NFL 2021 The offseason to-dos for all franchises in the league
One day after the Bucs were crowned NFL monarchs, the 32 teams in the league already have their minds set on what is coming next season.
What does each team need to fight next season? We review the main needs of each franchise for next year.
Miami’s # 1 mission is decide if Tua Tagovailoa will be the QB of the future. Yes, he won 6 of his 8 starts, but Ryan Fitzpatrick entered several times after his failure. The Hawaiian completed a year of his catastrophic hip injury in November and perhaps with a less abnormal offseason, a better version could be seen. The point is that with the pick 3 courtesy of the Texans, They have to decide if a draft prospect is better or if they can pack for someone better than Tua.
Solved that, it would help to have improvements in the defensive line, especially to pressure the rival QB, since since 2017 no player has double digits of sacks.
Josh Allen took a giant step forward, aiming to be the QB of the present and future. With the return of offensive coordinator Brian Daboll, the offense will be fine, but it would help the line to protect you better. And on the other side, the perimeter is solid, but the line suffered, being one of the Worst 12 in pressure than rival QB and in yards per carry. Since 2016 they have not had a player with more than 10 sacks and in 2020 none exceeded 5.
Cam Newton and his 8 touchdown passes weren’t the solution as QB. Talent is still quite scarce in the passing game, which must be addressed, but a better QB this, not the other way around. They also have a renovation in the works in defense that could be accelerated if several of the injured and those who chose not to play due to coronavirus are back. It seems that 2020 was the apocalypse, more with Brady winning the Super Bowl, but they finished 7-9 even with a month lost by Covid and no passing game. They are not as far as it seems.
After three years in the league, the QB has not fully answered the question of whether he is the QB of the future. He has a pass because Adam Gase sinks everything he touches and talent always had it. Weapons have. But with pick # 2 they have to decide if there isn’t a better way to go.
The defense has enough. They seem to have enough weapons, but their game plan on offense was very bad, predictable and static. Improving the offensive line could allow them more variety and not the ubiquitous short passes.
Cleveland snapped the biggest playoff drought in the league. The offense will be limited with Baker Mayfield as QB, but it’s good enough to make the playoffs. They need to improve the secondary, which is not that difficult because two starters (Greedy Williams and Grant Delpit) did not play, while Denzel Ward lost a good part. So the focus could be more on the heart of the defense, the middle LB, to avoid being destroyed by the center.
Joe Burrow showed great things in his freshman year, as long as he wasn’t taking fatal beatings. Protect your franchise player and that covers many shortcomings. From there, you need solutions on defense at all three levels, but if Burrow has time, even that will help cover.
The distinct offense that surprised the league in 2018 and 2019 is no longer news. Teams can now contain the Ravens’ ground attack and when Lamar has to pitch, he suffers. The receivers have not helped him, so there may be an option out there, but also the design has to improve (They could run a run-down offense like Shanahan’s in San Francisco) and calling trends, especially not always running first.
Only Jaguars, Lions and Texans had worse defensive efficiency. They need help on all lines, especially in putting pressure on the rival QB.
Deshaun Watson he had numbers comparable to Aaron Rodgers. Your QB had an MVP-level season and you finished 4-12. And you don’t have your pick in the first and second rounds. Nobody seems to want to go to Houston. And if Watson leaves, even worse.
Trevor Lawrence comes to an offense that has talent: James Robinson, DJ Chark, Laviska Shenault and Keelan Cole (if they retain it). The offensive line It might take a little tinkering if LT Cam Robinson leaves, but the most important thing is to remake the defense. They have some talent with CJ Henderson, Josh Allen and Myles Jack, but the rest can be improved. Of course, if the ‘Sunshine’ meets the forecasts as QB, that will help the defense more than any injection of talent.
Philip Rivers he was only one year and announced his retirement. Frank Reich has to find his new quarterback. If they find any top options, they are serious contenders.
The punctured lung opened the doors to the eventual Rookie of the Year. And that Anthony Lynn, with inoperative carries and bad decisions, put Herbert in bad positions. Defense seems like another option, but Derwin James should come back and Brandon Staley did magic with the Rams, so they’ll improve there. If they find a more efficient offense, they are careful.
Yes, the line was showcased at the Super Bowl, but several headlines should come back. The biggest concern is that they could not stop Tampa from the middle of the first quarter, neither by pass nor on the ground. His linebackers had a hard time covering up the middle, especially to Gronk, and by race it was not the best either. They need to find their Devin White.
Derek Carr is not the problem, but what is most talked about is a possible change of direction under center. What should be talked about is how bad the defenses of Jon Gruden’s teams have been almost forever, which shows that he does not pay much attention to it.
Drew Lock He has had a couple of good games in his career, but in general he makes very bad decisions. It is not the option to contend. They have good talent on both sides of the ball, lots of weapons on the offensive, which are limited by the QB.
The divorce with what appeared to be the franchise QB leaves them in a reconstruction, because it seems there is no way to save the relationship. They need to keep the offensive line healthy and improve the back of the defense. And hope that Jalen Hurts is the option as QB, something that was not very clear in his starting month.
Everything points to Prescott returning as QB, so the most important thing is improve a defense that did not have a good point in 2020. The problem is that the new coordinator, Dan Quinn, has not been shown to be capable without the Legion of Boom.
The Giants had their moments in 2020, but there is inexperience and a lack of talent on both sides. Daniel Jones doesn’t seem like the answer as QB, but it will be at least two more years of him. They need to help the QB or not help the rival QB, which is done If your # 1 catcher isn’t Darius Slayton and your main pusher isn’t Kyler Fackrell.
The story of Alex Smith It’s the best of the season, better than Brady winning the Super Bowl. But Smith can’t be the QB next season. A new QB will allow them to take the next step. Oh and find a new nickname.
Tampa Bay and to some extent Jared Goff exhibited them in the Playoffs. The perimeter has interesting pieces with Alexander and Savage, Clark and the Smiths pressing decently, but the rest of the unit can be improved. Remember: the only time Aaron Rodgers had a top-10 defense they made the Super Bowl.
This will hardly happen because Mike Zimmer prefers to run for no reason. So improving one of the worst defenses in the league is a priority. Danielle Hunter’s return will help, but they need more at the line and corners.
Trubisky will not be the long-term option. Foles either. So like all life, Chicago looks for QB franchise.
Matt Patricia left the chaos. The best player, Matthew Stafford, is gone. Jared Goff will be the starter for at least a year and there is some talent on offense, but defense was the worst in efficiency and worst against passing.
Drew Brees aims for retirement. The last few years was the main reason they didn’t do more in the playoffs. They need someone who can pitch deep so they don’t congest everything. The problem with this is that the Saints are 70 million over the projected salary cap, which makes it difficult to do with reinforcements and would lead to creating holes in the template.
They contained Mahomes, but the perimeter was his weakness all season. And then Shaq Barrett, Lavonte David and Ndamukong Suh will be free agents. They initially have 38 million space, but they might not be priced at one or a few.
4 years later, they still do not recover from 28-3. Now they have an inexperienced team on defense (although it improved) and veteran on offense. The reality is that they do not paint among the contenders, so it could be time to change course and let go of Matt Ryan and Julio Jones to arm themselves in the Draft with younger, healthier and cheaper talent, because they have 23 million over the salary cap, so there will be no major improvement for a team that needs it in everything except maybe WR, QB and offensive line … and those Stalls can be opened if they decide to start from scratch.
Teddy Bridgewater He didn’t do it wrong, but he didn’t do it right either. It would be wise to think of a Plan B that can be ready when all the youngsters on defense mature.
Sean McVay decided he couldn’t get more out of Jared Goff than a divisional round, so he looked to improve at QB. Arrives Matthew Stafford for this, who has better arm, mobility and age than Goff. They hope that this will allow them more variety in the attack, which with Goff he knew that if he was on third and long they were not going to convert. The defense is going to lose talent, so above all we will have to find players who can put pressure on Aaron Donald’s side.
At the end of the season, he was quicker to mention healthy starters than all those lost to injuries. If the entire defensive line returns, the corners and receivers, like Garoppolo, have to think about the bigger thing. How far will depend on Garoppolo’s health … or if they change Jaimito the Beautiful.
Seattle felt that having the best offense in the league in the first half of the year was not a good thing and they ran the ball senselessly again. They became predictable and led to a playoff debut and farewell. For once they have to trust Russell Wilson all year. A better, more varied design would help. And on defense, the line needs improvement and the perimeter was historically bad at the start of the year.
Kyler Murray was an MVP candidate in the middle of the season before injuries and poor play knocked them out of the playoffs. They have the talent, although it would help to have better protection. Defense is more important, because Patrick Peterson, of the few solid players they had, will not return, which leaves deficiencies at all levels.