Woodhead and Joe Flacco on the same team? Is it possible to win 10 games with the league’s leader in grit and an #elite quarterback? I guess we’ll find out.
There’s a new price point for right tackles this year, and it starts north of $9 million per season. Nobody else on the market is likely to get that kind of deal — a deal like the one Wagner got with the Lions. He was the best right tackle available. He’s an upgrade over departing Riley Reiff, especially as a pass blocker, and is a great bookend with second-year left tackle Taylor Decker.
Two years in a row now that the Ravens have scored a big free agent safety. Last year it was Eric Weddle. That move paid off, but inconsistent play from Lardarius Webb undercut the secondary. And with Matt Elam’s injuries and legal troubles, the Ravens had a major need here. This is the kind of safety tandem that can make a defense fearsome for opponents.
But in Virginia’s losses, the Hoos have played bad offense.
Their loss to Syracuse last year was their second-least efficient offensive game of the season, according to Pomeroy’s opponent-adjusted ratings. Their loss to Michigan State two seasons ago was their sixth-least efficient game out of 34. Their other loss to Michigan State was ninth-worst of 37.
This year’s will clock in right at the bottom. Virginia scored 0.64 points per possession against Florida. There are barely words for how preposterous that is.
I haven’t just stumbled on to some exciting discovery. (Team loses more games when it plays terrible offense: More at 11.) But this is key to understanding why UVA has failed.