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Just for a bit of off-season fun, I've ranked every team by the quality of their coaching staff, the quality of their roster and their regular season schedule.

Hope you guys enjoy it. 

Ranks

1. Philadelphia Eagles


2New Orleans Saints


3. LA Rams


4. New England Patriots


5. LA Chargers


6. Minnesota Vikings


7. Indianapolis Colts


8. Green Bay Packers 


9. Pittsburgh Steelers


10. Seattle Seahawks


11. Cleveland Browns


12. Baltimore Ravens


13. Chicago Bears


14. Kansas City Chiefs


15. Atlanta Falcons


 16. San Francisco 49ers 


17. Buffalo Bills

 

18. Dallas Cowboys


19. Carolina Panthers


20. Tennessee Titans


21. Washington Redskins


22. Houston Texans


23. Denver Broncos


24. New York Jets


25. Jacksonville Jaguars


26. Cincinnati Bengals


27. Detroit Lions


28. Tampa Bay Buccaneers  


29. Oakland Raiders  


30. Arizona Cardinals 


31. New York Giants


32. Miami Dolphins

 

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32. Miami Dolphins

Image result for minkah fitzpatrick dolphins

What’s New in 2019:

Pretty much everything from the coaching side. They have a brand new first time head coach in Brian Flores, who climbed the ranks at the Patriots to become their unofficial defensive coordinator last year. There are first time coordinators in Chad O'Shea, the former Patriots wide receiver coach who will run the offense and Patrick Graham, who'll run the defense. Graham has been a long-time assistant at various stops and was most recently coaching the linebackers in Green Bay. Miami will also have a brand new starting quarterback, be it future HOF candidate Ryan Fitzpatrick or Josh Rosen who came onboard during the draft. 

Roster Strengths:

Secondary – Three very serviceable names in the safety rotation right now in versatile Minkah Fitzpatrick Reshad Jones and TJ McDonald. That concentrated strength on an otherwise shallow roster suggests the latter could be traded before the reason starts. Xavien Howard is a potential lockdown corner on one side and Bobby McCain is a decent slot corner with some versatility to play safety. A third name at corner needs to emerge to put this crop among the better secondary groups in the NFL.

Elsewhere - The interior defensive line has a potentially decent 1-2 punch in Devon Godchaux, who exceeded all expectations as a 5th round rookie last year, and new 1st rounder Christian Wilkins. Linebacker also has a potentially solid tandem in Jerome Baker and Raekwon McMillan, those two showing anything in order to see less of the grossly overpaid Kiko Alonso would be a good sign. The receiver spots have talent, but desperately needs to find a run of health of some consistency.   

Roster Weaknesses:

Edge – Starting defensive ends right now are draft bust to date Charles Harris and one of a rotation of NFL fringe talent (Jonathan Woodard, Tank Carradine) looking to start opposite. It's not pretty. 

Offensive line – Right now the starting trio inside is likely to comprise of solid new rookie Michael Deiter (assuming he wins a job) entering his first NFL season, plus two of Chris Reed, Daniel Kilgore or Jesse Davis. Laremy Tunsil has been inconsistent, but has all-pro physical gifts at left tackle. The right side will be won in camp, but potentially in a ‘least-worst’ kinda way. Jordan Mills has built a whole career out of being the least worst option. 

Depth – This is a poorly constructed roster with a frightening lack of depth at most roster positions and little to protect Miami from potential decimation if injuries occur at key spots

Breakout Player:

Minkah Fitzpatrick – Perennial breakout candidates Devante Parker and Kenyan Drake could still surprise, but Fitzpatrick seems more likely to take a next step towards pro bowl level play entering his second season after a kinda solid first season where he was just moved around too often. 

How they can win in 2019:

I think their best chance to win is in a scenario where Josh Rosen wins the starting quarterback job and deserves to do so. After that has happened, he needs to display the kind of talent which led some to believe he was the best quarterback in an exceptional quarterback class only one year ago. The offensive line will definitely need to play above expectations for that to happen and the new offensive scheme will probably have to shield them to help that get there. There is talent at receiver and a group with a nice complimentary skill-set if they can find an effective way to utilize it. Perhaps Mike Gesikcki can be that X-factor in his second season after a pretty miserable rookie year. The running game doesn't have an obvious volume back in its locker, so perhaps can find creative ways to use Kenyan Drake and Kalen Ballage as receivers. 

On defense, the coaching staff are going to have to be creative about creating pressure and the back-end will have to hold up at key spots for that to happen. The defense ranked 31st against the run in 2018 and the addition of Christian Wilkins will help, but his addition alone won't be a main solution or even what he's best at. Defensive players who were part of that problem last year, need to be a big of the solution in 2019. They don't have a choice. 

Predicted record 2019:

2-14 - The Dolphins haven't set themselves up to win in 2019 and it would be a minor miracle to see them do that on a regular basis. The new regime will need to light a fire underneath several under-performing talents on the roster for them to have success and have their own inexperience to overcome. 

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2-14, but one of those wins will still be against the Pats in Miami.

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3 minutes ago, Bolts223 said:

2-14, but one of those wins will still be against the Pats in Miami.

Against the Chargers as well. They haven't won down there since 1982.

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1 minute ago, game3525 said:

Against the Chargers as well. They haven't won down there since 1982.

Yeah don't remind me. I hate that stadium.

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I like this thread already...

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31. New York Giants

Image result for eli manning

What’s New in 2019:

The coaching staff is as it was in 2018. On the personnel side, we saw plenty of replacements come in from key losses with some net positives, some clear net downgrades. Kevin Zeitler has been a solid interior lineman in his two stops and should help shore shore things up inside. Mike Remmers is probably a marginal improvement over Chad Wheeler at right tackle, but had an uninspiring sting in Minnesota. Jabril Peppers steps into the Landon Collins role as he showed in his second season he’s a better fit playing closer in. Golden Tate is essentially a direct replacement for OBJ and obviously he’s not OBJ, but has been a very serviceable NFL receiver.

Roster Strengths:

Running Back – I mean it’s Saquon Barkley and then nobody really else behind him, but he’s stud racehorse who was every bit as advertised as a rookie. The whole team is on his shoulders this year.

Interior Defensive Line – James Bettcher could field a very respectable and very young interior trio in recent draft picks BJ Hill, Dalvin Tomlinson and Dexter Lawrence. It’s beefy and a little same-same, but it’s talented enough to thrive.

Elsewhere - Unlike last year, plenty of bodies thrown at the cornerback position from the draft including 2nd rounder from the supplemental draft Sam Beal and this year’s third 1st round pick in DeAndre Baker. A couple will need to stick for it to have been worth it.

Roster Weaknesses:

Quarterback – Eli Manning’s arm died two years ago and if you take recent footage at off-season camps seriously, it’s all but over for him. If he’s starting in 2019, Daniel Jones is nowhere near ready or weird NFL politics are still at play.

Edge – Kareem Martin, Lorenzo Carter, Markus Golden and Oshane Ximines are the guys trusted to generate outside pressure this year. Carter is the most talented of that group, but only showed glimpses of his physical talent as a rookie and they need a big leap from him, or anyone, to sustain the loss of Olivier Vernon.

Linebacker – Not a good group on paper. Alec Olgetree looked vastly overpaid last season and BJ Goodson is a little stodgy next to him.

Breakout Player:

Evan Engram – Had a down year in 2018 due to injuries, but when he was finally healthy down the stretch he managed to average 80 yards per game down the stretch. If that period of good health continues, he’s one of the few game breakers on this offense. But, the offensive game plan still has to work out how to use him properly.

How they can win in 2019:

On offense, the line should be at least headed back towards average after a shaky period. But, they’re kinda stuck at the quarterback position because their starter needs to retire now and the future starter probably isn’t ready to play. They have to find a way of navigating through that, which will almost certainly mean loading up Saquon Barkley and hope he can stay healthy for 16+ games. Then, they need to develop a passing attack which can thrive on play-action and feature players who can make plays down field. That might need the young guy to start games earlier and make use of his mobility if they want to avoid 2019 becoming a wasted year.

The run defense is capable of being solid and should be stout enough to make it difficult for teams to run on them inside. If that proves to be true, they either need to find a pass-rush which masks the age deficiencies at the back-end, or get their young players playing above expectation early for the front to generate pressure. For that to happen they need to find combinations they like at the back-end and hope their certain recent draft picks at corner can separate themselves. At safety, a lot lies on 35 year old Antoine Bethea's ability to lock down the free safety spot which he manned for James Bettcher in Arizona.  

Predicted record 2019:

3-13  - It's a lumpy roster full of young guys and experienced journeymen vets who aren't married to the jersey. It's difficult to see how they shake themselves out of mediocrity for another year. 

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I don't comment much on NFL General topics, but just wanted to say I look forward to this every year. The effort you put in to each team's write up is appreciated.

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7 hours ago, Bolts223 said:

2-14, but one of those wins will still be against the Pats in Miami.

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Just now, freak_of_nature said:

A popular trend the past few years to predict Miami as the worst team. That never works out.

They probably won't be the worst team but are the most likely. 

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48 minutes ago, freak_of_nature said:

A popular trend the past few years to predict Miami as the worst team. That never works out.

I've always had them in the 6-10 to 9-7 range during the Tannehill era - I believed he'd turn that proverbial corner pretty much every year.

This year? This team seems significantly worse, and I'm a believer in Josh Rosen.

Miami is picking top 5 this year, IMO. I could be wrong, but it just doesn't feel like a friendly season, especially with the Bills and Jets looking like sleepers. 

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It would make quite a theory if Josh Rosen leads 2 different teams to the #1 pick in back-to-back years.

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1 hour ago, freak_of_nature said:

A popular trend the past few years to predict Miami as the worst team. That never works out.

The dolphins have seemingly been 8-8 for the last 25 years. They rarely if ever Bottom out completely.

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