Summary of the NFL Off-Season
May 29, 2019
Los Angeles Chargers
The Los Angeles Chargers have been a fierce competitor in the A.F.C. for a long time. Under the leadership of veteran Quarterback, Phillip Rivers, the team has won countless games and been included as contenders for the A.F.C. representative in the Super Bowl. However, due to the talent surrounding them such as the New England Patriots and the Baltimore Ravens, the team has been kept from the Super Bowl every season. Although, the team is confident that next season will be their chance to compete in the Super Bowl with their current roster. In this off season the team has remained silent other than signing two new coaches. La’Roi Glover and Chris Caminiti, and agreeing to terms with Line Backer, Thomas Davis and Quaterback, Tyrod Taylor for two seasons.
Kansas City Chiefs
Similar to the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Kansas City Chiefs are in chaos after the current season and the drama surrounding certain players on the team. Beginning in January, the team fired its Defensive Coordinator, Bob Sutton. Then, their Defensive Secondary Coach, Emmitt Thomas retired in February. Even worse, the team then lost two defensive leaders by releasing Line Backer, Justin Houston and Safety, Eric Berry. And on the offense, young Quarterback, Patrick Mahomes just temporarily lost his best Wide Receiver, Tyreek Hill, due to the recent accusations of child abuse battery charges. Though the team produced a great season, barely falling to the New England Patriots in the A.F.C. Championship, we fans are forced to wonder if Head Coach, Andy Reed could produce the same or better results after losing great players such as Running Back, Kareem Hunt and Wide Receiver, Tyreek Hill. This will be the true test of his coaching abilities and as well as the determination of his remaining players.
It is clear that the Oakland Raiders are in a rebuilding state and struggled this past season. Head Coach, Jon Gruden was prepared for this though when he signed with the team for a decade. However, after their off-season transactions and trades, the tides may turn very quickly and this team may become the underdog that no one predicts next season. With a large number of signings and trades, this team has changed in the total different direction. In January and February, the team hired multiple coaches and several second-string players to provide security to the team. Then, in March, the offense changed as the team released Green Bay Packers legend, Wide Receiver, Jordy Nelson but signed Running Back, Isaiah Crowell. Also, the defense became stronger as Line Backer from the Cincinnati Bengals, Vontaze Burfict was signed. But, the largest trade that the team completed was one that gives Quarterback, Derek Carr an outstanding target and lethal weapon to advance the football down the field. For two draft selections, the team gained Wide Receiver from the Pittsburgh Steelers, Antonio Brown, who is predicted to change the abilities of the offense and because of that, the success of the team.
Following the retirement of legendary Quarterback, Peyton Manning, the Denver Broncos have faced a drought that now requires the team to rebuild. Therefore, the team has changed in multiple areas, both on the field and in the coaching staff. Beginning the off season the team named Mike Munchak as Offensive Line Coach. Then, Ed Donatell was hired as Defensive Coordinator along with Wade Harman as Tight Ends Coach, plus Renaldo Hill as Defensive Secondary Coach. Also, to aid their new Quarterback, traded from the Baltimore Ravens, Joe Flacco, the team hired T.C. McCartney as Quarterbacks Coach. Along with a number of other transactions on the defense, this team could recover what it had lost in 2016 with the retirement of their leader, Manning.