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2016 Playbook Football 10 Questions Interviews
1. Which NFL teams do you see being 'Play On' worthy this season?
The Chicago Bears and the Dallas Cowboys in the NFC. Both coaches are taking heat for dismal seasons last year despite the fact their teams were ravaged with injuries. Chicago’s John Fox has proven outstanding in his second-year with teams, while Jason Garrett has the luxury of a healthy Tony Romo and two new quality backs. In the AFC it would be Oakland Raiders and the San Diego Chargers. Like Fox, Jack Del Rio has been very successful in his second-year as an NFL coach while QB Derek Carr, WR Amari Cooper and LB Khalil Mack are special talents. Chargers QB Phillip Rivers should benefit tremendously working again with OC Ken Whisenhunt and San Diego will be out for blood after suffering though an injury-laden campaign and going 0-6 in division play last season.
2. Which NFL teams do you see being 'Play Against' worthy this season?
The Washington Redskins in the NFC, and the Denver Broncos in the AFC. The Hogs captured the NFC East, capitalizing in a year of upheaval when Tony Romo went down, Chip Kelly lost control of the ship and Eli Manning’s defense went south. Super Bowl champions are targeted and tend to struggle the following season, especially those who lost their first and second string quarterbacks and a handful of other players to free agency.
3. Which NFL teams do you see making it to the Super Bowl this season?
The Arizona Cardinals and the New England Patriots. Simply put the two best coaches in the league lead their teams to the Promised Land.
4. Which College Football teams do you see being 'Play On' worthy this season?
The Nebraska Cornhuskers and the Washington Huskies. Nebbish suffered an inordinate amount of close-call losses last season (four on the final play of the game) and returns an electric QB in Tommy Armstrong, capable of making amends. U-Dub led the nation in underclassmen starts last season and performed down the stretch like Rollie Fingers in the postseason.
5. Which College Football teams do you see being 'Play Against' worthy this season?
If will be very difficult for Bowling Green to match last year’s 10-3 SU and ATS record with head coach Dino Babers now at Syracuse. And likely the same for Georgia Southern to replicate 2015’s 8-4 SUATS mark with head coach Willie Fitz moving on to Tulane.
6. Which College Football teams do you see making it to the College Football Playoff Championship Game this season?
Florida State and LSU. Jimbo Fisher has lost only two regular season games the last three year and his Seminoles are loaded. Les Miles will show why retaining him, and having the best running back in the nation in his backfield, was the best move LSU could have made as both of these schools reap the rewards of recent powerful recruiting classes.
7. Which new head coach hire will prove to be the best in the NFL this season?
Hue Jackson, Cleveland Browns. While it may not show initially, his hire was exactly what this discombobulated franchise needed. The losses will still be there but the competitiveness will improve leaps and bounds.
8. Which new head coach hire will prove to be the best in College Football this season?
Mark Richt, Miami Florida. A bit of an obvious answer... but one for all the right reasons. Richt, a former Hurricane, has already won over the community and the admiration of his team. Having Brad Kaaya behind center, a quarterback that possesses the same qualities as his coach, makes UM a viable contender in the ACC.
9. Final closing thought on the 2016 NFL season.
Expect to see a reversal of fortune between some of the haves and the have-nots in 2016. Plenty of teams (read: Jacksonville, Miami, Tennessee, Tampa Bay) are building new faces while some of the mainstays (Kansas City, New Orleans, Pittsburgh) are growing long in the tooth.
10. Final closing thought on the 2016 College Football season.
Some way, some how, even with a dearth of returning starters, Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer will find a way to have his Buckeyes in the Big Ten title and College Football Playoffs chase.