As much of America engages in battle with numerous retailers this weekend, NFL teams wish they could do the same. Unfortunately, all of the “impact” player moves are likely done for the season and the teams will have to wait until free agency and the draft to strengthen their rosters. We are going to discuss what each of the 32 teams would like for Christmas, starting in the AFC.
New England Patriots– Tom Brady would like to a deep threat, and Bill Belichick would like another pass rusher. The way the Pats are currently constructed, they will not be making a trip to Indianapolis for the Super Bowl.
New York Jets– Rex Ryan wishes for a more consistent quarterback, while Mark Sanchez would like a better offensive line. A team that’s built around running the ball and playing good defense needs a stud running back and a pass rusher which they don’t have.
Buffalo Bills– The Bills need help on both lines and linebacker help. Ryan Fitzpatrick is good enough to win with, assuming he can be protected and doesn’t have to score 30 points every single week.
Miami Dolphins– Miami is the best 3-8 team in football which doesn’t mean a lot, but it does mean they don’t have a train wreck of a roster. Add a better head coach with an upgrade at quarterback and running back and this is a playoff team.
Pittsburgh Steelers– The Steelers manage to win with a mediocre offensive line and a below-average secondary. Troy Polamalu isn’t the same player he was and you have to wonder how many more big shots Ben Roethlisberger can take.
Baltimore Ravens– The Ravens might be the best team in football when Joe Flacco is at his best. The problem is that Flacco is usually solid, sometimes terrible and rarely great. The odds of them winning a Super Bowl with him are slim.
Cincinnati Bengals– The Bengals have one playmaker in A.J. Green, and a big time running back would make their offense complete. They also need help in the secondary.
Cleveland Browns– Cleveland has virtually no playmakers and a quarterback who can’t make all the throws. No matter how well the defense is playing, they can’t be anything more than mediocre with weak-armed Colt McCoy.
Houston Texans– Houston might be good enough to win the Super Bowl with a healthy Matt Schaub, but we won’t know. He’s never played in a playoff game and he won’t this year. A second wide receiver option would be beneficial.
Tennessee Titans– We don’t know if Jake Locker can play but the early returns looked pretty good. The Titans need Locker to be good and help at wide receiver. They also need to move away from Chris Johnson and see if they have anything with Javon Ringer.
Jacksonville Jaguars– The Jaguars need a legitimate wide receiver to find out if Blaine Gabbert can play or not. With a leaky offensive line and the worst set of pass catchers of any NFL team in years, Jacksonville has no idea whether their first-round quarterback is any good.
Indianapolis Colts– Aside from getting Andrew Luck in April, the Colts will need a stud running back, offensive line help and better personnel in the secondary.
Oakland Raiders– The Raiders need Carson Palmer to be the Carson Palmer of five years ago. They also need to improve at defensive tackle and cornerback.
Denver Broncos– John Elway knows that Tim Tebow isn’t the answer and they’ll rectify that in the offseason. They have to get beefier on the defensive line and younger in the secondary.
Kansas City Chiefs– Matt Cassel isn’t the answer and as soon as they realize that they can move forward. The rest of the team is good enough to compete with a solid quarterback.
San Diego Chargers– If the team can get a new general manager and head coach they will be better off. On the field they need to re-sign Vincent Jackson, get a pass rusher and firm up the offensive line.
Charlie Bernstein is the NFL Insider for ESPNFlorida.com and ESPN 1080 and 1040 in Orlando/Tampa and Editor-in-Chief of Sports Media Interactive, covering the National Football League, NCAA, and National Basketball Association. Charlie covers the Jacksonville Jaguars for FoxSports and has been featured on the NFL Network and Sirius NFL Radio. Charlie is also a member of the Pro Football Writers of America. You can follow Charlie on Twitter @nflcharlie