Yesterday I wrote an article on why the NFL is losing popularity. I decided to provide 5 reasons why now is a great time to actually be watching the NFL. The reasons are:
1). We Actually Have Quarterbacks of the Future!
Unlike past years, this year we are actually seeing some new quarterback talent that may actually turn into elite quarterback status one day. Derek Carr. Marcus Mariota. Dak Prescott. Carson Wentz. Now there is no guarantee these quarterbacks will end up being elite, but they are at least giving us more hope than recent quarterbacks we have seen. When they play, you can see them growing into something outstanding. On top of those four I just mentioned, there are still others that might end up great. Jimmy Garoppolo, Jameis Winston, Trevor Siemian, Brock Osweiler, and Cody Kessler. The last two names might be shocking to see, but they do have potential. We all need to stop being so judgmental in a quarterback’s first season as a starter. These players may not have been as explosive this year as some others, but there IS promise. This is a great time to watch and get to know the future faces of the league.
P.S. Sorry Jared Goff. Maybe next year we get to actually see why you went number one in the draft.
2). Explosive Offensives
There are three types of fans: those who love offenses, those who love defenses, and those who love both. To please two out of the three, we have some very high scoring offenses this year and that can be fun to watch. Even if the team ends up losing since their defense is below average, fans love shootouts. The New Orleans Saints, Oakland Raiders, and San Diego Chargers know how to make games exciting and that makes fans want to watch.
3). Dominate Defenses
Yes this is the exact opposite of number 2, but I like said earlier, some fans love great defenses and we have that this year, too. The Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos have outstanding defenses. Even with struggling offenses this year, their defenses can make sure they stay in the game. Their defenses let the age old debate about if offense or defense win championships stay around. The last few years, defense does win the championship.
4). The Return of the Run Game
The passing game has been so focused on the last few years, but the run game is finally coming back. Now I am a bigger fan of the passing game, but a good run game is needed if you want a balanced offense. Ezekiel Elliott and Jay Ajayi are some of the new run faces in the game and could be superstars. As they get more and more popular, more and more teams will try to build their run game. This will be great for the game.
5). The Dallas Cowboys are Good Again
Let’s be honest. I don’t like the Cowboys. I don’t like Jerry Jones. I don’t like Tony Romo. HOWEVER, the Cowboys are America’s team and them winning is bringing new life back to the game. People either root for or against the Cowboys so them being relevant again brings back the love/hate relationship again and gets people talking. This is good for the NFL.
Overall, while the NFL has some problems, people should not abandon ship. There is a lot to be hopeful about and you don’t want to miss out.