for several NFL teams are listing and taking water, here are the teams in need
of major changes and what can be done in the short term and long term to get
Start Lamar Jackson. The former Heisman Trophy winner out of Louisville is
ready to take over for 11 year veteran Joe Flacco and may make his first start
of the year with Flacco nursing a hip injury. The Ravens can save over $20
million in salary cap money by releasing Flacco after the season
Long Term- Purge
expensive veterans. The Ravens had big salary cap dollars invested in Terrell
Suggs, Eric Weddle, Michael Crabtree and Brandon Carr. Time to invest those
dollars in younger more productive players.
Fire head coach Vance Joseph. Joseph is in his second season at the helm and has
8-17 record. Why delay the inevitable?
Remove malcontents. There is dissatisfaction with coaching staff and the
struggles at quarterback and the finger pointing has started in the locker
Fire offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter. QB Matt Stafford has been sacked 16
times in the last two weeks and his play calling has been unacceptable and he
knows it. Matt Patricia kept him on for the sake of continuity but that hasn’t
Feature Kerryon Johnson and Kenny Gollyday. Once the new OC is hired he need to
focus his offense on these two young offensive stars. Kerryone Johnson had
given the Lions a rushing threat they haven’t had since Barry Sanders retired
and Gollyday can be the featured receiver now that Golden Tate has been traded.
Stress accountability. The Jaguars have a roster full of talent and became the
plucky upstarts last season. To be in the position they are in this season is inexcusable.
The coaching staff must demand more from itself and the players.
Long Term- Identify
offensive building blocks. The Jags still don’t know if they have a franchise
quarterback in Blake Bortles and Leonard Fournette had missed time this season
and they have lost starting offensive linemen Cam Robinson and Brandon Linder
for the season. Getting them healthy and getting production out of Bortles is paramount
tot heir success.
Front office/coaching staff shakeup. This doesn’t have to mean head coach Todd
Bowles but it could be the GM Mike Maccagnan or a coordinator, but message has
to be sent.
Let Sam Darnold sit. While there have been few bright spots, the 21-year-old
rookie leads the league interceptions. He’s nursing sprained foot and rushing
him back makes no sense at this point in the season. Let 39-year-old Josh McCown
finish the season.
Feed Rashaad Penny. The early part of the season had Penny looking like a draft
bust but he’s starting to show the rumbling running style of Marshawn Lynch.
Feeding Penny will take the pressure off Russell Wilson.
Stay on point. While they sit at 4-5 the message stays positive and the Seahawk
continue to fight despite an overhauled roster.
Let Todd Monken call the plays. The Bucs have the league’s top-rated offense so
why would Dirk Koetter strip Monken of the play calling duties? Fear of the up
and coming coordinator taking his job perhaps?
Long Term- Whether
Jameis Winston is the franchise quarterback or not is inconsequential. He’s
already shown who he is on and off the field. If the Bucs stay with Ryan
Fitzpatrick it signals the end for Winston.