5 Teams Poised to Become the NFL's Next Dynasty
The Super Bowl is arguably the most difficult championship to win in professional sports.
Therefore, forming a dynasty in football is an extremely difficult and unlikely possibility. To be a dynasty, a franchise has to win championships at a consistent level and become the gold standard for the rest of the league to follow.
As new franchises begin to rise and others begin to fall, there will inevitably be a changing of the guard at the top of the NFL's hierarchy. Here are the franchises most likely to ascend to the top of the league.
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The Redskins' window is beginning to open, and it's only going to get wider.
With the key additions of RGIII and Alfred Morris, the Redskins finally learned that great teams are built through the draft, not free agency.
Offensively, the Redskins' only weakness seems to be the offensive line. However, the O-line did perform better than expected, even with injuries.
Washington's main weakness is the defense. They ranked 28th overall. The team seriously needs upgrades at corner and safety, which would sure up their mediocre secondary. DeAngelo Hall may be let go because of the $7.5 million dollar paycheck he's due next season.
This is extremely problematic when you're playing in a division along the likes of Dez Bryant, Victor Cruz and DeSean Jackson.
They don't have any first-round picks over the next two years. But Kirk Cousins performed well this season, and should generate some interest in a year where available quarterback talent is sparse. Look for the Redskins to find ways to improve their defense this off season.
If the Redskins bolster their secondary, they could be a frightening team to play.
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The Falcons remind me of the Indianapolis Colts teams of the mid '00s.
They win during the regular season, lock up home-field advantage or a bye, and manage to find a way to lose in the playoffs.
The Falcons have had trouble holding leads all season long. This bad habit finally caught up to them when the 49ers furiously came back from a 17-0 deficit to steal the NFC Championship.
Although the Falcons have a solid nucleus in place, there are some serious alterations that need to be made to the roster.
Atlanta's general absence of a pass rush will hold them back from ever hoisting the Lombardi Trophy. The team ranked 28th in sacks and 31st in tackles during the regular season.
However, the Falcons still have a young and impressive offensive core consisting of Matt Ryan, Julio Jones and Roddy White.
If they can solve their defensive issues and stop blowing huge leads, the Falcons have the talent to win multiple championships within the decade.
Green Bay Packers
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The Packers have the talent, explosiveness and experience to dominate the league.
However, as they learned after a 15-1 2011 season, the playoffs are a different monster.
This year, the defense was exposed in the playoffs when they were unable to keep up with Colin Kaepernick.
They need to get faster on defense, especially in the NFC where they are probably going to go against the likes of Colin Kaepernick, Russell Wilson and Robert Griffin III on the yearly basis.
It may sound weird to say the Packers will need a wide receiver, but they'll need a wide receiver. They will probably lose Jermichael Finley and Greg Jennings to free agency.
However, when you have Aaron Rodgers at quarterback, it shouldn't be too difficult to find pieces willing to come play for the Packers. Whatever holes this team has, they can fill it.
They have the prestige and core pieces to win even more championships if they can get the defense together. It's called Titletown for a reason.
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The Seahawks are just getting started, and it's starting to look scary for the rest of the league.
This recent success is greatly due to GM John Schneider, who is an excellent judge of talent, and has bucked conventional wisdom in his draft choices.
Head coach Pete Carrol took a huge Harbaugh-esque risk when he decided to start pint-sized rookie Russell Wilson over highly coveted free agent Matt Flynn.
That gamble has paid off tremendously.
Although Wilson came in and exceeded all expectations, the entire Seahawks team performed well.
The defense was the top-ranked in the league, and the offense finished the season ranked 4th. It's tough to find a phase in the game where the Seahawks don't perform well.
If the Seahawks have a huge weakness, it would be the lack of elite weapons in the receiving core. The Seahawks could use a dangerous deep threat at wide receiver and a receiving tight end.
If Russell Wilson can continue to progress, there is very little reason to believe the Seahawks can't win multiple championships.
San Francisco 49ers
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They were so close, yet so far.
The 49ers almost completed an impressive comeback to win Superbowl XLVII.
Although they lost, there is little reason to frown for the San Francisco faithful.
The team just might have found the most dangerous quarterback in football in Colin Kaepernick.
The defense is stingy, led by the unstoppable duo of Justin and Aldon Smith. Although their defensive line is the envy of almost every other team, they do need to add more depth to it. When Justin Smith was injured, Aldon Smith was unable to record a sack in all 10 of the quarters he was out.
They need more elite weapons to surround Kaepernick, who is a weapon in his own right.
Their biggest weakness is the kicking game, which has been mediocre at best this season. But when your biggest weakness is kicking, your team is in a pretty good position.
Another threat may be that the 49ers play in a loaded NFC, which is full of elite teams just entering their prime. It will be hard to get to the Super Bowl at a consistent basis when you constantly run into top teams in the playoffs.
However, the 49ers future looks the brightest out of any NFL team. They're young, talented and have a brilliant coach.