Before every NFL season, experts have their predictions about what will happen during the season and how the season will end in the Super Bowl.
The following five predictions are five scenarios and predictions that all NFL fans can expect during the season.
1. Rex Ryan will be the first coach fired this upcoming season:
In 2009, Rex Ryan was a big breath of fresh air in NFL Coaching circles, even if most saw him as brash, cocky, and overconfident. Ryan’s Jets backed up his bravado and brash personality, and as a result the Jets appeared in back-to-back AFC Title games. However, an 8-8 campaign followed by the Tim Tebow debacle and a 6-10 finish has put Ryan on the red-hot flames of the NFL’s coaching hot seat. After losing his starting quarterback during a meaningless preseason game, and with rookie Geno Smith showing inconsistency at best, Rex will be the sacrificial lamb if the Jets start slow, and it’s likely they will.
2. Andre Reed and Tim Brown will be elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
With Cris Carter being elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2013, this helped reduce the logjam at wide receiver, clearing the way for Tim Brown and Andre Reed to be elected to the Hall at the end of the season. Even though Marvin Harrison is on the ballot for the first time and has the numbers, he doesn’t have the wait time that Reed and Brown have and with his legal problems at the tail end of his career the voters will probably make him wait for election. Reed and Brown have waited long enough; in fact, given where they helped take their respective franchises, the case can be made that Carter should be the one waiting for election — not Reed and Brown. This shapes up as perhaps the best opportunity for these two greats to get in and they will this time.
3. Andy Reid will lead the Kansas City Chiefs to a winning record
In 2012, the Kansas City Chiefs were a talented team and had respect for their head coach, Romeo Crennel. In fact, in NFL circles, Crennel is highly respected but it didn’t translate to wins. Crennel was fired after the season as was GM Scott Pioli, effectively ending the “New England Patriots West” experiment.
After their dismissals, Andy Reid was hired as coach and John Dorsey was brought in from Green Bay. Their first move was to solidify the quarterback position by acquiring Alex Smith and drafting Eric Fisher to protect Smith’s blindside and help open holes for AFC rushing champion Jamaal Charles. With a talented offense led by Charles, Smith, and Dwayne Bowe; a defense with potential led by Eric Berry and Derrick Johnson; and the steadying hand of Andy Reid, the Chiefs will be several games better than they were in 2012 and finish with a winning record.
4. Sean Payton will lead New Orleans to a division title and a playoff win
After the New Orleans imploded during the 2012 NFL season, the value of a head coach who has the pulse of his team cannot be understated. Sean Payton has returned and during the preseason the Saints have looked sharper and ready to go into the season more prepared than they were in 2012. Of course it does help to have the steady play of Drew Brees at quarterback but with Tampa Bay and Carolina still building and Atlanta primed for a fall after their latest postseason disappointment the division is New Orleans’ to lose. Once in the playoffs, anything can happen and the Saints should be able to win at least one game in the postseason.
5. San Francisco will win the Super Bowl
Not only have the 49ers looked good in the postseason, but they also have the strongest roster going into the regular season in the NFC. They have acquired Anquan Boldin to bolster an offense that is led by Vernon Davis and Frank Gore, and, in addition, they stole Jonathan Baldwin from the Chiefs. Colin Kaepernick is still developing and will only get better. They moved up in the draft to acquire Eric Reid to bolster the secondary. Most importantly, the 49ers are still led by Jim Harbaugh and he is supported by Jed York, who has shown that he is committed to returning the 49ers to glory. They came up short last year; this year they will be dancing off the field in victory at the Super Bowl.