Sam Darnold - Future is Now Podcast

This week on the Future is Now podcast, George Templeton starts a series of breakdowns of each division’s offseason work and looks at their draft situation. Who might each team target? This week’s series begins with the AFC East. PFN’s own Chris Spooner (@SpoonfulOfSport) joins us to discuss the AFC East.

For years, the AFC East has been dominated by the New England Patriots. With six rings since the start of the century, Tom Brady and Bill Belichick have dominated the division. As a coach alone, Belichick has won eight Super Bowl rings. This includes six as the head coach of the New England Patriots and two as the defensive coordinator the New York Giants. Brady, on the other hand, will go down (in most people’s eyes) as the greatest quarterback of all-time with six also to his name. Their dominance is not questioned and they will dominate for years to come until they both eventually ride off into the sunset.

What does this mean for the rest of the AFC East?

The last team to win the division was the Miami Dolphins in 2008. This was the year that Brady tore his ACL and was out for the season. The Dolphins are not set up to compete this year with their fans looking forward to a #TankForTua season in 2019. Does this mean the Dolphins won’t draft a QB in the upcoming draft? Most say no. With the possibility of Dave Gettleman and the Giants looking towards 2020, this puts the Dolphins in perfect position to draft Ohio State QB Dwayne Haskins. However, some argue that the Dolphins will instead go defense.

On the other hand, the New York Jets and Buffalo Bills seem to be contenders in the upcoming years. With their QB positions set, the Jets and Bills seem to be ready to build around Josh Allen and Sam Darnold to contest for the thrown.

Questions to think about during the show

Will the Jets and Bills ascend during this upcoming season? Or, will their quarterbacks fall as many others have?

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