*2020 NFL Season Wrap up and Super Bowl Recap

Well, the 2020 NFL Football season has come to an end, and it is time to wrap up the season for my Washington Football Team.

The first thing I gotta say is that the future looks extremely promising, more so than anything that I can remember in the last 30 years of being a fan of this team.

Once again, we find ourselves in a familiar spot, still looking and hoping for a stable answer at the Quarterback position.

Dwayne Haskins was a bust, simple as that. It didn’t work out, and we waisted a first-round pick on a player that most scouts and experts warned teams to avoid taking in the first round. The Haskins debacle should serve as a cautionary tale from now on for everyone in the front office of this team.

Alex Smith won the comeback player of the year, and what a comeback it was. 

Sports media wrote off Smith at the beginning of training camp. His comeback was the crucial turning point for Washington to be in a position to make the playoffs and win the Division.

Going forward, a healthy Alex Smith on the field means that there will be an efficient and capable Quarterback running the offense. Taylor Heinicke and Kyle Allen add competent depth to the position.

We now know that we are not getting Matt Stafford, and Alex Smith has not yet decided on his playing future. I hope he returns for another season, and he becomes a bridge to whomever we draft in the off-season. I don’t think we should trade for a Quarterback if Smith decides not to retire. It will cost way too much to trade for Deshaun Watson, Marcus Mariota, or even Sam Darnold.

Hard pass on Carson Wentz, Mitch Trubisky, Jimmy G, Ryan Fitzpatrick, and Nick Foles.

Dak Prescott might be available, but I have never been sold on him. However, Rod Taylor, Gardner Minshew, and Jacoby Brissett pique my interest.

Kyle Smith left for Atlanta as VP of player personnel… I was disappointed to see him go. But I guess the stink of the Bruce Allen era was a heavy burden for Smith to carry on and continue in Washington.

It feels like the time for crappy free agent signings is done and over with. Marty Hurney and Martin Mayhew have a strong connection to this Washington team and its glory years; I’m confident that they will have a solid draft and a productive approach to free agency.

Re-signing Brandon Scherff should be a top priority. Offensive Line depth will be crucial in 2021; maybe we can address the OL in the draft. I like what we are doing at the Running Back position, and it wouldn’t hurt to add another piece there. 

Chase Young was the runaway Defensive Rookie of the Year, and our Defensive front continues to be the star of the show. But we need to start resigning or figuring out how to keep most, if not all, of our core defensive players. Salary Cap issues are supposed to be Marty Hurney’s strength, and I hope he figures out a way to keep all of these guys here. Jonathan Allen should be the first in the defense to get some type of deal done.

Ryan Kerrigan will entertain free agency, which is sad; I hoped he would stay to finish his career here.

Our secondary needs to be addressed in the off-season, along with some upgrades here and here. I thought that Kendall Fuller and Ronald Darby were formidable, especially towards the end of the season — and Kam Curl filled in very nicely as Safety replacing Landon Collins.

I don’t get tired of saying that this team is one of the most attractive destinations for free agents who want to be part of something special. The NFC EAST is ours for the taking….The Eagles firing Doug Pederson was nuts, and even nuttier was their hiring of Colts OC Nick Sirianni as their new Head Coach. Philadelphia will be a mess next season. Dallas is in decline and will most likely finish 2021 with a losing record. Maybe the NY Giants might give us some headaches, but I still don’t think Daniel Jones is their answer at Quarterback.

In any case, my level of excitement is insanely high at the moment, and I cannot wait for the 2021 season to start. HTTR…or, I guess, HTTFT.

SUPER BOWL GAME:

BUCCANEERS 31 — CHIEFS 9:

There were dubious penalties against the Chiefs in the first half of the game that sank Kansas City pretty deep; those penalties were a big deal; they put Kansas City in a bad spot from the get-go, and the Bucs, to their credit, never relented. The refs should have allowed more latitude 

This game was not really about Tom Brady. He didn’t do anything spectacular or inspiring; He connected with Gronk twice. He connected with Antonio Brown once, and Leonard Fournette had a 27 yard run for a touchdown that pretty much sealed the game for Tampa Bay. 

The Bucs coaching assistants were the difference makers in 2020 for Tampa Bay. Effective and efficient game plans by Todd Bowles and Byron Leftwich were the key factors here. This 2020 Buccaneers team came in loaded on both sides of the ball with better weapons than the 2019 Buccaneers team. The addition of Leonard Fournette was genius and paid big-time dividends on offense. Gronkowski found his rhythm by the middle of the season and never looked back.

Brady is considered the most successful Quarterback in NFL history, mostly because of his 10 Super Bowl appearances (7 wins, 3 losses). I, however, have my reservations. I do not consider Brady to be the GOAT by those standards, and I certainly, do not think Belicheater to be the Goat NFL coach, as some in Sports media have suggested.

Without question, Brady has created a remarkable career for himself, but most of his Super Bowl wins are surrounded by controversies. Most of those controversies are regarding some of the shady tactics employed by his former Patriots Head Coach Bill Belicheater. 

Mahomes backpedaling, scrambling, and even throwing as he was falling was impressive. He made terrific and accurate throws while in distress. He continually tried to produce any sort of spark and even threw a couple of end zone balls into the hands of his receivers that were dropped.

Kansas City came in with a reshuffled and patched up Offensive Line, which left Mahomes extremely vulnerable to Tampa Bay’s defensive front. The pressure was relentless, and Mahomes could never get any type of rhythm going. 

All in all, I get the sense that Kansas City will make the necessary adjustments in the offseason and will be back contending in 2021. 

On the other hand, Tampa Bay, I feel, is one and done, especially if they cannot keep their defensive unit in one piece — without a dominant defense, Brady’s decline will be much more noticeable in 2021.

See you all on Draft week.

*Redskins 2019 Season Wrap up and Super Bowl Recap

Well, the NFL Football season has come to an end, and it is time to wrap up the Redskins 2019 season. All I can say is that the future of our team depends on what happens with the quarterback position next season. Dwayne Haskins’s development going forward is the critical factor here. Alex Smith is still out there recovering, making public statements about playing again. Plus, there are a bunch of questions surrounding this team. 

1-Dwayne Haskins will have to beat out Smith for the starting job?

If Alex Smith is healthy, of course. There should be a quarterback competition in training camp and Haskins will have to earn the starting job.

2-Will they trade away the number 2 pick for a bunch of picks? Or Are they all in on Chase Young? 

They should be all in on Chase Young. Our defense will be elite with Young in the roster. We are a few pieces away from becoming elite.

3- Figure out the Trent Williams situation.

Get him back at all costs. It’s a no brainer, Trent is probably the best left tackle in all of football.

4- Re-sign Brandon Scherff.

An essential piece of our offensive line.

5- Keep Adrian Peterson. 

Peterson Has been the most consistent running back the last two seasons for the ‘skins. He is an excellent insurance policy in case Derrius Guice gets injured again. Even our young running backs have not produce like Peterson has produced the last two years.

6– Draft a Tight End or pick one up on Free agency.

Vernon Davis is retiring. Jordan Reed did not play for the entire season, so the new medical staff needs to evaluate him, and if he is not ready to contribute, they need to release him. We are going to need some experienced tight ends to come in and help immediately. Greg Olsen just became available, and I’m sure he would love to reunite with Rivera.

7-Release Josh Norman, or re-sign him at a lower price. 

I would be ok with Norman staying if he reconfigures his contract. I feel like he can still contribute with experience and leadership. Norman’s connection to Rivera is important, especially with understanding Rivera’s defensive schemes, but it was apparent early in the season that Norman was no longer an elite corner. 

All those questions will be at the very center of the entire fan base during this offseason. The next few months will be interesting to see how this new coaching staff prepares and approaches the upcoming NFL draft. It is a new era at Redskins park, not just a new coaching staff, but also a revamp of the front-office personnel, which is something previous coaching staffs like the Shanahan staff or the Gruden staff did not have. Both coaching regimes had to deal with the same fron-office politics and incompetence. Rivera will start things off with a clean slate. I’m beyond excited for what the future holds for my Redskins, a new era, and a new season starts now!!

Washington Redskins-2020 Stars Now.

SUPER BOWL GAME

Chiefs 31-49ers 20

It was 10-10 at halftime, and it looked like the 49ers running game was starting to suffocate the chiefs defense. By the end of the 3rd quarter, San Francisco was up 20-10 and seemed to be running away into victory. But for whatever reason, Kyle Shanahan got away from running the ball and put it all on Jimmy Garapolo’s hand, big mistake. Jimmy G failed to get anything going, he overthrew Emmanuel Sanders on a play where Sanders had outrun the Chiefs DBs for what should’ve been a runaway touchdown and at this point, it became evident that the momentum had entirely switched over to Kansas City. Pat Mahomes turned it on, and the Chiefs defense kept the pressure on, and it was basically all she wrote. And although, Mahomes made plays when it counted, still, he struggled to dominate like he did during the playoffs. The 49ers defense made things difficult for Mahomes. None of these two quarterbacks had a good game, but Mahomes was good in the 4th quarter when it mattered. Kansas City’s much-maligned defense put the 49ers away with pressure and interceptions. Steve Spagnuolo has now overseen two Super Bowl-winning defenses—very impressive. Andy Reid has finally won a Super Bowl, and Kansas City has their second Lombardi trophy after 50 years. 

All in all, it was a pretty good game. It was a great game to end the season. I have a feeling that these two franchises will be back contending for another Super Bowl next season. Look, San Francisco was the better team for sure, but the 49ers need to address Jimmy G’s future in this offense. Quarterback play made the difference here, especially towards the end of the game, and its clear Garappolo is the weakest link for San Francisco. Maybe they should cut him loose and pick some more experienced free-agent quarterback. Possibly Tom Brady could be an option. The Chiefs will continue to get better and better, but I believe the Raiders will be their biggest divisional foe in the years to come.  

Signing off my football blog until the Draft….

Kansas City Chiefs 2019 Super Bowl Champions.

*Redskins Coaching Staff and Super Bowl Prediction.

My Redskins are just about done putting together their new coaching staff under new Head Coach Ron Rivera. The hiring of Ken Zampese as the new Quarterbacks coach is a solid hire. He brings tons of experience to a position where experience is needed. Dwayne Haskins will benefit from Zampese’s experience, and an improved Quarterback play should be expected next season under the tutelage of Zampese and new offensive coordinator Scott Turner. Another highly experienced coach is John Matsko, who rejoins Rivera from their days with the Panthers. In all his years in Carolina, Matsko had consistent rushing stats, and although he has big shoes to fill taking over Bill Callahan’s position; I still feel this is a big hire for the ‘skins. We also have a new wide receivers coach in Jim Hostler, who is also rejoining Rivera from the Panthers. Hostler is another highly experienced position coach, having worked in Green Bay, Buffalo, San Francisco, Baltimore, and Carolina, to name a few. Hostler is inheriting a very young receiving corps that features the breakout wide receiver star Terry MclaurinPete Hoener is another Carolina coach making his way to the Redskins this season. Hoener will be the new Tight Ends coach, and he also brings many years of experience molding, coaching standout tight end talents like Greg Olsen, and a young Vernon Davis in San Francisco. I’m excited about all these changes to our coaching staff; it was time to bring new voices into the locker room. We have the number 2 overall pick in this upcoming 2020 NFL Draft, and we should be all in on Chase Young. He is more than just a pass rusher; He is a one in a lifetime-generational player. Young could be that missing piece that we have been missing to give our defense the boost needed to become an elite NFL defense. We need to find some corners that can contribute immediately, and some tight end depth should also be a high priority. 

Official Redskins 2020 Coaching staff.

NFC-AFC Championship Games:

49ers 37-Packers 20Raheem Mostert was unstoppable in this game, and his backstory of being cut by a bunch of teams and finding a spot in the 49ers squad is remarkable. Jimmy G threw the ball 8 times with only 6 completions, that is an insane stat. They will need to be more aggressive with the passing game against the Chiefs if they expect to win the Super Bowl. The Packers seem to be a few pieces away from getting back to the big game, especially on defense. The window for Aaron Rodgers to get back to a Super Bowl is getting smaller. Kyle Shanahan has the unique opportunity to become the first father-son Super Bowl-winning Coaches in NFL history. 

Chiefs 35-Titans 24: Tennessee looked great in the first half of this game leading 10-7 in the first quarter, but Kansas City took Derrick Henry entirely out of the game, and Ryan Tannehill struggled to get anything going on offense. The Chiefs defense has stepped up as of late and is better than the talking heads on sports media suggest. Pat Mahomes is the complete package, and he is the best young quarterback in the NFL by far. Andy Reid is back coaching in the big game after 15 years. Reid is a great coach who is getting a second chance to win a Super Bowl after losing his first Super Bowl against the Patriots in 2005 when he coached the Eagles.

My Super Bowl Prediction: 

This game is shaping up to be one of the best Super Bowl matchups in recent history, and they are both formidable teams, but unfortunately, only one will get to raise the Lombardi trophy at the end of the game. My heart says; the Chiefs should win, but my mind says; The 49ers will end up winning the whole thing.

49ers Super Bowl Champs.