This past year, there were teams that struggled mightily during the 2009 season, and even though they looked horrible at times, there were a few bright spots on the team. This offseason, these five teams have improved immensely, and looking to move out of the cellar. Which teams are looking to move out of the cellar, and why are they heading in the right direction? Look inside, and find out!
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are moving in the right direction, unfortunately, the Bucs are quite a couple of years away from truly competing. The Bucs have added Gerald Mccoy, and couple of young, but unproven receivers, in Arrelious Benn, and Mike Williams. They have a good, but young quarterback in Josh Freeman. They may escape the basement this year, but they won't truly compete until the next couple of years.
In the 2009 season, the Seahawks had a terrible season. They were 5-11, and fired their coach of one year, Jim Mora Jr and added a new head coach in Pete Carroll, former USC Trojan coach. To me, the Seahawks may not be dead last, they possibly could be second. They made the safety position a strength with drafting Earl Thomas out of Texas, and grabbed Golden Tate, a wide receiver out of Notre Dame, and got Russell Okung, a tackle in the first round. They may not get a playoff berth this year, but this team is definitely headed out of the cellar.
The Redskins have had the most successful offseason in years, grabbing Donovan Mcnabb from the Eagles. Mcnabb is a good addition, and should be a contributing member for this team for years to come. The Redskins added Jammal Brown, from a trade with New Orleans, and they also added Trent Williams a tackle from Oklahoma in the draft. I think they can compete this year, as they had a outstanding defense last year.
The Raiders have improved the most of out all teams. They added a run-stopper in John Henderson, a thumper in Rondo Mcclain in the draft, they added a good quarterback in Jason Campbell. They also added Kamerion Wimbley from the Browns. Not only they added all these players, they have a good defense returning. They have Ndhami Asomugha, Richard Seymour, and Thomas Howard. They also have a couple of players on offense worth mentioning such as Zach Miller (tight end), and Michael Bush. This team may compete for the wild card this year, as I still think the Chargers take that division with or without Vincent Jackson.
The Browns in my opinion have improved the most as they added and drafted some key players. They added Tony Pashos, a right tackle to help out the right side of the line, added Benjamin Watson, an athletic tight end that can run the seam, they added Scott Fujita to fill out the linebacking core and also put Jake Delhomme at quarterback to help the offense grow. The best part of it all, is that they added Joe Haden and TJ Ward, two good players that can help out on defense in the draft.
The Browns look to compete in the extremely competitive AFC North, and hopefully Holmgren, the new president of the Cleveland Browns, can improve the team even more to make this team a playoff contender next year or the year after.