Every day we inch closer and closer to the beginning of the season. We’ll see teams rise to stardom, and also crash and explode. Every year there’s at least 4 teams that “crash and explode” and ultimately make a laughing stock out of themselves.
4. Cleveland Browns 4-12
Coming off of one of the worst seasons in NFL history with a record of 1-15, the Browns are hoping their great offseason can help turn them around. Unfortunately, that’s very unlikely. While they did have a good offseason, they still have major flaws throughout the roster. They currently have an on-going quarterback position battle consisting of Cody Kessler, Brock Osweiler and rookie DeShone Kizer. No matter who ultimately wins, I wouldn’t expect them to play very well. After a 952 yard season, Isaiah Crowell leads the backfield, with Duke Johnson behind him. If Crowell stays healthy, he’s good for an easy 800-1000 yard rushing season. 2nd year receiver Corey Coleman who’s coming off of a surprisingly good year teams up with new aquisiton Kenny Britt and rookie tight end David Njoku. All-star offensive linemen Joe Thomas, Joel Bitonio, and Kevin Zeitler help make the browns offensive line one of the best in the league. The Browns defensive line consists of Myles Garrett, Danny Shelton, and Emmanuel Ogbah, all 3 players are all still big question marks, in terms of skill. The Browns linebackers are very weak, all-star Jamie Collins was a great pickup but has failed to reach his expectations, and Christian Kirksey seems to have strong consistency problems. Their secondary improved significantly, adding Calvin Pryor, Jason Mccourty and rookie Jabrill Peppers to join vet corner Joe Haden. While the Browns definitely have talent on their roster, their flaws out weigh their strengths which will ultimately lead to another terrible season for Cleveland.
3. San Francisco 49ers 4-12
Kyle Shannahan is finally getting his chance to break out after an amazing season with the Falcons as their offensive coordinator, unfortunately, Shannahan doesn’t have much to work with. In the offseason the 49ers gave a huge 4 year contract to full back Kyle Juszczyk, which is a horrible deal, especially for a fullback. Brian Hoyer leads the 49ers under center for the first time, which isn’t terrible, because when healthy, Hoyer can play at a decent level, but nothing higher than mediocrity. In the backfield, they have Tim Hightower and Carlos Hyde, who is speculated to not make the 53 man roster. Neither one have ever played extremely well, both also having terrible injury problems. The 49ers also signed Pierre Garçon to join Jeremy Kerley and Vance McDonald as wideouts. While they aren’t anything too special, Pierre is a very good receiver, who turns a terrible receiving corp, into something much better. The 49ers seem to be set on the defensive line with rookie Solomon Thomas, Deforest Buckner, Erik Armstead, Elvis Dumerville and Aaron Lynch. Arguable the deepest defensive line in the league. Rookie Reuben Foster will pair with Navarro Bowman who when healthy can be great, but can’t seem to stay healthy with constant knee problems. Their secondary is arguably the weakest in the league with Eric Reid, K’waun Williams, and Jimmie Ward leading. Their secondary should create big problems for them, and their offense will likely fail to ever fully take off.
2. Chicago Bears 3-13
The Bears trading up to the 2nd overall pick to select Quarterback Mitch Trubisky shocked us all, but they seem to have faith in him, as he will be the starting quarterback come week 1. That’s definitely a questionable decision, as scouts weren’t very high on Trubisky coming out of college. The strongest part of this team, is their backfield consisting of star HB Jordan Howard. Howard shocked us all with an amazing breakout season, rushing for 1, 313 yards and 6 touchdowns. Howard proved to be a very good runner, and pass catcher out of the backfield, cementing himself as one of the best running backs in the league. The loss of Alshon Jeffery definitely hurts, but they found replacements with veterans Zach Miller, Victor Cruz and Kendall Wright, they will join Cameron Meredith and young receiver Kevin White. Center Cody Whitehair and Guard Kyle Long remain stars on what is a very bad offensive line. The Bears signed Jaye Howard for their defensive line, which is one of the worst rated in the league, with a large lack of talent. Their Linebackers partially make up for their defensive line with 2nd year player Leonard Floyd, Pernell McPhee, and Danny Trevathan. The secondary for the Bears is very lackluster, veteran Prince Amukamura leads the secondary teaming up with Adrian Amos and Kyle Fuller. Their secondary is full of mediocrity. Overall, the Bears just don’t have many pieces needs to win games, this season will be a tough one for them, especially being in the NFC North.
1. New York Jets 3-13
Boy o’boy is this team bad. The Jets are entering the season with Josh McCown under center, which is a big red flag considering last season he played 5 games for the Cleveland Browns and threw for 1,100 yards with 6 touchdowns and 6 interceptions. McCown has always been a backup caliber quarterback, so having him start is never a good thing. Their backfield consists of a veteran Matt Forte, and Bilal Powell who when healthy, can be a great duel threat running back. Their receivers consist of Quincy Enunwa, Robby Anderson, and rookies Chad Hansen, and ArDarius Stewart, and tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins. That is without a doubt the worst recieving corp in the league. Leonard Williams continues to be the star of the Jets defensive line, along side Muhammad Wilkerson, who hasn’t played very well the past two seasons. Sheldon Richardson and Demario Davis make up there LB corp, Richardson has failed to adapt to his position change to ROLB and has played very poorly. They drafted rookie safeties Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye to join Buster Skrine and Morris Claiborne in the secondary, while they aren’t terrible, they definitely aren’t good. It’s hard to see the Jets winning any more than 3 games with this roster. They are without a doubt the worse team in the league