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Summary of the NFL Off-Season

May 29, 2019

 

Tennessee Titans

In the 2018-2019 season, this team proved that their talent and ability is within reach of the playoffs. Toward the end of the regular season, the Indianapolis Colts, a conference rival, destroyed their dreams of competing in the post-season in the wildcard game. But, in this post-season, the team has made important transactions that could give them the opportunity to compete in the playoffs in the following season and possibly build a dynasty in the near future. In January, the team added two Coaches, Todd Downing as Tight Ends Coach and Frank Piraino as Strength and Conditioning Coach. Then in February, the team agreed to terms with Wide Receiver, Adam Humphries, giving Quarterback, Marcus Mariota a great target. Also, the team signed Line Backer, Cameron Wake, to improve the secondary on defense. Plus, to be a second string to Mariota, former Quarterback of the Miami Dolphins, Ryan Tannehill, was traded to the Titans. The question still remains, will these transactions and trades be substantial to the rising demand of the talent in their respective conference and division?

Indianapolis Colts

Following a historic journey of qualifying for the playoffs following a 1-5 beginning to the regular season, the fans are hoping their team can capitalize on the success of last season, possibly by reaching the Super Bowl soon. In this off-season, the Colts have had countless transactions and signings, some of which may provide the missing pieces in the puzzle. However, the off-season did not begin in the manner in which fans hoped for. First, Head Coach, Frank Reich fired his Offensive Linemen Coach for bullying players for inexcusable reasons. But, since then, the team has continued on its path from last season. The team resigned its legendary, experienced Kicker, Adam Vinatieri for one more season. Next, General Manager, Chris Ballard, resigned the Offensive Guard, Mark Glowinski, for an extension of three seasons. Next, the team wlecomed its replacing Offensive Linemen Coach, Chris Strausser and Jason Michael as Tight Ends Coach. Then, on the defensive side of the football, the dynamic pass rusher, Margus Hunt, was given a contract extension. Most importantly, the team signed free agent, Defensive Lineman, Justin Houston, from the Kansas City Chiefs. Each and every player that has continued or joined with the Colts this off-season will undoubtedly give the team a chance to win its third ring and create its second dynasty.

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Houston Texans

After an inconsistent season, the Houston Texans and its fans hope to have more success in the next season. While the team did qualify for the playoffs; on their home field in the wildcard game, the Indianapolis Colts defeated them with ease, ending their season. Following this devastating loss, the question was raised; will the team be able to reach the Super Bowl with its current players and coaching staff? In the 2018-2019 season, the Texans offensive line allowed the most sacks and gave Quarterback, Deshaun Watson very little time to advance the football down the field. However, the team has not signed offensive linemen nor has there been a change of Offensive Line Coach. Also, the offense lost one of its most lethal targets as the team released Wide Receiver, Demaryius Thomas. It seems that while the A.F.C. continues to rise in talent and competition, the Texans are not changing or advancing whatsoever. One thing is certain; the Houston Texans must change if the team wants to become a true dynasty.

Jacksonville Jaguars

In this past season, the struggles were agonizing for the Jacksonville Jaguars. After losing eleven games and only winning five, the team has made it clear that there must be a change on both sides of the football. Beginning in January, the team changed their direction as multiple coaches were hired such as John DeFilippo as Offensive Coordinator and George Warhop as Offensive Linemen Coach. Along with a large number of other transactions and changes, the team has gained strength and fans’ support for the upcoming season. Perhaps the change that has gained the most media attention is the release of former starting Quarterback, Blake Bortles. It was clear that Bortles was not the right “man for the job” according to his performance in the previous season. After sixteen regular season games, Bortles threw tthirteen touchdown receptions with eleven interceptions as well. This was clearly not the key to the Jaguars’ success. So, as of March 13, 2019, the Jaguars agreed to terms with the greatest second string Quarterback since Frank Reich, Nick Foles from the Philadelphia Eagles.

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