Summary of the NFL Off-Season
May 29, 2019
In the 2018-2019 season, the Atlanta Falcons were not able to compete with the talent in their schedule. Concluding the season with a poor record, the team did not qualify for the playoffs. Despite this fact, the team has remained silent in the off-season. Though small transactions have been completed, none of which will prove ‘enough’ for the rising dynasties in the N.F.C. Which, this causes fans to question, are the Falcons simply another fallen dynasty? In January, Ben Kotwica was named Special Teams Coordinator as well as Dirk Koetter as the Offensive Coordinator. In February, the team parted ways with Cornerback, Robert Alford, Kicker, Matt Bryant, and Defensive End, Brooks Reed. In March, Quarterback, Matt Schaub was resigned for two seasons. Then, in April and May, the team agreed to terms and signed minor players but none of which are starters. It is clear that the team is continuing to put their faith in their current roster, the majority of which was injured in the past season.
As the N.F.C. continues to grow in talent, the Carolina Panthers have begun their rebuilding stage and are struggling to persevere through it. During the season, starting Quarterback, Cam Newton underwent shoulder surgery and this affected the whole team negatively. But, in February, the team strengthened its defense through resigning Safety, Eric Reid. Although, ten days earlier, the defense lost its legendary pass rusher, Julius Peppers to retirement. Following that, the offense gained a vital weapon as defending Super Bowl champion, Wide Receiver from the New England Patriots, Chris Hogan signed a contract for a single season. Though the team has maintained a balance of gaining and losing leadership, it is clear that the remaining leaders will be forced to perform at a much higher level than before, or else the team will never return to the threat it once was in 2015.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
After concluding the past season will eleven losses and only five victories, it was clear to the team that both their leaders and focus needed to change. Therefore, in January, the first change was naming Bruce Arians as Head Coach. Arians is the former Head Coach for the unsuccessful Arizona Cardinals and the Offensive Coordinator for the Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, and the Indianapolis Colts. Undoubtedly, Arians will be forced to lead the team to climb out of the valley and onto a mountain if the team wants to contend with the talent in their division and conference. With only menial transactions and signings, the team has not gained the talent it will need in the next season. Rather, the team signed players such as Quarterback from the Tennessee Titans, Blaine Gabbert, who performed poorly in the previous season.
New Orleans Saints
In the 2019 playoffs, the New Orleans Saints were simply ‘robbed’ of a N.F.C. Championship title and the chance to compete in Super Bowl LIII. Due to a poor performance by the referees, the team lost to its rival, the Los Angeles Rams. Since this devastating end to their season, the coaching staff and players plus the fans have been enraged and awaiting the next season. However, in this off-season, the team has remained still, only losing two starters, but both of which were vital weapons to the offense. First, the talented member of the offense, Running Back, Mark Ingram was sent to the Baltimore Ravens. Ingram was a weapon that Quarterback, Drew Brees and Head Coach, Sean Payton used in every game. His absence has determined that their current Running Back, Alvin Kamara will be forced to step up to a higher level. Secondly, their Wide Receiver, Tommylee Lewis, was not signed for the following season. Lastly, as a second string, Quarterback, Teddy Bridgewater agreed to terms with the team.