Now that we're roughly halfway through the 2019 NFL season, it's easier to assess which teams look like serious Super Bowl contenders, while also weeding out those that are going nowhere fast. Some teams that entered the season with high hopes aren't where they expected to be in the standings, but still didn't become sellers at the trade deadline.
With that in mind, here are three teams that should probably consider rebuilding in the offseason, based on their disappointing starts to the NFL's 100th season.
1. Los Angeles Chargers (3-5, 3rd Place in AFC West)
The Los Angeles Chargers were looking like one of the most talented teams in football coming into the season, but lost a few key players, including strong safety Derwin James, before Week 1. They've since placed free safety Adrian Phillips and center Mike Pouncey on IR, while losing three of their last four games to teams that likely won't make the playoffs (Broncos, Steelers, Titans). Even coming off a slim road win in Week 8, the Chargers fired offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt. The most problematic thing is that QB Phillip Rivers is nearing the end of his career, with no backup plan in sight. The Chargers could compete when fully healthy, but might be smart to consider their future at QB. If they continue losing games, a high draft pick could be in the cards, but selling off high-priced veteran pieces this offseason could jumpstart the organization back in the right direction.
2. Chicago Bears (3-4, 4th Place in NFC North)
The team the Chargers beat in Week 8, the Chicago Bears have had a miserable season offensively, averaging 18.3 points per game (27th in NFL) and 281.4 yards per contest (29th). Mitchell Trubisky has flatlined at QB, with five touchdowns to date, while averaging a putrid 5.6 yards per attempt. While the Bears still yield a borderline top-five defense, their offensive ineptitude is setting the team back. Riding a three-game losing streak, Chicago could be in the market for a new QB next season and that could come in the form of a top-10 draft pick.
3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-5, 3rd Place in NFC South)
The prevailing trend with all three of these teams is the quarterback. Jameis Winston entered 2019 as a pivotal fifth-year impending free agent, and his contract year seemingly couldn't be going worse. As Winston's career turnover issues have only magnified with an NFL-leading 12 interceptions (tied with Baker Mayfield), to go with three lost fumbles, the Bucs might want to start from scratch at QB next season. The Bucs have two elite wide receivers in Mike Evans and Chris Godwin and a much improved run defense, but everything else has been suboptimal in Bruce Arians' first year as the team's head coach. Winston has nine games left to save his season (if not his career as a starter), but the early signs don't look overly positive.
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