3. People might disagree with me on this one because Locker just completed his second NFL season. People also might disagree with the fact that he was taken 8th overall in the 2011 draft. In 2011, Locker could not beat out veteran Matt Hasselbeck for the starting job who took the Titans to a 9-7 record and barely missing the playoffs. He finally won over the job in 2012 and was injured for 5 of the games and the Titans went 6-10. He threw 314 passes and completed 177 of them (56.4%) for 2,176 yards, 10 touchdowns and 11 interceptions and a 74.0 passer rating. He ran 41 times for 291 yards for 1 touchdown and losing 2 fumbles. I’m not putting a lot of the blame on Locker for the Titans failure this year either because the offense wasn’t talented outside of Chris Johnson. The leader for most receptions on the Titans was Kendall Wright with only 64 receptions. The Titans lost Jared Cook to the Rams but they added TE Delanie Walker and drafted Justin Hunter from University of Tennessee to help Locker. Although I don’t believe that Locker will be booted if he doesn’t produce but the Titans will definitely be looking at other options.
Locker will have to keep away from injuries if he looks to keep his job.
2. Josh Freeman has had an up and down career and just like Sam Bradford and has to prove that he is the franchise quarterback the Bucs have been looking for. He was drafted 17th overall in the 2009 NFL Draft. Freeman is entering his 5th year and led the Bucs to a 6-10 record in 2012. In his first year, he only played 10 games and went 158-290 passing for 1855 yards, 10 TDs but 19 interceptions leading the Bucs to a 3-13 record. In 2010, the Bucs had their best season in years winning 10 games under Freeman. He went 291-471 for 3451 yards and 25 touchdowns and only 6 picks and was named a Pro Bowl alternate.The 2011 season became a down year for Freeman who played 15 of 16 games. He threw 346-551 for 3592 yards, 16 touchdowns and 22 interceptions while the Bucs went 4-12 after starting 4-2. Enter the 2012 season and new coach Greg Schiano and Freeman had another up year throwing 558 passes and completing 306 of them for 4065 yards 27 touchdown and 17 interceptions. Head Coach Greg Schiano wasn’t the coach who drafted Freeman so he wouldn’t mind putting him on the bench or trading him in favor of rookie quarterback Mike Glennon whom he did draft. Freeman has a lot of pressure on him and I think he can pull it off. Or not.
Josh Freeman (above) looks to defend his quarterback job from rookie Mike Glennon (below)
1. Sam Bradford
Coming off a 7-8-1 season in 2012 and drafting West Virginia wide receiver Tavon Austin, the Rams expect a above .500 record next year or at least better stats from the 1st overall pick in the 2010 draft, Sam Bradford. In his rookie year, he completed 354 of 590 (60%) for 3510 yards, 18 touchdowns and 15 interceptions leading the Rams to a 7-9 record who went 1-15 in 2009. He missed 6 games in his sophomore year, completing 191 of 357 (53.5) for 2164 yards 6 touchdowns and 6 interceptions watching the Rams fall to 2-14. The Rams however still had faith in the quarterback and traded the no 2 pick overall in 2012 instead of drafting a quarterback from the quarterback rich class. The Rams had a comeback season in 2012 going 7-9-1. Bradford completed 328 of 551 passes and a career high 3702 yards 21 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. Entering his 4th year in the NFL, Bradford has a lot of pressure to excel or else his career could be in jeopardy.
As I posted a blog on the 4th of July about the 5 AFC Offenses that should improve, I decided to post another blog but on a different topic. I decided to type about the 2 AFC offenses that should decline for various reasons like personnel loses or injuries. Now because I did a post about the 5 AFC offenses that should improve, I decided to do only 2 AFC offenses on this post. The following 2 AFC offenses are not in any particular order: Read More…
Now that the NFL season is about to start in a month or two, I decided to have a blog about the 5 NFL offenses that should improve and 5 NFL offenses that should downgrade. Read More…