The wild-card round of the 2020 NFL playoffs concluded Sunday, which indicates 6 teams have now explained goodbye to this NFL year.

The Indianapolis Colts have been the to start with to exit the stage during Saturday’s to start with round of video games, followed later on by the Seattle Seahawks and the Washington Soccer Staff. And on Sunday, the Tennessee Titans, Chicago Bears and Pittsburgh Steelers joined the record of teams whose offseasons have formally begun.

The top rated-seeded Kansas City Chiefs and Green Bay Packers will join the playoff social gathering up coming 7 days soon after experiencing to start with-round byes.

So what is actually up coming for the teams that have been eradicated from the playoffs this 7 days? NFL Country digs in.

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Pittsburgh | Chicago | Tennessee
Washington | Seahawks | Colts

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How the year concluded: The Steelers preserved the most effective document in the NFL via eleven video games with an unblemished commence, but the wheels fell off in a three-game stretch as weaknesses with the operate game and limited passing game have been uncovered, not to mention the injuries on protection. The Steelers rebounded for a division-clinching, comeback win towards the Indianapolis Colts, but a to start with-round exit out of the playoffs soon after an eleven- commence is a disappointment — in particular with the to start with-quarter meltdown that led to a 28- deficit in Sunday’s wild-card playoff loss to Cleveland. This group had Super Bowl LV aspirations, and just about anything a lot less than a journey to Tampa, Florida, in the twilight of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger’s vocation is a failure.

Major offseason query: Roethlisberger is dedicated to playing at least via the close of his agreement in 2021, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported, but what stays to be noticed is how a great deal of the recent group the Steelers can retain about him. With almost twenty totally free brokers hitting the current market and a $41.two million wage-cap hit on Roethlisberger’s deal, the Steelers will have to pull off big wizardry to carry back again any individual substantial — these types of as functional defensive backs Mike Hilton and Cam Sutton or huge receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster. — Brooke Pryor

Chicago Bears (8-nine, 2nd in the NFC North)

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Drew Brees connects with Michael Thomas, who barrels via defenders for an eleven-yard landing, his to start with of the year.

How the year concluded: Inspite of beginning 5-1, the Bears’ offense put in a great deal of the to start with eleven video games of the 2020 year in hibernation. Quarterback Mitchell Trubisky bought benched in Week 3 in favor of Nick Foles, who fared even worse. Trubisky took the career back again in late November and played primarily influenced soccer, but the hurt was done. The Bears disregarded working back again David Montgomery — partly since the offensive line engage in was so subpar early on — for a great deal of the year until eventually he bought on a warm streak to near out the normal year. But failing to create the operate for the to start with three months of the year damage Chicago. The Bears backed into the playoffs in Week 17 by advantage of the Los Angeles Rams’ win above the Arizona Cardinals, but Chicago went one-and-done in the postseason. Immediately after Sunday’s 21-nine loss at New Orleans, the Bears are 1-7 towards playoff teams in 2020. The complete year felt like a squandered possibility.

Major offseason query: The Bears need to have to decide what organizational alterations are essential in spite of achieving the playoffs two of three several years. A potent argument can be built to retain mentor Matt Nagy, but higher management may well be a distinctive conversation. Basic supervisor Ryan Rate, whose destiny is intertwined with Trubisky, has one calendar year left on his agreement. The civic cries for group president and CEO Ted Phillips to phase aside improve louder every single calendar year. The Bears also have a big conclusion to make at quarterback. Trubisky’s fifth-calendar year solution was declined, and Foles appeared ineffective. Do the Bears draft a further quarterback? Do they re-signal Trubisky (gulp)? Do they come across a further veteran? The tale stays the similar in Chicago. — Jeff Dickerson

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Lamar Jackson heaves a deep pass to Miles Boykin, but finishes up getting picked off by Malcolm Butler.

How the year concluded: The big problem for the Titans has been the protection. When a group does not have a stout entrance close and back again close of the protection, the benefits are typically not very good. They signed totally free brokers Jadeveon Clowney and Vic Beasley to shore up the pass rush and get the protection to the up coming degree. But in its place, they’ve regressed. The Titans concluded with 19 sacks — third worst in the league. Losing Adoree Jackson for thirteen video games since of a knee personal injury damage the secondary severely. Outside of Malcolm Butler, the Titans have in particular struggled on third downs, the place they’ve permitted an NFL-worst 51.8% conversion fee.

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How can the Titans come across a way to produce a pass rush? The similar problem from final offseason carries above to 2021. The Titans will have constrained wage-cap place to increase a premier pass-rusher, so they are going to have to bank on signing a player with upside who has not had a breakout year. Tennessee could also flip to the 2021 NFL draft. The offense is far too very good to have a further year squandered away by the issues on protection. The Titans also have to retain the services of a defensive coordinator. — Turron Davenport

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Alex Smith claims he is heading to get some time to decide no matter whether he will return to engage in for a further calendar year.

How the year concluded: A wide variety of issues. But, retain in head, Washington wasn’t anticipated to be a great deal more than a 6- or seven-win group. In a tumultuous calendar year, it gained 4 more video games than final year below to start with-calendar year mentor Ron Rivera. Washington gained 5 of its last seven video games to win the division. But the offense wanted to be more productive. Quarterback was an problem as Dwayne Haskins was ineffective, benched early and ultimately launched backup Kyle Allen lasted 4 video games in advance of a damaged ankle finished his year and Alex Smith’s strained calf price tag him down the stretch. His leadership and comeback tale mattered, but the offense sputtered far too frequently and demands more reliable huge receiver engage in, and playmakers, over and above Terry McLaurin. The protection played very well, but demands to commence video games much better. It also permitted far too numerous big performs and was inconsistent towards the operate it demands to improve the linebacker and protection positions.

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Major offseason query: Who will be the quarterback in 2021? Washington lower Haskins, and it would be awfully tough to depend on Smith as a starter up coming year at age 37. Smith was a great tale, but can he final sixteen video games and be efficient? The group will have to consider its alternatives and can save $thirteen.6 million by releasing him. Mainly because the protection is all set to win now, with its gifted and youthful entrance, Washington can’t afford to wait extended for a younger quarterback to establish. Washington could contend in the NFC East for a while by including a veteran and perhaps drafting a quarterback in the center rounds to establish. Rivera explained Allen could have done what Smith did in main the group to a division title. But if they deem Smith as deserving of returning, then it will have to draft a quarterback who could present instant help, if this offense would like to make a jump. And Taylor Heinicke confirmed that he should be in contention for a roster place with a 306-yard passing day towards the Bucs in the wild-card round. Washington’s incapacity to establish, and retain, a quarterback has contributed mightily to its inadequate document below operator Dan Snyder. He can’t be the one main the demand, as he was when the group obtained Haskins, Robert Griffin III and Donovan McNabb. — John Keim

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Immediately after John Wolford exits in the to start with quarter with an personal injury, Jared Goff methods in and helps lead the Rams to a thirty-twenty win above the Seahawks.

How the year concluded: The Seahawks’ offense hit a wall about midseason and could hardly ever crack via it. Russell Wilson was throwing touchdowns at a historically prolific fee early on, carrying a protection that was setting records for futility for the to start with two months. But Wilson & Co. begun cooling off suitable about the time their protection commenced its turnaround. All of that was nonetheless very good plenty of to score the most factors in franchise background, win the most video games given that 2014 and safe their to start with division title given that 2016. But it wasn’t very good plenty of for the NFC’s No. 1 seed, which, as it turns out, the Seahawks would have gotten had they not inexplicably misplaced to the Giants at house in Week thirteen. The Seahawks could have employed that 7 days off to rest Jamal Adams and stay away from the Rams, who held Seattle’s struggling offense to twenty factors in the wild-card round and bought a essential choose-6.

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Major offseason query: It all centers about Adams: Can the Seahawks get a deal done? If so, how huge will it be? And if not, then what? This year, Adams validated the Seahawks’ daring conclusion to give up two to start with-round picks in final summer’s blockbuster trade. He was arguably their most impactful defensive player, setting the sack document for DBs. He brought an mind-set their protection was missing. Adams nonetheless has one calendar year remaining on his recent deal, and offering up as a great deal as the Seahawks did for Adams leaves no doubt they want him extended time period. But negotiations could be challenging since he’ll undoubtedly want to be compensated like more than just a protection. The NFL’s decreasing wage cap could complicate issues. The Seahawks figured they could get a potent return for Adams this offseason if they weren’t able to get a deal done and had to trade him. They are without having picks in the to start with and third rounds soon after offering them up for Adams, so they have incentive to figure out in advance of the draft if he’ll be about extended time period. — Brady Henderson

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Philip Rivers scans the field and finds a huge-open Jack Doyle in the close zone for the 27-yard landing.

How the year concluded: It’s tough to say one thing went completely wrong when you finish with double-digit victories for just the 2nd time given that 2014. But the Colts failed to give quarterback Philip Rivers a one-calendar year, $twenty five million agreement to just lead them to the to start with weekend of the playoffs. Owner Jim Irsay would like to win “numerous Lombardis,” but they have not gained any given that the 2006 year. They had the talent to make the postseason, but the 2020 year proved there was minimal area for mistake. And Indianapolis almost had one mistake far too numerous. The Colts failed to qualify for the playoffs until eventually the last 7 days of the normal year when they defeat Jacksonville and then bought help from Buffalo beating Miami.

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Major offseason query: Who will be the beginning quarterback and left deal with in 2021? Immediately after shelling out the to start with sixteen seasons of his vocation with the Chargers, Rivers proved critics completely wrong by showing he could nonetheless contend at the best degree. But he is 39 and has a superior faculty head-coaching career ready for him in Alabama when he retires. The danger of preserving Rivers — if all sides want that to come about — is his creation slipping off, which would pressure the franchise to hunt for a new starter in 2022. Fourth-round choose Jacob Eason put in this year as the team’s third-string quarterback, studying behind Rivers and Jacoby Brissett. It’s not known if Eason is all set to thrust for the beginning career up coming year. The Colts could re-signal Brissett, who will be a totally free agent, or glance for a starter by way of totally free agency or a trade (Carson Wentz or Matthew Stafford). Starting up left deal with Anthony Castonzo will be 33 in August, and he, like Rivers, has not dedicated to playing over and above this year. Castonzo flirted with retirement final winter. The only player at the moment on the roster who may well be able to fill in is All-Pro left guard Quenton Nelson. — Mike Wells