ESPN.com's NFL Insiders did an interesting piece Wednesday that looked three years into the future and ranked all 32 teams. There were many factors involved, including quarterback, coaching stability, strength of the front office and overall talent on the roster.
After putting all 32 teams under the microscope, it was determined three years from now the New York Jets have the least chance of turning their organization around. The Jets were ranked dead last based on the aforementioned factors.
"To resurrect the franchise, the Jets are going to need to draft well and spend smarter than what occurred under the previous regime,” ESPN.com’s Field Yates writes. “There's talent on both the offensive line with Nick Mangold and D'Brickashaw Ferguson protecting whoever takes the snaps and Muhammad Wilkerson anchoring a promising defensive front seven. The Jets are in desperate need of offensive skill players.”
Here is how our NFL Insiders panel ranked AFC East teams three years from now:
No. 5 overall: New England Patriots
No. 20: Miami Dolphins
No. 29: Buffalo Bills
No. 32: New York Jets
According to our panel, it could be much of the same in the AFC East for the next three years. The Patriots will still be, far and away, the dominant team in the division, even with quarterback Tom Brady at age 39. There isn’t much confidence in the Dolphins making the jump over the next three seasons or the Bills.
Overall, it’s extremely hard to predict the future of the NFL three years from now. There are surprises each year, and every right or wrong decision impacts a franchise.
But I think success over the next several seasons will mostly come down to good coaching and strong quarterback play. The Patriots have both, while other AFC East teams are trying to achieve that same level of consistency in those areas.