It's May in the NFL. The month of OTAs and hope springing eternal.
Except where it really doesn't.
Because we all know this is a league of haves and have nots. And it seems more extreme than ever as best I can tell, after an offseason of team after team making power moves. I believe this league is more divided than ever between the owners who are really going for it, and the ones mired in a rebuild and the ones on cruise control content – or relatively content – to reap the fiscal rewards while going through the motions on the roster side of things.
Regardless, this is a time of looking forward. With the schedule posted last week, Vegas now has early odds for every game next season. The futures betting market is at least a smidge more secure, I suppose, now that we know the entire schedule. Fools like me are writing columns about next year's playoff teams while rookie minicamp is going on, for goodness sake. So, well, I figure it's as good a time as any for fools like me to write about the franchises that are the most hapless and hopeless. There is a hierarchy (lowerarchy?) to that as well, and as far as I'm concerned there is a sub-sect of this league for whom the 2022 season itself is just a preamble to whatever they hope to accomplish in years to come.
It's a wash, well before it ever starts.