Some will be head coaches said to have outstayed their welcome, and some will be coordinators whose schemes are deemed outdated. Others will be struggling quarterbacks.
What is clear is that 32 sets of NFL fans are already identifying the scapegoat for their team's potential failures.
In one division, all four of those scapegoats are likely to be men who spend Sundays patrolling the sidelines. In another division, all four quarterbacks will be unable to escape criticism if they begin to struggle.
Here is each team's potential scapegoat for the 2013 season, starting with the AFC.