While I was more skeptical of Blake Bortles’ “breakout” 2015 season than most, he has come undone during a wildly disappointing 2016 season. Bortles’ mechanics were erratic and are now seemingly random from series to series, and while his past issues could be chalked up to a porous offensive line, Jacksonville’s protection has improved this season. He has left multiple long touchdowns on the field in back-to-back games and shows little sign of improving. With Jacksonville likely to fire Bradley after this season, the Jaguars either need to hire a coach with experience molding quarterbacks into stars (like Norv Turner) or go after a quarterback who can get the most out of Allen Robinson & Co. Could they be Golden Tate III Authentic Womens Jersey a landing spot for Tony Romo? A franchise that hasn’t topped five wins since 2010 has work to do to achieve even that total in 2016.
The Packers’ chances of making the playoffs, per ESPN’s Football Power Index, are down to 35.1 percent. In the short term, they’re way below expectations. In the long term, there are reasonable concerns about the viability of their franchise model to a greater extent than we’ve seen previously during the Mike McCarthy-Ted Thompson-Aaron Rodgers era. McCarthy had to come out this week and remind the media that he is “… a highly successful NFL coach,” which is the sort of thing you say when you’re trying to remind yourself of something. The offense continues to look flat, and a defense ravaged by injuries to key contributors such as Clay Matthews and Sam Shields hasn’t been able to hold up.
While the Saints have lost a few heartbreakers and are better than their 4-6 record, their long-term picture is still getting cloudier. Their 2015 draft, which was supposed to restock the organization, looks to be a mess. First-rounder Andrus Peat, drafted to play tackle, has been downgraded into a guard. Fellow first-rounder Stephone Anthony fell out of the defensive rotation and had played just 55 defensive snaps all season before Thursday night. Hau’oli Kikaha and P.J. Williams are both on injured reserve, and third-rounder Garrett Grayson was cut after just one season behind Drew Brees. Their latest free-agent class also has been disappointing: tight end Coby Fleener is on pace for 643 receiving yards and five touchdowns, while middle linebacker James Laurinaitis already has been released.
Left for dead after an 0-2 start led Rex Ryan to fire offensive Haloti Ngata Authentic Womens Jersey coordinator Greg Roman, the Bills have been an above-average football team since. The foot injury suffered by Sammy Watkins is troubling for his long-term future, but Tyrod Taylor has been effective in his second season as the starter, even without his No. 1 wideout for most of the season. That was a question mark heading into the season.