That leaves 17 teams already looking to next year. Many of them will be looking for new coaches, but coaching only can do so much. All of the eliminated teams have major roster holes they need to fill this offseason.
Here's a look at the most pressing need for each squad heading into the new year.
Miami Dolphins: They need skill players who can win one-on-one matchups. There just aren't any difference makers in Ryan Tannehill's receiver group. Two of the better offensive players -- Brian Hartline and Reggie Bush -- are free agents. Coach Joe Philbin needs to find some explosive players to help Tannehill.
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Buffalo Bills: We could pick on the vanilla defensive scheme, but the talent is sufficient for a new coach to win with on defense. That's not true at quarterback. Ryan Fitzpatrick is a system guy who will look very out of place if Chan Gailey is let go. General manager Buddy Nix already waited a year too long to get competition for Fitzpatrick.
Oakland Raiders: The secondary is so far below acceptable NFL standards that it makes it tough to evaluate the rest of the defense. GM Reggie McKenzie needs a number of good drafts to upgrade this roster, but the secondary should come first.
Kansas City Chiefs: The franchise will have to start over nearly from scratch on offense. The team truly has no viable quarterback options who are likely to be on the roster next year.
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Arizona Cardinals: The quarterback position is so obvious that we'll skip over it for now. The team's awful long-term situation at offensive tackle will make it difficult for any quarterback to succeed.