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[ESPN] NFL Future Power Rankings

Discussion in 'Football: NFL, College, High School' started by J.R., Jun 19, 2013.

  1. J.R.

    J.R. Contributing Member
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    Long-term, sustainable success. It's the goal of every NFL franchise. And while some have realized it in recent years -- the Pittsburgh Steelers, Green Bay Packers, New York Giants and New England Patriots, to name a few -- it has proved equally elusive to others who have chased football's biggest prize with a short-term, win-now mindset only to butt-fumble away their long-term growth (see: Jets, New York).

    ESPN Insider's NFL Future Power Rankings are an attempt by our expert analysts to measure the confidence they have in each franchise as it projects three seasons ahead. It is not a predicted order of finish for the 2016 season, but rather a barometer tracking where each franchise is heading. And from our first installment of the project last summer to now, we've already seen some organizations make great strides towards becoming a Super Bowl contender, while others have slipped back towards square one.

    In evaluating each team, our analysts broke down five facets deemed critical to the long-term health of a franchise:

    • The roster (minus the QB) as it projects in 2016, emphasizing players 27 and younger
    • The franchise quarterback as he projects in 2016
    • The strength of a team's 2013 draft picks and their available picks in future drafts
    • The reputation and performance of the front office
    • The stability and acumen of a team's coaching staff

    Our experts -- Herm Edwards, Mel Kiper, Mike Sando, Gary Horton, Matt Williamson and Field Yates -- ranked each franchise from 1-10 across the five categories, then provided a breakdown for each team. Former NFL GM Bill Polian abstained from the ranking, but offered his insights for the front office analysis below. Using a weighted formula (explained briefly in the sidebar to the right, and in more detail here) we generated our final rankings.

    Here are the NFL Future Power Rankings:

    1. San Francisco
    2. Green Bay
    3. Seattle
    4. Baltimore
    5. New England
    6. Atlanta
    7. New York Giants
    T-8. St. Louis Rams
    T-8. Indianapolis Colts
    10. New Orleans
    11. Denver
    12. Kansas City
    13. Cincinnati
    14. Pittsburgh
    15. Houston
    16. Washington
    17. Philadelphia
    18. Tampa Bay
    19. Minnesota
    20. Miami
    21. Detroit
    22. Chicago
    23. Carolina
    24. Dallas
    25. San Diego
    26. Arizona
    27. Cleveland
    28. Tennessee
    29. Buffalo
    30. Jacksonville
    31. Oakland
    32. New York Jets
    #1 J.R., Jun 19, 2013
    Last edited: Jun 19, 2013
  2. juicystream

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    Washington seems low to me. They had 2 great rookies at QB & RB, and made the playoffs.

    My Titans are way down there. Unfortunately its hard to disagree. As much as I like Locker, he's never going to be accurate enough to be a top level QB.
  3. Ziggy

    Ziggy QUEEN ANON

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    This should include cap flexibility, unless "capability" under coaching is what that means (what?). I thought GB was hamstrung for awhile.
  4. getbloodyred

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    Schaub is holding us back big time.
  5. underoverup

    underoverup Member

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    I agree, plus they have a HOF coach.
  6. J.R.

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