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Salguero NFL pre-camp rankings No. 32 to No. 1

For some reason, this morning when I woke up I got this wild hair idea to give you my NFL ranking of teams from 32-1. Six hours later, I'm done writing.

So with no further delay, the Salguero NFL 2010 pre-training camp rankings:

32. Tampa Bay: Gerald McCoy is an upgrade for the defensive line, but folks in Tampa will soon see he's not in Warren Sapp's league -- good not great. The quarterbacking is suspect, they've exchanged experienced WR talent for inexperienced and untried WR talent, the running game is pedestrian, and there is nothing about the coaching staff or front office that induces confidence.

31. St. Louis Rams: Improvement! They were the NFL's worst team last year but the truth is until and unless the Sam Bradford pick takes hold, this team will be struggling near the bottom of the pack. Sorry, Lou, but A.J. Feeley can be a lockerroom killer. And, yes the offensive line will be somewhat better with Rodger Saffold, but the DL, 27th versus the run last year, is a leaky dike.

30. Buffalo: Very few folks with other options want to go to Buffalo -- not bigtime coaches nor players. It's the reason the franchise has struggled since the start of free agency in the mid-1990s. The quarterback situation is unresolved, the defense is transitioning to the 3-4, they dismissed one of their more effective playmakers in Terrell Owens, and everyone else in the division is good. That is no formula for success.

29. Jacksonville: The big free agent signings were, wait for it, a special teams player (Kassim Osgood) and a defender (Aaron Kampman) that had 3.5 sacks last year. They reached in the first round on Tyson Alualu, nobody is showing up to games, this is a train headed in the wrong direction.

28. Detroit: The Lions scored core players in the draft's first round (Suh and Best) while continuing to shore up the secondary in the third round (Amari Spievey). Kyle Vanden Bosch will bring veteran professionalism to the locker room and some solid production to the field. But look out for the biggest jump to come from the quarterback (Matt Stafford) and wide receiver (Calvin Johnson) positions. This team has stopped declining.

27. Oakland: They actually had a good draft! Cryptkeeper Al Davis didn't over-reach or make any head-scratching gambles -- those have backfired in recent history. But this team is still overcoming the mistakes of its recent past (JaMarcus Russell) and the coaching is simply not stellar outside of passing game coordinator Ted Tollner.

26. Cleveland: The Browns have straightened out their front office -- largely by raiding the Dolphins front office -- and are well on their way to returning to, um, mediocrity for the short term. Mike Holmgren and Tommy Heckert Jr. have done fine work turning the CB spot from a weakness to a strength by trading for Sheldon Brown and drafting Joe Haden. If T.J. Ward can stay healthy, the deep secondary is also taken care of. But the Cleveland offense, No. 32 last year, still reeks. Jake Delhomme is highly paid but highly inconsistent. And that will be this offense's story in 2010.

25. Arizona: To recap, they've lost Kurt Warner, Antrel Rolle, Karlos Dansby, Bertrand Berry, Bryant McFadden, and Anquan Boldin. And while I love Dan Williams and Daryl Washington as their first two draft picks, adding aging vets Joey Porter and Alan Faneca is not about getting better but plugging leaks poorly. The Cards, a Super Bowl team in 2008 and division winners in 2009, will be fighting Seattle for third place in the NFC West.

24. Seattle: Leon Washington (if healthy), LenDale White (if motivated) and Russell Okung (if he lives up to his draft status) should help the running game improve on last year's terrible (26th overall) rating. That should also take pressure of Matt Hasselbeck and perhaps help him stay healthy. Simply, if the QB is healthy, the Hawks can vie for mediocrity. If the job falls to Charlie Whitehurst, a talented but inexperienced career backup, it's going to be a looong season. 

23. Washington: They were perhaps the most active team this offseason, hiring an outstanding new coach, trading for a future Hall of Fame quarterback, and adding more horses at running back than a stable at the Kentucky Derby. All that is well and good, but the quarterback is not everything. Donovan McNabb can't do it all. The offensive line, and secondary are question marks. The drafting of Trent Williams will solve some of the OL problems once he gets over his rookie growing pains. 

22. Carolina: One does not get better by losing Julius Peppers, having a coach enter a season as a lame duck, having no first round draft pick, and using the second-round pick on a player (Jimmy Clausen) who probably will not play as he learns the NFL game. As horrible offseasons go, Carolina is right up there. Their best move might have been picking Brandon LaFell in the third round because at least he might start in 2010.

21. Denver: Josh McDaniels acts like he knows things no one else does. So he's traded away a franchise quarterback, a franchise wide receiver, gotten rid of a fine defensive coordinator, reached for Tim Tebow in the first round, traded away his starting TE, and pieced together an offensive line with a ton of question marks and one major injury -- the patellar tendon tear to left tackle Ryan Clady's left knee. McDaniels will also learn that there is a reason Akin Ayodele was cut.

20. Kansas City: New England Midwest got significantly stronger in the defensive backfield this offseason with the drafting of Eric Berry and Javier Arenas, who will be a fine nickel player. The rest of the defense, putrid against the run last year, is still a work-in-progress. The offense should be better with the addition of running back Thomas Jones and center Casey Wiegmann. Both are in the twilight of their careers, but serve as upgrades for this team nonetheless. It'll be interesting to see what new OC Charlie Weis can do for QB Matt Cassell.

19. New York Giants: Yes, this is a surprise but this team is starting to age and not very well. Despite an emphasis on the defensive line, opponents were able to run the ball quite well last season. Adding rookie Linval Joseph will probably only make up for the loss of Fred Robbins. Jason Pierre-Paul is a project player who as a rookie has the feel of a wonderful athlete but only an average football player. He needs much work. The Giants have no backup quarterback, having replaced David Carr with Jim Sorgi. If Eli Manning breaks down, this is a cellar-dwelling team. Otherwise, welcome to third place in the NFC East. Again.

18. Chicago: They were 7-9 despite the fact Jay Cutler threw 26 interceptions. Twenty-six interceptions! If new OC Mike Martz can get Cutler to cut that number in half, the Bears win 10 games this year. The expensive addition of Julius Peppers will work only if the player feels he has to live up to his salary -- something that hasn't always been the case. The return of linebacker Brian Urlacher will help but the release of Alex Brown remains a head-scratcher. Former Dolphins seventh-round pick Devin Aromashodu seems on the verge of stardom.

17. San Francisco: They added a future Pro Bowl player in Mike Iupati but reached badly for Anthony Davis. Safety Taylor Mays will remind the Bay Area of Ronnie Lott in the manner he hits, but definitely not in the manner he covers. The team also improved its return game by getting Ted Ginn for a fifth-round pick -- a good trade for them. But let's face it, the 49'ers look set at most of their positions save quarterback. If Alex Smith can finally become a solid NFL starter, this team wins its division. If Smith continues his roller coaster career, this team once again struggles to win eight games.

16. Pittsburgh: They want to go back to their old pounding running game personality because quarterback Ben Roethlisberger won't be around for at least four games and possibly up to six games. The addition of Maurkice Pouncey to the offensive line will help that. Santonio Holmes is gone so the air around his former hotel room on the road has cleared. But that means second year player Mike Wallace needs to become the star his rookie campaign suggested he could be. The defensive front and linebackers are solid but the cornerback play is still a concern despite the re-aquisition of Bryant McFadden.

15. Houston: Signing a kicker and former Dolphins offensive tackle Wade Smith in free agency, while losing standout cornerback Dunta Robinson is not the way to improve a team. The Texans seem to be forever treading water around the 8-8 mark and this year bodes no differently as the defense seems weakened by the loss of Robinson and coming suspension of Brian Cushing. The offense has made no significant improvement. Matt Schaub will once again have to throw for nearly 5,000 yards to keep the Texans above .500

14. Tennessee: They are counting on this draft to help immediately and last year's draft to finally help because it certainly didn't contribute much in 2009. The Titans are obviously also banking on Chris Johnson being able to continue his torrid rushing pace which could be a reach because he simply doesn't have the size to carry 720 times in two years -- particularly not if he sits out most of the offseason and preseason in a contract squabble. The picking of Derrick Morgan should deaden the pain of losing Kyle Vanden Bosch.

13. New England: I'm sure there will be angry e-mails from Massachusetts. Too bad. Tom Brady is still great, but honestly, he's not working as hard these days as he once did. Wes Welker probably will not be around early in the season and it might take a while before he's 100 percent. The team doesn't have an offensive coordinator or a defensive coordinator and that's just weird. The cornerback spot is still a weakness despite the selection of Devin McCourty in the first round. And the running game ... well, what running game?

12. Philadelphia: The good news: Brandon Graham will be 2010's defensive rookie of the year and he will not fail any drug tests. Nate Allen will be solid in the deep secondary and Ricky Sapp will seem like a bargain if the Eagles let him rush the passer on a situational basis. The bad news: One does not improve by getting rid of a great quarterback and sending him to a division rival. The bet here is Kevin Kolb will not have a better season in 2010 than McNabb had in 2009. And trading away Sheldon Brown will not result in a net gain.

11: Cincinnati: If Antonio Bryant stays healthy and tight end Jermaine Gresham, a tight end with deer speed, is recovered from his knee injury, the Bengals slow-developing offense will finally give quarterback Carson Palmer weapons to work with. The prediction here is that Jordan Shipley will also become a favorite of the veteran quarterback. Cincy's defense is intact and actually improved the depth at corner with the addition of Brandon Ghee. Adam "Pacman" Jones? Special teams help. Nothing more.

10: Miami: They've come a looong way this offseason. Seriously. The addition of Brandon Marshall means the Dolphins finally have a consistent playmaker in the passing game. Adding inside linebacker Karlos Dansby and moving Randy Starks to nose tackle will help solidify the run-defense that fell from No. 10 in 2008 to No. 18 last year. The secondary remains a major question mark with the free safety spot a huge concern. If Chad Henne develops into a top-tier quarterback, this team should be back in the playoffs. If he doesn't, 8-8 here we come.

9: New York Jets: Yeah, they're making Super Bowl noises but that's just what it is -- noise. The Jets didn't improve by switching out Thomas Jones and Leon Washington for Shonn Greene and LaDainian Tomlinson. They took a step back which isn't the best way for a running game to go. Their pass-rush, nearly non-existent last year, will be better with the addition of Jason Taylor, and Antonio Cromartie improves the secondary. But left guard is a concern as is at least one defensive end spot.

8: Minnesota: Will he? Won't he? And how is his ankle? All the questions about the Vikings revolve around Brett Favre and whether he'll play his 20th season or not. I believe he'll play. I also believe age will begin catching up to him. Simply, it is hard to expect another 33-TD, 4,200-yard season from a soon-to-be 41-year-old. The Vikings still have an excellent offensive line and running game and can bring pressure on defense, but they don't scare the elite teams with a diminished Favre or Tarvaris Jackson at QB.

7. San Diego: The Chargers upgraded by adding rookie running back Ryan Mathews, who will retrun dowhill running to the San Diego offense. But there is no visible upgrade in trading out Antonio Cromartie for Nathan Vashar and Donald Strickland, who are nothing more than backup players at this point. The idea of eliminating a player that's motivated only 75 percent of the time is a good one, but only when he's replaced by someone as talented and more motivated. The Chargers failed in that regard. This is still a highly talented roster, led by perhaps the NFL's best quarterback.

6. Dallas: The Cowboys have plenty of talent at all positions with the possible exceptions of left tackle and safety. Yes, Alex Barron is now in town and will compete with Doug Free to protect Tony Romo's blind side, but can he stay onside? The team cut Ken Hamlin, who is still on the market, but hasn't really replaced him. Owner Jerry Jones took a huge gamble in drafting Dez Bryant, who is clearly still out of shape after missing most of 2009 at Oklahoma State. But the kid has great potential and seems to be in the right place because he'll get advice from Michael Irvin.

5. Green Bay: The Packers needed to keep their talent early this offseason and did exactly that by re-signing offensive tackle Chad Clifton and rewarding playmaking safety Nick Collins. The other major assignment was shoring up the offensive line and GM Ted Thompson did that by selecting tackle workmanlike Bryan Bulaga with the first overall selection. The rookie might play at guard initially. The Packers are so solid they used their second and third round picks to address possible future needs. 

4. Atlanta: They have the franchise quarterback. Matt Ryan reminds of a young Tom Brady. The passing game and running game are in great hands. The secondary is better with the addition of Dunta Robinson. First round pick Sean Weatherspoon is going to be a star in the NFL someday and will be in sub packages as a rookie. The Falcons will also get an added punch by the return of 2009 first-round pick Peria Jerry to the lineup, after he missed all but two games with a knee injury. This team has the feel of a comer. 

3. Indianapolis: The left guard question remains and there are questions about the return to health of safety Bob Sanders and receiver Anthony Gonzalez. But the Colts don't seem to be sweating the Gonzalez injury based on the expected improvement of Pierre Garcon and Austin Collie. On defense, Colts fans are going to love Jerry Hughes and Pat Angerer, who might become core players on the defense for the next decade. Oh yeah, Peyton Manning is pretty good.

2. New Orleans: Charles Grant is gone, but younger, better Alex Brown replaced him. Running back Mike Bell also left via free agency but the bad news is the Saints might have to pass more. Let's face it, the only things that can derail this team are complacency or a wave of injuries. Quarterback Drew Brees is likely to work toward preventing the former. That latter is a matter of fate. 

1. Baltimore: Anquan Boldin gives them an answer for third-down and crunch passing situations. Donte Stallworth comes with a new view of life after spending the past year on suspension. They drafted talented tight ends Dennis Pitta and Ed Dickson to offer yet more large targets for quarterback Joe Flacco to hit -- assuming Todd Heap isn't on the field, of course. Derrick Mason is back. Ray Lewis and Ed Reed haven't slowed down. Terrell Suggs is healthy again. And while house-sized defensive tackle Haloti Ngata recovers from pectoral surgery, the Ravens will give lots of training camp snaps to condo-sized Cory Redding and mansion-sized Terrence Cody at defensive tackle. Oh, almost forgot, if Suggs and Jarret Johnson and Antwan Barnes aren't getting to the QB enough, the Ravens will probably throw top draft pick Sergio Kindle in the mix as well. They're loaded!

[BLOG NOTE: I'll be off until next Wednesday, so I'll post again then. You have plenty to chew on until then, I'm sure. And remember to read my Sunday column in The Herald or online at on the Herald site because it will explain why I ranked the Jets and Dolphins practically together.]

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The ravens did pretty good picking players the doofins should've picked, but they're not even close to the Jets who should be in the top 5 and you damn well know it.
The Jets will beat baltimore easily. they got old farts on defense and a broken down boldin who can't stay healthy to save his life.
Minnesota has no QB. The falcons can't beat the JETS. The doofins are bottom 5 no defense and marshall didn't help denver much the blew thier last 5-6 games. Henne will be worse with diva marshall hounding him for the ball, unlike holmes who will listen, diva marshall want it his way and will be a nighmare for henne he wish he never had.

Cuban what does carlito and NJ post as in the SS? I want to see if it is true.

Posted by: Rickn | May 18, 2010 at 05:38 PM

Same as they posted here, NJ still saying I post as other people, The guy just doesnt understand that A LOT of people think he's obnoxious....lol....

Jason Taylor to wear 95 in honor of Tim Bowens he says.

Gotta agree with JT on this one. Tim Bowens was a main reason Zach Thomas got all those tackles.

Sweeping the Jest was sweet last year. Can’t wait to beat them again this year. Holmes will be real good for the Jest in games 1-4 and at the end of the year when you guys hoist your didn’t win the Super Bowl trophy you can fall back into mediocrity after you lose half the players that you won’t be able to resign.

cuban you and I are cool and dont let the hate takeover. That is Bobby's problem. He may appear to be a die hard anything, because of his anger. That is just road rage, period. Glad to hear nj is the same old nj.

cuban, when are going to learn ? nj treats you as you r his younger brother.he blames you for every thing .

ALoco, There is anger in NJ's heart.

cuban, when are going to learn ? nj treats you as you r his younger brother.he blames you for every thing .

Posted by: ALoco | May 18, 2010 at 05:56 PM

That's true, He still thinks I was in Daily Plaza in November 63............

Becareful cm or nj will say you are psoting as me and aloco at the same time.

HOW COME HE ACCUSES YOU OF ,WHAT ?

Aloco what is the movie of the night?

GENTLEMEN MARRY BRUNETTES ......IT'S ON TCM.....LOWER YOUR BLOOD PRESSURE AND MAKE FEEL GOOD .

Scorpion, dont really care what the "Plumber"thinks.......By the way, any "PLUNGIE" Nominations today?????

We have not heard from "marc" in awhile.
Where are you marc??
Maybe we should call him la muneca

LOL Scorpion.......

OK guys gotta run...... Peace be with All Phin Fans........

that was dealy plaza 1963

whats wrong with jersey? he good people!

Sorry to see some of the staples of this blog go. It was a fun year, hopefully they will be back. If not, we will carry on. I'm not going anywhere. I know what's at the Sentinel and I'm just not a fan. Armando is the best in the region and I will follow him.

Here's a blast from this past year ...

"Who will carry this flag????"

(with all apologies to Carlito - the die hards will remember this reference quite well)

How pathetic, NJ is over at the SS blaming cuban menace for all of his ills. He plays as Bobby here at night. What a loser

I believe !

Soiled :)

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Homey D Clown was sup

Honestly, I miss NJ and Bobby too. Every post I have ever made on this blog is about them. I would love if both would make love to my mouth and dumped in my throat. My dream

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Good Evening Dolfans
NostraHomeUs Is Trying To Get Info To Home

Trying To Decipher Message For U

Think Home Has Got It

***** The Dynasty Be Fins! *****

I BELIEVE TOO, SOILED!!!

Disregard Imposter Posting @ 7:59 PM
ID Theft

Hopefully Armando & the Herald Can Clear This Matter Up Upon Return

Home posted @7:40 & 7:53

Will Explain 7:53 PM Post Wednesday

Must Check In To Science Severe Weather HAARP Chat Room Now

Take Care Dolfans

Hope The Impostering Issues GET CLEAR UP HERE

Sincerely
Home

fake alacran posted at 7:49pm. Goodnight folks

Anymore after this is fake

NJ when are you going to grow up son!

Ti Kanis

I never see football talk...

Listen Jack! I have forgotten more about football than you will ever know. Thanks for stopping by. :(

Home, Remember to drink your Ovaltine?

Qhy do they call it ovaltine?
It's not oval. It's round.

They should call it roundtine.

Did y'all see the report about Ted ginn dropping fiv passes at ota's today. He muffed a punt too. Glad we got that fifth for him. Before he got cut.

We all got jobs and we all got lives can't be here evry day in the off season, it gets old at times. But we are here now and tomorrow's the start of OTA's. So time to tune in for a few...not only that but Armando's been hit or miss with some of his posts.
Such as the "rebuilding can be frustrating when done over and over again", really? Stinker and has little merit when it comes to rebuilding and this regime. On the whole Armando has good stuff no pun here, but sometimes I'm like what? This regime knows what its doing Armando and if they seem to think that a certain poistion needs redressing then so be it. The exuberant amount of factors going into both 2008 and 2009 from the 2007 1-15 season can not be underestimated or said enough.

Looking back at your article about the Dolphins and Jets mirror images is a bit nutty and you made your article seem as if your inarmored with the Jets style and way which is different from the way the Trifecta runs their business and the quality of player at each position both as a player might be similar. But thats where it ends as the Dolphins have loads of players from the last three drafts that are QUALITY, as players and human beings with labels of hard working, integrity, tough, smart, competitive and mean streak to go along with strength speed and ability

Bring it back in...
So as to tomorrows kick off of OTA's I will save some of my spewing for then all right sorry typos will check back in tomorrow and can't wait for updates on The Beast, our D -cord, Dansby and our fast new and improved line backing core. We got better faster on defense should be fun.

Sorry typos later...

GoDolphins!

ok, dolphins4life
mark in toronto
odinseye
thunder bolt
wicky williams

ALL GOOD ,NICE TO READ MARK AND DOLPHINS4LIFE ,I MEAN IT .

CARLITO WILL BE BACK

Tinshaker = person who never been here = total fraud

They said ginn muffed punt off his face mask. Yes I know it isn't tecnivally dolphins talk, but cam and the dolphins are linked to ginn. Glad we passes on Quinn though. But if I'm bit mistaken couldn't we have taken Shawn merriman instead? Can't wait for season to start. I'm hyped up off ota's and football talk in general! Go fins!

Hey, I am the biggest backstabbing, fraud here. Always will be

fake aloco .....funny at 9;31'.

GOOD NIGHT TO ALL

HOME = Gone

alacaran del carajo = GONE

ALoco = GONE

The blog has now been sanitized from the dirt and slime for the evening.

Feel free to talk Dolphin Football

Your Welcome

NJ = gone for weeks
Bobby = gone for hours
Home = gone for an hour

The blog has now been sanitized from the dirt and slime for the evening.

Feel free to talk Dolphin Football

Your Welcome

Troublemaker killer, thanks for helping clean the blog

Chirp chirp chirp chirp crickets

Wow this blog so much nicer when NOONE posts anything. Lol. I rather read Aloco than nothin. If thats how its going to be Im going to watch basketball. Chirp chirp.

thunderbolt, TIME TO WATCH BOSTON/ORLANDO GAME .IT'S HALF TIME .

LET ME KNOW IF YOU WANT READ SOME OF MY WRITINGS .

If you rather read ALoco then you need Lithium in high doses. Enjoy NBA, nothing here but floating TURDS till August

ThunderBolt,

Oh yeah?

Well I think you're a jet fan.

Yeah, yeah, I do, and a right wing conspiracy whacko too.

That's right, you wanna fight? I didn't think so!

When the bell rings, meet me behind the monkey bars!

Aloco,

Tell us when you first make love to woman?

Enjoy NBA, nothing here but floating TURDS till August

Posted by: Douchebag Killer | May 18, 2010 at 10:12 PM


Speak for yourself. Oh, wait, I see you already have. Floating Turd!

odinseye , the first time i made love was in rome w/a french girl and after i finished her mom came and i made love again that night w/her and i learned a lot that night from the mother .

Watching Costa Rica Gangbang

Featuring Ron Jeremy and 10 other guys

Featuring Mama Marie

Good movie

What kind of guy brag about watch porno with 10 guys in it?

Everyone who does not talk football on this blog is stupid

Anybody who put numbers after their name MORE STUPID

Aloco,

That was truly beautiful.

You got the yound hottie and her mom? You are worthy of Hero worship!!!!

PS: Do French women shave their armpits?

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