Being wrong sucks, but admitting you were wrong is the sign
of growth. Here are the five things that
I was completely wrong about before the start of the season.
Chicago Bears are the
third best team in their own division.
When the Bears pulled off what could have been the steal of
the century acquiring Khalil Mack from the Raiders I knew it was going to be an
impactful move. But with an offense that
featured a second year QB that had not yet proven much on the NFL level and a
new head coach that was transitioning his style I wasn’t sold on them as NFC
I was very wrong.
Matt Nagy has taken Trubisky and the Bears offense to a new level in
2018 while utilizing his Swiss army knife RB Tarik Cohen and many ancillary pieces. This team is still built around their defense
but the surprise for most teams will be Nagy’s offense in the playoffs. Multiple targets that can step up at any time
will be a headache for opposing defensive coordinators.
Can’t believe I fell for Kirk Cousins.
Le’Veon Bell is going
to play in 2018.
I was one of those guys that drafted Bell in his fantasy
draft. I am also one of those guys that
refused to trade him despite great offers…actually turning down a trade of
Michael Thomas and Andrew Luck.
Bell stuck to his guns, as did the Steelers, sitting out the
entire season. James Conner and Jaylen
Samuels filled in admirably for Bell, but the Steelers are most likely not
making the playoffs and whether this was because of Bell or not I was still
very wrong about his playing status. I’m not mad at Bell but it really sucked
for my fantasy squad.
The Jaguars are a Superbowl
favorite in the AFC.
I bought into Jacksonville and Blake Bortles. Shame on
me. Injuries have been a problem for the
Jags, Leonard Fournette has a problem with staying healthy and without him this
team just has not been able to put together a kind of consistent run.
After defeating Patriots I thought that maybe I was right
about the potential of this team and maybe Blake Bortles is actually good, when
you are wrong, you are wrong.
I was wrong.
The Broncos may make the playoffs.
This was an in season change of opinion Phillip Lindsey came
out of nowhere to become an elite level RB in the league. Two upset victories
over the Chargers and the Steelers made me believe this team was going to make
a real run in their division. Then the
real Case Keenum stood up. The one-dimensional offense of the Broncos became
very obvious, Lindsey had to face stacked boxes with zero passing ability. Von Miller and Bradley Chubb are both great
players but a team with no real offense and terrible coaching never truly had a
chance to succeed.
Baker Mayfield was
the best Quarterback in the Draft.
Drafting Baker Mayfield #1 overall last season, seemed like
another blunder from the Cleveland front office. With standouts like Sam Darnold and Josh
Rosen presumably ranked ahead of Mayfield it made no sense to go after the controversial
Mayfield was held back by the clueless Hue
Jackson and when given the opportunity Mayfield immediately made his impact and
began to turn around the sorry franchise. Mayfield is the leading candidate to
win rookie of the year (in my opnion) and has proven me and all other doubters…cough
Colin Cowherd… completely wrong.
Mayfield is a star and will be for a long time.