2023 NFL Offseason: One Reason for Optimism for All 16 Non-Playoff Teams Including Lions, Packers, Steelers

2023 NFL Offseason: One Reason for Optimism for All 16 Non-Playoff Teams Including Lions, Packers, Steelers

2023 NFL Offseason: One Reason for Optimism for All 16 Non-Playoff Teams Including Lions, Packers, Steelers

That guy is Justin Fields. Of course, QB has plenty of room to grow as a progressive fighter, but given the lack of guns and protection he had in 2022, it should be incredibly encouraging how much he’s been able to emerge as a difference maker on the ground. Now Chicago must use all its resources, including plenty of cap space and the #1 pick in the draft, to secure a legitimate supporting cast. Russell Wilson finished on a relatively high note. The bar was obviously pretty low, but when Nathaniel Hackett walked out of the building, the former Seahawks star finally showed some strength from the field, upset by the Chargers. Combine that with the inevitable emergence of a new leader, perhaps even a proven offensive guru a la Sean Payton or Jim Harbaugh, and we may all see Denver as relevant again. They’re focused on fixing the defense. By sacking coordinator Joe Woods and immediately targeting bright names like Brian Flores and Jerod Mayo, it’s clear they’re taking their defensive problems seriously. And that’s good, because the pairing of Kevin Stefanski and Deshaun Watson wasn’t very encouraging in the episode. A new mentor for Kyler Murray is on the way. Kliff Kingsbury may not have been solely to blame for year-end year-end slumps in Arizona; GM Steve Keim resigned because of. But being able to pair the explosive yet volatile Murray with a tried and true QB mentor like Sean Payton or Jim Harbaugh offers hope for a franchise in need of a reset. The QB veteran carousel is broken. After short-lived marriages to Jacoby Brissett, Philip Rivers, Carson Wentz, and now Matt Ryan, the owner is hungry for real, sustainable stuff downtown. That doesn’t mean GM Chris Ballard and/or whoever replaces Jeff Saturday will make the right choice if/when the best youngster is available, but at least the 2022 results have been so bad that Indy has no choice but to cut quick-fix bets. Maybe Sam Howell could be someone. One start cannot affect their off-season plans. But at least the newcomer QB showed veteran-level pizzaz both on the ground and throwing it deep in his first NFL action. With Carson Wentz and possibly Taylor Heinicke virtual castles to go, they need anything and everything they can get under the center. They have money to spend. Only the Bears are predicted to have more space for hats. Resources don’t guarantee results, but they can certainly help, especially when you have a few valuable, discernible long-term building blocks on both sides of the ball. Most Urgent: Arthur Smith starts third grade with little more than a QB prayer. QB has been confirmed as an urgent need. Heading into 2022, Jets bosses were right to give Zach Wilson another year to build a memorable debut. Wilson was injured and then sat on the bench numerous times. His successor Mike White flashed early before burning himself out. With the rest of the roster ready to compete, GM Joe Douglas can – and should – focus on securing the veteran’s proven hand so he can really take off. They really are at your fingertips. How can they not be, right? Dan Campbell’s Lions MO is a fight to the end, regardless of record or circumstance. But that attitude started to show in the win column and against better teams. They have to answer a big question in QB where Jared Goff was a nice surprise but could benefit from a more athletic competition. But Green Bay’s Week 18 upset at Lambeau has seen them poised to make some real noise in the NFC North with reinforcements in an improving defense. Jordan Love is waiting. Aaron Rodgers is contemplating retirement, but whatever his final decision, Green Bay must be a bit excited about bringing Love to the forefront. In limited action, replacing Rodgers this year, he flashed tantalizing hand talent that could open up a few doors in Matt LaFleur’s attack, especially if Christian Watson continues to progress and the Packers are able to eventually restore the rest of the receiving position. Steve Wilks brought culture back. Whether the interim coach returns as Matt Rhule’s permanent successor or not, his mark is sure to be felt in the locker room, which achieved as feisty a 6-6 record as it could under the circumstances. Even without the confidence of QB and Christian McCaffrey, they played a rival ball to the finish line. It’s time to rebuild the offensive (again). When Bill Belichick unwisely decided to hand over the offense to old pals Matt Patricia and Joe Judge, and committed to Mac Jones’ second year as QB1, that was it. Now that he has a full offseason ahead of him and plenty of caps room to make changes, there is green space to be creative, add competition and hopefully not settle for what happened in 2022. Derek Carr’s divorce had to happen sometime. The blunt nature of QB’s imminent split may be unfortunate, but after nearly a decade together, it’s time for both sides to start fresh. That doesn’t mean Josh McDaniels will opt for a premium replacement, but it certainly opens the door to that possibility. At least they can list a lot of injury struggles. Not exactly sunshine and rainbows, and if Sean McVay leaves you wonder what that means for Matthew Stafford’s performance after being injured and adapting to another new system at 35. But man, as the 49ers learned in years past, sometimes a war of attrition is just too much, and now GM Les Snead is hopefully aware of the fact that he needs to buy depth, not just star power. Reinforcements arrive courtesy of Sean Payton. Dennis Allen appears to be safe from a dominant defensive finish, and while one can still be very concerned about the future of their offensive, it is possible, if not likely, that they will regain the first inning (if not more) when Payton inevitably receives an offer to train elsewhere in 2023. Kenny Pickett has character. And it will only get you this far if your game and protection are obviously not on par, but if 2022 was going to be about just one for Pittsburgh, it was a confirmation that the QB rookie has tools worth investing in. It’s now up to Mike Tomlin and co. to devote their time and resources to ensure he wins. Maybe this time they’ll just hire the guy they really want. With Lovie Smith busted a year after he did the same to David Culley, you’d think GM Nick Caserio would have one more shot at picking the right leader for the series. It’s understandable that he’ll eventually avoid the inexplicable aging placeholder for the younger promising after flirting with guys like Jonathan Gannon and Josh McCown in previous off-seasons. The divisional title would mask their deeper problems. In other words, losing Week 18 – and missing out on the postseason – could allow their new post-Jon Robinson regime to take a better look at expensive, aging starters like Ryan Tannehill and Derrick Henry and rightfully do a major overhaul. . Mike Vrabel has proven that he can train almost any squad to a wild card mix, but they have big holes to solve.

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