Summary of the NFL Off-Season
May 29, 2019
It is clear that the Buffalo Bills are in the rebuilding stage and it has brought tremendous struggle. Since the beginning of the century, the team has only appeared in the playoffs for one season. In 2017, the Bills were contenders in the playoffs, but were still unsuccessful being defeated by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the wildcard round. And for the team, this drought seems that it will just continue. Following the last game of the 2018-2019 regular season, defensive lineman, Kyle Williams publicly announced his retirement from the game of football, leaving the team without one of its most experienced leaders. Also, the Coach of the Offensive Linemen, Juan Castillo, and Wide Receivers Coach, Terry Robiskie were both terminated in January. Though the team is undoubtedly struggling, the future is promising as both Running Back, Frank Gore and Wide Receiver, Cole Beasley have signed with the team.
Though the Miami Dolphins have been able to compete, the team has not been able to reach the level needed in order to compete in the playoffs. After losing nine games and only winning seven this season, it was clear that the team was facing its rebuilding stage and needed to change. It did change by terminating its current Coach and naming former Defensive Coordinator of the New England Patriots, Brian Flores as Head Coach. Also, the team will change its leader as the former starting Quarterback, Ryan Tannehill was traded to the Tennessee Titans for two draft selections. Lastly, the Dolphins signed Quarterback, Ryan Fitzpatrick for two seasons.
New England Patriots
Throughout the course of two decades, the New England Patriots have been contenders for the Super Bowl nearly each season. Under the leadership of Head Coach, Bill Belichick and the seemingly greatest Quarterback of all time, Tom Brady, the team has been a dynasty with no stop in sight. Following the success of the 2018-2019 season, winning their sixth Super Bowl, the team hopes to simply continue their “traditon” that began in 2002. Sadly, the team and his fans across the nation said goodbye to outstanding tight end, Rob Gronkowski, as he publicly announced his retirement. Although, the team will continue to be a superpower as the team has resigned its dominant defender, Cornerback, Jason McCourty. Plus, Kicker, Stephen Gostkowski, has been resigned. Lastly, Brady will be given yet another talented weapon in the Wide Receiver position as former star of the Denver Broncos and Houston Texans, Demaryius Thomas, was signed to join the Patriots on April 16, 2019.
New York Jets
Though this team did not produce in the previous season, it is predicted to be the underdog in the next season. The team began to change for the better as it hired Adam Gase as its Head Coach. Also, the team named Gregg Williams the Defensive Coordinator as well as Dowell Loggains as both Offensive Coordinator and Quarterbacks Coach. Following that, the team released Running Back, Isaiah Crowell and shortly after replaced him with an elite Running Back, Le’Veon Bell. With numerous other signings and transactions, this team has transformed into a threat to its division opponents.