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2012 Team Previews

Discussion in 'Thread Archive' started by RyanC, Sep 4, 2012.

  1. RyanC

    RyanC Walk On

    Feb 21, 2011

    Minnesota Vikings 2012 preview


    QB: The Vikings will be going with the developmental project in second year quarterback Christian Ponder. With the change to a Bill Walsh-esque West Coast offensive system, Ponder accuracy should be a positive aspect in his development.

    HB: Adrian Peterson will lead the way in the running back corps, but look for Gerhart to spell him at times and for the occasional use of Percy Harvin as a third down back.

    WR: The wideouts are led by star receiver Percy Harvin, a versatile player who can play as an outside and slot receiver as well as lining up in the backfield from time to time as he did for the Gators in college. New addition Jerome Simpson should also add some athleticism and talent on the other side of Percy, allowing him to get more wide open.

    TE: Kyle Rudolph will take over the starter spot in his second year in the NFL, and the Vikings coaching staff is extremely high on his talent and ability. The team also picked up John Carlson in the offseason which will allow for some two TE sets.

    OL: The Vikings boast an okay offensive line group that isn't going to wow anybody but should be a very solid group to protect Ponder. The key to protecting the quarterback this year will definitely be the play of rookie Matt Kalil.


    DL: The Vikings come into the year with a top notch defensively line anchored by Pro-Bowler Jared Allen. They also have an up and comer in Brian Robison and a proven DT in Kevin Williams. They only question mark will be if Letroy Guion of Fred Evans can step up in the second DT spot.

    LB: The Vikings linebackers are solid at the OLB spot with Chad Greenway and Erin Henderson but have some question marks on the interior with the job being a tossup between Jasper Brinkley, Tyrone McKenzie and Audie Cole

    CB: The corner spots feature and aging Antoine Winfield and a rag tag group of misfits and is the likely weak spot of this defense and is expected to be picked on by most every opponent.

    S: Mistral Raymond will get the starting job at the strong safety spot and Vikings coaches are excited for what he can bring to the table in defending both the run and the pass. The free safety spot will be going to rookie first rounder Harrison Smith who will be looked upon to play up to his full potential.
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  2. Jmustang1968

    Jmustang1968 Walk On

    Jul 14, 2010
    Good call RyanC

    Everyone should do a team preview for their team in the format above.
  3. dj illmatic 23

    dj illmatic 23 Walk On

    Jun 5, 2012
    Kansas City Chiefs 2012 Season Preview
    The Kansas City Chiefs come into the 2012 season hoping Matt Cassel can finally put it all together and show why the Chiefs signed him to a big contract. Cassel does not possess a strong arm, but he is very accurate, especially on short routes. The Chiefs will have a run first offense, so Cassel will not be asked to carry the load and put up Aaron Rodgers or Tom Brady like numbers. He will be asked to make smart decisions, not turn the ball over, and look for big plays in the play action pass game. Cassel will also be asked to remain healthy as the Chiefs do not want to have to insert their back up QB. Although Brady Quinn has a higher overall grade, the Chiefs' coach strong dislike (read: hate) for Notre Dame automatically drops Quinn to third on the depth chart. This leaves second year QB Ricky Stanzi as the back-up. Stanzi has a decent arm, above average accuracy, and good size. He could develop into a starter in the next few years if Cassel does not step up.
    Running Backs
    With the run first mentality of their head coach, the Chiefs have the perfect compliment of running backs to carry out his game plan. First, KC has the explosive Jamaal Charles. Charles is a threat to score every time he touches the ball, and will be the featured back. When defenses get tired of chasing the speedy Charles, KC can run over defenses with 6'2" 250 pound Peyton Hillis. Hillis provides a great balance to the speed of Charles, and KC may look to feature both backs in the backfield at the same time. The Chiefs are also excited about rookie HB Cyrus Gray out of Texas A&M. Gray is another speedy back who may get a handful of touches a game in order to keep defenses guessing. FB Shane Bannon will be asked to block for this stable of backs. Bannon will have to have a good pre-season performance or the Chiefs could look to sign a free agent at this positon.
    Recievers/Tight Ends
    The Chiefs are also stocked at the WR position with young guys looking to make a mark. The leader of the receiving corps is Dwayne Bowe. Bowe is a big target and can be a hand full for any DB in the league. KC is expecting second year man Jonathan Baldwin to step up and take over the other starting receiver role this season. If he can, the Chiefs will have one of the most physical starting receiver duos in the league. Steve Breaston and Deuce McCluster will be counted on to stretch the middle of the field as slot receivers. At TE, KC will rely on Kevin Boss and Tony Moeaki. While they will be asked to catch an occasional pass, their primary duty is in the running game. Because of this, both men will have stiff competition from several young TE's that excel at run blocking, including third year TE Steve Maneri. Maneri is still a raw talent, but it's hard to over look his 6'6" 280 pound frame.
    Offensive Line
    KC has one of the better offensive lines in the league, led by RT Eric Winston from The U. Their only weakness is at the center position, with second year C Rodney Hudson from FSU projected as the starter. The Chiefs may look to make a trade or sign a free agent to sure this spot up though.
    Defensive Line
    KC will run a base 3-4 defense. The two defensive ends are both high draft picks out of LSU that have not lived up to their draft positions yet, Tyson Jackson and Glenn Dorsey. If either of them continue to disappoint, DE Allen Bailey from Miami may get a shot, since no one produces NFL talent like The U:) Clogging up the middle will fall to rookie DT Dontari Poe. While lacking in experience, Poe has all the physical attributes to be a force in the NFL for years to come.
    The linebacking corps is led by ROLB Tamba Hali. Hali is a big hitter who has a great football IQ. The MLB spots will be filled by Derrick Johnson and Jovan Belcher, although Brandon Siler may push Belcher for a starting spot. The LOLB positon will be filled by an up and coming player in Justin Houston. In only his second season, Houston is on the verge of becoming an All-Pro LB.
    The secondary looks to be one of the best in the league. CB's Brandon Flowers, Stanford Routt, and Javier Arenas are great in coverage. Meanwhile, safties Kendrick Lewis and Eric Berry can play in coverage and support the run. The Chiefs have big hopes for Berry who had an outstanding rookie year, but was sidelined for most of last year with an injury.
    Special Teams
    KC is happy with their special teams unit, and believe they will help the Chiefs win several games this year. Both K Ryan Succop and P Dustin Colquitt have powerful legs, and are accurate as well. In the return game, highlight machine Dexter McCluster will look to give the Chiefs an edge in the field position battle, and maybe even return a few for scores.
    The Chiefs were a playoff team two years ago, with what looked like a bright future ahead of them. However, injuries last season destroyed any hopes they had of a play-off run. KC hopes to get back to their form of two years ago, however with the addition of Peyton Manning and Carson Palmer to the division the road will be much tougher. Ultimately, the success of the Chiefs will come down to the health of HB Jamaal Charles this season and the ability of QB Matt Cassel to not turn the ball over.
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  4. Jmustang1968

    Jmustang1968 Walk On

    Jul 14, 2010
  5. Nvschultz1325

    Nvschultz1325 Walk On

    Dec 7, 2011
    New Orleans Saints 2012 Preview

    After a nerve racking off-season battle with Drew Brees, it was finally settled and he signed on to stay as the starter for the saints. Obviously that is a good thing seeing as he is one of the QB's in recent memory and always reliable. Back up Chase Daniel hasn't really had a chance to show what he has, but he has the potential to be a good QB, just in case of injury to the star.

    Running Backs
    The Saints posses a really good RB trio, with starter Pierre Thomas, being spelled by the quick little Darren Sproles, and Mark Ingram. A good mix of Speed, finesse, and power coming out of the back field. Always a chance for a big run for the saints. This i feel is their biggest threat.

    Receivers/Tight Ends
    Now our receivers on the other hand are ok at best, nothing fancy or flashy here. Once you get past Colston, and Henderson there isn't much to talk about. They will get the job done but also will be frustrating because they will drop their fair share of balls and miss-run routes. Starting Tight End Jimmy Grahm will be do an above average job both blocking and getting involved in the offense.

    Offensive Line
    The offensive line is just your average line, nothing to fancy to see here. They will hold their blocks and from time to time will be spectacular and open up holes. But Brees will need to keep his head on a swivel while in the pocket.

    The saints had their well publicized off-season "bounty" scandal and with suspensions and players being released. The Defense is a little depleted heading into the season but are more than capable of getting the job done. The line is pretty strong and get pressure at points through out the game. The line backers are a strength on D for the saints, they have the ability to blitz, and have the hands for when in coverage to be a legit interception threat. The secondary i feel is the biggest strength. They are great in coverage, have good hands and are hard hitters. They will be tough to go deep on. While they will give up the occasional play, what defense doesn't?

    Special Teams
    With an average kicker the saints won't be going for more than say a 40 yd field goal. Our punter is pretty good, with good accuracy and power he will be a threat to pin opponents in their own zone. Darren Sproles returning kicks and punts, he is always a threat to take one to the house with his speed and elusiveness. Be on the look out for him to be a big part of the saints game plan in this area of the game.

    The saints outlook going into the season was grim with the Brees hold out, and the bounty scandal. Losing our coach for the year is going to be tough to overcome, but if one team can do it, it is the New Orleans Saints. The ultimate goal for us is the Super Bowl, but it is for every team right? But not every team has Drew Brees Leading them through the season. Be on the look out for the New Orleans Saints team in 2012-13.

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  6. CTfromDC

    CTfromDC Where my money?

    Mar 15, 2012
    2012 - 2013 Team Preview

    QB: Greenbay enters the season with arguably the best QB currently in the league. Aaron Rodgers is rated a 99 overall rating. He can fling it, he's mobile and he runs the Packers' offense with poise and efficiency. Rodger MUST stay healthy if the Pack will have a chance to remain competitive in an even tougher division. Back-up Graham Harrell is only rated a 66, so if the football God's do see fit to punish Greenbay, the Defense will have to pitch shutouts.

    HB: James Starks is our starter.....for now....Until GM/Coach CT gets a replacement. Starks is the lowest rated starting RB in the game this year, at 77. He does have sufficient speed, but that's about it. He lacks in other key areas that the elite halfbacks excel in. Hell, John Kuhn may be a better option at this point. Look for the Pack to upgrade in free agency or the draft next year.​

    WR: The Wide Receiving corp is solid, providing all sorts of options for Rodgers to showcase his talents. Greg Jennings a 93, and Jordy Nelson an 89 lead these skilled receiving corp. 3rd receiver James Jones and speedy return man Randall Cobb round out the group. GreenBay is set for years to come with young talent. Jennings is in his last year of his contract however, and CT will be looking to work out a long term deal prior to the end of the season.

    TE: Jermichael...Finley...is a phuckin beast of a TE. He makes the passing attack that more dangerous.

    OL: The O-line is great, and has good depth. Center Scott Wells left, but the Pack signed Veteran Jeff Saturday who knows a thing or two about snapping for a MVP QB. The Pack also solidify the interior line with Josh Sitton, rated 95 overall. LT may be the only cause with Marshall Newhouse. With the way the game has progressed, the LT role has diminished significantly and Rodgers is very mobile. Upgrades to the tackles are of medium priority.


    DL: Ryan Pickett (85 overall rating) and B.J. Raji (84 overall rating) are big and nasty, but Jarius Wynn isn't a standout at LE. Luckily he has Clay Matthews off his left shoulder to add pressure. CT will look to upgrade the DE position in a year or two.

    LB: Matthews is a maniac on the left side with a 94 overall rating. Desmond Bishop (86 overall ) and A.J. Hawk (83 overall) are solid inside. For now, rookie Nick Perry has only a 73 overall, but with some pre-season reps and a couple of regular season games, he is sure to progress at a steady pace. He has an 86 speed rating so he will still be a force.​

    CB/Saftey: The starting corners are rock solid. Charles Woodson is 35 years old, but he also still has an 89 overall rating. Coach CT will more than likely transition Woodson over to Strong Safety to make way for one of the up and coming young CB's on the roster Tramon Williams is right behind him with an overall rating of 88. The nickel and dime backs are a bit of a drop-off, but at least Sammy Shields has a blazing speed rating of 97. Free Safety Morgan Burnett has only been in the league two years, but he has an overall rating of an 81. Charlie Peprah is the only member of the Packers' secondary that doesn't have an 80 overall or higher. He is rated a 77 overall.​
    Special Teams
    Mason Crosby returns, he is one of the better more clutch and consistent kickers in the national football league. At punter, Tim Masthay is OK, nothing special, but we don't plan on punting much anyways:cool: Randall Cobb is a dynamic return ma, capable of changing field position in seconds or even taking one to the house, beware.​
    Thanks to Brian Mazique for analysis
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  7. Snozberriez8198

    Snozberriez8198 10 Star Recruit

    Aug 28, 2012
    I'll post mine shortly
  8. Snozberriez8198

    Snozberriez8198 10 Star Recruit

    Aug 28, 2012


    QB: Denver has the best signal callers of all time and one of the best football minds ever in Peyton Manning. His ratings have taken a "hit" on the new MADDEN 13, but the question is....can he take a hit? Peyton is a great leader and that's why Denver has names him one of 6 Team captains!!!

    RB:The Broncos have a descent backfield duo in Mcgahee (captain) and an unproven Moreno, but not much depth after that. Mcgahee ran for over 1,100 yards last year, but only posted (4) rushing touchdowns due to having Tim Tebow the one man show at QB/RB/WR/Team savior. Look for Mcgahee to get a bulk of the carries unless he lets me down.

    WR:The Broncos have 2 very talented up and coming WR's in Eric Decker and Demaryius Thomas, but once again....have no depth behind that. Look for Denver to add some veterans or more reliable targets by way of the free agent pool or by trade.

    TE: Manning is once again paired with his old teammate in one Jacob Tamme who has proven himself at a reliable option when given the chance. Look for him to be used ALOT as Manning goes to his TE's over 50% of the time in clutch situation.

    OL:The broncos have a solid top 10 offensive line in the NFL that will hopefully keep Peyton healthy and open some big holes for the backs to scamper through. Look for the Broncos to improve the OL in ratings and depth.


    OL: Being that Defense is one of the projected weaknesses of the Broncos this year (ranked below average) the front office used its first round pick you get the Mammoth Derek Wolfe and have the DT Ty Warren returning from injury? Dumervil is a great player but has a lot of off field issues he needs to get in check. OL is key to the success in Denver!!!

    LB:Williams who is one of the best LBs on the team will have to serve a 6 game suspension and will be filled in by Wesley Woodyard. Once again, look for Denver to add some depth in the portion of their defense!!

    DB: The defensive backfield is headed up by defensive captain Champ Bailey who is joined by new players in both the SS and FS positions and hopefully they can get an early chemistry going. Statistically the pass defense was descent last year and Denver will probably add a few more DB to have a strong Nickel and Dime packages.
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  9. Bucs

    Bucs GT: ThruTheSmoke47

    Jun 30, 2010

    2012 - 2013 Tampa Bay Bucs Team Preview

    QB: Josh Freeman is the man at QB, he has a ton of potential but took a big step backwards last season. Entering his 4th year in the league he is looking to rebound and cut down on his interceptions. Some brand new offensive weapons and a new coaching philosophy should help with that. Behind him is Dan Orlovsky , but the Bucs are looking to bring in some more depth at the position.

    HB Lagarette Blount has proven to be a solid NFL back but lacks in a few key areas - like catching and blocking- , because of that Tampa traded up in the draft to select Doug Martin out of Boise. Martin is short and stout and will be a nice compliment. Expect both guys to share the carries and help take some of the pressure of Josh Freeman. They can both run through defenses and if they get going they can be a real force. Hopefully.

    WR: 6'5 230 pound Vincent Jackson was the big FA signing for the Bucs over the offseason. Jackson is a force and instantly becomes the #1 Target for Freeman. Mike Williams and Arrelious Benn can now step into the 2 and 3 WR spots where they are a little more comfortable and don't have as much pressure on them to develop right away. Jordan Shipley rounds out the 4th WR spot after Tampa grabbed him off waivers from the Bengals.

    TE: Tight end is a position of need for the Bucs, Dallas Clark has come over as a FA from the Colts, and will be playing with a QB other than Peyton Manning for the first time in a long time. This season will tell if he was a product of Manning or was he really that good. Luke Stocker and Rookie Drake Dunsmore round out the TE Corps, not much is expected from either .
    OL: Donald Penn holds the Left Tackle Spot, he has been the glue of the Line for years and hovers right around the pro bowl level. Left Guard is Carl Nicks , arguably one of the best Guards in the league he was a huge FA acquisiton for the Bucs, especially stealing him from division rival New Orleans. Center goes to Jeremy Zuttah , in his 4th year out of Rutgers, he isnt a world beater but he is good in the running game. Davin Joseph has the Right Guard Spot, he is as good as any lineman the Bucs have and will be key to the success of the offense. Right Tackle is Jeremy Trueblood, he has underperformed as a 2nd round pick and is in the fans doghouse, he is in his contract season so maybe that will spur some greatness out of him .


    DL: While it is known that Coach Bucs is a 3-4 man at heart, he believes the 4-3 will give him the best combination of guys on the field. At Left End will be Michael Bennett who is coming off a much improved year, we look for further improvement from him. Inside will be DT Gerald McCoy, if he can stay healthy he can be a force inside. Next to him will be Da'Quan Bowers, his natural position is end, but we feel he has the size and strength to play inside. The Right End Spot goes to Adrian Clayborn ,he had a great rookie campaign with 7.5 sacks and solidified his spot as starting Right End.

    LB: The LB Corps is young and clearly the biggest area of concern for the defense. LOLB will be Quincy Black, simply a choice of best available option right here. Middle LB will be Mason Foster, Foster had 110 tackles last season and showed he was a steal in the 3rd round for Tampa, he has now moved to the inside and hopes to be an anchor for the LB Corps. ROLB will be rookie LaVonte David out of Nebraska. He was drafted in the 2nd round and has always had a bit of a chip on his shoulder.

    CB/Saftey: Aqib Talib will be the starting CB, he has shown the ability but can he stay out of trouble and on the field? Opposite him will be Eric Wright, he got the big contract, now lets see if he is worth it. Eric Biggers will be the Nickel man. Old Timer Ronde Barber has been moved to FS, he has the mental ability but is the physical still there? Rookie Mark Barron is the SS a hard hitter he will be key for this young defense in run support. A lot of questions in the secondary , we will need to put them in position to get the most out of them.
    Special Teams
    Conner Barth and Michael Koenen will handle kicking and punting respectively. Both are solid. KR and Punt Returners are TBD.
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  10. Fiddy14

    Fiddy14 THL Commissioner

    Dec 6, 2011

    GMFL: Cleveland Browns 2012 Preview


    QB: The Browns will once again start a season off with a new QB under center. This has been getting very old for a long while now, so hopefully Weeden is the answer they are looking for. If not they have last years starter Colt McCoy foaming at the mouth to get back in there and prove he is the guy.

    RB: After the Browns tough season last year they found themselves with a great draft pick. Did they pick the right guy in Trent Richardson? Some experts say T-Rich was a cant miss for the Browns and others say with his injury history it was to risky for him to be drafted that high. The verdict is still out, but some of those experts have been right so far, T Rich had some work done on his knee, although nothing series, yet!

    WR: The Browns faithful were hoping to get a huge upgrade here this past off season, that didnt happen. Returning from last year Little and Massaquoi looked to be the main go to guys, but look for two rookies in Gordon and Benjamin to get some looks as well. Don't sleep on Cribbs either, he is still around, and is now healthy. He will get some looks as well on top of being the main KR and PR.

    TE: Veteran Ben Watson leads the TE group. Although with another seasoned vet Alex Smith and 2nd year player Jordan Cameron. Watson could end up being a huge part of the offense as the season progresses if he stays healthy.

    OL: The o-line is lead once again by the 6th year stand out Joe Thomas. He is joined up front by Pinkston, Mack, Lauvao, and rookie Schwartz. The group seems to have some solid chemistry in early off season workouts. Weeden sure hopes thats the case, they can make his 1st season easier if they keep the pass rush away.


    DL: Vets Frostee Rucker and Ahtyba Rubin lead up front on the d-line. Second year stud Jabaal Sheard and rookie John Huges look to help out in a big way as well. These guys need to clog up the middle in a big way if the Browns want to have any chance in stopping anybody.

    LB: Kaluka Maiava and D'Qwell Jackson are hoping to have big time seasons roaming behind those big o-linemen. Rookie James-Micheal Johnson is looking to pitch in when he can as well.

    CB: Joe Haden and Sheldon Brown look to lock down the corners for the Browns. Although Haden is hoping that John Madden overlooks his recent failed drug test and allows him to play in the opener.

    S: TJ Ward, Eric Hagg, and veteran Usama Young are going to try and hold it down for the Browns in the secondary.

    Special Teams

    K: Returning for the Browns here for another year is Phil Dawson. Dawson was the Browns main offensive weapon last year, and thats not a good thing. He has been very consistent throughout the years and management is hoping that continues.

    P: Veteran Reggie Hodges returns after his season was ended by injury last year. He has a heck of a leg on him and can help win field position battles for the Browns. The defense will appreciate that.


    The Browns in general need a lot of pieces to come together on offense and defense to have a successful season. Last year they lost 6 games by 7 points or less. If they have any pulse on offense this year and are in games like last, they could possibly put up 9 wins or so. Only time will tell.
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  11. QuietStorm

    QuietStorm TMFL Commish -- **ISYMFS** --

    Sep 3, 2012

    Baltimore Ravens 2012 Preview

    QB: The Ravens enter camp under a new general, one that does not care for Joe Flacco's lack of winning/killer instinct when it matters. Something that the newly appointed coach has said since his days playing in Delaware. With that said Flacco will enter camp QB1, and undertake the new offensive scheme of an West-Coast style. Tyrod Taylor, the quick trigger guy out of Virginia Tech worked out all year withfellow Hokie Michael Vick and will receive heavy playing time this preseason. Time will tell if the work he put in back in Blacksburg VA paid off.

    HB: Ray Rice enters the year as arguably the' top fantasy RB in the league. PPR/TDS, this guy does it all and he will be a workhorse for the Ravens again this year. Look for the rookie Bernard Pierce to chip in here and there as well.

    WR: The wideouts are lead by the hardnose veteran, A. Boldin. The down field threat T. Smith was top 5 in the league last year in down field targets. In the new offense he will again look to stretch the field for the Ravens keeping those defenses honest. Working out of the slot we havea position battle between T. Doss, the fast vet J. Jones who looks to finally get a chance to prove his worth beyond special teams. We'll have tosee how each player does during preseason to call this battle.
    TE: E. Dickson takes over the top TE position this year in Baltimore, replacing the crowd favorite Todd Heap. Where the leadership and consistency of Heap will be lost, Dickson provides a more athletic spark at the TE position. Look for Dickson to have a solid year. D. Pitta willcomplement Dickson often in the new look double tight formations. Both Pitta & Dickson are young athletic studs who are trying to fill the voidleft by Heap. We think it can and will be done!
    OL: The Ravens offensive line is powerful... They are smart, quick, gritty... But they are OLD! The cornerstone LT B. McKinnie (11 years) , LG B.Williams (13 years), and Center M. Birk (15 years) The movie star RT M. Oher, will be gearing up to play his movie role and move to the "Blind Side" REALLY soon. Baltimore will be looking to FA and the '13 NFL Draft to add youth to this aging group.
    DL: Under the new regime, the Ravens will still come out in 3-4, but their new base look will be a 4-3, breaking the long time tradition of Marvin Lewis and Rex Ryan. Look for Ngata, and Cody to plug the middle with a constant rotation behind them consisting of Syracuse alum A. Jonesand the 2nd year man P. McPhee who is a BEAST! Look for Kruger, Kindle, Upshaw and the recently healed Suggs to run turns playingdefensive end.
    LB: The Ravens are something like Penn State... Linebacker U, you say the Ravens first thing that comes to mind is (THOSE LINEBACKERS) and of course Ray Lewis! Entering his 16th season Ray will anchor this core of ravens. J. McClain the vet from Syracuse as well, D. Ellerbe andothers will look to sniff out ball carriers and punish everyone!

    CB: The edges will be held down by the speed cover man L. Webb and the 2nd year press man Jimmy Smith. C. Graham will run nickleback as of now. There are several position battles to ensue this camp, and here at corner is one of them.

    S: The often confused Ed Reed enters his 11th season. With offseason uncertainty the community started referring to him as Ed Farve. But he's back, and will be roaming the center field as he has for over a decade now. Hard hitting Bernard Pollard will be starting opposite of him.

    Special Teams: With Ray Finkle aka Billy Cundiff fired, young leg J. Tucker will be doing all the kicking for the Ravens this year. Punter and holder S. Koch will be looking for many 10> corner kicks. Slot WR hopeful and return specialist J. Jones will be looking for seams to break open. All in all the Ravens are sound here at ST!

    Outlook: The Raven's are built to win NOW! With the aging Ray Lewis, Ed Reed, the offensive line. There is no playing for next year. It's now or never for these men, which means its Superbowl or bust. After losing to the Patriots last year both J. Harbaugh and Lee Evans were promptly released from the team. Barring serious injuries we expect a repeat AFC championship run with no surprises in the end!
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  12. Raidernation

    Raidernation I can show you better than I can tell you

    Dec 11, 2010

    The 2012-2013 GMFL Oakland Raiders
    QB - The Raiders have a special mix of triumph and failure at QB. Both Carson Palmer and Matt Leinart are Heisman winners as well as teammates at USC. Both have had their share of critics and both need to get it together in Oakland right now. Terrelle Pryor the third stringer went from a top Heisman candidate to a suspended exile from Columbus. His maturity and development in the next coming years will make him or break him, he's ready for the challenge. ​
    RB - With the speed in this backfield they could win a gold medal. Trouble is, this game is about touchdowns. Darren McFadden is easily one of the top five HB's in the league when healthy. Foot problems ended his season early two years in a row, this is the year that changes or else things will change come contract time. Taiwan Jones and Mike Goodson will both spell McFadden this season chances are very good one of the two will be a starter at some point this season, I'm keeping my fingers crossed.​
    WR - This young stable of wideouts will compliment each other while making match ups for DB's complicated DHB plus Moore Ford no pun intended.​
    TE - This is the weakest part of the Offense this year. In 2010 Zach Miller lead this team in receptions, he's gone. Last year the Raiders found a disappointment in Kevin Boss he's outta here. Now in 2012 the Raiders have a major hole to fill, do-it-all Marcell Reece, the starting FB, will get time at TE in certain sets David Ausberry, Richard Gordon, and Brandon Myers will do their best sharing time.​
    OL - A new zone blocking scheme is in place in Oakland, they will use strength and tenacity to insure that this offense will run and pass at will. This unit will remain nameless as individuals they want to be known only as "Them Boys Up Front." ​
    DL - Future hall of famer Richard Seymore leads this aggressive group once again this year, with Tommy Kelly to his right and two young studs on the outside these guys can be dangerous when their on. They will be key in how this defense affects opposing offenses.​
    LB - Rolando McClain, Aaron Curry, and newcomer Phillip Wheeler look to gain some respect this year. Dead last versus the rush a season ago ..... respect has to be earned.​
    CB - Totally rebuilt this year the corners on this years quad are from all over the league Shawntae Spencer and Ron Bartell have their jobs the rest will have to prove they deserve to be a Raider past the preseason.​
    S - Tyvon Branch is a beast period. The rest of the DB's will try to walk with him while not staring too much. Don't run or throw to his side .... even during warm-ups.​
    The Raiders changed Coaches quite often these last couple years slowly improving from the depths of the league. Even though they improved every since 2008 they still didn't have what it took to get into the post season. After sweeping thew AFC west in 2010 and breaking even last season the Raiders look to reassert themselves as the kings of the west. Just Win Baby
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  13. Jmustang1968

    Jmustang1968 Walk On

    Jul 14, 2010

    Indianapolis Colts​
    QB: We have our franchise QB in Luck. He should be our QB for the duration of GMFL 13 and he should be our star. Drew Stanton is a serviceable backup.​
    HB: Not a strong position. Donald Brown will be the started. Mewelde Moore is the top backup, but is aging. We hope to develop Carter of rookie Ballard. We will also be keeping our options open in FA and the draft.​
    WR: We wish we still had Garcon. Savvy vet Reggie Wayne is past his prime and only has a year or 2 left but still a good option outside. Collie and Avery are our next options, but they are more slot guys and #3/4 WRs. We definitely need a #2 and also a #1 to replace Wayne. A position of worry among many.​
    TE: One of the other rare positions we are solid on. Rookie Coby Fleener should grow with QB Luck and be one of our top targets. He is very athletic and knows how to get open. #2 TE Allen is also a rookie and will be a solid player to groom for our multiple TE sets.​
    OL: We have a young, but mediocre line. LT Costanzo is the best of the bunch and at the most important position. We will definitely look to be upgrading the right side of Justice and McGlynn in the near future as they are merely stop-gaps.​
    DL: Veteran Redding is our standout d-lineman as the Colts move to a 3-4 this year and long time Colts stars Freeney and Mathis move to OLB. Redding isnt young however, but we have some youth to develop in the other serviceable DEs Moala, Nevis, and Mathews. At nose, we have McKinney who is a huge body that will gobble up blockers. However he is average at best.​
    LB: The strength of our team. Freeney and Mathis are pass-rushing studs on the edge. But they are old and will start declining soon. There are also questions on how well they will be able to adjust to the 3-4. In the middle we have tackling machine Angerer and un-tested Kavell Conner. Both of these guys are young and have room to develop.​
    CB: Powers and Rucker are the starters and are young guys. We hope they can develop to become above average players, but this is a very weak position on the roster. We also have little faith in our potential Nickel options.​
    S: We have one of our defensive leaders in Bethea at FS and he will look to lead our young secondary. Zbikowski is at SS and is decent. These guys should stick with the team for several years with confidence as we address the many other areas of need. ​
    Overall, our outlook looks grim. We will have a tough road ahead as our young players develop. The Colts are in rebuild mode. To make matters worse, as we develop our young guys, our older vets we will rely on will be retiring or heavily regressing. We also face some tough divisional opponents with some talented squads, and what looks to be a good AFC conference overall. We will be riding on the arm of Luck, and hoping for some pressure on opposing QBs from our pass rushers on D.​
  14. Bl0ndeRedHead

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    Jul 31, 2010
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    Washington Redskins 2012-13 Team Preview
    • WR Dezmon Briscoe (previously with Tampa Bay)
    • WR Pierre Garcon (previously with Indianapolis)
    • WR Josh Morgan (previously with San Francisco)
    • OT Jordan Black (previously retired)
    • CB Cedric Griffin (previously with Minnesota)
    • FS Tanard Jackson (previously with Tampa Bay)
    • FS Madieu Williams (previously with San Francisco)
    • K Billy Cundiff (previously with Baltimore)
    • QB Robert Griffin III (1st Round) from Baylor
    • OG Josh Leribeus (3rd Round) from Southern Methodist
    • QB Kirk Cousins (4th Round) from Michigan State
    • LB Keenan Robinson (4th Round) from Texas
    • OG Adam Gettis (5th Round) from Iowa
    • RB Alfred Morris (6th Round) from Florida Atlantic
    • OL Tom Compton (6th Round) from South Dakota
    • CB Richard Crawford (7th Round) from Southern Methodist
    • SS Jordan Bernstine (7th Round) from Iowa
    • QB John Beck (Houston)
    • FB Mike Sellers (FA)
    • WR Jabar Gaffney (FA)
    • WR Donte Stallworth (FA)
    • TE Chris Cooley (FA)
    • OG Sean Locklear (New York (N))
    • LB Rocky McIntosh (St. Louis)
    • CB Kevin Barnes (Detroit)
    • FS Oshiomogho Atogwe (FA)
    • FS LaRon Landry (New York (A))
    • K Graham Gano (FA)
    It's no secret that the entire Redskins season depends on how well Robert Griffin III's game translates to the NFL. If he pans out, he will be the Redskins franchise QB and will be there from start to finish in the GMFL. There will be a battle between rookie Kirk Cousins and veteran Rex Grossman to back up Griffin, but if he ends up getting hurt, Grossman has the advantage with his experience.​
    Running Backs:
    With no more Shanahanigans, the days of running back by committee in Washington appear to be over. There will be three very young backs fighting for the starting spot with 2nd year players Evan Royster and Roy Helu Jr. being the favorites, and rookie halfback Alfred Morris as the dark horse.​
    Receiving Corps:
    Possibly the biggest upgrade of the offseason not named RGIII is WR Pierre Garcon, who adds a much needed 2nd option beside Santana Moss. With TE Fred Davis finally getting an opportunity to show his skills with Chris Cooley out of the picture, this group is as deep as it has been in years and years, which bodes well for Griffin III.​
    Offensive Line:
    With established veteran tackles Jammal Brown and Trent Williams, Griffin should have decent protection in the passing game. As far as interior linemen, they don't have the same talent or experience as the tackles, but they are solid and the line doesn't have any glaring holes, barring injury.​
    Defensive Line:
    DE Adam Carriker leads the group up front, and will probably be the most productive lineman. Cofield at DT is a good run stopper, and his size will plug some holes. Depth is an issue here, and an injury could derail the ability of the defensive line to be productive.​
    Easily the most talented group on the team, led by veteran MLB London Fletcher, and rising stars Brian Orakpo and Ryan Kerrigan at OLB. With their 3-4 scheme, these linebackers will be getting constant pressure and stuffing the run all year. If they can cover the pass is yet to be seen, but the coaching staff feels they are more than capable.​
    Lots of turnover in the secondary, but almost all of it is in the depth positions, as the starters in the secondary are what the Skins fans have been watching for years. CBs DeAngelo Hall and Josh Wilson will try and shut down receivers and newcomer Cedric Griffin will take over the nickel responsibilities, while Brandon Meriweather will be moving to SS so new addition Tanard Jackson from Tampa Bay will take over at FS.​
    While most teams wouldn't consider adding Billy Cundiff as a positive, anything to replace Graham Gano should be looked at as a good move. Sav Rocca will continue to be the punter.​
    The first week is a tough one in New Orleans, but the next 3 games against St. Louis, Cincinnati, and Tampa Bay should allow Washington a chance to get off to a good start. Other games against the Vikings, Panthers, and Browns help ease a schedule that includes Atlanta, Pittsburgh, and Baltimore, outside of the 6 NFC East division games.​
    A somewhat easy schedule means the Redskins should do better than last season. If they can do well against division foes, Washington has a small chance to make the playoffs. But starting a rookie QB means there will be some learning curve, and not everything will go as planned. Depending on how RGIII plays, this team can go anywhere from 4-12 to 10-6, but most likely it won't be at either extreme.​
    7-9, 3rd in NFC East
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  15. DaveIV82

    DaveIV82 Walk On

    Aug 27, 2012
    Houston Texans 2012 Preview


    Matt Schaub is looking to continue his success that was derailed last season due to injury. The Texans are also high on backup T.J. Yates who had success as the starter late in the season.

    Running Backs
    Arian Foster.

    Receivers/Tight Ends
    Andre Johnson and Owen Daniels lead a good passing attack but one that is not very deep. Injuries could be a huge setback.

    Offensive Line
    The Texans are not deep on the offensive line. Right guard and right tackle are areas of concern. Look for the Texans to be active in free agency to add depth along the line.

    Even with the subtraction of two very good defensive players, the Texans defense was among the top in the league. While the cornerback position is not deep, look for the Texans to maintain their strong defensive showing.

    Special Teams
    The Texans are average at punter and kicker. It looks like special teams will be solid this year.

    The Texans are looking to build on last year’s success. They feel if they had been healthy, that a deep playoff run was very possible. Look for early season performances to set the tone for the rest of the season. If injuries occur at key positions, the season could be over quickly.
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  16. DaveIV82

    DaveIV82 Walk On

    Aug 27, 2012
    ok i get a formatting fail! im tired! wth! :p
  17. bringbackjimmy

    bringbackjimmy WTFWTTD

    Feb 10, 2009
    QB- The Rams have promising Sam Bradford under center for hopefully the whole '13 cycle. One of GM's biggest qualms is finding the right guy and if Bradford is its one less thing Coach BBj has to worry about. Backing him up is Kellen Clemens who is a decent backup QB. In the project spot sits Austin Davis who is at his point in their careers better than the legend Brett Favre;). ​
    HB- We have arguably the best back in the league in Jackson. In my opinion is the 00's version of Barry Sanders great talent wasted in a losing atmosphere. behind him sits a pair of rookies in Pead and Richardson. Pead looks to be the backup, but don't look for Jackson to be off the field much. Don't be shocked if the Rams to make a move to get a better complimentary back for Jackson. Look for Mughelli to win the FB job.​
    WR/TE- The Good news is that we have a lot of WR close in rating that if one goes down we shouldn't be missing to much of production. The Bad news is that are WR is headlined by Steve Smith and it's who people refer to as "that Steve Smith". Bradford does get his favorite target back in Danny Amedola and a talented rookie WR in Brian Quick, but they are missing a true go to guy. At TE its Lance Kendricks and my 1st 7 cuts.​
    Interior Line- Our Interior line is our strength of our line with Scott wells coming over to play C and Dahl playing next to him should really help the inside running game. We also have some quality depth in Turner and Mattison.​
    T- For Bradford's sake we will have to do something about our T and it wasn't trading Smith for Hunter that is for certain.​
    DE- If there is a strength to this team its the DE position. With Long and Quinn creating havoc it will make the lives of everyone behind them easier. Not to mention some quality depth in William Hayes and Eugene Sims.​
    DT-Kendall Langford is the best player at the spot and will looks for Trevor Laws or 1st rd pick Michael Brockers to step up and take control of the 2nd spot. Hopefully for Coach BBJ is Brockers.​
    LB-This unit has 1 special player in James Laurinaitis and a bunch of decent LB's that will have to make due. Rocky McIntosh and Jo-Lun Dunbar will man the outside spots.​
    DB- We have over-paid Cortland Finnegan and troubled Janoris Jenkins manning the outside. Bradley Fletcher and Jerome Murphy will fight for the nickel.​
    S- We will do what every cowboys fan seems to do at safety every year and get on 2 knees and pray. Our coaches will be just telling them to not let the ball get behind who and when in doubt knock the shit out of the guy, because like our former(for like a week) DC said "it's very unlikely a guy with a torn ACL will score".​
    Special teams​
    K-We will have a Kicking competition during the preseason. Both Kickers have monster legs so we will probably go with a game of horse.​
    P-We will go with John Hekker rookie from Oregon State. He has a solid Leg as well so atleast one area of the game we won't have to worry about.​
    Outlook- This season is all about seeing what we have and see what we need to build on to win in the future. The Defense is alot closer than the Offense is and hopefully with some building blocks we bring both sides to the same level in the next year or two. We do got some assets as well as some extra 1st rd picks to help the process. ​
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  18. BigTyme21

    BigTyme21 Walk On

    Aug 8, 2012
    The New York Giants team preview.

    First the Offense:

    QB: The reigning Super Bowl MVP is back again to make everyone recognize that Peyton is his brother. Not the other way around. He may have lost a weapon in Manningham but he is determined to once again climb the platform and raise the Lombardi trophy.

    HB: Ahmad Bradshaw is finally the man in New York with Jacobs signing a free agent contract to go out west to the 49ers. He is hoping that all of his hard work will pay off in a lucrative deal at the end of the season.

    FB: With Coach Joe Jackson, the fullback is not the demanding position that it used to be. But in Henry Hynoski out of Pitt, he has a very capable player to open up holes for Bradshaw and keep the heat off of Eli.

    WR: With both Nicks and the "Salsa Man" Cruz returning, the Giants unleash a potent receiver core. With the rookie Randle out of LSU, the G-Men look to open up the offense this season.

    TE: This may be the weakest link on the entire offense. But Coach Jackson has already taken notice and is looking to make them work hard to get in the program. Do I see a trade or free agent acquisition in the future?

    Offensive Line: One word describes this line - SOLID!! With an average weight over 300 pounds, they plan on moving any defender that gets in their way. The safest spot will be behind this mammoth of a line. ELI is constantly taking them out for steaks and it shows. Any defender that gets to Eli will have surely eaten their Wheaties.

    Now the Defense:

    Defensive Line: With perennial Pro Bowlers Justin Tuck and Jason Pierre-Paul on the ends, I feel sorry for the quaterbacks of this league. They expect to be the focus of each offensive coordinators game plan week in and week out. And when one of them need a Gatorade break, Osi Umenyiora will be there to insist that the defense does not take a play off. With Rogers and Canty holding down the middle, it looks like each game will be a battle for any offensive line coach to keep their jobs after they battle the Giants.

    LBS: What they lack in big name players, they make up for the blue collar style of defense the Giants are known for. They are determined to not be the weak links in the defending champions armor on the defense.

    CBS: All I can say is ask New England and Tom Brady about them. They shut down New England in last years Super Bowl and look as good as ever. With Corey Webster and the Prince holding the corners down, you better get ready for some hard hitting coming your way.

    FS & SS: With a mixture of youth and veteran leadership, this is a perfect combination for what the Giants plan to do on defense. A very fine combination to finish out a well rounded defensive unit.

    Kickers: A solid duo that gets it done week in and week out.

    Projection: Well it is hard to say but each game should be close with this team. They have proven before that they can win it all and there is no reason why they can't accomplish it again. They are putting the entire league on notice that we are the champs and to be the man you gotta beat the man. Right now the Giants are the champs and they do not plan on rolling over to hand off their Lombardi trophy from last year.
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  19. Jamie

    Jamie Walk On

    Mar 27, 2012
    Chicago Bears Preview
    The 2011 season had it's ups and downs for sure. A 2-3 start had Chicagoans a little worried. They then reeled off 5 straight wins and it appeared as if the Bears were going to the playoffs again. But near the end of that fifth straight win was news that Jay Cutler broke his finger and would be out the rest of the regular season. No problem, we thought. Still have Forte and a damn good defense. Then Forte was injured for the rest of the season and the combination of Caleb Hanie and Marion Barber just wasn't good enough.
    Quarterback: Jay Cutler arrived in Chicago and fans screamed that a title was on the way. A gunslinger, prone to making mistakes, but he was an upgrade over Kyle Orton. Right? Cutler has had some success in The Windy City but not as much as the fans were hoping for. No thanks to Mike Martz and the inept recieving core though. Martz is gone and in steps guys that know Cutler and what he needs to be effective. Add in Jason Campbell, and if Cutler goes down to injury this year, a better solution sits on the bench.
    Halfback/Fullback: Matt Forte was in the middle of a contract dispute much of the off season so the Bears signed an insurance policy just in case the worst happened. That policy is Michael Bush and the Bears now boast arguably the best one-two punch in the backfield this year.
    Wide Recivers/Tight Ends: One of those guys that are familiar with Cutler appear in this section. Brandon Marshall was brought over in a trade with Miami to add a big time weapon to the passing game. A weapon sorely missed in Chicago. Add him to second round pick, Alshon Jeffery and Devin Hester, and the Bears have their best recieving core in a long time. Kellen Davis adds a big target at Tight End along with Matt Spaeth. Don't forget speedster Johnny Knox in 4 reciever sets.
    Offensive Line: Here comes the weakness. Roberto Garza is solid in the middle and Gabe Carimi is good on the right side but this team has a lot of holes overall on their line. This team will win or lose based on how they protect their Quarterback, primarily on the left side occupied by Ja'Marcus Webb.
    Defensive Line: Julius Peppers on one side and Idonije on the other could spell trouble for opposing offenses this year. Stephen Paea anchors the middle in run coverage allowing one on one match ups for much improved Henry Melton. Shea McClellin will spell Idonije at times.
    Line Backers: Long been a strength of the Bears. Led by future Hall of Famer, Brian Urlacher, this team goes as the defense does. The Linebacking core have always gotten their other team mates fired up with big plays. Lance Briggs earned a huge contract and will be huge especially if Urlacher goes down with any injuries.
    Cornerbacks and Safties: Perhaps the only weakness of the Bears defensive unit. Charles Tillman is still the general but is aging. Tim Jennings will play opposite and provides a good second. Safties Chris Conte and Major Wright have to step up big to keep the big play from happening. DJ Moore will have to continue his progression to help one of the few problem areas.
    Kickers/Punter: Robbie Gould and Adam Podlesh are both extremely skilled at what they do. Podlesh is always in the upper echelon when it comes to kicks inside the 20. While Gould is as accurate as they come.
    Special Teams: Devin Hester will not be used as much in the return game as the Bears signed specialist Eric Weems to take over and allow Hester to focus on recieving. Although, Hester will still get some opportunities this season.
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  20. Brandon S.

    Brandon S. Freshmen Phenoms Commissioner

    Jul 15, 2011
    Lets take a minute, grab a cold one, kick your feet up, and go back to 1996 when the 2nd year Jaguars took everyone by surprise. Some guy named Mark Brunell led Jacksonville 3 games deep into the playoffs, beating Jim Kelly's Bills and John Elway's Broncos. I'll spare you the drama and we'll end it saying they lost to the Pats. Fast forward a few more years and that same guy Brunell and some dude named Jimmy Smith are back in the Conference Championships again in 1999. Well that AFC Championship eluded Jacksonville again, and since then, they've never been able to get back to that former glory.​
    Well times have changed, and rookie Head Coach Brandon Sams is looking to turn this franchise around. I hate the term rebuilding so i'll just say that I'm trying to win with the players i have, playing towards their strengths and not my "system". Here's a look at what we're dealing with this season...​
    Everyone is quick to deem Blaine Gabbert a bust, but the guy has no weapons and even Manning looked awful his first year. You show me a successful QB without a successful WR and i'll show you a liar. With that being said, Gabbert is the starter in Jacksonville. We dont want Miami's leftovers. This isn't Michigan, and Chad Henne isn't leading anyone to the promised land, but he'll be one of the leagues best backups!​
    Its no surprise who will be taking the bulk of the snaps down here in Jacksonville. Jones-Drew is the workhorse, but I'm not trying to kill him. Look for a good rotation between him and Rashad.​
    This position has been a weakness ever since Jimmy Smith retired, but Justin Blackmon will be quick to make fans forget who that guy Smith is. Free Agent acquisition Laurent Robinson will be a big threat in the Red Zone, should Jones-Drew or Jennings not be able to pound it in.​
    Well we aren't working with much here except a former Pro Bowl TE that forgot how to catch. Marcedes Lewis is looking to prove to everyone he didn't have one dream season and he's still got more left in the tank.​
    The majority of the teams in the NFL have poor Offensive Lines and still manage to get by. Jacksonville has one of the better O-Lines in the NFL and the only weakness is RG, but thats nothing a FA or Rookie cant replace. Look for the O-Lines to dominate 3rd & short.​
    Flip the spectrum and we're over here on the D-Line now. Outside of Terrance Knighton, there isnt much bite to this line. Mincey and Alualu need to prove themselves and John Chick will compete with Austen Lane to start opposite of Mincey. There isn't going to be much of a pass rush in Jacksonville this year, not with this D-Line. This is the position that will be looking for upgrades.​
    The Linebacking Corp of the Jaguars is the highlight of this team. Daryl Smith, Paul Posluszny and Clint Session are looking to make a name for themselves as solid tackling, run stopping Linebackers. Not much else to be said here, the LBs are good.​
    There will be 6 Cornerbacks on the roster by the end of the preseason, however the final 2 spots are to be determined and most likely filled by players from FA. Mathis, Cox, Ross and Middleton are locks for the roster. Dwight Lowery and Dawan Landry will be the last line of defense, look to see a new name at SS by the end of the season. Sorry, there's just something about the name Landry that irks me. *insert Redskins Joke here* ;)
    My expectations for this season are the same as every season. I expect to win with whatever talent i have. I'd give you a REALISTIC answer but honestly, I'm not realistic. I dont use the term rebuild, i just want to win. Good luck to everyone that comes into EverBank Field!​
    Edit: I only wrote this to get a "like" from Jmustang! ​
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  21. Capt Crunch

    Capt Crunch Walk On

    Jun 14, 2012
    QB - Quarterback Mark Sanchez. Of course. Who else would it be? The Jets have declared Sanchez as their clear-cut starting quarterback, but the acquisition of Tim Tebow means every single training camp pass will be chronicled, parsed and analyzed. And the scrutiny will only get worse once the exhibition games start. Sanchez has done plenty of good things in his three years in the NFL, including leading the Jets to two AFC championship games and directing nine fourth-quarter comebacks in 47 regular season starts, but he took a clear step backward last season and has yet to prove he's an upper-echelon quarterback. Tebow probably isn't an elite signal-caller, either, but after leading the Broncos on an unlikely playoff run and becoming one of the league's most popular players last season, he has an undeniable "it" factor that Sanchez has yet to display. Unlike most starting quarterbacks, Sanchez cannot afford a slow start this summer.

    ·WR - CB Antonio Cromartie could see some time at wide receiver against the Bills. Chaplin was coy when asked if Cromartie would line up on offense, saying only "We'll see" with an expression that looked half-smirking and half-winking. Cromartie, Chaplin and offensive coordinator Tony Sparano all spoke this summer of using Cromartie in a "Cro Package."
    ·CB Antonio Cromartie could see some time at wide receiver against the Bills. Chaplin was coy when asked if Cromartie would line up on offense, saying only "We'll see" with an expression that looked half-smirking and half-winking. Cromartie, Chaplin and offensive coordinator Tony Sparano all spoke this summer of using Cromartie in a "Cro Package."

    Rookie defensive end Quinton Coples has undeniable talent, but his effort and motor were questioned by some during his final two seasons at North Carolina. Such critiques earned him comparisons to Vernon Gholston, a first-round pick in 2008 who began looking like a bust almost immediately upon reporting to training camp that summer. Coples impressed the Jets during OTAs and doesn't look anything like a Gholston-sized bust thus far; indeed, it is likely he'll be an immediate starter for a team that desperately needs a pass-rushing presence. Still, a good first impression on the practice field in July and August is vital for Coples as well as for the publicity-conscious Jets.

    Outlook –
    1. Build chemistry. The Jets were a fractured bunch last season, with players sniping at one another and few players willing to step up and take on a leadership role. Coach Chappie Chaplin has tried to address the Jets' internal issues by acting in a more hands-on fashion behind the scenes and refusing to name captains, but the few weeks in upstate New York will be vital to cultivating relationships and creating a better atmosphere than last season. It's a good sign for the Jets that Bart Scott, a naturally charismatic figure who was unhappy throughout last season, seems reborn. It's not a good sign that Santonio Holmes, the ringleader of last season's circus, is still on the team while LaDainian Tomlinson, the closest thing the Jets had to a wise old sage, has retired.
    2. Stay healthy. The Jets have plenty of talent but are generally thin beyond their first-teamers. In particular, there is little depth and experience behind the starters at running back, wide receiver and tight end on offense and in the defensive secondary. The good news is there's plenty of opportunity for young players to step up and grab backup roles, injuries to the starters will have the Jets scrambling at the most inopportune time of the year. Any hope the Jets have of returning to the AFC's elite rests on the likes of Holmes, Shonn Greene, Dustin Keller, Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie remaining healthy and productive.
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  22. The Richuation

    The Richuation Walk On

    Jul 18, 2010

    This past May when the Seattle Seahawks turned down an invitation to be on “Hard Knocks,” they didn’t just avoid a potentially monster-sized distraction, they also kept the lid on what might just be the best-kept secret in the N.F.L. Want a breakout team for 2012? Turn your attention to the upper left corner of our country’s map.

    The Seahawks are returning a solid, aggressive young defense that quietly ranked in the top 10 last season. It’s a defense that plays a fairly straightforward style, relying on talent more than gimmicks. Offensively, the Seahawks finally discovered a run game in 2011, which is largely why they went 5-3 in the second half of the season.They might need better quarterbacking over the long haul if they want to be a perennial contender, but either way, the first step in their growth is simply reaching the playoffs. From there, they’ll believe anything can happen.


    There seems to be a consensus on Russell Wilson: good arm in terms of accuracy and strength; smart, cerebral player; superb athlete; admirable character, respected leader…..and…..too short. Three inches cost the 5-10 or 5-11 Wilson millions on draft weekend; if he could have broken the 6-0 barrier, he would have gotten to go on the first-round ride.

    The vast majority of short quarterbacks fail because they aren’t excellent in enough other areas to compensate. And it takes excellence. The Seahawks believe Wilson is excellent at making and executing smart, decisive throws from the pocket. And they believe he has the athleticism to be an excellent run-pass threat out of the pocket when things break down. At Wisconsin, Wilson was good enough in these areas to compensate. He completed over 70 percent of his passes, threw 29 more touchdowns than interceptions and had only four passes batted down at the line of scrimmage. And don’t expect the Seahawks to ask too much of their rookie quarterback; ideally, the will offense run through Marshawn Lynch.

    After being an undisciplined runner his first four years in the league, Lynch last year discovered newfound patience and vision in his first full season behind Seattle’s zone-blocking offensive line. That, coupled with his already decent burst and exhausting tenacity, made for a 1,200-yard feature back. Lynch can be that for the next few years assuming he stays healthy.


    Obviously Seattle’s offense has plenty of significant “ifs.” What takes a bit of the edge off is that this defense is potentially good enough to carry the team. It starts in the secondary. With cornerbacks like Brandon Browner and Richard Sherman, the Seahawks have one of the few defenses that can play true bump-and-run coverage every down on the outside. Both corners are uncommonly big (6-3, 220 pounds, give or take) and, as you’d imagine, physical.

    But it’s that style that ultimately liberates the rest of this defense. Having a pair of quality press corners allows the safeties to roam more freely and take more chances. That leads to good things when your safeties are as gifted as third-year pros Kam Chancellor and Earl Thomas. Chancellor, a brawny fifth-round pick, plays with tremendous downhill power. As for Thomas, he too is a great hitter and, more important, a rangy pass defender. In fact, the former first-round pick covers as much ground as any safety in the league.

    The stingy first-string defensive backfield will be aided by what could be a potent four-man pass-rush in 2012. Nose tackle Alan Branch has finally come alive after underachieving as a high second-round pick in Arizona. Being 6-6 and at least 325 pounds, Branch obviously has plenty of raw power. But there’s also a hint of initial quickness to his game. Alongside Branch, sixth-year pro Brandon Mebane is constantly disruptive in both shooting the gaps and congesting multiple blockers. His energy and craftiness routinely open up big-play opportunities for the rest of the front seven.


    The makings are here for a breakout season, but with iffy depth on both sides of the ball, Seattle’s key players will have to kick the rampant injury bug. Perfect health never happens in the NFL, which means the Seahawks will probably be trying to hide some serious vulnerabilities at some point.

    Predicted Finish: 2nd NFC West

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