It’s only March and the off-season is hopping.
I’ve been almost completely cutoff from the NFL, but the news of the Seahawks trading Russ to Denver got my attention. it’s not surprising, but I was curious to see what the Hawks got in return.
Carroll moving towards a 3-4 defense also got my attention. How many defensive coaches make a switch like this? Two only come to mind–Zimmer, when he was with the Cowboys (switched from 4-3 to 3-4) and maybe Belichick, whose Patriot defenses have been playing more like a 4-3 for a while now. The chances of success seem slim. Had he hired an established 3-4 DC (e.g., Vic Fangio or even Robert Flores), I’d be more optimistic, but he promoted his DL coach. I like the coach, and he has coached in 3-4 systems (with Fangio), but he’s unproven. (Carroll also brought in Sean Desai, who was the Bears DC and coached under Fangio as well, but I’m uncertain how good he is.)
The Raider’s moves–picking up Chandler Jones and Davante Adams–also caught my eye. I kinda like the move to get Jones, but I’m not too keen on paying for Adams. The only time this move seems justified is if the player is the last missing piece. The Eagles acquiring TO is the example that comes to mind. If that’s the case for the Raiders, then I can see the move being justified.
Oh, I’m not that enthused about the hiring of Josh McDaniels. But if he can replicate Belichick’s coaching, I’ll be happy (which I guess is obvious).
I’ve been super busy since February and will continue to be until the first week of April, so I don’t have lots of time for online stuff, but I’ll try to add stuff as things develop.
Free agent signings, QBs:
Jameis Winston: Re-signed with New Orleans Saints
Teddy Bridgewater: Signed with Miami Dolphins
Marcus Mariota: Signed with Atlanta Falcons
Mitchell Trubisky: Signed with Pittsburgh Steelers
Jacoby Brissett: Signed with Cleveland Browns
Tyrod Taylor: Signed with New York Giants
Colt McCoy: Re-signed with Arizona Cardinals
Brandon Allen: Re-signing with Cincinnati Bengals
Brian Hoyer: Re-signed with New England Patriots
Chad Henne: Re-signed with Kansas City Chiefs
Chase Daniel: Re-signed with Los Angeles Chargers
Chris Streveler: Re-signed with Miami Dolphins
David Blough: Re-signed with Detroit Lions
Joe Flacco: Re-signed with New York Jets
Kyle Allen: Signed with Houston Texans
Mike White: Tendered by New York Jets
Tim Boyle: Re-signed with Detroit Lions
Still free agents:
Other QB moves:
Bills sign Matt Barkley
Panthers re-sign P.J. Walker
Broncos trade for Russell Wilson
Browns trade for Deshaun Watson
Colts trade for Matt Ryan
Raiders sign Garrett Gilbert (Reid’s favorite)
Seahawks trade for Drew Lock
Commanders trade for Carson Wentz
Raiders sign Garrett Gilbert (Reid’s favorite)
Did I say that? I don’t remember expressing those type of sentiments about him. (He’s the QB from SMU, right?)
Here you said he has a better arm than Burrow. 🙂 Thanks to this conversation I’ve been following his career. He started a game for Dallas the season before last when Andy Dalton went down, and this is his second stint with the Raiders.
Oh no! I meant Herbert (Justin Herbert). For some reason, I sometimes mix up “Gilbert” with “Herbert.”
Mariota is the main guy right now in Atlanta. I like that move. It’s good for Mariota obviously, but great for Atlanta as he can be a great bridge for a rookie QB (maybe not this year – since apparently there aren’t many great ones in the this year’s draft).
I heard a comment that the Falcons are trying to tank–and somehow seems believable. I believe they have a huge amount of dead money from Matt Ryan, and I don’t think they have a strong overall roster–but maybe I’m wrong about that. Or, to put it another way: is this a team that provides Mariota (or any QB) a decent shot at success?
It seems more likely that the Falcons have resigned themselves to do poorly, but Mariota will be a good guy to hold the fort in such a situation. I hope I’m wrong about that, though.
Free agent signings, RB:
Cordarrelle Patterson: Re-signed with the Atlanta Falcons
James Conner: Re-signed with Arizona Cardinals
Chase Edmonds: Signed with Miami Dolphins
Rashaad Penny: Re-signed with Seattle Seahawks
James White: Re-signed with New England Patriots
Raheem Mostert: Signed with Miami Dolphins
J.D. McKissic: Re-Signed with Washington Commanders
Ameer Abdullah: Signed with Las Vegas Raiders
Boston Scott: Re-signed with the Philadelphia Eagles
Brandon Bolden: Signed with Las Vegas Raiders
Damien Williams: Signed with Atlanta Falcons
Dare Ogunbowale: Signed with Houston Texans
Dontrell Hilliard: Re-signed with the Tennessee Titans
Duke Johnson Jr: Signed with Buffalo Bills
Matt Breida: Signed with New York Giants
Tevin Coleman: Re-signed with the New York Jets
Trenton Cannon: Signed with Tennessee Titans
Ty Montgomery: Signed with New England Patriots
Patrick Ricard: Signed with Baltimore Ravens
Michael Burton: Re-signed with Kansas City Chiefs
Jakob Johnson: Signed with Las Vegas Raiders
Alec Ingold: Signed with Miami Dolphins
Melvin Gordon III
Ronald Jones II
I’m annoyed with myself because I planned to post this Saturday night during a 3:00 a.m. fantasy draft, in between picks, but the draft was canceled and I forgot about posting, and now Week 1 is nearly over so it’s going to look like my predictions were influenced by Week 1 games, which they aren’t.
Wildcards: Raiders, Bengals, Titans. Five teams returning from last season’s playoffs, dropping New England and Pittsburgh in favor of Baltimore and Indianapolis.
Wildcards: Eagles, Vikings, Rams. Five teams returning from last year’s playoffs, dropping Dallas and Arizona in favor of New York and Minnesota.
If I wrote this after yesterday’s games, I’d put Dallas in last and move the Commanders up one. I would also consider moving Arizona up and the Rams down, but I’ll stick with what I got.
As you know, each year I pick a team to come out of nowhere, because one team always does, and this year it’s the Giants. I suspect people in my fantasy league at work think I’ve been talking up the Giants all summer because I wanted them to draft Giants (while I drafted zero Giants), but I really think they’re on the brink. Perhaps a season away, or a season away from being a season away. That’s what I said about the Dolphins two years ago and they made a run THAT year. So yeah. Giants to win the NFC East.
Super Bowl: Bills defeat 49ers, only because I don’t have the guts to say Ravens defeat Niners, so put an asterisk here. I want to be able to say “I sorta told you so” when it happens.
MVP: Josh Allen seems to be the consensus pick, and it’s tough to argue against. But I’d look out for Lamar Jackson.
Comeback: Christian McCaffrey.
Defensive rookie: How about George Karlaftis, edge rusher for the Chiefs? The only other contender I’ve actually kept an eye on is Derek Stingley, the Texans corner. He’s Darryl Stingley’s grandson.
Offensive rookie: Man, Don’s drafting Drake London (Atlanta WR) in fantasy seems prescient, and I drafted Chris Olave (New Orleans WR), but for various stupid reasons having mostly to do with my consuming lots of media based in Washington D.C., I’m going way down the board with Jahan Dotson, Washington WR. A month ago, he was at +2500 to win this award, while Kenny Pickett (Steelers QB) was the +600 favorite.
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