In football, winning and losing happen on the field in the most technical sense. But there's more that goes into success in the NFL and any other sports league than simply what happens when the jerseys are on.
Just ask the San Antonio Spurs, who recently wiped the floor with the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals. The Spurs set the standard for how a winning franchise operates, from top to bottom. They made basketball look like art the way every player knew that his teammates would be in the right spot every time. Gregg Popovich and R.C. Buford have gotten the team's stars taking pay cuts willingly, with the rest of the squad buying into the team's philosophy.
With such a physical and complex game like football, chemistry is everything. The quarterback has to trust his receivers to hit their spots every time they run a route, while expecting the linemen to hold their blocks. Cornerbacks and safeties have to communicate coverage adjustments on the fly, relying on one another to stay on assignment. The list goes on.
Shaping a 53-man roster into a cohesive unit takes time and careful strategy by the coach and team leaders. It begins early in the offseason and continues through the draft, voluntary workouts, OTAs and training camp. Here are five teams proving to their fans that they are working toward building that winning mentality.