Team Building 101 – Where Are They Now?

Team Building 101 – Where Are They Now?

 

This is a reflection three years into the M17 Cycle of MSFL. Where all 32 Franchises will be reflected upon and analyzed as we take a look at where they’ve been and where they are now.  15 Franchises took a step back, 13 Franchises took a step forward, and 4 just stayed the same. This isn’t about Wins, Records, or Championships, but instead on each franchise's ability to build a roster or destroy what was already in place.

 

Going to start off with the franchises that managed to go absolutely nowhere after 3 years of potential development, 2 drafts, and tons of opportunity to improve talent via trades, FA, practice squad. Listed in no particular order here are the winners of the Jeff Fisher Award. Congrats!

STAYED THE SAME (JEFF FISHER AWARD)

(0 PTS) WASHINGTON REDSKINS 79 OVR

(0 PTS) HOUSTON TEXANS 81 OVR

(O PTS) BUFFALO BILLS 81 OVR

(0 PTS) ARIZONA CARDINALS 84 OVR

 

Now we move onto the franchise cripplers, these are the ones who came into a certain situation but instead of improving managed to go backward and hurt their respected franchises in more way than one.  Almost half of the league (15 teams) took a step back but these four franchises were above and beyond to ruin what they had. Carolina came into the M17 cycle as the SB 50 runner-up and one of the most wanted teams with a talented young roster just missing a couple pieces and ready to make a big push. But just as the real life Carolina Panthers came off to a slow start and eventually imploded so did the MSFL version of the Panthers. They had the biggest drop from 87 ovr to where they now currently sit at 80 ovr. Titans (77 ovr) went into the franchise with multiple draft picks, young talent and tons of cap. No idea what happened but their mismanagement led to the 2nd biggest drop with -5 points. Ravens (79 ovr) and Chargers (77 ovr) close this list with each dropping -4 points. Both franchises started the league with each having a rookie in the top 10 but haven’t improved like they had hoped.

BIGGEST FALL

(-7 PTS) CAROLINA PANTHERS 80 OVR (WAS 87 OVR)

(-5 PTS) TENNESEE TITANS 77 OVR (WAS 82 OVR)

(-4 PTS) BALTIMORE RAVENS 79 OVR (WAS 83 OVR)

(-4 PTS) SAN DIEGO CHARGERS 77 OVR (WAS 81 OVR)

 

13 of the league’s franchises took steps in the right direction and made improvements as all GM’s hope to do. But these four franchises set the standard of what it takes to run a successful franchise and improve. Chicago Bears (82 ovr) and Indianapolis Colts (86 ovr) came into this year's Madden cycle as the 2nd worst, and 7th worst franchises, respectively. They managed to not only turn things around but raised the bar as the only franchises to improve by a whopping 8 total points overall wise in 3 years. Cleveland Browns made a 5-point improvement (78 ovr) after implementing a John Elway strategy of spending big to acquire marquee names via trades, and FA. Detroit Lions wraps up our list with a 4-point improvement (84 ovr) thanks to drafting a franchise QB early and building from there.

BIGGEST GAINS

(+8 PTS) CHICAGO BEARS 82 OVR (WAS 74 OVR)

(+8 PTS) INDIANAPOLLIS COLTS 86 OVR (WAS 78 OVR)

(+5 PTS) CLEVELAND BROWNS 78 OVR (WAS 73 OVR)

(+4 PTS) DETROIT LIONS 84 0VR (WAS 80 OVR)

 

A look at the top 5 franchises in order of Overall

TOP 5 FRANCHISES (OVR/ ROSTER WISE)

1.     PITTSBURGH STEELERS 87 OVR

2.     NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS 86 OVR

3.     INDIANPOLIS COLTS 86 OVR

4.     ARIZONA CARDINALS 84 OVR

5.     DETROIT LIONS 84 OVR

 

A look at the bottom 5 franchises in order of Overall

BOTTOM 5 FRANCHISES (OVR/ ROSTER WISE)

1.     SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS 77 OVR

2.     JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS 77 OVR

3.     TENNESSE TITANS 77 OVR

4.     SAN DIEGO CHARGERS 77 OVR

5.     NEW YORK GIANTS 77 OVR

 

Here is the total list of all 32 franchises listed in power ranking order back when everything began (9/9/16) and where they sit now.

  

BEFORE (09/09/2016) / Now (12/22/2016)

 

1.     CLE BEFORE (73 OVR) / NOW (78 OVR) (+5 PTS)

2.     CHI BEFORE (74 OVR) / NOW (82 OVR) (+8 PTS)

3.     SF BEFORE (75 OVR) / NOW (77 OVR) (+2 PTS)

4.     NYJ BEFORE (77 OVR) / NOW (80 OVR) (+3 PTS)

5.     MIA BEFORE (77 OVR) / NOW (78 OVR) (+1 PTS)

6.     LA BEFORE (78 OVR) / NOW (79 OVR) (+1 PTS)

7.     IND BEFORE (78 OVR) / NOW (86 OVR) (+8 PTS)

8.     JAX BEFORE (78 OVR) / NOW (77 OVR) (-1 PTS)

9.     TB BEFORE (79 OVR) / NOW (81 OVR) (+2 PTS)

10. WAS BEFORE (79 OVR) / NOW (79 OVR) (0 PTS)

11. NO BEFORE (80 OVR) / NOW (82 OVR) (+2 PTS)

12. DET BEFORE (80 OVR) / NOW (84 OVR) (+4 PTS)

13. NYG BEFORE (80 OVR) / NOW (77 OVR) (-3 PTS)

14. PHI BEFORE (80 OVR) / NOW (83 OVR) (+3 PTS)

15. HOU BEFORE (81 OVR) / NOW (81 OVR) (0 PTS)

16. BUF BEFORE (81 OVR) / NOW (81 OVR) (0 PTS)

17. SD BEFORE (81 OVR) / NOW (77 OVR) (-4 PTS)

18. ATL BEFORE (81 OVR) / NOW (80 OVR) (-1 PTS)

19. MIN BEFORE (81 OVR) / NOW (82 OVR) (+1 PTS)

20. DEN BEFORE (82 OVR) / NOW (81 OVR) (-1 PTS)

21. TEN BEFORE (82 OVR) / NOW (77 OVR) (-5 PTS)

22. BAL BEFORE (83 OVR) / NOW (79 OVR) (-4 PTS)

23. ARI BEFORE (84 OVR) / NOW (84 OVR) (0 PTS)

24. DAL BEFORE (84 OVR) / NOW (83 OVR) (-1 PTS)

25. OAK BEFORE (84 OVR) / NOW (82 OVR) (-2 PTS)

26. CIN BEFORE (84 OVR) / NOW (81 OVR) (-3 PTS)

27. SEA BEFORE (85 OVR) / NOW (83 OVR) (-2 PTS)

28. GB BEFORE (85 OVR) / NOW (83 OVR) (-2 PTS)

29. PITT BEFORE (85 OVR) / NOW (87 OVR) (+2 PTS)

30. KC BEFORE (85 OVR) / NOW (82 OVR) (-3 PTS)

31. CAR BEFORE (87 OVR) / NOW (80 OVR) (-7 PTS)

32. NE BEFORE (87 OVR) / NOW (86 OVR) (-1 PTS)