2011 NFL Predictions: 7 Teams That Won't Make the Playoffs

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2011 NFL Predictions: 7 Teams That Won't Make the Playoffs
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This time of year in the NFL, all you can do is predict and speculate. However, this season has a little bit of a different feel to it, just in case you have been in a cave for the last week.

Now that the lockout has ended, certain teams do not stand a chance to make a playoff run. There are two key factors that make these teams stand out: a new head coach and/or a new quarterback.

Now, there are exceptions to these two factors. A coach that has been promoted from within has fewer hurdles to clear in order to install his new system. A new quarterback has its exceptions as well. A Kevin Kolb that landed with the Arizona Cardinals should have an easier transition than a Cam Newton for the Carolina Panthers.

Having said all this, the following list is subject to change with several veteran free agents still on the market that could change the make up of a teams roster. A couple pick ups from the free agency market could make a serious impact.

Let's look at the six teams that will be watching the playoffs on television come January if they don't make changes to several key positions.

 

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