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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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OK guys gotta step out and have dinner with "Hot Ashley" be back soon...... peace....

very true, Menace, they do have caoching issues now that Dungy is gone. I'm hoping that Henne is the next Tom Brady Michigan alum and Ryan i'm not sold on he had far better weapons I expect Henne to look better this year than Matt Long and henne were way better selection in my opinion

any one saw my maid cuban ?

Exactly Darryl, If it was legal Id be smoking it.................

Menace-My post got cut off on my (Ngata?) point. I was saying that he has been the guy that has helped Ray Lewis roam and destroy. Having Cody up front will allow them to rotate 2 huge guys, giving them a whole lot of plays between the two. It eill be hard to wear down their front.

I loved Ozzy Newsome as a player. He's even better as a GM. The Ravens are locked and Loaded.
Their only weakness is CaMoron. How in the hell did they sneak that one by Ozzy?

Armando,

You sound a little testy today, so I won't call you wrong.
However, it is MY OPINION(LOL) that If Miami and the wets are going to rank that closr, Miami should have got the nod.

That fact notwithstanding, KUDOS and your last two articles :)

That was a Fake Ashley post guys, Ashley though not completely useless in the household chores hates strangers in the house.....(Except me, thats all the strangeness she can handle)

any one saw my so called boyfriend cuban ? i love to meet odin for a night out .

Darryl, I'd hate to face the Ravins Defense this year, They look scary......

Cam Camoron shouldn't even be allowed to play Madden.

Cuban,

Ashley wanted me to tell you, she's going to be "working late" tonight.

i love to be with a guy who has what odin has .

Didnt know she was in upstate Michigan, Well if that's the case I'll see you guys in 3 days.....lol.......

Dolphins will finish top 5 in both points scored and points allowed. I personally rank our Fins top 5. Armando I am glad to see you have so much faith in them.

Dolphins will finish top 5 in both points scored and points allowed. I personally rank our Fins top 5. Armando I am glad to see you have so much faith in them.

Posted by: DyingBreed | May 14, 2010 at 05:55 PM

Typo: top 5 "least points allowed."

Dyingbreed, what makes you think our D will be top 5? We don't know who's going to play FS or if anyone is going to get to the QB consistantly?

Armando is way off with ranking the Jets the best in AFC East. Dolphins offseason dwarfs theirs and they had an alright one I agree with the downgrade statement made on RBs too

dying breed, what the hell, HOW COME YOU SAY TOP 5 TEAMS POINTS ALLOWED .

Nice article Armando. It's nice to see that you're finally over your Tom Brady crush. I was beginning to wonder which way you swing, not that there's anything wrong with that....

3 DAYS!?!?

Cuban you should know better. I'm not into long term relationships.

Brady is not as scary granted but Bellicheck is and they have a ton of young talent I'd definetly say they are far more threatening than the Jets are

Pistol,

All of the linebackers added are faster and play much better pass coverage than previous Dolphin 'backers. IMHO that should translate into both better run and pass defense. Which also translates into a very much improved "points allowed" stat.

Believe we also added upto 7pts more per game with the acquisition on Brandon Marshall. Being able to "drastically improve" upon our points scored and points allowed stats in 2010 should result in catapulting us into an at least top status on both sides of the ball and make us a "top 5" nfl team period.

I personally believed we just became "much better" than most critics and analysts predict. With all of the coverage lb's I really love our chances even facing Peyton Manning now.

Aloco,

If you noticed I reposted that. It was a typo and it should have read: "least points allowed."

oh, thanke Dying breed ,,,,, I SAW THAT .

But, but but I thought all we did was rebuild??? How can we be a top 10 team??? Besides that I don't see the Falcons that high or Giants that low...

Mando, I thought your 32-1 order was very well though-out until the #1 and #2 selections. I will go on record as saying that New Orleans won't be in the top ten and neither will the Ravens. I think that the Bears are over-rated and Detroit underrated.

I can see Snatchez hitting the second year wall and the Jets will lose their element of surprise now that there's game film on that regime.

Anybody notice the correlation between Matt Millen leaving Detroit and the Lions climbing out of the basement for the first since.........well, since Matt Millen arrived there.

Seriously, I think the guy has to rate in the top 3 worst GM's of all time.

PS: He doesn't seem to be doing any better at his third career choice either.

DyingBreed, I hope you're right. I believe Henne will take the next step this year and Marshall will make everyone better on offense. I also agree about our LB being better in coverage. The one thing that scares me is that we don't have a proven pass rusher. Without a pass rush, the good QB's are going to pick us apart no matter how good the coverage is.

As soon as Sanchez takes that first shot to his Joe Namath knees or the weather gets cold u will see a 10 added on to that 9

I noticed that Odinseye. Matt Millen should be banned from football for what he did to that city.

Rodge,

You said it in regards to Sanchez.

Of course alot of wet fans are going to say the same thing about Henne.

There's one major difference though.

Henne can actually throw a FootBall!

Sanchito just "limp wrists" it up there and hopes for the best.

I can't wait until week 3!

Beerfin,

Belichek is not scary at all. They were only scary with the nucleus that was largely assembled under "Bill Parcells". In 14 drafts the only players selected by Belichek who were significan in thier SB runs were:

1. Tom Brady 6th rd 2000
2. Richard Seymour 1st rd 2001
3. Matt Light 2nd rd 2001
4. Asante Samuels 4th rd 2003
5. Dan Koppen 5th rd 2003
6. Vince Wilfork 1st rd 2004
7. Logan Mankins 6th rd 2005

Wilfork and Mankins arrived with the SB run virtually over. Belichek signed 2-3 fa's during the run but his history of drafts in the last 15 seasons has put fear in no one.

As a matter of fact, Belichek's 2010 draft is littered with reaches that have been confirmed reaches by most of the experts. Since nearly all of the championship nucleus brought in by Parcells has left.

It now seems Belichek is now up to his "Cleveland Browns" ways again. Lately every year the Patsies have seemed to slip another notch. You haven't noticed?

Henne's advantage is that he sat for a year behind Chad P, who is a great game manager. Sanchez had Rex Ryan to teach him and all he learned is where to get a quick hot-dog...

LMFAO #10 ????

You still have no safety.

Everyone knows you are without a NT, which is the anchor of Nolan's 3-4. Sorry, but you can't move a productive end to NT and claim the problem solved. If it was such an obvious move they would have done it PRIOR to the draft. Fact is they screwed up and had no choice but to move Starks.

While you have all celebrated the exodus of Taylor/Porter good luck finding their 16 sacks as well.

Henne might move the team up and down the field, but it will be deja vu all over again as the D can't get off the field. Don't worry though coach S will give the team a good fist pumping whenever they get down.

Wow! How cool, a Jets fan who has nothing better to do than post comments on a Dolphins blog. Go back to the Jersey Shore, and take your fist pumps with you loser

Don't knock the fist pumps.

Coach Sparano has the best 1st down fist pump in the business. His FG celebrations are unmatched. And when the mighty fish actually score ... look out Coach S might knock you out with his giants man breasts.

Pistol,

Our pass rush becomes better simply by the fact that if we now have better coverage, qb's now have to hold onto the ball longer. That equates to more pressures, more sacks, more pick opportunities. You guys are not looking at the situation through the perspective that "there is more then one way to skin a cat".

We are allowing our pass rusher more time to get after the passer through better coverage. Without good coverage qb's are able to most time get rid of the ball before the sacker get there no matter how great he is.

The object of your coverage is to make the qb hold onto the ball 3 seconds or more. If he can consistently get rid of it in less than 3 seconds, there's hardly a pass rush in the league will get to him that quickly.

If your pass rush can't get to him in 3.5 seconds then you have a serious problem with your pass rushers.

So Sexy Rexy, it seems you have an unmatched obsession with Sporano's man breasts, not that there's anything wrong with that. I think you're on the wrong blog sweety. The Man-breast-fetish is somewhere else. Try yhe Blue Oyster bar blog, You'll love it!

My favorite part is Mando giving one more giant man hug to Brandon Graham. Rookie of the year?

Yes like in 2008 when the Dolphins had outstanding coverage especially in the later half of the season. However, they still had no pass rush outside of Porter which lead them to using a number of different packages and formations to generate pressure.

You should remember they were so desperate for pass rush that they routinely blitzed Nathan Jones and even experimented with Anderson off the edge. You are going to find out that you have a serious problem with your pass rushers especially now that your best down pass rusher is playing NT. Everything is going to come from the second level unless Odrick turns out to be an absolute beast. Good luck.

Yes Roxy, we all remember what happened in 08. I also remember Miami winning the AFC East and sending Mangina to the unemployment office. Or did you forget that?

Jets ahead of the Dolphins? Sad. You know they backed into the playoffs by beating the backups of two teams, right? You know their QB had a 60 QB rating, right?

I just bought Manny Fernandez mutton chop side-burn on E-bay!

Go Phins!

Ok I just finished watching my TIVO Dolphins vs Pat and vs Jets from last year.... If you add Marshall and Dansby to our team, we win all 4 games as it is we won 3 of the 4... I do not see how thaw Jets got any better in the off season, so they can not be rank ahead of us, we all know how they got to the playoff and that will not repeat it self this year..

Don Nottingham was telling me that he felt really strong about the Phins at #1. Vern Den Herder is also on record in agreement.

I don't buy into B-more for some reason? Can't finish.

Rivers is Marino's son... seriously watch his throwing motion. Can't win with that coach though.

Listening to One way love by TKA Techno disco Ode Skoo!


Go Phins!

I don't mind the rankings. Actually I prefer the Dolphins be rated as low as possible because they seem to perform better as underdogs.

Bellicheck is a great coach and knows how to groom young talent. They have great veterans leadership and a player who threw for over 50 tds not many seasons ago I'd def say Pats are still a real threat and bellicheck makes sure of that

A surprisingly positive evaluation concerning the Dolphins from Armando. I also feel it to rather accurate.
I will not try to address the entire list. I will only address two teams I believe may just be a bit better then the this grades them.

Number One Being Oakland at #27, Before I say a word in defense of this team, I want to be clear, I do not think they have fixed all that plagues that club. And do not think they can until Al Davis sells the team. And that really sucks for their fans. But I believe for the first time in a while they had a good draft. For once going after players they needed (a positional approach) I suppose? Rather then throwing darts as fast guys who who can jump really high. I feel the moment they ejected JaMarcus Russell from their midst they changed the entire atmosphere in their locker room. I just do not believe you can overstate the importance of a team being 100% behind their leadership, particularly at QB. I feel they could have made it as high as 20-22 on this list if they play to the potential of the talent that they have. And leave all the coaching and QB drama behind them that has nipped at their heals for what seems like years.

The second being Washington at #23. I lived in Denver for several years, two years during Denver's back to back Superbowl's. Denver has one of the better sports media's in the Nation. Of course it also counts much on the coach and team management how much the local media is told (we all know that first hand). Because of that "open style" Denver used back in those days. I learned that Mike Shanahan as a ability to coach a "sorry" team to being acceptable, And coach a "Acceptable" team to being good and the same a "Good" team to being dangerous to your teams record on any given Sunday. He took very mediocre RB's and schemed them behind an O-line for a 1,000+ yards. Some of those same RB's were traded or left in free agency to better teams and floundered in obscurity. Many coaches seem to have to shuffle through guys for ever to find the right man for a position. Shanahan on the other hand is able to recognize the right guys for a spot fast. We just spoke about some of that a few blogs back and it was rather uncomfortable to talk about... Huh? One thing Shanahan will do that is identical to Miami's staff is focus on his O-line until he gets it nailed. He obsesses over the O-line with damn good reason. But based on what I already said he can get it done a bit faster then most teams.I would have placed Washington at 15-17. And perhaps even higher (13-14) once I see how Donovan is doing in Shanahan's Offensive system. No matter where they may be this year, I feel with Snyder giving Shanahan a blank check, and him not using it like a complete moron like his predecessors, Withing a year or so the NFC East will roll through Washington.
That is what I got for now, Love to hear any input, sorry about the length, list work always does that to me... Still plenty of stuff to rummage through on this list through, A good one for Armando to leave behind for a few days.

To keep things in perspective sometimes we have to be subjective.

Whether or not the Starks experiment works at NT, we will at least be as good as we were last season.
Worst case scenario, Starks moves back to DE and we gut it out with Solia until Fergie returns.
Best case scenario, Starks is a beast, Odrick a monster. So as far as our Defensive Line, I think it's safe to say that we will be at least a little better than last year regardless of how things shake out.

I think the def. secondary is pretty much in the same predicament. Bell' a Pro Bowler, Davis and Smith should be much improved. I know everybody wants a FA FS. Still with the gerbil gone, Clemons and Jones are positively an upgrade.
Thus worst case scenario and REALISTICALLY speaking our Def. Backfield is better than last years.
The linebackers present the only serious question mark and at the same time guarantees an upgrade over last season.
I posted it before and I'll post it many more times. Dobbins will start next to Dansby on the inside and may be one of this biggest upgrades we will have made. Unless anyone thinks Crowder and Torbor are better-LOL. If AJ Edds comes through at all it's GRAVY.
An important note: Better ILB play will make whoever lines up at NT look that much better.

This brings us too the big question mark. Will Misi and Wake be able to fill Jp and Jt's shoes. I'm just a no nothing optimist, so take this for what it's worth.
I don't think Wake can be any worse against the run than Jp. I definitely think he rushes the passer better. In addition, Nolan will know how to get the most out of his talents.
Misi will be the wildcard. I think he'll come through, seems to have all the tools. If he struggles, we always got Moses or Anderson.
Either way, our pass rush should be better than last year and that's the important thing.

With hardly a mention of Nolan and his new scheme, it is my subjective perspective, that this defense will be better than last years.

Nice post Odin. I think Edds could be the steal of the draft. I was actually really hoping they drafted him. It may take a a while, but I think that guy is going to be a playmaker.

Henne might move the team up and down the field, but it will be deja vu all over again

Posted by: SexyRexy | May 14, 2010 at 06:30 PM

deja vu alright! Can you spell SWEEP (or is it SWEPT")

Same difference!


And if Edds doesn't make an immediate impact on defense he is still a decent long snapper. So it's a win-win

NEWS ALERT:

AP is reporting that President Obama has asked for Rex Ryan's belt. It is reported that it will be used to contain the oil spill.

He has also requested that all Jets fans go swimming there to soak up all that oil in their hair.

As a last resort, plugging the leak with Jeff Ireland's foot or perhaps Tiger, Ben and Jesse's... well you know. Keepin it clean!

Have a great few days off "Fez" we love ya!

Go Phins!

Rivers is Marino's son... seriously watch his throwing motion. Can't win with that coach though.

Listening to One way love by TKA Techno disco Ode Skoo!


Go Phins!


Posted by: Martin | May 14, 2010 at 07:05 PM

Agree with you Martin, Nobody Wins when you have Norve(NO WAY)Turner as your head coach......

Odin,Derek?

You are going to use up all the ink dudes. Pretty good novels though. Point taken

Go Multi Paragraph Bloggers and Cap Bloggers!


Go Phins!

Martin as fez would say "GOOD DAY, SIR....."

MARTIN, TIVO TODAY LOST 50 PERCENT OF IT'S VALUE TODAY DUE TO A COURT ORDER , IT CLOSED AT 10.16 FROM 18.OO .

Christ Odin, I thought you had A.D.D, Did'nt know you were capiable of a "NOVEL"type of post.... YOU GO BOOOOY..................

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