Which Perennial NFL Doormats Have the Best Shot at a 2010 Playoff Run?
Every year you can pencil in three to four teams to make the playoffs, and you can also pencil in three to four teams for a top 10 pick. But, sometimes, the bottom teams can make a run at the playoffs.
Let's take a look at five perennial doormats who could make a run at the playoffs in 2010.
The Texans may not be a perennial doormat in the NFL, but they are the doormat of the AFC South. The Colts, Titans, and Jaguars have all made playoff appearances in recent years, but the Texans continue to miss out.
This season, the Texans have a solid opportunity to make the playoffs. Their team seems to be getting closer every year, but they continually fall short. There's plenty of talent in the organization, and they should be able to compete for the AFC South title.
The Redskins are making headlines this offseason. They brought in a Super Bowl-winning coach and a future Hall of Fame quarterback, but they also have a $100 million man that refuses to come to work.
The Eagles dominated the NFC East in the 2000s, the Giants won a Super Bowl, and even the Cowboys won a playoff game.
The Redskins spent plenty of money on players that didn't work out, but they also spent plenty of time as the doormat of the NFC East.
Look for the Redskins to make some noise and possibly get into the playoffs in 2010.
San Francisco 49ers
The 49ers have been the doormat of the NFC West for too long. The Seahawks, Cardinals, and Rams have had Super Bowl appearances in the 2000s, but the 49ers haven't done much.
They did manage to pick up some young talent early in the drafts, though. Alex Smith, Vernon Davis, Patrick Willis, and Michael Crabtree all have the ability to be stars or solid starters.
Because of great drafting, the 49ers are poised to make a playoff run in 2010. They should be the favorite to win the NFC West, despite the fact that they haven't won anything yet.
Kansas City Chiefs
I thought the Chiefs were going to make a solid run at the playoffs before the 2009 season. Perhaps it was too early last season, but this could be the year they make a run. They have plenty of talent on offense, but their offensive line is still a big question.
With the Chargers struggling to get their stars to show up, the AFC West could be wide open.
The Chiefs could be poised to make a solid playoff run because of their coaching. Charlie Weis and Romeo Crennel weren't very good head coaches but will have an opportunity to redeem themselves as assistants.
With a solid running game, the Chiefs should be in playoff contention toward the end of 2010.
The Raiders' biggest issues in 2009 were quarterback play, play-calling, stopping the run, and offensive line play.
The Raiders have addressed every one of those aspects this offseason. They have added depth to their offensive line throughout the draft. They replaced JaMarcus Russell with Jason Campbell. Rolando McClain and John Henderson will also be key in stopping the run.
Hue Jackson is now calling the plays, and his energy is contagious on offense.
This team will depend primarily on the run and will have a quarterback who can win games for them. Campbell won't be asked to be the superhero every Sunday, but he won't be the villain.
Look for the Raiders to surprise a lot of people in 2010, and look for up to three of these teams to be in the 2010 playoffs.
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