PFR Originals: 6/9/19 – 6/16/19

The original content and analysis produced by the PFR staff during the past week:

  • PFR’s “This Date in Transactions History” series saw four more chapters added.
    • Zach Links discussed the Dolphins’ 2012 move to bring in Chad Johnson, who was then coming off a season with the 2011 AFC champion Patriots. Unfortunately, a legal issue ended what turned out to be a poor fit, and that year’s Hard Knocks captured the team cutting the cord on the former Pro Bowler.
    • Ten years ago this week, the Falcons concluded the Michael Vick era. Zach recalled the Falcons’ plan trade Vick following his two-year prison term. But no team wanted to take on Vick’s massive contract, and the Falcons ended up cutting him.
    • The first of the Peyton Manning-led Broncos’ Super Bowl teams made a change at running back late in the 2013 offseason, and Zach discussed the team’s jettisoning of Willis McGahee after two years in Denver. Knowshon Moreno went on to have a strong season for the AFC champions, while McGahee ended up in Cleveland for what turned out to be his final season.
    • I discussed another two-plus-year Bronco, revisiting the Josh McDaniels-led team’s decision to bring in Brandon Lloyd in 2009. Lloyd ended up producing a surprisingly strong 2010 season, leading the league in receiving yards while also helping the Broncos assemble part of their Super Bowl rosters.
  • This draft produced some unconventional quarterback choices near the top, and Zach asked the PFR community which of this year’s top-10 picks has the biggest bust potential. Unsurprisingly, the two quarterbacks selected — Kyler Murray and Daniel Jones — lead the way so far.
  • A fourth of the league’s teams replaced their coach in 2019, and Dallas Robinson asked which new leader was in position to oversee the best season. Despite Freddie Kitchens‘ inexperience, PFR readers believe the new Browns HC will finish well. The Packers’ Matt LaFleur garnered strong support as well.
  • With the Texans’ GM search hitting a wall, potentially creating another Patriots rival after the Nick Caserio saga, Rory Parks asked the PFR readership whom they believe the team will end up hiring. Interestingly, many readers believe the Texans will not end up replacing Brian Gaine this year.
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