Looking Around at the (bad) NFC East

Looking Around at the (bad) NFC East

It’s the offseason and it’s about that time where teams start feeling good about where they’re headed going into a brand new season. This player looks great. A bad defense from a year ago looks improved. Average players are hyped to be killing it in camp. Blah blah blah.

I wanted to take a look at the NFC East and how the Cowboys, Giants and Redskins are looking heading into the 2016 season and beyond. Below are random facts/stats with no particular motive other than to highlight things that are bad, and not good regarding each team in the NFC East.

First up, “America’s Team.”


  • Tony Romo enters the 2016 season 36 years old.
  • Tony Romo is Recovering from back surgery and a fractured collarbone in 2015.
  • Tony Romo is set to make $20.8 million in 2016, which is the 8th highest of all QB’s in the NFL.
  • Tony Romo has a 2-4 record in the playoffs.
  • In the 4 games Tony Romo did play in 2015, he threw 5 TD’s 7 INT’s and just 884 yards.
  • Demarcus Lawrence led the Cowboys in sacks in 2015 with 8. Lawrence is suspended the first 4 games for violating the league’s drug policy.
  • Randy Gregory, a 2015 2nd round pick is also suspended the first 4 games of 2016 for violating the NFL’s drug policy.
  • Greg Hardy was 2nd on the Cowboys in sacks in 2015, he is a free agent.
  • Two possible starting options are rookie DE Charles Tapper, who had 13.5 career sacks at Oklahoma and 2nd year DE Ryan Russell, who has 0 career sacks.
  • Brandon Carr has a cap hit of $10.2 million in 2016, that’s the 9th highest mark of all NFL CB’s.
  • PFF ranked Carr 55th out of 114 qualified CB’s in 2015.
  • The Cowboys entire defense in 2015 had 71 total QB pressures. Fletcher Cox alone had 77 in 2015.
  • The Cowboys selected RB Ezekiel Elliott in the draft over DB Jalen Ramsey, who some see as a once-in-a-generation-type-player.
  • The Cowboys’ have a record of 128-128 since the year 2000.



  • Eli Manning has a cap hit of $24.2 million. That’s the 2nd highest cap hit of all QB’s.
  • Eli Manning is 35 years old and will be 38 by the time his contract expires.
  • The Giants signed DE Olivier Vernon to a 5-year $85 million dollar contract in free agency.
  • In 2015, Vinny Curry in 426 snaps had 34 QB pressures. Olivier Vernon had 41 QB pressures in 943 snaps.
  • Olivier Vernon got $52.5 million IN GUARANTEED MONEY. Vinny Curry signed a 5-year $47 million deal this offseason. (LOL)
  • Ereck Flowers, who the Giants selected 9th overall in 2015, allowed the most QB hurries of all OT’s in the NFL last season.
  • Only 2 QB’s were hit more than Eli manning last season.
  • Pro Football Focus has been running since 2007, Ereck Flowers in 2015 was the lowest graded tackle they’ve ever graded in pass protection.
  • PFF graded out 88 safeties in pass coverage in 2015, Landon Collins, the Giants’ 2nd round selection in 2015, ranked dead last. 88/88.
  • Since 2008, the Giants have faced the Eagles 17 times. The Giants have went 4-13 in those meetings.



  • The Washington Redskins are paying CB Chris Culliver $9.25 million dollars in 2016.
  • Chris Culliver is currently a free agent.
  • The Redskins signed Josh Norman to a 5-year, $75 million dollar contract in free agency. Norman will be 32 by the time his contract expires.
  • Redskins’ 2016 first round pick Josh Doctson is 7 months older than Eagles’ 2015 1st round pick WR Nelson Agholor.
  • Josh Norman’s cap hit in 2017 is $20 million. That would rank 9th highest among QB cap hits in 2017.
  • Kirk Cousins is being paid $19.9 million in 2016. That’s the 9th highest among all NFL QB’s.
  • Kirk Cousins has never beat a team with a record above .500.
  • Kirk Cousins and the Redskins will face 6 teams that reached the postseason in 2015.
  • The Redskins won the NFC East in 2015. No NFC East division winner has repeated since 2004 when the Eagles did it.
  • The Redskins have won the NFC East 4 times since 1991. They’ve never won more than 9 games after winning the division.


Fact is, the NFC East is a crapshoot every year. The Eagles do have a lot of their own questions, but simply put, any one of these four teams have a chance at the division crown. If you enjoyed this article, please feel free to comment and leave feedback, it’s greatly appreciated!

Fly Eagles Fly.

2 thoughts on “Looking Around at the (bad) NFC East

  1. “He sat out Washington’s game in Week 2 of last season because the NFL suspended him for violating the league’s personal conduct policy, a penalty that voided Culliver’s guaranteed salary of $8 million for 2016.”


    Designated as a June 1st cut and the voiding of guaranteed money, Chris Culliver counts as 1.25 million dead money this year because of the signing bonus. That means they have less money in the cap for the bonus they already paid and are paying him zero dollars this year.

    Just so you know.

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