Sunday’s narrow victory over the Broncos raises, rather than solves, many questions the Chicago Bears have about their offence going forward.
Ranking the top 10 coaches in the league is no easy task and inevitably those at the top of the profession tend to be those who have been in it the longest. Tenure indicates success.
By the Cincinnati Bengals’ standards this offseason is one of earth-shattering change. This relatively conservative franchise doesn’t do dramatic or sudden. Nonetheless this offseason they moved on from long time head coach Marvin Lewis after 16 seasons, replacing the seasoned veteran with the relative greenhorn Zac Taylor.
The Browns are likely to get into playoffs but I’m more cautious in predicting it as a wild card berth rather than as division winners. It may take this team time to gel and it’s going to be difficult for them to live up to the lofty expectations immediately.
The Atlanta Falcons are a trendy sleeper Super Bowl team this offseason. Last year the team were hampered by injuries to key players, particularly on defence, whilst this offseason has seen the rehiring of former offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter after his firing from Tampa Bay’s head coach position.
I think Anthony Lynn's team will take another step forward this year, and will be amongst one of the dominant franchises within the AFC. The lack of significant roster turnover, with a few key additions, will help propel them deep into the playoffs.
On Thursday it was reported that Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon has requested a trade from the team. The former Wisconsin back has balked at the Chargers current contract offer of $10 million per season, leading to his agent requesting the team trades their top halfback.
Arizona Cardinals’ president Michael Bidwill and general manager Steve Keim dramatically reversed course this offseason, following up the firing of one-year head coach Steve Wilks with the selection of quarterback Kyler Murray to replace one-year quarterback Josh Rosen.
However, given the depth of Chicago's roster and lack of turnover, I’m cautiously optimistic about the Bears chances of playing football into January.
The firing of New York Jets General Manager Mike Maccagnan on Wednesday was surprising, not so much for its actual occurrence but more for its timing.