The bulk of free agency is complete with most of the major signings behind us. Most of the focus will now turn toward the NFL Draft taking place in two […]
The bulk of free agency is complete with most of the major signings behind us. Most of the focus will now turn toward the NFL Draft taking place in two weeks.
Draft day is usually filled with plenty of trades and surprises. However, the NFL decided to have all teams draft from their own homes and I believe that may hinder the amount of trades or home run moves so to speak.
Of course, this list could be subject to change following the draft. As it stands now, here are my five best and worst teams for the 2020 season in no particular order.
The Worst of 2020
- Los Angeles Chargers
The Chargers had a fantastic run in free agency inking CB Chris Harris Jr, OT Bryan Bulaga, DT Linval Joseph and LB Nick Vigil. They also placed the franchise tag on TE Hunter Henry. They addressed two major needs of theirs, offensive line and linebacker. Considering the Chargers had one of the leagues bottom five offensive lines, it may take more than Bulaga to fix that completely. If he continues to battle injuries, then they face the same problems as last season.
The big questions comes at the QB position. Longtime QB Philip Rivers signed with the Colts. Will it be Jameis Winston, Cam Newton or do they draft someone like Tua Tagovailoa? Even if they grab any of those quarterbacks, is it enough to help them win?
The Chargers’ secondary is disgusting after the Harris signing. He will now play alongside some serious studs like Casey Hayward and Derwin James.
So while they made some good moves this off-season, there is much to be desired offensively.
- Miami Dolphins
The Dolphins completely over performed last season. They won five games which was probably six too many. You can thank Brian Flores for that. If you’re a Miami fan, you can feel good about the future of the Dolphins. The first four games last season were exactly who that team should have been.
The division no longer feels like a gimme with Tom Brady leaving the Patriots. The Bills shouldn’t take any significant steps back, the Patriots still have Belichick and the Jets record looked better than it should have been. That being said, Miami still has plenty of rebuilding to do. However, they appear to be on the right path.
- Washington Redskins
They still have Dwayne Haskins and they are still the Washington Redskins. They are one of the most inept franchises in all of sports because of the front office. Bad QB, bad ownership, I will bank on them being a bottom feeder maybe more so than any other team despite hiring Ron Rivera.
- Jacksonville Jaguars
They have a ton of draft capital as they appear to be cleaning their roster out. While Gardner Minshew was exciting, the roster is still not good by any stretch. I can’t see them piling on too many wins this season. Bring in Tom Coughlin proved to be costly as an executive as many players have left since their AFC Championship appearance two years ago. Since then, they have lost key pieces like Jalen Ramsey, Yannick Ngokoue and Calais Campbell. They whiffed signing Nick Foles. Maybe they can turn their draft capital into something in the near future. I highly doubt that future happens in 2020 though.
- Cincinnati Bengals
Joe Burrow is a Bengal essentially. They have some solid weapons on offense for him to play with. But, they are in a crowded division in the AFC North and I am not sure how much more they improve from 2-14. They added some nice pieces to their defense like DT DJ Reader and former Saints S Von Bell . However, they failed to address the biggest need of 2019…the offensive line. Maybe they do so in the draft.
The Best of 2020
- Kansas City Chiefs
The Chiefs uneventful free agency period is a result of limited cap space. Limited is probably an understatement here. They still have their three biggest contributors of the defense under contract (Tyrann Mathieu, Frank Clark and Chris Jones). At the end of the day, the offense is still as loaded as ever. They still have third year starter Patrick Mahomes who already has etched his name as the best quarterback in the NFL with an MVP and Super Bowl MVP in his first two seasons as a starter. Now is the time for them to make a run at multiple championships before having to dish out the contracts like hot cakes.
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tom Brady comes to Tampa with an infinitely better roster than he had last season in New England. Tampa’s defense was much better than the points and yards showed due to Jameis Winston’s inability to keep the ball from opposing defenses. All signs point to Tampa being much better than their record. They had a top 10 offensive line and defense if you are going off DVOA. They have maybe the best receiving duo in the league with Mike Evans and Chris Godwin. The biggest hole is RB and the draft has plenty.
- New Orleans Saints
The Saints young nucleus they have built through the draft and free agency is still strong and viable. They re-signed Drew Brees and gave him another weapon to play with in Emmanuel Sanders. Heading into the postseason each of the last 3 years, they were arguably the best team in football. It was followed up with three very disappointing exits in three very different ways. Maybe this is the year they can finally find a way to win it all once again.
- Pittsburgh Steelers
For a long time, I have felt Mike Tomlin was the most overrated coach in the league. His team for so many years had THE best running back, THE best receiver and one of the league’s better quarterbacks. Every year, they seemed to hit a wall come postseason. Last year, the Steelers defense was one of the most exciting and best. They featured two DPOY candidates in S Minkah Fitzpatrick and LB TJ Watt. They managed to be competitive and finish 8-8 in contention for playoffs despite losing all their fire power on offense minus Juju Smith-Schuster. IF (I repeat IF) Ben Roethlisberger can stay healthy, this team should rebound in a big way as I believe the Ravens and Lamar Jackson take a step back.
- San Francisco 49ers
The 49ers had a successful free agency thus far re-signing DE Arik Armstead and S Jimmie Ward. They will have 10 of their 11 starters back on defense for 2020. The only major starter the 49ers lost was Emmanuel Sanders. They will now have the proverbial opportunity to re-load in this year’s draft. They own the 13th and 31st pick in the 1st round. They can potentially trade down or stay put and address the need of receiver. At the end of the day, they still have Kyle Shanahan who will find ways to be creative offensively.