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Is Joe Burrow NFL ready?
Joe Burrow has what scouts love. Confidence, precision, the ability to take charge. However, there is still the question if he can translate his game to an NFL level, and in this article I will be analyzing the Heisman winner, seeing if he’s ready for the pros.
You cannot deny the accuracy Joe Burrow has, completing 78% of his passes this season while also dropping 60 touchdowns, a stat that led all of FBS.
Burrow puts his passes where he wants them and is able to throw into very tight spaces. He has a feel for the quarterback position that is incapable to teach. A lot of his success this season came from LSU turning their run-oriented offense into Burrow’s offense, which paid off. Burrow has a nice release of the ball and knows how to read a defense very well for a college quarterback. However, the Ohio native doesn’t possess NFL level arm strength, but his accuracy has seemed to overshadow that this season.
Burrow is comfortable at the line, and recognizes his mismatches and takes full advantage of them. For instance, Burrow has involved multiple wideouts into the game this season and made them potential first-rounders, players such as Thaddeus Moss, Justin Jefferson, and Ja'Marr Chase, have all evolved tremendously with Burrow as their quarterback.
Some of Burrow’s stats are inflated due to his offensive line. While watching him play this season, he had five to ten seconds to throw the ball, if not more. When he gets to the NFL (most likely Cincinnati), he is going to have a fraction of this time to find an open receiver, and it will definitely be a tough transition from going to college football’s best offensive to line to one of the NFL’s worst. Burrow has shown flashes where he can dazzle around defenders, but I haven’t seen enough to give him a true grade on his ability to throw under pressure, and this is about what I have seen, not what I haven’t.
Overall, Burrow’s accuracy is elite and he makes players around him much better. Despite his arm strength worries and is the offensive line, Burrow’s talent is still undeniable. He can throw a pass right on the money, and that's not something you can teach. I am going to give his passing rating a B+.
Joe Burrow has elite footwork. From his drop backs to ability to escape under pressure, Burrow has much better footwork than given credit for. Burrow is able to avoid sacks with ease (although he doesn’t get pressured much), and he’s also able to extend a play on the run. In his college career, Burrow ran for over 2000 yards, more than 600 of them coming from this past season.
For not having the best physical attributes, Burrow surprises a lot of people while out of the pocket.
His drop backs are also very smooth and he’s very relaxed while under center. He keeps his eyes downfield and is smart enough to know when not to escape.
Overall, his footwork is very clean, and he is able to extend a play very well. For a quarterback who lacks physical attributes, Burrow’s footwork is nearly flawless. I am going to give his footwork an A-.
In the NFL, especially if you’re going to a horrendous team, you better have some strong mental strength. To me, Burrow has shown extreme mental strength this season and he’s as cool as a cucumber under pressure. Burrow has ice in his veins, and it’s shown when he plays. He doesn’t let one bad play (which he didn’t have many of this season) get to him.
Burrow is confident in his ability, and that was shown during the National Championship. A lot of his big plays come from him having the courage and belief in himself to make the throw.
In summary, Burrow has insane mental strength that you rarely see in a quarterback coming out of college. Many people notice rookies having trouble finding themselves throughout the season, especially when they're losing, but Burrow doesn't fancy me to do that. Calm, collected, and determined, Burrow has all the mental attributes you look for in an NFL quarterback.I will grade his mental ability at an A.
Overall, Joe Burrow is a prospect like no other. Despite being 24 by the time he’s a rookie, I can’t see any team passing up on the option to draft Burrow. Many teams are even considering trying to trade up to get the services of the LSU quarterback, and it’ll definitely be a bidding war on draft night if any team wants to move up to the number one spot, currently held by the Washington Redskins.
I am not 100% in on Burrow, as he had one of the best teams in college football history around him, but as I said earlier, his talent is still undeniable. I am going to give his overall grade as a B. I think he has much more upside than downside and can become a real force in Cincinnati as long as they build around him. Coming into week one, expect him to be the starter and leading the huddle for whoever holds the number one pick when Rodger Goodell steps up to the podium, that be the Bengals or a team putting all their chips on the table to get Burrow.
'Tis the season to shake up the franchise, and for these four teams, they have done just that. The Cowboys, Giants, Panthers, and Redskins have all hired new coaches this offseason, leaving the Browns as the only team without a current head coach.
In this article, Chris Dailey will be grading the four head coaching hires this offseason, giving readers insight on each coach and if they are the right fit for their respective team.
Cowboys: Mike McCarthy
The Cowboys have talent, that’s for sure. The Cowboys have spurs like Ezekiel Elliot, Amari Cooper, Leighton Vander Esch, and somebody who gets a lot of hate for not much reason, Dak Prescott. Prescott is a genuine guy, and a heck of a ballplayer, throwing for over 15,000 yards and 97 touchdowns since 2016.
However, whenever Dallas has faced must-win situations in the past ten years, their coaching staff let them down time and time again. Now, that is all expected to change. America’s team decided not to extend Jason Garrett’s contract and followed that up by hiring Super Bowl-winning coach, Mike McCarthy, and all of a sudden, the Cowboys' future looks bright.
McCarthy, a Pittsburgh native, coached the Green Bay Packers from 2006-2018, where he went 125-77-2 and won Super Bowl 45 with Green Bay. McCarthy, a proven winner, is everything the Cowboys need. That being somebody who can come in and produce immediately.
I like the hire and I think Jerry Jones made the right decision. Jones hired somebody who knows how to lead, especially a storied franchise. McCarthy was the right fit for the Cowboys job and I am going to give the hire an A-.
Giants: Joe Judge
The big apple has a new head coach in town.
In an interesting turn of events, the New York Football Giants have hired Patriots Special Teams Coordinator and Wide Receivers coach, Joe Judge. Judge has worked under both Bill Belichick and Nick Saban, who both love the 38-year-old. Belichick even called the Giants to recommend Judge for the job, showing how much faith the mastermind of the Patriots dynasty has in Judge.
Judge has won a total of three Super Bowls and 2 BCS National Championships in his time as an assistant. A proven winner, Judge is a no-nonsense coach, resembling one of the most successful coaches if Giants' history, Tom Coughlin. Judge is also set to become one of the youngest coaches in the NFL, standing only behind Sean McVay of the Rams.
Judge’s hire comes as a surprise to nearly every NFL fan, as Matt Rhule was the definite front runner for the job. However, Rhule decided to head down south to Carolina when he realized Judge was finalizing a deal with New York.
Judge will now take over a team with lots of potential. With rising stars such as Saquon Barkley, Daniel Jones, and Sterling Shepard, the Giants are a few key pieces away from being a playoff contender, especially if none of the teams in the NFC East step up their game next season.
I think Judge’s hire will be a good long term move for New York. He provides stability into an organization that seems lost. He’s a proven winner, something New York hasn’t done in several years. I am going to give the hire a B+.
Panthers: Matt Rhule
Matt Rhule is going to be sleeping well tonight. Rhule signed a 7-year contract worth $60 million, however that could increase up to $70 million with incentives, all of this making Rhule the 6th highest-paid coach in the league.
Rhule was the head coach at both Baylor and Temple, with his only NFL experience coming from a year with the Giants when he was the assistant offensive line coach. His time in college was very successful, leading two losing teams, Baylor and Temple, to bowl game contenders. Baylor could’ve made the College Football Playoffs this year, but two losses to Oklahoma crushed their chances.
Rhule was expected to head to the Giants, and with his connections and praise from the Giants staff, it seemed as if it was meant to be. However, the Panthers' owner, David Tepper, loved what he saw in Rhule and made sure to get him while he was available.
I like the move Tepper and the Panthers made, as Rhule has shown he can turn a franchise around. I know Rhule is excited to join an NFL organization but disheartened to leave Baylor, a place he called home. Rhule had a very strong connection with his locker room, and the players saw him as somebody they can rely on, showing Rhule’s leadership skills.
Tepper and the Panthers made a bold move by getting a coach with barely any experience of coaching at and NFL level, however, I think it’s a good hire. Rhule has seen how the game has evolved and adjusted to it, and if he can that in the NFL, he can become one of the best coaches in the league. I am going to give the hiring an A-.
Redskins: Ron Rivera
The Redskins hired ex Panthers coach Ron Rivera, and he will now serve as the head coach for the team of the capital.
Rivera, 58, was on the iconic ‘85 Bears team that won 20. The California native then went on to coach the Carolina Panthers for eight years and helped lead them to a 15-1 record and Super Bowl appearance in 2016. However, after a lackluster start to the season this year, Rivera was fired by the Panthers as both sides knew that they were headed in different directions.
Rivera then interviewed for the Redskins and was hired right away. The Redskins need a coach that can win and develop talent, and that is exactly what Rivers did at the Redskins. He took young stars with potential, like Cam Newton and Christian McCaffrey, and made them faces of the franchise.
Despite his great background, the Redskins still have Dan Synder making the important decisions, and it seems as if the coaches have no say under him. My only concern about this here is if Snyder will let Rivera take the driver's seat, or if he will only be riding shotgun.
Overall, I am going to give this hire a solid B-.
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The NFL playoffs are upon us, and millions amongst millions of americans will be tuning in to see if their bracket is correct. In this article, Chris Dailey will share with you his Wild Card predictions and give an in depth look on each game. Scroll down for some bold predictions that may make you rethink your original choice.
PATRIOTS VS TITANS
The Tennessee Titans will travel to Foxborough to take on the New England Patriots in what on paper looks like a very one sided game. However, the Titans have been on a hot streak, going 7-3 in the last ten games of the season. This stretch includes a win against the Kansas City Chiefs, where the Titans managed to pull out a 3 point victory. Ever since Ryan Tannehill took over, the Titans have been a different team. Rookie wideout, AJ Brown, has become a star, averaging 20.2 yards a catch, the second best number in the league. Derrick Henry was this year's leading rusher, and he has been playing like an MVP in the final half of the season.
Meanwhile, the Patriots are coming off of a 12-4 season, that could’ve been 13-3 have they not lost to the Dolphins in week 17. Tom Brady has regressed, and their 12-4 title may be misleading. New England has played 10 teams under .500 this year, and they hold a 9-1 record against them. However, the Patriots are only 3-3 against winning teams, all of the wins were decided by one point. New England has also cracked under pressure when the light shined the most on them, losing to Baltimore in week 9, and then losing to Kansas City (who the Titans beat), and Miami, in weeks 14 and 17 respectively. All proving that this season may be the start of the fallback era for Brady and the Patriots.
This is a match that surely has the potential for an upset. Despite New England’s home field advantage, the Titans have the tools to win this game. Titans head coach ,Mike Vrabel, played under Belichick for seven years, where he was an integral part of a Patriots team that won three Super Bowls. Many of Belichick's students and ex players have done well against him. The mastermind behind the Patriots dynasty is 1-4 against former assistants the past two seasons, one of these four losses is from the hands of Vrabel and the Titans last season. In addition to that, Ryan Tannehill has a historically good track record against the Patriots, holding the highest winning percentage amongst AFC East QBs against the Patriots in the Brady/Belichick era.
I have a feeling that the Titans are going to narrowly escape the dungeons of Gillete with an upset win, and advance to the divisional round where they will meet Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens.
BILLS VS TEXANS
The Buffalo Bills travel to Houston where they will play the Texans in the second AFC Wild Card game. Buffalo, led by second year QB, Josh Allen, has had quite a turnaround in recent years. This game will for sure be a hard hitting, tough match between two teams looking to make a statement this postseason.
The Bills are a very underrated team. Buffalo has a very strong defense, ranking top 5 in the league in nearly every statistical category, that will make it hard for Deshaun Watson to put up a big game. The Bills have a very well constructed offense that has a great flow between a passing and a gritty running game. It will be interesting to see how Allen does in his first playoff game, which will be the biggest game of his young and bright career. On the flip side of things, NRG Stadium will be loud and rowdy, and the Texans will surely benefit from that.
The Texans will also benefit from the pure connection Deshaun Watson has with Deandre Hopkins and Will Fuller. Watson tends to attack deep down the field, where Hopkins and Fuller make routes that leave many defenders hopeless. The two receivers have combined for 1,835 yards and 21 touchdown receptions. However, when Watson played the Baltimore defense he was a mere shadow of what he truly is. Baltimore has one of, if not the best defense in the league, and Buffalo is right behind them in terms of defensive efficiency.
As the old saying goes, offense wins games, and defense wins championships, and I think Buffalo’s defense will carry them to a Wild Card win and increase their hopes of a Super Bowl victory. Go crazy, Bill Mafia!
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