As it sits, every team is locked in equal contention for a shot at the coveted Lombardi trophy. A new season means a fresh slate. That viral feeling of optimism is beginning to spread through the clubhouse walls.
But then there are teams that are just hopeless. Teams that simply fail to escape disaster while unable to meet the deadlines of mediocrity. Yet again, they are going through another offseason spent on restructuring for the familiar future.
Last season, we saw the sputtering New York Giants come to life after nearly missing out on a playoff berth with a 9-7 regular season record. There were others that finished their 2011 campaign with comparable numbers in the win-loss column but were unable to reap the same benefits.
Here is a list of teams that will find themselves in similar situations come 2012.