Does anyone remember how average this offense looked before they traded moss and went with the 2 TE set up? Those TEs were huuuuge. If Hernandez is gone it hurts. The pats payed Aaron all that money cause he was obviously vital with what they are doing but losing Gronk is a game changer. Only reason they may still win the division is cause the division sucks right now until further notice. I think they they takes huge drop this year unless their defense surprises.
Anyone find it amusing that Hernandez and BB both tried to destroy evidence. He was well coached at least.
If Gronk misses a portion of next year, I think it is very possible for another team to take the division. I still think that team needs to go at least 10-6 if not 11-5. Brady has proven plenty capable of carrying that team on his back, and the defense has gotten better the last couple of years.
I think the Dolphins could possibly push them for the division. If Tannehill steps up in his 2nd year and plays well (big if), I see no reason why they couldn't compete for a wildcard/division. We should have a pretty good defense that is younger and faster and will hopefully force more turnovers, and we made some good improvements in the offense. I don't see losing Bush as a loss at all. He was very mediocre last year. I feel extremely confident Lamar Miller can step in and produce as well as Bush did last year. Jake Long will probably be the biggest loss, and even he struggled badly last year.
I think the Jets will be respectable. The defense will keep them in most games, and the offense shouldn't be any worse than last year. I could see them being anywhere from 5-11 to 9-7. I would be pretty surprised at 9-7, but with a few good bounces and an offense that doesn't turn the ball over every other possession, it could happen. Unfortunately there is a good chance Sanchez is the starter a good portion of the year, and it's hard to envision him guiding the Jets to a winning record.
The bills are somewhat of a wildcard IMO. I don't really know what to expect from them, and honestly I don't really care that much. If Kolb can play decent, they could be decent. But I don't see them being any more than average. I was never really on the bandwagon last year, and I didn't see anything in the offseason that would give me reason to believe they are about to take that next step.
The Pats will take a step back from the #1 offense - that much is almost certain.
But their defense is finally improving and they still have a very good running game.
- Gronk - Will be back.
- Woodhead - Loved him but overall if you factor in kick returns Washington might be an upgrade.
- Welker - Huge loss, best hope is that Amendola comes close. Reports out of OTA were inspiring.
- Lloyd - Debatable loss, I thought he was better than some. Solid possession receiver with terrible YAC. Jenkins or Jones has a better chance of matching this production than Amendola does of matching Welkers.
- Hernandez - This is the big one. Because there is nobody currently inline to match his production at his spot. Dallas Clark comes to mind as a possibility but there's no doubt the loss of Hernandez hurts. The team has played without him in the past, though, since he and Gronk were both injury prone.
I think it's silly to assume the Patriots, who still have a solid offensive line and running game, will be in the offensive doldrums. I don't hold out very much hope that they'll be the top passing offense this year but if their defense keeps improving they won't need to be to at least vie for the division lead.
You don't know when he will, if he will or what kind of Gronk will return[*]Gronk - Will be back.
Woodhead has been easily the better player since he entered the league[*]Woodhead - Loved him but overall if you factor in kick returns Washington might be an upgrade.
He's not close and is an injury risk[*]Welker - Huge loss, best hope is that Amendola comes close. Reports out of OTA were inspiring.
Will be interesting to see how good that line and running game is if they aren't as feared in the passing game. A lot easier to run when you have the best passing game in the NFLI think it's silly to assume the Patriots, who still have a solid offensive line and running game, will be in the offensive doldrums. I don't hold out very much hope that they'll be the top passing offense this year but if their defense keeps improving they won't need to be to at least vie for the division lead.