What dictates a successful season in the NFL, as well as any sport?
Most times it’s based on expectations.
Now, expectation can mean different things for different franchises. Perennial contenders are supposed to win the Super Bowl every year. Struggling clubs can enjoy success simply with a winning record.
Based on the expectations and predictions of many, we simply offer a pass or fail grade for the 32 teams now that the entire 2012 season has been completed and Super Bowl XLVII is in the books.
The criteria for these decisions vary from team to team. Some do indeed deal with preseason prognosis, while others are dictated by the success or lack of it following a promising or dismal start.
With an interesting offseason ahead, it’s time to put a final cap on the league 93rd campaign.