After a couple of initial seasons of transition and adjustment to our new league and its format, this season, the third in the history of The NFL Experience, hopefully marks the beginning of the “modern era” of our league – one that ushered in a permanent salary cap system, luxury tax code and, if it works properly, what should be a level of stability we haven’t had through the first two years of the league’s existence.
It also marked the crowning of a new champion for the first time, as RG3 for President cruised through a pair of playoff victories over Kobra Kai and Murrells Inlet Maya to claim its first championship, and dethrone Bizarro Al Davis – the two-time defending champions and the league’s highest-scoring team for a third-straight season by a wide-margin – which was upset by division rival That’s My-Danek! in the first round of the playoffs.
RG3 was led by the amazing J.J. Watt, who not only should be named the NFL’s Most Valuable Player this season, but is the runaway winner for the award in The NFL Experience, as well. Watt was an absurd 50 points better than any defensive player, and an even more absurd 80 points better than the second-best defensive lineman – averaging out to five points per week better than anyone at his position over the course of the season, and that doesn’t even count his touchdown production as a part-time tight end for the Texans.
At the other end of the standings, Carnivorous Pigs succeeded in their goal to be abominable this season, finishing with the second-lowest scoring total in league history and the league’s worst record, which will put them in position to have the top pick in the 2015 Rookie and Reserve Drafts, with Ground ‘N’ Pound finishing 3-10 to claim the second pick. A full list of draft orders will be available later today, as will a complete listing of the monetary issues outstanding from the end of the season, including winnings and luxury taxes owed.
Thanks to all for a fun season, and what will hopefully be the first of many to come. I’ll be sending out more notes in the coming days about our offseason schedule. However, there won’t be anything happening until March, so enjoy the next few weeks of the playoffs, and we’ll reconvene then to get into draft preparation and free agency.