The National Football League offseason is where a season is made — or not.
That’s why every single team needs to make sure to address all their needs before the start of the season, but they don’t always get the job done.
With that in mind, former NFL player Louis Riddick chose his top five teams that need to have a slam dunk in the offseason, namely the Indianapolis Colts, New York Jets, New England Patriots, Las Vegas Raiders, and Chicago Bears.
.@LRiddickESPN's top five teams that must win in the NFL offseason:
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When it came to the Colts, he claimed that they had already settled their pursuit of a Head Coach, so now they need to find the answer at the quarterback position.
The Colts have a solid defensive line and one of the best running backs in the game — Jonathan Taylor — but they need some better play from their offensive line and an actual starting-caliber NFL quarterback.
Likewise, the New York Jets will also be in the market for a gunslinger.
However, and as much as they would love to have a future Hall of Famer like Aaron Rodgers, Riddick believes they should focus on having the right person — not player — for their project, someone who could help them build a winning culture from within instead of making it all about himself and help develop Garrett Wilson into the superstar he can become.
When talking about the Patriots, Riddick pointed out Mac Jones’ frustration with the play-calling, stating that it’ll be up to Bill O’Brien to make things right.
He also added that they need to give him a bonafide no.1 wide receiver to put him in a position to showcase his skills.
The Raiders are also in a tough spot because of Dave Ziegler and Josh McDaniels’ decision to move on from Derek Carr, so he believes they now need to win games with their defense and add more playmakers next to Maxx Crosby.
Last but not least, Riddick thinks the Bears should not trade Justin Fields away and should make the most of their cap space and draft picks to build around him instead.
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