Super Bowl LVIII is just around the corner, but 30 other teams not named the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers are in the midst of their offseason plans. There are Super Bowl contenders looking to play in New Orleans next year (host of Super Bowl LIX) while other teams that didn’t make the postseason are seeking to make a playoff run of their own in 2024.
The best thing about the NFL is the parity of the league. The Houston Texans won 11 games (including postseason) this season after winning 11 games over the past three years, so teams can go from the basement of the NFL to the top of their division rather quickly.
What does every NFL team need to accomplish this offseason. What do they need to improve on? This might be No. 1 on the offseason checklist.
Find an elite pass rusher: The Cardinals were 30th in the NFL with 33 sacks and 23rd in the league in pressure rate at 32.9%. The lack of pressure affected the play in the secondary as opposing quarterbacks had a 102.9 passer rating (31st in NFL) and 32 touchdowns (30th in NFL) against the Cardinals pass defense. With $41.7 million in cap space and the No. 4 overall pick, finding an elite pass rusher should be a major priority.
Time for a quarterback: This has been the question for the Falcons since they moved on from Matt Ryan, and ultimately what cost Arthur Smith his job. Neither Desmond Ridder nor Taylor Heinicke could seize the job, which is why the Falcons were 27th in points per possession (1.60) and 25th in offensive points per game (18.4) despite having talent at the skill positions and a good offensive line. Being 27th in the NFL in passer rating (80.5) and 26th in touchdown passes (17) doesn’t help either. Perhaps the Falcons can find their franchise quarterback with the No. 8 pick, or at least improve the position with another stopgap in free agency.
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Author : Jeff Kerr
Publish date : 2024-02-09 16:16:06
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