For some teams, there is no hope. None. Zip. Nada.
The Dolphins? No freakin’ way.
The Falcons? Not this year.
The Jets? Not gonna happen.
The Chiefs. Don’t think so.
But the Rams at least have a chance. There is talent on the roster that, if the stars align and the creek don’t rise, could come together and make some noise in the NFC.
We still have a QB who has played in two Pro Bowls and is hardly too old to play at a high level.
We have one of the top RBs in football.
Our receiving corps has promise. Holt still has some mileage left, Bennett has to play better than last year, McMichael has has success in this league, and we finally have an infusion of young, fast, talented WRs to keep defenses honest.
The O-line, if healthy, can be effective. Pace isn’t done. Bell will help a lot. Incognito and Barron have talent, though it they have lacked consistency. Romberg, Setterstom, Greco and Schuening can all contribute.
The defense also has promise. Sophs Carriker and Ryan and rookie Long add young, hungry talent. They could energize vets like Glover, Hall and Little.
There are playmakers on defense. Witherspoon, Atogwe and, if healthy, even Tinoisamoa and Hill can impact games. Culberson, Bartell, King and Wade all bring youth and athleticism.
We have a good punter, a great kicker and a lot of candidates for the return game even if Dante Hall is not able to hold the spot.
We play in a division with a team that has likely already peaked, and two who have struggled to get to the next level.
I’m not saying it WILL Happen.
But it COULD.