2014 NFL Power Rankings – Preseason Rankings
AFC South, 4-12
Head coach: Bill O’Brien – He came from Penn State in the college ranks, but really made a name for himself as the offensive coordinator for the New England Patriots.
Best offensive player: Andre Johnson, wide receiver – Johnson has been one of the most dangerous receivers in the NFL for years, and he’s still the number one threat for the Texans.
AFC North, 4-12
Head coach: Mike Pettine – Pettine has been the defensive coordinator for the Buffalo Bills and the New York Jets over the past few seasons. So he knows the NFL, and more importantly the AFC. However, he didn’t appear to the Browns first choice for the job.
Best offensive player: Josh GordonGordon had a huge 2013 season, leading the league in receiving yards with 1,646. However, Gordon may end up being suspended for 2014 season due to a failed drug test.
NFC North, 5-10-1
Head coach: Mike Zimmer – Widely regarded as one of the best defensive coordinators in the NFL, Zimmer finally gets his chance to be a head coach. After turning the Cincinnati Bengals defense into one of the best in the NFL, Zimmer will try to do the same with the Vikings.
Best offensive player: Adrian Peterson, running back – Beyond a shadow of a doubt, Peterson is the best running back in the league. One of the few backs who is still a marquee attraction, Peterson wants to get more involved in the Vikings passing game this season.
AFC South, 4-12
Head coach: Gus Bradley – Bradley joined the Jaguars in 2013 after helping the Seattle Seahawks develop the best defense in the NFL as their defensive coordinator. And going 4-12 in Jacksonville last year was probably better than most would have expected, as the Jags were surprisingly competitive last season.
Best offensive player: Cecil Shorts, wide receiver – With Maurice Jones-Drew gone to Oakland and Justin Blackmon serving an indefinite suspension, the Jaguars best offensive player is Cecil Shorts. He’s been the Jags leading receiver for the past two seasons, and if he can get consistent quarterback play this year, he’ll more than likely do it again.