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  • #61
    Originally posted by KCJ58 View Post
    haha

    every year people put the 49ers and the Cardnails to win at least 8 games and every year I laugh
    Apparently you were laughing at yourself because the Cards did win 8 games last year.

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    • #62
      Originally posted by Larry View Post
      The Falcons by far have the worst team in the NFC, how are they winning more games then the Niners?
      Because they play in the NFC South, where the last place team always, inexplicably, wins the division the next season.

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      • #63
        Originally posted by Tha Boss View Post
        Wow, I dont quite know where to begin with this. Regardless of whether or not Lynch is slowing down, really wont have that great of an impact of our defense. Our Defensive line should be greatly improved with the addition of Dewayne Robertson and Ebeneezer Ekuban coming back from injury. Last year we also drafted 3 defensive linemen, the second year is generally when a dlineman starts to show a little somthing. So the Defensive Line should be greatly improved from a year ago with Jarvis Moss Tim Crowder and Marcus Thomas.

        Now if you actually take a second to look, the run D was much improved the second half of the season. Why? because we switched schemes in the middle of the year. We were playing a Jim Bates Defense, which we did not have the personel to run

        The Linebacking core would almost be impossible not to improve on. DJ will be moving back to his natural position at the WILL. We will have a middle linebacker who is dedicated to the run be it Koutivides or Webster. And the addition of Boss Bailey we actuallly have a SAM that can cover. And any unit that gets rid of Ian Gold, the man who couldnt tackle my mom running out of the backfield, is surley to be better. So the Defense as a whole will almost certainly better.

        On the offensive side of the ball, Jay Cutler will be coing into his 3rd year. This is usualy the make or break year for QBs. One of the main reasons that Cutlers year last year was subpar (if you can say that) was the fact that he was un-diagnosed with diabetes and lost 30 pounds during the season. So lets imagine a completley healty Cutler.

        The offensive line should be better than it has been in years. Tom Nalsen and Starting guard Ben Hamilton were both out of action for almost the entire season. Not to mention the below average play from Matt Lepsis, Ryan Clady is almost certainly an upgrade at the LT position. At right guard you have probably our best lineman last year in Montrae Holland. So with that upgrade Cutler should have plenty of time to throw the ball, and the run game should return to its consistent dominant self.

        At WR you have arguably one of the brightest young stars in the NFL, that being Brandon Marshall. Who is set to return almost exactley a month from now. Which also happens to be a month from training camp. So he will have ample time to return to prime form. You also have one of the best slot recievers and surley Darrell Jackson or Keary Colbert is surley to be an upgrade over glenn martinez as the number 2 reciever.(Walker was hurt, or pouting the majority of the year). At TE you have one of the best blocking TEs in the league and perhaps Cutlers favorite target Tony Scheffler.

        The only position due to be downgraded is Kicker, So i realy dont understand how you can expect Denver to be so horrible, Unless there is somthing i missed?
        your very optimistic about the denvers additions this year and changes i just dont see it but i guess we will have to wait and leave the season to settle the judgment.

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        • #64
          Originally posted by DragonFireKai View Post
          Because they play in the NFC South, where the last place team always, inexplicably, wins the division the next season.
          If this interesting trend can continue for another year, that would be something.
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          • #65
            Originally posted by Kurve View Post
            your very optimistic about the denvers additions this year and changes i just dont see it but i guess we will have to wait and leave the season to settle the judgment.
            Im not saying they are going to be a superbowl contender. But i am saying they certainly improved from a disasterous year last year, and should do no worse.

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            • #66
              Originally posted by Tha Boss View Post
              Im not saying they are going to be a superbowl contender. But i am saying they certainly improved from a disasterous year last year, and should do no worse.
              I'm sorry but this "my team is better than we were last season so we have to have a better record" line thinking is painfully stupid. Every team is better than they were last season so should every team have a better record?

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              • #67
                Originally posted by TheGreatEscape View Post
                I'm sorry but this "my team is better than we were last season so we have to have a better record" line thinking is painfully stupid. Every team is better than they were last season so should every team have a better record?
                sure every team is, in a way, better if you just look at their roster.

                but take into account injuries and position changes and it tells a different story.

                as of right now, with their defense entirely healthy and tait at RT, the bears are an overall better team than they were at the end of the season last year. the only argument you could make against that is the loss of berrian but theres young recievers there ready to go, one just needs to step up to start.

                plus, i would say the packers will take a step back. and the vikings might not take the expected step forward if they can't find a QB......so even in comparison, the division got worse so that helps the bears case in the "they got better" scenario.

                you can't say it about every team but theres on where i firmly believe its true

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                • #68
                  Originally posted by TheGreatEscape View Post
                  I'm sorry but this "my team is better than we were last season so we have to have a better record" line thinking is painfully stupid. Every team is better than they were last season so should every team have a better record?
                  This is a PREDICTION thread. As i stated Denver had many key injuries last year, and were playing with a very inexperienced team.

                  So baring injury, the younger players should step up. The defensive line should be much improved. And to top it all off Denver plays in one of the worst confrences in the league right now.

                  The offense has all the tools to be elite, I clearly stated all of this in the previous post. It is not like i was just saying "oh they will be better than last season". Without out actually stating many facts, which explained what lead to the demise of Denver last year. Perhaps you just didnt reead that post.

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                  • #69
                    Originally posted by TheGreatEscape View Post
                    As for the panthers I was going to put them lower actually. That D doesn't look to intimidating right now and I'll trust the I when I see it click. The oline will need to gel in the new set up, Wharton at guard, Gross at LT and Otah at RT. And they still don't have a #2 guy who'll help Steve Smith. They have potential but I think they need another year for the oline to gel, the d to form its identity and Delhomme to prove he's not done.
                    Every player other than RT has a proven starting record on the offensive line. The last first round offensive tackle the Panthers took was pretty good and started for 16 games as a rookie and helped get the team to the SB in Jordan Gross.

                    Besides last year Wharton gave up something like 11 sacks. Gross will be far better giving up just 3 last year and Otah won't be 11 sacks bad, I'm predicting 6 or 7 as a rookie.

                    As for receivers. You might not like Mushin Muhummad or DJ Hackett but even blind, deaf mutes know that those two receivers will be 10x better than Keary Colbert and Drew Carter. For one, muhummad loves to block and both receivers actually have dependable hands.

                    You're saying that the panthers will be worse than 7-9 because they're offensive line needs to gel and they've got two receivers better than they had last year opposite smith.

                    I've got to tell you, you make 0 sense in your argument.

                    David Carr, weak offensive line, weak running game and weak receivers were the teams biggest problem.

                    Everyone is starting to bag the Panthers Defense which makes no sense. Here's a newsflash for you, when your offense can only control the ball for 20 minutes in a game, your defense isn't going to shut anyone down. Especially when your LE has a down year, your RE gets too old and your "star" DT decides to quit on you.

                    The team had a lot of issues at the defensive line and on offense and still went 7-9. Now the team improves every area of deficiency and does so CLEARLY not just in my opinion, but its a consensus accross all forms of sports media and even other NFC South fans agree. Yet you still think they'll be a worse team facing easier opponents.

                    You're insane.

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                    • #70
                      Originally posted by BlindSite View Post
                      Every player other than RT has a proven starting record on the offensive line. The last first round offensive tackle the Panthers took was pretty good and started for 16 games as a rookie and helped get the team to the SB in Jordan Gross.

                      Besides last year Wharton gave up something like 11 sacks. Gross will be far better giving up just 3 last year and Otah won't be 11 sacks bad, I'm predicting 6 or 7 as a rookie.

                      As for receivers. You might not like Mushin Muhummad or DJ Hackett but even blind, deaf mutes know that those two receivers will be 10x better than Keary Colbert and Drew Carter. For one, muhummad loves to block and both receivers actually have dependable hands.

                      You're saying that the panthers will be worse than 7-9 because they're offensive line needs to gel and they've got two receivers better than they had last year opposite smith.

                      I've got to tell you, you make 0 sense in your argument.

                      David Carr, weak offensive line, weak running game and weak receivers were the teams biggest problem.

                      Everyone is starting to bag the Panthers Defense which makes no sense.

                      Here's a newsflash for you, when your offense can only control the ball for 20 minutes in a game, your defense isn't going to shut anyone down. Especially when your LE has a down year, your RE gets too old and your "star" DT decides to quit on you.

                      The team had a lot of issues at the defensive line and on offense and still went 7-9. Now the team improves every area of deficiency and does so CLEARLY not just in my opinion, but its a consensus accross all forms of sports media and even other NFC South fans agree. Yet you still think they'll be a worse team facing easier opponents.

                      You're insane.
                      So the panthers had so many terrible things happen that made them terrible, then how'd they go 7-9? Could it be that they overachiever and beat on teams who also had ish hit the fan?

                      I'm not going to argue that the panthers aren't better by that same token I couldn't argue that the Saints, Bucs and Falcons aren't better. Does the entire NFC south get to have a good record?
                      You guys very well could have a better team next year, but that doesn't mean you'll have a better record. I think the giants will be better than they were last year, does that mean we're repeating? I doubt it.

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                      • #71
                        The team went 7-9 because they fought their guts out for Matt Moore to win 2 games, had Delhomme for three (two of which the Panthers won)

                        So that's 4 games through actually having a non-inept Qb, Testaverde winning over Arizona makes 5.

                        The other two wins came against San Francisco a terrible team and against new orleans who had a horrendous secondary last year.

                        In essence the team won because they had a QB who could get it done and keep the offense on the field. The 9 losses last year were solely offensive losses, anyone who watched the Panthers play last year knew it was all offensive issues and those issues have been corrected.

                        So far all you've had to say is "not every team can win" and that apparently our divisional rivals who outside of tampa are still in rebuild mode might be better, though past history suggests otherwise.

                        You make no sense.

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                        • #72
                          Originally posted by BlindSite View Post
                          The team went 7-9 because they fought their guts out for Matt Moore to win 2 games, had Delhomme for three (two of which the Panthers won)

                          So that's 4 games through actually having a non-inept Qb, Testaverde winning over Arizona makes 5.

                          The other two wins came against San Francisco a terrible team and against new orleans who had a horrendous secondary last year.

                          In essence the team won becauuse they had a QB who could get it done and keep the offense on the field. The 9 losses last year were solely offensive losses, anyone who watched the Panthers play last year knew it was all offensive issues and those issues have been corrected.
                          So far all you've had to say is "not every team can win" and that apparently our divisional rivals who outside of tampa are still in rebuild mode might be better, though past history suggests otherwise.

                          You make no sense.
                          Actually past history suggests the Falcons should win the south.

                          The Panthers had a good defense and atrocious offense, and their offense cost them a lot but this defense wasn't extraordinary and the I don't see your O clicking as quickly as you do. You've got 3 olinemen starting at positions they didn't start last year. They may be better fits but oline play is all about chemistry and being in rythm with your fellow lineman which leads me to believe your oline will struggle especially early.

                          And I'm not believing Delhomme plays great, especially early on as he gets pressured more while the line gels.

                          Yes you will be better but you'll still be a team that has a good defense and alright offense, IMO that sounds like a 7-9 team. I could he wrong on this one but I just don't see anything that leads me to believe the Panthers are going to excel this season.

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                          • #73
                            I'm not going to repeat myself again just because you cannot grasp simple football concepts.

                            03, and 05 saw the team start new players at tackle and guard and centre and in both those years the team made the NFCCG in 03 they made the superbowl. John Fox's staff has never had a problem shuffling the line.

                            Lets say for arguments sake the shuffle of the line costs the Panthers 2 of the first 4, that will still match up with what I predicted.

                            Delhomme had his career season with the worst line the Panthers put on the field during his time in Carolina. Don't count him out because of the line lacking in chemistry. If history is anything to go on he'll be better than ever because of it.

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