Teams across the NFL who aren’t in a competing position should either rebuild their roster or retool it. Which teams should go through this? One of the worst things that an NFL team can go through is losing constantly. Some teams haven’t been able to break out of this habit for years while others have done the complete opposite for years as well.
There are always rebuilding teams in the NFL each and every year. However, some teams might not need a total rebuild but rather a less aggressive retooling. There are benefits and drawbacks to each one.
Teams that need to rebuild are trying to not cut any corners. They believe that they essentially need a full scale tear-down to get back to where they want to be. They recognize that winning in the NFL takes a lot, and that their rosters might take a lot as well. These processes are usually three-ish years for the process to reveal itself.
Teams that instead opt to not do a full scale rebuild might opt for a retooling instead. This is essentially when the structure of the team remains in tact, but positions here and there are changed, hopefully for the better. The Denver Broncos tried to do this for years when they brought in various solutions at the quarterback position.
Obviously none of them have worked so far, so perhaps that’s something that would steer teams away from retooling. There are a few teams that need some serious, genuine changes to change the direction of their franchise, but which teams are they?
NFL teams that need a rebuild or retool
The Houston Texans need to embrace the rebuild. They’ve traded some veterans over the last few years and have signed a ton of free agents to short term contracts. They have some nice pieces on their roster but it is clear that they have a long ways to go. They simply need more good players on their roster.
The Panthers don’t need a rebuild. They have a nice core of players that they should keep. Ikey Ekwonu and Taylor Moton appear to be two foundational pieces on the offense along with DJ Moore. On defense, they have studs like Jeremy Chinn, Brian Burns, Frankie Luvu, and Derrick Brown. They have a really solid roster but have a clear hole at the quarterback position.
With their recent trade of Christian McCaffrey, they can hopefully chase a quarterback in the upcoming draft, but they truly do not have major holes outside of QB.
The Commanders’ roster being wasted with this coaching staff is upsetting. I like nearly every part of their roster outside of the secondary, Their defensive front is fierce. Their receivers are very good and I do like Carson Wentz. Ron Rivera is an average NFL coach who hasn’t proven to be particularly good at his job.
I don’t think the Commanders need to sell off their players at the deadline seeing as they are likely already out of the NFC East race. Please, Washington, do not tear it down, get a new coaching staff in the building and reassess after that.
If there is any team that I think needs a rebuild, or to continue on it, it’s the Chicago Bears. Justin Fields is not it, and I’m not sure they have a single quality player on their offensive line. They have one good receiver in Darnell Mooney and a couple good running backs.
Naturally, their defense is decent, but the offense is just so limited in talent, it’s hard to envision anything other than GM Ryan Poles using a very high draft pick on a quarterback, overhauling the offensive line, and revamping the receivers.