Any team can turn it around. Every year there is an underdog story. Every season someone changes their fortune. Who will go from rags to riches in 2020?
Whether it was down to injuries, coaching or just all-round bad play, 2019 was a season to forget for many teams. With the End of the 2019 season approaching fans can be optimistic that their teams can turn things around.
Every season there is an underdog who reaches the playoffs. The NFC Championship game featured two sides who didn’t make the postseason in 2018, the San Francisco 49ers who finished 4-12 and the Green Bay Packers who ended 6-9-1.
It’s not all doom and gloom for fans with free agency approaching and the NFL Draft taking place in April, these are the teams that could turn it all around in 2020.
Change is coming in Washington. A positive change. A culture change. Ron Rivera is taking over as head coach. Rivera comes with experience of overhauling a troubled team. When Rivera took over the Carolina Panthers in 2011 they had just finished 2-14. When he stood in the locker room and told the roster his plan was to win a Superbowl he was practically laughed at.
Rivera has proven he can change a teams fortunes and sat at #2 in the 2020 NFL draft, the Redskins are primed to pick a generational player in Chase Young. The only way is up for the Redskins.
The 2019 Dolphins were being labelled the worst team to ever grace the NFL. They proved that wrong, why can’t they improve in 2020. The Dolphins key weapon is their draft capital. 3 first-round picks in the 2020 NFL Draft means that they can control and manipulate any situation they want to. No ifs or buts, Miami simply have to get this draft right.
Miami also has the second-most cap space available to spend in free agency. There is no shortage of free agency options going into 2020. Although the Dolphins have clearly committed to building through the draft, could Miami spend big? They certainly need a couple of big names to become competitive in 2020.
There is no illusion, the Falcons are a good team. Finishing 7-9, turning 3 defeats into wins would have been all it took. This Falcons team is and should be much better than this.
Finding a dominant pass rusher this offseason is more than a necessity. Dan Quinn and Thomas Dimitroff’s jobs may depend on it. Spending 2 first-round picks on offensive lineman in 2019 hasn’t yet worked out, it still might yet. This is a big year for the Falcons and owner Arthur Blank will be thinking win or bust. No excuses.
A 5 win season after being viewed as Superbowl contenders simply isn’t good enough. The LA Chargers have some serious sorting out to do this offseason. Whether it be Phillip Rivers moving to Florida or Melvin Gordon’s holdout, the rumours will continue to snowball if LA don’t get this sorted quickly.
Rivers is a free agent this offseason and if he stays, finding a successor to Rivers this offseason has to be a priority. Rivers isn’t getting any younger and even if he remains a Charger his heir-apparent could sit out for a year which may not be a bad thing.
The Chargers will have their pieces, they just need to fit them together. Sat at #6 in the Draft, the Chargers are primed to strike.
The Lions have now missed the playoffs for 3 consecutive seasons. In a competitive division, things are never easy for Detroit. Detroit are not as bad as their 3-12-1 record suggests, a midseason injury to Matthew Stafford completely blew any chance of them achieving this season.
The Lions have money to spend this offseason and are overreaching in the Draft, sat at #3 overall. The Lions will be fielding phone calls from around the league as teams scramble to trade up for their guy. They won’t be held to ransom though and if the price is right Detroit could trade back to bolster a decent roster with young and cheap talent. 2020 will be make or break for Matt Patricia.
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