The 10 Signs of a Successful NFL Franchise

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The 10 Signs of a Successful NFL Franchise
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What are the signs of a successful franchise?

There are a lot of ways to define success in the NFL, but the only success fans care about is the kind that results in playoff appearances, trophies and rings. You may not be able to judge a quarterback by wins, but you can define the success of a team that way.

You can identify the successful signs of an NFL franchise just like you can identify the ingredients in a recipe. Most of the signs of a successful franchise are obvious, like the ingredients in beef stew, for example. You might be able to make the stew sans a couple carrots, but obviously beef and broth are required.

The recipe for success in the NFL is a little more complicated and consists of various complementary ingredients that have to be added and cooked in a certain order to fully develop.

The best recipe includes as many of the key ingredients as possible, of course, and most franchises know what those are—they just lack what it takes to find them and put them together.

A few franchises are arrogant enough to think that they can depart from the award-winning recipe and still have success. These franchises are either perpetually bad or routinely average, and only a streak of amazing luck can change that.

So what are the signs of a successful franchise? 

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