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Summary of the NFL Off-Season

May 29, 2019

 

Chicago Bears

In the 2018-2019 season, the Chicago Bears proved that their talent and drive will lead them to a Super Bowl in the near future. Most fans believed that this past season could have been the time to compete in the Super Bowl. However, due to a poor performance by Kicker, Cody Parkey, the team was eliminated in the playoffs by the Philadelphia Eagles in the last second of the fourth quarter. In this off-season, the team has trained vigorously to correct the errors of the last season with each player understanding that the team is few steps away from the highest level of football. To improve the team on the defensive side of the football, former Head Coach of the Indianapolis Colts, Chuck Pagano, was hired as the Defensive Coordinator. Ted Monachino was named Senior Defensive Assistant and Outside Linebackers Coach. Pagano and Monachino have coached together in the past with both the Baltimore Ravens in the 2010-2011 season and the Indianapolis Colts in 2016-2017. As far as players, the team signed tight end, Dion Sims from the Miami Dolphins. In March, the team released Line Backer, Sam Acho and signed Kicker, Chris Blewitt. Another notable signing was Defensive Back, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix. Clinton-Dix was signed for one season. In April, the team lost one of its greatest leaders when Tight End, Zach Miller announced his retirement.

Green Bay Packers

After a long season, the Green Bay Packers and its fans can agree that is time to rebuild. So, following the season, the team terminated Head Coach, Mike McCarthy and hired Matt LaFleur as his replacement. The team hired several other coaches in lower positions such as Nathaniel Hackett as Offensive Coordinator and Luke Getsy as Quarterbacks Coach. In March, however, the team lost one of its best leaders as Fullback John Kuhn announced his retirement from the game of football. Although the team has gained talent through countless transactions such as Safety Adrian Amos and Line Backers, Preston Smith and Za’Darius Smith.

Minnesota Vikings

In the past two seasons, the Minnesota Vikings have fallen short of their expectations, losing in the playoffs in 2018 and not qualifying for the 2019 playoffs. It is clear that with the rising dynasties such as the Los Angeles Rams and the Chicago Bears in their conference, the team must gain in talent and determination to reach the goal of the Super Bowl in the upcoming seasons. However, in this off-season the team has remained quiet, only signing minor players such as Running Back Ameer Adbullah and Kicker Dan Bailey. One major resigning was star Wide Receiver Adam Thielen for multiple seasons. It is unclear whether the Minnesota Vikings “have what it takes,” but it will show in the changing, unpredictable N.F.C.

Detroit Lions

Though the past of the Detroit Lions holds the great Running Back, Barry Sanders and the greatest Wide Receiver of all time, Calvin Johnson, otherwise known as “Megatron,” the future of the team is not certain with their current talent. After being eliminated from the playoffs in the 2018-2019 season due to a poor record, it is clear to the team that there must be an immediate change. So, their change began in this off-season by naming Sean Ryan the Quarterbacks Coach to assist current starting Quarterback, Matthew Stafford. Then, out of countless other transactions and signings, the team acquired two star players that will bring much needed help to the offense. In March, the team signed free agent Wide Receiver from the New Orleans Saints, Tommylee Lewis. Lewis is widely known for the controversial non-call pass interference that occurred in the N.F.C. Championship game against the Los Angeles Rams. Then the team signed dominant Running Back from both the Denver Broncos and the Los Angeles Rams, C.J. Anderson, who competed and led his team in the 2019 Super Bowl against the New England Patriots where he was ultimately defeated.
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