December 23, 2013; San Francisco, CA, USA; Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) passes the football against San Francisco 49ers outside linebacker Aldon Smith (99) during the first quarter in the final regular season game at Candlestick Park. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Which NFL Team is Primed For A Quick Turnaround

The Kansas City Chiefs shocked the NFL world last season by going from 2-14 to the playoffs.  Who can follow that lead in 2014?

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Talent wasn’t the biggest problem facing the Tampa Bay Buccaneers a year ago.  They have their fair share of that.  What they lacked was stability and direction under former head coach Greg Schiano.  It wasn’t any fun coming to work and there was no unity.  So Schiano was sacked and veteran coach Lovie Smith put in his place.  Smith developed a reputation for getting the most out of his players in Chicago where he had great success.  He’s respected by all and just the antidote the Bucs need.  If Josh McCown can play like he did in Chicago and the defense rises to a similar level that Smith built there, this team has the pieces for a run.

Washington Redskins

It’s easy to forget that the Washington Redskins were a playoff team in 2012.  Robert Griffin III was Rookie of the Year.  It’s just he and the team saw a number of things go wrong last year.  First and foremost was his health and then there was the utter implosion of the Redskins defense, overcome by age, injury and ineptitude.  Washington has a new head coach in Jay Gruden who comes from a proven NFL coaching tree.  A series of moves in free agency and the draft have helped retool the defense while the offense appears to be loaded up with playmaking talent.  If health prevails and Gruden can get them pointed in the right direction, there is no reason they can’t win that division.

Atlanta Falcons

Just a few yards separated the Atlanta Falcons and the Super Bowl in January of 2013.  Sadly they fell short and the hangover of that defeat, along with a bevy of injuries tanked their 2013 season before it really could ever get going.  Still, they have a solid core in place with Matt Ryan, Julio Jones and Roddy White.  Together with a sprinkle of solid talents during the off-season such as Jake Matthews, Ra’Shede Hageman and Paul Soliai gives them a much bigger and stronger presence up front, something that was lacking last season.  This team is still good and stable.  A turnaround would not be a shock to anybody.

Jacksonville Jaguars

Gus Bradley and David Caldwell have steadily built something interesting down south.  Off-season by off-season they have assembled a strong cast of young NFL players, first on defense in 2013 and now on offense with additions like Blake Bortles, Marqise Lee and Allen Robinson.  The team played better down the stretch of last season and seem to have a lot going for them.  Much of their success will be tied to the quarterback position and whether Chad Henne can guide the ship until Bortles is ready.  Jacksonville has done everything possible to field a legitimate offense, including beefing up the ground attack with Toby Gerhart and Storm Johnson.  Given the relative weakness of the AFC South, the Jaguars could surprise a ton of people if Bradley gets them playing well early.

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  • Don Don

    Go jaguars. We get better every year

    • Erik Lambert

      It would see that way.

      • Don Don

        No doubt

    • Adam K

      Tough to go much further down than 4-12. But I like Bradley and I think they’re getting the pieces together to regain relevancy pretty soon.

  • Adam K

    “Beefing up the ground attack with Toby Gerhart and Storm Johnson” is lol funny. The Jags are undoubtedly moving in the right direction, but HARDLY seem ready for a QUICK turnaround.

    • Erik Lambert

      That’s what they said about the Chiefs, Adam. Everyone expected them to be better under Reid but playoffs? I think the Jags have the pieces to make it interesting, especially if they get off to a good start.

      • Adam K

        Definitely possible. But having your turnaround hopes on a rookie QB, some rookie WRs, a rookie RB, Gerhart and Henne seems like a long-shot at best to me.

        • Erik Lambert

          Long shot? Sure. Still, they will run a classic system of defense and power running. That gets teams to the playoffs all the time, even these days, especially younger ones.

          • Bobby Postma

            I agree with Erik here. I actually think they have a legitimate Shot this year. We just got some really talented people in offense, and our defense should be top 10. Take into consideration that we have the 4th easiest schedule. We have a great chance

  • trinity

    Definitely not the jaguars, and I think Blake bortles will be really good. But it’s going to take some time. I like the falcons and redskins for a quick turn around

    • Erik Lambert

      Don’t discount them just because they’re the Jaguars. Still, I feel the Falcons and Skins are prime candidates.

      • trinity

        I think the jags are still a ways away, but I like the things they did in the draft. I think bortles is going to be really good, but I don’t think he will get there as fast as teddy bridgewater. That division is not that strong though, so they have that working for them. Colts are top dog, and they are very inconsistent.

  • ThreeOfive Logo Ellis

    Bucs goin 12-4 #SuperBowlRun

  • 65yt

    I would like to see Detroit under new management.
    JAX arent ready for playoffs though, Henne last season could barely keep his feet planted for a couple seconds.

  • TheFrasier707

    So Erik I like how ur thinkin.i just hope ATL dosnt remember how to play football like last year but they had a good draft so they totally could turn it around this year?it would b fun to watch Jaxvil have a good team.its been awile since they’ve been good.i like there draft bortles could become the man!that team needs a new face.mjds a raider

  • joe

    I think mccown benefitted from the offense the bears have and of course marshall and Jeffrey.

  • Brandon Quinlog

    thats it? i know my raiders are ready

  • MoralPolice

    Go Jags! DTWD!