Projected Starters for 2011/12

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  1. _MG_

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    CHICAGO BEARS

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    OFFENSE
    LT: Ja'Marcus Webb​
    -Webb was one of the pleasent surprises in an otherwise terrible offensive line last year. As a rookie coming out of West Texas A&M, the 6 foot 8 giant took over at RT and did a bang up job. The Bears hope he continues to progress and fits in nicely protecting Jay Cutlers blindside throughout the 2011/12 campaign.​

    LG: Chris Williams​
    - Big dissapointment. Williams was drafted by the Bears to be a franchise left tackle, and only 2 years into his career he is already penciled in as a guard. The Bears hope Williams gives them SOMETHING at the guard position, because right now he has been a major let-down.​

    C: Chris Spencer​
    - With the shocking signing by Olin Kruetz to the New Orleans Saints today, the Chris Spencer era at center begins for the Chicago Bears. Spencer looked good at times for the Seahawks last year and although he never quite lived up to his billing as a 1st round draft pick, is serviceable and might even be a slight upgrade over Kruetz on the field. Kruetz will be missed in the locker room and in the huddle, but Spencer might surprise some Bears fans with his nice run blocking.​

    RG: Roberto "James" Garza​
    - The only mainstay at the same position as last year, Garza will be the leader of this young group. With Kruetz now gone, Garza is the last remaining Bears linemen from the 2005 NFC Championship squad.​

    RT: Gabe Carimi​
    - The Bears new first rounder, Carimi is a guy Chicago has high hopes for. "The Jewish Hammer", as he was known in Wisconsin, is already a nice run blocker who is projected to turn into a great all-around tackle. The tackle tandem of 2nd year Webb and Carimi should be a huge upgrade over last years tackle tandem of a rookie Ja'Marcus Webb and Frank "The Stank" Omiyale.​

    TE: Matt Spaeth​
    - With Greg Olsen gone, the Bears went out and signed Matt Spaeth from the Steelers. Spaeth has already told the Chicago media that he feels he is an amazing fit for Mike Martz offense and that he looks forward to coming out of the shadow of Heath Miller that he was under in Pittsburgh. A great blocker who has average (at best) receiving characteristics.​

    WRs: Roy Williams, Johnny Knox, Devin Hester, Earl Bennett​

    - This is the most questionable group on the whole team besides the offensive line. The Bears were expected to be in play for a big-name WR this offseason, and Bears fans were excited to see what GM Jerry Angelo would come up with. Instead, the Bears signed Roy Williams. Williams, who is coming off a depressing couple years in Dallas, told the media he signed with the Bears because he had his best years on the Detroit Lions with Mike Martz as his offensive coordinator. He does fit the bill of a large wide receiver that Jay Cutler needed. We will see how it works out, but if Williams sucks like he did for the Cowboys Jerry Angelo might just lose his job. One bright side to the Bears receiving group is the speed. Devin Hester and Johnny Knox might be the two fastest wide receivers in the NFC North, if not the whole NFC. Bennett is a nice #4 option with great route running, decent hands and a good rapport with QB Jay Cutler.​

    HB: Matt Forte, Marion Barber​

    - Matt Forte quietly had a great 2010. He showed speed and vision at times as well as his signiture great hands and route running out of the backfield, all while playing behind an extremely porous offensive line. All signs point to Forte having another great year, as buzz around Bears camp this year has been Forte is in extremely impressive shape and is ready to get down to buisness. With Chester Taylor being a big dissapointment last year, the Bears went out and landed former Cowboy Marion Barber. Barber, despite all the issues and injuries, was still the leading touchdown rusher for the Cowboys last year. Barber will give the Bears that 3rd and 1 or goaline punch they have been lacking since Thomas Jones left. Barber has looked impressive in camp so far, so this might end up being a dangerous and quality 1-2 in the backfield for the Bears in 2011.​

    QB: Jay Cutler​

    - For all the grief Cutler has gotten for the NFC Championship game where he limped off the field and did not return, Cutler had a decent 2011. When considering he was sacked more than any other QB in the NFL and had no true #1 receiver, all the Cutler hate really seems unjust. Still, he has not been a great leader and has not show he has what it takes to get the Bears to the next level on offense. This second year in Mike Martz system will be big for Cutler as he finally grasps everything the mad scientist throws at him. The Bears offense will go as Jay Cutler goes, but if he doesn't get protection, no one is going anywhere.​

    Defense to come tomorrow when I get home. BEAR DOWN!
     
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  2. BobJr

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    Great read MG!!!!
     
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    Great read MG! Wish I could do this for the Bills, but I don't have this kind of in depth knowledge of them. Looking forward to reading the defense part.
     
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    You guys need to post your teams! That's the point of the thread!
     
  5. soxandgators

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    2011 Kansas City Chiefs season preview

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    Kansas City Chiefs > Chicago Bears
     
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  6. G_T_G

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    Same for me and the Falcons.
     
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    yeah sox and gators make sure they hear that lound chat after you score touchdowns lol
     
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    CHICAGO BEARS
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    DEFENSE
    Defensive tackle: Anthony Adams, Stephen Paea, Amobi Okoye, Matt Toeaina

    - Anthony "Spice" Adams turned in a great 2010 for the Bears, consistently being the Bears most dependable and effective defensive tackle. He re-signed this off-season and should be dependable and solid again in 2011. With Tommie Harris gone, new blood will be on the line next to Adams. Rookie Stephen Paea should see some time at nose, and with his unbelievable strength (broke the bench press combine record) and deceptive quickness he should be a factor fairly quick. Matt Toeaina got playing time last year when Harris was benched and was very solid as well, seeing a lot of playing time in 2010. The wild card here is Okoye, who signed a 1-year deal looking to try and resurface his sinking career as he was a minor bust for the Texans after major hype coming out of Louisville. If Okoye can play up to his potential, he will end up starting next to Adams, if not he will see rotation time with Paea and Toeaina. Very solid group.​

    Defensive End: Julius Peppers, Israel Idonije, Henry Melton, Corey Wootton, Vernon Gholston

    - What can you say about Julius Peppers. Great against the run, stellar as a pass rusher, he is one of the premier defensive ends in all of football. He might have not put up an amazing sack total in his first year in Chicago, but last season Peppers had an interception, many QB rushes and drew more penalties from holding and false starts than you can count on both hands, all while consistently being double teamed. He is a legit superstar who can make an impact on games without even showing up on a stat sheet. Israel idonije benefited from Peppers being on the other end of the line last season and put up a solid, career-best 2010 campaign. He is solid, but nothing spectacular. Henry Melton and Corey Wootton both have a ton of potential and showed flashes last year, most notably Wootton finishing Brett Favre's career by being the last man to ever sack him (Favre left the game after the sack and called it a career, never taking another snap). Gholston was a free agent pickup, with the Bears hoping he can finally bust out after 3 bad years in New York. Gholston seems to fit a little better in a 4-3, so depending on how he performs in the Bears pre-season games he could see snaps. I think depth is the key here, as the Bears have 4 guys who can all take snaps and make plays. Having 4 solid ends helps keep everyone fresh and ready to go all game long.​

    Linebackers: Lance Briggs, Brian Urlacher, Nick Roach

    - The all-pro tandem of Lance Briggs and Brian Urlacher return for 2011. Briggs might just be the best outside 4-3 linebacker in the league, and Urlacher showed last season still has a lot left and is the major key to Lovie Smiths Tampa 2 defense, playing the center of the field almost like a safety. With a Lofa Tatupu signing looming, Roach could be seeing the bench. However, Roach has been in the system a while and has played admirably while subbing in for often injured Pisa Tinoisamoa the last 2 seasons. This linebacking group is definitely a strength for the Bears.​

    Cornerbacks: Charles Tillman, Tim Jennings, Zach Bowman, DJ Moore

    - To be honest, this is the most questionable group on defense, and it's not even close. Tillman is good but is starting to slow down and gets beat consistently by bigger receivers and faster receivers. Jennings stepped up in a big way last year, but his size is very hard to get over. He is small. Bowman has potential and last year going into camp was getting major hype, but a season-ending injury kept him from showing anything. DJ Moore is in the same boat as Jennings, being a guy who has good ball skills and quickness but lacks size to cover anyone with decent height and possession skills. It is being reported that the Bears are also very interested in former Colts CB Kelvin Hayden, and if that is true he would automatically bump this group up 10-fold. Putting Hayden and Tillman together and letting Jennings take over the nickel would be perfect and upgrade this unit a ton.​

    Safeties: Chris Harris, Major Wright, Chris Conte, Craig Steltz

    - With Daniel Manning gone, Chris Harris is finally getting put back in his natural position of SS. Harris has flourished there before and should be solid there this year as a big hitting, punishing safety who can come up and play the run if needed. Major Wright will take over the reigns at FS. He is unproven and injury prone, but he is said to have a great football IQ. Time will tell, but I have high hopes for the 2nd year kid out of Florida. Rookie Chris Conte and veteran Craig Steltz will serve as backups and special teamers. The depth here is a little scary, as Steltz has proven he struggles in coverage and Conte is a rookie. Conte has already gotten praise from coach Lovie Smith in training camp, so perhaps he will be better than advertised coming out of Cal.​
     
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    Maybe do some research, it is fun (to me at least lol) to figure out a new team and roster. When I got a new team in the UFL I would dig around their message boards to see what guys were saying about their players and get an idea of who was what.

    If you want I can do one for you, but I am like you...I know NOTHING about the Bills besides their top players lol
     
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    Yea..its real easy to figure out what a team's weaknesses/strengths are as long as u do some digging. I also find that checking out espn and reading what the beat-writer for that certain division posts is a good place to start if u don't know much about the team. I don't know if all the writers are great, but the NFC West writer does a pretty dam good job with all the stuff he posts.
     
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    Oh yea, I will get my offense-defense preview up tonight!
     
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    Cool thanks Zikry for the heads up! I'll do some research tomorrow!
     
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    O-LINE: As a whole, probably the most well rounded group on the entire team especially after Dahl was brought in this year. With last year's starter at guard (Goldberg) re-signing and being happy with the backup role, the Rams seem to be set.​
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    LT: Rodger Saffold - Drafted last year with the top pick in the 2nd round Saffold was brought in to be the starting RT, however he exceeded all expectations in preseason and was given the reigns as the protector of Bradford's blind side. Saffold garnered rave reviews and was named to multiple All Rookie Teams, including Pro Football Weekly.​

    LG: Jacob Bell - After not agreeing to a deal that would lower his incoming salary, the Rams decided to part ways with Bell. However, only 24 hours later Bell was able to strike a new deal with the Rams that sees him retain his starting left guard position. Since signing with the Rams in 2008 Bell has been a mixed bag with injuries and his inconsistent play being the most frustrating. Bell is probably the "weak" point of the starting 5 offensive linemen.​

    C: Jason Brown - Joined the Rams in 2009 in a deal that made him the highest paid center in the NFL. Brown really showed his leadership role last year in helping guide rookie QB Bradford and being the real vocal point of the o-line.​

    RG - Harvey Dahl - The Rams had a gaping hole at right guard entering free agency this year and it was an absolute priority that they sign one of the free agent guards available. In steps 6'5'' 305 pound Dahl, signed in FA this year he comes from the Falcons with a reputation for being a great run-blocker and for being a general pain in the ass for opposing D-Linemen.​

    RT: Jason Smith - The 2nd overall pick in 2009, the Baylor man was brought in as the successor to Orlando Pace on the left side, however he was never given a chance at that position as he started off on the right side in his rookie year which was cut short by a serious concussion in November. Then with Saffold's stellar play the year after, Smith was left on the right side of the line and along with Rodger leaves the Rams in a very favorable position at the tackle position for years to come.​

    WRs: Without a doubt the biggest question mark heading into the season will be who exactly will make the team out of the WR spot. The team has a bunch of "raw" talent at the position so it will be interesting to see who will be picked as the 6/7 receivers on the final roster. Here are the players that I think are almost guaranteed to make the final roster (barring significant injuries):​
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    Donnie Avery: Missed the entire season last year after suffering a knee injury in the 2nd preseason game against the Patriots. Avery was drafted back in 2008 with the Rams top 2nd round pick, and was the 1st receiver off the board (ahead of guys like Desean Jackson). Avery has yet to show the Rams what he is capable of but with Josh McDaniels leading the offense now look for this to be Avery's make or break year, as long as he can stay healthy.​

    Danny Amendola: The poor man's Wes Welker was signed off the Eagles practice squad in 2009, but it was in 2010 where he really left his mark on the team as he and Bradford seemed to really hit it off. Amendola ended the year with 85 receptions for 689 yards and 3 TDs. He led the NFL in all purpose yards with 2,364 and was second in the entire NFL with 29 3rd down receptions.​

    Mike Sims Walker: Brought in during free agency MSW is seen as the guy who will most likely become the #1 receiver that the Rams desperately need. Sims-Walker will be looked at as one of the top red-zone targets on a team that struggled mightily to turn their red-zone trips into touchdowns a year ago.​

    Austin Pettis/Greg Salas: Given the fact that they were the 3rd and 4th round picks for the team in the most recent draft, I think both will eventually make the roster. Pettis is getting some great reviews out of camp for his great hands but his lack of speed is something to keep an eye on and whether or not his great catching ability will even matter if he is unable to create enough space between him and the opposing DB.​

    QB: No question on who the starter is as Sam Bradford enters his sophomore year with the Rams. How will he do now that the offense will be led by the Mad Scientist Josh McDaniels? The fans of the team last year felt like the Pat Shurmur offense didn't really show off what Bradford could do, but now with Pat leaving to coach the Browns, what can McDaniels do with Sam? Should be interesting...​
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    HB: While there has been no question who the starter is for a couple seasons now with the Rams, the problem was always with depth behind Steven Jackson. That is, until this offseason, where the Rams went out and brought in Cadillac Williams and Jerious Norwood in free agency. Both come with injury question marks next to their name, but both also come in with something to prove, which could be just enough to light a fire under both of these new-comers.​
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    TE: Last but not least, the tight end position, which was Bradford's go to guy last year - regardless of who was in there. This year the Rams used the draft to hopefully bring in "that guy" when they selected 6'3'' Lance Kendricks out of Wisconsin with their 2nd round pick. Kendricks was a non-factor for the most part in Wisconsin until his senior year where he had 43 catches for 663 yards and 5 TDs, and all early indications have him and Bradford getting off to a good start in camp. Behind Kendricks there is no clear #2 guy, so that will be an interesting battle between Billy Bajema, Michael Hoomanawanui, and the fan favorite Fendi Onobun.​
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    When you can find a picture of your 4th best starting picture wearing a lil miss kitty backup. You my friend are the research master
     
  15. sportyfan2000

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    look for ravens team preview sometime on monday with current starters at this time but noting is locked for starting offense and defense until season starts.
     
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    G_T_G BEAR DOWN

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    PART 1 - OFFENSE

    QB: Matt Ryan - "Matty Ice" enters his 4th season as the Falcons signal caller and looks to build upon what was his best year as a pro in 2010. He threw for over 3700 yards with 28 TDs and only 9 INTs. He made the pro-bowl for the first time in his career last season and is looking to make even greater strides during the 2011 campaign.​

    HB: Michael Turner - "Burner" Turner is coming off of a good year where he ran for over 1,300 yards and 12 TDs. This was a good sign for Falcons fans since the year prior, 2009, he missed 5 games and ran for exactly 500 yards less. Keeping Turner healthy is a priority for the offense of Atlanta as they will look to have an aggressive rushing attack. However, If he goes down with an injury yet again, they have a capable back up in Jason Snelling to go along with rookie RB Jacquizz Rodgers.​

    FB: Ovie Mughelli - Ovie has been a great veteran player for the Falcons over the years after signing a big contract in 2007. He is a good run blocker and, at 250 pounds, makes his presence known in the trenches.​

    TE: Tony Gonzalez - The ageless Gonzelez enters his 14th year in the NFL at the age of 35. Despite battling father time, Tony remains a highly productive player as he caught 70 balls last year for Atlanta. Look for those numbers to dip quite a bit in 2011 and any following years if he decides to keep on playing football.​

    WRs: Roddy White, Julio Jones - What can you say about Roddy White. The last 4 years he has been an offensive stud, receiving over 1,000 yards in each season. He looks to keep that streak alive and make 2011 his 5th in a row. Julio Jones, drafted #6 overall, is a rookie looking to help the Falcons improve on their passing game by giving them another big play option through the air. Having these 2 big threats at the WR position should free up more holes in the run game.

    LT: Sam Baker - Baker, a former 1st round draft selection, started all 16 games last season at the left tackle position protecting Matt Ryan's blindside. Baker is a stud lineman who is highly underrated amongst other big name left tackles in the NFL. He looks to continue his consistency and build his reputation as an upper-echelon tackle in the league.

    LG: Justin Blalock - Blalock had a great year last year starting all 16 games at LG for Atlanta. He was a free agent entering this off-season, but the Falcons made it a point to re-up with this proven veteran as he and fellow left side tackle Sam Baker developed quite the rapport on the offensive line.

    C: Todd McClure - McClure is a true veteran as 2011 will be his 13th year at center for the Falcons. At 34 years of age he may have lost a step or two, however, any team would covet having such a long tenured and successful center on their roster.

    RG: Mike Johnson - Johnson is a big question mark entering 2011. He is scheduled to replace the highly regarded RG Harvey Dahl who was lost to the free agent market. Drafted in the 3rd round of the 2010 draft out of Alabama, it seems to be Johnson's time to make plays for the Falcons on the O-line whether he is fully ready or not.

    RT: Tyson Clabo - Clabo is a workhorse who entered the league undrafted and earned his way to a pro-bowl selection. He is the star of this offensive line and was just signed to a well deserved 5 year contract extension by the dirty birds. Look for Clabo to be a mainstay on Atlanta's line for years to come.
     
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    looking forward to seeing if Baker can handle Peppers week 1 and if my secondary is up to the task against Roddy White and Julio Jones! Gonna be tough, Atlanta is legit.
     
  18. G_T_G

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    I think its safe to say Peppers will get the best of him.. Id take Peppers against pretty much any lineman.
     
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    the starters for saints for off part of depth chart.

    Qb- Drew Brees

    Rb- Mark Ingram

    Fb- Korey Hall

    Wr1- Marques Colston

    Wr2- Lance Moore

    Lt-Jermon Bushmrod

    Lg- Carl Nicks

    C-Olin Kretuz

    Rg- Jahri Evans

    Rt- ???
    the saints offense and saints look to rebound from that playoffs loss vs seahawks from 2010-11 season and brees looks to lead them to maybe another super bowl win this year.
     
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    the saints defense and special teams

    Le- Cameron Jordan

    Ldt- Sedrick Ellis

    Rdt- Aubrayo Frankin

    Re- Will Smith

    Lob- Scott Shanle

    Mlb- Jonathan Vlima

    Rob- Danny Clark

    Fs- Malcolm Jenkins

    Ss- Roman Harper

    Kicker - Garret Harley

    Punter - Thomas morstead

    Line snaper whoever listed on the game as actually line snaper , but depth chart says these two guys Justin Drescher and Kyle Nelson.

    Kick Off Returer and Punt returner - it be mostly Counrtney Roby but also Robert Meachem will join him as another return man but Roby is the guy , also Roby return punts but his back up is Meachem .

    ok saints defense look to get better and hope perform than last game they had which ended the season for saints and Greg Willams expects noting but good things from that group and Special teams coach Greg McMahon hopes for same thing from his group.
     
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    Great stuff guys!!!!!!!!
     
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    ATLANTA FALCONS

    PART 2 - DEFENSE

    DE: John Abraham - Big bad John Abraham is coming off of a stellar year in 2010 where he logged 13 sacks and 43 tackles. Abraham has been a key pass rusher for Atlanta since being acquired in 2006 and has bagged 50 sacks for the Falcons since joining the squad. Although he is considered the elder statesmen of the defense at a 33 years of age, he has showed no signs of slowing down. In fact, he got the first interception of his career in 2010. He is an elite DE in the NFL and has proved it by bagging over 100 sacks in his career.​

    DE: Ray Edwards - Newly signed free agent Ray Edwards is a very big acquisition for the Falcons heading into the 2011 season. After being signed to a 5 year contract, expectations are high for Edwards who looks to be groomed into a feared pass rusher opposite John Abraham on the line. Edwards, although talented, seemingly has benefited by playing on a line the last few years that has been led by Jared Allen. It is unclear whether Edwards can develop into a true pass rushing threat or if he has been milking his opportunities by playing next to other talented sack masters.​

    DT:Corey Peters - Peters, a second year pro, made an immediate impact for the Falcons in 2010 by playing in all 16 games as a rookie with 15 starts. Peters stats were pretty average as a rookie, but the experience that he gained with so much playing time may prove to be invaluable moving forward as a pro. He looks to build upon his 40 tackle season in 2010, and be the hole-clogger that the dirty birds are needing on this defense.​

    DT: Jonathan Babineaux - Veteran Jonathan Babineux will be joining Peters up the middle on the D-line this season. Babineux, a 6 year pro, will look to do the dirty work on the line and provide sack opportunities for the studs on the end of the line whilst adding a run stopping presence in the trenches. Babineaux, now seemingly in the prime of his career, looks to improve upon his 31 tackles and 4 sacks from a year ago.​

    OLB: Sean Weatherspoon - Weatherspoon, a first round draft pick in 2010, played in 11 games last year for the Falcons with 6 starts at linebacker. He logged 58 tackles and one sack during his time on the field last year. Weatherspoon is a promising prospect for this linebacking corps and should settle nicely into a starting position while learning from veteran LBs Curtis Lofton and Mike Peterson playing next to him.​

    MLB: Curtis Lofton - Lofton is widely considered an elite linebacker in the NFL and he proved it during his first 3 years in the league by making 410 tackles since being drafted in 2008. In 2010 he totaled double digit tackles in 10 games, finishing the season with a team high 142 (101) solo tackles. Lofton is a defensive leader and should be a force over the middle throughout the 2011 season and beyond.​

    OLB: Mike Peterson - The veteran Mike Peterson has been a pretty good contributing player for the Falcons the past couple of years despite his relatively "old" age of 35. In 2010 Peterson registered 79 tackles, 2 interceptions, and 1 sack in 13 starts. His numbers dropped quite a bit from 2009 where he had almost twice as many tackles. Although Peterson is still an above-average linebacker, it is quite reasonable to expect even less from him in 2011.​

    CB: Dunta Robinson - Robinson is a 7-year NFL veteran with solid coverage skills and above-average tackling for a corner. In 2010, Robinson totaled 60 tackles with 1 interception. Falcons fans would love to see Robinson become more of a ballhawk and cause a few more turnovers, however, he is a good corner and should be at the center of plenty deflected passes in the secondary.​

    CB: Brent Grimes - Grimes, hailing from the small college school of Shippensburg (where!?), is a play making corner who earned his way to a pro-bowl selection at the end of the 2010 campaign. Grimes' tremendous year saw him garner 82 tackles, 23 deflections, and 5 interceptions while starting all 16 games for Atlanta. Grimes should look to lead this secondary in 2011, and take on all the top receiving threats that the NFC South has to offer.​

    SS: William Moore - Moore, a second round draft choice in 2009, will be entering his 3rd year with the Falcons after starting all 16 games in 2010 at the strong safety position. He had a great sophomore season in 2010 after registering 108 tackles (73 solo) and 5 interceptions for Atlanta. Moore should be productive once again this season after having a full season of starts under his belt.

    FS: Thomas DeCoud - DeCoud, selected by the Falcons in the 3rd round of the 2008 rookie draft, has been a starter the last 2 seasons for Atlanta and has done a stellar job playing the free safety position. DeCoud broke out in 2009 with a great sophomore season after playing mostly special teams as a rookie. However, his production dipped a little bit in 2010. The Falcons organization would love to see DeCoud return to his 2009 form and provide a presence in the secondary throughout 2011.
     
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    took my time to write all that .
     
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    COACH (RECORD): Tony Sparano (25-23 in three seasons with Dolphins, 25-23 overall)
    OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR: Brian Daboll
    DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR: Mike Nolan

    KEY ADDITIONS: RB Reggie Bush (from Saints), QB Matt Moore (from Panthers), LB Kevin Burnett (from Chargers), C Mike Pouncey (first round, Florida), NT Ronald Fields (from Broncos), LB Jason Trusnik (from Browns), RB Daniel Thomas (second round, Kansas State), WR Clyde Gates (fourth round, Abilene Christian), DE Jared Odrick (first round 2010, Penn State; missed 15 games last season with foot/leg injury), LB A.J. Edds (third round 2010, Iowa, missed last season with knee injury)
    KEY DEPARTURES: LB Channing Crowder (waived), QB Chad Pennington (not tendered/injury), RB Ronnie Brown (not tendered), RB Ricky Williams (not tendered), QB Tyler Thigpen (to Bills)
    HENNE OR MOORE? The quarterback battle between incumbent Chad Henne and newcomer Matt Moore (Carolina) hardly exists. Coach Tony Sparano said Henne is the starter. Miami's management vowed to bring in an experienced veteran to battle the mistake-prone Henne and didn't. After losing out on Kyle Orton (Denver) the Dolphins' answer was Moore, who has only started 13 games and has a career 73.9 rating. Henne has started 27 games and has a career 75.3 rating. But Henne didn't throw deep last season and didn't make good decisions. This team needs someone who can handle both of those duties. Miami now has offensive coordinator Brian Daboll (Cleveland) and RB Reggie Bush (New Orleans), neither of whom was there last year. It also has C Mike Pouncey, the first-round pick from Florida. The upgrades have been modest, but a responsible QB who runs an efficient offense could be the difference between making the playoffs and staying home for the third consecutive season.
    DEFENSIVE PLAYMAKERS NEEDED: Miami's defense ranked sixth overall last season and returns 10 starters. There are no meaningful position battles. Things are set. But the Dolphins didn't make many game-changing plays last year and that has to change. The offense needs help and special teams are shaky. Making game-changing plays is the next logical step for this defense. They need to create fumbles, recover fumbles, intercept passes, and get field position for their pedestrian offense. Among LB Karlos Dansby, LB Cameron Wake (14 sacks), NT Paul Soliai, CBs Vontae Davis, Sean Smith and Benny Sapp, FS Chris Clemons and SS Yeremiah Bell, someone needs to make some plays. The Dolphins' defense is stout. Its line has so much quality depth it'll be among the best in the NFL. But someone on this defense has to become a playmaker because there's no indication right now the offense or special teams can make plays. The DBs dropped numerous interceptions, several that could have been returned for touchdowns. They vow that will change.
    THE BUSH DOCTRINE: RB Reggie Bush (New Orleans) was a great acquisition if the Dolphins can figure out how to utilize his skills. Bush contends he can be an every-down back, and coach Tony Sparano said Bush could be a "featured" back, someone who could carry the ball on first and second downs. Many have their doubts. Bush wasn't durable in New Orleans and gave no indication he could be a featured back. Miami needs Bush to spark the offense and possibly special teams as a punt returner. Everyone knows Miami will try to get Bush the ball in space, so he's 1-on-1 with a LB. The big test is whether Miami gives Bush, say, 20 carries a game. Bush can get 20 touches among carries, receptions and punt returns. But he contends he can be a workhorse. Sparano said Bush needs a "caddie," and said that's why Miami drafted RB Daniel Thomas (second round, Kansas State) but Sparano seems willing to give Bush a shot at being an every-down back.
    SPECIAL TEAMS WATCH: Last season special teams coach Darren Rizzi took over at midseason after John Bonamego was fired. Special teams improved under Rizzi, but they're still not a threat. Players like LBs Tim Dobbins, Jason Trusnik (Cleveland), A.J. Edds (injured last season), and Austin Spitler need to become special teams leaders. Perhaps CB Nolan Carroll keeps the KR job but look for RB Kory Sheets (injured last season) to push for the role. Bush is the favorite to return punts but WR Clyde Gates (fourth round, Abilene Christian) could threaten, too. The Dolphins need a big-play threat in the return game, but also needs to block and tackle on special teams. You'll recall that New England game in which the Dolphins had a punt blocked, a field goal attempt blocked and gave up a KOR for a TD. A week earlier they had a punt blocked by the New York Jets. The performance improved late in the season but the Dolphins need to be strong in all aspects of special teams, which didn't happen last season.
    FINAL WORD: Coach Tony Sparano and GM Jeff Ireland got contract extensions in the off-season but their jobs could be on the line this year. If Henne doesn't come through, Sparano could get fired, and Ireland will be standing on quicksand. Most likely that means Miami has to make the playoffs, even in light of the tough AFC East competition with New England and the New York Jets. In that regard keep an eye on two training camp developments surrounding key players: WR Brandon Marshall said he's been diagnosed with BPD (Borderline Personality Disorder) and Pro Bowl LT Jake Long (knee) has been put on the PUP (physically Unable to Perform) list. The interior OL remains a major question along with the QB position and a deep threat at WR. Defensively, Miami could be among the best five or so in the NFL. They were sixth last year. For now it seems the Dolphins would be wise to follow the Jets model of having a so-so QB backed by a wicked defense and capable special teams. If that doesn't work, and the Dolphins can't figure out another way to win, Sparano and Ireland might have to justify their positions with this franchise.
     
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