Summary of the NFL Off-Season
May 29, 2019
After a “roller coaster ride” season, the Philadelphia Eagles were defeated by the New Orleans Saints on an error by Wide Receiver Alshon Jeffrey in the final minutes of the fourth quarter. After winning the Super Bowl in 2018, the team has been devoted to repeating that season in the future. However, sports journalists and countless fans are worried about whether or not the team can remain dominant after this off-season. The team is confident as in March, outstanding Running Back from the Chicago Bears, Jordan Howard was traded to the Eagles for a sixth-round draft selection in 2020. But the team is under duress from both media and fans as the greatest second string Quarterback of all time, Nick Foles, was traded to the Jacksonville Jaguars. It is clear that Foles was unhappy with the trade, and so were his fans. In the next season, Carson Wentz will be forced to remain healthy, or the team will suffer greatly.
In this off-season, the Dallas Cowboys are fighting against their current pattern of contending but losing every playoff game by changing both in the coaching staff and on the roster. In January, Offensive Coordinator, Scott Linehan was fired and replaced by Kellen Moore. Jon Kitna was named Quarterback Coach for starting Quarterback, Dak Prescott. To strengthen the offense, the team signed Wide Receiver from the Green Bay Packers, Randall Cobb for a single season. In the following season, with numerous signings and transactions on the defense plus added weapons on the offense such as Cobb, the team will become an even larger dominant force. Will it be “what it takes” for the team to compete against conference superpowers such as the New Orleans Saints and the Los Angeles Rams?
New York Giants
In the 2018-2019 season, the great veteran Quarterback, Eli Manning faced struggle and hardship both on and off the field. With a poor performance both from him and a large number of his teammates, the Giants concluded the season with a losing record and did not qualify for the playoffs, but the team and its General Manager are determined to end this drought and be an underdog force in the N.F.C. Manning and his offense secured Tight End, Scott Simonson for the following season. Then the team resigned Pro-Bowl Kicker, Aldrick Rosas. On March 13, 2019, the Giants fans were angered as star Wide Receiver, Odell Beckham Jr. and Defensive End, Oliver Vernon were traded to the Cleveland Browns for Safety, Jabrill Peppers, Guard, Kevin Zeitler, and two draft selections in 2019. However,afterreviewing the trade, experts have determined it was a great trade for both teams. The Browns gained a much-needed weapon on the offense for Quarterback, Baker Mayfield plus a great defender with the Giants gaining strength on the defense and a better future with two draft selections. Following this season, it became clear that Beckham was not pleased with Manning and his performance. Beckham began to turn from loyalty to the team to disheartened and willing to be traded. Otherwise, the team has had a great off-season after this important trade. On April 13, 2019, the team signed Running Back, Jonathan Stewart to a one-day contract in order to allow him to retire as a Giant. Lastly, the team signed Wide Receiver, Sterling Shepherd who will be forced to step up to assume the role as the main target and dominant Wide Receiver.
After a devastating season full of injuries and heartache, Washington Redskins fans are clueless as to whether or not the team is able to recover with their current talent and the teams surrounding them in the N.F.C. So, beginning this off-season, the team began to change with coaches. Nate Kaczor was named Special Teams Coordinator, Kevin O’Connell was promoted to Offensive Coordinator, Matt Cavanaugh became the Senior Offensive Assistant, Bob Ryan was signed as Inside Line Backers Mentor, and Tim Rattay became the Coach of the Quarterbacks. Then the team signed Quarterback from the Denver Broncos, Case Keenum for a 2020 sixth-round draft selection. On March 13, 2019, Safety, Landon Collins agreed to sign with the team for six seasons. Then the team signed Cornerback, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie to strengthen their weakened defense. But most analysts believe that this off-season will prove insufficient for what is truly needed in order to succeed.