It’s Wonderful NFL Life: Reasons for hope for your team

JAMES STEWART DONNA REED THOMAS MITCHELL

Associated Press

Every year many of us gather around the TV to watch “It’s a Wonderful Life,” a lovely Christmas tale where George Bailey is given a second chance on life after a visit from a guardian angel. And many of you are likely a little morose after your team has failed to reach the playoffs in 2012.

Well, consider me your Clarence as I show you why there is reason for hope with your favorite team.

And without further ado …

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Kansas City Chiefs

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Marty Schottenheimer says he has a great love for the Chiefs and the Hunt family. Marty was run out of town because of his playoff failures, but Chiefs fans would just like a return to the playoffs.

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Jacksonville Jaguars

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Where else can you play TPC Sawgrass in the morning, catch a Jaguars game in the afternoon, and then belt out “Tuesday’s Gone” with the locals in a dive bar on Jacksonville Beach in one day?

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Philadelphia Eagles 

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You never want to celebrate a guy who is going to lose his job (well, wait a few slides, at least). But when Andy Reid loses his job, LeSean McCoy will actually gain a job as a guy who runs the ball for the Eagles. Seems like Reid doesn’t believe he’s up to the task.

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Oakland Raiders

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No matter how many losing seasons the Raiders seem to accumulate, you still get guys like Ice Cube and Metallica who remain fans of the team. So musically, there is a commitment to excellence, still.

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Detroit Lions

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The Lions were steeped in expectations coming into this year. And the team didn’t respond. So next year, nobody will be expecting things from the Lions and they will rebound! And if nothing else, the new Dodge Dart looks cool.

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Tennessee Titans

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You know how so many teams in the NFL currently struggle with a faulty offensive line? The Titans actually have a pretty decent offensive line. You just wouldn’t know it with the quarterback play from Matt Hasselbeck and Jake Locker this season. And then you have the bonus of the most underrated cheerleading squad in the NFL.

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San Diego Chargers

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Well, for starters, you won’t have Norv Turner and A.J. Smith to kick around anymore. Oh, and you live in San Diego.

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Cleveland Browns

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The Browns have the best nucleus of young talent they’ve ever assembled during the “new era” of the team. And no matter how bad things are for the Browns, realize it could be so much worse if you hadn’t swung a deal to get your team back. You could be like NFL-less Los Angeles and NHL-less Quebec as cities used as a bargaining chip for other teams to get new facilities.

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Carolina Panthers

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Cam Newton has the chance to be the best quarterback of his generation in the coming years. And if those NFL commercials are to be believed, the Panthers are set at quarterback for when Cam Newton retires.

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Buffalo Bills

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If the thought of C.J. Spiller as a feature back isn’t enough to warm even the coldest Buffalonian-heart, those stunning uniforms certainly should.

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Arizona Cardinals

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No matter who plays quarterback for the Cardinals next year, he simply can’t be worse than Ryan Lindley, John Skelton and Kevin Kolb.

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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Once a year the Buccaneers break out those orange creamsicle uniforms. And like the McRibb, it seems like a good idea at the time. And then you go crazy for it. So much so, you are left to wonder what the big deal was. Until the next year, when you clamor for it once again.

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New York Jets

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Fans of the Jets will no longer have to worry about seeing Mark Sanchez on the field as the team’s quarterback, nor shirtless in GQ next year.

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New Orleans Saints

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You still have Drew Brees, you’re fine.

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Miami Dolphins

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If you’re ever in town for a game, don’t worry, there are still great seats available.

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St. Louis Rams

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Well, don’t beat yourself up over keeping Sam Bradford over RG3. Jeff Fisher has made the mustache cool again, to the great relief of the majority of St. Louis fans.

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