The trade deadline has passed, and it was pretty uneventful. Yes, there were a few trades in the week leading up, but, as it often does, it ended up being a lot of rumors and wishful thinking. What this week has brought, however, is a handful of odd stories that have many shaking their heads.
Let’s start with Tom Brady. Brady, the 42yr old, future Hall of Fame, current Patriots quarterback, has never played for another team and truly no one could imagine him doing so. Until this week. I think it started with Jason La Canfora’s article saying Brady has an interest in playing for the Los Angeles Chargers next year if he’s not in New England. It snowballed after that, with fans and media grabbing the idea and running with it.
The Cowboys bounced back this week against the Eagles. Even though they lost, Washington held their own against the 49ers. The Giants were competitive but just couldn’t seal the deal.
Despite the fact that 3/4 of the NFC East lost this week, let’s take a peek at which players stood out.
Washington Redskins: Let’s be honest. It was an ugly game. No touchdowns, plenty of field goals, but no real “action.” But let’s also be honest that not too many people had them hanging around in this game. It could have been a blowout, but thankfully, it wasn’t. Shout out to Washington’s defense for holding San Fransisco to their fewest point total so far this season. They had 2 sacks and 5 tackles for a loss.
In a move that surprised almost no one, Washington has parted ways with head coach Jay Gruden. A lot of people felt that it would come after their week 4 loss to the N.Y. Giants, but it was the loss to the New England Patriots that was the final straw. During Gruden’s tenure, Washington was 35-49-1.
While most fans were expecting the move, many more feel that the problem with Washington is deeper than the head coach. That’s when most start to look at GM Bruce Allen, and ultimately the owner Dan Snyder.
Under Snyder, who became the owner in 1999, the team hasn’t finished with a winning record. They have however, won the NFC East 3 times under Snyder as well.
Week 1 is in the books! And that means school is back in session… which makes this post pretty much a gimme! The NFC East teams all faced each other opening week, so that makes it easy to grade. Oh, and I grade on a curve in case you’re wondering. Curves saved my grades a few times, so I’m returning the favor.
It was an eventful offseason for all teams in the division. Signings, hold outs, quarterback controversies, and more. But finally getting to play always makes it that much better.
Philadelphia Eagles: I’ll give them an A-. After a very, very slow start and the defense looking not great, the Eagles came alive. Quarterback Carson Wentz went on to have a day, along with returning wide receiver DeSean Jackson, and WR Alshon Jeffrey. The Eagles came back from being down 17-0 to get the win. I guess the best way to put it is that sometimes you just need to get back into the flow of regular season games.
Three of the four teams in the division played Thursday night and the Cowboys played on Saturday. The Giants perfect preseason record was on the line, for what that’s worth. The Redskins were trying to figure out their quarterback situation, and the Eagles were trying to break the Raven’s preseason streak. The Cowboys welcomed in the Texans and tried to get back to the football that was on the field, instead of contract issues.
When we were dividing up the articles for the 2019 Pro Football Hall of Fame class, I jumped on the chance to write about Champ Bailey. Most of you know I am a lover of defense, and Champ was in a class by himself.
Cornerback Champ Bailey was drafted in the first round of the 1999 NFL Draft. It almost seems impossible that it was that long ago simply because it feels like he just left the game yesterday. Champ spent his first five seasons with Washington, then moving on to Denver in 2004.
His stats are staggering. Impressive from the start, Champ had five interceptions in his rookie year, including three against the Arizona Cardinals on Oct 17, 1999. In Denver, he had three division titles, started in two AFC Championship games, and one Super Bowl. 52 career interceptions, returned for 464 yards and 4 touchdowns. First Team All-Pro 4 times, Second Team All-Pro 4 times, voted to 12 Pro Bowls and named in the All-Decade Team for the 2000s. He holds the NFL record for most consecutive games with an interception (5).
Last week I looked at the quarterbacks of the NFC North to preview what their 2019 season may look like. Apparently, you guys liked it, so I’m going to keep that train moving. This week I’m going to take a look at the quarterbacks of the NFC East.
Overall, it’s been a pretty quiet offseason for the NFC East. Outside of the Giants and the Eagles making some blockbuster moves, it’s been pretty calm in terms of free agency.
This week I ask, what will 2019 look like for the NFC East Quarterbacks? And it’s a dubious situation, to say the least, unlike the NFC North, where barring injury, the quarterbacks are pretty solid. Here in the NFC East, it’s not quite the same.