Amazon Video’s “All or Nothing” provides unparalleled access into a professional football team’s journey over the course of a season, giving fans a glimpse of what goes on behind the scenes.
This summer’s iteration focuses on the Los Angeles Rams’ 2016 campaign, a tumultuous year in which head coach Jeff Fisher was eventually dismissed in December.
With the upcoming season just over two months away, we examine which teams would be an ideal fit for an all-access show.
Derek Carr signed a five-year, $125-million contract on June 22, making him the NFL’s highest-paid player. Carr was in the MVP race before breaking his fibula on Christmas Eve, and he may be the league’s most compelling player ahead of the season, as the Raiders are a leading Super Bowl candidate with him under center.
Few teams possess more star power than the Raiders, and tracking reigning Defensive Player of the Year Khalil Mack and receivers Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree will provide viewers with an incentive to tune in for every episode.
All of that comes alongside the return of Marshawn Lynch, who ended his one-year hiatus in order to play for his hometown Raiders. There are few players more likable than Lynch, and though he’s famously media-averse, this series could provide further insight into what makes the NFL’s most polarizing running back tick.
New York Giants
New York spent $200 million to revamp its defense prior to the 2016 season, and it paid dividends, with the renovated unit holding opponents to 17.8 points per game – the second-best total in the league. Janoris Jenkins is a gregarious trash-talker who’s coming off an excellent campaign, Landon Collins emerged into a Defensive Player of the Year candidate, and Eli Apple and his mother, Annie, are a tandem built for television. And that’s just the secondary.
Odell Beckham Jr. is on pace to become one of the most prolific receivers in NFL history, and few would be surprised if he becomes the league’s best wideout next fall. Beckham’s off-field charisma, combined with his on-field combustibility, makes him the perfect television foil – a prospect Amazon would drool over. The Giants’ receivers were hit with national scrutiny for taking a yacht trip in Miami prior to their playoff loss to the Packers, and there’s a redemption angle at play. Throw in Brandon Marshall, and it’s a no-brainer.
The Giants are a genuine Super Bowl contender with a charismatic roster in the world’s largest media market. The story almost writes itself.
The Seahawks are perpetually among the most talented and dramatic teams in the league, working under head coach Pete Carroll’s liberal philosophy. Last season, Richard Sherman started numerous controversies with the media, Michael Bennett remained one of the NFL’s most outspoken critics, and the defense had to face its own mortality after Earl Thomas suffered a season-ending injury. This year could provide even more theatrics en route to another playoff run.
Doug Baldwin is one of the NFL’s fiercest competitors, and he doesn’t back down from anyone, including his own teammates. A mic’d-up Baldwin could provide some of the league’s best entertainment. All of that is to say nothing of Russell Wilson, who has become a pop culture fixation, in large part due to his on-field stardom and marriage to pop star Ciara.
The Seahawks are the closest thing to the NFL’s version of a counterculture, and putting them on television with no restrictions would be fascinating for fans across the league.
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