NFL's most underperforming teams

Can the Giants, Texans and others turn things around this season?

Updated: October 15, 2013, 12:28 PM ET
By Herm Edwards | ESPN Insider

Eli Manning, Hakeem NicksAP Photo/Charles Rex ArbogastIt's been a tough season for Eli Manning, Hakeem Nicks and the Giants. Can they turn it around?

The reason it's difficult to compare NFL coaches is because not only does every NFL team have different personnel but they have different expectations going into the season. The Houston Texans were supposed to be a Super Bowl contender but right now sit at 2-4. The New York Giants were supposed to be a contender for the NFC East title but right now are winless at 0-6. The Jacksonville Jaguars? A little different story: They haven't looked very good this year at 0-5, but then again, no one expected them to compete for a playoff spot.

Everyone is quick to jump on which coaches are on the hot seat, but the last time I checked, no coaches have played a down in the league this season. So, the issues for teams not living up to expectations go far beyond the men on the sideline. Of course, those coaches are definitely feeling a little heat at this point in the season.

Here are the five NFL teams that have underperformed expectations the most, and my take on whether (and how) they can turn it around:


New York Giants (0-6)

I can assure you that Tom Coughlin didn't forget how to coach all of a sudden. The man still has two Super Bowl rings. But the Giants are a team that has historically gotten off to a fast start under Coughlin, then struggled in the middle of the season. In 2013, they've just struggled. Period.


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