. 2: Will Adrian Peterson be healthy anytime soon? I can actually answer that question: Yes. In fact, the Vikings plan on easing Peterson into training camp and have no plans of rushing his recovery, per 1500ESPN's Judd Zulgad. 

    Question No. 3: Will A.P. be the same running back that he once was? Well, to be honest, after tearing an ACL and MCL, Peterson might have a rough year in 2012, as his knees might feel a little rusty. But, we'll just have to wait and see how it plays out for him. 

Jacksonville Jaguars

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    I have zero faith in the Jacksonville Jaguars, and I actually feel that they're the worst team in the entire NFL.

    For starters, we have no idea if Blaine Gabbert is a bust or not after his putrid rookie season, in which he posted a 65.4 quarterback rating while completing just 50.8 percent of his passes for 12 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.

    Some might feel that Gabbert's stats were so dreadful due to the lack of talent at the wide receiver position—and the team certainly has addressed that with the additions of Laurent Robinson and rookie Justin Blackmon. 

    Oh, and did I forget to mention that Maurice Jones-Drew and the team are in a contract dispute? Per Tania Ganguli of the Florida Times-Union, there are reports that MJD could possibly hold out if he doesn't get a new deal. 

    All in all, it's not a fun time to be a Jaguars fan. 

New York Jets

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    Who's going to be the starting quarterback of the New York Jets in 2012? Mark Sanchez or Tim Tebow

    Who knows—and I say this despite the fact that head coach Rex Ryan has publicly stated that there is no quarterback controversy in New York and that Sanchez is the team's starter, according to Rich Cimini of ESPN New York.

    Well, I'm not buying it. The Jets traded for Tebow for a reason—and it's not to bring Tebow-mania to the Big Apple. 

    Another thing that I'm seriously questioning about the Jets is their locker room. For what it's worth, it appeared that the team had fallen apart at the tail end of 2011 and that Ryan potentially lost control of the team. 

    And that leads me to question if the locker room is cancer-free, and if this could be the last season for not only Rex Ryan but also general manager Mike Tannenbaum. 

Pittsburgh Steelers

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    In all honesty, I'm not too sure that the Pittsburgh Steelers will even make the playoffs in 2012—they simply have far too many question marks. 

    For starters, Pittsburgh has a huge problem at the running back position, as there are reports via triblive.com's Scott Brown that Rashard Mendenhall is likely to begin the season on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list.

    This ultimately means that the team will have to depend on running backs Isaac Redman, Jonathan Dwyer and rookie Chris Rainey. 

    There are also concerns about nose tackle Casey Hampton, as he tore his ACL back in January. Though he is confident that he'll be ready for Week 11, will the soon-to-be 35-year-old be as effective as he once was? Who knows. 

    And how could I forget? Pittsburgh's No. 1 wide receiver Mike Wallace has yet to sign his contract tender and instead chose to sit out of all of minicamp. Will Wallace hold out throughout training camp? That remains to be seen. 

New Orleans Saints

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    Out of all of the teams in the NFL, the New Orleans Saints have the biggest concerns in my books.

    For a team that was just one game away from the NFC Championship, the Saints could take a huge nose-dive in 2012.

    For starters, the entire Bountygate scandal has really destroyed this team. 

    Head coach Sean Payton has been suspended for the entire season, while the league has also handed out major suspensions to defensive end Will Smith as well as linebacker Jonathan Vilma, who has been banned for the entire 2012 season as well. 

    Bountygate alone could dramatically ruin their season.

    With all that going on, the franchise is still dealing with Drew Brees, as he isn't too happy about being franchised and is in a contract dispute with the team.

    I'm sorry, but I just don't see how the Saints can overcome this kind of adversity this upcoming season. 

     

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