2019 NFL Preview- NFC South Edition
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Well, I think I speak for everyone when I say I’m excited to see what Bruce Arians has in store with a year spent to recharge in the broadcasting booth, he has put the old band back together brining in Byron Leftwich (offensive coordinator) Todd Bowles (defensive coordinator). Arians looks to do what Lovie Smith failed to do, and what Dirk Koetter failed miserably at, that is getting this team to the playoffs and finding out if Jameis Winston is a franchise QB or not.
Now his suspension to open up the season last year was complete B***S#@T, in that same regards Jameis needs to know how to conduct himself as a professional at all times because the public eye is always on the NFL and it players. I believe Todd Bowles is going to start rebuilding himself and this dreaded defense. I expect great things to come from this Tampa Bay defense but that could take time considering how they will be transitioning for a base 4-3 to a 3-4 Hybrid defense and I also expect to see Bruce Arians take full advantage of Jamies’s arm strength and raise his talent to a higher level.
- Ceiling- 9-7
- Floor– 5-11
I almost forgot this team isn’t but two seasons removed from a Super Bowl appearance (28-3) shaking my head emoji. Imagine blowing the biggest league in Super Bowl history, and imagine falling into the NFL basement just two seasons later. Every team that has success besides the Patriots, eventually this league catches up to.
This offense struggled at times last year, this defense struggled at times last year which caused a domino effect in the organization. Steve Sarkisian was a joke last year as Falcons OC. Bring in Dirk Koetter and watch this falcons offense fly. Falcons went out and drafted two offensive linemen in the first round Guard Chris Lindstrom, and Tackle Kaleb McGary. Devante Freeman is coming back after missing all of last year and hopefully with freeman coming back and the drafting of two offensive linemen will get Matty Ice back to his MVP form and this team in the right track in this division. Also helps to have the best wide receiver in the game in Julio Jones, and a future pro bowler in Calvin Ridley.
- Ceiling: 11-5
- Floor: 7-9
The 2018 Panthers started out red hot last year by going (6-2) and if you don’t believe me just ask their “KEEP POUNDING” fan base. Trust me I know, I live in North Carolina and that’s all I hear about. Success for last year Panther’s team was cut short, and the injured shoulder finally caught up to Cam down the stretch. Cam is getting older and his body is beginning to break down, considering the way he plays. Cam has got to play smarter moving forward and not risk further injury.
Cam won’t have to do things alone this year with Christian McCaffery taking on a much bigger role and guys like Curtis Samuel, DJ Moore, and Greg Olsen are there to help this offense. People tend to forget that arguably the greatest defensive player in the league in on this Panthers team and that is linebacker Luke Kuechly. He is the Peyton Manning of our time for a defense. With Luke, this defense can achieve greatness at all times.
- Ceiling: 11-5
- Floor: 5-11
New Orleans Saints
Future hall of fame quarterback Drew Brees is back yet again for the Saints. Drew is entering his 50th season it feels like and who cares because he produces at an elite level every year. Drew has a chance to break another huge record this year, just as he did last year breaking Peyton Manning all-time passing yards record, this year Drew will be breaking the all-time passing touchdown record that is held by once again Peyton Manning.
Saints GM Mickey Loomis also with urgency gave All-Pro wide receiver Michael Thomas the biggest contract ever for a wide receiver (5 years /100 million/60 guaranteed). The problem for these Saints will always be their defense and their absolute bad luck in the postseason. 2017 the missed tackle against the Minnesota Vikings when all the Saints had to do was make a tackle, 2018 the famously no-call against the Los Angeles Rams defense that would have given us Tom Brady vs Drew Brees.
The Saints did lose out on RB Mark Ingram to the Baltimore Ravens, but they went and signed a valuable replacement in Latavious Murray. Saints are a high profile offense that can strike at any moment, with their genius head coach Sean Peyton at the helm. This Saints team has the ability to be unstoppable. Lets also not forget this defense has talent all around to be a force in this division, they are no slouches. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, we are gonna be hearing “who dat” once again all year.
- Ceiling: 12-4
- Floor: 9-7