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.
NEW YORK GIANTS:
- 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.