This is the time football fans everywhere have been anticipating for months. Football talk is back and each fan is looking forward to watching their respective teams hopefully make a super bowl run. Last year’s champions, the Baltimore Ravens have completely overhauled their roster as they look to repeat as champions of the football world. As the draft approaches, teams that did not fair well last season will try to improve their stock. In the NFC east, there will most likely be a dog fight until the bitter end. The Redskins, coming off of a 10 win season and playoff berth, are dealing with a few question marks. Star quarterback Robert Griffin III is recovering from a serious knee injury and his status for the upcoming season is uncertain at this time. The defense has also been decimated by injuries and will need to rebuild. The Dallas Cowboys are coming off of a disappointing year in which they did not make the playoffs. However, they rewarded quarterback Tony Romo with a lucrative six year contract and will be looking for a quick return on their investment. The Philadelphia Eagles endured a mediocre season last year and will be looking to improve under new head coach Chip Kelly. The New York Football Giants are coming off of a year in which they didn’t make the playoffs and are looking to improve behind the play of star quarterback Eli Manning. The losers of last year’s super bowl, the San Francisco 49ers, are looking to get back to the top of the mountain but they will have some competition within the division, the Seattle Seahawks. In 2012, both teams ranked in the top five in rushing offense (Seattle was third, San Francisco fourth) and total defense (the 49ers were third, the Seahawks fourth) while relying heavily on young, talented quarterbacks (the 49ers’ Colin Kaepernick and the Seahawks’ Wilson). “I like their style,” Carroll said. “They’re coached well and they play like it. They run the ball well. They play good defense. They have a strong kicking game. We have a similar approach to doing things and I think it’s a great way to play football. People have changed around the league because a lot of people like throw it, but [being physical] still works for us.” This will most definitely be an interesting matchup to watch. Another team to watch will be the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Their offseason has been highlighted by the acquisition of elite corner back Derrelle Revis. The Bucs are looking to catapult themselves to the top of the NFC behind the play of Revis and blossoming quarterback Joshua Freemen. Fasten your seatbelts football fans, your time is almost here and the season is sure to be a good one.
By Jordan Jones