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  • #16
    looks like the afc north has some good talent at the safety positions


    Sig by jkpigskin , thanks.

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    • #17
      It's cool to see Sean Jones get some respect.

      I think Ed Reed is better than Polamalu, but maybe thats because he has a better supporting cast?

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      • #18
        The Big Three

        How I see it ...

        1. Baltimore Ravens
        2. Indianapolis Colts
        3. Pittsburgh Steelers

        I really like Anthony Smith, but at no point whatsoever have he and Troy Polamalu played like the best safety tandem in the AFC, that's ridiculous. If/when Smith improves, which the article even notes, then we'll re-evaluate.

        The Colts' starting duo of Bob Sanders and Antoine Bethea easily ranks at #2 for me, behind of course the Ravens' duo of the best safety in the game in Ed Reed and a good, young strong safety in Dawan Landry.


        Youth movement

        Even if it were assumed that Dominique Foxworth is taking over at free safety for the Denver Broncos, which isn't the case with this particular article, the team has no business being ranked at #5. And unless Foxworth does make the move, the results of which are not guaranteed, Mike Shanahan needs to stop ignoring the position come the Draft. He finally got it through his thick skull to address the defensive line this year, so maybe there's hope yet.


        Up and comers

        Namely the Buffalo Bills and Kansas City Chiefs. Both teams drafted their starting duos of the future in the 2006 Draft, and as they see the field and gain experience, they are only going to move up the list, I think. In fact, I'd rank both teams ahead of the Chargers.

        I also think eyes should be kept on Michael Huff, as he continues to improve in one of the league's best budding secondaries,
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        • #19
          Originally posted by Geo View Post
          The Big Three

          How I see it ...

          1. Baltimore Ravens
          2. Indianapolis Colts
          3. Pittsburgh Steelers

          I really like Anthony Smith, but at no point whatsoever have he and Troy Polamalu played like the best safety tandem in the AFC, that's ridiculous. If/when Smith improves, which the article even notes, then we'll re-evaluate.

          The Colts' starting duo of Bob Sanders and Antoine Bethea easily ranks at #2 for me, behind of course the Ravens' duo of the best safety in the game in Ed Reed and a good, young strong safety in Dawan Landry.


          Youth movement

          Even if it were assumed that Dominique Foxworth is taking over at free safety for the Denver Broncos, which isn't the case with this particular article, the team has no business being ranked at #5. And unless Foxworth does make the move, the results of which are not guaranteed, Mike Shanahan needs to stop ignoring the position come the Draft. He finally got it through his thick skull to address the defensive line this year, so maybe there's hope yet.


          Up and comers

          Namely the Buffalo Bills and Kansas City Chiefs. Both teams drafted their starting duos of the future in the 2006 Draft, and as they see the field and gain experience, they are only going to move up the list, I think. In fact, I'd rank both teams ahead of the Chargers.

          I also think eyes should be kept on Michael Huff, as he continues to improve in one of the league's best budding secondaries,
          Nice to see someone outside of KC noticed Pollard and Page last season. I totally agree about Denver also.

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          • #20
            How are the Ravens not number 1?
            Landry & Reed, I Would take that combo over any other

            Baltimore: 7-4

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            • #21
              I think Jacksonville will be in top five discussion after this season. I don't know who I'm more excited to watch this season: Nelson or Sensabaugh.

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              • #22
                That top 3 is so good!


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                • #23
                  As of now I'm not sure the Steelers can be ahead of the Ravens as of now from a starter standpoint because Smith didn't play much last year and Landry had a good year. However, the Steelers are deep at safety with Ryan Clark, who had a solid and underrated year and could possibly play a big role in the nickel package this year. Tyrone Carter also brings solid veteran experience and is a very good backup. The Steelers safeties also don't haven't had the luxury of a dominant pass rush like the Ravens have had over the past few years. With a real promising player in Anthony Smith, a pass rush improved by Timmons and Woodley, and improved corner play because of the abilities that Tomlin brings, I think the Steelers safeties should be able to really excel this year and solidify their #1 rank.
                  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hFpnxVrT8Js

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                  • #24
                    I'm curious as to who writes these rankings, because from what I can tell, they play a lot of madden.

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                    • #25
                      Originally posted by skinzzfan25 View Post
                      Reed's coverage skills are on another level than Polamalu. I think by just Reed alone, the Ravens should be at number one. Plus I'd take Landry over Smith/Clark anyday.
                      No ****, I'd hope so on the Reeds a better cover safety than Troy.

                      Reed is a Free Safety... Polamalu is a Strong Safety.


                      Reed is the centerfield Ballhawk.

                      Polamalu is basically a smaller quicker Linebacker.

                      You'd have to compare Landry to Polamalu and Reed to Smith.

                      It's almost like Comparing a Middle Linebacker and OLB and wondering why their stats are so different, they have different jobs.

                      Not to mention, if you will, Troy is Very Unique and can lineup anywhere on the field at anytime.



                      Right now I give the edge to the Ravens because Landry has a full 16 games under his belt.

                      But I kid you not, Anthony Smith, under Tomlins Tutelage has been getting better and better... He's going to be an awesome Free Safety.



                      Look at those gunz. He's stacked.

                      I think Anthony Smith is perfect because he's a big hitter and has that closing burst that make him a dangerous safety.

                      I won't say he's Ed Reed level, yet, but the talent is there.

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                      • #26
                        Originally posted by Ghettosermon View Post
                        He is better you just can't say Smith is as good just yet. Landry will be a pro bowler within the next 3 years.
                        It's possible, but you can't guarantee he'll be a pro-bowler.

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                        • #27
                          He said he will be a pro bowler, you just said Smith has the talent to be on Ed Reed's level.

                          That is correct comahan
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                          • #28
                            Originally posted by draftguru151 View Post
                            He said he will be a pro bowler, you just said Smith has the talent to be on Ed Reed's level.
                            The Talent, like Potential, isn't a given or guarantee. He basically said "Book it, Landry will be a pro bowler in 3 years".


                            When you look at the SS's across the AFC, thats going to be pretty difficult...

                            You have:

                            Troy Polamalu, Steelers
                            Donte Whitner, Bills
                            Sean Jones, Browns
                            Antoine Bethea, Colts
                            Bernard Pollard, Chiefs
                            Rodney Harrison, Chargers
                            Michael Huff, Raiders
                            Chris Hope, Titans

                            Landry is good but Guaranteeing a Pro-Bowler is far more than me saying that Smith has talent/tools/potential to someday make Reeds level.

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                            • #29
                              Landry making the pro bowl is a possibility, Smith doesn't have the talent of Ed Reed, not even close.

                              That is correct comahan
                              I ******* LOVE YOU DG
                              <3 dg

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                              • #30
                                putting Rodney Harrison on any list is like putting Junior Seau, LeCharles Bentley, Joe Thiesman, Napoleon McCallum on a list.
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                                <+ScottWright> Why not. Baldwin does need a sparring partner...
                                Originally posted by Hermstheman83
                                What's with the hate on Ricky Stanzi? Those youtube clips of him with the hulk hogan theme music instantly make him better than Luck.

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