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princefielder28
07-02-2009, 11:33 PM
This is probably far too early for this, but whatever I had time on my hands and seeing as I am a slow typer this took me a little bit of time....

1. Diminutive D

The team and city formerly known as Big D will continue their recent fall from grace in 2009. The Dallas Cowboys continued to underachieve under Wade Phillips in 2008 and the almighty coordinator known as Jason Garrett was exploited as well. Let’s take a look at the offseason adjustments made by Jerry and Co.

Offensively they removed the cancer, Terrell Owens, which stuck with this offense for a handful of years and at times seemed to alter how Garrett called a game. That I can buy as a positive move and one that was made for the betterment of the organization, but what’s the alternative solution to Owens’ production and stature? Miles Austin appears to be the plan of attack alongside Roy Williams. Austin has shown flashes and has not reached his full potential but he has a total of 18 career receptions. That type of production will certainly not demand double teams, and unless Roy Williams takes grasp of being in Dallas and being their number one wide receiver, it’s gonna be a long year for Tony Romo not having a go-to-guy at receiver. Jason Witten will always be Romo’s go-to-guy, but if Williams and Austin aren’t demanding help over the top then that may take away opportunities from Witten because he’ll be receiving more and well deserved attention from defenses. Looking at the offensive line, it appears to be pretty much the same unit, just a year older. They’re not a bad unit, but I think there was room for improvement. The backfield is clearly the offense’s strength with a Top 10 QB in the league and a solid slew of backs. Marion Barber III is one the league’s toughest to bring down when he’s healthy but after just one season of being “the guy” he has question marks about durability. Felix Jones also returns from injury and brings back the home run ability that the team lacked once he went down. Choice is a wonderful third option and he showed that he can take the workload if asked upon, see Steelers game. This unit will look to rebound off of being the league’s 21st ranked unit and health will play a large role in that success, and I think an addition to the front five may have helped that as well.

Moving to the defensive side of the ball, I don’t see this unit being better or even as good as last year’s. You subtract Chris Canty, Greg Ellis, Zach Thomas, and Anthony Henry and you manage to sign Keith Brooking and Igor Olshansky. I question whether or not Olshansky will play anywhere near the level he has the past two seasons because he’s had questions about his drive and now he’s gotten his pay day; not always the best recipe for the team dishing out the dough. Youngsters Anthony Spencer and Mike Jenkins will be expected to step up, and neither player has played exceptionally well during their time with Cowboys. I just see the defense struggling as a whole because each tier seems to have its problems; the loss of Chris Canty will be tough to overcome, Anthony Spencer will be expected to fill the shoes of a veteran in Greg Ellis, and some new, young pieces will have to fill voids in the secondary. The moves made by the Cowboys certainly did not make the team stronger, and I don’t see the 2009 draft class making much of an impact this season so that’s why I didn’t discuss them. The youth of this team will be expected to step up in large roles and I don’t see them all doing their parts to a high level.

So, part one, the Cowboys are not an improved team over last season, and part two, the other teams in the East made a big effort to improve the holes in their roster. The Eagles had some holes along their offensive line and playmakers on their offense. Solution? They signed Stacy Andrews, traded for Jason Peters, drafted Jeremy Maclin and drafted LeSean McCoy. The Giants wanted to build up their defensive depth and look for a replacement for Plaxico Burress. Solution? They signed Chris Canty, Rocky Bernard and Michael Boley. Then they drafted Hakeem Nicks and Ramses Barden. The Redskins have problems along both of their lines? Solution? They signed Albert Haynesworth to a huge deal and drafted Brian Orakpo. They failed to address their need along the offensive line, and that’s why they’ll fall short of Philadelphia and New York, but will still be as strong as or stronger than Dallas. All these teams were very competitive last season and there was very little difference in overall talent, but during this offseason the true competitors stepped ahead.

Ultimately, I see the Cowboys finishing last in the East and having a strong chance at selecting in the Top 10 of next spring’s draft.

2. Transition Trouble

The Packers concluded the 2008 season with a 6-10 record, but didn’t wait long in making adjustments for the 2009 season and beyond by switching to the 3-4 defense. Was the defense really the problem? The losses of Cullen Jenkins, Nick Barnett and Atari Bigby (I am not his biggest fan but he’s better than what we were throwing out there otherwise) were a big part of the defense’s downfall; the trade of Corey Williams didn’t help either because in 2007 he was the best defensive tackle but Teddy felt the defense could move on without him, but that’s a different story. The team was under the leadership of a first year starter at quarterback, and while Aaron played well, there were times late in the game where a more experienced quarterback may have been able to lead a game-winning drive; the underachievement of Ryan Grant can play into that too. Overall, there’s plenty of blame to go around and the defensive scheme as a whole is not the reason for the Packers’ 2008 failures.

Let’s take a look at the pieces in place. Along the line Cullen Jenkins, Ryan Pickett and BJ Raji appear to be the front runners to start. I think Jenkins and Raji are nice fits for the defense, but Pickett concerns me. He was average at best last season and didn’t command the double teams, which will be a necessity if the Packers expect to have any success defensively in 2009. Johnny Jolly provides some nice depth at defensive end, but given his legal situation, it is yet to be determined how much he will be able to help the team. Justin Harrell, assuming he can stay healthy, will be expected to contribute quite a bit as well, and the role may increase even more depending on the Jolly situation.

The linebackers will have the highest level of expectations, but I am very worried about how some of them will fit in this scheme. On the outside the Packers’ best front seven players over the past handful of years, Aaron Kampman, will be stood up and formed into a ‘backer. He has already shown some of his disapproval with the move, but being as classy as Aaron is, he is going to do his job every day. I don’t see him re-signing with the team beyond this season and I can understand his displeasure because he has been one of the game’s best with his hand in the dirt and using physicality getting to the quarterback. First round pick Clay Matthews and second year player Jeremy Thompson seem like the front runners to compete and start opposite of Kampman. Matthews does have experience in a scheme like this due to his days at USC, but some early injury problems have set him back a bit and Thompson has impressed the coaching staff enough to be the slight favorite. I think the outside backers can be solid contributors, but they lack an elite rusher, which helps separate an average 3-4 from a very good 3-4 defense. Moving inside the team has two backers in Nick Barnett and AJ Hawk, who are expected to do big things. Barnett has played a Pro Bowl level in the past, but before he went down with an injury last season he wasn’t showing that caliber of play and it is still unknown if he will be able to return to that level. AJ Hawk, meanwhile, has been a solid contributor in the NFL, but probably hasn’t lived up to the billing of the 5th overall pick. Both guys have not played with a high amount of physicality in the past and taking on defenders has been a problem so it’ll be interesting to see if they’ll be able to work on those flaws so they’re able to be successful in the new scheme. I have my doubts more with Barnett, especially coming off the injury, and I feel that maybe the best fit inside for this defense won’t be given much of a shot and that guy is Desmond Bishop. He has familiarity with a scheme like this thanks to his days and Cal and while last year he showed that he wasn’t much for coverage of getting to the outside, he showed a sense of physicality and toughness that Hawk and Barnett seem to lack during a game. It will sure be interesting to see how these ‘backers pan out because the spectrum of their performance sits far apart.

The secondary is probably the least amount of my worries because of Charles Woodson, but there are still some question marks looming. Al Harris’ play has been falling off over the past year or two and now he’ll be playing more zones when he’s made his name a man to man, jam at the line type. I expect Tramon Williams to continue to develop as a football player and eventual starter for this squad. Will Blackmon’s role on this team is always unknown because his health is a roller coaster, but I think he can still be useful as a nickel or dime back. Pat Lee’s fit the system will have to play out over time because he was drafted to fit the old scheme and now they’ve made the switch; fortunately for him he’s young and willing to learn. At safety Nick Collins stepped up his game in 2008, but he will need to at least duplicate that for this unit to have any success. Atari Bigby is a big hitter and the team wants to utilize him like a Troy P in Pittsburgh, but his health is now a question mark and outside of the end of the 2007-08 season he hasn’t proven too much in this league. Anthony Smith was brought in for depth, but if he’s cracking a starting spot then this team will be in trouble; he’s got a big mouth but lacks the big game to back it up. Aaron Rouse is still around, but he’s nothing more than a backup.

My prediction for this defense involves a lot of struggles early and even greater struggles if they fall victim to injuries again this season. The team has the offensive firepower to be a playoff team, but with this time of transition I don’t see enough defensive support to get the Packers back to the playoffs. I don’t see the shift as necessary, it places some key players in unfamiliar positions making them unable to utilize their full repertoire of skills, and it will cost this team in the win column for the upcoming season. I hope I’m wrong, but I don’t see the Packers being any better than a .500 team and the defensive change will be the catalyst for those results.

3. Benson and the Bengals

If the end of last season is any indication, I believe Cedric Benson will be this year’s breakthrough player of the year. He was labeled a bust and deservingly so by the Bears and fans around the league, but towards the end of last season the Bengals gave him a shot and he ran it with it. The Bengals return this season with a healthy Carson Palmer so defenses will once again have to respect the ability for this offense to stretch the field. This should open up more opportunities for Benson to face just a base, seven man box instead of the stacked boxes that the Bengals saw with Fitzpatrick and gang at quarterback. The addition of Andre Smith should help immediately as well. An overall, more balanced offense should allow the Bengals to be more competitive, and I think they can pull off a seven win season. They’re probably two years off before they’ll be playoff competitive again because their defense is still taking form and they’ll need a receiver to emerge opposite of Chad Johnson, but the Bengals appear headed in the right direction and Cedric Benson having the ball in his hands will actually be a good thing. Bank on 1200 yards and 10 scores from Benson this season.

4. Hotlanta holds acquisition of the off-season

The trade for Tony Gonzalez will be the biggest and best addition by any team this off-season because I think it’ll help avoid any chance of a sophomore slump by Matt Ryan. A young quarterback’s best friend is a security blanket in the tight end. Matt Ryan managed to have an outstanding rookie year without a good tight end at all. Justin Peelle? Michael Turner also defied logic and exploded as a first time starter and Roddy White was breakout player. Are these players going to have the same production this season? If you’re a Falcons’ fan you probably expect it, but realistically it would be too much. Adding another weapon, especially the caliber of Tony Gonzalez, will help Matt Ryan progress as a NFL quarterback and will relieved pressure on Turner and White to duplicate the production they gave to the surprising Falcons last season. I expect there to be a drop in wins for this team, but it will have nothing to do with Gonzalez or the rest of the offense and will rest more on the shoulders of the Falcons’ defense.

5. The Hot Seat

Based off of my first truth it can be assumed that Wade Phillips’ seat will be scorching hot and if their results are similar to what I’ve stated then he’ll probably be looking for a new job next season. I’m not going to discuss Phillips or the Cowboys any further because my stance is clear. I’m gonna stay in the East though but shift over to the AFC East and more specifically Buffalo. Dick Jauron has helped develop a competitive team in Buffalo over the past three seasons, but last season was an underachievement, a failure. The team had a nice draft, but the team is left with too many holes for this upcoming season. It all starts upfront and the Bills’ offensive line is one of the worst units in the NFL. The team has some key skilled players with Lynch (question marks), Evans and Owens (who will do nothing once it gets cold) but when you don’t have the guys in the trenches then it doesn’t matter how skilled they are. I predict this offensive unit will be one of the worst in the league and the record will indicate that. On the defense the team has some very nice NFL players but they lack a true difference maker. Aaron Maybin was selected to be the man opposite of Aaron Schobel, but I only see him as a pass rushing specialist for his rookie year. The linebackers are good but again nothing great. If this front seven struggles to put pressure then it’s gonna be a long year because the defense is going to need to compensate for the offense’s shortcomings. I will acknowledge that the secondary is pretty good but their success will hinge a lot on the front seven putting pressure on the QB, see the Minnesota Vikings before Jared Allen. When all is said and done I see the Bills sitting in last place in the AFC East, picking top five in next April’s draft and Jauron out of a job.

6. Andre Johnson is the best receiver in football

No receiver in the league has the impact on his team’s success like Andre Johnson does for the Texans. Assuming Matt Schaub stays healthy, I think Johnson will finally receive the national attention he deserves because the Texans will crack the playoffs for the first time in the franchise’s history. It’ll resemble Larry Fitz’s takeoff last season when the Cardinals finally made the playoffs and the entire nation got to see how good he actually is. Johnson doesn’t have the comfort of playing with another Pro Bowl caliber wide receiver or a potential future hall-of-famer at quarterback. Instead, he gets an undersized tight end putting up production and a quarterback who comes will high expectations but not high credentials. I’m not saying Larry Fitz isn’t as good as people say, but I am curious to see how good Johnson could be if he had that kind of talent around him. Let the debate continue.

7. Playoff Teams/Super Bowl Prediction

NFC East :: Philadelphia Eagles
NFC North :: Minnesota Vikings
NFC South :: Carolina Panthers
NFC West :: Seattle Seahawks
Wildcards :: New York Giants and Chicago Bears

AFC East :: New England Patriots
AFC North :: Pittsburgh Steelers
AFC South :: Indianapolis Colts
AFC West :: San Diego Chargers
Wildcards :: Houston Texans and Baltimore Ravens

NFC Representative :: Philadelphia Eagles
-The front office continues to add pieces around McNabb and the team is always strong defensively.
AFC Representative :: San Diego Chargers
-Rivers continues to improve each year, but he’s gonna need the old LT if the team expects to get this far. Merriman returns and the defense will have their intimidation factor back.

8. MVP Prediction

The much loved Donovan McNabb (cough) is my early pick to take home the hardware at the end of this season. I expect big things from the Eagles this coming season and with possible health question marks with Brian Westbrook, the offense’s success will hinge greatly on his play and I think he’s up for it. He’s got LeSean McCoy behind Westbrook now so if there is a period where Brian is absent the team will still have a player capable of producing big plays out of the backfield. DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin provide Donovan with two dynamic playmakers at receiver and Kevin Curtis is still there to provide steadiness. The combination of high production and team success are two of the keys to lock up the MVP and McNabb is my guy to do that this season.

9. Coach of the Year

There will be many familiar faces when it comes to candidates for this award (Reid, Tomlin, Coughlin, Fox, Bellicheck) but given my season predictions and the amount of pressure, I think the award will go to the Colts’ Jim Caldwell. Replacing Tony Dungy will be difficult, but Caldwell has the respect and familiarity with the players and that’ll help the transition. The team is loaded with offensive talent and their usual defensive question marks, but they always manage to put it together. Even though there is a ton of talent on the roster, if a new coach can take a team to the playoffs then they deserve the recognition for their work and Caldwell will be that man.

10. On the clock…..

Scott Pioli may be a genius, but that will not reflect in his first season running the Chiefs. This team starts off with a new, first time head coach and a quarterback who will be playing in a new system and out of his comfort zone. I don’t see Haley have much success with an offense that doesn’t even come close to the talent he had in Arizona; trading away Tony G will be a killer for both Haley and Cassel. On the defensive side there’s some young talent, but where’s the pass rush gonna come from? There are far too many holes and fortunately for them they’ll have the first pick to attempt to fill one of them.

vidae
07-03-2009, 02:48 AM
First pick? Ouch. I don't know about THAT one..

Good writeup though. Was a joy to read.

D-Unit
07-03-2009, 03:36 AM
Since I fully believe Mike Shanahan will be coaching the Cowboys in 2010 and Phillips will remain the DC, that means the season doesn't go as some other Cowboys fans expect. TO's production will be tough to replace, but it may not be as needed. The offense has a lot of answering to do. However, I do think the defense is improved. Canty never seemed to realize his potential that he flashed in his rookie season... sorta plateaued off. Olshansky is reunited with Wade and flourished under him. The secondary should be better with the addition of Gerald Sensabaugh who is an upgrade over Keith Davis and Tra Battle. The subtraction of Anthony Henry is actually a good thing as injuries have caught up with him... all too often he was exploited in coverage, both man and zone and he became a finger pointer. A lot of expectations are on Mike Jenkins, but he was outplayed by fellow rookie, Orlando Scandrick last year to be honest. Adding Mike Mickens and DeAngelo Smith, the 2 Cincy DBs who are also reunited with former coach Dave Campo who coached them at Cincy and there should automatically be a nice level of comfort for them as rookies. Terence Newman is still one of the best in the business, so the youngin's won't have to shoulder a ton of responsibility. With the improved secondary, you can expect Wade to unleash the blitz with no holding back. He brought in a lot of new LBs this offseason.

Depth hurt us because of injury, but this team is deeper with talent. Brad Johnson and Brooks Bollinger were pathetic when Romo missed a month nursing his hand. Kitna is not just a better player, but better mentor and will push Romo harder to be better. The coaching staff should understand how to use the RBs better now that Choice showed was he's capable of. The 12 rookies that were drafted all have ties to strong special teams play, so I'm expecting that unit to be better. The return of Felix Jones will also improve field position if he can repeat what he flashed as a rookie on kick returns.

While I don't see a clear path to the playoffs, I don't see such a black cloud hovering over the Cowboys. Excited to see how this story unfolds, that's for sure.

Addict
07-03-2009, 11:29 AM
Good writeup, prince. Must have taken a while to get that done.

but you misspelled Calvin in truth #6

PoopSandwich
07-03-2009, 02:28 PM
Benson is not as good as people are giving him credit for. I seriously don't understand all the hype around him at all. On the year he went for 3.5 yards per carry... His biggest game came against the Cleveland Browns where I believe he had two HUGE runs on 38 carries that made his day look alot bigger than it was. Also, this is against the Browns run defense which was absolutely dreadful once again.

I would be willing to bet he is at best an average running back who goes for around 900 yards and about 3.5 yards per carry once again with about 5 tds. The Bengals will be pass heavy with Palmer back.

neko4
07-03-2009, 05:03 PM
As far as Green Bay's D goes:

The OLB situation should be fine, even if Kamp leaves after this year. We would just need Clay or Thompson to step up and right now it already looks like one of them is going to do that.

At ILB I think were going to need a big over-haul. We should trade Barnett and get the future started already. Its unfortunate because he's one of my favorite players, but he just isnt a good fit in a 3-4, and Hawk probably isnt either. We probably shouldnt trade him just yet though.

Saints 4 Lyfe
07-03-2009, 05:58 PM
saints are making the playoffs

Shane P. Hallam
07-03-2009, 06:27 PM
One thing I'll heavily disagree with is Cedric Benson. He really roughed up some poor poor defenses at the end of last year. I think Bernard Scott will be more productive this year.

Other than that, pretty solid.

roscoesdad27
07-03-2009, 07:05 PM
The Bengals will be pass heavy with Palmer back.

i disagree...with t.j. gone and the drafting of run blocking stud andre smith i feel the bengals will be much more balanced then the last time carson was at the helm...not soo sure that benson is the answer but there will be lots of running behind smith for the bengals.

MichaelJordanEberle (sabf)
07-03-2009, 07:07 PM
Seattle will be picking 1st overall, bank it.(f/Den)

roscoesdad27
07-03-2009, 07:10 PM
Seattle will be picking 1st overall, bank it.(f/Den)

thats how i have it in my mock...but the funny thing is i feel that orton will have a pretty solid season considering all the turmoil but will eventully be the scapegoat...its their defense that will let them down (again) with no true n.t. to anchor their 3-4 and all the l.b.'s trying to get accustomed to new roles.

BlindSite
07-03-2009, 07:35 PM
Great write up even though it's still way too early. Gotta see TC before I make my predictions.

I like the cowboys ones though.

neko4
07-03-2009, 07:49 PM
i disagree...with t.j. gone and the drafting of run blocking stud andre smith i feel the bengals will be much more balanced then the last time carson was at the helm...not soo sure that benson is the answer but there will be lots of running behind smith for the bengals.
Goodbye TJ, hello Coles. He should be a decent replacement. If chad can go back to '03-'07 form they should be fine on offense. Not great though unless Benson breaks out.

Ofcourse those are some fairly big variables.

roscoesdad27
07-03-2009, 08:12 PM
Goodbye TJ, hello Coles. He should be a decent replacement. If chad can go back to '03-'07 form they should be fine on offense. Not great though unless Benson breaks out.

Ofcourse those are some fairly big variables.

i think their offense will be fine too and i actually have them making the playoffs...their offense wont be as explosive as it was a few years back but it will be much more balanced and efficient...this has much more to do with andre smith than benson however...a more balanced and clock efficient offense also bodes well for a very improved defense....the bengals are set for a nice playoff run

brat316
07-03-2009, 08:39 PM
6) are you serious he has a legit and very underrated WR playing opposite to him in Walter.

jth1331
07-03-2009, 09:34 PM
Seattle will be picking 1st overall, bank it.(f/Den)

Honestly, I don't see the Broncos being that bad. They have a great OL, and the offense will be decent enough to win some games and probably get to the 5/6 win mark. Of course, there may be injuries that derail them, but I don't see them being that bad.

the decider13
07-03-2009, 09:58 PM
thats how i have it in my mock...but the funny thing is i feel that orton will have a pretty solid season considering all the turmoil but will eventully be the scapegoat...its their defense that will let them down (again) with no true n.t. to anchor their 3-4 and all the l.b.'s trying to get accustomed to new roles.

There is absolutely no way the Broncos will be THAT bad. They won't be fantastic by any means, definately a top 10 candidate, but I don't even se them as being in the running for top pick.

The defense will be a hybrid 3-4, they aren't in need of a top space eater. It will be a better defense, but definately still very bad. But the offense will still be quite good. Although, this could definately change if Marshall gets traded. If he also gets traded, I will lose a good chunk of my faith in the season.

princefielder28
07-03-2009, 10:25 PM
6) are you serious he has a legit and very underrated WR playing opposite to him in Walter.

Kevin Walter is a slightly above average wide receiver and he comes nowhere near the caliber of Boldin. Defensive coordinators find a way to keep the ball away from Fitz and Boldin, while when they play Houston, they also make sure that if they get beat it'll be by Mr. Walter, not Andre.

I appreciate your feedback, and I'd rather focus on Andre vs the other top receivers in the league than Andre's talent vs the other wideouts on the Texans' roster.

Favre4ever
07-04-2009, 03:37 PM
As far as Green Bay's D goes:

The OLB situation should be fine, even if Kamp leaves after this year. We would just need Clay or Thompson to step up and right now it already looks like one of them is going to do that.

At ILB I think were going to need a big over-haul. We should trade Barnett and get the future started already. Its unfortunate because he's one of my favorite players, but he just isnt a good fit in a 3-4, and Hawk probably isnt either. We probably shouldnt trade him just yet though.

I dont think we should worry much about the switch because last year we couldnt stop anybody when it mattered. The offense carried the team most of the way even though they couldnt close out games. One thing is for sure, Rodgers will have a year under his belt and will be better this season even though he had a great first year.

Even though the switch seems questionable, the defense cannot do worse than last year and the offense should be one of the best in the league. Its a boom or bust year for the Packers this year. If the defense can improve game after game and stop the run, they could have a great season. If they struggle with the switch, then we'll have the same kind of season we had last year.

neko4
07-04-2009, 09:45 PM
I dont think we should worry much about the switch because last year we couldnt stop anybody when it mattered. The offense carried the team most of the way even though they couldnt close out games. One thing is for sure, Rodgers will have a year under his belt and will be better this season even though he had a great first year.

Even though the switch seems questionable, the defense cannot do worse than last year and the offense should be one of the best in the league. Its a boom or bust year for the Packers this year. If the defense can improve game after game and stop the run, they could have a great season. If they struggle with the switch, then we'll have the same kind of season we had last year.

You seem to forget the amount of injuries we had, especially Cullen Jenkins. Although he doesn't get all the sacks or big plays, he is a key player in our defense.

themaninblack
07-05-2009, 02:34 AM
I think Cedric will do well this season and I don't think its too far of a stretch to say he could be a similar back to Rudi Johnson when he did well here. He probably won't be a game changing RB but I think he can fill a big need for us in being a steady, powerful RB for this team. I don't buy the hype surrounding him for reasons already stated, but I do think he can help our team in a lot of ways. I won't go as far to say that Bernard Scott will out perform him, but I could see him having a very productive season in his own right. The thing we really need to look at is the offensive line. I think we have plenty of talent to be a good unit up front but we need that solid cog in the middle to really allow our O to succeed. It looks like Kyle Cook is passing all the offseason tests, but I want to see him do well battling in the trenches on gameday before I can really buy him as the answer but it we do have a solid insurance policy in Johnathan Luigs. If we can be as good up front as I think we can be, this offense can return to the form we had a couple years ago with Ceddie playing a big role.

I think the thing that will really separate this team from the great one we had in '05 is the fact that this defense is actually a respectable unit. We sucked hard last year but the one encouraging facet of this team was the play of the young defense under Mike Zimmer. We have improved on that 12th ranked defense and for the first time in my lifetime I can actually say that it is the offense that scares me more so than the defense. This unit is scrappy and we have slowly recovered from the failures that were David Pollack and Odell Thurman(for very different circumstances). Those two were supposed to be the foundation of our defense and it never panned out and we had to deal with that for a few years but I believe that we now have a solid core on D that can take this team places with the offensive talent we have. I have said for a long time that we do not need a dominating defense in the mold of Pittsburgh or Baltimore, but if we can put a unit out there that we can count on with the offensive potential we already have, this team could go places. Lots of ifs surrounding my Bengals this year and even though I'm a pretty big homer, I don't think its too much of a stretch to think that this team could be very competitive in the AFC North in the next few seasons and that really could start against the Denver Broncos this year.

Great read, and I am happy to throw in my 2 cents on this.

Iamcanadian
07-05-2009, 11:13 AM
Good read until I got to your SB representatives and then it all fell apart for me. McNabb and Philadelphia dominated the NFC for most of the 2000's but even at their best, they failed consistently to win the big games and I think you have to question why! McNabb just doesn't seem to perform well on the big stage and he is in a lot tougher today from a much stronger NFC than earlier in this decade.
The San Diego selection made me puke. Turner at his best is a mediocre HC and even with all the talent on San Diego, this team continues to slide backward and has gotten worse each year he has coached them.
While I agree that they should be contenders for the SB, they will never get there with Turner coaching them.

Ward
07-05-2009, 11:22 AM
Prince even though you're going to eat crow on the Cowboys, the post was overall very well thought out and well written. Great job.

roscoesdad27
07-05-2009, 01:04 PM
Prince even though you're going to eat crow on the Cowboys, the post was overall very well thought out and well written. Great job.

the cowboys have no leadership on either side of the ball.

Ward
07-05-2009, 10:42 PM
the cowboys have no leadership on either side of the ball.

Yeah you seem like a pretty legit source on Cowboys locker room politics. I take back what I said prince. :(

roscoesdad27
07-07-2009, 10:03 AM
Yeah you seem like a pretty legit source on Cowboys locker room politics. I take back what I said prince. :(

during the ravens cowboys game last year deion sanders pointed it out...he was saying something to the tune of:

"they have the talent, they just dont have any leaders...look at the ravens sideline, ray is up and down the bench encouraging and motivating....then look at the cowboys sideline with their heads hung low...this team is in desperate need of leadership"...deion sanders

and at the time the game was still up for grabs, a playoff birth was on the line for both teams and it was the last game at texas staduim!...no reason to hang your heads but then gain they have NO LEADERSHIP!...tis the main reason i have you guys getting tim tebow at pick 11 in next years draft.

Gay Ork Wang
07-07-2009, 10:06 AM
hahahahha Tebow hahaha

roscoesdad27
07-07-2009, 10:35 AM
hahahahha Tebow hahaha



haha...3 national championships...haha...2 heismans...haha best leader to come around in a very long time, maybe ever...haha...tony romo haha!

Malaka
07-07-2009, 11:54 AM
haha...3 national championships...haha...2 heismans...haha best leader to come around in a very long time, maybe ever...haha...tony romo haha!

No... just no... Tebow is in no way a 1st round pick, an AMAZING college QB yes, amazing NFL prospect no... he likes to take a beating, hi arm strength is at best average, as is his accuracy, has a very strange throwing motion though it looks like he has taken some steps to fix it, and plays in a system, where I also doubt he will be able to make NFL reads.

However is leadership and intangibles will not be denied, at least he has that going for him. Future 2nd string QB/FB and part time motivational/religious speaker.

Gay Ork Wang
07-07-2009, 12:03 PM
haha...3 national championships...haha...2 heismans...haha best leader to come around in a very long time, maybe ever...haha...tony romo haha!
if he was that awesome, dont u think a top10 team would jump on him?

Ward
07-07-2009, 12:35 PM
They just drafted McGee to replace Romo down the line. Stop spewing off-topic garbage. I can buy being last in the NFC East (because the East is that good, although my prediction is Washington last), but top 10 draft is out of the question unless Romo goes down again. Or Ware.

LizardState
07-07-2009, 06:46 PM
Prince, I see you have the Vikes taking the NFC North.

I think it's considerable until you look at their QBs. Only Rosenfels has the moxie & experience to get the Purple Gang there, Tavaris has had his chances & has IMO hit the wall. On the other hand if they sign Favre it guarantees they won't see the playoffs, just ask the Jets, who spent like >$140M for a supporting cast of FAs in 08, how many games did the NFL career INT rcd. holder throw away for them? Favre is a safety's dream come true, his passes don;t have the accuracy or that zip anymore. Why he auditions for a new team every summer is beyond me, he's transcended mere resting on past laurels, I think he floats around football fields on a cloud of his own self-delusions of grandeur at this point. He clearly coasts his team as many Ls as he does Ws.

If only you lived in a town where they know a little something about the NFC North.... oh wait, you live in the Wisconsin city Formerly Known as Title Town USA.

Good call on Andre Johnson, who has quietly climbed to the top tier of NFL receivers. And on Wade Phillips on the hotseat, Dallas is my fave team & I can tell you from the wrath & frustration apparent in the Cowboys blogosphere Jerry Jones will give him the hook by Halloween if they don't put up some Ws in the 1st 7-8 wks. & put Garrett in Phillips' job so fast he will leave skidmarks.

roscoesdad27
07-07-2009, 09:11 PM
if he was that awesome, dont u think a top10 team would jump on him?


he's not suited for every team butthe cowboys are one of the teams he would be perfect for.

the cowboys are going to take him in the first round, esp. if they are drafting top 10...quote me!

roscoesdad27
07-07-2009, 09:13 PM
They just drafted McGee to replace Romo down the line. Stop spewing off-topic garbage. I can buy being last in the NFC East (because the East is that good, although my prediction is Washington last), but top 10 draft is out of the question unless Romo goes down again. Or Ware.

mcgee doesnt have the leadership or intanigbles it going to take to get that franchise back on track after what i think will be a terrible 2009 season.

jth1331
07-08-2009, 09:05 PM
haha...3 national championships...haha...2 heismans...haha best leader to come around in a very long time, maybe ever...haha...tony romo haha!

So should the whole NCAA football season be called off, and just award Florida the National Championship and Tebow the Heisman?

MichaelJordanEberle (sabf)
07-08-2009, 09:18 PM
Tim Tebow is good, but can he lead his team in passing yards and rushing yards? All while being a pass rushing threat from the outside? On the number one offense in the NFL?

Shane P. Hallam
07-08-2009, 09:55 PM
Tim Tebow is good, but can he lead his team in passing yards and rushing yards? All while being a pass rushing threat from the outside? On the number one offense in the NFL?

That shall belong to Terrelle Pryor! Haha, j/k!

MichaelJordanEberle (sabf)
07-08-2009, 10:13 PM
Actually Kyle Orton is gonna grow his neckbeard so long that he can just roll the ball from his chin into Brandon Marshall's hands for a touchdown every single play. When he gets tired of that, he'll tie it at the end and just roll it into the endzone where his beard will stop him from losing possession. Touchdown.

And that, children, is how Kyle Orton became the best player in the history of professional sports.

roscoesdad27
07-09-2009, 12:08 AM
Tim Tebow is good, but can he lead his team in passing yards and rushing yards? All while being a pass rushing threat from the outside? On the number one offense in the NFL?

i sense your reggie bush sarcasm yet i also honestly believe he can.

BlindSite
07-09-2009, 04:07 AM
Tebow's chance is a role player, he'll never be an NFL QB, he could however be a dynamite weapon in a properly tailored offense.

Rayray52
07-11-2009, 06:21 PM
Its great that were on a page long tangent about Tim Tebow and his nfl prospects and other college players when he wasnt even mentioned in the op's orignal post a very well thought out and written post about the upcoming season....way to contribute.....

bigbluedefense
07-14-2009, 01:45 PM
good thread.

i especially agree on Cedric Benson. he's my fantasy sleeper. i think he's going to have a great year.

forget the #s, just look at how he ran. he was a totally different player for them. he hit the holes hard and fast, he had good vision, no hesitation, finished with power, he was totally different from his Chicago days.

Draft King
11-30-2009, 02:39 PM
One thing I'll heavily disagree with is Cedric Benson. He really roughed up some poor poor defenses at the end of last year. I think Bernard Scott will be more productive this year.

Other than that, pretty solid.

Benson is not as good as people are giving him credit for. I seriously don't understand all the hype around him at all. On the year he went for 3.5 yards per carry... His biggest game came against the Cleveland Browns where I believe he had two HUGE runs on 38 carries that made his day look alot bigger than it was. Also, this is against the Browns run defense which was absolutely dreadful once again.

I would be willing to bet he is at best an average running back who goes for around 900 yards and about 3.5 yards per carry once again with about 5 tds. The Bengals will be pass heavy with Palmer back.

Nice predictions so far. These two especially are eating crow on this one, I'm sorry I quoted you JBond please don't ban me.