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Splat
08-20-2009, 01:38 PM
Before reading another word, knock on wood. Pray that the spate of injuries ransacking NFL training camps does not arrive at the doorstep of a crucial player near you.

Sure, injuries are just part of the game. But it also is true that some injuries are more devastating than others.

Call them the "crippling" injuries when it comes to a team's hopes for 2009. And since losing a starting quarterback, obviously, would be devastating to every team, we left them out of this little exercise.

CLICK HERE FOR THE ALL-INDISPENSABLE TEAM FOR THE AFC. (http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2009/writers/john_lopez/08/19/afc.players/index.html)

CLICK HERE FOR THE ALL-INDISPENSABLE TEAM FOR THE NFC. (http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2009/writers/john_lopez/08/20/nfc.players/index.html)

S T R I N G
08-20-2009, 01:53 PM
My boy Jennings is starting to get nationwide love...

Jennings has gone from underrated and overlooked on a national scale to quite possibly the best receiver in the game. Sure, it's probably still either the Cardinals' Larry Fitzgerald or the Texans' Andre Johnson that leads the way, and certainly Terrell Owens and Randy Moss would have something to say. But at 26, Jennings is in the discussion.
Read more: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2009/writers/john_lopez/08/20/nfc.players/1.html#ixzz0OkbxwOVC

It's funny because I think Jennings being invited to Fitz's offseason training has had more of an impact on his hype than anything he's done on the field. It's odd to because the Packers seem to get a ton of media coverage and nationally televised games.

CC.SD
08-20-2009, 01:59 PM
Uh they chose Chris Henry for the Bengals...epic fail?

cvv84
08-20-2009, 02:05 PM
Tony Gonzalez for the Falcons...

Tommie Harris for the Bears...

Shaun Smith for the Lions...

Pierre Thomas for the Saints...


Thanks for a good laugh SI!

Gay Ork Wang
08-20-2009, 02:09 PM
Tony Gonzalez for the Falcons...

Tommie Harris for the Bears...

Shaun Smith for the Lions...

Pierre Thomas for the Saints...


Thanks for a good laugh SI!
How is Tommie Harris making you laugh?

wicket
08-20-2009, 02:10 PM
Pierre Thomas for the Saints...


I love the guy to death and stuff and he might have been underrated last season but he influence people expect him to have this season is just crazy

M.O.T.H.
08-20-2009, 02:12 PM
Rodgers is more indispensable than Jennings. Without Jennings they still have plenty of viable options. Without Rodgers, Matt freaking Flynn.

edit...nevermind. No Qbs. duh. Probably should have looked at the link.

cvv84
08-20-2009, 02:16 PM
How is Tommie Harris making you laugh?

Because he isn't key for their defense. Nor has he played at a high level the past 2 years. Give me Briggs, Forte, Tillman, Brown, Olsen, or Urlacher before even bringing up Harris.

bigbluedefense
08-20-2009, 02:16 PM
wow...that list is just terrible.

M.O.T.H.
08-20-2009, 02:18 PM
Yeah, it's pretty bad but, SI always comes out w/ crap like this.

JFLO
08-20-2009, 02:23 PM
How is Tony Gonzalez the player for the Falcons?

They did fine without him last year, so what would the difference be this season?

This Lopez character should be taking orders from a drive thru...

Gay Ork Wang
08-20-2009, 02:23 PM
Because he isn't key for their defense. Nor has he played at a high level the past 2 years. Give me Briggs, Forte, Tillman, Brown, Olsen, or Urlacher before even bringing up Harris.
Briggs and urlacher are huge on the defense but LB is the position with the most depth. They would hurt but yea not as crippling.

Olsen is a great TE with huge potential but again, Clark is still an above average TE and it wouldnt be totally crippling.

Forte obviously is huge, but we still have Cutler, but i couldve seen Forte here. He wouldve been my #1 probably.

Alex Brown...no he wouldnt nearly hurt as much.

Tillman would hurt but he he always misses a lot games year in and year out and the CBs we have behind him the young ones are still pretty good.

UT is one of the most important positions if not the most important one in the defense that cant be just replaced as easily. What UTs do we have behind Tommie? We have Marcus Harrison, Israel Idonije and Jarron Gilbert. Dont get me wrong I love Marcus and Israel, but it is Harrisons second year and Israel is a great hustle guy, but none of them come near the level Tommie has when he is healthy. there is a reason why the defense sucked a lot the last 2 years with him injured.

abaddon41_80
08-20-2009, 08:43 PM
I love P-Willy but I would have to say Frank Gore is the most indispensable player on the 49ers. Without Willis our defense wouldn't be bottom 5 but without Gore our offense would be, at least in would have been last year.

sweetness34
08-20-2009, 08:48 PM
Because he isn't key for their defense. Nor has he played at a high level the past 2 years. Give me Briggs, Forte, Tillman, Brown, Olsen, or Urlacher before even bringing up Harris.

You have absolutely no idea what you are talking about.

Tommie Harris is the key for our defense getting back to what it was a couple years ago. When Tommie goes, our defense goes. He's easily the most important part of our defense and when he's on his game, our defense is dominant because he commands so much attention and that frees other players to make plays.

Our defense is predicated on the pressure we get from the defensive line. It's why Vasher looked liked an all-pro, because we were able to wreak havoc with the front 4 and he was able to freelance. Now that the DL has had trouble getting consistent pressure with the front 4 recently, Vasher has struggled and our secondary looks "weaker."

Tommie is a dominant player when he's healthy and we need him to be near full strength for our defense to be going on all cylinders.

sweetness34
08-20-2009, 08:50 PM
I'm not saying Urlacher, Briggs, Tillman, Brown, etc aren't valuable, but if Tommie is healthy and ready to go, our defense becomes scary again.

OzTitan
08-20-2009, 08:52 PM
Titans fans gotta love KVB, but no way is he #1. The Titans have decent enough depth on the DL so losing KVB wouldn't kill the team - they kinda showed that last season, no?

The real player the Titans could NOT afford to lose is LT Michael Roos, and here's why - first, the Titans don't have proven OT depth and, in particular, lack any LT depth at all. Secondly, Roos is one of the best pass blocking LT's in the game and is 90% of why Kerry Collins was sacked so few times. We all know what Kerry Collins looks like with pressure bearing down.

While the DL is more important to the Titans than pass blocking, to say the Titans Super Bowl hopes rest on KVB's mad man shoulders is a big exaggeration. I'd put Chris Johnson and, of course, Michael Roos ahead of him in importance.

EDIT: looking around at the other choices, wow, I guess KVB was one of the better selections reality wise, some of these are terrible choices.

Saints-Tigers
08-20-2009, 09:41 PM
I love the guy to death and stuff and he might have been underrated last season but he influence people expect him to have this season is just crazy

For real. I think Thomas isn't recognized for how good of a runner he is, because our line forces him to break a tackle in the backfield... but lol?

GB12
08-20-2009, 10:26 PM
No way is it Greg Jennings for the Packers. He's a great WR and it'd hurt if we lost him, but we'd still have a decent WR group without him. Donald Driver, James Jones, Jordy Nelson, and Ruvell Martin would still be a better 1-4 than some teams have at full strength.

This would be my top five in order:

Aaron Rodgers
Ryan Grant
Aaron Kampman
Cullen Jenkins
Chad Clifton

TACKLE
08-20-2009, 10:31 PM
I understand why they picked Mason for the Ravens but I got to with E Reed. Although the defense is excellent the corners are the weakness. They could exposed against top WR's. But, becuase #20 is patrolling deep, very few teams challenge the Ravens deep. And when theydo, he makes them pay. Reed's presence allows the front seven to bring so much pressure and exotic looks because they have the confidence teams aren't going to go deep on them.

Hines
08-20-2009, 10:39 PM
Big Ben would be a bigger blow to our team than Aaron Smith.

Saints 4 Lyfe
08-20-2009, 11:51 PM
so SI believes Thomas>>>Brees

ok gotcha.

aNYtitan
08-20-2009, 11:56 PM
I don't see how KVB is indispensable? The Titans have kinda grown accustomed to not having him on the field for 2-3 games a season. If anyone is indispensable its Bulluck or Roos or Mawae

S T R I N G
08-21-2009, 12:05 AM
Big Ben would be a bigger blow to our team than Aaron Smith.

so SI believes Thomas>>>Brees

ok gotcha.

Read the article...

And since losing a starting quarterback, obviously, would be devastating to every team, we left them out of this little exercise.

Bucs_Rule
08-21-2009, 02:02 AM
How on Earth is a guy that you spent a 2nd rounder to get is your most valuable player? To me thats saying none of your current players you value for a 1st or 2nd.

Gay Ork Wang
08-21-2009, 03:37 AM
I hate people who dont read the thread.

WMD
08-21-2009, 03:59 AM
Shaun Smith? He's been on the team for what.. a week? It took me a second to realize that's who they were talking about. At first I thought he meant Kevin Smith. That'd be fine, but how couldn't it be Calvin Johnson? Gosder Cherilus would be a better pick than Shaun Smith. Ernie Sims, Julian Peterson, Larry Foote, Louis Delmas, Cliff Avril, Anthony Henry, Philip Buchanon..

djp
08-21-2009, 04:56 AM
The Vikings pick is definitely Steve Hutchinson. Adrian is a god, but Chester Taylor ran for 1300 yards the year before we drafted Peterson.

Hutchinson is the best lineman in the game and it really isn't close. The guy does not get beat, ever. Worth every penny. He's the guy that made Shaun Alexander's career. It went down the toilet once he left.

Caddy
08-21-2009, 05:21 AM
He got the Bucs one 100% correct. Barrett Ruud is the heart of the Tampa Defense and if he goes down we'll be starting someone like Niko Koutovides. :(

marshallb
08-21-2009, 03:50 PM
The Vikings pick is definitely Steve Hutchinson. Adrian is a god, but Chester Taylor ran for 1300 yards the year before we drafted Peterson.

Hutchinson is the best lineman in the game and it really isn't close. The guy does not get beat, ever. Worth every penny. He's the guy that made Shaun Alexander's career. It went down the toilet once he left.

I agree with you. The next closest guy imo, would probably be Jared Allen, he helped out our pass rush so much, which in turn helped out our secondary, which should only get better this year(after getting rid of Sharper and Griffin having another year, and getting EJ back). If we were to lose Adrian, Chester would do just fine.

Timbathia
08-21-2009, 04:52 PM
Zero chance Marshall is Denvers. Clady wins my vote. Without a great o-line what the hell do we have? (answer is not much). There is still Royal, Stokely, Scheff, and Gaffney that are all NFL-quality pass catchers.

It is also obvious based on last year that the defense is considerably worse when DJ Williams or Champ arent back there.

Saints 4 Lyfe
08-21-2009, 04:55 PM
Read the article...
its all or none. none should be "exempt".

Seamus2602
08-21-2009, 07:30 PM
For Indy I can't agree that it would be Jeff Saturday. As it states Howard Mudd described the O-Line play as Mediocre. We went 12-4. Yes Jeff Saturday is a brilliant Centre but the power of the Offense is Peyton Manning. But we aren't allowed to count Quarterbacks. For the Colts, Manning aside, I would have to go with Dwight Freeney. If Freeney's down, then Mathis isn't as effective and with no Freeney and less of Mathis our Pass Rush is not very good. Lose the Pass Rush and our D will struggle. Freeney is more important to the 2009 Colts than Jeff Saturday, or anyother member of the Offense with the exception of Manning.