September is the most wonderful time of the year for football fans. Come Labor Day, hope springs eternal with a clean slate and goose eggs across the standings sheet.
Players are returning from injury, you’ve drafted a can’t miss stud, and your team has made key moves — THE moves —in free agency that will almost assure you that a Lombardi Trophy is coming your way in five short months.
And then October comes and the sad reality of mediocrity or flat-out on-field ineptitude sets in. You plan on keeping your Halloween mask just to wear to games, too ashamed to admit you’re still a fan.
So which teams will have fans weeping by All Hallow’s Eve this year? Here are the fives best bets.
Yes, there’s a new sheriff in town. Robert Griffin III is healthy and happy that Mike Shanahan is thousands of miles away sipping Mai Tais. He’s supposed to be the same — nay, BETTER — quarterback that led the Redskins to a division title two years ago. Right? Wrong.
Sure, it all sounds good but the odds of that actually happening are remote. Griffin is already being bombarded by critics for his reckless play during the preseason. His happy-go-lucky demeanor is fading away and his more closed-off persona has returned.
DeSean Jackson is great. Alfred Morris is phenomenal. But on the other side of the ball, your defense still leaves a lot to be desired.
Raider Nation should really just have Prozac on-demand.
Dennis Allen is going to need flame-retardant underpants for the hot seat he’ll be on.
Your quarterback… who is it? Matt Schaub or Derek Carr? Even if the former is under center Week One, there’s no guarantee that’ll last.
Then again, what’s to say you’ll still be in Oakland by season’s end?
You were supposed to be Super Bowl contenders and then last season happened.
But now you have a new coach, a new quarterback, and Jadeveon Clowney. Certainly you’re back on track, right?
Keep in mind your quarterback is Ryan Fitzpatrick. It’s going to take a whole lot of Fitz-magic to right this ship.
Another franchise on the rebound!
You’ve got a first-time NFL head coach that clearly wasn’t the team’s first choice and your offensive coordinator failed miserably at his last job. He butted heads with RGIII in Washington, so what makes you think Kyle Shanahan can adequately groom Johnny Manziel?
Here’s a bright spot. Your running game will be incredibly improved. That’ll take the pressure off Brian Hoyer and eventually Johnny Football.
Still, get used to the basement.
Come on. It’s Jacksonville.
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