Philadelphia Eagles and 7 NFL Teams with the Cloudiest Futures
Who knows what the future holds for the Philadelphia Eagles?
The Eagles franchise is in a state of flux, but it's not the only NFL team suffering through a period of uncertainty.
Will Andy Reid be back in 2013? It seems like there's an obvious answer to that question, but owner Jeff Laurie has not divulged his mind on the matter.
Jason Babin was the first big-name, high-priced player to be axed, as Eagles Insider reported on Tuesday, and he's certainly not going to be the last.
It's a sad state of affairs for a team that Vince Young dubbed a "dream team" just last season.
So, which other teams face cloudy futures?
Kansas City Chiefs
There isn't a team in the NFL in worse shape than the Kansas City Chiefs—a poignant statement in light of the fact that some experts picked this team to win the AFC West before the season began.
The Chiefs don't have a quarterback, don't have an offensive coordinator who knows how to make the most out of Jamaal Charles, don't have a defensive coordinator that can direct this young defense to greatness, and they have a head coach who seems clueless about everything.
Furthermore, general manager Scott Pioli hasn't done anything to wow us with his decisions the past few seasons, and it seems the best course of action might be to just blow the whole damn thing to smithereens and start anew in 2013.
San Diego Chargers
The San Diego Chargers are the softest team in the NFL.
The source of their softness? Norv Turner.
If Turner is still with the club in 2013, then I predict masses of Boltheads will defect to the Oakland Raiders to show their displeasure.
Yeah, he's that bad.
Furthermore, Philip Rivers has regressed from a Pro Bowl quarterback to one of the most turnover-prone passers in the league. It's hard to tell these days if he's just that bad or if he's capable of recovering his form with adequate pass protection.
Finally, A.J. Smith has made so many questionable decisions the past few years that a lobotomy might be worth looking into.
There are two things I know about the Buffalo Bills:
- Chan Gailey doesn't have a clue how to maximize the talent he has on offense.
- Ryan Fitzpatrick isn't the franchise quarterback the team thought it had when it signed him to his seven-year, $62 million extension a year ago.
Other than that, the Bills remain a mystery to me.
The talent to win games is certainly on the roster, but that hasn't stopped the Bills from underperforming for years now.
It'll be interesting to see what happens this offseason.
New York Jets
The New York Jets might be better off in 2013 as an expansion team.
There are so many holes on the roster and so many bad apples in the locker room that the prospect of fixing what ails this team seems too daunting a task to even begin to overtake.
Rex Ryan needs to go, of that I'm sure.
So does Mark Sanchez, who I fear may end up being the league's next David Carr.
Tim Tebow isn't the answer at quarterback, either, and many of the players on this team are in for some career-altering changes in the near future.
When will people in Arizona come to the realization that Ken Whisenhunt isn't the man to lead the Cardinals to the promised land?
The offensive line is the biggest joke in the NFL, there isn't a starting quarterback on the roster, and since Kurt Warner retired, the Cardinals have a record of 17-26.
At least there are some excellent defenders on this squad, and given the recent play of Daryl Washington and Patrick Peterson, there's a glimmer of hope for the future.
Jim Schwartz resurrected the Detroit Lions from the depths of NFL hell to become a playoff team in 2011.
Then, 2012 happened.
Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson have been significantly less effective, the team still can't run the ball with any consistency and the team's secondary is still as bad as it ever was.
Sure, the Lions recently gave Schwartz a multi-year extension of unknown value, but at this point, the Lions may be among the many NFL teams looking for a new head coach by January.
Is Tony Romo really this bad?
Does Jerry Jones really still believe in Jason Garrett?
Will Jones ever relinquish control of the personnel decisions he's been in charge of since Jimmy Johnson left Dallas?
In case you need a cheat sheet, here are the answers: Maybe, maybe and absolutely not.
Jones is turning into the next Al Davis of the NFL, and as long as he's the man in charge of making all of the decisions, the Cowboys are doomed.
The thing is, there's always enough talent on the roster to entice journalists and the team's fans into believing there's a chance for glory.