This is the first article of a four-part series in which I will give my four tiers of NFL teams: the “teams going nowhere,” the “teams who are close, but not quite there,” the “playoff contenders,” and the “Super Bowl contenders.” In this article, I will be going over the teams going nowhere.
These teams aren’t necessarily doomed to losing for all eternity, but it doesn’t look good as of now. Bill Belichick assistants generally do not fare well as head coaches, but Brian Flores is said to be his own guy, and not a Belichick clone. At quarterback, they have a low-risk, high-reward option with 2018 #10 overall pick Josh Rosen, who they acquired from the Cardinals during the draft. They also have veteran Ryan “Fitzmagic” Fitzpatrick, and who knows which Fitz we will get from game to game. Although they have a promising secondary, their pass rush is uninspiring. They lack offensive potential, and there is rumor that the Dolphins are tanking for 2020 Alabama QB Tua Tagavailoa. It looks like it will be at least a few years before the Dolphins are back to winning ways.
I’m not sure what to think of Zac Taylor as head coach. I think hiring him hot off being a position coach is a little premature. I also think the Bengals were sticking to the NFL status quo a little too much here. Everbody wants the next Sean McVay, and I think they could have done better in the interview process, but they instead predetermined who their guy was. Andy Dalton is not a Super Bowl QB, heck, I’m not even sure he’s a legit playoff QB. A.J. Green is dealing with age and injuries, Joe Mixon is talented but has personality issues, and the defense is a mess. Maybe they’ll shock me, but I don’t think the Bengals are close at all.
New York Giants
I’ve been critical of Jon Gruden in the past, and I’m not going to stop until he either makes moves that look good or are good. He traded away the best emerging players, and I’m not sure about their replacements. Clelin Ferrell at 4th overall for Khalil Mack? Diva Antonio Brown on the wrong side of 30 dealing with insanity and injuries? And what’s up with Derek Carr? I don’t even know if Gruden has a legitimate plan for this team long term, and there is still 9 years and $90 million to go.
So these are my teams going nowhere. As a recap and disclaimer, this is my opinion, and it does not mean it is fact. I understand fans of these teams may be frustrated, but remember it will get better eventually, and maybe sooner than we may think. I am a Bears fan, so I know how that goes. Hope you enjoyed, and “close but not quite there” teams will be up soon.