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Season 2 Team Previews
QB Peyton Manning - (89 OVR)Do I need to explain who this guy is ? HB Knowshon Moreno (79 OVR), Javon Ringer (74), Ronnie Hillman (68)I let McGahee go in the off-season. I just struggled to get him going. I needed someone with quicker acceleration. McGahee always seemed a step or two behind the hole. Scooped up Ringer off waivers, hopefully he's solid. I want so badly to just stick Hillman in and let him carry the load but I need to get his ball security up more. Moreno had his ups & downs so it wouldn't shock me for Ringer to end up being the starter. FB Spencer Larsen (83 OVR)Scooped him up early last year after Gronkowski would block no one and tackle my RB. He's probably overrated as far as OVR is concerned. His run & pass block isn't sky rocket high but he's much better then what I had WR 1 & 2 Demaryius Thomas (83 OVR) & Eric Decker (81) also known as Demaryius had an outstanding season, much like Hillman & Von I have a real life man crush on this guy. He's tall as hell & fast as hell. I need to find a way to get Decker the ball more then I did last year. I felt like I didn't utilize him as much as I should've. WR 3, 4 & 5 Johnny Knox (76 OVR) , Andre Caldwell (73) , Anthony Armstrong (70) Knox & Caldwell got hurt last year really early and I didn't have much behind that. Armstrong has a lot potential but bricks for hands. He's gotten better so hopefully he'll blossom. TE Joel Dreessen (78 OVR) & Jacob Tamme (73) I don't throw to my TE's a lot unless they are absolutely the only thing getting open. Probably my 3rd & 4th looks when I'm going through progressions. Dreessen actually had a lot of drops last year which shocked me, dumped some XP into his catching. Tamme, I'm not sure why I kept him, he isn't a great run blocker, he's slow & drops the ball at key situations. LT Ryan Clady (92 OVR) & Maurice Hurt (68) Clady was pretty solid all year long & he better be with the contract I gave him. Hurt isn't rated high but he has good blocking ability. RT Orlando Franklin (77 OVR) & Corey Hilliard (73) Much like Hurt, not rated high in the OVR category but they can get the job done where they are needed LG Zane Beadles (76 OVR) & Philip Blake (69) Beadles was pretty bad to start last year, he turned out okay and hopefully he'll only get better. Blake won't be too bad but I won't be afraid to sign someone to replace him if he's constantly put on his ass. RG Chris Kuper (81 OVR) & Manny Ramirez (72) Solid guards, I about let Ramirez walk but I'm glad I didn't. He's a solid back up and Kuper has gotten really good. DT Ty Warren (84 OVR), Sammie Hill (82), Pat Sims (82), Jason Shirley (74) I don't know what to expect from this group. 3 of them are new. Ty Warren is the only guy returning from last season and he was pretty solid, just inconsistent. DE Elvis Dumervil (91 OVR), Derek Wolfe (78), Jeremy Beal (77), Robert Ayers (77)I love this group. Dumervil is one overrated sack of crap though. I forgot I had him most of the season just because he didn't do anything. Then I got to looking at him and his block shedding was in the high 60's....... what the hell. So I've slowly gotten that up and he's gotten better. Derek Wolfe is an absolute man, and I about sent him to @danthraxx , Beal & Ayers are also nice compliments to those two. MLB Joe Mays (87 OVR), Steve Johnson (64 OVR) Joe Mays is nasty, constantly around the football and will lay the lumber when needed. Johnson, I haven't even seen him on the field and I kinda hope I don't have to. OLB Von Miller (92 OVR), DJ Williams (87), Wesley Woodyard (83), Nate Irving (64) Von is Von, everyone knows who he is. I don't know why but him doing the safety dance is hilarious to me. even against my favorite team. DJ Williams got hurt last year but much like Von & Joe Mays, he's a head hunter. Wesley Woodyard is underrated but is amazingly talented to be "2nd string". Nate Irving ain't too bad himself. CB Chris Gamble (91 OVR), Tracy Porter (81), Leodis McKelvin (76), Chris Harris (76) I thought losing Champ was going to be the death of my secondary. We made some off-season moves and now I'm in love. Gamble is solid, he's older but he should be around. Porter has slowly gotten better after he was picked on quite a bit. McKelvin, we'll see about him. Chris Harris was about traded and I'm glad I get to keep him. FS Rahim Moore (79 OVR), Quinton Carter (76) Carter was my starting SS last year, going to move him behind Rahim since he's lost his job to my 1st round draft pick. Rahim needs to get better, unless I'm controlling him he takes the worst angles that you can possibly imagine and once he's beat, he's definitely not running anyone down. SS Javonta Woods (80 OVR), David Bruton (69) Woods hopefully doesn't disappoint. His ratings are ridiculous to be a rookie. He's a Gamecock though so he's on a short leash with me. Bruton was on my team then fell into FA and I got him back. He's always around the football and making plays even though none of his attributes are worth a flip. K Matt Prater (84 OVR) & P Britton Colquitt Prater can kick it mile after mile. He just has gay arm tats. Colquitt, he's average, I hope he never sees the field but thats not realistic.
Jesus Trey... Your defense is legit. You better win that division...
QB- Tom Brady (93 ovr)
Brady got the job done last season completing almost 70% of his passes and throwing less than 10 interceptions. He came up big in the regular season and in the playoffs. He'll continue to make plays this season, but it's been mentioned that Ryan Mallett could see the field a lot more this year than he did last season. Brady is getting older, and with his contract expiring next season, the Patriots could be looking more towards the future.
RB- Michael Turner (81 ovr.) Steven Ridley (79 ovr.) Jeff Demps (71 ovr.)
We struck out in free agency when we tried to sign Larod Stephens-Howling to come to New England, but ended up getting Michael Turner as a second option. Turner isn't fast, but we already have a speed back, so speed isn't needed from him. We'll give him the ball to wear down defenses and run clock late in the game. With a high carry, we won't have to worry about too many fumbles. Ridley played well for us last season, but with a lot of cap room, we saw Turner as an immediate upgrade, even if it's just a small upgrade. Ridley will still get carries though, just not as many as last year. Demps will continue to be our spell back for special situations and our Kick and Punt Returner. He is explosive, and if he gets an opening, he's gone. After building up his carry, look for him to get a lot more touches this year than last.
WR- Brandon Lloyd (88 ovr.) Randy Moss (83 ovr.) Deion Branch (82 ovr.)
With Welker gone, Lloyd will step in to take his place, and really, it's not too much of a downgrade. Lloyd has great hands and runs great routes, not to mention he has more speed. Lloyd played well for us last season and I look for a lot of the same this year. Acquiring Randy Moss was huge for us, even if it's not the Moss of old. He's still a threat and can catch the ball. Branch is our 3rd guy this year, which means he won't see the field all that much with our two tight end sets most the time. Still a dependable player though when he is in the game.
TE- Rob Gronkowski (95 ovr.) Aaron Hernandez (89 ovr)
Easily the best 1 2 punch at tight end in the league. Rob had a great season, but didn't do much in the playoffs. He's still one of Brady's favorite targets and all signs are pointing towards him having another big year. He's locked in long term, so look for him to continue making big plays for the Patriots for a while. Hernandez is also locked in long term and had his coming out party during the playoffs last year. Hernandez started the year off on the trading block, but now it's safe to say he'll be a Patriot for a while. He's got great speed and good hands, just like Gronk, and is someone that always has to be accounted for.
O Line- C Ryan Wendell (72 ovr.) LG Logan Mankins (88 ovr.) RG Dan Connolly 80 (ovr.) LT Nate Solder (84 ovr.) RT Sebastian Vollmer (80 ovr.)
Not the greatest offensive line, but they get the job done and protect Brady. They don't do that great of a job run blocking, but their pass blocking is above average.
DT- Vince Wilfork (92 ovr.) Kyle Love (81 ovr.)
Vince Wilfork will head the DT spot in this 4-3 defense. Wilfork had a great year last year and there is no reason not to expect much of the same this season. He can get to the QB, or clog up the middle and stop the run, whatever you ask of him, he'll do it. Kyle didn't play a lot last season, but that will change this year as it looks like he'll be the starter. We're not sure what to expect, but if he can just do an average job, that's all we'll need from him.
DE- Chandler Jones (91 ovr.) Osi Umenyiora (88 ovr.) Ray Edwards (85 ovr.)
This position we are loaded at, and that's not even mentioning our 1st round draft pick Rodman Steele. Chandler Jones had a crazy rookie season and is only getting better. He stops the run, sacks the QB, and can even play coverage when asked. He's poised for another big season, especially since teams will have to not only account for him, but now they have to deal with Osi too. Osi was picked up in free agency and the Pats are very excited about that. Osi can get to the QB, no problem, but will have to do better at stopping the run at times in this defense. Regardless, the defensive line is poised for a lot of sacks. Ray Edwards, who was acquired for a 2nd round pick last year, will be coming in to give these guys breathers when necessary. Edwards probably isn't too happy about the downgrade from starter to bench player, but he'll have to deal with it.
LBs- MLB Brandon Spikes (83 ovr.) LOLB Dont'a Hightower (76 ovr) ROLB Jerod Mayo (90 ovr.)
Brandon was the defensive MVP last year and for good reason. He was everywhere whether it was stopping a play for a loss, a sack, an interception, or a forced fumble. Brandon played huge, and in a year where a big time MLB was in free agency, Spikes played well enough for the Patriots to know they didn't need another MLB. Hightower is a guy who plays a lot better than what he's rated. He makes plays in the backfield, plays pretty good zone coverage, and can hit hard. Mayo, well Mayo is one of the best LBs in the game. Just like Spikes, it seems like he's everywhere and is always making a play.
CB- Devin McCourty (84 ovr.) Rashean Mathis (84 ovr.)
McCourty was done for the year after week 5. This season, we're hoping he can be injury free because he's a difference maker when he's on the field. The former 1st round pick plays pretty good coverage and has speed to stick with anyone. Mathis was another offseason signing and can pretty much do the same thing as McCourty. He's not as fast, but he's taller and more physical with receivers. With both of them on the field, teams will have their hands full.
FS- Steve Gregory (73 ovr.)
Steve is the weak link of this defense. The Pats tried to address this need in the rookie draft, but came up with a guy who's slower than Steve, and just not ready to play. The Patriots are hoping to acquire a solid FS during the season, but right now, it's not looking good.
SS- Yermiah Bell (78 ovr.)
Yermiah was picked up to replace Patrick Chung. This is another situation that I don't really know how it's going to work out. Bell plays decent zone, but he's a slower safety. Luckily he can hit hard which should jar some balls loose for us.
K- Stephen Gostkowski (84 ovr.)
Gostkowski gets the job done, and is only getting better. He has a pretty good leg and I'm pretty sure he didn't miss a field goal for us last season.
P- Zoltan Mesko (79 ovr.)
Mesko has a good leg, but we're going to have to work on our corner coffin punts. Too many times we gave up touchbacks when we could have pinned our opponent inside the 10.
Jacksonville Season Preview
Last year, Jacksonville went through a mid season coaching change at Week 5 of last year. The instability was not a good thing for this squad as they went on to finish 3-13. Heading into the offseason, major questions exist on defense, as the squad finish near the bottom of nearly every defensive league metric. The lack of pass rush, few turnovers generated, and major coverage confusion lead to some long afternoons in Florida.
2013 Offenive Outlook:
The bright spot on this squad is clearly the offense. This team produced a 4000 yard passer in Gabbert, a 1600 yard rusher in MJD, and by the end of the season, the one-two punch of TE Kellen Winslow and WR Justin Blackman made for a formidable pass catching duo. Not only are these playmakers all returning, but 10 of 11 starters are back, with the exception of free agent RT Stephon Heyer. Barring a regression from Gabbert or MJD hits the wall at age 28, this unit should continue to keep this team in games.
2013 Defensive Outlook:
Defensively, 2012 was a nightmare for Jacksonville. The lack of speed and instinct in the defense backfield allowed opposing QBs to light up the scorebaord regularly against Jacksonville. This should be remedied with the addition of two rookie CBs in Jalen Cooper (84 Overall) and Shawn Sanders (77 Overall). Cooper has all of the tools to become a future star in this league and Sanders is going to work in at Nickleback to start the season. The rest of the team will be returning and hope to improve on 2012.
Most improved for 2013:
Blaine Gabbert took a major step forward last year as he moved up 5 points overall from 76 to 81. The 2012 season started with questions on Henne or Gabbert to take the reins long term, but Gabbert took control of the starting spot and he does not appear to be looking back. A strong arm, mobile, and ever improving on the mental side of the game is what to expect here.
After finishing a putrid 3-13 last season, the Jaguars are looking to become more competitive in 2013. The coaching staff has set a goal of 8-8 this year with a 2 year goal of challenging for the AFC South in 2014. Making a 5 win improvement over last year will be no easy task... much of this will rest of the defense and more specifically how the rookie CBs adjust to life in the NFL. On a positive note, this is a team that is slowly addressing some bad contracts in the past and rebuilding this team with young, hungry talent. At the very least, this is a team that wants to compete and will most likely be in a number of shootouts this upcoming season.
QB - Josh Freeman(86), Kevin Kolb (77)Freeman the strong arm kid from K-State is in the final year of his rookie contract. Talks will begin with the club and Freeman to hopefully settle on a fitting contract. Kolb was brought in to provide a solid back up in the event Freeman is hurt or traded this year. RB - Doug Martin (82), Tiawon Jones (72), Michael Smith (68)Doug in his second year will be the featured back sharing no time with former RB L. Blount. Martin is a great all around back and should have a solid sophomore year. Jones and Smith are both quick and fast scat type backs. Jones also provides a solid receiving threat out of the back field. While Smith will see most of his work on special teams. FB - Anthony Dixon (81)Dixon a converted running back provides solid speed at the FB position with added versatility with his pass catching skills. With Dixon's athletic ability he will be added in quite a few formations to take advantage of both his run blocking and pass receiving. WR - Vincent Jackson (92), Mike Williams (82), Arrelious Benn (79)The Bucs receiving core is big and physical with a dash of speed. Jackson, Williams and especially Benn LOVE to run block and put their hands on little cornerbacks. Jackons big play ability and Williams sure hands add for a great 1-2 punch. Add in speedsters Owusu, Nico, and Underwood, the Bucs have a very wide array of weapons on the edges. TE - Visanthe Shiancoe (81), David Ausberry (70), Luck Stocker (68)A revamped TE class, Visanthe and Ausberry were both added additions out of free agengcy. Visanthe takes the place of veteran Dallas Clark, with his sure hands and awareness Shiancoe will tutor Ausberry and play TE#2. Ausberry will be TE#1 with his speed and superior blocking skills. Stocker a great utility man will fill the void due to injury and also spell FB Dixon in the event he needs a break. LT. Donald Penn (89), LG. Carl Nicks (93), C. Jermey Zuttah (78), RG. Davin Joseph (89), RT. Demar Dotson (81)The Buccaneers' big boys are no joke, lead by Pro Bowl guard Carl Nicks. This unit is built to establish a ground game. a lot of money is tied up in this unit, and with money comes expectations. Management expects Doug Martin to meet all seasonal milestones will keeping Freeman up right as well! DE - Da'Quan Bowers (71), Marcus Bernard (79), Tobias Stallworth (74), Adrian Clayborn (83), Shawne Merriman (82)The strength of the Bucs D rest is found right here. Clayborn and Bowers are established problems for teams. Rotate in the pass rushing rookie Stallworth, Bernard and Merriman this unit will stay fresh and should yield results BETTER than last year. Constant QB pressure with 4 man rush. DT - Gerald McCoy (89), Trevor Laws (79), Brian Price (77), Ian Williams (67)The second part to the Bucs line, McCoy is coming off a great year. Reunited with Brian Price and two Fighting Irish (Williams/Laws) this unit is also built to get after the passer. Williams the big body will be provide run stopping capabilities as well as playing NT in the Bucs seldem used 3-4 package. OLB - Quincy Black (80), Levonte David (80), Ernie Sims (74)The outside linebackers are small and fast pass covering players. While everyone has speed and range, they also are sure tacklers. David the sophomore from Nebraska will be the key on the outside on this Bucs D. MLB - Jason Judge (79), Mason Foster (78)The Judge, rookie out of Wisconsin can flat out fly. With 95 speed this rare kid is a missile to the ball. Great cover skills an instincts the kids only problem is his chronic injury problem. He will be seeing a specialist to help prevent such injuries but will his past plague his future? Jury still out on that. Foster last years starting Mike backer will be playing second string but is a more than capable back up in the event Judge does go down for any amount of time. CB - Aqib Talib (89), Cary Williams (76), Bruce Johnson (74) Philip Adams (71)The franchised tagged Talib is back for another season at least with help this year. Cary Williams was brought in with Bruce Johnson and some other man cover guys to add much needed speed to this revamped Bucs secondary. Playing the NFC South pass coverage is a must. Hopefully this new crew can provide a bandaid until next off season when more time and money can be spent upgrading this section. SS - Mark Baron (80), Mana Silva (70)Baron is a stud, great cover skills, great instincts and can bring the wood with every hit. Mana a second year man will sit behind Mark, but his kid has solid speed and zoning skills. FS - Josh Morris (74), Sherrod Martin (73)The 2nd round pick Morris was brough in to replace Ronde Barber. Morris has great speed (91) and can smack people (90+PWR). Morris is favored by Mel Kiper to be the NFC's Rookie of the year. Martin is a excellent backup and provides solid experience. K - Garrett Lee (61)Lee has a slightly above avg leg with 91 kicking power. The rookie will see all kicking duties! P - Michael Koenen (80)Michael is a accurate punter with average kicking power. Nothing flashy here, hopefully he doesn't have a large body of work this year.
The offensive line returns all starters from last year, as well as all depth. The biggest names are at C Markice Pouncey and RG David Decastro and both are the anchors. The offseason was spent to shore up our pass protection and LT Grady Shead was drafted to address this immediately. A huge upgrade on the blindside of #7, his 90 PBK will be a huge help. Overall, our depth is solid and we should be fine in the event of any injuries, but we have to hope that after a year of progression, everyone improves their performance from last year
Our lack of balance running the ball forced us to have enormous depth here. Rashaard Mendenhall was resigned to a long term contract and Jonathan Dwyer and Chris Rainey were both kept for the upcoming season. We added Evan Royster out of Penn State to add even more depth at running back, and hopefully we can find a working combination. Finally, HB Bo Tucker from USF fell into our lap in the 3rd round, and we figured "what the hell" and added him too. Now what was a weakness last year, looks much, much better on paper. We should be able to return to our roots and not have to throw the ball for 5,000 yards again.
The entire WR corps from 2012 returns with zero additions or subtractions. Inuries to my 2nd and 3rd WR really hurt us for our first round playoff matchup against Tennessee and although we really wanted to draft someone here, we blame that on just bad luck. Mike Wallace and Antonio Brown are #1 and #2 respectively. Jericho Cotchery, Emmanuel Sanders and Toney Clemmons round things out. We feel this is still a strength of our team, and love this group of receivers.
Heath Miller continues in the #1 spot and we plan to use him a bit more this year, as everyone spent resources addressing their secondaries. The #2 spot will be a rotation depending on pass or run situation with David Paulson and Leonard Pope.
"Big Ben" returns after winning QB of the Year in 2012, and looks to cut down on the mistakes while keeping himself healthy. In the event he does not? We sign QB Ryan Fitzpatrick to an expensive deal to play backup. We certainly overpaid, but once your starter goes down and you have a competent backup, this decision looks like a good one.
After being one of the highest scoring teams in the league, with an incredible aerial attack, we wanted to add more balance. We feel that the addition of a solid LT and 2 more running backs to the depth chart will help immensely here. The big question is if we will be able to move the ball better against the better defenses? Tennessee shut us down in the playoffs, and although injuries played a role, they are no excuse.
DT Alameda Ta'Amu takes over for the departed Casey Hampton. Right behind him though on the depth chart is one of our rookies DT Cortney Anderson who will be breathing down his neck if he underperforms. At DE Cameron Hayward gets the start, and another rookie DE Logan Leoni will start on the other side, with Ziggy Hood in reserve. Overall, this is one of the biggest question marks on the team with 2 new starters. Are they any good? We'll see.
Although this is still the strength of the defense and still a very, very deep group we are really up in the air at MLB #2 spot. Two rookies will be battling for the start in MLB Salim Anderson and Allen Cooper. Not often do we spend 2 picks on the same position, but it had to be done. We are unsure who will be the better player, but by week 4, we should have a good idea. On the outside James Harrison and Lamaar Woodley return and we keep Jason Worilds who is very underrated.
Our secondary played well in 2012 and we thought about addressing this need, but really didnt have any of our top guys fall into our lap so we will roll with the same group from last year. Ike Taylor, Keenan Lewis and Terrence McGee are lined up as 1-3 and we have some young guys who should get some playing time as we expiriment with our formation subs.
The best player on our team returns in #43 Troy Polamalu and he continues to develop nicely. His ball hawking skills are much improved since the beginning of 2012, and we hope he makes some plays for us. Ryan Clark returns at FS and this may be his last year as age is setting in. Will Allen and Ryan Mundy add depth, and are capable fill-ins in case of injury.
We did not generate much of a pass rush last season, and we are hoping with the improved size along the front 3 we can improve here. Our secondary is capable in our zone blitz scheme, but we may send the blitz a little more often this year to try to get some pressure on the QB. Both of our safeties are solid players and really make QB's pay for their mistakes
Last year we won the AFC North by a pretty big margin, but were eliminated in the first round by Tennessee. We really have no idea if we have improved this year, and I am sure since it has been so long since we have played a game that we will be a bit rusty. Our schedule is not kind this year, and we play 4 of last year's playoff teams: New England, KC, Tennessee and Houston. It may be a rough ride and I feel we slip a little this year and miss out on the playoffs. We know we won't sweep Baltimore again, so that will hurt.
Prediction: 8-8 (miss the playoffs)
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Ravens 2013 Outlook
Joe Flacco – QB – OVR – 89 – Fans at M&T are wacko for flacco despite a disappointing 6 – 10 season last year. Flacco can only get better versus last year. He lost his favorite target in Ed Dickson to FA but gained another big target in the 2nd Round of the Draft. Flacco is very much aware that the Ravens are typically a run first kind of team and hopefully takes advantage of every opportunity he gets.
Ray Rice – RB – OVR – 97 – With Baltimore being such a Run Heavy team, Ray fits in nicely. The downside to ray is he typically does not get much yardage after first contact. In his first outing this year, Ray was held in check until he busted a big run pushing him over the 100 yd mark for the first time this season.
Bernard Pierce – OVR – 68 – Pierce is subbed in every few years to give Rice a breather. He’s quick and a little bigger than Rice standing at around 6’ vs Rice’s 5’8
Anthony Allen – OVR – 72 – Allen is a change of pace back when the offense needs to lower the shoulder for a yard or two or in goal line situations.
Vontae Leach – OVR – 97 – He’s an animal when he actually makes the block he is supposed but he has been known to whiff on occasion.
Wide Receiving Corps – Starting 4
Anquan Boldin – OVR – 89 – The Ravens pure red zone possession threat. Anquan is a weapon when I can get the ball to him. At 32 years old Anquan’s days are numbered but we will be taking advantage of his size and physical play
Torrey Smith – OVR – 80 – He’s fast and can do damage when he gets into space. He’s not the physical body that Boldin is. The challenge with Smith are his brick hands which is something we hope to improve on this year.
Jacoby Jones – OVR – 76 – He’s quick out of the slot and does most of his damage eluding receivers. Jacoby is also my # 1 return man so his snaps at WR are going to be limited.
Tyrone Mallette – OVR – 75 – He’s big….real big. At 6’4” 215 he is the heir apparent to Boldin. He had a decent outing vs the Seahawks but he has a lot to prove and we would like to see him work on his quickness.
Dennis Pitta – OVR – 78 – With the departure of Dickson, I hope has a better season than he has in the past. With the addition of Ben Watson on at the other TE position, Pitta has the opportunity to stretch the field vs opposing LB’s.
Ben Watson – OVR – 80 – Watson is a little heavier and a little better than Pitta but he gives me some options at TE. Neither can block well and Ben is a little older but he will do for now
O-Line – I wont name each lineman they are solid but Birk is getting up there. Word is he will go back to his alma mater, Harvard, and do some teaching.
Cody – DT – 83 OVR – He’s Fat and I like him to get a little more push this year
Hargrove – DT – 81 OVR – He’s not as fat but I like him. I expect a lot out of my rookie and his alleged superstar development
Ngata – DE – 98 OVR - He’s an animal and everyone knows it. He’s also been known to get a sack or two.
Mcphee – DE – 82 OVR – He acts as the other bookend for Ngata. He’s no Ngata but he has his days of excellence
Tarvey – DE – 82 OVR – He’s a rookie but he is on a hot streak. I hope to see good things out of him this year subbing in for Mcphee and Ngata. He may take Mcphee’s spot based on how well he plays.
Foote – MLB – 83 OVR – I signed his old ass because he used to be a steeler that’s all and I want to learn all of PAgamer07 's secrets to success.
Ellerbe – MLB – 76 OVR – Nothing flashy but he gets the job done.
Jameel McClain – 81 OVR – He’s decent but I wish he were a tad faster. Ray Lewis is impossible to replace. Well unless I get tebow as a FA and put him at MLB.
OLB Terrell “Ball So Hard” Suggs – OVR 98 - He’s pretty good
Paul Krueger – OVR 78 – He is not consistent but has been known to make a play or two
Courtney Upshaw – OVR 74 – He hasn’t developed like the Ravens had hoped. Hopefully he will get a few more reps.
Sergio Kindle – OVR – 72 – Same as Upshaw. Typically gets his reps when Krueger is tired.
Jimmy Smith – OVR – 80 – He’s young but has room to grow. I’d like to see him make some bigger hits to jar the ball loose.
Ladarius Webb – OVR – 88 – Plays opposite Smith. Better in man to man but I hope to increase his zone ability.
Corey Graham – OVR – 71 – He’s been known to make a couple plays but he also gets burned in the slot. He has competition coming from the rookie Alex Brown
Alex Brown – OVR 69 – I haven’t used him much but hopefully he gets some reps
Ed “Ball Hawk” Reed – OVR 98 - Reed had a quiet day against the seahawks and I want to see more out of him.
Bernard “The Hitman” Pollard – OVR 88 – The guy can hit and hit hard. Rumor is he gets a crab cake for each player he takes out.
Sam Koch – He’s a punter. He punts the ball…he kick the ball
Justin Tucker – The guy needs a little more umph and accuracy but its going to cost us so we will see.
The team can only get better vs last year's performance but we have a tough OOC schedule vs the AFC East. I predict an 8 - 8 finish playing in memory of the great Earl Weaver.
Cincinnati Bengals 2013 Preview Needless to say, many fans around Cincinnati feel that the Bengals underachieved last year. With their young offense and defense a year more experienced, the Bengals look to have a much better finish than they did last year. While much hasn't changed in terms of key players, the young players are more experienced and more focused this year in. Offense: QB - Andy Dalton (83OVR) - The second year HGIC (head ginger in charge) looks a year older, red hair still shining, but with a touch of gray to show his maturity. Dalton had an abysmal 81.1 Rating last year throwing for 3,575 24TD and 20INT. Coach Hammons looks to improve his 59% completion percentage by going more west coast and shortening the throws for his developing young QB. HB - BenJarvus Green-Ellis (83OVR) Tim Hightower (81OVR) Bernard Scott (78OVR) - BJGE was not as productive as coaches would have liked last year. Hightower was brought in to share carries with BJGE and give a receiving threat out of the backfield. This is the big question mark going into the year can the Bengals lean on their running game more than last year to give Dalton some better lanes to throw downfield? We will see. WR - AJ Green (88OVR) Mohamed Massaquoi (75OVR) Armon Binns (74OVR) Kaleb Alt (74OVR) Mohamed Sanu (72OVR) - Everyone knows about AJ. Who will be the guy to step up and be the clear cut #2 for next year though? Kaleb Alt rookie FA has a chance to step into the spot if he can be productive. 6'5" 234lb with 97RLS and 97JMP may have defenses a little less likely to press in situations, especially near the goalline. TE - Jermaine Gresham (83 OVR) Orson Charles (76 OVR) - Gresham knows he is the man, but found himself giving way to Charles in passing downs because of his case of the drops. Hopefully Gresham can be a staple in this offense and keep himself on the field going forward. O-Line - LT Andrew Whitworth (90) LG Travelle Wharton (81) C Kyle Cook (78) LG Isaac Unga* (80) RT Andre Smith (81) - The line looks solid but run blocking was a weakness last year. More time will be spent with this group working on just that during practice. First round pick Isaac Unga steps into a starting role right away. Defense: D-Line - LE Carlos Dunlap (81) DT Domato Peko (88) DT Geno Atkins (85) RE Michael Johnson (86) - The D line was arguably the backbone of this team last year. I look for this to continue even though there isn't much depth in the treches. Geno Atkins was a beast last year and I'm anxious to see if he continues to cause headaches for opposing offensive linemen. Linebackers - LOLB Will Herring (76) MLB Rey Maualuga (85) ROLB Thomas Howard (87) - LOLB is the glaring weakness here but which rookie can work hard and break through? 22 year old OLB Aleon Slaughter (74) or 20 year old OLB Aaron Mayer (75). Anxious to see how the left side of the linebacking corps shakes out. Cornerbacks - Leon Hall (86) Nate Clements (86) Jason Allen (81) Kelly Jennings (75) - Fans wonder if not taking a CB in the draft will hurt the Bengals in this pass happy league this year. If the older vets can stay healthy we like our chances, they were unable to do so last year however. Safeties - FS Reggie Nelson (82) SS Taylor Mays (79) - Two solid safeties. Bengals fans expect good things from Mays and Nelson this year.
Number one overall pick Farris is now the face of the Oakland Raiders if he succeeds they succeed, if they succeed it will be because he has lived up to the expectations placed upon him on draft night. There have been talks of the "unbalanced" trade that landed the Raiders the top pick, thanks Timpegoose, even whispers of Farris being overrated. I guess we'll see this season if it was all worth it.
DMC - Almost traded in the offseason McFadden will have to stay healthy to stay in Oakland.Marcel Reece - Half man half amazing, Reece has a few positional tricks up his sleeve. The ultimate wild card. He'll see time at TE and FB this year and given the depth and quality at Tight-end Reece is a good option at either spot. DHB - Deemed bust from the time he was drafted, the TMFL will know him well by years end.Jacoby Ford - Ford is a playmaker hands down, his impact will be felt on the return game for the most part but if Jacoby can stay injury free he'll cause tremendous problems from his slot position. Richard Seymour - Will anchor the line and aid Oakland transition to a 3-4Lamarr Houston - The "Texas Two-step" Houston will definitely be amongst the best in sacks this season. Rolando McClain - Also known to some as, the bullshitter from Bama, he'll be needed to regulate the run between the tackles, at least thats the plan. Tyvon Branch - With the level of talent Oakland has in the secondary Branch will have his hands full in coverage assignments, he's ready for the challenge. Michael Huff - Huffy is an average safety with exceptional coverage skills Oakland will utilized Huff's skill set in alot of exotic blitz packages this season. Season Outlook
Oakland lost a lot of defensive players due to free-agency this past off season and with a whole new corp of corners and outside linebackers taking the field this year, defense will be interesting to say the least. As stated before Farris will make or break this team I'll look toward the former onto the postseason ...... Baron who?
2013-2014 MIAMI DOLPHINS QB 1: Ryan Tannehill (82): Reigning NFL MVP (No idea how this happened) Leads a revamped Miami Dolphin receiving core. Tannehill was effient yet sometimes careless with the ball last season he must fix that. Last season Tannehill threw 42 Tds but added 19 INT and 7 Fum. Turnovers are something he must fix RB: The Dolphins do it by Committee. Reggie Bush (84) is the Joke for the Dolphins. Usually starts the games can catch and run with the best of them. Super shifty. Willis McGahee (86) is the new guy will see 7-10 carries a game. The finisher. Lamar Miller (71) being groomed to be the feature guy one day. Mostly return specialist and Reggie Spell guy. FB: Alex Buice (72): The 6th round pick can run block like a champ. Has soft hands as well. Needs to improve on overall strength could be a very good FB WR: All new faces WR1 : Reuben Randle (73) Aquired in a trade with the Giants Randle steps into big shoes as Quick moves on. He had 1000 yards last season. WR2 : Greg Childs (71): Not exactly new however he played in 3 games last season for Miami before being lost for the season. He is a new face and had good chemistry with Tannehill before injury can he return? WR3: Bryant Vinson (69): He Fast. Real Fast. Vinson is going to be moved around listed here as the #3 prolly isnt quite as accurate early in the season i think he can grow into this role. Until then it is occupied by Lestar Jean a 6'3 (73) beast who blocks real well. TE: Egnew and Clay return. They will share TE1 Duty. Both are not great RBK blockers and sometimes will be supplemented with a T if they arent getting the job done. Both do a great job of catching the ball and being versatile. OL: Strength of the Miami Dolphin team now.LT Jake Long (97) LG Ramon Harewood (76) C Mike Pouncy (90) RG Richie Incognito (80) Rt Jason Paters (95)The Main Question for this group is at the guard spot is can Harewood who is HUGE (6'6 340) fit into this Dolphin Schem. Early indications are that he is a huge body and can move. Played very good in week 1 vs Raiders. DEFENSE: Dolphin Front 7: Features 6 players over the rating of 88 overall. LE Sheard (88) RE Wake (97) DTs Starks (92) Soliai (90)LOLB Dansby (91) MLB Urlacher (91) ROLB Gooden/ Burnett (72/84) With Gooden the dolphins get a much better ATH on the field however he does not offer the same PRC as Burnett. Luckily Miami Feels that the other 6 guys in the group can cover some of that up. This group has a great reputation in the NFL as being very good players and the Dolphins are paying this group of guys a shit ton of money to do big things. Back 4: CB Smith (85) Marshall (82) FS Clemons (82) SS Atogwe (80) All 4 are in the 80s. They were embarrassed by the Raiders new Rookie QB they are going to have to be impact players if this defense is to live up to the HYPE Overall coming off a 12-4 Season in which the Dolphins started 0-2 looked very good on the outside. However Fans are very sad the Dolphins didnt make more noise in the playoffs. The Dolphins have to overcome the a tough schedule and a tough division. They should be up to the task.
And I shall be .....
2013 San Francisco 49ers Team Preview Offense:QB: Alex Smith once again takes the helm. His accuracy has improved a little over the off-season but he still does not have the arm to make most of the medium to deep throws. If he can control his turnovers, the 49ers will most likely have a better year than last. Collin Kaepernick is coming along nicely and may be the starter next season or Smith might still hold on to that position for his final year of his contract. HB: Frank Gore is getting up there in age. Will he still be able to be a top performer or will his decline continue. Kendall Hunter and LaMichael James will get there touches to hopefully improve the run game that was dreadful last season. WR: Michael Crabtree is still around. He is serviceable but is definitely not a #1 NFL wide receiver. Rookie Colin Chow comes in and takes over the number two spot and fellow rookie Markel Purcell will be the fourth guy. Manningham will continue to be the slot receiver. TE: The Vernon Davis era is over. A great rookie takes his place and it will be interesting to see how Jackson Williams develops. OL: The offensive line remains the same for the most part. Anthony Davis is no longer the starting RT as free agent Dennis Roland takes over. Highly touted rookie right guard Kendrick Berry starts the season on the bench but could quickly become the starter over former 30-40 beers a day Alex Boone. Dekendrick Losius will get some snaps only if center Jon Goodwin gets tired. DL: Justin Smith still is the leader on the defensive line. This is his last year on contract and it will be interesting to see if he will have a big season to try to get one more contract before he decides to hang up the cleats. McDonald is great on the other side of the line and Sopoaga is one of the better 3-4 DTs in the league. Through the draft the addition of Shane Moon and Lawrence Cunningham added 670 lbs to the defensive line and it will be interesting to see how many blockers they take up in substitutions. LB: May be the best linebacking corps in the NFL. All-World Patrick Willis leads the team and Bowman is another devastating presence in the middle. Aldon Smith is quickly becoming a superstar and Ahmad Brooks is very serviceable at the other OLB spot. CB: Carlos Rogers is one of the best in the game. Brown is a decent number two but didnt progress as much as should have in the off-season. Second year man out of South Carolina, Chris Culliver could be battling for the second spot. S: Whitner and Goldson provide a great duo at the safety spots. Whitner is in a contract year so we are expecting big things from him to show he wants another contract.
OFFENSE QuarterbacksLong time starter Tony Romo returns for another year. His ratings are good but I'm not a fan, so don't be surprised to see him traded before the end of the season. Three interceptions in the opening game vs San Fran doesn't help his cause. Kyle Orton is a capable backup that I hope never has to actually take any meaningful snaps. Running Backs Demarco Murray leads this group and has the look of a future star if we can get some guys to actually block for him. He had a terrible start to the year but we are committed to establishing the run, so he will definitely get the ball one way or another. Andre Brown was signed as a free agent in the offseason to back up Murray. I don't see him getting many carries except to give Murray a breather or in junk time. Rookie KJ Mason was drafted in the 4th round to groom for the future although he doesn't look like he will ever be anything other than a backup at this point. Lawrence Vickers is the FB and is about as good as the get at FB in the league. He will see his fair share of carries in short yardage and maybe even catch a few passes out of the backfield this season. ReceiversWide Receivers Dez Bryant and Miles Austin highlight this unit and are an elite one-two punch in the league. If the first game is any indication (150+ yards receiving and 2 TD each), this is going to be an explosive group. Free agent WR Dezmon Brizcoe was picked up to play out of the slot this year. At tight end, Jason Witten returns and is a steady target in the passing game, if not a breakaway threat. Look for speedster backup James Hanna to get his fair share of looks in the passing game as well this season. Offensive LineTyron Smith anchors this unit at left tackle and is the only truly good player on this line. The rest are sketchy and we will need to quickly address this need next offseason, if not sooner. Of particular concern are the guards. At right tackle, Doug Free is past his prime. We used our 2nd round pick on RT Dennis Joseph but his initial ratings were something of a disappointment. We were hoping he would be able to start this year but he is probably at least a year or two away. DEFENSE Defensive LineThe defensive line is highlighted by free agent LE run stopper Tyson Jackson. He will man one end, while Marcus Spears returns to handle the right side. In the middle, Jay Ratliff will likely split time with Sean Lissemore in the 3-4. This line has one job to do, tie up offensive lineman creating holes for the LB to penetrate, while stopping the run. None of these guys is expected to collect many sacks in our scheme. LinebackersThis unit is the heart and soul of the defense, and definitely our strength this year. Leading this unit is all-pro OLB Demarcus Ware, he is a beast that seems to be all over the field. We look for him to average a sack a game this year while terrorizing opposing quarterbacks. Anthony Spencer will line up on the other side at LOLB with a solid combination of Sean Lee, Dan Connor, and Bruce Carter rotating through the middle. We will look for these guys to do it all, rush the passer, stop the run, and be solid in pass coverage. The linebackers are the key to everything we do on defense. Defensive Backs Our corners are our strength here, highlighted by man specialists Brandon Carr and Morris Claiborne on the edges. Orlando Scandrick is the nickel corner and is solid but not spectacular. To boost the ranks here, we used our 1st pick on CB Bar'ee Lane. We were a bit disappointed to get Lane here as honestly he was our 3rd corner on our board, but he ended up being a pleasant surprise and he could turn out to be a good one here. Moving on to the safeties, this is a relative weakness on the defense with Gerald Sensabaugh manning free safety. He is average at best and will eventually be replaced. Barry Church returns as the starting strong safety. We tried to replace Church in the draft but it seemed that every guy we wanted went two or three picks before we drafted. We ended up getting Allen Foster in the sixth round to be a backup, but that is all he will ever be. Season Prognosis We expect to struggle at times this year, my first in the league. We definitely have some weak spots in the lineup that are going to need to be addressed soon. On offense, if we can find balance by running the ball and the offensive line holds up, we can be a very good offensive team. Romo also has to keep the turnovers to a minimum. There is definitely some explosive capability in the passing game with Austin and Bryant catching passes. On defense, we will mix it up and hope to confuse our opponents. There is a reason we chose the "attacking 3-4" scheme, we will need to rush the passer effectively to be successful this season. Overall, I look for us to be competitive but fall a bit short of the playoffs.
QB - Jake Locker - 82 OVR - The Titans are pretty much set at QB with Jake Locker as he provides a Dual-Threat that compliments the personnel of the Offense. He has a very powerful arm but lacks on supreme accuracy. He will need to be efficient in order to keep defenses honest and help the Titans Offense flourish.
HB - Shaquelle Shoulders - 80 OVR, Chris Johnson (in trade talks) 89 OVR, Jamie Harper - 66 OVR - Last Season the Titans boasted RB by Committee with Jamie Harper leading the way. He is a very "hard-nosed" runner at 233 lbs and can wear defenses down. Chris Johnson offers a speed compliment and can break out on any play but lacks the knack to "wear" Defenses down and get the tough yards as the game wears on. The Titans drafted a pretty solid Rookie RB in Shaquelle Shoulders. Shoulders; like Harper is not overly fast or overly strong but is deceptive and can wear on Defenses late in the game. This Backfield is reminiscent of how the Pittsburgh Steelers rotate their bruisers and that is just what Coach Azure likes.
FB- Greg Jones - 94 OVR - The pick-up of the Off-season for the Titans as they found themselves a "THUMPER" of a blocking FB who can catch as well to go along with the bruising running game that they desire. Jones can also be used in short yardage situations; making for a very punishing Backfield in Tennessee.
WR - Kenny Britt -88 OVR, Nate Washington - 79 OVR, Kendall Wright - 72 OVR - Kenny Britt is the "shining star" in what is a very underwhelming WR corps. The Titans have never been known for having a "go-to" WR but here stands Kenny Britt who is a threat to have a big game...meanwhile the rest of the corps are complimentary WRs that can beat you if you fall asleep on them but by far not one of the Titans "strengths"
TE - Jared Cook Jr - 85 OVR, Taylor Thompson 62 OVR - The very capable hands of Jared Cook Jr. are all the Titans need for a Vertical threat from the TE position but Taylor Thompson is the surprise prospect that can also stretch the field. Neither one of these TEs are blocking specialist but instead work very proficiently in the passing game.
LT - Michael Roos - 93 OVR - The "stallworth" of the OL in Tennessee; Roos has been holding it down 8 years and should be good for 5-6 more. One of the best OL in the League.
LG - Steve Hutchinson - 86 OVR - "Old Man" Hutch is past his prime but can still be a solid OL plug and fits in nicely right beside Roos on that Left side.
C - Eugene Amano - 67 OVR - YUCK! The Titans absolutely STINK at the Center position and there's nothing they can really do about it. C Andre Gurode filled in nicely last year and it was the Titans plan to take a Center in the Draft but the one worth taking was long gone by the Titans pick. Peeee Yeeew!
RG - Santario Baldwin - 82 OVR - The Titans WERE able to fill a much needed Guard spot as Baldwin was a great pick-up in the Draft. Standing 6ft 7 and weighing 336 lbs, he is just the "Dancing Bear" that the Titans like to have opening holes for the running game and protecting their QB.
RT - David "Big Country" Stewart - 93 OVR - The Titans other "Bookend" Tackle is as solid as they came. A NASTY run blocker who can also pancake Pass rushers in the passing game. Standing 6ft 7 and weighting 315lbs; he and Baldwin are like the Great Wall of China and are very intimidating breaking the huddle.
LE - Derrick Morgan - 81 OVR, George Selvie 69 - OVR - The Titans drafted Derrick Morgan 3 years ago and he has been a "solid" DE for them....not the star that they were hoping for but nontheless, they could do a lot worse.
RE - Kamerion Wimbley - 81 OVR - Brought in 2 years ago to bolster a lackluster pass rush, Wimbley is another "solid" DE who can get to the QB but isnt making any "eye popping" plays. He & Morgan make for adequate defenders.
DT - Casey Hampton - 86 OVR, Jurrell Casey - 80 OVR, Karl Klug - 69 OVR - Besides Casey Hampton, the Titans are very young at DT. Hampton was brought in to "beef" up the middle (thats what she said) with his 325lb frame. The Titans are somewhat "light" at DT and this will be an area that needs addressing when Casey decides to hang his cleats up.
LOLB - Akeem Ayers - 78 OVR, Dontay Moch 71 - OVR - The Titans are underrated and very athletic here at LOLB; both these LBs can make plays but are underwhelming at the position in a Conference that boasts "Von Miller"
MLB- Colin McCarthy - 75 OVR - McCarthy is a good MLB who can control the middle of the field in the passing game and come up and make stops against the run. His problem; staying healthy. When he's healthy, he can be an All Pro LB despite his OVR rating.
ROLB - Will Witherspoon - 83 OVR, Zach Brown -74 OVR - Everytime I say Will Witherspoon...I hear "Will Wheaton" like Stewie from Family Guy...lol. 'Spoon is a veteran who can still make plays but is on his last legs as a Titan/NFL player. Zach Brown can make a lot of plays in this league with his sideline to sideline speed. Once WW hangs them up, ZB will fill in quite nicely.
CB - Jason McCourty - 81 OVR, Alterrun Verner - 78 OVR, Adam Jones - 75 OVR, Tommie Campbell - 73 OVR - McCourty & Verner make for two nice CBs who can make plays when thrown & run at but neither are "shutdown" CBs. Adam Jones is serviceable and Tommie Campbell is a freak of nature. Campbell is the underrated star in this group as he stands 6ft 3 and can run like the wind; he just is very raw and needs refinement. Imagine Tommie Campbell in the Seahawks Defense with Sherman, Browner, Chancellor, Thomas....he would fit right in.
FS - Manasee West - 71 OVR - WHO?!?!?!?! Exactly...the Titans are still trying to figure this out as well. With the departure of Michael Griffin in a trade; the Titans were forced to Draft for a spot, this is who they have. Expect rapid turnover at BOTH safety spots until they find answers.
SS - Jordan Babineaux - 78 OVR - A Serviceable SS who can make his share of plays but is getting "long in the tooth" and will be replaced sooner than later.
SPECIAL TEAMS: K - Rob Bironas - 93 OVR - Ma Ma Ma Ma My BIRONAS. Nothing more to be said...he's $$$ in the bank from 50+ P - Brett Kern - 75 OVR - Craig Hentrich understudy; consistently puts opposing teams in bad field position.
2013 Season Outlook - The Titans OVERACHIEVE in Coaching and making the best out of the cards they are dealt but there might be too many new parts at crucial positions to make a "true" run at a Championship. The Titans of last year made it to the Divisional round before they were a dropped pass away from going to the AFC Title game. If the Offense can be efficient and the Defense can hold on with the parts that they have...the Titans may be able to get back to the Playoffs with a 9-7 or 10-6 record.
Fuck that guy.
Dont think for a second that I've forgotten about this motherfucking asshole. He is the fucking evil empire. He represents all that is cruel and deceitful. Fuck you Karl Klug.
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