What Went Right in 2018
– Omaha improved on its 7-9 expansion record to win the Midwest Division.
– Matt Moore finished third in quarterback rating and first in completion percentage.
– Tyrelle Pryor emerged a legit starting candidate for 2019 after an impressive playoff performance against Pittsburgh.
– The rushing offense finished 4th behind Rex Burkhead and Legarrette Blount.
– Late season additions Clevan Thomas and Pacman Jones bolstered a secondary that struggled throughout most of the season. Half of the team’s interceptions came in the final two weeks, after Pacman’s addition.
Brett Maher was 25/30 for field goals and 7th in punting average.
– Vontaz Burfict had a DPOY type season with 94 tackles, 13 sacks and an interception.
– Kwaku Boateng had a tremendous rookie season, recording double digit sacks.
– Tanner McEvoy continues to be one of the better deep threats in the SFL and eclipsed the 1,000 yard mark and tied for fifth in YPC.
– Shaq Johnson was the most clutch performer from the WR core and could see a bigger role with the team next season.
What Went Wrong in 2018
– Despite playing in the weakest division in the league, Omaha failed to eclipse .500.
– Matt Moore was able to complete a high percentage of his passes while playing small ball most of the season. The passing offense finished 17th.
– Despite the great rushing numbers, the offensive line graded out fairly poorly. Ryan Bomben was the highest rated offensive lineman at 42nd overall.
– The franchise traded for Orlando Franklin before the trade deadline but lost him to IR a week later.
– The ground game, minus Pryor’s production, became stagnant in the final weeks of the season.
– Tre Boston recorded five interceptions last year in the NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE but had zero in his first season in the SFL.
– CFL ALL-STAR TJ Heath recorded only one interception on the year.
– Anthony Brown also struggled and was limited to without an interception.
– Brett Maher missed more extra points than field goals.
– After a fast start, Da’Quan Bowers finished with only three sacks.
– Brandon Zylstra was a major disappointment, catching 40 passes for only 425 yards. He also had six drops after finishing 2nd in the CFL’s MOST OUTSTANDING PLAYER vote last year.
– Pacman Jones, despite only playing two games, had the team’s longest kick (34) and punt (22) return.
– The tight end position was effectively useless when it came to the passing game. Omaha passed through three different starters before settling on Crockett Gilmore because of his blocking ability.
– No one knows Terrelle Pryor’s contract situation. Including Omaha ownership.
– The team had to operate with $4.6M in cap penalties. $4.4M will be wiped out this offseason.
– Pending free agents: QB/WR Terrelle Pryor, QB Matt Moore, RB LeGarrette Blount, WR Tanner McEvoy, WR Brandon Zylstra, TE Crockett Gilmore, T Xavier Fulton, G JaMarcus Hardrick, C Jordan Mudge, G Bradley Sowell, C Corey Watman, T Ucambre Williams, DL Xzavie Jackson, DT Micah Johnson, OLB Otha Foster, CB Adam Jones, CB Clevan THomas, S THomas Gordon, S TJ Heath, S TJ Heath, K/P Brett Maher.
– T Orlando Franklin and DE Da’Quan Bowers are expected to retire.
– Omaha currently has one 2nd round pick (Houston), one 3rd round pick, one 5th round pick (St. Louis), two 7th round picks (Omaha, Carolina) and two 8th round pick (Omaha, Mississippi).
– SFL Insider Dean Winchester reported Omaha unsuccessfully tried to acquire the first overall pick in the college draft from Oakland.
– Omaha’s Territorial Draft selections were QB Tanner Lee (Nebraska), WR Jesse Wieneke (SD St.), OL David Knevel (Nebraska), S Joshua Kalu (Nebraska) and CB Chris Jones (Nebraska).