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 discussed what each of the 16 AFC teams would like for Christmas, now its the NFC’s turn.
Dallas Cowboys– The Cowboys are a secondary away from being a legitimate contender. They can use depth on the offensive line as well.
New York Giants– The Giants can use a better training staff as they’ve been decimated by injuries. When healthy, the team needs to add linebacker depth, depth at running back and a tight end.
Philadelphia Eagles– Philly is soft on both lines and needs to add talent at linebacker. They also need to somehow make Michael Vick healthier and more accurate.
Washington Redskins– Washington needs to stop avoiding the draft in terms of finding a quarterback. If head coach Mike Shanahan doesn’t take a signal caller in this draft, he must be held responsible for the play of Rex Grossman or John Beck.
Green Bay Packers– What do you get the team who has everything (and by everything we mean Aaron Rodgers)? A running game as James Starks shows poor vision and Ryan Grant has no explosion. Depth in the secondary is a concern.
Detroit Lions– The Lions need to find a way to keep a running back healthy and get better in the secondary. The offensive line remains a concern.
Chicago Bears– The offensive line is still a weak spot as is the safety position. They should find a way to acquiesce to Matt Forte’s contract demands as the offense would be very mediocre without him.
Minnesota Vikings– The Vikings need more playmakers on both sides of the ball and they must rebuild a once great defensive line. The secondary is also a concern.
New Orleans Saints– The Saints need to get bigger on the defensive line and they must upgrade the safety position currently occupied by Roman Harper.
Atlanta Falcons– Atlanta needs to upgrade the left tackle position and they have to get a pass rusher. The secondary has also been inconsistent.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers– The Bucs simply need more playmakers all over the field. They need a consistent wide receiver, more depth on the offensive line and better linebacker play. Safeties have been very poor as well.
Carolina Panthers– Cam Newton needs to be surrounded with more weapons and their defensive line has been very disappointing. Like most 2-win teams, the Panthers need to fill a lot of holes.
San Francisco 49ers– The 49ers are winning so they can’t bench Alex Smith but he’s not the answer. Hopefully Colin Kaepernick can unseat him in training camp next year. Other than quarterback, San Francisco can use a big play receiver and some secondary help.
Seattle Seahawks– Seattle isn’t terrible when they get average quarterback play- Imagine what they could do with a good quarterback? Seahawks also need another running back, wide receiver and linebacker help.
Arizona Cardinals– For Christmas the Cards would like a “mulligan” on the Kevin Kolb deal. Arizona needs a legitimate QB, RB, #2 WR, better offensive line and secondary. Other than that they’re fine.
St. Louis Rams– St. Louis needs a big play wide receiver like it’s nobody’s business. Also the offensive line needs to play better and the secondary needs improvement.
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