The field for Super Bowl LVI is set and, as fate would have it, the Dallas Cowboys will face the two teams that will participate in it during the 2022 season. They will host the Cincinnati Bengals and visit the Los Angeles Rams.
Dallas will face the two conference champions as the defending division winner. They are the only team in the NFC East that will see these two in 2022, sometimes the schedule works fun like that.
Speaking of the division every week, Brandon Gowton of bleeding green nation and I get together to discuss it on the NFC East Mixtape. This is a unique podcast because it is available on all four podcast networks of SB Nation sites dedicated to divisional teams. Be sure to subscribe to blog boys podcast network so you don’t miss anything from our show. Apple devices can subscribe here and Spotify users can subscribe here.
This week’s edition of the Mixtape focused on the New York Giants more than anything, given that they have a new general manager in Joe Schoen and a head coach in Brian Daboll. We have had Big Blue Sights Ed Valentine on the show to break them down in detail for us. This episode was recorded before the news involving former Miami Dolphins head coach Brian Flores.
While we’ve covered the Giants a ton, it’s also time for us to take a look around the division, especially since there’s something else new in it. We have a new team! Literally!
Of the three non-Cowboys teams, the Eagles have the least action going right now. TTT…TTT.
While the Eagles don’t have anything new right now, they’re going to have a ton of new stuff in a few months given all their draft capital. Many wonder whether or not they should spend that on a quarterback somehow, but Jalen Hurts played moderately well last season.
How the Eagles handle Hurts is going to massively shape who they are and given that he’s shown positive signs, but also negative signs, it puts them in a tough spot. Do they allow themselves to believe in the promise of what it could be? Or accept what it could be?
From our friends from bleeding green nation:
The uncomfortable reality is that Hurts is probably a lot closer to his ceiling than many care to admit. You might very well disagree, pointing out that he’s only 23 and has just completed his first full season as a starter. Hurts’ coaching ability and work ethic are certainly factors in his favor. But what’s the precedent for a player like Hurts becoming a special starter? At the risk of sounding simplistic, he is not very good at the main aspect of his position: throwing the ball. The Eagles threw the ball less than any team in the league (50.13%). Movie shredder Greg Cosell has regularly said he’s “not a natural passer.“While not an apples-to-apples comparison, it reminds me of how people used to downplay Ben Simmons’ shortcomings as a shooter. My argument has always been that he was a basketball player and therefore should be able to achieve the main objective of the sport. It was a breakup that a number of Simmons stans were hesitant to admit because they said he was young and could improve. Alas, this was not the case, and the Sixers are now in very bad shape with him. Again, though, it’s not a perfect comparison, and mostly because Hurts isn’t a total loose loser which makes it wants get better. But his efforts probably can’t go that far.
Hurts is entering his third season in the NFL, so it’s not like Philadelphia is at an impasse with him. The smart thing would be for them to realize that 2022 is still part of their rebuilding process, not to mortgage the future in the name of another top quarterback (especially given that this year’s class is average in that regard), and building a strong enough base while developing weapons like DeVonta Smith so that whenever they’re ready, they can pounce.
Hope they don’t do that!
The most notable thing about Washington is that they are no longer the football team. Say hello to the commanders of Washington!
I like to go for walks… but sometimes things go TOO far. I want an answer for what happened here.
After two years, did they have a nightmare about the homework suddenly due to them? pic.twitter.com/v9ee9zNjvB
— Dave Dameshek (@Dameshek) February 2, 2022
We haven’t discussed the name being official on the Mixtape due to the time we’re taping the show, but next week we’re looking to have someone from haven of pigs fully diving in considering it’s horrible and possibly the worst decision the organization could have made.
How could Washington have thought that was a good idea? It’s boring and incredibly unoriginal.
They had two years to get it right and still failed miserably. This isn’t an overreaction to aesthetic design, by the way. Look at the sort of crest they have that has the championship years down… THEY ARE INCORRECT.
Literally, Washington is accurate, but they track the year in which their titles were won, unlike how championship teams are often referred to. We all know that the 1991 Washington team won the Super Bowl despite the game itself being played in early 1992. Calling it 1992 is embarrassing and something nobody does when it gets is all about the history of the game. For what it’s worth, the team even lists the appropriate years on their website AND ON THEIR SUPER BOWL RINGS!
The Washington team’s website lists 1982, 1987, and 1991 as the years their franchise won the Super Bowl.
Their Super Bowl rings literally have those years on them.
Why would their new logo – which they took *two years* to create – have 1983, 1988 and 1992 then? ! pic.twitter.com/CK9kFemaOQ
— RJ Ochoa (@rjochoa) February 2, 2022
How did it happen? How? ‘Or’ What?!
New York Giants
This week the Giants introduced Brian Daboll as their new head coach and it’s hard to deny they made a solid hire. Daboll has had a lot of success lately as the Buffalo Bills’ offensive coordinator and although quarterback Josh Allen is largely responsible for that, Daboll has helped Allen become the player many thought he never had. no chance of being.
New York actually started building their brand new brains the right way (something we covered on last week’s Mixtape) as they refused to promote from within and instead hired an outsider in Joe Schoen to be their general manager. Objective eyes are best when your franchise is in turmoil and that’s where the Giants are.
Ultimately, even if the culture of the Giants needs to be reset, the most important thing for any football team is to win. The easiest path for the G-Men to start accumulating is for Daboll to get Daniel Jones back on track, which he’s prepared for.
From our friends from Big Blue View:
Much of the success or failure – at least – of Daboll’s first year as Giants head coach will hinge on what he can squeeze out of fourth-year quarterback Daniel Jones. . Co-owner John Mara made it clear last week that the Giants “did everything they could to screw this kid up.”
It’s Daboll’s job to fix that and find out once and for all if the Giants can move forward with Jones as a long-term quarterback.
“We will take it day by day. We are not going to make predictions. I wouldn’t do that to Daniel or any player. I don’t think it’s fair to compare him to another guy I worked with.
“He is himself. We’re going to find out what he does well, we’re going to try to put in place a system that suits him, then it’s up to us to provide elements that help him be the best version of himself and the best quarterback for us.”
Daboll said when he arrived at the Giants facility on Saturday, one of the players who greeted him was Jones.
“I came here on Saturday after I was offered the job. I went through the snow storm. There weren’t many people in the building, but one of them was Daniel Jones. It’s a good thing for a young player. I know he’s excited,” Daboll said.
“There’s a lot to love about Daniel. We’ll just take it one day at a time, we’ll work with it, we’ll help it get better.
Daboll said Jones was tasked with identifying concepts he likes, even if he has to go back to his days at Duke. Daboll called them “fundamental pieces” that the Giants could begin to structure an offense with.
“It takes a lot to raise a quarterback, if you will. He’s been around the neighborhood for the past three years with different pieces. We will try to bring him some stability and go from there.
We’ll learn early on just how much confidence the Giants brass have in Daboll’s vision for Jones, as the organization must decide this offseason whether or not to pick up the quarterback’s fifth-year option for 2023 (a reminder that they picked Saquon Barkley for 2022 last year). It’s not the most important of the commitments they will have to make, but choosing the option binds them to Jones for another year and theoretically partly delays any player who comes after him.
The Giants are tied with the New York Jets for the most losses by an NFL team since 2017 (unbelievable that they share a stadium). They may not be good right away, but they seem on the way to no longer being a total disaster.