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Winners and Losers of Every NFL Team's Offseason

Alessandro MiglioFeatured ColumnistJuly 19, 2012

Winners and Losers of Every NFL Team's Offseason

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    The offseason is mercifully ending in a few weeks as training camp news will hopefully replace litigation and the police blotter.

    There has been plenty to think about aside from the drama, however. Grades are in for each team's offseason and roster and we have examined each team's offseason stock portfolio. We have seen the seven worst contracts of the offseason and looked at the most impressive players from minicamp.

    Let's go a bit deeper, however. Who was each team's biggest winner and loser? Click ahead to find out.

Arizona Cardinals

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    Winner: Larry Fitzgerald

    The über-talented receiver finally got some help when the Cardinals drafted Michael Floyd. Not since the days when Anquan Boldin roamed the field has Fitzgerald had a big threat to take some of the defensive attention away from him.

    Defenses have had a difficult time containing Fitzgerald, but they will be even further hard-pressed to do so while having to worry about Floyd.

     

    Loser: Larry Fitzgerald

    Unfortunately, Fitzgerald will have either Kevin Kolb or John Skelton throwing him the ball. Skelton has been more productive than Kolb, putting fantasy owners across the world in Skelton's camp. 

    Well, at least they should be. Fitzgerald averaged over two more targets per game and scored the majority of his touchdowns with Skelton at the helm last season.

Atlanta Falcons

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    Winner: Thomas DeCoud

    The Falcons safety was out of place in the team's old defensive scheme.

    Mike Nolan will have DeCoud playing center field most of the time, a role he is much better suited for than his old one.

    Safeties are important in Nolan's defense and DeCoud decided to come back to Atlanta to be a key cog in the defense.

     

    Loser: Sam Baker

    He was the starting left tackle to begin the season, but he ended it on the bench as Will Svitek took over. Baker was one of the worst-rated tackles in the league last season, according to Pro Football Focus, and the Falcons brought in Lamar Holmes in the draft.

    Mike Smith was noncommittal about the starting left tackle when pressed about Baker. Not exactly a good sign for the fifth-year lineman.

Baltimore Ravens

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    Winner: Ray Rice

    It came down to the wire, but the stud running back inked a long-term deal with the Ravens just before the deadline to sign players who had been tendered with a franchise tag.

    The deal is a rich one for Rice, in which he makes $40 million over five years, $24 million of which is guaranteed—all this during a time when running back values are being marginalized, at least in perception.

    With Rice locked up for the rest of his prime, the Ravens can use next year's franchise tag for Joe Flacco if necessary.

     

    Loser: Ray Lewis

    Rice's contract notwithstanding, the Ravens have had a bit of a rough offseason personnel-wise. 

    The Ravens almost reached the Super Bowl and they should still be a good team in 2012. But standing still is death in this league and the Ravens have not done much to improve this offseason. Losing Terrell Suggs was a big blow to the defense, which also lost Jarrett Johnson to free agency.

    They also did little to improve their receiving corps, unless sixth-round rookie Tommy Streeter or perennial disappointment Jacoby Jones are impressive enough to supplant Anquan Boldin.

    The clock has been ticking on Ray Lewis' career for years now. He will eventually have to retire, and it might happen soon for the 36-year-old thumper.

    Every year the Ravens fail to win a Super Bowl is just one closer to the end of the future Hall of Famer's career. Unfortunately, the Ravens do not seem closer to getting Lewis back to the promised land this year.

Buffalo Bills

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    Winner: Buffalo's secondary

    While it was Buffalo's defensive line that got a major shot in the arm this offseason, it is the secondary that will be the biggest beneficiary.

    Buffalo could not generate a consistent pass rush last season, putting undue pressure on a secondary that lost starter Terrence McGee to injury and relied on rookie Aaron Williams and inconsistent Leodis McKelvin.

    Never fear, Mario Williams and Mark Anderson are here!

     

    Loser: Alex Carrington

    The pass rush was woeful in Buffalo last season and Carrington did not do much to help.

    Granted, the Bills ran a 3-4 scheme last season and they will be switching to a 4-3, which will suit Mario Williams and Mark Anderson well.

    Unfortunately for him, those two additions will cause Carrington's playing time to plummet. He will likely see the field on a rotational basis, but he has been relegated to working with the third-team defense.

Carolina Panthers

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    Winner: Jon Beason

    Not only should Carolina's middle linebacker be fully recovered from an Achilles injury, but he has a new tackling machine playing alongside him.

    The Panthers took Luke Kuechly with their first-round draft pick, but rather than press him into a competition with the incumbent Pro Bowler, they decided to move him to the weak side and make a monster out of their linebacker corps.

     

    Loser: Jonathan Stewart and his fantasy owners

    Instead of carving more playing time for the best running back in the backfield, the Panthers muddled the situation even further by signing Mike Tolbert. 

    The big back will eat away at Stewart's playing time, particularly in short-yardage situations (a.k.a. the goal line), where Cam Newton was already going to take some runs away.

    At least Carolina has done a marvelous job of keeping Stewart's legs young for the next team that signs him. 

Chicago Bears

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    Winner: Jay Cutler

    There may not be a happier man in Chicago than Jay Cutler this offseason—save perhaps Matt Forte, who just inked a long-term deal after a bitter standoff with management—who was reunited with his pal and go-to receiver Brandon Marshall.

    The dearth of serious receiving talent in Chicago has been a franchise phenomenon for most of its 93-year existence and Cutler knew it all too well.

    Not only did the Bears trade for the mercurial receiver, they drafted talented-but-maligned Alshon Jeffery in what should turn out to be a steal in the second round. His perceived weight and motivational issues dragged his draft stock through the mud, but he should be another good, big target for Cutler.

     

    Loser: Earl Bennett

    While Bennett may have chemistry with Cutler, he might wind up being the odd man out with the additions at receiver.

    Devin Hester will still be used as a receiver and Alshon Jeffery will push him for a starting job. Dane Sanzenbacher will look for more playing time as well in his second season. 

    Where does this leave Bennett? He might be find a spot as the starting slot receiver, but he could also be pulled down the depth chart.

Cincinnati Bengals

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    Winner: Mike Zimmer

    The Bengals had a top-10 defense last season—a feat all four AFC North teams accomplished, surprisingly—but no team should be complacent.

    Cincinnati was not, drafting cornerbacks Dre Kirkpatrick and Shaun Prater, defensive tackles Devon Still and Brandon Thompson and safety George Iloka. They also brought in cornerbacks Jason Allen and Terence Newman and defensive end Jamaal Anderson.

    While some of these moves may be uninspiring, the Bengals have clearly committed to improving the personnel and depth at Mike Zimmer's disposal.

     

    Loser: Andy Dalton

    Jerome Simpson was an underrated commodity for the Bengals last season and he has moved on to greener pastures in Minnesota. While Cincinnati has lined up a promising set of receivers to take his spot—including Brandon Tate, Armon Binns, Ryan Whalen, Jordan Shipley and rookies Mohamed Sanu and Marvin Jones—Simpson's presence will be missed.

    This does not preclude Dalton from improving on a good rookie campaign, however. One or two of those guys could break out, after all.

Cleveland Browns

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    Winner: Greg Little

    Yes, Little did some of the damage himself last season by dropping 12.3 percent of the 113 passes thrown his direction. He also had Colt McCoy throwing that ball.

    Little now has big-armed Brandon Weeden slinging the ball in Cleveland, a quarterback who might be able to take advantage of Little's size and skill better.

    The talented receiver will also get a boost on the other side if supplemental draftee Josh Gordon can catch up quickly enough.

     

    Loser: Carlton Mitchell

    Mitchell was on the roster bubble and then the Browns took Josh Gordon with a second-round bid in the supplemental draft. That gives the Browns Little, Gordon, Travis Benjamin, Mohamed Massaquoi and Josh Cribbs as their top five receivers, leaving Mitchell, Jordan Norwood, Josh Cooper, Owen Spencer and Rod Windsor to compete with the final spot on the roster.

    You can guess who I predict will be left out in the cold.

Dallas Cowboys

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    Winner: Rob Ryan

    The Dallas defensive coordinator was saddled with a sub-par defensive backfield last season. That is no longer the case, at least on paper.

    Brandon Carr signed a big contract and the Cowboys moved up to get Morris Claiborne in the draft, giving them a shiny new starting pair. That is unless Mike Jenkins can retain his spot over Claiborne—an unlikely scenario.

    An improved defensive backfield will help Dallas' middle-of-the-road defense catch up to the high-powered offenses in the NFC East.

     

    Loser: Mike Jenkins

    Face it, he may be in a competition, but Jenkins is behind the eight-ball against a rookie going into the season. Rumors began flying about potential trade destinations for Jenkins during the offseason and he very well could be dealt before the season starts.

    He was the best cornerback in Dallas' defensive backfield last season, however, and teams can never have too many cornerbacks. He will be relegated to the nickelback role.

Denver Broncos

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    Winner: John Elway

    If any executive came up smelling like roses this offseason, it was John Elway.

    The former Broncos quarterback landed Peyton Manning in free agency this past March, a sweet success in and of itself. His triumph was not yet complete, however, as he would later send Tim Tebow to the Jets for a fourth-round draft pick.

    Some in Denver may have preferred Tebow over Manning, who is a 35-year-old injury risk, but Elway never was comfortable with Tebow as his quarterback of the future. That he was able to replace Tebow with minimal blowback was a coup for the Broncos executive.

    Elway also brought in tight ends Jacob Tamme and Joel Dreessen to beef up Manning's weaponry, and he had a decent draft.

     

    Loser: Knowshon Moreno

    The clock started ticking for Moreno when the Broncos drafted Ronnie Hillman. Coupled with Willis McGahee's resurgence, this could spell the end of Moreno's tenure in Denver.

    The fourth-year back is recovering from a torn ACL, so he is already behind the eight-ball going into training camp. If he cannot prove he is fully healed, he might be on the outs.

Detroit Lions

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    Winner: Matthew Stafford

    Aside from learning his main man Calvin Johnson would be tempting the football gods by appearing on this year's Madden cover, Stafford must be happy about his arsenal.

    The Lions locked up Megatron with a massive contract, assuring that Stafford will not have to go without the stud receiver in Detroit. They also drafted speedy Ryan Broyles, adding to their already-devastating receiving corps.

     

    Loser: Jim Schwartz

    Yes, Schwartz has been impressive in Detroit, but his players have not been off the field. There have been six arrests for the Lions this offseason and the perception is that Schwartz cannot handle his guys. Whether his shiny new contract stipulates that he become a 24-hour nanny for his adult players is irrelevant—perception matters.

    Hopefully the Lions repeat their success of a year ago, for his sake. Otherwise the seat might start getting warm early, especially if there are more incidents.

Green Bay Packers

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    Winner: Dom Capers

    Aaron Rodgers was not the reason the Packers did not make it back to the Super Bowl. 

    Green Bay made no bones about necessary defensive upgrades this offseason as Ted Thompson attempted to improve the unit, particularly in the draft.

    The Packers landed pass-rusher Nick Perry in the first round and lineman Jerel Worthy in the second, hopefully improving a defensive front that needed it. The defensive theme continued through the draft as they also drafted defensive lineman Mike Daniels, cornerback Casey Hayward, safety Jerron McMillian and linebacker Terrell Manning. 

    They also brought in former second-round defensive linemen Phillip Merling and Anthony Hargrove to help shore up the depth on the front line. 

    This all works to Dom Capers' favor, whose defense should rebound under the crafty coordinator.

     

    Loser: The NFC North

    The Aaron Rodgers show will be back in full force this season with an offense that has remained largely intact. The reigning MVP is just entering his prime, a scary thought for his opponents.

    With an improved defense, this team will be a force to be reckoned with. 

Houston Texans

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    Winner: Arian Foster

    Just three years removed from signing with Houston as an undrafted free agent, Foster scored a huge contract.

    It was well-deserved for the stud running back, though the Texans may have been indulgent in doing so considering they have another talented back in Ben Tate.

    No matter, as Foster is a rich man. He can use some of his newfound wealth to buy some tasty vegan food.

     

    Loser: Gary Kubiak

    It is a fair bet that Kubiak and Wade Phillips will find ways to cope with the offseason losses, but Houston's personnel took a big hit this offseason.

    The biggest loss, of course, is Mario Williams' departure to Buffalo. He was not a real fit in the 3-4 scheme, but he is still an elite pass-rusher whose shoes rookie Whitney Mercilus must now attempt to fill.

    DeMeco Ryans was also not a great fit in the 3-4 scheme, so the Texans shipped him off to Philadelphia for a mid-round draft pick.

    The Texans also lost right tackle Eric Winston, fullback Lawrence Vickers and tight end Joel Dreessen—all holes that must be plugged. It will be interesting to see how they will do just that.

Indianapolis Colts

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    Winner: Jim Irsay

    As tough as it was to cut Peyton Manning, Colts owner Jim Irsay extricated himself from a sticky situation with relative grace. Manning's time in Indianapolis had come to an end for several reasons and what looked to be an acrimonious divorce turned out to be an amicable parting of ways.

    Of course, the big reason why Irsay was able to make that decision was Indy's ability to draft Andrew Luck. In other words, the Colts were able to jettison their aging franchise quarterback and for a young one in the draft.

     

    Loser: Indianapolis

    The city suffered a great loss when Manning left the Colts. Andrew Luck can and should prove to be another great quarterback for the organization, but Manning's unexpected departure was a bitter pill for the denizens in the Crossroads of America.

Jacksonville Jaguars

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    Winner: Blaine Gabbert

    Laurent Robinson might be an overrated one-year wonder and Justin Blackmon may not have been the best receiver in the draft class, but even in this worst-case scenario the Jaguars vastly improved their receiving corps.

    Gabbert will also have the benefit of a full offseason instead of being forced into a starting gig he was not ready for last season. 

     

    Loser: Gene Smith

    Smith's legacy in Jacksonville rides on Blaine Gabbert, and the second-year quarterback did not have an inspiring rookie campaign. The lockout cannot be blamed for Gabbert's failures. If he struggles this year, Smith could be toast.

    Jacksonville's general manager has not helped himself with his personnel decisions this offseason. Drafting a punter in the third round? There may be some honest arguments about the merits of doing so, but fans will not let him forget it if the team stumbles.

Kansas City Chiefs

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    Winner: Romeo Crennel

    The Chiefs promoted Crennel when they fired Todd Haley toward the end of last season, and they made him their permanent head coach this offseason.

    Crennel inherited a team that played inspired football for him to close out the season, dashing Green Bay's hopes of a perfect season and beating playoff-bound Denver.

    Kansas City's head coach inherits a good team that is getting healthy this offseason. Key pieces Eric Berry, Jamaal Charles, Tony Moeaki and Matt Cassel are all returning from season-ending injuries.

    Scott Pioli was able to improve Crennel's personnel as well. His biggest signing may have been Eric Winston, who is a zone-blocking-scheme expert out of Houston and will be a massive improvement at right tackle. He was also able to mitigate the loss of Brandon Carr with Stanford Routt.

    Things are looking up in Kansas City and Crennel happens to be there at the right time.

     

    Loser: Tony Moeaki

    There isn't a true "loser" for the Chiefs this offseason.

    Moeaki was set to return to his starting gig after coming back from injury, but the Chiefs signed Kevin Boss in the offseason. While both should see the field plenty, Moeaki's playing time will likely take a hit.

Miami Dolphins

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    Winner: Jeff Ireland

    How can a much-maligned general manager who had a banner demanding termination fly over the team stadium, was spurned by Jeff Fisher and Peyton Manning, sparked a mild fan protest outside Dolphins headquarters and is generally viewed as awful be called a winner, you ask?

    By keeping his job, of course.

     

    Loser: Matt Moore

    You would think Moore torpedoed the Dolphins' season last year with the way they have treated him this offseason.

    On the contrary, he finished the season on a 6-3 run, including a victory in New York to officially knock the Jets out of the playoffs. Yet he finds himself mired in a quarterback battle with a raw rookie and a 34-year-old veteran coming off of back surgery.

Minnesota Vikings

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    Winner: Rick Spielman

    The Vikings had a good draft and it all started with a caper pulled by their general manager.

    As the hours ticked closer to draft time, word spread that the Vikings might have offers for the third pick. We may never know whether this is true, but the rumors helped strong-arm Tom Heckert and the Cleveland Browns into trading fourth- and seventh-round picks to the Vikings for the right to move up one spot.

    Of course Minnesota got its franchise tackle Matt Kalil anyway.

     

    Loser: Adrian Peterson

    It is amazing that Adrian Peterson may be on track to start in week one, but there are no guarantees. Hopefully for his sake and his team's, he is not pushing too hard to come back early from a torn MCL and ACL.

    Aside from his recovery, Peterson was arrested in Houston this offseason. While the details from the arrest are still murky, Peterson maintains that he is "200 percent" innocent. Either way, the situation can't be a positive for the stud running back.

New England Patriots

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    Winner: Tom Brady

    There may not be a more loaded offense than New England's and Tom Brady will reap the benefits.

    Brady is coming off a season where he, too, broke Dan Marino's single-season yardage record after Brees accomplished the feat. He did so in large part because of the emergence of Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez.

    In the offseason the Patriots signed Brandon Lloyd, who will give Brady a great threat on the outside. Even at 35, Brady will be a threat to those passing records once again.

     

    Loser: Wes Welker

    Time ran out on Welker finding a long-term deal with the Patriots this past Monday.

    The deadline for franchise-tagged players to sign new deals came and went that afternoon with nary a peep from Welker or the Patriots. As a result, this could be his last season in a dark blue uniform.

New Orleans Saints

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    Winner: Drew Brees

    After a protracted contract dispute, Drew Brees signed a massive $100 million deal that gives him $40 million guaranteed in the first year alone.

    It took all offseason, but Brees avoided a nasty holdout situation and will get paid a pretty penny to do so. Hopefully for him and the Saints, the signing is a turning point for the organization after a terrible offseason from a public relations standpoint.

     

    Loser: New Orleans

    The bounty scandal has stung the organization and the city of New Orleans and it could impact the Saints' season.

    Namely, head coach Sean Payton has been suspended for the entire season, leaving Joe Vitt—who is suspended for four games himself—to run the team. Pete Carmichael Jr. will be running the offense in Payton's stead and the Saints had their two worst offensive games in that situation last year.

    The team is good enough to overcome the tumultuous offseason, but it has been a rough several months on the bayou.

New York Giants

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    Winner: Giants fans

    There is nothing sweeter than winning a championship in sports and the Giants brought another one home for their fans last year. 

     

    Loser: Ahmad Bradshaw

    When Brandon Jacobs bolted to the other side of the country for a spot on the 49ers, Bradshaw looked like he would be the man in the Giants' backfield.

    That lasted about three seconds as New York snapped up David Wilson in the draft. Bradshaw has promised to mentor Wilson, however; a fantastic attitude from the veteran.

New York Jets

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    Winner: The New York media

    This is going to be one wild season for the Jets if the local media has anything to say about it.

    If you thought Tebowmania was big in Denver, just wait until the fever hits New York City. Now that Linsanity is gone, their full attention will be on the Jets.

     

    Loser: Mark Sanchez

    Yes, the Jets gave Sanchez a big extension this offseason, but it came as a cap-saving move on the heels of their short-lived, unsuccessful pursuit of Peyton Manning.

    More importantly, they utilized some of that money they saved to acquire Tim Tebow, who has put pressure on the incumbent since he arrived in New Jersey.

    Sanchez has not exactly played at an elite level thus far in his career and having Tebow behind him creating drama and pressure cannot be good for the fourth-year quarterback. 

Oakland Raiders

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    Winner: Dennis Allen

    Allen was a relatively unknown, first-year defensive coordinator before the Raiders made him their new head coach. 

    He quickly ingratiated himself with his players, as Richard Seymour succinctly puts it (via Clifton Brown of AOL Sporting News):

    "Some coaches just have the 'it factor,’ and Dennis Allen has it," Seymour told Adam Schein and Rich Gannon on NFL SIRIUSXM Radio. "I can’t stress enough about everyone being on the same page."

    So far, so good for the 18th coach in franchise history.

     

    Loser: Hue Jackson

    It looked like Jackson might keep his job despite the upheaval surrounding him, but Jackson was terminated without prejudice after the Raiders hired Reggie McKenzie to run the show.

    Unfortunately, Jackson's fiery comments after the team's season-ending loss may have sealed his fate.

Philadelphia Eagles

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    Winner: Andy Reid

    The Philadelphia head coach survived the offseason after his team missed the playoffs in a major disappointment. He has a chance to redeem himself now and the Eagles should have a much better season if they can stay healthy.

     

    Loser: Casey Matthews

    Clay's younger brother went from beginning the 2011 season as the starter to being a fringe player in 2012 thanks to Philadelphia's addition of DeMeco Ryans and Mychal Kendricks, not to mention the emergence of Brian Rolle.

Pittsburgh Steelers

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    Winner: Ben Roethlisberger

    Were you aware that Big Ben has been the most-sacked quarterback in the NFL since 2006? 

    The pocket has been collapsing for Roethlisberger dating almost all the way back to his rookie season with the Steelers and last season was no different. The offensive line allowed far pass-rushers to Big Ben, which nearly led to his ankle being broken.

    Big Ben was hobbled by that ankle injury for the rest of the season, contributing to Pittsburgh's playoff loss to the Denver Broncos.

    The Steelers have done a nice job to get Roethlisberger help this offseason by way of the draft, where they took guard David DeCastro and left tackle Mike Adams with their first two picks. Adams will allow Willie Colon to move inside and help shore up the interior with DeCastro.

    An improvement to Big Ben's pass protection could mean big things for the Steelers offense.

     

    Loser: Mike Wallace

    The talented receiver groused about his franchise tag and ultimately wound up falling well short of securing a long-term contract this offseason.

    There was speculation Pittsburgh would lose Wallace, who was given a first-round tender, in the offseason, but the Steelers ultimately got to keep him. Wallace must now navigate the minefield that is the NFL season while worrying about getting hurt and compromising a future contract.

    That worked out for DeSean Jackson in the long run—though he practically played last season under protest—but Wallace may not be so lucky.

San Diego Chargers

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    Winner: Norv Turner

    Much like Andy Reid, Norv Turner's fate was up in the air at season's end due to a failure to make the playoffs. Reid's track record as a head coach is far superior to Turner's, however, and it was a bit perplexing to fans around the league that the Chargers chose to retain him.

    With Philip Rivers still in his prime and the defense seemingly improved, the Chargers have a great shot to make it back to the playoffs. Will Turner's job be secure if the Chargers quickly bow out of the playoffs again?

     

    Loser: San Diego

    Sadly, Turner's history points to another disappointing end to the upcoming season for the Chargers and their fans. 

    Are Chargers fans pining for return Marty Schottenheimer? 

San Francisco 49ers

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    Winner: Alex Smith

    It was Christmas in the spring for Smith as the 49ers got him some nice presents in Randy Moss, Mario Manningham and A.J. Jenkins.

    Whereas the Jaguars upgraded Gabbert's Pinto to a slightly used Chevy Malibu, the 49ers gave Smith a souped-up '93 Ford Mustang.

     

    Loser: Frank Gore

    The San Francisco workhorse may have seen his last days as a feature back in that offense. Gore is 29 and his legs have seen a lot of wear and tear.

    Hence it should have come as no surprise that the 49ers drafted LaMichael James with a second-round pick just a year after they drafted Kendall Hunter.

    The committee is coming.

Seattle Seahawks

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    Winner: Marshawn Lynch

    As soon as I penciled Marshawn Lynch in here for getting a lifetime supply of Skittles' value in a new contract, he went and got arrested. Again.

     

    Loser: Tarvaris Jackson

    Jackson did not have a bad season in his first as a true starter, but he did not have a great one either. The Seahawks felt compelled to pursue two new quarterbacks, signing Matt Flynn to a three-year deal and taking diminutive Russell Wilson with a third-round pick.

    Though Jackson will enter the competition with a leg up because he knows the offense, the incumbent quarterback might be the odd man out come season's start.

St. Louis Rams

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    Winner: Gregg WilliamsThe Rams defense

    Aside from their defensive coordinator being suspended indefinitely due to the Saints bounty scandal, this has been an excellent offseason for the defense.

    One of the bigger offseason acquisitions around the league was Cortland Finnegan, who the Rams signed to a $50 million deal to start at cornerback. They will pair him with Bradley Fletcher, who is coming back from injury. Draft pick Janoris Jenkins will also improve that secondary.

    The Rams also signed Kendall Langford—an underrated defensive lineman—and drafted Michael Brockers with their first round pick, bolstering their defensive front. 

     

    Loser: Gregg Williams

    This could have been the start of something great for Williams and the defense under Jeff Fisher, but his future with the team and in the NFL in general is murky.

    Williams vows to coach again, but that decision is not up to him.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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    Winner: Josh Freeman

    Greg Schiano might like to run the ball, taking some of the pressure off fourth-year quarterback Josh Freeman.

    Even when they do decide to pass, however, Freeman has a new toy to throw to: Vincent Jackson. The Buccaneers signed the marquee free agent to a huge $55.5 million deal this offseason, making wide receiver a position of strength for the Bucs.

    All the better for Freeman.

     

    Loser: Raheem Morris

    It was a sad end to a promising tenure with the Bucs for former head coach Raheem Morris.

    Morris was said to have lost the team last season, though departed tight end Kellen Winslow Jr. said otherwise (via Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk):

    “They got my man [Raheem Morris] up out of there,” Winslow said.  ”I was loyal to him.  I’d take a bullet for that dude.  So I had to roll, man.”

    Winslow said Morris wasn’t a “company coach,” but a player’s coach.  ”They fired the wrong dude up there,” Winslow said.

    Morris is now a defensive backs coach for the Washington Redskins, a couple of steps down just one year removed from nearly making the playoffs and a 10-6 record. How quickly things can change.

Tennessee Titans

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    Winner: Jake Locker

    Having a full offseason will help Locker in his quest to supplant Matt Hasselbeck as the starter for the Tennessee Titans.

    The former Huskie showed flashes of his potential last season in limited duty and he will get a real chance to develop this offseason. 

    Locker will also benefit from the return of Kenny Britt and the addition of rookie Kendall Wright.

    UPDATE: Britt likely won't be around to help Locker anytime soon due to his latest arrest, this one for DUI.

     

    Loser: Matt Hasselbeck

    One man's gain is another man's loss.

    Hasselbeck has had a nice career, but the 36-year-old may be at the end of the road. It would be nice for him if he could hang on to his job for one more season, but Locker is the future of the organization.

Washington Redskins

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    Winner: Mike Shanahan

    The giant ship in Washington D.C. has slowly been turning with Mike Shanahan manning the helm and this offseason was crucial. 

    Though they may have overpaid a bit for free agents—what else is new in for the Redskins?—signing Pierre Garcon and Josh Morgan upgraded a receiving corps that needed a face lift.

    Of course Bruce Allen's biggest coup was trading up for Robert Griffin III, a vast improvement at quarterback.

    Things are looking up in Wsahington, and Shanahan will have this team back to winning ways sooner than later.

     

    Loser: Fantasy owners everywhere

    Unfortunately with Mike Shanahan comes Shanahanigans. I do believe that Roy Helu will eventually emerge as this team's main man in the backfield, but Shanahan continues to mess with us all in the meantime.

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