Baltimore Ravens: 8-8
What went right: Mike Wallace managed to rejuvenate his career with a thousand yard season. Steve Smith came back strong after an Achilles injury to finish his career nicely. Defensively the veterans got the job done. Weddle, Webb, Suggs and Dumerville helped form one of the best defences in the league. Mosely continues to look like a “franchise” linebacker patrolling the middle.
What went wrong: Zach Orr had a breakout season leading the team in tackles but has decided to retire to protect himself from hid injuries. This leaves a massive hole next to Mosely. Flacco looked terrible early coming off a knee injury. Although he played better later in the season I can’t him capturing the form he needs to carry the offence. The running back situation needs to be resolved as they have a terrific offensive line that needs to be utilised better.
- Key Position Needs: RB, WR, Future QB
- OMVP: Dennis Pitta
- DMVP: Zach Orr
Washington Redskins: 8-7-1
What went right: Josh Norman and Ryan Kerrigan were the only shining lights on the fourth-worst defence in the league. Norman gave them a great corner to play opposite Breeland and Kerrigan gave them much needed pass rush. Kirk Cousins lived up to his franchise tag pay bracket and it seems that “backing himself” on a one-year deal will pay massive dividends. Despite Josh Doctson being hurt most of the year they wide receiver crew including Garcon, Jackson and Crowder were outstanding. Add Jordan Reed becoming one of the NFL’s best and you have a potent receiving core. If Robert Kelly can improve in his second year, then the sky’s the limit for this offence.
What went wrong: Their defence was all round very poor. Bad linebacker play and no size inside allowed teams to run all over them. Other than Kerrigan they had a very inconsistent pass rush with no inside push. No matter who you have in the defensive backfield if the QB has all day it’s all over. They need to develop a more consistent running game, whether that means drafting a more talented running back or Kelly improving, otherwise they will continue to lose games as they can’t run out the clock.
- Key Position Needs: S, DT, Edge rusher
- OMVP: Kirk Cousins
- DMVP: Ryan Kerrigan
Tennessee Titans: 9-7
What went right: Marcus Mariota showed more potential in his second year before a broken leg ended his season and a playoff chance. Picking up DeMarco Murray proved to be vital as he led AFC in rushing yards. Alongside second round pick Derrek Henry they proved to be a terrific one-two punch. Jurrel Casey finally got the respect he deserved as he helped the Titans become one of the best run-stopping defences. Williamson, Morgan, Orakpo and Woodyard also became one of the better linebacking corps in the NFL. Drafting Jack Conklin to pair with Taylor Lewan at tackle improved the line out of sight. If they can get another good inside lineman, they can be exceptional.
What went wrong: The defensive backs are up there with the worst group in the league. McCourty was solid at times but can’t be their number one corner. They need to overhaul the position and find safeties and corners in free agency and the draft. Lack of a true number one receiver started to become an issue. Rishard Mathews was a good addition but can’t carry the team. Hopefully Tajae Sharp can turn into the go-to guy but only time will tell.
- Key Position Needs: CB, S, G
- OMVP: DeMarco Murray
- DMVP: Jurrel Casey
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: 9-7
What went right: Jameis Winston developed further and looks like the franchise QB they need. If he can cut down the turnovers he could be a top 10 QB. Mike Evans has turned into one of the top receivers in the league. The chemistry between Evans and Winston is rising with every game. Noah Spence turned out to be a great selection and could become a top edge rusher with more time. Lavonte David and Kwon Alexander are turning into a top LB duo in the NFL. Add Gerald McCoy up front and it could develop nicely. Keith Tandy is developing into a nice safety.
What went wrong: Doug Martin was terrible after having such a good season last year. Having substance abuse issues won’t help him stay on the roster either. Roberto Aguayo had his struggles all year. It cost them a couple of games which could have meant playoffs. The offensive line was not a great unit. Donovan Smith was average and Dotson is nearing the end of an average career. Howley is a bridge centre that they need to improve on. The best way to describe the Bucc’s is mediocre. They were middle or worse in every offensive and defensive ranking. Whether the young group just needs time to gel or the coaching wasn’t right. Time will tell.
- Key Position Needs: Edge rusher, OT, C
- OMVP: Mike Evans
- DMVP: Kwon Alexander
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