There are good jobs and then there are bad jobs. Every industry has them, and they will stand the test of time. There are some jobs in the NFL that nobody wants to take and then there are some that can be turned around- with the right people of course. Teams that keep drafting in the top 10 have to be good eventually, right? Either the team is constantly missing on players or the coaches are the issue.
Here are the top 5 worst jobs in the NFL:
*The choices involve the worst 5 teams in the NFL by team record.*
5. Jacksonville Jaguars
It was only a year ago that Bortles threw for 4,428 yards and 35 touchdowns. The team won 5 games and appeared to be on the way up. The problem? Bortles was drafted in 2014 and has had three different offensive coordinators in just three years. Someone has to be willing to bet that it is the change in coordinators that resulted in the dropoff for Bortles. The talent seems to be there on the offensive side of the ball, and the Jaguars are building talent on defense. Jacksonville has been drafting in the top 10 every year since 2012 and will do so again in 2017. Marqise Lee and Allen Robinson are very good options at wide receiver. Julius Thomas is a good tight end if he can stay healthy for a full season. Jalen Ramsey seems to be creating his own island on defense in his first year in the league, and talented DE Dante Fowler Jr. is basically still a rookie himself after missing the 2015 season due to injury. If the team can address the offensive line or even an elite running back, this team can take the next step and contend for the playoffs very soon with the right coach.
4. Los Angeles Rams
Los Angeles alone makes this a very tempting job to take. The Rams have also had two first round picks in 2 of the last 4 years. Todd Gurley is a franchise back, and the defense is very talented. There is still a lot to be determined with Jared Goff and whoever takes this job has to mold him into a franchise quarterback or stick with him for a couple of years at least. The bad news is that the Rams do not own their first round pick in 2017. The team traded that away when they moved up to get Goff this past year. Aaron Donald is a building block on defense along with Alex Ogletree and Robert Quinn. The team desperately needs a playmaker at wide receiver to help Goff out. Lack of first round pick notwithstanding, this team could bounce back fast with an offensive-minded coach. The team already plays the Seahawks tough, what more do you want?
3. Chicago Bears
This season went sour for the Bears very fast and very early. Quarterback Jay Cutler got hurt early on and then ended up missing the rest of the season when he did come back eventually. The team is still rebuilding on the defensive side of the ball after having a very good defense for many years and failing to prepare for their replacement. LB Leonard Floyd, DB Kyle Fuller and DT Eddie Goldman are very young building blocks on defense. Jordan Howard appears to be the answer at running back after being drafted out of Indiana. Howard rushed for 1,178 yards and 6 touchdowns this season. To add to that impressive line, Howard didn’t start until week 4 of the season. The team has a talented tight end in Zach Miller and young wide receivers that showed their potential when pressed into action. Alshon Jeffery will become an unrestricted free-agent and the team will have to make a decision on whether to bring him back. The team will hope that first round pick Kevin White can take his place, but he needs to be healthy for a full season first. Will the Bears go quarterback with their top 5 pick in 2017? This team could be a franchise quarterback away from getting back in contention.
2. Cleveland Browns
The only reason the Browns appear higher than the 49ers is the fact that Cleveland has two top 10 first-round picks in the 2017 draft. The Browns have been searching for the answer for so many years they have lost count. A team has to get a first round pick correct eventually, right? Corey Coleman had a solid rookie year for the Browns and appears to have the talent and ability to be a reliable option at wide receiver. The problem is and has always been at the quarterback position. Cleveland, however, has problems everywhere. The team may be better suited off by following the Cowboys formula and drafting offensive lineman after offensive lineman. Cleveland has needs at running back, receiver, offensive line, defensive line, linebackers and safety. Coaching-wise, however, not many teams will give you two top-10 picks to start off with molding your identity. The team traded for LB Jamie Collins from New England and Joe Haden is still a very good corner. Longtime Brown Joe Thomas has been an anchor at center. The team has some young talent and just needs an identity to mold all of the draft picks they have and are going to continue to have thanks to trades.
1. San Francisco 49ers
San Francisco is an interesting team to dissect. The 49ers are just a few years removed from playing in the Super Bowl- you know: the biggest game of the NFL season! What happened? Well, Jim Harbaugh left and probably took the soul of the team with him. He might have overstayed his welcome, but he made San Francisco relevant. Harbaugh turned Alex Smith and Colin Kaepernick into quarterbacks that other teams envied. The team was so hard bent on making it back to the Super Bowl that they neglected to build depth on their team. This is a tough job to walk in to, with all honesty. One piece of good news is that Carlos Hyde is a very good running back and is still only 25 years old. That is one thing that you can breathe easy on. The team needs to draft a quarterback and then needs to rebuild the offensive line. Defensively, the team has been drafting pieces like former Oregon teammates DeForest Buckner and Arik Armstead to try to get back to having a tough defensive line. In the secondary, Eric Reid has been a solid player for the 49ers. If a coach is patient and is given the time, there are pieces to build an identity around.