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Season 3 Team Previews

Discussion in 'TMFL' started by Masler, Apr 6, 2014.

  1. Masler

    Masler Walk On

    Aug 13, 2009
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  2. Masler

    Masler Walk On

    Aug 13, 2009
    2015 Detroit Lions



    Clearly Matthew Stafford is the best we have after losing Moore and Flynn to FA. He had some horrible accuracy issues in 2014 and really needs to improve on those if he wants to remain a Lion. We did draft a QB who came in at a surprising 73 overall after not even being projected to get drafted.


    Since we are shopping Reggie Bush, it looks like Bell gets the starting spot unless Reggie can prove his worth mainly by not fumbling. He will only be used when a speedy back is needed and in potential screen plays. Bell can hang onto the ball and has proven to have a bit of breakaway speed. Our FB strategy remains the same with Owens handling the situations where a carry is needed while Lorig will block. They will swap positions on the DC this season though so that Lorig is the primary FB.


    We have the two best WR in the game on the team plus a capable guy in the slot (Brandon Lloyd). If they all stay healthy and the O Line gives Stafford some passing room, this will be a great season for the Lions. Pettigrew and Myers return as the primary TE, both did solid work for us last year and I can only see that improving at this point in time.

    O Line

    We lost most of it to FA last season but Riley Reiff remains as LT, we signed LG Erik Pears in FA, RG Warford will make the move to Center for this season, we signed RG Adam Snyder in FA and finally rookie Bill DeCarvalo will be starting at RT this season. I feel this is an improvement over last season, especially at the Center position.


    D Line

    Jason Jones returns as our LE and has always done solid work for us. RE Ziggy Ansah has improved to 92 overall and should be a force this season with 93 PMV, 86 FMV, 88 BSH, 87 PUR, 92 POW, and 92 ACC (83 SPD too!). And of course our DTs Suh and Fairley are as good as ever. In Fact, Fairley is just about as good as Suh at this point. The following table compares the two:

    Attribute Suh Fairley
    Overall 99 91
    STR 97 88
    PMV 97 95
    FMV 85 85
    BSH 92 91
    PUR 95 92
    PRC 88 82
    TAK 88 91
    POW 95 88
    ACC 87 91

    As you can see our D Line is going to be very good this season. Here's to hoping it translates.


    Same group of Levy, Tulloch and Bishop returns this season. Levy and Bishop complimented Tulloch nicely last season but I'd like to see Tulloch become a leader on this season, he needs to be on that ball carrier every damn play. At 97 overall, I expect nothing less.


    The Corners improved well at the end of last season with some XP points saved up. Slay and Mann both have Man Coverage in the 80s while Mann still boasts a 98 Zone and Slays improves to 87. Both have 85 Pursuit while Mann can tackle like a safety. Speaking of safeties... FS Delmas (90 overall) and SS Quin (94 overall) both make their returns and have proven valuable over the last couple of seasons.

    Special Teams

    Yovanovih returns at Kicker though if he cannot produce this season he will be quickly replaced. Martin returns at Punter. And finally, returning Kicks will be WR Jeremy Ross and CB Darius Slay. Returning Punts will be WR Jeremy Ross.


    I'd like to reach the playoffs one way or another. The Vikings ran away with this division last year and I can't let that happen again. If this staff stays healthy this season, like mentioned above, watch out.
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  3. publik drunk

    publik drunk King of the East

    Jun 21, 2013
    2015 Buffalo Bills

    Ahh how things can change in a heartbeat. After a great offseason the Bills GM declared his support for EJ Manuel after an up and down season. Then came the draft. After aquiring picks from the 1st, 3rd, and 4th rounds from the Vikings (and already owning their 2nd) the Bills didn't feel the pressure to adress any particular needs with their first round pick. After falling in love with Giasantes ability in their private workout, they held out all hope he would fall to them at 22 and he did. The GM has made it clear he is the day one starter.

    QB- As mentioned Giasante gets the nod over Manuel. He is way more poised in the pocket, and with 91 SAC and 87 MAC, he fits Buffalo's offense like a glove.

    HB- Buffalo feels they can open their offense up a tad with their new QB, so CJ Spiller doesnt wear down late season. Knoshown Moreno also returns after a disappointing 2014 campaign.

    WR/TE- The Bills released Boldin in the offseason to free up some cap after Robert Woods came into his own in the second half of the season. In a surprising move, Bills ownership has decided to give Marquise Goodwin a chance at the 3rd WR. After admitting to being a douchebag that went to college at the worst possible school, Goodwin has been in better favor with management but with Riley Cooper and TJ Graham on his heels he has to produce. The Bills also returnTE Mark Joe who made strides the second half of the season and the always dangerous, and never so serious, Stevie Johnson.

    OL- Solid group that returns 4 starters. The addition of Caldwell solidifies the line and should open up some running lanes.

    DL- The Bills added Richard Seymour at DT to give the line some depth. They also drafted a young RE to wait in the wings while Mario gets older (and paid)

    LB- How can you trade a young flourishing OLB and get better? Easy, the trade will allow Kiko Alonso to get on the field more when teams stretch them out. They also added Mackey, a freakishly athletic OLB who has 95 speed and 93 ACC. He is very raw on intangibles and will mainly see the field in the 3-4 sets.

    DB- Two 99 overall safeties, two 95 overall CB good luck to anyone trying to throw on this squad. Brandon Smith, (88), Lache Odom (90), and Ron Brooks (86) are no slouches either.

    Special teams- Hopkins can kick it a mile, Mooreman can pin you deep and they have some ability in the return game as well.

    Overall the Bills hope to improve from last year and host a playoff game in the last year of Ralph Wilson Stadium.
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  4. ZCar352

    ZCar352 Keep Pounding...Go Panthers!!!

    Aug 26, 2010
    2015 Carolina Panthers

    After having new management the last 3 games of last season the Panthers failed to make the playoffs finishing 7-9. GM Zac Carder filled in some holes in FA but made a bold move before the draft securing the Cardinals first 3 rounds of picks (#2,#34,#66) for Jonathan Stewart, Greg Olsen, and Chris Harris. The teams main concern will be at QB this season as the dilemma to resign Cam Newton will be hanging over the team all year long but in the end it will come down to whats best for the team. Now to take a look at the 2015 Panthers.

    QB-Cam Newton franchise tagged this offseason after a dismal performance hopefully turns it around this year and is worth what he wants.

    HB-With Deangelo Williams retiring this offseason and Jonathan Stewart getting traded the Panthers turn to #2 overall pick Je'Won Duran out of San Diego State will get the start but will also share time with Kenjon Barner.

    WR-Same group as last year hopefully will get more consistency out of them this season.

    TE-The Panthers brought back Brandon Williams in FA then traded Greg Olsen and drafted Quayshon Bruce who will get the start his rookie season.

    O-Line- The offensive line is a work in progress, they aren't terrible but it will need to be addressed sooner rather than later.

    DE-Charles Johnson and the Kraken return to reek havoc on opposing QB's this season.

    DT- Star Lotulelei is the anchor in the middle of the D-Line along with Kawann Short.

    OLB- Thomas Davis returns to what could be his final season and opposite of him will be rookie Ikeem Sharp, Sharp looks promising and we are hoping he has a ROY kind of season.

    MLB- Luke Kuechly is the captain of the defense and will be everywhere on the field.

    CB- Antoine Winfield retired and Chris Harris is gone, the Panthers drafted Sunday Carlson to fill the void left by Harris and Melvin White, Josh Norman, and Leon McFadden are poised to have a solid year in the secondary.

    FS- Charles Godfrey will be roaming the secondary looking to bring the pain on opposing receivers.

    SS- Quinton Mikell retired after the season ended and the Panthers signed Robert Lester in FA to be the starter which is an upgrade over the retired Mikell.

    K/P- Gano can knock down 50+ Field Goals and Brad Nortman can pin teams deep in there own territory.

    Looking at the schedule and how the South played out last season I see the Panthers winning the NFC South this season with a 9-7 or 10-6 record.
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  5. nellycuz

    nellycuz I'm an educated fool w/ $$ on my mind.

    Jul 24, 2012
    Steelers Preview
    QB: This might be the last year for the "Big Ben Era." After setting a record for INTs last year, Big Ben comes into maybe his final season as a Steeler and maybe as an NFL player fired up. The Steelers have a new mentality this year, limit INTs and run the ball. New playbook that fits our mentality, should be a good year for Ben.

    OLINE: OLine hasn't changed much from last year. This guys are a little above average. They are nothing special but I believe they can get the job done if the play calling improves.

    HB: Le'veon Bell and rookie Boone will take majority of the work in the backfield. Boone adds that speed in the backfield in which we missed last year that opponents will have to respect. He steps in right away with 95 speed and 99 accel. to add a huge homerun threat that the Steelers missed last year.

    WR: 2nd year WR Beckwith has really blossomed into a great #2 receiver for the Steelers this year. Coupled with pro bowler Antonio Brown and 3rd year Wheaton in the slot, this is a great WR corps for Ben to work with.

    DLINE: Dline is highlighted by DE Cam Heyward, he's progressed nicely and is now a 90 OVR. The glaring hole in the Steelers line is the DT which may work through free agency to add some depth and maybe a starter.

    LB: Steelers 2nd year MLB Ware progressed nicely last year and will start again this year alongside stud MLB Timmons. Them 2 with Woodley and Jarvis Jones on the other side should be able to get some pressure on the QB this year. Great group.

    DB: We add CB T. Brown in place of Ike Taylor this year, which should help lock up opposing WR. Troy comes back for another year as well as 3rd year player FS Shamarko Thomas who's speed and tackling ability will shine yet again this year. This group is much improved from last year.

    Steelers have been putting in a lot of work in the off-season in preparation for season 3. Last years performance was embarrassing and we think we can make a splash in the AFC North and take home the crown. No more 10 INT games, we are here to play and win this division this year!
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  6. Roggie

    Roggie Back 2 Back

    Jun 14, 2011
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    Chicago Bears Preview
    After a draft where Chicago had 3 top 9 picks and 2 more picks by 41, the Bears come into 2015 as a new look team. Expect the Bears to be more competitive this year while the rookie class grows.


    QB: Jay Cutler returns as the starting QB, but will be pushed by new acquisition Gary Quaglieri. If Cutler struggles like he did last season, Quaglieri will take over the starting job. Rookie QB Alex Huera comes in as the 3rd string QB, and has been impressive in camp.

    HB: Matt Forte also returns as the starter, but will be pushed by rookie HB Javares Trodder. Trodder has been very impressive in camp and preseason practices and has outplayed Forte. Expect a 60/40 split or so to start the season between the two.

    WR: The WR corps has a different look to it this season. Standout Alshon Jeffrey remains as the #1 receiver, but on the opposite side of him will be FA addition Kenny Britt. Britt gives two tall receivers on the outside, which is a great fit for Cutler's big arm. Rookie Deric Thompson, the 4th overall pick, is in the slot and is expected to contribute right out of the gate.

    TE: The tight end scene is mostly the same as last year. Martellus Bennett remains the starter, and Brandon Bostick will spell him and play in 2 TE sets. 3rd string is 7th round pick Keldrick Burchette, who will be used in goal line formations as a blocker.

    LT: Jermon Bushrod remains the starter.

    LG: Zebrie Sanders returns as the starter after an impressive season. Backing him up (and also backup at RG) is FA signing Ricky Henry.

    C: Last year's first round pick Brice Connette returns as the starter. Connette didn't show the growth that was expected out of him, but we're hoping that his 2nd year will be different. Josh Samuda remains as the backup.

    RG: Former first round pick Kyle Long is still the starter at RG.

    RT: Don Barclay returns as the starting tackle, backed up by Jordan Mills.


    LE: Matt Glears stays as the starting left end after a solid rookie campaign. Behind him is FA addition Glenn Foster, who will also play some DT in passing situations.

    RE: Jaxon Dennard, the 8th pick in this past draft, will start at right end. Behind him is former starter Cornelius Washington (who will also play some at left end) and Shea McClellin.

    DT: Henry Melton returns as the anchor of the defense, and will have converted end Lavar Edwards next to him. Edwards will split time with Adrian Clayborn, and Stephen Paea will spell when needed. As stated before, Glenn Foster will also play a bit at DT in Nickel and Dime formations.

    LOLB: John Lotuleiei returned after testing free agency and will start. Behind him is 2nd round pick DeShaunta Long.

    MLB: Jon Bostic returns as the starting MLB, with Nate Fletcher returning from injury to back him up. Kasseem Greene moved from OLB to MLB for depth purposes and will be a special teams performer.

    ROLB: Nate Irving was added in FA and will start at ROLB. Nate Stupar will back him up.

    CB: Chris Houston returns as the starting primary back after being acquired week 8 as part of the trade for Brandon Marshall. Starting opposite of him is Romel Buchanon, who was picked 9th in the draft (which was acquired as part of that Marshall deal). Free agent addition Antwon Blake will play as the nickel back and Chris Cook comes into camp as the dime back. Blake and Cook will also spell Houston and Buchanon when they are tired. CJ Wilson and Alex Reyna will also play and possibly see time at safety.

    FS: Chris Conte returns as the starter with Chadd Woo backing him up.

    SS: Major Wright comes back as the stud of the secondary. Behind him is new addition Garrett Pitsenberger, who may see time at FS as well. Luke Betancourt will also see time at both positions.

    K: 3rd round pick Glen Gearin will handle kicking duties and is expected to be a major upgrade over last year's kicker.

    P: Zoltan Mesko is back as the punter.

    KR: Rookie Javares Trotter will handle kick return duties for the time being.

    PR: Deric Thompson, another rookie, will be the primary punt returner to start the year.
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  7. SwagKingCole23

    SwagKingCole23 Walk On

    Dec 6, 2012
    2015 Atlanta Falcons Preview
    The Atlanta Falcons came up short in their run to the Super Bowl. They have made some huge adjustments by releasing HC Mike Smith and replacing him for HC John Fox. The Georgia Dome is gone and now have the new Falcons Park up. Also, leading rusher Adrian Peterson was released and long time Falcon, Roddy White. They owner's staff has big shoes to fill from last season being the #1 ranked offense, instead focused on defense in the offseason by switching to the 3-4. With that being said, the Atlanta Falcons look to make big strides in this upcoming season.


    QB: Matt "Matty Ice" Ryan, we all know he's a good QB but can he lead this team back to the playoffs. No AP, the Falcons look to depend on the arm of Ryan just a little bit more. Matt said during the workouts in offseason, " I plan on being smarter with my decisions in the pocket and also distributing the ball more to different receivers to mix up our tempo. I've been working with my receivers the whole offseason to build that chemistry." Matt Ryan has been rumored to working with Tom Brady once he retired to work on his craft. Sorry UniQue2Three

    RB: This position needs to step it up. Marcus Thigpen was signed to be a backup, but then was informed that AP had been released thus for he will be the starter this season. He brings a lot of speed to the offense. Also with young bruising back in Nick Belton and Deontae Robinson they will be the short yard backs.

    WR/TE: Julio Jones is a household name, no need to say much but he's a BEAST! (Ask anyone) Harry Douglas looks to improve on his career high year last year and being that #2 WR to spread the game out. Drafting WR Tyron Chisholm, he reminded the Falcons scouts of a young Anquan Boldin, has great route running and could see him in some slot play. Lance Kendricks was signed to bring the versatility to TE position since Tony Gonzalez left. Look for this group to produce from last season.

    O-Line: LT Justin Blalock, LG Joe Berger, C Peter Konz, RG Garret Reynolds, RT Derek Newton look to keep that chemistry going from last season. Moving to Konz to C would provide youth and athleticism to the line. Rookie LT Dalvin Cunningham was drafted with high hopes after falling in the first round, where he was projected. This line looks to be the best line the Falcons have had in years.


    D-Line: After switching to the 3-4 due to poor play from the D-Line, the ownership and staff wiped the board and went out heavily in FA for key players. Arthur Jones is a huge signing coming from B-More, he will have a huge role in the trenches, Corbin Bryant is also another big 3-4 DE looking to plug up holes, and DT Kendall Langford look to be the work horse in the middle. John Fox is confident the defense will be much improved if this line plays great.

    LB: This group is the best piece of the defense. Sean Weatherspoon had an amazing year last season after winning DPOY, he's transitioned from OLB to MLB and worked with Ray Lewis in the offseason to build his leadership and footwork. Dansby had a great season last season providing key turnovers and 100+ tackles. Look for the MLB's to continue their strong play into this season. After having 13 sacks on the line last year, Anthony Spencer, converted to OLB to be a force on the pass rush and also young converted OLB Stansly Maponga looks to bring athleticism to the pass rush as well.

    DB's: William Moore is the leader of this group, his playmaking ability and hard hitting brings intensity and will have this group hyped for the season. FS is a question still after moving Thomas Decoud to CB, John Fox is looking in the FA to help the team out in that position. The CB's have improved by signing Patrick Robinson to be the starting CB and Desmond Trufant will improve from last season. There are rumors spreading the Falcons are shopping Trufant though so let's see if that gets to his head. This group provided turnovers and will continue that into this season.


    K/P: Alex Henery and Matt Bosher had good numbers last season, they look to improve that this coming season.

    KR/PR: Marcus Thigpen will be starting on ST and looks to provide a spark to the team.

    Record Preview
    10-6 Wildcard
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  8. The Richuation

    The Richuation Walk On

    Jul 18, 2010

    San Francisco 49ers 2015 Season Preview

    What's New?

    San Francisco fired Jim Harbaugh after going 8-8 last year and replaced him with departed Atlanta HC Mike Smith. This was a strange move by the organization in that Smith's pedigree is rooted in 4-3 defense and vertical offensive schemes, a major turn from the 3-4 and West Coast schemes the 49ers have been utilizing the last few years. Also of concern is Smith's lack of player development ability. Smith has virtually no skills in player development, while Harbaugh was well known to maximize each and every body of his roster. When the dust settles, Smith will be judged on wins and losses like everyone else.

    Player personnel wise, not much has changed. Literally. SF signed zero free agents of note and opted to focus their cash and energy on renewing their current players and draft picks. The Niners did however, let Frank Gore go in the offseason. Gore, now 32, has been showing his age the last couple of years, and the team decided to go in another direction at RB. Otherwise, all the PTPers are back... Kaep, Vernon, Crab, Willis, etc. This will be a team to contend with with year.

    Offensive Outlook:

    Now two years removed from the 14-2 Super Bowl team, this Niners squad has that old look back. Colin Kaepernick has stated that this year the INTs will come down and the accuracy will improve. He has all the tools to be great, it's just his decision making that must improve. At RB, rookie Kenny Crenshaw looks every bit the workhorse he was billed to be. He will need to deliver as Frank Gore's replacement for the foreseeable future. Vernon Davis, Michael Crabtree, and Emmanual Sanders all return with the hope that KAepernick's erratic arm will finally live up to the billing. The OL returns 5 starters and remain the strongest unit in the league. Staley, Iupati, Molk, Boone, and Davis are a formible group that will make Crenshaw's first year a bit easier.

    Defensive Outlook:

    This is a unit that plays as physical as any int he league. That physicallity has also been their downfall. Injuries wreaked havoc on this group all last year. Patrick Willis, Navaroo Bowman, and Aldon Smith all spent time on the sidelines as the 49er defense seemed to look mortal. If this group can stay healthy this season, they could play lights out and cause opposing teams to break their controllers. This is a championship caliber D.

    Season Predictions:

    The NFC West is not for the feint of heart. This is a highly competitive, physical conference and winning this division will be earned. This season's success will rest on two factors...
    Can Colin Kaepernick take the next step, reduce the turnovers, and earn his $100M paycheck?
    Will the Niners D stay healthy for 16 games?

    If the answer is yes, sky is the limit. If the answer is no to either, then back to the middle of the pack they go.

    10-6, Wildcard
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  9. sawemoff

    sawemoff #FearTheBeard

    Dec 29, 2011

    In the offseason the Cardinals were able to bring their roster total from 28 to 43 by signing 2 QBs, 1 WR, 1 TE, 2 Ts, 3 Gs, 2 Cs, 1 DT (CPU), 1 LOLB (CPU), 2 CBs, and 1 SS. We then took to the draft acquiring Chris Harris Jr, Greg Olsen, and Jonathan Stewart for our first three rounds of picks. After acquiring the three players the CPU decided to derpa derp.

    QB: Thad Lewis, McLeod Bethel-Thompson, and TJ Yates. Lewis is the probable starter but if he struggles in the preseason Thompson may get the nod. Yates is a QB that could be developed but for right now he just needs to keep the headset on and the clipboard by his side.

    RB: Andre Ellington, Jonathan Stewart, Jonathan Dwyer, Stephan Taylor. One of these will be cut but once that happens the luck three will be rotated in. Ellington is the front runner for the #1 spot, based on the new playbook, and Stewart has a chance to take it if Andre cannot produce. For right now Stewart is the go to short yardage guy, and the 3rd Down Back. If either one of these guys gets tired Dwyer will pound the ball for a bit.

    FB: Deangelo Hymes. Hymes could do well but the team will have to keep on developing him for the run game to be successful. He has a lot of upside so hopefully Hymes gets the coaching he needs to become a great blocker.

    WR: Larry Fitz, Malcolm Floyd, Josh Morgan, Jaron Brown. Size is what they have on opponents and it will come in handy late in the game, especially if your name is Larry Fitzgerald. These guys will get enough attention to keep the defense in check and should be able to do some damage on play action.

    TE: Greg Olsen, Rob Housler, Darrian Berardi. Olsen and Housler will be used in typical Saw fashion so the main thing these guys will do during the preseason is learn how to block. They already have the skills to become deadly targets so we hope they can add astounding blocking to their repertoire.

    OL: Jonathan Cooper, Mike Remmers, John Greco, Stephen Schilling, Rodney Hudson, Joe Madson, Earl Watford, Lemuel Jeanpierre, Bobby Massie, Andrew Gardner. A lot of new faces and tweaks happened to the OL during free agency. After signing a total of 7 OL this group might take awhile to mesh. Each one of them brings a lot to the table and it should be exciting to watch them grow as the season gets into December.

    DL: Calais Campbell, Brian Vallere, Dan Williams, Domata Peko, Alameda Ta'Amu, Darnell Dockett, Soma Breaud. One word comes to mind when you look at this line, and that is 'scary.' They are big, quick, and strong. They will be able to wreck havoc on opponent's running and has the ability to get to the QB when needed.

    LB: Akeem Ayers, VJ Uko, Daryl Washington, Kevin Minter, Sam Acho, Alex Okafor. Above average group that is built well around the 34 defense. Run stoppers and pass rushers is what makes them a good fit but do not ask them to cover. No sir, they are not built for speed but they can surprise you from time to time.

    CB: Patrick Peterson, Chris Harris Jr, Antoine Cason, Jason Bethel, Jarraud Powers, Javier Arenas. This group is deep and will be able to hold their own when push comes to shove. We do not like to wish injuries on the team but if they get battle ridden each player will be good to go and step up when needed.

    S: Tyrann Mathieu, Rashad Johnson, Quinton Carter, Dejon Gomes. Just like the LBs do not ask them to cover but when it comes to being able to come down and stop the run they can. Carter and Gomes are big hitters while Mathieu and Carter are more finesses.

    Team Outlook:
    Playing in the NFC 'Best' is going to be tough but we feel like we can be 9-7.
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  10. QuietStorm

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

    Sep 3, 2012

    The Houston Texans are coming off a Super Bowl run that no one expected after being forced to hit the road in all but one playoff game. The league's MVP Arian Foster and JJ Watt didn't disappoint both playing huge roles on their respective sides of the ball in each game.

    With a ring on his finger finally WR Andre Johnson finally decided to hang up his cleats and take a spot in the booth! He will be missed by fans and more so by new addition QB, Jake Locker! With the success of last season, and career bests posted by a few Texans there will be no sneaking up on people. The Bulls-eye is painted on the Texans' but the same crew is returning back plus a few other additions. Success lays on the arm of Locker, the legs of Foster and the heart of JJ.
    QB: Jake Locker (S) Jake will take the helm when this season kicks off; he played last year for the Tenn Titans and is rather pissed he was let go by the franchise. Jake has a big arm and fleet feet, only thing holding him back is his decesion making ability when under pressure and his often injured frame. Behind him is second year man Timmy Ronacher (B) who seen plenty of time last season and is a more than competent back up.

    RB: Arian Foster (S) Last year Foster rushed for over 2000 yards with 20+ TDs, returning with no drop off in attributes we expect more of the same from Foster... A punishing running style that just wears down defenders. Behind him is Andre Brown (B) also returning for his second season. Brown is just another hammer behind Foster with his 91 Truck, 6' 230 pound frame defenses get no breaks from a pounding when these boys run between the hashes.

    WR: Brian Hartline / DeAndre Hopkins (S) These boys have big shoes to fill in the void of Andre Johnson. Hartline played excellent ball last year leading the team in receptions and yards. Hopkins posses great hands as does Brian. Also look for Darrius Heward-Bey to be working out of the slot as the #3 wide out. In Houston's run first offense these boys often get slept on but house top level attributes in all key stats.

    TE: Garrett Graham (S) gets the nod over long time Texan Owen Daniels. Owen was set back last year due to two long injuries and has lost his job in the process. Graham has great hands in traffic which is key at the position. Behing Garrett rests Richard Gordon the big boy with boy slam like blocks on the edge. Gordon is a work in progress with his hand but sees plenty of time on the field strictly off his blocking skill set.

    OL: Duane Brown / Nate Menkin / Ben Jones / Brandon Brooks / Brennan Williams (S) round out this massive offensive line. Brown & Incognito both went to the pro bowl last year, Richie is still on the team but was beat out by the stronger more agile Nate Menkin. Incognito and Gabe Carimi round out the first two subs coming in off the bench with no beats missed at all. Coach Lewis believes this is the strongest unit on the team which breaths success for A. Foster.

    DL: Aaron Maybin / Whitney Mercilus / JJ Watt / Phil Taylor (S) The heart and soul of the defense starts up front with the straight BEAST JJ Watt. Next time him are pass rushing specialist Aaron an Mercilus. Coming into spell these two is Julius Peppers who will play a role in the NASCAR rush as well as situtational spells for the starters.

    LB: Joe Mays / Brian Cushing / Brooks Reed (S) this unit is fast and they hit hard. Cushing is the ring leader and signal caller in the middle. Mays is fresh off the IR and looking to make an impact back in his old position.

    CB: Johnathan Joseph / Tommie Campbell (S) Tommie lead the team in interceptions last year with 7 while he missed 5 games due to injury. Tommie has been nothing but phenomenal since he was signed off the street from Tennessee. Corner back is one of Houston's strong suites, they can all play man and zone very well, they're all big boys 6' + with everyone over 82 PRC... No legion of Boom or Doom, this secondary goes by 1000 count ... Fine silky sheets, once the covers go up its night night.

    S: Christian Thompson / DJ Swearinger (S) Houston is deep at safety with the starters in place and Stevie Brown & Michael Huff waiting on the sidelines and seeing select time as the Rover in select defensive
    packages when facing scrambling QBs. Last years injuries have taught the staff to be prepared at key positions and this was addressed. Huff and Ron Parker are so effective in coverage they could also play some cornerback if due to injury etc... Being versatile is a huge asset.

    K/P: Randy Bullock - Shane Lechler (S) Big legs, yet still accurate. Having a kicker able to kick from 60 yards out really opens up options for the Texans. Once crossing the 50, granted with no lag Randy is in range. Shane has excellent ball placing skills and can coffin kick it with the best of them.

    Team Outlook & Expectations : 10-6

    The AFC South has gotten tough, the Jags will not finish where they did last year, Indy & Tenn are also both on the rise. So with so much on the way up something or someone's gotta go down. Being #1 seed we will see tough competition out the gate outside of the division our goal is to take care of home; and stay healthy. Get into the playoffs and make another run in the new season.
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  11. mboda

    mboda Walk On

    Jul 26, 2010
    Philadelphia Eagles 2015 Season Preview

    Last season was a good year for Philly. They finished 11-5 which was good for 2nd place in the NFC East and earned them a playoff spot via the wildcard. The playoffs didn't go their way, as they were picked apart by a tough Redskin team that went on to lose in the Super Bowl. The Offseason was very eventful for Philly as they handed out some big contracts to some free agents.


    QB - Nick Foles is coming off a pretty good season last year where he threw for almost 4000 yards and ended up with 26 TD's. Foles was really good towards the end of the year and hopes to keep that momentum going into this year. Foles needs to cut down on his turnovers this year as he threw 25 picks last year. This is a big year for Foles as he is on the last year of his contract and needs to prove that he is the franchise QB for the Eagles. Matt Barkley will be backing up Foles again this year.

    HB - LeSean McCoy had a terrific season last year piling up over 1,500 yards of offense and stayed healthy for just about the whole year. Bryce Brown did a great job last year spelling McCoy and had over 600 yards and 8 TDs. If both stay healthy again, look for even better numbers.

    FB - 7th round pick Langford Gashen is the only FB on the roster right now and might make the team and start. Philly is looking at other options right now and might bring another guy in to compete with Gashen.

    WR - The tandem of Jackson and Maclin were a force last year and both finished with just over 1,000 yards. The whole Eagles WR core struggled with drops last year and it hurt them in some crucial spots in games including the playoffs. The Eagles brought in sure handed Danny Amendola to be their slot man and the coaching staff thinks he will be a fantastic fit for their offense. If this WR core cut down on the drops they could be on of the best in the league.

    TE - Brent Celek started off last season strong but faded down the stretch and struggled with drops. Celek has been working on his hands but if he doesn't turn it around he could be on his way out. Backup TE Zach Ertz did almost nothing last year and didn't see the field much. With Celek getting older, Ertz could see his playing time increase this year.

    O-Line - Four of the five starters are back, the only change is at LT where Marcus Cannon takes over for Jason Peters. The O-Line was solid last year and it should only be better this year.


    D-Line - Last year the strength of the Eagles defense was the play of the defensive line as they got alot of pressure on the QB and did a great job stopping the run. Fletcher Cox, Trent Cole and Vinny Curry all had over 10 sacks and all 3 are returning. Philly also brought in the biggest name free agent this year, Justin Houston was given a 7 year 126 million dollar contract and will mainly play LE but could some time at his old OLB position. Wherever Houston lines up he will be a beast rushing the passer and stopping the run.

    LB - The trio of Ryans, Kendricks and Howard played great last year and all 3 of them made big plays throughout the season. Philly cut Ryans in the offseason which freed up alot of money. Rey Maualuga was brought in to replace Ryans at MLB. Maualuga is going to have to compete with DJ Williams who was just signed by the Eagles. Whoever starts at MLB will have some big shoes to fill.

    CB - The Eagles had the best statistical pass defense in the league last year. Fletcher and Boykin did a great job all year as the starters, with C. Williams doing a good job at the 3. Fletcher decided to test free agency and Cary Williams was cut. Philly went big in free agency and signed the 2 best available corners in Kyle Wilson and Brandon Browner. Boykin will now move to the slot corner where he should be better suited. The Eagles also signed Philip Adams which gives them great depth at the CB position which should be a strength of the defense.

    S - Last year Patrick Chung and Michael Huff were alot better than expected as Chung was selected to the Pro Bowl and Huff was on his way there until he was injured midway through the season. Earl Wolfe played great in Huff's absence and now that Huff is gone Wolfe will be starting. The Eagles also used a first round pick on SS Vorheese Kirby who is a freak athlete and will force his way on to the field at some point.

    K/P - Kicker Caleb Sturgis wanted too much money and was let go in the offseason. Shaun Suisham was brought in to replace him. Robert Malone is still the Punter.

    Season Outlook - The Eagles spent alot of money in the offseason and as good as the team was last year, it should be even better this year. Philly has their targets set on Washington who won the East and ended their season in the playoffs. Anything less than a deep playoff run will be a disappointment.
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  12. Baron

    Baron "I'm PFP's reckoning."

    Jul 5, 2011
    Vikings 2015 Season Preview
    2014 Season Review:
    Despite going undefeated in the NFC North and having a first round bye, injuries to starting QB Graham Steven-Baker, NFC OROY RB Bryant Mason and TE Kyle Rudolph derailed the Vikings spectacular regular season. While there's no shame in losing to eventual NFC Champ Matrix Monkey , the Vikings definitely feel like they let a dream season slip away.

    While the Vikings parlayed the AP trade into four starters through the draft (five counting the JPP trade) they went in a completely different direction this offseason. While they failed to acquire the marquee free agent in Justin Houston, they did add DT Sione Pouha. Pouha, a veteran DT, replaces departing Pro-Bowler Kevin Williams at the Nose. With good attributes (93 STR) and technique (93 BSH) Pouha is an instant plug and play.

    But the Vikings completely bailed on the 2015 Draft. With a 2nd rounder already traded to Buffalo, the Vikings came to another great agreement with publik drunk . By sending their 1st, 3rd and 4th, the Vikings locked up the LOLB spot with 25-year-old Nigel Bradham. Bradham comes into the system as a perfect fit for the Vikings scheme (91 OVR). With great physical tools (84 SPD, 88 ACH) Bradham also plays with superb technique for such a young palyer (89 BSH, 88 Zone). The only thing Bradham has to work on is his pass-rushing (83 PMV, 77 FMV). Also included in the deal was CB Nickell Roby, a great depth piece for the Vikings with excellent speed (91) quickness (94) and technique (87 man, 89 zone). But Roby does lack ideal size and strength (5'8'', 165 and 63 press).

    All the Vikings draft picks were shit and will likely be cut.

    Position Overviews:

    QB: Graham Steven-Baker
    returns as the unquestioned leader of the Vikings. Despite battling injuries throughout the season, GSB threw for more than 2,200 yards. Christian Ponder struggled against the Skins in the playoffs but remains a capable backup. A third, as-yet-unnamed, QB will be brought in before the season starts.

    RB: Like his fellow rookie, Bryant Mason exploded onto the season despite several bites from the injury bug. Joining a long list of great Ohio State running backs, Mason took home the OROY award with 1,297 yards rushing and 300+ yards receiving. Toby Gerhart supplies the power for the Vikings rushing attack and Darius Reynaud is a great spell back.

    FB: Jerome Fulton is a great blocker and competent pass-catcher and more than capable of getting key short-yardage carries.

    TE: Kyle Rudolph is a great pass-catcher if a shitty blocker. Unfortunately, everyone on the team hates him and refuses to celebrate with him even when he scores a touchdown. John Carlson is a great #2 TE and Rhett Ellison rounds out the group as a solid blocker.

    WR: Cordarrelle Patterson is the lightning rod for the Vikings offense. Ready to take the next step after his Pro-Bowl season last year, Patterson is the vertical threat the Vikings need to keep people from stacking the box. With speed and great hands, Patterson is helped out by veteran Greg Jennings. Jerome Simpson is a solid #3 option while Jarius Wright provides a good option for spread formations.

    OL: Led by LT Matt Kalil and C John Sullivan (92 OVR and 91 OVR) the Vikings boast a solid offensive line. While second-year LG Arik King (82 OVR) needs to progress in his technque, the Vikings OL is still the deepest unit on the tema.

    Offensive keys:

    Staying healthy. There's no reason the Vikings offense can't be another top 5 squad like it was last year. But to make a Super Bowl run both Mason and GSB have to do a better job protecting themselves.

    DL: Easily the oldest group on the team, all three starters are at least 32 years old. Jared Allen remains a beast at RE and Brett Keisel proved he had more left in the tank at LE with 4 sacks last year. Pouha figures to make one or two more runs. All have high BSH and STR and do a great job against the run and pass.

    ILB: The Vikings had a phenomenal ILB in D.J. Williams but the CPU decided to cut him during preseason while keeping two 61 and 63 OVR LT, and a 59 OVR Center. Regardless, Erin Henderson remains as a stalwart in the middle if still a bit slow. Veteran Adam Hayward figures to start immediately with second-year player Marcos Alvarez providing depth and fresh legs.

    OLB: Definitely the strength of the defense with 99 OVR ROLB Jason Pierre-Paul. Despite coming to the Vikings late in the year, JPP finished with 10 sacks total and 8 in the last six weeks. Joined by Bradham, these two figure to be the highlight makers for the defense.

    CB: While not as elite as the OLBs, the Vikings corners are very deep. Led by Josh Wilson (89 OVR) and Xavier Rhodes (84 OVR) the Vikings boast arguably the best nickel corner in the game with Josh Robinson. Robinson finished last year with 9 picks, forcing offenses to go against the outside corners.

    S: Chris Sentel and Aaron Williams were great on the backend, especially Williams. Williams was a monster in run support but also flashed soft hands with 7 INTs.

    Defensive keys:

    Getting to the QB. The secondary can create turnovers with INTs and run defense has never been a problem for the Vikings. But with a legitimate pass-rusher opposite JPP, the Vikings need to get to the QB more often.

    Special teams:
    Blair Walsh
    has 97 kick power and can down 60-yard field goals the way sawemoff downs semen.


    11-5 and NFC North Division Champs. The Vikings are the Kings in the North and they damn well intend to stay there. And there's nothing anyone can do to stop them!
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  13. sawemoff

    sawemoff #FearTheBeard

    Dec 29, 2011
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  14. TEClemson53

    TEClemson53 Walk On

    Aug 1, 2010
    2015 Kendall Wrightan's Preview

    Landry Jones will get the job to start the season after we traded for him from Pittsburgh & couldn't afford to keep Jake Locker, who is now QB'ing our damn division rival Houston. Behind Jones is FA pick up Seth Whiteside and retained from last year, Pat Devlin.

    RB: Louis Kendrick will get the bulk of the carries. Scooped him up week 1 or 2 from free agency last year, he's basically a poor man's Chris Johnson, RB Delone Carter will get some carriers and run over everyone in his sight, I wouldn't be shocked to see Fozzy Whittaker end up getting a good portion of carries also.

    FB: Heath Atkins, 2nd year player looking to improve and not let people run right by him....

    WR: Kendall Wright, Justin Hunter, Damaris Johnson & Bryce Butler will be the main 4 with the departure of Nate Washington. Devon Wylie & Marc Mariani are mainly punt/kick returners

    TE: Delanie Walker & Anthony McCoy. I scooped up McCoy last year on 1 year contract and luckily got him back after free agency. Love the guy, hated to even let him test free agency.

    OL: I feel like the entire OL even the back up's are extremely talented. Right now the starting 5 will be David Stewart, Andy Levitre, 2nd Year C Mohamood Adeshina, Chance Warmack & rookie Elliott Steelman

    K: Dan Carpenter remains a Titan, yippie!

    Kamerion Wimbley brings his old beastly self back for another year. RE is the sketchy question, I have 2 rookie's and another player we let test free agency but brought him back in Tim Jamison. We lost Derrick Morgan which hurt so this position is definitely up in the air to start the season.

    DT: Geno Atkins took our franchise tag, otherwise he would've took all our $ or left. Behind him is Mike Martin and Brandon Beaderick.

    LB: Zach Brown has turned into a monster and our 2nd year rookie Ortistes Fuqua has turned into an absolutel beast, the LOLB is another question mark between Julian Stanford and Colin McCarthy. McCarthy played much of last year but Stanford has looked good and has improved.

    CB: This group gets me excited, every single CB on my squad I feel like could be a starter anywhere in the league. Jason McCourty, Alterraun Verner, Coty Sensabaugh, Blidi Wreh-Wilson, 2nd year rookie Vincent Mincy and rookie Navahri Joyce. The day will come when I can't afford all of this talent at CB and one of you guys will get some of these players and I will shed tears....lots of tears.

    S: Old balls Bernard Pollard is back to head hunt and opposite him is Michael Griffin. Griffin didn't stay healthy last season we will need that out of him.

    P: Donnie Jones (whoever he is) can boot the hell out of the football but honestly I hope I don't have to see this man on the field too often.

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  15. TEClemson53

    TEClemson53 Walk On

    Aug 1, 2010
    Look here damn't, I didn't let him go, that sorry piece just wanted a 6 year $35 million contract.

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  16. UniQue2Three

    UniQue2Three Walk On

    Jul 12, 2011
    New England Patriots

    The New England Patriots way is not the way it used to be. The Patriots lost one of the best QB's ever to play the game as Tom Brady decided to hang them up after they lost the AFC Championship to the Super Bowl Champions Houston Texans. Owner/General Manager Dan Swoboda and coach Belichick had a huge void to fill and had their disagreements when it came to who they wanted to fill Brady's shoes. Patriots look to repeat their sucess as they went 13-3 in the prior year and look to make a possible Super Bowl run.
    QB: Terrell Pryor - Terrell brings the athleticism that not alot of other QB's can bring to the table but doesn't have the arm other physical specimen QB have(Wilson,Newton and RGIII). Pryor knows he has huge shoes to fill but has made it clear to coaches he can get the job done. Tyrod Taylor is gonna be next in the depth chart in case something happens to Pryor. Patriots decided to keep the same type of QB in their eye as they signed Taylor. Tyrod has great speed and like Pryor doesn't have a elite arm either. Both QB's are 26 and have their best years ahead of them. Rookie Cunningham will man the clipboard all of the year unless there is a blow in anyway.

    RB: Shane Vereen/Stevan Ridley/Jeff Demps - The Patriots go into the season with 4 runningbacks on their roster. Shane Vereen and Stevan Ridley will split carries with Jeff Demps thrown in there as the Patriots "Joker" player. Shane Vereen got the nod last year as the starter but wasn't as efficient as hoped for with a 3.8 ypc avg and only 5 TD's. Ridley made his case late in the year and in the playoffs to get more carries as he ended the season with a 4.8 ypc avg and in the playoffs it was over 5. Vereen will get most of his work at a receiver/runner as he had 57 catches for about 600 yards which lead halfbacks and Ridley will get the in between the tackle runner. Jeff Demps is pint sized but will get a couple carries a game and possibly some work out as receiver. The Patriots LOVE his explosiveness and Olympic speed(98spd 98acc) to not have him on the field. The Patriots also used their 4th round draft pick to draft Karl Bumpers and he will be a special teams player only unless a injury happens.

    FB: Derrick Coleman - Derrick Coleman was picked up last year as a free agent and then signed to a multi-year contract in the offseason. Derrick learned behind Lex Hilliard how to block in the system and boy did he blossom into a gem and made the probowl. He has dynamic speed to go along with his great blocking ability(87spd 85rbk 85impact). Derrick will get used as a running fullback as well as he did a good job when his name was called(5.0 ypc 2tds).

    WR: Aaron Dobson/Josh Boyce - With Danny Amendola gone of to Philadelphia as a salary cap casualty, Aaron Dobson and Josh Boyce look to be New England's #1 and #2 wrs. Aaron Dobson struggled at time last year and upset coaches as he made alot of costly drops in games actually had a decent year(66rec, 807yards) but only had 2 touchdowns, will hopefully springboard himself to dependable receiver this year and keep the drops to a minimal. Josh Boyce made huge strides in the 2nd half of the year to make him a starter when Dobson was ineffective and played outstanding in the playoffs. Kenbrell Thompkins, Clyde Gates and Ramses Barden will follow on the depth chart and play sparingly as most of the sets the New England run will be with a 2 tight end 1 back sets so they will get some playing time here and there but wont be depended on unless injuries happen which last year a injury bug hit the receivers.

    TE: Rob Gronkowski/Ladarius Green - The tight end position look to be the focal point once again as it has been since New England drafted Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez. Both Rob Gronkowski and Ladarius made the pro bowl as both had 70+ recs 998+ yards 10+ tds. The Patriots traded for Ladarius Green early in the season to make up for Hernandez as he sits in jail getting butt fucked, and man was Ladarius huge as "Gronk" was injured for 7 weeks and stepped in as like nothing was missing. Both tight ends look to be placed everywhere as one hand on the ground, in the slot or even as flankers. Both Rob and Ladarius are physical beasts and look to beat up on linebackers once again. James Hanna was added late in the season to add to the depth just incase either tight end goes down. Hanna is a speedy tight end as well(88spd) and will also be used as a fullback when needed or in the 3 tight end set.

    OL: LT Sebastian Vollmer/LG Donald Thomas/C Ryan Wendell/RG Logan Mankins/Nate Solder - The Patriots cut Dan Connolly as a cap casualty and signed a cheaper Donald Thomas, otherwise its the same group of lineman as last year. The Patriots drafted Quadorias Turay with the 40th pick in the draft and will fill in where ever is needed. Turay will be Mankins successor when he is gone. Turay needs to work on his run blocking before he is thrown in the trenches full time but will be have the year to get it figured out. The Patriots also signed monster King Dunlap and veteran Chris Chester and Corey Hilliard to be the back up and hopefully wont have to be played.

    DL: Jamie Collins/Adam Carriker/Vince Wilfork/Chandler Jones - Defensive Ends Chandler Jones and Jamie Collins will be the pass rushers and Defensive tackles Vince Wilfork and Adam Carriker will be the run stoppers. Jamie Collins will be the full time DE as he was made a starter half way threw the year and played well ending the year with 6 sacks and looks to play even better this year. Chandler Jones is the best pass rusher on the team slightly ahead of Collins, plans to add to his sacks as he had 17 last year and will get plenty pressure on quarterbacks. The Patriots added Ricky Sapp to be the defensive end spell when needed and will also play some OLB in the 3-4 passing situations. New England also drafted Clay Alli in the 5th round, a 6'5" 86 spd 82 str. who will be thrown in from time to time. Clay is very raw but has great pass rushing tools to start one day for The Patriots. Also New England still has Westly Milsap, 1st round draft pick last year who is a hybrid DE/DT and ill be added in the mix. Vince Wilfork is 33 years old and still is one of the games best DT. Added to the mix is big boy Adam Carriker, a 6'6" 73 spd 96 str freak. Teamed up with Vince, New England hopes to stuff the run a little better than last year. The Patriots used their 3rd round draft pick to draft DT Dalvin Hendrickson, Dalvin will be Vince's replacement whenever he hangs up the cleats. Dalvin is a great fit and will mostly be the #3 and be played in the 5-2 formation. New England really likes Dalvin's size/speed/strength combo(328 lbs, 76spd 90 str).

    LB: Dont'a Hightower/Brandon Spikes/Jerod Mayo - This Linebacker crew is tough to face, they can cover great in zone and get great pressure on the QB when called upon. Jerod Mayo the captain will continue to be a beast and hopefully add to a great season he had last year once he switched sides of the field. Once Mayo switched he had 5 sacks and 2 ints. Hightower a great 3-4 OLB played good as his first year as a 4-3 OLB. The man in the middle Brandon Spikes lead the team in tackles last year and lead the LB's in int's will be joined with newly acquired MLB Terence Garvin in the 3-4 defense. Garvin was picked up in free agency because of his tools on the field. Once Garvin learns how to play(51 awr) he will give Brandon and run for the starting spot. Jonathan Casillas, Macus Dowtin, Quincy Black and Jason Williams with be special teamers and subs.

    CB: Devin McCourty/Kyle Arrington/Alfonzo Dennard/Logan Ryan - Devin McCourty switched back to corner because of his elite skills as a cover man and zone play he developed as a safety and the signing of 2 very good safeties. Kyle Arrington, Alfonzo Dennerd and Logan Ryan are all basically the same player, great zone players who will all get their chance at starting at some point. Marcus Sherels was added in last season for some depth, with time could be a pretty good corner as he has great speed.

    S: Danieal Manning/Tom Zbikowski - Danieal Manning moved to FS as Devin moved to CB. Manning is a older but yet still fast safety with good field covering skills. "Tommy Z" was New England's best DB as he had 6 int's which lead the team. Tommy Z made it past waivers and was added at the start of the last year and was great. Both safeties are getting up there in age and only have a couple years left in them can hopefully still play at a high levels as they did last year. 2nd year corner turned safety Salim Grayson will be Mannings back up and 2nd year safety Cooper Taylor will be Tommy Z's backup. Cooper Taylor just signed 4 year contract because New England believes he has the proper tools to be a very good safety in a year or two.

    K: Kai Forbath - Stephen Gostkowski was too rich for New England and had to let him go. Kai Forbath and solid kicker was added via waivers. Though not the strongest of legs out there but a very accurate kicker.

    P: Pat Mcafee - Pro Bowler Pat has a huge leg and was booming punts all season last year will continue to keep putting offenses deep in their own territory.

    RET: Jeff Demps - Jeff Demps will return both kickoffs and punts. Demps is one of the fastest players in the league and looks to be a danger in the return game.

    Team Outlook: 12-4 and hopefully AFC Championship against new rival Houston Texans and beat them :) to make it to the Super Bowl
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  17. QuietStorm

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

    Sep 3, 2012
    Haha.. If Matt Scott didn't lose his mind in FA we wouldn't have been in the market, but taking a rivals QB is always a double plus haha.
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  18. Cheez

    Cheez TSO's 1,000,000th Poster

    Oct 21, 2010

    Last year, Green Bay noted that they were going to need to pile up wins in the early part of the season in order to make the playoffs. This was indeed the case, as despite winning the last 6 games on their schedule to finish 9-7, the Packers were left out of the playoffs. I attribute this largely to going 2-4 in the NFC North, including losing three of those games by 7 points or less.

    2015 Offseason

    Not only were 3 losses in the division by 7 points or less, but 5 of the 7 losses for the Packers fit that criteria as well. The largest culprit being that Green Bay was having trouble scoring touchdowns in their games. Mason Crosby had a great year for Green Bay, but I would like for him to be kicking less 50+ yard field goals and more PATs. With this in mind, the Packers focused on their offense in the draft. Rodgers was given two new weapons in the first two rounds, and both will be seeing the field for Green Bay this year. More startling from the draft, however, was that the Packers were able to acquire 3 first round picks for next season. In addition to their own, Green Bay will be drafting 4 of the first 32 players off the board next year.

    2015 Roster

    QB: Aaron Rodgers is coming off of a year where he was in the top 10 in passing yards, but threw 29 interceptions. The biggest goal coming from the passing game is going to bring that number down. This is going to put extra emphasis on the rushing attack.

    HB: Eddie Lacy will once again be the starting halfback, and his importance will be much greater this year than it was in the past. Lacy will be key for taking pressure off of Rodgers by establishing a strong rushing attack. He will be helped out by Johnathan Franklin and James Starks who will both split carries in the 2nd and 3rd HB roles.

    WR: Randall Cobb is the undisputed leader of this young corps with the departure of Jordy Nelson. Even with Nelson gone, however, this group has a lot of talent. There are 5 receivers here who could all play in that number 2 spot opposite of Cobb, but Chris Harper will get the nod to start the season. 2nd round pick Jamius gamble will start the season as the #3, and Green Bay will hope that he creates a mismatch against the shorter slot corners.

    TE: Jermichael Finley is still "the guy" here, but 1st round pick Donquel Bush will be a great asset on the opposite of the line. Bush is the heir apparent to Finley, and is going to give the Packers another true passing threat in their 2 TE sets.

    O-Line: This is the same group as last year, and they did okay as a unit last year. Manny Ramirez struggled somewhat at center, but the Packers are hoping that he will find a little extra gas in the tank to get him through this year.

    D-Line: The Packers do not have a lot of depth here, and Jerel Worthy will be ask to start for the first time in his career at DE. As this may be one of the weaker points of Green Bay, the Linebacking corps will be asked frequently to help out with the pass rush.

    LBs: The Linebacking corps of Green Bay last year had moments where they looked absolutely dominant with Nick Perry and Clay Matthews finding their way into the opponent's backfield at will. Then there were times where they looked like they didn't belong on the same field as the other team. Finding consistency will be key.

    DBs: Green Bay has quietly amassed a really solid secondary, and with re-signing Tramon Williams they are poised to make life tough on opposing QBs. Casey Hayward is expected to make his presence more known, as he may be in the #1 spot for some games. Banjo and McMillan will be back deep again for Green Bay, and they will close space really quickly as well.

    K: Mason Crosby was arguably the best kicker in the league last year.

    P: Tim Masthay... hopefully we don't see him on the field all that much. If we do, he has the leg to pin teams deep in their own territory though.


    New Orleans
    at Detroit
    at St. Louis
    at Minnesota
    at San Francisco
    at Tennessee
    at Chicago
    at Philadelphia
    at Jacksonville

    Projection: Green Bay was not done any favors by the scheduling committee. 6 of the Packers games are against playoff teams from a year ago, including an early test against the defending Super Bowl champion Houston Texans in Week 2. With that said, this team is on a roll from last year, and they are bringing most of that team back with a few additional weapons. Playoffs are not out of the realm of possibility. Neither is a division title, if the Packers are able to win their games against Detroit, Chicago, and Minnesota. My prediction is that they will do better than 2-4 in the division, and that will just be enough to get them into the Wildcard spot. 10-6.
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