Here are five NFL teams who have the longest road to winning a Super Bowl.
1. Miami Dolphins
It is fantastic that the Dolphins managed to finish 6-10 with a washed up Jay Cutler at quarterback and after they traded Jay Ajayi mid-season. Outside of Jarvis Landry, the roster lacks upside. And even Landry himself failed to reach 1,000 receiving yards despite 112 catches. Ryan Tannehill is not the answer at quarterback, but they still believe he is despite the injury. The offensive line has regressed at the tackles with Laremy Tunsil and Ja’Wuan James. Jermon Bushrod and Ted Larsen are old and ineffective guards. Cameron Wake and Lawrence Timmons have logged many miles on defense. Ndamukong Suh had the worst season of his career. Except for Reshad Jones and Landry, they need upgrades at every position. The Buffalo Bills have surpassed them in the division, and the New York Jets could pass them next season.
2. Indianapolis Colts
The two areas where the Colts are set are the quarterback and the running back. Even if Andrew Luck can’t return, Jacoby Brissett was the Colts’ best player this past season. Frank Gore is still a productive running back after 12 seasons in the NFL. If they don’t re-sign Gore, Marlon Mack proved enough to earn the starting job. Johnathan Hankins had a breakthrough at defensive tackle, and Henry Anderson played well at defensive end in nine games. Linebacker is average, but they need help there and everywhere else. They also need Frank Reich to help them forget Josh McDaniels’ shenanigans.
3. Houston Texans
Deshaun Watson is already a great mobile quarterback, but he won’t last long if the Texans can’t develop an offensive line to protect him. The offensive line got even worse when they sent Duane Brown to the Seattle Seahawks. The offensive line could take a long time to fix. They couldn’t block either. J.J. Watt is now an injury risk after another season-ending injury. The Texans also need a serious overhaul of the secondary. They need help at running back, wide receiver, tight end and outside linebacker.
4. Washington Redskins
Alex Smith does save the Redskins from breaking the bank on Kirk Cousins. But Cousins still has more upside than Smith. Unless they find a quarterback in the draft, Smith does not make them better. Offensively, they still need a number one wide receiver and interior offensive linemen primarily a center. They need better defensive ends and better defensive tackles. They need safeties and bounce back seasons from Josh Norman and Bashaud Breeland. The Redskins are still far behind Dallas and Philadelphia.
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Jameis Winston looked awful despite the team adding DeSean Jackson and O.J. Howard to Mike Evans and Cameron Brate. However, since Winston was the first pick in his draft, they will hang on to him longer than they probably should. In fact, a different quarterback could make the Buccaneers a dark horse Super Bowl contender. They have to smooth things over with Dirk Koetter, who they were going to fire to bring in Jon Gruden. They need significant improvements at running back, offensive line and defensive line. They are also in the toughest division in the NFL.
Be on the lookout for other articles in the next few days on teams in different leagues that have a long road ahead of them.
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Published on 2/19/18 at 1:23 PM EST.Share this post on:
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