By Dayna O’Gorman // @DaynaOG
In this edition of the OTFB Fan Forum, I decided to have everyone take a look at this odd offseason. The all-virtual, Zoom edition of an offseason.
Since free agents weren’t allowed into any facilities, it made signing them more difficult for teams. Rookies weren’t allowed anywhere near the rest of the team until training camp. It was a little weird. I was curious about how our forum members thought their team faired. Did they improve? Get worse by losing important pieces? Did they make any moves at all?
Or, seeing as the circumstances were, well… unusual, did they just hang on?
Ashley, our Buffalo Bills fan, is excited about this season.
“For the Buffalo Bills this offseason has gone extremely well and in my opinion, is one of the most improved teams in the NFL. Easily, their best move was the Stefon Diggs trade with the Minnesota Vikings. This gives Josh Allen the true #1 wide receiver he’s desperately needed.”
“The depth on the OL the Bills now have is ridiculous and has stayed very similar from last year to this year which will help with continuity. The defense is also fairly similar to last year and should have consistent play from last year to this year which was near the top of the league. Tre’Davious White will look to have another stellar year as his contract is due to be extended. The Bills are looking to be a Super Bowl contender this year.”
For Mommy Unit, Seattle Seahawks fan, it’s all about that offensive line and bolstering the defense.
“I’ve watched the Seahawks make moves this offseason, in particular, to bolster the defense. I was glad to see Bruce Irvin picked back up. I’m on Clowney watch and still think he could rejoin the Seahawks, which would set us up pretty nicely as a complete defensive unit. Need that pressure! The Jamal Adams pickup, though at a hefty cost, has the look of making the team a formidable, ball-hawking backend group again. Yes, please!”
“The offensive acquisitions are less defined. The likely new center, BJ Finney, will be worth watching. Mike Iupati is back and brings some stability again at the guard position. Duane Brown, please stay healthy because you’re an anchor. As always, it’s about the Oline. Can they be a consistent, dependable unit? I’d be happy for a workmanlike group that gives Russell Wilson a little time and that doesn’t attract laundry (flags) on the field while doing it. Go Hawks!”
Son Dee, our LA Rams fan, thinks most fans are in agreement about this offseason.
“I think most Ramfandom is in agreement about our offseason. The Rams have recently given out big contracts and trades so we were limited in what we could do in free agency and the draft. Fortunately, there wasn’t a need to make any big splashes. Still, there were big moves made which have left questions around the RBs and the defense, specifically the pass rush.”
“You may have heard the Rams’ biggest offseason move, cutting Todd Gurley just two years after signing him to a massive extension. Rams are hoping for addition by subtraction. One of the players looking to replace Gurley is Cam Akers from FSU who the Rams selected with their “first” draft pick (a second-rounder). There is a lot of hype around Akers and there is confidence in the RB room with Akers and second-year player Henderson.”
“On defense, the Rams’ biggest loss may be letting Wade Phillips go. When McVay was interviewing with the Rams as a young offensive mind, his ability to bring in the veteran DC brought a seasoned coach. Wade’s defense always played well, but now McVay is going with the young, first time DC Brandon Staley. The Rams have talent on defense but there is a question mark at pass rusher. Having Aaron Donald makes up a lot but who can come from the edge? There are some options like rookie Terrell Lewis. But I’m a member of the Ogbonnia Okoronkwo fan club.”
Derrick thinks that not knowing what to expect from the New England Patriots is a good thing.
“I felt that there was a huge shift considering the Brady exit, then some of the key pieces on defense that left due to free agency, trades, and COVID-19. But I think Mr. Kraft and Coach Belichick made the necessary adjustments for the betterment of the team.”
“I think there was an improvement at the QB position bringing in a former League MVP in Cam Newton. With the uncertainty with Stidham and Hoyer, Cam has a tremendous upside. That was the best move of the year in my opinion. He’s inspired and motivated to get back to where he once was. The TE spot will be interesting with the two kids we drafted in Devin Asiasi and Dalton Keane. That was a key void to fill since the then retirement of Rob Gronkowski after the 2019 Super Bowl winning season.”
Now I’d like to introduce you to our newest member of the OTFB Fan Forum, Marcela Vargas! She is a long time Green Bay Packers fan and is very passionate about her team. She shared her thoughts on this crazy offseason.
“The Packers had an interesting offseason his year. The biggest surprise was picking QB Jordan Love in the draft. That move gave GB fans quite a rattle! But the longer we sat on that news, the more sense it made. Love is good and could become great under the mentorship of Rodgers, just as #12 himself did under Brett Favre.”
“While I wish our offense had acquired a WR or two to cement that position, things are looking sufficiently good for the season. The shortened training camp gives me worry about the defense since some positions need better prepping than others. However, we have a decent team under the command of a good HC. Matt LaFleur did amazing in his rookie year as head coach, so I hope this season will continue to prove he’s the best man at the helm for this team.”
So how about you? What are your thoughts on your favorite team’s offseason? As always, we’d love to hear from you!
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