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Best 2024 NFL offseason decisions by every NFC team

• Kirk Cousins ​​will spark Atlanta’s offense: Say what you will about the Michael Penix Jr. pick, but the Falcons did well to address their quarterback issues this offseason.

• Dan Quinn will usher in a new era at DC: The Commanders made the perfect head coaching hire in Quinn, who always seems to get the most out of his players.

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As we reflect on the NFL team building we’ve seen over the past few months, we identify the “best” move from each team in the NFL. We started with all 16 AFC teamsand now we dive into NFC.


JUMP TO A TEAM:

ARZ | ATL | CAR | CHI | VALLEY | THE | GB | LAR |
MY | NO | NEW | PHI | SF | SEA | TB | WSH


ARIZONA CARDINALS: DRAFTING MARVIN HARRISON JR.

Despite three quarterbacks coming off the board within the first three picks of the 2024 NFL Draft, the Cardinals likely had plenty of options to trade down from No. 4. But their best move this offseason was to stand and draft a player who could be a true focal point in their passing game.

Marvin Harrison Jr. earned elite receiving grades in back-to-back seasons as a true sophomore and junior at Ohio State, and he is one of the top receiver prospects of the past half decade.


ATLANTA FALCONS: SIGN KIRK COUSINS

The best move the Falcons made this offseason was really to address their quarterback position as aggressively as possible in free agency by signing the best quarterback on the market. The Falcons were a good team last year and with even average quarterback play could have been a playoff team. Kirk Cousins has them as the betting favorite to win the NFC South in 2024.

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CAROLINA PANTHERS: INVESTING IN THE OFFENSIVE LINE

The Panthers needed to do everything they could to improve their offense. After all, they need to know about Bryce Young is the guy. My favorite way they did it was by signing offensive linemen Robert Hunt and Damien Lewis in free agency. Carolina’s offensive line earned a 60.5 PFF grade in 2023, ranking just 27th in the league.


CHICAGO BEARS: DESIGNED BY CALEB WILLIAMS

Caleb Williams was the obvious play for the Bears at the top of the 2024 NFL Draft, but there were some analysts yearning for a strategy that included the team holding onto Justin Fields and trade the No. 1 overall pick again, likely for an even better return than the one they got the year before. Chicago’s best move was not to do that and draft Williams.


DALLAS COWBOYS: DESIGN COOPER BEEBE

The Cowboys didn’t seem to get any better this offseason. Their playoff loss was disappointing, and they did little to make outsiders believe that 2024 will be different. The team lost defensive coordinator Dan Quinn, offensive tackle Tyrone Smith and runs back Tony Pollard.

But I liked their draft and their selection of Cooper Beebe, one of the most experienced offensive linemen in the class. He could potentially start on the interior and help offset the loss of Tyrone Smith.


DETROIT LIONS: TRADE UP FOR TERRION ARNOLD

The Lions had one big team need this offseason before making another run at a Super Bowl in 2024: the secondary, specifically the cornerback position. Detroit got just a 56.4 coverage grade from its cornerbacks in 2023.

They traded for Carlton Davis III and made some nice depth signings, but I love that they stayed aggressive after all that and traded up for Terrion Arnold in the first round of the 2024 NFL Draft. Arnold is not just a win-now play. He can be a building block for the future.


GREEN BAY PACKERS: HIRES JEFF HAFLEY AS DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR

The addition of security Xavier McKinney was a consideration here, but Green Bay is switching things up at defensive coordinator with Jeff Hafley appearing to be their most important move.

The Packers will switch to a 4-3 base defense instead of the 3-4 they have run for the past decade. Hafley, a former defensive backs coach, likely needed a top-notch safety to make his plan work, and Green Bay got one in McKinney. The Packers did not post a team defensive rating above 62.5 during the Joe Barry era.

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LOS ANGELES RAMS: FOCUS ON THE TRENCHES

In 2023, the Rams switched to more of a man/gap blocking scheme in the run game. This led to them prioritizing more power on the interior, wrote about Kevin Dotsonsigning Jonah Jackson and moving Steve Avila to center. While head coach Sean McVay is known to many for his passing-game chops, his efficiency on the ground is what makes the Rams so difficult to stop.


MINNESOTA VIKINGS: SIGNS SAM DARNOLD

The Vikings made some big splashes by rewriting Justin Jefferson and drafting JJ McCarthy and Dallas Turnerbut Sam Darnold addition is what can have a big payout.

Darnold won’t be the franchise quarterback, but signing him for 2024 gives the Vikings the flexibility to not rush McCarthy into action while the team remains competitive. For the flexibility and patience he allows Minnesota to have with McCarthy, Darnold was worth $10 million this year.


NEW ORLEANS SAINTS: HIRING OF KLINT KUBIAK AS OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR

The Saints’ offense needed a change, and Klint Kubiak is a solid coordinator to bring in to try and make the most of Derek Carr for the 2024 season.

Carr was his same self in 2023, with lots of good but unfortunately lots of disappointments and mistakes. Kubiak was the 49ers’ passing game coordinator last season and helped orchestrate one of the most efficient offenses in the league. Efficiency feels like what the sacred needs most.


NEW YORK GIANTS: TO EMPHASIZE THE OFFENSIVE LINE

This is more of a “best strategy”. While the Giants didn’t add a huge name in free agency along their offensive line, they did bring in Jermaine Eluemunor, Jon Runyan, Aaron Stinney and Austin Schlottmann. The sum of those four signals new life and some needed flexibility to improve the unit from 2023 after the Giants fielded the lowest-rated offensive line in the league (47.2).


PHILADELPHIA EAGLES: EMPLOYMENT OF COORDINATORS BY DO HERE

The Eagles faltered significantly in their final games of the 2023 season. After starting 10-1, they dropped six of their last seven outings, including a wild-card playoff game against the Buccaneers.

Both coordinators, Brian Johnson and Sean Desai, are out, and the Eagles could replace them with proven commodities Kellen Moore and Vic Fangio. Philadelphia still has a top roster, and the hope is that these coaching changes will bring out the best in the players again.


SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS: DESIGNED BY RICKY PEARSALL

Perhaps some felt the drafting of wide receiver Ricky Pearsall was excessive for the 49ers’ receiver room or done in a way that may have alienated Brandon Aiyukbut the move was brilliant.

At that point in the draft, wide receiver was the best talent value. By drafting Pearsall, San Francisco gave itself a backup if Aiyuk ended up being traded. And if Aiyuk was back in the fold, they would have an even deeper and more talented offense. Pearsall can play all three receiver spots with skill, speed and toughness.

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SEATTLE SEAHAWKS: NUMBER MIKE MACDONALD

Mike Macdonald put on a defensive masterclass in Baltimore the past two seasons after a successful stint with Jim Harbaugh as Michigan’s defensive coordinator in 2021. He helped get the most out of players who Kyle Hamilton, Justin Madubuike, Jadeveon Clowney and Roquan Smith.

Pete Carroll no longer being Seattle’s head coach is shocking, but Macdonald’s hiring is a big win for the team.


TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS: RE-SIGNS BAKER MAYFIELD

Mayfield ran hot and cold in the first half of his first year with the Buccaneers. But as of Week 14, including the playoffs, he had a pass grade of 79.1 with 16 big throws and just nine turnover-worthy plays. The best scenario for both parties was to always agree on a new agreement. Mayfield being back under center means the Buccaneers have a realistic chance to win the division again.


WASHINGTON COMPANDERS: EMPLOYMENT OF DAN QUINN

The Cowboys losing Dan Quinn is part of why I didn’t like their offseason. On the other hand, I love that Washington is giving Quinn another chance at a head coaching gig. Quinn had great success in Atlanta, although it wasn’t always in the win-loss column.

Quinn is one of the top culture coaches in the league. He always seems to get the most out of his talent, and the players seem to ride for him. That’s the kind of coach the Commanders needed to usher in their new era.

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