At first glance, it appears all is quiet in the NFL.
The helmets and shoulder pads have been stowed away.
Game jerseys have been hung in equipment rooms, waiting to be dirtied once more.
Locker rooms, once full of dirty equipment and constant chatter, are empty.
Players are on vacation, spending the offseason away from the game to recharge their batteries for next season.
But behind closed doors, general managers, head coaches, scouts and other team personnel are working around the clock, searching for upgrades to their rosters.
The annual NFL Scouting Combine is set to commence this week in Indianapolis, free agency begins March 12 and the NFL Draft is on the horizon.
All of the behind-the-scenes work is well under way, and the next couple of months are critical. This is the time where teams cash in on top-of-the-line free agents and find future stars through the draft.
This is the time where teams grow or decline.
For a number of teams, this period is crucial and can’t be mismanaged. Only those who are most prepared for what lies ahead will come out on top.