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Worst to first, zero to hero

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  • Registered Users Posts: 9,736 ✭✭✭ Foxtrol


    Bears have about 20 million in cap space next year (estimated). Not great like it's been the last few years, but not a nightmare. The problem comes when trubisky has to be renewed. Can't afford Mack and a QB.

    The cap increase is the majority of that 20m and it is before they try to sign extensions to 3 starters, who are due to hit FA. Not sure if they have any easy cuts to make some space.

    They're doing the right thing trying to spend big when they have a QB on a rookie deal, in both dollars and draft picks, which is why I agree with Thomond that it would have been a disaster if they hadn't shown this kind of improvement, especially with how surprisingly poor their division has been. Mack definitely changed things but expectations should have been higher to begin.


  • Registered Users Posts: 14,733 ✭✭✭✭ Oat23


    Dion Sims is getting cut and only $330k of his $6,330,000 salary is dead cap. So there's another $6m freed up.

    If Kyle Long wants to remain a Bear he'll have to take a pay cut and lower his $8.5m cap hit.

    Line coach Harry Heistand is high on Rashaad Coward who was actually a NT when drafted, but is a RT now. He could well step into the starting lineup to replace Bobby Massie who is pretty crap and won't be re-signed. His cap hit was around $6m and Coward's is $500k. Massie's # is of course factored into the $20m mentioned above as he's a pending FA, but if they want Coward to replace him as the starter we don't have to spend big on a RT in FA.

    Plenty of room to maneuver, and the only FA that is a must-sign would be Callahan. It would be nice to bring back Adrian Amos, Aaron Lynch & Josh Bellamy though. Pace has been very good with it comes to structuring contracts so I'm not worried about the cap.


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,762 ✭✭✭ mikemac2


    annual bump

    The Texans and Bears went from worst to first last season

    For 17 of the last 19 seasons a team finishing last has won their division the next season

    Your candidates this year are:

    Jets
    Bengals
    Jaguars
    Raiders
    Giants
    Lions
    Buccs
    Cardinals

    Every year people say it won't happen but history and statistics show it almost certain at least one of these will be a division winner.

    What do you predict? :)


  • Registered Users Posts: 26 ✭✭✭ N1977


    mikemac2 wrote: »
    annual bump

    The Texans and Bears went from worst to first last season

    For 17 of the last 19 seasons a team finishing last has won their division the next season

    Your candidates this year are:

    Jets
    Bengals
    Jaguars
    Raiders
    Giants
    Lions
    Buccs
    Cardinals

    Every year people say it won't happen but history and statistics show it almost certain at least one of these will be a division winner.

    What do you predict? :)

    With the news coming out of the Colts, you've got to pick the Jags this year. Can't see any other team doing it from this list.


  • Registered Users Posts: 8,599 ScrubsfanChris


    Probably go with the Jags. Raiders should improve but can't see KC not finishing top.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 34,380 ✭✭✭✭ eagle eye


    Jags, Bucs and Cards look like the only possibilities. Decent QB in Jacksonville could completely change that offense, a very good HC makes the Tampa Bay a possibility and new QB and HC means there is a possibility of Arizone rebouding.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,643 ✭✭✭ D9Male


    I really don't fancy any of the teams this year.

    Cardinals at a push. Maybe Bucs.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,087 ✭✭✭ Onecoolcookie


    Jags the most likely from that list I'd say


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,017 ✭✭✭ Leslie91


    Jags.... or maybe even the Jets!!.


  • Registered Users Posts: 7,878 ✭✭✭ Guffy


    Leslie91 wrote: »
    Jags.... or maybe even the Jets!!.

    They'd be my two as well


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  • Registered Users Posts: 11,813 ✭✭✭✭ Hello 2D Person Below


    Certainly not the Bengals.

    I'll go Lions.


  • Moderators, Computer Games Moderators, Recreation & Hobbies Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 15,825 Mod ✭✭✭✭ adrian522


    So, looks like no one did this last season....

    This years candidates are:

    Miami Dolphins
    Cincinnati Bengals
    Jacksonville Jaguars
    Los Angeles Chargers
    Washington
    Detroit Lions
    Carolina Panthers
    Arizona Cardinals

    No easy choices there!


  • Registered Users Posts: 203 ✭✭ ipitydafool


    Probably Lions or Dolphins for this year? NFC north does seem more wide open, packers flattered to deceive last year and vikings or bears have plenty of question marks. Stafford was very good last year before injury throwing it alot more, maybe they surprise everyone even if Patricia one of the HC on the fav list to get canned first:) Dolphins did very well under flores last year given the gutting of roster and if Tua gets starting and fires, they starting to put some v good parts of team together, jones and howard the best CB duo in league. Patriots prob at their most vulnerable for 15 years and bills under allen still have alot of concerns, jets it can go one of two ways, apparently darnold doing well so far in training camp but alot have injurues and dont trust Gase at all. I think chargers can do well even under taylor, their defense is so strong but cant pick them over chiefs. Jags are a write off, bengals, panthers, cardinals and Washington are in divisions with at least 2 very strong teams.


  • Registered Users Posts: 7,878 ✭✭✭ Guffy


    Miami or cards for me.

    East is a cluster f*ck and a bit fitzmagic could easily do the job.

    Cards are miles ahead of where they were last year and the 9ers have no one to throw to. Seahawks are obvs the team to beat there


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,609 ✭✭✭ Ohmeha


    Think it will be another season without a worst to first but Miami would be the only one I think could have a chance


  • Registered Users Posts: 9,736 ✭✭✭ Foxtrol


    Out of the options I think the Chargers are in the strongest position to come 2nd in the division. It would likely take an injury to Mahomes (more likely in the time of COVID) to get them above the Chiefs but it is probably the easiest buy for me.

    Out of the other likely ones - the hype of the Cardinals seems really over the top as they still have huge holes in their team that they didn't really address, a coach and QB that could feel the sophomore slump, and 3 strong teams in their division. Miami are going in the right direction but they had huge turnover of players with a short camp to gel and both the Bills and Patriots look better on paper.


  • Moderators, Computer Games Moderators, Recreation & Hobbies Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 15,825 Mod ✭✭✭✭ adrian522


    So Washington were last years worst to first team...who have you got this year?


    Eagles

    49ers

    Lions

    Falcons

    Jets

    Broncos

    Bengals

    Jaguars

    Eagles and 49ers look to be the best options but then no one had Washington winning last season so you never know.



  • Registered Users Posts: 979 ✭✭✭ Lionbacker


    Yeah, 49ers definitely the obvious canadidate to do it.

    Would'nt rule out the Falcons though. Saints surely are going to step back wihtout Brees & the Bucs only caught fire during the playoffs last year. They were'nt exactly pulling up trees during the regualr season at all.



  • Registered Users Posts: 18,851 ✭✭✭✭ BonnieSituation


    49ers by a mile.


    Eagles are only an option because of the dumpster fire of a division they are in.


    I think that's between the Boys and Football Team tbh. Only Dak is back I would have had WFT to break the "repeat" hoodoo.



  • Registered Users Posts: 34,380 ✭✭✭✭ eagle eye


    I'd be looking at the Jags and the Bengals as most likely.

    The 49ers are in a really tough division and it's hard to see past the Rams with Stafford.

    Lawrence will make a huge difference to the Jags whose biggest issue was the man under center last season. The return from injury of Joe Burrow and the addition of Ja'Marr Chase makes the Bengals very interesting for me.

    Obviously the Eagles have a chance in an awful division but it's impossible to predict how good/bad they will be.



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  • Registered Users Posts: 9,736 ✭✭✭ Foxtrol


    Eagles - small chance to flip things due to weakness of the division but very unlikely

    49ers - most likely though being in the toughest division in football will make it difficult

    Lions - still weakest team in their division

    Falcons - weakest or 2nd weakest in division (nearly completely dependent on how good/bad Darnold is)

    Jets - still weakest team in their division

    Broncos - shouldn't be the bottom team in the division this year

    Bengals - still weakest team in a tough division

    Jaguars - won't be the worst team in the division only thanks to the bigger dumpster fire that is the Texans



  • Registered Users Posts: 7,478 ✭✭✭ Christy42


    49ers

    Eagles

    Falcons

    seem the most likely in that order. Certainly they need some things to go that way, especially the Falcons who need the Saints to fall apart with Winston and for Brady to fall off a cliff like Peyton, neither of which I expect but I just can't see a way for the others to get there either.



  • Registered Users Posts: 12,430 ✭✭✭✭ ArmaniJeanss


    Bump for the Bengals.



  • Registered Users Posts: 9,736 ✭✭✭ Foxtrol


    Always amazing how tight a league it is. Most teams are just a few minor improvements and/or a healthy run or a bad injury run and/or bad form by their division rivals away from going from worst to first.

    This year the Bengals got basically all of the above in their favour.



  • Moderators, Computer Games Moderators, Recreation & Hobbies Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 15,825 Mod ✭✭✭✭ adrian522


    NY Jets

    Denver Broncos

    Baltimore Ravens

    Jacksonville Jaguars

    NY Giants

    Seattle Seahawks

    Detroit Lions

    Carolina Panthers


    Who you got? Baltimore the obvious candidate there. Hard to see Denver winning that division but they should be better. Detroit should improve but don't see them overtaking the Vikings and the Packers.

    Could Jacksonville make a run?



  • Registered Users Posts: 34,380 ✭✭✭✭ eagle eye


    I'll plump for the Panthers and Jags.

    Saints without Peyton and with Winston at QB, Mariota starting for the Falcons and Brady seemingly having off the field issues and a new head coach.

    Jags with a decent looking head coach, last year's no.1 draft pick under center, and Travis Etienne ready to go. Two serious defensive players added in the draft this year imo.

    Titans don't have AJ Brown anymore, I think Matt Ryan is a beaten docket and the Texans have a lot of work to do.



  • Registered Users Posts: 7,478 ✭✭✭ Christy42


    I will go for the Jags and Ravens as the most likely. Jags for reasons listed above, and the fact that they are my team and I could use some hope.

    Ravens because they were pretty injury ravaged last season and still managed to be within 2 games of the division title with an 8-9 record so a serious chance of winning the division if they stay healthy. Especially as I can't see the Steelers or Browns winning it. Bengals are the favourite for the division and rightly so but there is always a chance that orginisation manages to ruin a good thing somehow.


    NY Jets. Pretty unlikely to do it. The team seems to be improving. I have doubts about Wilson but even if he comes good that division is murder.

    Denver Broncos. While Stafford and Brady had success both had issues right after their move. If they lose a few early that division will make it rough to win it outright.

    Baltimore Ravens As the section above

    Jacksonville Jaguars As above

    NY Giants: New coach who I think can do well I just don't see it with Daniel Jones. That division is frequently a bit nuts but Dallas and the Eagles should have too much for them. One of the least likely to do it imo.

    Seattle Seahawks. By far the least likely on this list. Several powerhouse teams in the division and being led by Geno Smith.

    Detroit Lions I like what Campbell is doing but the Vikings have built a good team and Green Bay have Rodgers. Too early for them I feel.

    Carolina Panthers - Eh, Saints and Falcons should be weaker but the Saints still have a lot of talent and I just can't bet against Brady. It would be a surprise but hardly the biggest from this list.



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