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Last year, SF fell just short of an amazing run through the 2013 season. This team was a force both defensively and in the running attach last year but met their match in the Super Bowl and ultimately were manhandled by the New York Jets. This year, the core is back and overall this is a younger and better team top to bottom. Not much will change schematically for the 49ers as they will rely on their defense to put their offense in favorable situations. Will this be the year for SF after two Super Bowl losses in a row? Only time will tell.
QB - Colin Kaepernick returns and looks to build on a strong season last year mostly trying to manage the game. The reigns will be a bit looser this year as Kaep has work hard int he offseason to become a more polished passer.
RB - Frank Gore left as a free agent looking for a payday, but comes back home for one more year as the 49ers brass crosses their fingers he has enough gas in the tank for one more run. Supporting Gore is as strong and explosive committee as any in the league... Kendell Hunter, LaMichael James, and Marcus Lattimore will all get their carries.
WR / TE - Michael Crabtree headlines this quiet unit as the developing Jonathon Baldwin and free agent burner Emmanuel Sanders look to provide a spark to a unit that had trouble getting open against faster DBs, evidenced in the Super Bowl vs. the Jets. From the TE position, All-World Vernon Davis returns and hopes to stay injury free as he missed most of last season with various issues.
OL - They're back, bigger, and stronger than ever. Four Pro Bowler return and David Molk steps into the starting C role as this league best unit looks to pave the way to another NFC West title and deep playoff run.
DEs - Old man Justin Smith and veteran Ray McDonald man the starting spots here and rightfully so. They combined for 13 sacks and 24 tackles for loss last year. Behind those two are capable backups with something to prove.
DT - 1st Round pick Jadeveon Dickson has the coaching staff fired up showing freakish athleticism in training camp and comparisons to Ndamikuh Suh. Dickson looks to be a real game changer with some proper NFL coaching.
LBs - Does it get any more imposing than this? Patrick Willis, Navorro Bowman, Aldon Smith, Corey Lemonier. These four will continue to cause chaos to opposing offenses this season. The new guy is Lemonier... 23 years old and made enough of an impression to let Amhad Brooks leave via trade. You've been warned.
CB - Tarell Brown and Tramaine Brock headline the group that doesn't grab the headlines, but play well together in the primarily zone assignments. The group goes 6 deep and most could start for 75% of the league. Solid unit.
S - 22 year old Eric Reid returns as his 2nd year as starting FS... has everything you would want in a FS. Donte Whitner also return as SS after an injury plagued 2013. A very solid player, but at 29 years old and tons of competition in camp, it will be interesting to see how long he can hold off the youngsters.
The 49ers have been on the verge of greatness the last two season and have aspirations again pointed toward a Super Bowl run. Questions around the legs of Frank Gore and the accuracy of Kaepernick remain as the offense will continue to lean on the defense to set the tone. This offensive unit will need to find a better balance this year to go all the way. Look for SF to go 12-4 in what will be a much more challenging season in the Bay.
2014 Green Bay Packers Schedule:
Week 1: vs. Philadelphia
Week 2: vs. Oakland
Week 3: vs. Tampa Bay
Week 4: BYE
Week 5: vs. Carolina
Week 6: vs. Minnesota
Week 7: at Detroit
Week 8: at San Diego
Week 9: vs. Detroit
Week 10: at Chicago
Week 11: at Minnesota
Week 12: vs. Kansas City
Week 13: at San Francisco
Week 14: at Atlanta
Week 15: at New Orleans
Week 16: at Denver
Week 17: vs. Chicago
In what was a hotly contested division last year, the Packers have their work cut out for them in order to maintain their top spot. Overall, the team seems to have improved, but the caliber of their opponents is as high as ever as the Packers will have a very difficult road back to the playoffs. If they are going to have success, the Packers are going to have to rack up wins in the early part of their schedule which they start with 5 home games. Conversely, 4 of their last 5 are on the road, two of which are against playoff teams from a year ago (including NFC Champion San Francisco).
On offense, expect Green Bay to do much of the same as they are returning most of their core. The Packers have improved the RT and C positions in free agency with hopes that pass protection can be a little better for Rodgers. The mentality for this offense is that if Rodgers is given enough time to make his reads, he can shred most any defense in the league. Part of him being successful will be relying on a stout rushing game - so expect teams to see a heavy dose of Eddie Lacy this season as well.
The Packers will continue running a 3-4, and they are going to rely more on the Dom Capers playbook to take them back to the success they had in their Super Bowl run just a few short years ago. Clay Matthews is a real playmaker, and expect him to play like it. Also expect 2nd round draft pick Bret Jeffcoat to see significant playing time, as the Packers have a lot of faith in him developing into something special.
2014 Season Preview
Spoiler: Season Preview
After a crazy offseason full of let downs and positive surprises, Arizona is heading into 2014 with a chip on their shoulder after getting snubbed out of the playoffs last season. Big names are gone from last season (Carson Palmer, John Abraham, Yeremiah Bell, Antoine Cason) but both sides of the ball have reloaded and are gearing up for a 10+ win season. New faces from division rivals, the draft, and pre season free agency have graced this team with even more drive and excitement on top of the building anticipation from the end of last season. The hype is alive in Arizona, will this team live up to it?
Sam Bradford | 80 OVR
Mcleod Bethel-Thompson | 74
Colt McCoy | 77
By far the most interesting position on the team this year is the quarterback position. Carson Palmer had a great final season in 2013, and it was a crapshoot on who was going to take the reins once he retired in the offseason. Bethel Thompson and McCoy were snatched up in offseason free agency, and Sam Bradford was found just in the preseason after St. Louis picked up Boston College standout Billy Hill in the draft. Bradford will get another shot in Arizona as the starting guy, but coaches figure any three of these can get the job done so all will be on a short leash. Like it or not, QB has potential to be a revolving door this year with the hot hand getting the starts.
Andre Ellington | 82 OVR
Jonathan Dwyer | 76
Ryan Williams | 72
Stefon Taylor | 67
Back for his sophomore campaign is Ellington, as he looks to build off a 1,000 yard rookie year in which he averaged 91.8 ypg. Ellington didn't have the trucking ability departed back Rashard Mendenhall had, a testement to his only 6 TD's last year; however, coaches stated he has worked hard bulking up this off season so he can grind out those tough yards. Look for him to be more of an everydown back this year. To replace Mendenhall, Arizona picked up another hard running former Steeler in Jonathan Dwyer in case he is needed in short yardage situations. Ryan Williams rounds out the rotation (570 yards, 3 TD's last year) with Stefon Taylor being a solid looking young back.
Derrick Coleman | 73 OVR
Coaches debated evening picking up a FB this season, but once in a while you just need a big guy to knock some people around; in steps the versatile Derrick Coleman. Coleman is a nice balanced FB that should contribute both receiving and blocking when given chances to do so. When asked what his best attribute was, he replied with "What?"
Larry Fitzgerald | 99 OVR
Michael Floyd | 82
Jermaine Kearse | 75
Jaron Brown | 73
Deon Butler | 69
One missing face from here is Andre Roberts, gone to Oakland (I believe). Jermaine Kearse looks to be his replacement as the former Seahawk searches for a niche with the Cards. He is a solid route runner and has good hands so he should fit in well with Fitz and Floyd. Future hall of famer Larry Fitzgerald is coming off a season in which he caught a career high 112 balls for 1,312 yards and 6 TDs. He did a great job of moving the chains last year and will be heavily relied upon again in 2014. Floyd contributed as well last year, hauling in 53 balls for 570 yards and 7 scores to lead the team in his sophomore campaign. This should be a fun group to watch if Bradford can get the chemistry down early. Jaron Brown is a promising young WR, and Butler brings the speed and quickness when needed.
Rob Housler | 78 OVR
Ryan Griffin | 74
Garrett Crumbley | 69
A, a position with our first draftee in Crumbley! This unit has great size to it - 6'5, 6'6, and 6'6 - and all are respectable receivers. Housler had a quiet season last year, only catching 13 balls for 133 yards- but he added 4 TD's out of that. He will likely get more consistent looks this year as it was a 3 way rotation last season at this spot. Griffin is a good looking young end, and Crumbley is fresh off the boat. Arizona usually doesn't use more than one tight end at a time, but we will see if they shake things up and go to more power sets.
Jonathan Cooper | 88
Nate Potter | 76
Daryn Colledge | 82
David Quessenberry | 76
Lyle Sendlein | 81
Joe Madsen | 78
Earl Watford | 82
Kevin Hughes | 73
Bobbie Massie | 80
Jason Smith | 78
Offensive line is a very young group on this team, but they have some talent with only two players over the age of 26 (Sendlein and Smith). Madsen will likely push Sendlein all season and maybe steal the spot, which could bode well for a group that would likely be together for many years if they chose to do so. Jonathan Cooper made the move from RG to LT this offseason thanks to his superior athleticism. We will see if he can keep up with the pass rushers in a division that boasts names like Quinn and Long of STL, Aldon Smith and Lemonier of San Fran, and the plethora of pass rushers in Seattle.
Calais Campbell | 94 OVR
Adam Carriker | 84
Darnell Dockett | 87
Corbin Bryant | 80
Dan Williams | 88
Alameda Ta'amu | 72
Arguably the strongest position on the team outside of the CB's, Calais Campbell headlines a mean defensive line. Bryant and Carriker are new to the team (Bryant likely to be Dockett's replacement in a couple seasons), both are hungry to show why they belong with such a unit. Dan Williams continues to grow into a force at NT and Ta'amu is a formidable backup behind him despite his overall rating. This is a group that can get pressure out of a 3 man pass rush, no questions asked.
Brian Vallere | 86 OVR
Jarrett Johnson | 82
Lawrence Sidbury | 77
Sidbury is a serviceable situational pass rusher, and Johnson is a grizzled NFL veteran- but the guy to watch this year figures to be Brian Vallere, the third overall pick in this years draft. At a stout 6'4 280, Vallere is an animal coaches can't wait to unleash on the NFL. On top of that, coaches have said Johnson has been a great mentor to the young Vallere who has been soaking everything up he can from the 11 year veteran.
Sam Acho | 83 OVR
Alex Okafor | 72
A pair of former Longhorns take center stage at ROLB, with Okafor being the pass rushing specialist and Acho being the all around OLB Arizona needs at the position. Acho received a renewed long term contract this preseason, so look for him to play focused. Okafor had 3 sacks in his rookie season last year, so look for him to build on that.
Daryl Washington | 89 OVR
Kevin Minter | 75
Jo-Lonn Dunbar | 75
Nick Moody | 69
Washington is the quarterback of this defense and will look to lead the unit to another successful season. With Karlos Dansby gone beside him, in steps 2nd year man Kevin Minter. Coaches are confident Minter can get the job done, but if he struggles veteran Dunbar will be a viable option to help. Moody is an athletic linebacker who will continue to develop and contribute on special teams.
Patrick Peterson | 99 OVR
Jerraud Powers | 84
Justin Bethel | 81
Javier Arenas | 81
Jeremy Lane | 75
If it isn't the defensive line, then this is the strength of the 2014 Arizona Cardinals. Patrick Peterson is coming off his best season yet (10 INTs, 3 for TDs) and will continue to dare offenses to throw his direction. Jerraud Powers will be tasked to step up and fill the void left by Antoine Cason- which coaches expect he will do as he looked very promising last season. Bethel is a young player that is going to get a bit of a trial by fire, but if he struggles Arenas can step in and give a veteran presence in the nickel spot. Lane has a bright future as well with Arizona, but coaches aren't quite pushing him as quick as they are Bethel.
Tyrann Mathieu | 88 OVR
Rashad Johnson | 75
Mathieu had an explosive rookie season (2 INT, 72 TKLS, FF) and will look to build off a great rookie season. He plays centerfield as well as anybody. Rashad Johnson brings some size and experience to the position.
Quinton Carter | 86 OVR
Robert Lester | 83
Tony Jefferson | 73
At the end of last season, many were wondering if the young Jefferson would be able to fill Yeremiah Bell's shoes- coaches quickly determined that answer was in fact "fck no" and promptly traded for Quinton Carter (3rd rounder to Denver). Carter brings some vicious physicality to the position, but coaches were surprised to see Robert Lester sitting in free agency in the preseason and didn't hesitate to snatch him up. The two should make for a formiddable 1-2 at the position as Jefferson continues to develop (and he does look promising).
Billy Cundiff | 80 OVR
Corey Aguirre | 77
Ol Kickin Billy Cundiff is back in action as he will be kicking the pigskin around for Arizona. His big leg should prove useful in Arizona's indoor games. Punting for the Cardinals is rookie Corey Aguirre- he is plenty capable of booting the ball 35-45 yards on 4th downs.
Playoffs, without a doubt this team should make the playoffs barring user error of the wrath of The Sim Gods. Over ten wins is within this teams reach.
Buffalo Bills 2014 Preview
Buffalo had a surprising year in 2013 finishing 11-5 and losing to the Ravens in the first round of the playoffs. The Bills were active in the offseason building a strong defense and key pieces to the running game. In 2014 the Bills are looking for consistency on offense and to continue their defensive ways.
QB- EJ Manuel, Thad Lewis, and Ricki Stanzi.
While EJ Manuel is the starter going into week 1, with a new GM and coaching staff he might be on a short leash. They have brought people in to coach up his consistency and if it doesn't improve he could be out of a job quick.
HB- CJ Spiller, Knowhown Moreno, and Tashard Choice
Make no doubt about it the Bills plan on running the ball early and often this year. Moreno was brought in to spell Spiller and take some of the work load off the injury prone back and the two should provide a solid one two punch.
FB- Evan Rodriguez and Jevante Lambert
Two really solid blocking FBs to compliment the Bills rushing attack
WR- Anquan Boldin, Stevie Johnson, Robert Woods, Riley Cooper, TJ Graham, and Marquise Goodwin
Not a superb wide receiving core but very solid. Marquise Goodwin has been rumored to be on the block as new ownership doesn't like his poor taste in colleges.
Led by Cordy Glen a pretty solid group but a little suspect at LG.
Marcell Dareus, Jerry Hughes, and Mario Williams are all mid 90's overall but not a whole lot of depth behind them. Nonetheless these three are a O-lines nightmare.
Led by Woodyard, Lawson, Alonzo, and Bradham this unit is deep and capable of making some big plays.
Amazing group with four 90 overalls or better. Talib and Gilmore are lockdown corners and Jarius Byrd and Duke Williams fly to the bsll and make a ton of plays.
Buffalo has a great special teams unit and returners that can make things happen.
All in all the Bills are a tean that is really trying to get over the hump this year and should be fun to watch
2014 Detroit Lions Preview
Matthew Stafford will clearly start for Detroit despite a less than stellar season in 2013. What looked like a promising year fell flat on its face (much like the actual Lions). The biggest part to secure his future this year is to limit turnovers, he threw way too many INT's and could barely take a hit without losing the ball. This season will be focused on upgrading his carrying ability and his consistency. These will surely forge a new road for this young QB. His arm is already great with 99 Throw Power, 86 SAC, 86 MAC, and 85 DAC but could use some work with Throwing on the Run (75) and the Play Action (78). To get both of these into the 80s this season is the goal. Stafford is backed up by Matt Flynn and Kellen Moore
Time in the backfield will be split between Reggie Bush and Joique Bell. Bush will primarily be the first and second down back due to his speedy build while Bell will handle third down and goal line situations (and fourth down if it comes to it) due to his power build. The key with Reggie this season is to keep him healthy as Bell was just unable to carry the load last season with the constant injuries to our starter. Another key area is to raise Reggie's carrying ability, which sits at 83. If he can keep the ball off the turf, he could turn into a Pro Bowler.
In the FB position, the Lions picked up FB Erik Lorig due to his blocking abilities. He boasts 85 Run Block and 91 Impact Blocking which we lacked in the I-Forms last season due to Montell Owens being more of a rushing FB than a blocking and quite honestly the Lions don't use a rushing FB all that often. But if the situation were to arise we would put Owens in as he is clearly superior to Lorig when it comes to running with the football.
Do I need to say who the primary target is on this team? Well I will anyway . MEGATRON. I believe part of our problem last season with turnovers is that we did not throw to Calvin enough. Our other receivers are, honestly, hot piles of garbage. The consistently ran bad routes or could not make wide open catches while Calvin was able to leap up in double, sometimes triple, coverage and come down with the ball 90% of the time. Megatron comes in this season at 99 overall with 99 Catch, 94 Catch in Traffic, 99 Spectacular Catch, 96 Route Running, 99 Release, 98 Jump, 95 Speed, 96 Agility, 94 Acceleration, 88 Elusiveness, 91 Juke, 90 BCV, and 97 Injury. The only area I can even spot that he could improve on is his carrying ability that caused a few fumbles in 2013, it sits at 68 currently. Now that I got that out of my system, we also signed WR Brandon Lloyd to be our #2 guy. Lloyd is a pure possession guy and that is just what we need.
The TE spots will be filled by Brandon Pettigrew (Franchise Tag) and Brandon Myers. Pettigrew proved to be a reliable receiver last season and now that we found Myers (better receiving skills than Pettigrew) we added another variable to this passing game. Neither can block worth a damn.
This is where things start to get a little ugly for the Lions and that could spell disaster because without a solid O-Line, nothing else works out so well. On our left side we have Riley Reiff and Rob Sims who both have solid blocking skills. This looks to be the primary side to run to if we choose to go outside on the play, they should be able to hold their blocks long enough to get Reggie to the edge. The Center position is the worst out of the entire line with two Rookies coming in, the starter looks to be Lekambrick Hennings but the Lions have talked about dropping one of these Rookies in favor of better skill. And then onto our right side which is made up of Warford and Hilliard, with Warford being better at pass blocking and Hilliard more of a run blocker. They do make it possible to run outside to the right if necessary but I would still rely on the left. Running up the middle and protecting Stafford will be the true challenge this season.
Across the line it goes Ansah, Suh, Fairley, Jones. Ansah had a good Rookie season but we need to work on his Block Shedding and Tackling. Suh and Fairley are a formidable duo in the middle with Suh excelling in above every skill a DT needs except maybe Finesse, which can be worked on. And then Jason Jones who isn't great but isn't half bad either, he should hold his own on the left side.
The off-season acquisition of OLB Desmond Bishop immediately boosted the back of the front seven. Bishop may not look like much overall but that really doesn't matter, his individual skills are great even if he is a little slow. If he hits you with 88 Tackle and 91 Power, you won't get away. He also boasts 87 Block Shed and 91 Pursuit, which I find very valuable. Holding down the MLB spot is Stephen Tulloch, who has everything he need should someone get past the Suh/Fairley combo. Lastly is OLB DeAndre Levy who has a couple of good skills but is mostly average and definitely needs Tulloch to have his back.
Our primary corners will be Houston and Mann. It is actually surprising that Rookie CB Mann looks better than Houston. Sure Houston might be quicker, have higher awareness (useless) and play better Man Coverage, it really doesn't matter when Mann is not that far behind in Man, plays WAY better Zone (98), recognizes plays better and has better pursuit. Mann can tackle better than any CB on the team. There are thoughts of making him the #1 at this point. And between these two are safeties Delmas and Quin. I honestly never really looked at them much and now that I have, they are both rather average with the ability to make a big play here or there but doubtful to be gamechangers.
Sam Martin will be punting.
Rookie K Sal Yovanovich will handle kicking, he has decent accuracy but his power is awful. I won't be attempting anything much over a 30-35 yarder.
Have not yet decided who will be returning Kicks/Punts.
I want, at the very least, 10 wins which I guess could mean a potential playoff spot. We'll see.
2015 Denver Broncos
QB Brock Osweiler- Brock took over late last season as the team was ready to move away from Peyton Manning who then retired in the offseason. I look for big things from Osweiler this season with the receiving core he has.
HB Ball/Blount/Hillman-The running back situation in Denver is interesting as Monte Ball is going to be the primary back and be on the field the most but Blount will be in on 3rd downs and in the goal line package and Hillman will come in as the change of pace back.
FB LeTevin Gibbs (R)- The rookie fullback out of Clemson will be the lead blocker for the trio of backs we have as he comes into his rookie season with amazing blocking stats and should help the running game this season.
WR Thomas/Nicks/Welker- DT88 is back from injury and the Broncos added Hicks in the offseason to make this one of the best receiving cores in the NextFL. Early rumors are that Denver is looking to move Welker but we will see if those rumors are true during the season.
TE Julius Thomas- Thomas had a great season last year and will look to continue that form into this season but he is also rumored to be on his way out in Denver.
Offensive Line- Very good offensive line to protect Osweiler and help the running game get going especially late in games.
Defensive Line- The departure of Shaun Phillips and Robert Ayers opened up the starting DE spots for Malik Jackson and Quanterus Smith so we will see how those 2 do this season and then in the middle Jurrel Casey and Terrance Knighton will be chillin it in the middle shutting the run down.
OLB Von Miller- VONNNN!!!!! he caused havoc last season and I dont expect anything less from him this season. The main thing for this season is to make sure he is a Bronco for the foreseeable future.
MLB Darly Smith- Mr. Smith was brought in to sure up the MLB spot until we found our future playmaker at the spot but we are hoping Daryl can come in and make an impact instantly to help the team win some games.
CB DRC/Wright/Webster- DRC got a contract extension and is the best corner on the team. After Champ retired it opened up some cash flow for us to go out and sign Eric Wright to be our #2 corner and in the nickel Kayvon Webster who is in his 2nd season with the team.
FS/SS Moore/Ihenacho- These two guys are a huge part to the Denver secondary and while we resigned Duke last offseason we are looking to resign Moore this season to make sure this tandem stays together as long as possible.
K Matt Prater-Dude can boom it from anywhere...that is all.
P Britton Colquitt-Punters gonna Punt.
KR/PR Trindon Holliday- Holliday was huge for us last year in the return game so we are hoping for the same thing this season from him.
Expectations for this season is 8-8 possibly 9-7 and sneak in the playoffs but we will see how everything falls into place as the season gets going.
QB: Big Ben will be here until he retires. Solid dude who's hard to bring down and isn't injury prone (knock on wood). However 2nd year back up Landry Jones has improved his overall into the 80's and is definitely a viable backup in case the worst happens with Ben.
HB: 2nd year player Le'veon Bell will again be the workhorse in the backfield this year for the Steelers. With over 1,000 rush yards last year, he's going to look to improve on that and push towards 1,500 yds. New playbook this year will allow him to get more receiving opportunities. Newly acquired backup Ahmad Bradshaw will help tremendously this year as well. Jason Sneiling is there to provide depth and run in some goal line situations. Good receiver too.
WR: Definitely the youngest group on the team, led by stud Antonio Brown. Him paired with 2nd year player Marcus Wheaton and rookie Beckwith in the slot, these guys can get it done and will allow management to look elsewhere in the upcoming drafts. To provide depth, Kashif Moore and Andre Roberts will be called upon once the injury bug hits.
TE: Heath Miller is in the last year of his contract and the Steelers aren't sure if they will resign him. He's great in pressure situations and has great hands, just will have to see his price tag at the end of the season. Rookie 3rd stringer L. Terio (love the name if you aren't familiar with lil terio on youtube, you should be), will get some looks this year to see if he's ready to be the starter. Backup currently is David Paulsen.
OLINE: Pretty solid group as I think everyone is 80+ overall. Highlighted by T Marcus Gilbert who is pushing 90 ovr. These guys are going to ramp up their run blocking this year and look to get a 1,500 yard rusher this year in Bell.
DLINE: Free Agent pickup Sione Piqua surprised people in the first week of the season with a couple sacks. He was the missing piece on the Steelers Dline that they needed. The ends Cam Heyward, 2nd year Nick Williams, and backup Ziggy Hood, will look to be in a rotation, keeping everyone fresh.
LB: MLB Lawrence Timmons is the stud in this group. However, we are looking great on the outside with Lamar Woodley and Jarvis Jones (3 sacks week 1). And to pair with Timmons is rookie LB Tuni Ware who's looking to hit some people this year. Backups Worilds and Williams will provide depth. Great Group.
CB: Ike Taylor has moved to the #2 CB as Cortez Allen stepped in and took over the #1 spot. Along with Willie Gay at slot and C. Brown at 4th CB, we got some depth here, just no superstar, yet.
FS/SS: FS Shamarko Thomas came out of no where this year, boosting great speed and an 80+ overall in his 2nd or 3rd year. He's been a playmaker already, getting one INT in week 1. Opposite him is old faithful Troy P. who is in the final year of his contract, I think he deserves to retire a Steeler, we shall see.
This year the Steelers are looking to win the AFC North and make some noise in the playoffs as the underdog, only time will tell. After an 8-8 season last year, there are 2 new owners in the division who might have different plans for the Steelers!
well I was motivated to do this and then The Richuation went all fancy with his spreadsheet & shit ...... way to 1 up everyone asshole
Don't encourage him.
Bengals Season Preview
The Bengals enter the season with an owner other than Mike Brown for the first time in decades. Logan Martinez takes over as owner and GM, while Doug Marrone was brought in from Buffalo to take over for the long-tenured Marvin Lewis.
QB: Andy Dalton, Josh Johnson, Tucker Hurt
Dalton goes into his contract year with a lot on the line. He isn't asking for a ton of money to be resigned, but Dalton has done less with more than most QBs in the league. With AJ Green, Gio Bernard, Tyler Eifert, and company, the offense needs to be better than a middling team. Dalton did improve on his deep accuracy and his throw on the run, so we'll see how that comes to fruition in games. Johnson will backup Dalton, and he could spell him on some shotgun plays as the Bengals may run some read option this year. Tucker Hurt is an intriguing prospect that was drafted in the 3rd round as a way to motivate Dalton. He's got good throw power and will improve his accuracy over time. Might be the QB of the future if Dalton struggles this year.
HB: Gio Bernard, BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Vick Ballard, Cedric Peerman
The Bengals have a quality stable of backs, with Gio Bernard being the workhorse starting this season. Green-Ellis will come in on goaline situations and short yardage, while Vick Ballard will come in a pass protect on third down. We kept Peerman on the roster because of the potential cap penalty, but he'll be there in case any of our guys get hurt.
FB: Owen Charles
Charles is more of a H-back rather than a fullback, but we like his versatility a lot. a Good blocker and a dependable receiver if we need him to catch passes, given his background at tight end.
WR: AJ Green, Marvin Jones, Mohammed Sanu, Jeremy Kerley, Cobi Hamilton, Brandon Tate
Green is going into his contract year and we undoubtedly be an absolute beast. Jones is a quality No. 2, and Sanu and Kerley are capable slot guys. Tate will return kicks, and Hamilton is a project player will good physical tools we need as depth. Green will command a lot of money, it'll be interesting to see if he is extended long-term this year or slapped with the franchise tag.
TE: Tyler Eifert, Jermaine Gresham, Leonard Pope
Eifert will take over as the starting TE this year - we love this kid. He just goes up and gets the ball. The Bengals will definitely sub him in on 4 and 5 wide packages. Gresham, a bit of an enigma during his time in the league, is also going into his contract year and likely won't be resigned unless his demand goes down. He struggles blocking and catching the ball - not a good combo for a tight end trying to compete with Eifert. Pope is there as an extra blocker.
Offensive Line: The entire line returns this year - the Bengals feel this is a solid unit. Whitworth, Boling, Robinson, Zeitler, and Smith are all good players. The only change will be the demotion of Kyle Cook and the promotion of Trevor Robinson at center. Robinson is a better run and pass blocker and clearly outplayed Cook in camp.
Defensive line: The most money on the roster has been pumped into this unit. Carlos Dunlap and Michael Johnson will man the ends, while Bennie Logan, Devon Still, and Brandon Thompson will rotate in the middle to replace the departed Geno Atkins. In nickel packages and other pass situations, the line will consist of Dunlap, Johnson, Margus Hunt, and George Selvie. We feel really really good about that unit's pass rushing ability.
Linebackers: With Vontaze Burfict's switch to the Mike, first round pick Frank Ogbonna will take over the Sam position and Sean Porter will man the Will. This unit is incredibly young and the outside guys could be a weakness this year. Gonna be interesting to see how Ogbonna and Porter develop.
Corners: Leon Hall, Pacman Jones, Dre Kirkpatrick, Terrance Newman, Jaden Rabasa
Corners are great, but Leon Hall will always be a steady player and Adam "Don't call me Pacman" Jones has steadily improved over the years. Newman will defend the slot, while Kirpatrick and Rabasa continue to develop behind the veterans.
Safties: Reggie Nelson, George Iloka, Shawn Williams, Jarius Fowler
Everyone is young save for Nelson, who is an outstanding player and big hitter. Iloka has been a pleasant surprise given he was a late round pick a few years ago. Williams' time will come - Fowler was a second round pick who was cut in the preseason because of troubles with the law. The Bengals, being the team that always gives others a second chance, scooped up Fowler and hopes he develops well with his new team.
Kicker: Dan Bailey
Bailey was signed in the offseason, and is an excellent kicker. Much better than Mike Nugent, who old management cut last year.
Punter: Kevin Huber
Huber is a steady player who always gets the jobs done. Not an elite punter but on the tier just below the top.
HarkTheSound What is Margus Hunt like?
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Chicago Bears Season Preview
QB: Jay Cutler, BJ Daniels, Alex Tanney
Cutler signed a 3 year extension with us last season. We're hoping his improvement in the second half of the season will keep going into this season. An upgraded line should help him out.
HB: Matt Forte, Michael Bush, Ed Pierre-Louis, Michael Ford.
Forte is the obvious starter, being a top 10 back in the league. Last year, the running game was pathetic, in part to both the offensive line being bad and the team always playing from behind. Michael Bush remains the short yardage back, and rookie FA signing Ed Pierre-Louis looks to be the 3rd string guy.
FB: Owen Marecic
Marecic played well last year and was brought back through FA. He will see a carry occasionally and is also a decent pass catching option out of the fullback spot.
WR: Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffrey, Armanti Edwards, Earl Bennett, Marquess Wilson
Easily the most talented position on offense. Brandon Marshall is one of the top targets in the league, and Alshon Jeffrey is quickly improving. New addition Armanti Edwards will man the slot, while Earl Bennett will play in 4 WR sets and also spell Jeffrey or Marshall occasionally. Wilson will see the field at times to keep legs fresh.
TE: Martellus Bennett, Brandon Bostick, Niles Paul
Bennett is the only returning tight end on the team, and is easily keeping his starting role. Sure hands and solid blocking will have him on the field 95% of the time. Bostick comes in as a pass catching threat, while Paul is more of a depth player for now.
OT: LT: Jermon Bushrod Andrew McDonald. RT Don Barclay, Jordan Mills.
Bushrod stays as the starter at left tackle, being the only lineman last year who played respectably. Mcdonald is in as a backup and may see time at guard later in the season. Barclay was a top target in free agency and will man the right side. Jordan Mills did not do enough last season to earn his job back.
OG: LG: Nate Livings, Zebrie Sanders. RG: Kyle Long.
Both Livings and Sanders were free agent additions this season. Livings has the starting job out of the gate, but Sanders will see decent playing time as well. Long looks to improve on a mediocre rookie season.
C: Brice Connette, Josh Samuda
Connette, the team's first pick in this year's draft, will inherit the starting role by default. Center was a horrible position last year for the Bears, and the staff is hoping that Connette will be able to deal with growing pains and turn into a very good starter. Samuda, a spot starter last season for Chicago, was brought back in free agency as a backup.
DE: LE Matt Glears, Jeremy Mincey. RE Cornelius Washington, Shea McClellin, Lavar Edwards.
Matt Glears, a third round pick, will start off the season as the starting left end. Last year's starting left end, Cornelius Washington, moves to the right side and will man the spot that cap causality Julius Peppers filled last season. If Glears struggles, Washington could move back to the left side and have McClellin emerge as the starting right end.
DT: Henry Melton, Jason Hatcher, Amobi Okoye, Stephen Paea
DT looks to be the strongest position on defense this upcoming year. Melton and Hatcher are both outstanding tackles, and Okoye is talented enough to start on a few teams. Paea will also see playing time in the rotation.
OLB: LOLB: John Lotulelei, Paul Worrilow, Khassem Greene. ROLB: Lance Briggs, Carmen Messina, Jemale Harris
A completely retooled group from last season. The only returning players are Greene and Briggs. Lotulelei and Worrilow will fight for the starting job and split time on the field. Briggs will play the vast majority of snaps on the right side. Messina would see some playing time at MLB as well as ROLB.
MLB: Jon Bostic, Dane Fletcher
Bostic inherits the starting job this season. He played well last year after being thrust into the starting job, and management expects him to improve with a full season as the starter. Messina and either Lotulelei and Worrilow will fill out the depth chart.
CB: Nate Clements, Chris Cook, CJ Wilson, Alex Reyna, Isaiah Frey
This is not what you would call a good group of corners. Clements is decent, but past his prime. If he earns it, he may get another year with us. Cook came in through free agency and is a decent corner. Wilson will be the primary slot corner, as he is quicker than Reyna. Reyna, Chicago's 2nd round pick, is a fantastic man corner but needs to develop his all-around game. Frey fills out the chart and may play some safety if needed.
FS: Chris Conte, Chadd Woo
Conte returns to the starting lineup after missing the last few weeks with a nasty compound fracture last season. Conte was the team's most consistent back last year. Woo was a later round pick this season and has a chance to see the field.
SS: Major Wright, Luke Betancourt
Wright returns to the team after free agency. Wright was a solid contributor last season but had injury issues. Betancourt was a mid round pick this past draft and moved over to the strong side. He has been impressing in practice and the organization has high hopes for him.
K: Vincent Gonzalez
Fresh out of the draft, Gonzalez has been given the kicking job. Decent leg strength, good accuracy. Also oddly strong for a kicker and pretty athletic.
P: Zoltan Mesko
Mesko was just claimed off of waivers. Solid punter, huge size.
Returner: Michael Ford
Athletic enough to get the job, but not expecting lighting to strike.
Guy behind the controller: Roggie
2014 Washington Skins
Washington had a rough start to the 2013 season but rallied much like their 2012 season to make the playoffs. Unfortunately, the fell into old patterns yet again when they were bounced from the playoffs in the wildcard round by the Saints. Coach Mike Shanahan decided to retire and left the team in a bind. D.Turner was signed off the street to replace him but he is a real blank slate so a lot of the fans are nervous about the upcoming season.
Washington lost some players in FA and lost MLB London Fletcher to retirement but were still able to improve the roster overall.
QB: RG3, Kirk Cousins, Vince Young - RG3 will look to continue to improve as a pocket passer. The coaching staff is hoping he can improve on his yardage numbers from last season.
HB: Alfred Morris, Joe McKnight, Roy Helu Jr, Dion Lewis - Alfred Morris returns to be the bellcow back. DuJuan Harris left for Indianapolis where he had a shot at being a full time player. McKnight will spell Morris with Helu and newcomer Dion Lewis rounding out the depth at the position.
FB: Darrel Young - Young is a solid blocker and decent ball carrier and receiver and will help pave the way for Washington's ground game.
WR: Pierre Garcon, Eric Decker, Kenny Britt, Leonard Hankerson, Josh Morgan, Arrelious Benn - The WR corps went through a bit of an overhaul over the offseason. Santana Moss wasn't resigned and Aldrick Robinson scoffed at a fair deal and was also allowed to walk. Garcon finally has someone beside him to take the pressure off in Eric Decker. Decker was the highest paid FA in Washington's FA crop this offseason and is earning more than a #2 receiver should be but the coaching staff was looking for more stability out of the wide outs after numerous games where the offense just couldn't get going. Hankerson hasn't developed as the coaches were hoping so the team brought in Kenny Britt to play the slot role.
TE: Fred Davis, Jordan Reed, Bear Pascoe - Fred Davis got the franchise tag this year and the team is hoping to reward his good 2013 season with a long term contract. Athletic youngster Jordan Reed is waiting in the wings if Davis and the team can't get a deal worked out.
OL: Trent Williams, Kory Lichtensteiger, Will Montgomery, Chris Chester, Jared Gaither - The OL remains in tact from last season after Gaither tested the FA waters but decided to return to Washington. The year to year continuity should help.
DE: Jarvis Jenkins, Alan Branch, Stephen Bowen - Jenkins and Branch return and are great run stuffers. The team brass tried to find a pass rushing DL in the offseason but struck out, although being stout up front isn't a huge loss.
NT: Barry Cofield, Antonio Garay, Chris Nield - The undersized NT returns yet again. Cofield is a solid NT but the team still tried to find a true NT during the offseason but were unable to find what they were looking for. Garay was brought in as veteran depth across the front 3.
OLB: Brian Orakpo, Ryan Kerrigan, Rob Jackson, Brandon Jenkins - Orakpo and Kerrigan are the heart of the defense and both players return. Orakpo signed a big contract last season and Kerrigan is primed to get one this year as well.
MLB: Koa Misi, Perry Riley, Jamar Chaney, Shalon Hemphill, Zach Pierro - After the retirement of All-Pro London Fletcher the team set their sights on FA Wesley Woodyard as his replacement but sadly he went to Buffalo for less money overall. Misi was a nice fallback option in FA and will take over London's old spot with Riley holding down the SAM with his big bone-crushing hits. Shalon Hemphill and Zach Pierro were the teams 2nd and 3rd round draft picks respectively. Hemphill will be groomed for a starting role in 2015 and Pierro provides some youthful depth.
CB: DeAngelo Hall, David Amerson, Jerome Murphy, Ras-I-Dowling, Richard Crawford, Phillip Adams - DeAngelo Hall signed a 2-year deal to return to Washington and last years 2nd round pick David Amerson assumes a starting role after Josh Wilson signed in Minnesota. Jerome Murphy will play the slot where his physical style will be a real asset.
S: Baccari Rambo, Phillip Thomas, Brandon Hardin, Brandon Merriweather - Last years draft picks at safety return yet again after a solid 2013. Hardin and Merriweather provide hard hitting tackles and athleticism for the 3rd safety and SPT spots.
SPT: Kai Forbath, Drew Butler, KR/PR Joe McKnight - Accurate but weak legged Forbath returns as the team was unable to find a kicker with more of a boot during the offseason. The coaching staff doesn't like to use their 2nd string RB on returns but McKnight is the only player on the roster that has the requisite skills to make an impact in the return game.
Outlook: The roster still has a ways to go and the team can't count on a strong finish to sneak them into the playoffs again. The coaching staff will be happy posting a winning record this season and look forward to having a 1st round draft pick in a draft after a 2 year drought.
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2014 TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS SEASON PREVIEW
OFFENSEOffensively the Tampa Bay Buccaneers game plan starts and ends with running back Doug Martin, who enters his third year as a pro. In 2013 Martin rushed for 1,687 yards which ranked third in the league. For 2014 the Bucs need to lighten Martin's load among the other backs on the roster and get to a more even attack. Quarterback Mike Glennon was thrust into starting lineup and it showed. Glennon had moments where he shined and even more moments where his inexperience showed. Glennon threw for 3,474 yards and 24 touchdowns but also 30 interceptions. The keys to his development revolve around the weapons e has at his disposal, especially his wide receivers Vincent Jackson and Mike Williams. Jackson was lost for the bulk of 2013 with a collarbone injury. Williams slowly picked up the pace but put a strong season with 58 receptions and 1,057 yards and 11 touchdowns. If the Bucs can keep their receivers on the field for the entire season and TE Tim Wright can grow into a playmaker down the seam, Glennon could prove to be the solid quarterback. In the trenches, all of Tampa's starting lineman return to the team but an offseason trade with San Francisco has last year's starter Jeremy Zuttah moving to a back up role and third year pro Daniel Kilgore moving into the front five. The line was solid last year but had some weaknesses that the organization hopes have been remedied with the pick up of Kilgore and the drafting of John-David Richburg and Raymond Hicks. Both are solid players with Hicks being the most ready play, as he may be the athletic lineman in the league with 88 speed rating.
DEFENSEThis was the team's strongest most consistent unit in 2013 but the club did not sit back and expect that success to carry over into 2014. Tampa was very aggressive in the offseason with its deal with San Fran that netted the team Pro Bowl linebacker Ahmad Brooks to play opposite dynamic playmaker Lavonte David. Resigning last year's starter Larry Grant seemed to be a good steady move but was quickly overshadowed by the signing of surefire Hall of Famer and central Florida's own Ray Lewis, who announced he needed to quench his competitive thirst with at least one more season in the NFL. Another starter from last year Dekoda Watson moves back to a reserve sub package role that should allow him to utilize his athletic and coverage skills. Another big splash in the offseason was the drafting of DE Jackie Blunt, who flashed excellent burst and skill on the edge. Opposite Blunt is returning starter Ronnell Lewis who had six sacks and 15 tackles for a loss after being picked up in training camp off the street. Crashing the middle is defensive tackle Gerald McCoy who had nine sacks in '13. The team will need him to continue to dominate the interior of the line while they locate someone to team up with him. The players auditioning for that role are former DE starter Adrian Clayborn, last year's starter Akeem Spence and newly signed Christian Ballard. Expect Ballard to get the early call with Clayborn and Spence seeing package duty. In the defensive backfield Tampa bay added Tim Jennings to play opposite former All Pro Darrelle Revis with second player Jonathan Banks as the nickel and Leonard Johnson as the dime back. The biggest question in the secondary will be can Mark Barron play the full year and take some of the pressure off Dashon Goldson, who had an excellent year including 7 interceptions and 91 tackles. Goldson was all over the field and with the upgrades in the front seven the Bucs hope he can focus more on coverage and shutting down the back end.
Tampa Bay is optimistic that they will be able to get back to the playoffs in 2014 and give the fans something to get excited about.
New Owner and GM in for the Eagles but not many changes this year. One of the few changes was switching the defense from a 3-4 to the new 4-3, Also a new starting QB.
QB - Nick Foles - Matt Barkley - Ryan Lindley
Mike Vick left via free agency and Nick Foles appears to be ready to take control of the offense. The new GM hasn't said that Foles is the QB of the future yet so this year is a big for Foles if he wants to stay in Philly long term. Barkley will back up Foles and has the tools to succeed if Foles were to goes down.
HB - LeSean McCoy - Bryce Brown - Chris Polk
McCoy looks to bounce back from an injury plagued season last year. LeSean will be the focal point of this offense for sure and should have a huge year. Brown will spell McCoy and should see the field alot as the Eagles will try to keep LeSean fresh and healthy.
FB - James Casey
Casey is talented and might be used in a few different ways this year, including being more involved in both the running and passing game.
WR - DeSean Jackson - Jeremy Maclin - Devery Henderson - Damaris Johnson - Joe Adams
Jackson and Maclin should be one of the leagues top WR duos this year. If Foles stays upright and has time to get these two the ball they should cause alot of problems for most defenses. Newly signed Devery Henderson will be in the slot this year and could surprise.
TE - Brent Celek - Zach Ertz - Zach Sudfeld
Look for alot of two TE sets this year as the coaching staff wants to see what young Zach Ertz has to offer. Celek is still the guy here and should have a big year.
OL - Jason Peters - Evan Mathis - Jason Kelce - Todd Herremans - Lane Johnson
Pretty solid group here with no big names. Lane Johnson has a chance to develop into a special player one day but his pass blocking needs alot of work. Jason Peters is in the last year of huge contract so he needs to perform this year if wants to be back next year.
DE - Trent Cole - Vinny Curry - Larry English - Brandon Graham
One of the reasons the Eagles switched to a 4-3 was to let Trent Cole do what he does best and that's rush the passer. Look for him to have a monster year. Vinny Curry won the starting RE job in the preseason over newcomer Larry English and with all the attention on Cole, he might have a big year.
DT - Fletcher Cox - Cedric Thornton - Kason Heidt - Christo Bilukidi
Another reason for the switch to the 4-3 was to get Fletcher Cox to DT, where the coaching staff thinks he should excel. The other starting DT looks like its Thornton as 1st round pick Kason Heidt hasn't impressed thus far.
ROLB - Mychal Kendricks - Kaelin Burnett
Kendricks has the all tools to be one of the best OLB in the league. Look for Kendricks to have a breakout year this year.
MLB - DeMeco Ryans - Kevin Reddick - Najee Goode
Ryans is the heart and soul of this defense and should be all over the field making plays this year. There isn't much depth behind Ryans so an injury to Ryans would be devastating to this defense.
LOLB - Thomas Howard - Connor Barwin
Howard was the biggest addition to this defense this off-season. Howard has great speed which should help his make a ton of plays this year. Barwin is a capable backup and would fill in at any LB position if an injury occurs.
CB - Bradley Fletcher - Brandon Boykin - Cary Williams - Roc Carmichael - Curtis Marsh - Holmes Kose
Solid group here. No one player sticks out though. The coaching staff likes Boykin alot and thinks he could turn into a stud CB one day. Good depth here as the top 4 all are capable of making plays when they are on the field.
FS - Patrick Chung - Doral June
Chung needs to be a playmaker in the secondary for this defense to succeed. Time will tell if he is what this defense needs him to be. Doral June was the 2nd round pick and wasn't as good as advertised. He has time to get better and learn as he is only 20 years old.
SS - Michael Huff - Earl Wolfe
Huff was signed in the preseason to start as the coaching staff wasn't comfortable starting Wolfe yet. We are hoping Wolfe can learn a thing or two from the veteran Huff.
K - Caleb Sturgis
Sturgis has one of the bigger legs in the league and is also very accurate.
P - Robert Malone
Malone was signed in the off-season. He has an above average leg.
RET - DeSean Jackson
Jackson will be returning kicks and punts as the coaching staff thinks he will make alot of game changing plays in the return game.
The Eagles went 13-3 and won the NFC East last year but lost in the Divisional round to the Saints. Goal #1 for this team is to win the NFC East again.
The organization is going to give Locker the starting job to start the season yet again. He's in the final year of his contract so it's boom or bust for Jake. His season came to an abrupt end last year after suffering a broken collarbone. He made progression in the off-season but now it's time to get it done when it counts. Behind Locker, Tennessee signed veteran Derek Anderson and youngster Pat Devlin.
A star running back like Chris Johnson is usually someone you hold on to but his stats and production the last few years has been down. We worked a deal after the draft with Baltimore to send Chris up north in return for a future pick, Danny Woodhead & upgrading our offensive line with Jah Reid. Woodhead will most likely split carries with Shonn Greene but don't be shocked if undrafted rookie Louis Kendrick moves up the chart. Kendrick has world class speed and is dangerous in open field, but like most rookies, must learn to protect the football.
An established group of receivers return to Tennessee led by Kendall Wright & Nate Washington. Behind them is Justin Hunter and free agent pick up Brice Butler from San Diego State. Before the draft, long time Titan Kenny Britt was released opening up a spot for Marc Mariani and either Devon Wylie to fill. Mariani is a sure handed PR/KR which is the main reason he was brought back.
Not a deep group of TE's on the roster, behind Delanie Walker is rookie Carl Harper. Everyone has heard of Walker and knows the potential he shows. Harper needs to work on being consistent at catching and route running but in college he was known more for his blocking capabilities.
This is where Tennessee has to improve on. We've traded our best player away to upgrade the OL, also signed a rooke center that will most likely win the starting job in Moshood Adeshina. Once Jah Reid gets to town the line should be much improved to keep locker upright and hopefully open up a little bit of a run game that has been missing.
We made a big splash in free agencies scooping up Geno Atkins and pair him with Mike Martin in the middle. On the edges Kamerion Wimbley and Derrick Morgan return. The ends were a big disappointment last season but with Atkins in the middle causing disruption, hopefully it gives Wimbley and Morgan more of an opportunity to make some noise.
We used our 8th pick in the 1st round on MLB Oristes Fuqua, this guy will turn into a monster after he figures out how to play at this level. Zach Brown remains the starter at ROLB and we're searching around for a sure starter at LOLB. MLB Colin McCarthy could get the job but well give Julian Stanford a shot to start the season.
Probably the best group on the team from top to bottom led by Jason McCourty & Alterraun Verner. Coty Sensabaugh moved up to 3rd on the depth chart followed by Blidi Wreh-Wilson. We also drafted 6'2" rookie Vincent Mincy but he will not be an impact rookie..yet.
Same old song with these old guys, Bernard Pollard & Michael Griffin lead the way.
New kicker & punter this year for Tennessee, Dan Carpenter & Brett Kern will assume the duties unless they are terrible.
I know, it just came upon me to do something like that. I wish I wasn't so original.
Coming of a season in which reining MVP McFadden set a franchise mark in rushing this season the Raiders will try to live up to the successes of the teams previous owner. Not only did DMac have success on the ground 3 year man Pryor had great numbers in the air as well, enough for third in franchise history. Both will look to gain similar numbers but likely will not. I have a positive but realistic out look on this season would be 10-6 while 8-8 would surprise me, with an 0-1 start pessimism is on the rise.
WR – Moore and Streeter will look to be more consistent this year, the addition of Little will enable us to change up the rotation as well as spread defenses out with 4 wide sets.
OL – This line is built to run block with Veldeer aka Herman Monster on the left, Watson moved to LG to make way for the Rookie Adantor on the right side this unit is ready for action and with Wisniewski at center, RG is the only question mark upfront.
TE/FB – Everyone should get to know Reece, once a WR in college, Marcel can Run routes like a split end block like a fullback run like a halfback and blend in as a TE. You are warned. Rivera, the #1 TE on the team is coming along nice in his second year, back to Reece; worry about Reece.
On defense we got younger and faster. With the lost of Houston the most important task on the off-season was to find a replacement for him, didn’t happen. What did happen was we fortified the middle of the field by signing Kyle Williams Mario Harvey and Craig Robertson. All solid tacklers, these dudes will be the difference on all short yardage situations.
DL – Rookies Zach Santiago and Qydarrius Milliner who were both DT’s in college will try their luck at right and left end. Robert Ayers, Everette Brown were signed in free agency and will play both RE/LE to utilize their versatility. Still we will miss Solo Dolo 9’s
LB – the key here is the OLB’s right now they don’t have a name, if they can set the edges they will have their own TV show to the tune of the Dukes of Hazard …….. Never meaning no harm.
DB – After blowing coverage left and right in week one they are all lucky to still have a job. Mike Mitchell is back and so is Nnamdi, who the hell cares if they cant run a proper cover 3 smoke gambler.
Break out Players
*** LOLB Sio Moore ***
*** TE Mychal Rivera ***
Both of these second year players will make tons of plays on the field this year. They will look to set the tone for their respective sides of the rock in 2014-15 queue the music
The 2013 Houston Texans reached the AFC Championship last season over achieving greatly on all goals set forth early by Texans management. This was achieved by a great defensive presence, a very opportunistic special teams and a steady offence lead by Arian Foster. The QB situation was a mess from week 1 when management decided to part ways with Matt Schaub, giving the keys to Case Keenum, after Case's struggles the Texans ended up going with the Univ. of Texas legend Vince Young who shared his own struggles but took care of the ball a bit better than Case.
The Texans' scouting department was going hard from week one on, trying to find the' best candidate to lead the franchise into the future. With a never lay down attitude instilled by Owner B. Jowers, staff thought we may have played our selves right out contention for a top flight QB in the coming draft, but to our surprise our #1 option was still available come late first round starting the Timmy Ronacher era!
Expectations are high in Houston, the D remained intact and the addition of big boy Phil Taylor and pass rush vet Anthony Spencer should enhance an already gangster front 7. Heyward-Bey was brought in to strech the field and see work out of the slot and Richie Incognito will provide a mean street bully presence on the front lines.
10-6 (Playoff Birth) - Marvin Lewis first year coach of Texans
Defensive Ends: Whitney Mercilus / Anthony Spencer / Aaron Maybin / Ricky Sapp
This unit posses a high level of speed and finesse off the edge. Unit avgs low 80's speed with low 90's finesse moves, all with swim/spin traits unlocked.
Defensive Tackles: JJ Watt / Phil Taylor / Terrell McClain / Mike Neal
Moving JJ inside was a move that paid dividends immediately; last year's league sack leader is a wrecking ball in the middle, and the addition of Phil Taylor will provide an even large task for offensive units core.
Linebackers: Joe Mays / Brian Cushing / Brooks Reed / Darryl Sharpton / Tarves Gooden
Lead by B. Cushing and his team leading 100 tackles last season this unit is solid. Tackling, ball hawking, coverage these guys can preform all tasks on the field.
Cornerbacks: Johnathan Joseph / Kareem Jackson / Nolan Carol / Tommie Campbell
Joseph and Jackson are tried and true vets on the corners, Carol & Campbell provide size and speed out nickle and dime packages. Safety Daniel Manning also sees work out of the cornerback position capitalizing on his speed and tackling skill set for those members with happy feet QBs.
Safety: DJ Swearinger / Christian Thompson / Danieal Manning / Joe Lefeged
DJ emerged as a true leader and playermaker from the SS position earning a mention of top defensive rookie honors. Thompson, Manning, and Lefeged can all flat out fly and get to the ball, these guys don't get beat deep and DJ & Thompson can both lay wood down on smaller backs and receivers.
Quarterback: Timmy Ronacher (R) / Matt Scott / Case Keenum
Timmy was brought in to start immediately and he's hit the ground running making all presnap adjustments and reads of a veteran. The addition of Matt Scott also provides an excellent backup with of course Keenum a familiar face tutoring both Timmy & Matt.
Running Back: Arian Foster / Andre Brown / Le'Ron McClain (FB)
Foster needs no introduction, Andre Brown was brought in after Ben Tate was shipped off to Cleveland. Brown provides another hammer to move behind the big texas meat-heads on the o'line. Brown is borderline featured RB material he was a steal for us to grab in the last round of FA. McClain was brought in to block for the work horse Foster, has a solid athletic skill set and should see some carries and throws coming his way.
Wide Receiver: Andre Johnson / DeAndre Hopkins / Darrius Heyward-Bey / Keshawn Martin / Devir Posey
The ageless one Andre just keeps on putting numbers on the boards, Hopkins and Bey are also big threats, D-Hop can not be pressed and snatches balls in traffic, Bey is working one on one every day with Andre and we see him living up to his hype. His speed is insane, once he becomes more polished, Bey will be a elite receiver who can run block very well at that!
Tight End: Owen Daniels / Garrett Graham / Richard Gordon
Owen & Garrett are great vertical pass catching threats, well rounded assets to the team. Gordon is a beast blocker and will see work out of jumbo sets to set the edge. And possibly spell Mcclain at the FB position from time to time when need be.
Offensive Line: Duane Brown / Richie Incognito / Chris Myers / Brandon Brooks / Brennan Williams / Nate Menkin / Ben Jones / DeMarcus Love
The heart and soul of the offense starts and ends with these big boys up front. The offense has recently switched over from a zone run blocking scheme to a more down hill power run set up. These boys can move the crowd but are constantly getting murdered by horrendous holding calls in the passing game. Maybe Rodger Masler Goodell can have the zebras tone down all the excessive holding calls.
Kicker - Punter: Randy Bullock / Shane Lechler
Two big legs help convert deep FGs, and flip the field when its necessary to punt. Very underrated skills that these two guys preform flawlessly!
QB Jerrod Johnson will be leading this squad this year. There was a lot of debate in whether to let Rivers go but the organization decided to keep him for leadership purposes. Brad Sorenson was thought to be the front runner but in a slightly adjusted running game by Coach Saw the Chargers will hand the keys to JJ. JJ has a strong arm and mobile ability to get the job done but there are concerns for his accuracy and holding onto the ball.
HB Ryan Matthews is going to have to rely on himself for most of the season. Rookie RB Wilford Lasco was thought to be a solid #2 but turned out to be a bust after the draft. After getting selected he celebrated hurting his knee, which dropped his speed rating to 77. The other Rookie Artaves Tate is slightly bigger and will probably take over the #2 duties but can he hold onto the ball. With all the fuss of who is going to take snaps FB Mike Cox does not care who it is. The excellent run blocker will go through anyone in front of him.
The OL is just a hot mess. Guys coming from the FA signings are not looking good at the moment and there has been some doubt on why these guys were signed. LT Anthony Collins and LG Mitch Petrus are both new and will start on the left side. Once they start to gel they may be a phenomenal duo but even they do what will the rest of the line look like. C Nick Hardwick's age is catching him, RG Jeromey Clary looked lost last year, and RT DJ Fluker ate one too many cheeseburgers in the offseason. With some guys up for resigning this year San Diego will probably end negotiations before they even start.
Father time has taken down another victim in TE Antonio Gates. This appears to be his final rodeo but it is sad to see a guy like regress like he did. The ever so youthful Ladarius Green tore his achilles which put a damper on his offseason. The injury prone youngster is a Gates 2.0 but we wish he would work on his blocking more. WRs Danario Alexander and Kenaan Allen are the big boys but will their slower speed be the deciding factor on if they can get open? No, it will rely on JJ's arm to get them the ball. If they can find space it will be hard for defenders to take them down.
A lot of youth is on this DL but you could not tell on how they play. This is one of the reasons why the defense was so successful last year. Corey Liuget, Cam Thomas, and Rookie Jeremy Cooper make up this years line. Even though Cooper is the starter does not mean Kendall Reyes will not be getting play time. They will be out there in different formations and looks just to give the offense other looks.
Taking a few steps back you will meet Elvis Dumervil, Manti Teo, Donald Butler, and Melvin Ingram. This LBing corp has a great balance of pass rushing ability, coverage, and getting to the RB. Their success will depend on what the line does in front of them but more so if the offense keeps them out there they will get toasted. Butler is the heart and soul of the defense and his leadership will be needed to continue this dominant play up.
Secondary wise we have Shareece Wright, Stevie Williams, Derek Cox, Eric Weedle, and Marcus Gilchrist. They played above their ratings last year and we expect the same thing this year. The turnovers kept coming last year but yet again it is all on the offense to put some points up. The defense can only do so much but eventually the wear and tear will get to them.
This team is far from being a playoff team. Last years 9-7 was nice but 8-8, 7-9 is more accurate for this team. If we make the playoffs this year it will be due to pure luck.
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