As you likely know, the 2021 schedule is revealed Wednesday Night... 5/12... 8p your time... 5p my time...
These are things I always look for as soon as I see the schedule. In no particular order....
1. Do we start at home, or on the road? Typically, you close your season with the opposite.
2. Marquee games? National Games? Are we on the big stage at all? Anything beyond the dreaded Thursday night games which most every team gets stuck with and hates!
Ugh. The worst.
3. Bye week? When does it happen? I prefer late October to Early November. Something close to the middle of the season. We got lucky once having the bye week in week 4.
That was Luck's rookie year. The early break allowed Chuck Pagano and his wife to see a doctor and caught his leukemia early enough to save him. Otherwise, I hate the early
bye week. I prefer weeks 7-10.
4. Hardest stretch of the schedule. Easiest part of the schedule. Knowing full well that what the schedule might seem like in May, might be totally different by the time that part of the season comes.
5. Potential bad weather games. So, this year, we play Buffalo, Baltimore, Dolphins and Jags on the road.
Games in September likely means hot and humid. Games in the northern cities in December likely means cold and even possible snow.
6. Anything out of the ordinary? Some years, one team gets screwed and has to play 3 consecutive games on the road. I think it has most recently happened to SF and Seattle,
and those teams already put on a lot of miles traveling from the West Coast.
Did I leave out anything? Is there something you look for and I didn't mention it? Let us know!
The 2021 season gets REAL Wednesday Night!
You've conflated two issues in this post, and moved the goal-line in the process.
Your headline says "Why does Ballard love 1-year deals"... and you list a large bunch of players who have received one-year deals.
But you've also lumped in with them, a bunch of players who are NOT one 1-year deals. They are on the last year of their rookie contract. Their 4-year rookie contract. That's entirely DIFFERENT. You listed, Hines, Wilkins, Smith, Turay, Lewis, Adams and Franklin. That's 7 players who are on the last year of their 4-year rookie contract. You even included Glowinski, who is on the last year of his 3-year deal that Ballard signed him to. 8 players. And they've all been lumped in with guys who got 1-year deals.
The reasons for all the 1-year deals are several. One, 1-year deals keep motivation high. Two, 1-year deals can be done with players at a young age because you have contractual leverage, like with Pascal and MAC and Odoms. Three, one year deals during this current strange Covid time is because the salary cap has gone down, no one is quite sure how much it will go up next year? So, better to do a one-year deal and then figure things out in a year or so when we all have a better idea on what the 22 cap will be and even the 23 cap. Four, things are going to get complicated, financially speaking, when we sign guys like Q, Darius and Braden to their Big Deals. Plus, by then we might be talking about extending Wentz. All that will be a big factor on our long-term approach to the team.