Its the offseason, we’re all in various stages of quarantine, and everything is Zoomed.
It’s sort of hard to come up with some good things to write, outside of fantasy projections, roster projections, etc. And so this time, I figured why just write about one specific topic when I have some thoughts on a few topics. Sort of a hodge-podge, if you will.
I would do all three in separate articles, but I feel that sometimes short and sweet is better. If you want me to get more in-depth, I’d be more than happy to, just reach out on Twitter!
(P.S. These are my thoughts, not necessarily the ones of my ladies here at OurTurf Football)
(Editors note: A few times a year we have guest contributors add to our website. Please enjoy.)
There have been many debates over the years. Waffles or pancakes? Chocolate or peanut butter? Tastes great or less filling? Allow me to add one more related to the NFL draft: Best available or fill needs?
I decided to dig into which strategy works better by researching ten years of drafts from 2009 through 2019. I chose the best team in each NFL division based on the overall record from that same period. I first looked at statistics for each season for these eight teams.
Items such as points scored and allowed, offensive and defensive rankings in each season, sacks allowed and recorded, and depth issues formed the baseline for what I saw as team needs for each draft. Any player chosen that would help improve the team in any of these areas was seen as a need pick, not a best available. Here are the teams and my analysis:
Hello, my fellow quarantined friends! I hope this finds you well, or well-ish!
Because it’s Draft week, I was going to go around to the various teams that I cover for OTFB to find out who wants who, what needs were, etc. However, because I’m in grad school, and finishing up the semester, and working at home, and helping my kids with virtual school, oh yeah, and potty training a new puppy, that didn’t quite happen!
But – I was able to talk to Minnesota Vikings fan, John (@MikeZimmersEars), and Detroit Lions fan, Kevin (@4Lawson4) a couple of weeks ago to get their thoughts on what they think their respective team will do, and what they think their team’s biggest need is.
Thanks to my pal Murph, my kids have been indoctrinated into Patriot Nation. Well… at least two of them. The third is just trying to get on to UCLA’s women’s gymnastics team.
But as we know, their quarterback Tom Brady moved on to warmer pastures and is taking his talents to Tampa Bay. And with all that’s going on, Patriot Fan, I’m here for you. In a socially distant type of way, of course.
See… while most NFL fans (especially the AFC East peeps) are doing happy dances and the like, I was starting to feel bad for you. We all knew that the end would come at some point, but wasn’t expecting it right now.
Then it hit me this morning that the winner of the NFC will theoretically have to get through Brady. If (hopefully) he’ll be able to reproduce a single season in Tampa like the ones he had in New England, look out.
No… I’m not talking about my favorite show to watch on breaks from school when I was a kid.
I think I just have one thing to say at this time: You want to be paid what you’re worth, correct? I thought so.
I feel like we need to have this conversation about how much NFL players make every off season. And obviously, I’m not going to change too many people’s minds, but I just have to say this. It’ll make me feel better. So, please allow me to indulge selfishly for a few minutes here.
Alright… it’s the business and talent evaluation / acquisition part of the season for the NFL. (I love making things sound fancier than they actually are!) One of my favorite times of the year. Mostly because I enjoy watching the college kids get to move on to the next phase of their lives.
The free agency part of it is good too, but I really like the young ones coming in. Maybe it’s because of the fact that I’m a pediatric nurse practitioner and I love all things growth and development-wise. And watching the growth and development of players is always fun for me. But I digress.
It’s time for one my most favorite events in the NFL year: The Combine. This year, I want to know… who are you looking for at the combine? Some people like to watch a specific position group, and others like to watch a certain player.
So, after being on my grad school grind for the past month or so, actually writing something NOT in APA format is well…. downright refreshing! Inserting a tweet is WAYYY easier than doing a proper APA reference page. However, I digress. Back to the matter at hand.
It’s finally here! After a long season filled with drama and surprises, we’re down to the last game of the 2019 season, and it’s going to be a good one.
I’m probably a little more excited about this Super Bowl than I have been about others in recent years. Mostly because it’s two “new” teams…The Kansas City Chiefs and the San Fransisco 49ers. Two fantastic quarterbacks, one high octane offense, and 2 pretty stout defenses.
This has all the makings of a classic already. I’m so pumped.
But before I get too jacked up, let’s take a look at what each team needs to do to bring home the Lombardi Trophy.