RED ZONE SEASON 53 EARLY PREDICTIONS
After one of the largest coaching carousels we have ever seen, 31 teams are moving into season 53 with new front offices and rosters that have reminiscences of those we saw many years ago. This puts everything wide open and I could not be more excited! Over the last few seasons I have written and mostly nailed predictions heading into the season, so now it is time to see if I still have what it takes to predict the future. Without further ado, let’s get this new cycle predictions going!
The Titans are back on the map.
Over the last 20 seasons or so, Coach Paňos has not be great. Okay, he’s stunk. Let’s not kid ourselves here. But “new year, new me” will be JP’s motto, and I predict he will actually come through with it. Gone are the days of looking at a potential top 5/10 pick. JP is here to compete. I foresee him going at least .500 on the season and will potentially be fighting for that division title late in the season. No more watching the L columns in the league to see what draft position they are in.
The Cardinals won’t know how to read a map.
Thanos would be proud. Perfectly balanced, as all things should be. As one commish starts to rise, the other must fall. This roster is not good. Yes, you have a few studs sprinkled in (Murray, Pat P, Fitz, and DJ), but they cannot carry the load. And this is assuming we don’t lose any of those guys to a trade or injury. This season, roster construction is as important as ever, and this team is not ready to win. The biggest question will be how long it takes Coach Adelmann to give up on S53, mail it in, and look forward to the draft and the future of the team.
EDIT: The Cards just traded Pat P. Let the dumpster fire burn stronger.
Of all the rookie coaches to join RedZone, Gstar will find the most initial success.
We have Birdman/Jason with the Bills, Gstar with the Falcons, and Outlaw with the Eagles. The Bills roster, like Arizona, is not good. Stick skills not saving them. Outlaw has one of the best rosters, but with Lefty in Dallas and Jake in Washington, he has some tough divisional games (Ignoring that team in New Jersey). Lastly, we have G-Spot in ATL. A fairly well constructed roster, and one of the best QB/WR combos in Ryan and Julio, I feel it in my plumbs. With 4 games against Silk and Turtles, is the only reason I have him over Outlaw, but both those coaches are set up with teams ready to win.
The Kadtastrophy in Baltimore.
Kad has been one of the biggest self-promoters this past off-season, talking up his team, Lamar, his social life…. Pretty much everything Kad related. Unfortunately, he is about to fall flat on his face. Ian Johns is far and away the front runner in that division based solely on roster and I will spend my RZ-bucks (which have a Schrute-Buck exchange rate of 1.46) on the Browns winning the North. I also wouldn’t sleep on Spencer with the Steelers, as veteran QBs are showing their value. Kad will miss the playoffs, no matter how much cheese Kad produces.
What a waste! (Seattle edition)
In season 52, I was HYPED over Tauph drafting WR prospect Rainey Snow. I thought he was going to be RedZone’s next big deal. However, he ended up being good… not great. DK Metcalf has that same sort of vibe for me. He has the potential to take over this league. In the wrong hands *cough* Jake *cough*, he could lead his team, the league, and the next decade of games. However, I have learned. I think Metcalf will be a good/decent player with Coach Tauph…. But he’s not going to be as good as he could be.
Your OROY will be… Dwayne Haskins, QB Washington
The popular choice here is Murray, but I just don’t see the success on the team for him to really justify the award. Could you, in good faith, give an award like this to a guy on a 5-11 team? Haskins will be a game manager and the Redskins will likely be more successful. And shut up Kad, no one cares about Hollywood.
Your DROY will be… Nick Bosa, DE SF
Cave has shown in the past that he can get pressure from the edge, and Bosa is one of the best in the class. It was a close call for me between Bosa and Washington DE Montez Sweat (who has crazy physical attributes). The decision came down to who historically gets better pressure on the QB, and Cave gets the nod.
Your OPOY will be… Drew Brees, QB NO
Drew will finally get the recognition he deserves. As the NFL’s all time passing leader, you would think he would have more personal awards. But here we are. Moji has success with his QBs, as long as Ryan Fitzpatrick or his son is not on the roster. He has one of the most explosive offenses in the league and one of the easiest divisions, which is primed for success.
Your DPOY will be… Khalil Mack, DE CHI
Get used to this award being the “lets see who the sack leaders are” award. (Spittah knows what I mean) Mack is the best defensive (and maybe overall) player in the league, and he’s going to eat. No lineman stands a chance at stopping him. I expect 40+ sacks and league officials getting together to re-evaluate pass rushing rules at the end of the year.
Your MVP will be…. Drew Breezus.
Praise to our lord and savior Breezus, as he leaves the league with a shiny star.