NFL Doormats: Three Teams That Can Turn It Around in 2011

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NFL Doormats: Three Teams That Can Turn It Around in 2011
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The NFL has clearly become a league of haves and have-nots.  There are the perennial royals who come out every September to clean house on 31 teams in search of the ultimate glory, which in football’s case is embodied by the Vince Lombardi Trophy and winning the Super Bowl.

Teams like the Patriots, Steelers, Chargers, Colts and Ravens are consistent locks for the playoffs in the AFC, as teams like the Giants, Eagles and Packers have held respectably steady spots in the playoffs within the last 4-5 years in the NFC.

Then there are the teams who have made little-to-no noise in the last 5+ years:

The Cleveland Browns, who haven’t been to the playoffs since the 2002-03 season and haven’t won a post-season game since 1994.

The owners of 2009’s worst regular season record; the St. Louis Rams at 1-15.

Last (and probably the LEAST), holders of the NFL’s record for the worst single-season record; the Detroit Lions, who finished at 0-16 in 2008.

These teams aren’t necessarily horrid, yet, they lack a few key pieces which have kept them from relevance in the last few years. 

With the right changes, decisions and corrected courses of action, these franchises can turn around from consistent NFL doormats, to some of the most elite teams in the league.

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