2023 NFL Season: Buying or selling offseason buzz for teams
Denver Broncos: Buy
The biggest change of the offseason this year was the Denver Broncos going from Nathaniel Hackett to Sean Payton at head coach. Sean Payton is one of the most successful head coaches in the history of the NFL with a Hall of Fame resume.
He’s never won less than seven games during his HC career, averages 11 wins over ae 17-game season, has a winning playoff record and a Super Bowl title under his belt. His success on offense is also very obviously.
Not only that, the Broncos will see the return of Garett Bolles, Javonte Williams, and Tim Patrick from their season-ending injuries, and additions along the offensive line have turned that unit into one of the best on paper in the NFL.
How can you not buy the Broncos? I get if you’re skeptical of Russell Wilson, but if you look at what Payton did with Drew Brees towards the end of his career, you might have a change of tune.
Chicago Bears: Buy
I am buying the Chicago Bears for the 2023 NFL season, but it’s in lowercase if that makes sense. QB Justin Fields took strides as a passer and runner in 2022, but he’s still not yet proven to be a franchise QB, and year three is probably his last chance.
Additions along the offensive line of Nate Davis and Darnell Wright should greatly help Fields’ development, and the addition of DJ Moore gives the Bears a very good trio of wide receivers that also includes Darnell Mooney and Chase Claypool.
The defense saw some improvement in free agency as well. However, this was one of the three worst teams in the NFL last year, so I think if you’re hoping the Bears make the playoffs this year, you might be disappointed, but if you see a clear improvement in the win column, perhaps finishing with seven-ish wins, I could buy into that.