Summary Of The NFL Off-Season
May 29, 2019
Los Angeles Rams
In the 2018-2019 season, the Los Angeles Rams proved to the league and its fans that with their current coaching staff and roster, a dynasty is beginning. In the playoffs, the Rams defeated superpowers such as the Dallas Cowboys and the New Orleans Saints in Mercedes Benz Stadium. Therefore, the team is continuing to put their faith in young stars such as Quarterback, Jared Goff and dynamic pass rusher, Aaron Donald. This means that their off-season transactions have been minimal. One signing in which the team has completed was on March 19, 2019, with former Quarterback from the Jacksonville Jaguars, Blake Bortles, being signed for a single season. Their second signing gave further strength and dominance to their defense. Legend and leader from the Green Bay Packers, Line Backer, Clay Matthews has been signed for two seasons. With their current talent and that of which was gained in these signings, the team will be able to capitalize on the success of last season, in winning the Super Bowl.
With the talent continuing to rise in the N.F.C. the Arizona Cardinals have lowered in talent and capabilities. Due to poor coaching and devastating injuries, the team has suffered and must rebuild in order to compete. Therefore, in January, the team placed their hope in Kliff Kingsbury as Head Coach for four seasons. Then, the team signed its leader of the offense and overall, veteran Wide Receiver, Larry Fitzgerald for another season. Following that, the team completed countless other transactions but one of which has given a much needed leader to the defense. From the Baltimore Ravens, veteran Line Backer, Terrell Suggs, joined the team for one season. Other than signings and transactions, the team has placed their hope in the youth of the draft and prays that their talent will provide the much needed ‘spark’ to this losing team.
San Francisco 49ers
Though the San Francisco 49ers was unable to succeed in the past season, the reason for the this can be said in one word, injuries. After Quarterback, Jimmy Garappolo endured a devastating injury, the 49ers lost its leader and will to succeed after that. But, in this off-season, with their starter recovering, the 49ers are hopeful for a complete opposite result in the 2019-2020 season. In February, the coaching staff gained experience and knowledge as twelve coaches were promoted or added to the staff such as former player, Wes Welker as Wide Receivers Coach. In the following months, the team signed countless players that are expected to bring further talent and determination to this losing team. Under the leadership of Head Coach, Kyle Shanahan, the team is likely to become the underdog that poses a threat to all of the surrounding teams in the N.F.C.
The Seattle Seahawks have assumed the role of the underdog in the N.F.C., but it is unclear if the team can sustain this title. After losing to the Dallas Cowboys in the playoffs, the Seahawks has remained silent in the off-season other than completing small transactions. On April 29, 2019, Kicker, Sebastian Janikowski retired from the game of football. Then, on May 9, 2019, the team released its Wide Receiver, Doug Baldwin. It is understood that these two players were leaders on the field and off. Therefore, the question has become, will the remaining leaders of the team such as Quarterback, Russel Wilson provide what the team needs or will the lack of leadership cause the team to fail?