New offseason, same story for the Patriots. Aside from the twice every decade splash (Moss, Revis), this is what we should expect as a fan base: wait until every other team simultaneously self destructs by showing up completely unprepared for free agency (Cleveland, Denver), throwing away precious money (Miami, Atlanta), or by way of off field issues (Martavis Bryant, Pitt). My advice to Martavis: now that Peyton is gone, hire Archie to keep running around like Ray Donovan and pickup where he left off for his son. That way Bryant can behave however he wants and get off completely scot-free. Play his cards right, maybe he’ll even get an ESPN 3-week tear-filled montage when he calls it quits.
Speaking of Peyton, his former squad’s chances to repeat are essentially nil after a train wreck of an offseason. Their defense should still be good, but the team now has a few legitimate holes and question marks. Who replaces Osweiler, Jackson, Anderson, and Trevathan? Will Von Miller show up even after getting paid? We’ll see. What we do know is the Raiders and Chiefs have gotten markedly better (on paper) with several solid free agent additions. Plus, if Mark Sanchez is Elway’s answer, what in God’s name is the question?! If I were a Denver fan, I’d put the joint down, tell Martavis to go home, and smell the coffee; this party is over. Makes me appreciate the Patriots’ unprecedented run of success even more.
I’m onto the Patriots... What’s next for the good guys? Well, there have been rumblings of interest in a few semi-exciting free agents (Chris Long especially, James Laurinaitis, Jeremy Kerley) but it seems WR Chris Hogan could very well be the main event. A good, but not great signing, at a good, but not great price. I think Brady will make it work with him, and I’d bet his production will be somewhere in between 2014 and 2015 Brandon LaFell. The good news? Assuming the O-Line isn’t historically bad again (safe assumption) and we get a somewhat capable running back via free agency or the draft (another safe assumption) that level of production is all we need. Show up, keep Brady upright, keep the other team in the 20s and voila, we’re in the AFC Championship.
Screw Indy, go Texans. Good offseason for Billy O’s bunch. Did they overpay for the aforementioned Osweiler? Is grass green? Regardless, that offense should be at least serviceable, and that defense played at an extremely high level at stretches last season. Jacksonville has added some noteworthy pieces as well (Chris Ivory, Tashaun Gipson, Prince Amukamara, the aforementioned Malik Jackson) and looks poised to vastly improve on both sides of the football next season. Hit ‘em straight in December at Myrtle Beach, Andy Luck!
PS- Hey Roger, we’ll take our draft picks now. The jig is up. Thanks.
Until next time…