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FanPulse is back with another offseason edition, this time focusing on fan confidence following the NFL Draft.
Throughout last season, all 32 fanbases on the SB Nation NFL sites were polled on how confident they were in the direction of their respective teams. This yielded a lot of single-game freakouts, and even a literal 0% at one point for the Arizona Cardinals.
This confidence polling graphs responses from end of last regular season, after the wave of free agency, pre-NFL Draft, and post-NFL Draft. The results for Seattle Seahawks fans is pretty damn optimistic every step of the way.
For those wondering, that’s 92% (end of 2018 regular season) to 77% (post-free agency), followed by 78% (pre-draft) to 88% (post-draft). The 88% mark is tied for 8th most confident with the Los Angeles Chargers. Above the Seahawks are the Cleveland Browns (100%), Chicago Bears (100%), Indianapolis Colts (98%), Philadelphia Eagles (96%), Los Angeles Rams (95%), and New England Patriots (91%).
As for notable teams populating the bottom, New York Giants fans who were irate over drafting Duke QB Daniel Jones at #6 overall drove their post-draft confidence down from 55% to 46%. At the bottom of the barrel are the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, whose post-draft confidence fell from 48% to 40%, but it is seven percentage points higher than their confidence reading at the end of last season. Rather curiously, the Houston Texans are at 42%, perhaps not impressed with how free agency went and not getting the more high-profile offensive linemen in this year’s draft.
Going through the rest to the NFC West, the San Francisco 49ers sit at 86%, while the Arizona Cardinals are at 65%.