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TacticaLion
09-18-2007, 12:46 PM
3 of the 4 teams in this division (the Lions being the exception) have some of the worst offenses in the NFL. The Bears should've kept Jones and are starting Grossman with an average group of WRs. Not good. The Packers have Favre, who still has SOMETHING left, but hardly anything around him (aside from Driver). The Vikings have Tavaris Jackson with a below average group of WRs (Peterson is emerging into a great RB, though).

Honestly. If you add the Lions, then it can't be considered the worst. But, without the Lions, this is by far the worst offensive division in football.

Twiddler
09-18-2007, 02:03 PM
I don't even think that we have to look at all of the other division's offenses that seriously to come to this conclusion. We are just that bad on offense even if we make it up on defense. Oh well, there's nothing wrong with a good defense.

Green Bay Scat
09-18-2007, 02:06 PM
I don't even think that we have to look at all of the other division's offenses that seriously to come to this conclusion. We are just that bad on offense even if we make it up on defense. Oh well, there's nothing wrong with a good defense.

ill take a defense that dominates and holds teams to 2 scores or less, and an offense that scores 2 scores or more

Twiddler
09-18-2007, 02:26 PM
ill take a defense that dominates and holds teams to 2 scores or less, and an offense that scores 2 scores or more

Yeah, definitely. I mean being able to watch our team transform from a team who can score but can't stop anything to a team who now struggles on offense but is great(maybe) defensively is something that is more appreciable and has been worth it in my mind. Although it would be nice to also score a lot at the same time...

TacticaLion
09-18-2007, 03:12 PM
ill take a defense that dominates and holds teams to 2 scores or less, and an offense that scores 2 scores or more

It's a shame that these three teams don't have that. The one team that can hold an opposing offense to 2 scores or less can't put points on the board, and the others can't do either on a regular basis.

The Super Bowl was a perfect example of this, wasn't it? The "dominant" defense against the "dominant" offense? As long as the average defense can make a few stops, the game is usually theirs.

bearsfan_51
09-18-2007, 03:45 PM
I'm not sold that we should have kept Jones (though I know that's been your contention since the season started).

Regardless, yes, the offenses are terrible.

I want to see the Lions run the ball and chew up clock before I consider them an elite offense too. They remind me too much of the June Jones run-and-shoot offenses with the Atlanta Falcons (for you older folks out there).

Obviously it's Martz's contention to pass to set up the run, but in this case there is no run. They need Bell or Jones to at least pretend to be a decent running back or teams that can rush the passer and defense the pass (ie: Bears and Packers) are going to shut them down.

bearsfan_51
09-18-2007, 03:49 PM
The Super Bowl was a perfect example of this, wasn't it? The "dominant" defense against the "dominant" offense? As long as the average defense can make a few stops, the game is usually theirs.
Our defense was far from dominant by the time we reached the Superbowl. Too much attrition over the season really wore us down. Not saying we would have beat them at full strength, but we at least would have been able to run our defense more to our liking. The defense in the Superbowl was basically a cover 3 prevent, which the Colts exploited by simply running draws and screens to Addai all day long.

TacticaLion
09-18-2007, 04:28 PM
Our defense was far from dominant by the time we reached the Superbowl. Too much attrition over the season really wore us down. Not saying we would have beat them at full strength, but we at least would have been able to run our defense more to our liking. The defense in the Superbowl was basically a cover 3 prevent, which the Colts exploited by simply running draws and screens to Addai all day long.

I can agree with that... but, looking at the two strategies, I think I'd rather score points and have a D Unit good enough to make the occasional stop... rather than the opposite. I used to feel the opposite way, but have changed that thinking lately.

I want to see the Lions run the ball and chew up clock before I consider them an elite offense too. They remind me too much of the June Jones run-and-shoot offenses with the Atlanta Falcons (for you older folks out there).I can agree with this too. Our offense is far, far, FAR from dominant. We can move the ball, at will, until we reach the red zone. Once there, we can't put it in with as much success. Settling for 3 every drive and allowing 7 just wont work.

I'm hoping a healthy Jones/Duckett will fix that, but I just don't know.

Smokey Joe
09-18-2007, 10:18 PM
I like how Matt Millen now since the Lions have won 2 games in a row...

If the Lions win 10 games this season and/or make the playoffs, I'll do anything a lion fan wants me to do concerning the message boards. For instance, make me wear a sig or make a post. Quote me on it if you'd like... but the Lions aren't gonna do **** except maybe be a spoiler team for some team actually in contention.

And speaking of worst offenses, why don't we talk about worst defenses? *cough* Detroit *cough*

Believe it or not, but a good defense has a better shot at shutting down or limiting a good offense then a team with a bad defense has of stopping just a mediocre offense.

GB12
09-18-2007, 10:54 PM
Say what you want, but the Lions offense doesn't scare me at all. Yeah it's better than the rest of the teams in the division, but that's not saying a whole lot.

Turtlepower
09-18-2007, 10:57 PM
The Vikings (oddly enough) did the best thing in this division by drafting Peterson to stabilize their running game. A team with a good defense needs a good running game to help with clock management and keep the game relatively low scoring. This is why I think it was a bad move to get rid of Jones without getting a good RB to help support Benson.

Smokey Joe
09-18-2007, 11:05 PM
Bad or not, getting rid of Jones was inevitable... The Bears aren't gonna spend all that money on a former 4th overall pick to let him split carries going into his 3rd season. Would it have been nice to keep Jones? Sure, but this isn't magical happy madden land.

But I do agree, someone better then Garrett "the Midget" Wolfe should have been brought in to help support him. I remember hearing rumbling of Chris Brown, and that would have been a good backup if you ask me.

awfullyquiet
09-19-2007, 02:04 AM
the other AP isn't THAT bad. assuming that he keeps his hands on the ball with the more touches he gets.

Smokey, i think that wolfe is fine as a third back. assuming that the bears o-line can produce. we haven't seen him in more than what? eight plays yet? you can't get into a groove like that.

TacticaLion
09-19-2007, 11:05 AM
And speaking of worst offenses, why don't we talk about worst defenses? *cough* Detroit *cough*
I'm impressed with your skills of observation, but that was already done.

http://www.nfldraftcountdown.com/forum/showthread.php?t=12862

I like how Matt Millen now since the Lions have won 2 games in a row...I don't quite understand this one... but, if you're referring to my sig, please take a second and observe the sarcasm. I know the internet is a serious place, but not everything should be taken for face value.

I agree with drafting AD... but they need to make running the ball the gameplan, and not just an option. Tavaris struggled throughout the game, yet they still had him throwing the ball. I know Chester was injured, but, with a young QB, focus on running the ball to open up the passing game.

SFbear
09-19-2007, 11:12 AM
The only thing I miss about Thomas Jones is his pass blocking which our backs have been pretty terrible at so far. Jones would not have produced much more than Benson with the way the line has been run blocking.

Smokey Joe
09-19-2007, 07:35 PM
the other AP isn't THAT bad. assuming that he keeps his hands on the ball with the more touches he gets.

Smokey, i think that wolfe is fine as a third back. assuming that the bears o-line can produce. we haven't seen him in more than what? eight plays yet? you can't get into a groove like that.
call me crazy, but I don't see a 5'7" 180 lb (and that's being generous with the weight) RB doing anything in the NFL...

TacticaLion
09-19-2007, 09:13 PM
call me crazy, but I don't see a 5'7" 180 lb (and that's being generous with the weight) RB doing anything in the NFL...

What about 5'7" 208?

Or, 5'9" 187?

Heart and talent can overcome a lack of size.

neko4
09-19-2007, 09:27 PM
Not only that, but being short is an advantage for RB's. If Wolfe puts on a bit more weight he could definitly be a good backup in the league for a long time. Also he should one day become an explosive return man

bearsfan_51
09-20-2007, 10:38 PM
I'm glad you guys like Wolfe, I'll trade you him and a nickel for a charleston chew.

Addict
09-24-2007, 09:16 AM
I'm glad you guys like Wolfe, I'll trade you him and a nickel for a charleston chew.

ur such a fanboy

asmitty45
11-09-2007, 10:34 AM
NFC West is pretty bad, Cards Seahawks Niners and Rams? They are all bad teams with underacheiving offenses

LionSmack
11-09-2007, 10:43 AM
NFC South with Falcons, Bucs, Panthers... Saints probably make up for it, but that's 3 out of 4 pretty bad offenses, even with the original quarterbacks.

NFC North is actually pretty good now, all we have to do is get the Vikes a QB and it would be 3 out of 4 good offenses... poor Bears... :D

neko4
11-09-2007, 09:16 PM
The Packers have Favre, who still has SOMETHING left, but hardly anything around him (aside from Driver).

Glad to see you were proven wrong.
Jennings is $$$$$$$

But this has gone from the worst offensive division to one of the best, but is now middle of the pack in defense. Mixed up year i guess, or signs of change. I hope its the latter

619
11-09-2007, 09:36 PM
honestly i think favre has plenty of weapons around him. in my opinion the packers are stacked at receiver with donald driver, greg jennings and james jones.

neko4
11-09-2007, 10:34 PM
honestly i think favre has plenty of weapons around him. in my opinion the packers are stacked at receiver with donald driver, greg jennings and james jones.
He wrote that before the season i believe, so its understandable

bearsfan_51
11-10-2007, 04:35 AM
Glad to see you were proven wrong.
Jennings is $$$$$$$

But this has gone from the worst offensive division to one of the best, but is now middle of the pack in defense. Mixed up year i guess, or signs of change. I hope its the latter
Take Favre away from Jennings and Jones and they are both very meh..

Moses
11-10-2007, 09:32 AM
Take Favre away from Jennings and Jones and they are both very meh..

Greg Jennings is a very impressive receiver. I don't really see any limitations with him and I think he's capable of being a very good #1. Great speed and runs very precise routes. Dangerous when he gets the ball in his hands. Can catch the ball in traffic. Not much that he can't do. Definitely one of the top young receivers in the NFL.

James Jones is a rookie so it's tough to get a full evaluation of him. He's a big, strong kid who fits the WCO offence perfectly. Great hands and uses his body well. Basically the definition of a possession receiver. Has had quite a few mental lapses but hopefully those get ironed out with experience. Underrated speed, as he definitely plays faster than he times.

PACKmanN
11-10-2007, 11:30 AM
it belongs to the NFC West.

The 49ers have nothing on offense and are dead last in offense
The Seahawks have an average passing game and a poor running game
The Rams are just lost on offense right now.
The only exception is the Cardinals, the have it clicking right now.

The NFC North has 3 good offenses in the division, Lions, Packers, and Vikings.

bearsfan_51
11-11-2007, 12:18 PM
Greg Jennings is a very impressive receiver. I don't really see any limitations with him and I think he's capable of being a very good #1. Great speed and runs very precise routes. Dangerous when he gets the ball in his hands. Can catch the ball in traffic. Not much that he can't do. Definitely one of the top young receivers in the NFL.

James Jones is a rookie so it's tough to get a full evaluation of him. He's a big, strong kid who fits the WCO offence perfectly. Great hands and uses his body well. Basically the definition of a possession receiver. Has had quite a few mental lapses but hopefully those get ironed out with experience. Underrated speed, as he definitely plays faster than he times.
Jennings has great talent but the times I've watched him he's also dropped a lot of catchable balls. Not to mention the multiple-fumble game he had against us.

Jones seems like a great WCO fit like you said, but he's about what you would expect from him.

Favre has a history of making decent recievers look a lot better than they are. It'll be interesting to see what the Packers offense looks like with Rodgers behind center.

TacticaLion
11-11-2007, 12:42 PM
Jennings has great talent but the times I've watched him he's also dropped a lot of catchable balls. Not to mention the multiple-fumble game he had against us.
Hes got a few drops today...

Moses
11-11-2007, 12:54 PM
Jennings has great talent but the times I've watched him he's also dropped a lot of catchable balls. Not to mention the multiple-fumble game he had against us.

Jones seems like a great WCO fit like you said, but he's about what you would expect from him.

Favre has a history of making decent recievers look a lot better than they are. It'll be interesting to see what the Packers offense looks like with Rodgers behind center.

Jones was the one who had the fumbles against the Bears, not Jennings.

It's true that Jennings drops some passes but he's still a great receiver. Definitely one of the top young guys in the game.

I don't want to think about a future with Rodgers right now. :D

neko4
11-11-2007, 02:39 PM
Jennings has great talent but the times I've watched him he's also dropped a lot of catchable balls. Not to mention the multiple-fumble game he had against us.

Jones seems like a great WCO fit like you said, but he's about what you would expect from him.

Favre has a history of making decent recievers look a lot better than they are. It'll be interesting to see what the Packers offense looks like with Rodgers behind center.
Jones has the fumbles
Jennings has the drops

Very true about the WR's who play with Favre though
Freeman
Schroeder
Brookes
Driver?