Free Agent Acquisitions/Re-signings:
- Did they fill needs?
- Were the signings cap friendly?
- Did they overpay for new guys or for returnees?
- Any low risk/high rewards?
- Did they fill needs here?
- Did they pass on a guy you feel will be great?
- Did they move up when they didn't need to, or move down and miss on a guy they should've taken?
- Is your new head coach a good choice?
- Did they keep a coach they shouldn't have? Or fire a coach they should have kept?
- How do you feel about the coordinators and other assistants?
With the final year of the cap penalty hindering our opportunities at bidding for free agents, GM Bruce Allen and Mike Shanahan did a great job acquiring ball hawking players for a weak secondary in the draft. Although STL had our first rounder from the trade for RGIII, this was the perfect year to not have one as the 'blue chip' prospects were extremely underwhelming.
The Redskins drafted college football's last two season interception leaders in CB David Amerson (13) and S Philip Thomas (8) with great value. Amerson could be a boom or bust in the second round but he plays like Antonio Cromartie but with a better head on his shoulders. The Skins also added a valuable weapon in joker TE Jordan Reed, who has studied under Aaron Hernandez and plays just like him altho with slightly more athleticism.
Bacarri Rambo was a steal in the 6th round and coincidentally was second in INTs the year Amerson led the nation. The Skins obv plan to pressure the QB and get turnovers to get the ball in the offense's hands as much as possible. It's a good strategy.
Although the Skins were hampered by penalties and couldn't sign any big time FAs, we managed to keep our own and return all but I think one starter. The team is young, hungry and now a little more experienced. Shanny also drafted him a couple mo HBs that could develop nicely to spell Morris. Chris Thompson has explosion and great vision, compares to Darren Sproles. Injury ridden past but hopefully that's behind him.
I like what the Skins did and didn't do in the offseason. This was the perfect year to have had to sacrifice a 1st rounder for a franchise QB and the scouting department did excellent to fit needs with good value in the draft. WSH gets a lot of talent back from injuries (Orakpo, Carriker, Davis, Helu, Merriweather, etc.) so from fillin the secondary with young talent with a nose for the ball, I see WSH and NYG favored for the NFC East crown if RG stays healthy and rebounds from surgery the way it seems right now.
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Our offseason has been great just because of the drafting of DeAndre Hopkins. I had him as the best receiver in this draft and our passing game might finally be explosive because of it. Teams can no longer just double and bracket coverage against Andre Johnson whose getting up there in age. Our offensive has potential to get back to our 2008-2010 level where we could put up points with the best of them. We also drafted DJ Swearinger which gives us the best safety rotation we've had.
We lost Connor Barwin to the Eagles but I don't really consider that a lost considering the dude was garbage last year and the year before that he was basically average save for a 4-sack game against the Jaguars. We aquired Ed Reed who at this point is a shell of himself but will provide the deep coverage we desperately need. His name itself is already enough for QBs to hesitate throwing deep.
Overall we improved but whether it is enough for us to get to at least the AFC title game remains to be seen. We have the division on lock and most likely a divisional round/top 2 seed on lock but whether we could get past the semi-finals is predicated on how good our offense can be.
Detroit Lions B+ Free Agent Acquisitions/Re-signings
-Reggie Bush: Should make an immediate impact in the offense, hopefully can fill the void left by Jahvid Best.
-Glover Quin (S): If Louis Delmas (S) stays healthy, then the Lions secondary will be incredibly improved with the addition of Quin
-Chris Houston (cb) (resigned): Great move here, veteran corner who has been solid in the past few years
-Deandre Levy and Stephen Tulloch(lb's) (resigned): Fairly happy with these resignings, overpaid on Levy a little bit.
-David Akers: Hopefully we'll see 2011-2012 Akers and not 2012-2013 Akers, but they needed to fill in the vacant place kicker spot after Hanson retired.
-Released Titus Young!!! This was essential, and the last month has shown how messed up this kid really is (I do hope he gets help and starts to function better though).
-Overall the signings were pretty cap friendly. Bush came a lot cheaper than I thought, and the only person they overpaid was Levy. A couple of veterans restructured their contracts to help out with future cap space.
-Ziggy Ansah (DE): Boom or bust. That's all that can be said now. Could be great pick, could be horrible. Don't really like the risk, but oh well.
-Darius Slay (cb): Thought this was a bit of a reach, would have liked to gone with offensive line help here, but not sure what talent was on the board.
-Larry Warford (G): By far their best pick. Really happy to get him in the 3rd.
-Rest of draft picks have some potential in them, but not really wanting to go into in depth analysis for each pick. Overall I'd say that the Lions addressed their needs pretty well in the draft. Their main needs were DE, Offensive Line and Secondary (IMO), and they addressed all of those pretty well with the draft and signing of undrafted players post draft.
-Hired Brian Xanders (Draft specialist), who I think really helped the front office in this draft
-Fired Special Teams coach (necessary), quarter backs coach (also necessary) and wide receivers coach (not exactly sure why, possibly because of the debacle with Titus Young).
-I think this is a make or break year for both Jim Schwartz and Martin Mayhew (GM), both are on the hot seat and need to put together a good season.
I'd give the Jets a F for the off-season. (I'd give them an F minus for delivering Brady and Bill Belichick to the Patriots)
Obviously Revis trade hurts overall for the team. But the owner screwed the Jets out of this deal. The jets were in a weak trading position because of him not that the Jets traded him. The Jets usually pay FA rather than pay their own. No matter what Revis isnt a 16 million dollar player no one can convince me otherwise. Deon Sanders is a 16 million dollar CB/WR/Returner.
This team is a work in progress. Dumping many overpaid role players. Again the Jets focused more on defense than offense. The Dline starters are fine actually LB isnt bad we are going to see if Coples can make the conversion as a stand up OLB. The safeties are trash. The Jets didnt need Dee Milner but I can see where if he were healthy he was the best available player. But this is a way to mask the Jets have no pass rush whatsoever and another year of scheming up a rush.
Offensive line the Jets added Willie Colon and Stephen Peterson. Howard was decent at RT. They drafted G Brian Winters and LT Oday Aboushi also they are converting DT William Cambell into a G.
The Jets have no TE, no WR's Holmes (overpaid avg player), Hill (if he could learn to catch wouldnt be bad), Jeremy Kerley (showed flashes in the slot).
I love Chris Ivory but did the Saints know something the Jets didnt maybe this guy cant take the beating to be a featured back? I didnt mind Mike Goodson before the questionable background came into play. Like one GM said before "Do the Jets do background checks on any players?"
I never liked Sanchez from jump street, average arm but NO experience to play QB when drafted. His first year the Jets had a solid team around him but the team got progressively worse and his game did too. Geno Smith I am not that impressed with this guy. I dont know about his maturity, mind, anticipation and can he take snaps from center. Those screens and dump downs to Tavon could have made him look better than what he was. The guy is a project and if the Jets had a good developmental staff I would feel good about his potential.
One of the better Browns offseasons I can recall. B+
Free Agent Acquisitions/Re-signings:
Switching from the 4-3 to the 3-4 seemed like an odd decision given the previous regime had one a pretty damn good job of building the team around the defensive line. That explains this offseason being almost exclusively centered around building a solid linebacking corps.
*Paul Krugar is obviously the big name here. We'll see how good he is out of the Ravens system, but I've seen a lot of people just assuming he was the product of a Baltimore franchise which seems to breed these guys. Thing is, the Browns have a very nice looking front-7 of their own coming into this season and that has certainly become the team's strength. We'll see, but I think we got him at a fair price.
*Desmond Bryant is one of those high risk/high reward guys. Since joining the Browns, he has already been arrested and sued. However, he is a pretty versatile DE/OLB who showed some promise in Oakland and would fit in well with our now versatile group on the edge.
*I liked the new additions to the receiving corps with Davon Bess and David Nelson. Now alongside Josh Gordon, who I think could become a legitimate beast this season. Those guys are well complimented by the big/physical Greg Little and the small/speedy Travis Benjamin.
*Meanwhile, Jason Campbell is a pretty good backup quarterback and no threat to Brandon Weeden, while Brian Hoyer is an interesting guy to have learning and growing behind Campbell.
*The biggest losses are Phil Dawson, who I honestly believe has been consistently the best kicker in the league over the past 6-7 years and Ben Watson. Also gone is Mohamed Massaquoi after a very disappointing tenure as a second round pick.
- Once again, no surprises here... With the switch to the 3-4 and a draft absolutely loaded with top-end pass-rushers, Barkevious Mingo was the right pick, I think. The other major need was cornerback which was addressed with our next pick (3rd round), Leon McFadden. I'll admit I know very little of McFadden, but if the FO believed he was the best CB on the board, that was the right pick. He was complimented by Notre Dame safety Jamoris Slaughter with the next pick. Slaughter tore his ACL last season, which is why he slipped to the 6th round. He is your classic risk/reward guy. Another guy who is looking riskier than we even imagined was Armonty Bryant, who has been arrested since the draft and has compiled a wrap sheet longer than his list of accomplishments as a standout at East Central Oklahoma. This guy is already down to his last strike and he hasn't even put pads on yet. Not a great sign.
This is the most interesting area of the new regime who've taken over in Berea. Rob Chudzinski is the head man, a former offensive coordinator on the best Browns offense of the last couple decades (2007). Chud then had success in Carolina designing an offense for Cam Newton. He seems to have a good offensive mind and, while I wasn't blown away by the selection, it could turn out to be a much safer pick than a wildcard like Chip Kelly.
His defensive coordinator is a guy I've always really liked, Ray Horton. He'll have a lot of new toys to play with and I'm interested in seeing his often wild, sometimes reckless blitz packages.
Chud will be complimented on the offensive side by old pro Norv Turner. There are indications out of OTAs that Norv is loving Weeden's arm and some say he has been comparing Josh Gordon to a young Vincent Jackson. One thing is for sure... Chud and Norv will be airing out the ball this year, which will be a delightful reprieve for Browns fans who've endured Shurmur's maddening dink and dunk West Coast Offense for the last few years.
*One really bad bit of news... Trent Richardson is out until August with an ankle injury. There have been some leaks that the staff fears it could be a stress fracture. If that's the case, I'm beginning to fear that Trent may be entering "injury prone" territory. Hopefully, it's just the team being exra cautious and nothing too serious.