5 NFL Franchises That Need to Blow Things Up, Start from Scratch
There are several NFL teams that need to put 2012 in the rear view mirror and prepare to start fresh next season.
Parity is supposed to be the name of the game in today's NFL, but the truth is that numerous franchises have serious problems in all facets of their organizations.
Blowing up the roster and starting anew is a common theme in this league, but for the following five teams it is an absolute necessity.
5. New York Jets
Everything about the current state of the New York Jets is wearing out its welcome.
The question of who is the future of the Jets franchise at QB between Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow has an easy answer: neither of them.
Coach Rex Ryan is seeing his number of supporters dwindle and the Jets look increasingly incompetent with each passing week.
What is perhaps most troubling is that New York's defense has played poorly all season and has received a pass because everyone fixates on the QB drama.
New York has allowed at least 23 points in eight of nine games this season and has scored 10 points or fewer on five different occasions.
This team is dysfunctional on both sides of the ball and needs to start from scratch.
4. Oakland Raiders
The Oakland Raiders are an exciting 3-6 football team, but they are still 3-6.
That is unacceptable in an AFC West division that is so bad this season, and the Raiders have too much talent to be struggling so mightily.
Darren McFadden was averaging only 3.3 yards per carry before being injured and was underwhelming despite being given every opportunity to succeed. Carson Palmer has shown flashes of brilliance, but he has also thrown seven interceptions over the last five games.
Oakland has a decimated secondary and almost no hope of making a run at a wild-card spot.
While this team has plenty of talent, something is missing. A complete blowup may not be necessary, but significant changes are.
This defense needs to reinvent itself, and McFadden needs to either prove his worth or be sent to another roster.
3. Kansas City Chiefs
Kansas City has serious issues that can not be linked to one individual or problem.
However, the Chiefs struggles go beyond just the QB position. Head coach Romeo Crennel does not seem capable of inspiring players or getting maximum effort out of them.
GM Scott Pioli is making personnel moves for the sake of making them at this point, and the defense allows 126 yards on the ground each week.
Where Kansas City goes from here is unknown, but the current direction is not working.
2. San Diego Chargers
I swear I do not mean to pick on the AFC West division, but up next is the San Diego Chargers.
Perennial underachievers, the Chargers Week 10 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers was just the latest sign that it is time to end the Philip Rivers/Norv Turner dynamic.
There may have been false hope after a Week 9 win over the Chiefs, but San Diego sits at 4-5 on the season and has no real direction right now.
Whether Rivers needs to go or Turner needs to go (or perhaps both), the fact remains that the Chargers have tried the current formula for too long without seeing any results.
Now is the time to try something new in San Diego.
1. Jacksonville Jaguars
Above all others, the Jacksonville Jaguars must go in a new direction with their franchise sooner rather than later.
It's not that the Jaguars do not have talent, but they are missing it in key areas—namely at the quarterback position and all over the defense.
Jacksonville ranks No. 23 in passing yards allowed per game in the league and No. 29 in rushing yards per game as well.
Couple the lack of defensive prowess with Blaine Gabbert under center, and there is a clear recipe for failure. Gabbert started to show improvement earlier in the season, but overall he has been just as inconsistent and inadequate as in his rookie 2011 campaign.
Owner Shad Khan needs a fresh start and a chance to put his mark on this franchise. Gabbert and Company are not that mark.