NFL Gone Fishin – Wild Card Version.
- L. A. Rams. I have to wonder how this team as talented as they are lost to Atlanta. I’m impressed with this team and remember that this team plays in the NFC West – so they will be back no matter what. The key is going to be did they learn in that loss to Atlanta?
- Buffalo. These guys got in with a ton of help and while I’m impressed with their improvement, they still have a long way to go.
- Carolina. I don’t understand this team – they have a ton of talent, they shouldn’t be out in early January. Worse yet if you’re a Carolina fan, how do you know what direction they are going in when they have an ownership change? Are they going to lob a call to Kaepernick?
- Kansas City. I expect massive change with them. I put a lot of this unfulfilled promise of a season on their coaching. Something has to be done with that offense, and man does somebody have to get into Marcus Peters head about staying cool under pressure.
NFL Gone Fishin – Division Version.
- Atlanta lost their damn minds, and their edge. I can’t even begin to imagine what they need to do in the off-season, but it’s clear something ain’t working.
- Tennessee was a surprise, or were they? They can run the ball, but Mariota has got to have some weapons on the outside to help. I can imagine this team next season being a lot better if they can get more weapons.
- Pittsburgh needs to take a long hard look in the mirror. This was a season plagued by drama and I can’t imagine the fans there like that look too much.
- I don’t care what anybody says, New Orleans had one helluva season and they should be proud. That game will sting, but they are trending up and seems to me like they’ll win the NFC South next year too and maybe go much deeper next January.
NFL Gone Fishin – Conference Championship Loser Version.
- Jacksonville had what I believe is an amazing run and it tells me a whole hell of a lot about Tom Coughlin. I don’t care what my friends in New England say, there is some questionable calls that favored New England that in part affected the game. As for the future for the Jags, I guess I would argue that Bortles could be the answer, but they had better get a veteran in to guide that young man.
- Minnesota just wasn’t ready last Sunday. They were beyond lucky to get past New Orleans, but they have one hell of a lot of talent there with Cook coming back on offense. Now they must sort out the QB spot as well as Safeties where they are a bit long in the tooth. On top of that, they have an issue related to losing their O-Coordinator Shurmur.
So that leaves Philly and New England – but that is another story for another time. What you see here with the teams who came up short is the future of the NFL, whether the media or the NFL like it or not. I hope folks can and will enjoy it.
But even that is another story for another day…