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2009 NFC South projections

Posted on: July 13, 2009 2:22 pm
 
NFC South

Atlanta Falcons
: Sophomore slump? Hardly. Matt Ryan and Michael Turner, in their second year as full-time starters, will team with Roddy White and newly-signed Tony Gonzalez to fuel Atlanta to another playoff berth and the division crown. Possible stumbling blocks are a functional but very average defense, talentlwise (and that's saying it mildly.) and a tough schedule including the NFC East and a road game in New England.

 Tampa Bay: Raheem Morris will inject life into this edition of the creamsicle pirates, but enough to put them over the hump. Earnest Graham is not very good, and Josh Freeman is too young. Cleaning the house of the aging vets is a good start, but will lead to inconsistency this season, but should set the table for the years to come. Derrick Ward will learn sharing carries with Graham isn't as easy as following the bruising Brandon Jacobs.

New Orleans/Carolina: The battle for the basement is on! Once either Jonathan Stewart or DeAngelo Williams is injured, and you know it's going to happen, the Panthers will once again turn to ... ugh, Jake Delhomme. Delhomme was exposed against the Arizona Cardinals in the playoffs last year, and no matter how this team wants to spin it, that will affect your confidence. The panthers' D is once again overrated and will finish middle of the pack or lower in the NFC. Steve Smith is the best receiver in the conference, but the guy needs some help and won't get it.
As for the Saints, one-dimensional teams can't win. You have to be able to at least have a threat of a running attack. Pierre Thomas? Reggie Bust? P.J. Hill? really? The Texans look smarter every year for using the number one overall pick on Mario Williams. It just goes to show NFL GMs are much more intelligent than us fans. (Remember booing McNabb Philly fans?) The Saints will, however, be incredibly fun to watch once again thanks to Drew Brees and his ability to make receivers we've never heard of have breakout years. These guys will be very reminiscent of the Martz-era Rams. They'll score a lot, but give up more and will not be able to run out the clock and preserve leads thanks to the aforementioned inability to run the ball between the tackles.

AWARDS:
MVP: Drew Brees, without him, the Saints would be in very bad shape and to the delight of fantasy owners, he will once again post gaudy numbers and make the guys around him better.

OROY: Josh Freeman, he may not be the guy , from the get go in Tampa, but don't fool yourself, he'll be the starter by season's end. There will be some growing pains, and he's not Matt Ryan, but hey, Vince Young won this award for league with more picks than TDs.

DROY: As a Falcons fan, I'd love to say Peria Jerry here but as Jules Winfield would say, "But that shit ain't the truth." Jerry is a walking injury and couldn't make it through his first mini-camp unscathed. The likely candidate will be Roy Miller. This guy is a very underhyped force at DT. He is incredibly strong and motivated and plays with the nasty streak coaches love to see. He could be a starter in year one and plug up a lot running lanes while freeing up the linebackers to make big plays.


Comments

Since: Jun 16, 2009
Posted on: August 4, 2009 4:57 pm
 

2009 NFC South projections

I AGREE FOR THE MOST PART!!!!



Since: Jul 5, 2007
Posted on: August 3, 2009 7:14 pm
 

2009 NFC South projections

I think Atlanta will win the division. New Orleans will likely be good as well.



Since: Jul 3, 2007
Posted on: July 30, 2009 1:07 pm
 

2009 NFC South projections

The Saints definitely underachieved last year and with the moves they made, I don't see how they aren't getting the respect they deserveThey did not underachieve they just couldent stop average offenses let alone good or great ones consistantly.  What did they do to deserve the respect you speak of?

Now, I will admit, a lot of my judgement is based on speculation and beliefClearly as the above statements prove.



Since: Aug 14, 2006
Posted on: July 29, 2009 7:53 pm
 

2009 NFC South projections

I can only agree based on the Saints D dealing with possible suspsensions and injuries.  Yes, they changed their secondary and made a pourous secondary better, but I do agree that it may not be a top secondary.  The difference here is, how long does it take for Greg Williams to instill his system and get the boys to believe in it.  If they can drop under a top 15 D overall, they will be a contender.  I will also disagree on the run between the tackles comment.  New England didn't have the best running back with Brady's record breaking season...I may be wrong, but wasn't Lawrence Maroney hurt most of the year or he underachieved?...and with the emergence of Pierre Thomas (packed on 20lbs of muscle in the offseason) and Mike Bell looking good (from reports at least), I think they will prove a lot of disbelievers wrong.  The Saints definitely underachieved last year and with the moves they made, I don't see how they aren't getting the respect they deserve.  Now, I will admit, a lot of my judgement is based on speculation and belief, but I guess we'll see.  Bottom dwellers in the South though...and behind Tampa???...not a chance!




Since: Jul 3, 2007
Posted on: July 25, 2009 12:29 pm
 

2009 NFC South projections

Read more than 3 articles and research a team before making a comment.  While they may come in last place they are not exactley in full rebuild mode,  More like a restructure. contractors tear down a older building and build a new one thats rebuilding.  this team has the majority of its players returning with exception of 6 total 3 from each side.

Defense Derrick Brooks , Cato June , Jovan Haye , and Phillip Buchannon for defense except none of them except Buchannon would have started this year anyway, June who signed with the Texans is/was a finness player not exactley what we want here for the Buccaneers, Derrick Brooks was going to play for a 15th season but the team saw that over the last 2 years he had lost a step or 3, Haye has signed with the Titans and will be exposed as a player who bennefitted playing in Tampa.

Offense.  Jeff Garcia who was unpredictable and one of the Better QBs the Bucs hve had Simply had to go as the saying goes new regieme new QB and they brought in 2 new QB Josh Freeman the Bust as he is called without even throwing a NFL pass, the other noteable players on offense that were cut due to age and lack of impact potiential Warrick Dunn situational player at best and showed that last year.  Ike Hillard why pay a guy that much to come in on 1 play per series of downs 3rd and IKE , Joey Galloway was injured last year so nobody really knows how he could have played from the year before and we really dont need players taking plays off on 3rd down just because they knew they were not getting the ball.  Oh and did I mention that all the players on offense and defense that were replaced all got replaced by better quality upgrade type players.

I can also Agree with the Gramatice statement from the other post from SaintsFan_985.  But He would not have missed those 5 years ago

With the emergence of Pierre Thomas, hopefully Payton will utilize Bush as you said, as a receiver and also special teams.
This will be key, you have a solid line and good blocking and Pierre Thomas did do very well but it was also in limited action so he is the wild card if he can perform a full season as a feature Back the way he did last year and leave Bush more to the recieving game you could very well have a 1,000 yd RB.



Since: Sep 7, 2006
Posted on: July 25, 2009 10:30 am
 

2009 NFC South projections

tampa bay is bringing up the rear no question about it.  new coach, new qb a complete rebuilding process has begun in tampa



Since: Jul 16, 2007
Posted on: July 24, 2009 8:01 pm
 

2009 NFC South projections

Bucsfan, good points. But that little POS Gramattica DID cost us a couple of games, Minnesota on monday night and the Denver game. Maybe he was trying to help his old team...LOL. Granted if he makes those FG's we still would have had to hold our own on defense, which was a scary thought. Last season I would cringe every time the opposing QB dropped back to pass. They have to fix that. By the way, I never did like Reggie as a primary RB. With the emergence of Pierre Thomas, hopefully Payton will utilize Bush as you said, as a receiver and also special teams.



Since: Jul 3, 2007
Posted on: July 24, 2009 3:29 pm
 

2009 NFC South projections

People seem to forget that the Saints lost 5 of their games by a total of 13 pointsTwo games by 2, and three games by 3.Thanks to our wonderful FG kickers. Sure the secondary was horrendous (see end of Washington game), but several of those losses were due to missed field goals.Erroneous , Erroneous on all accounts LOL.  The Above Statements are funny as Hell are you really even a Saints fan?  Do you watch the games?  Do you even look at the stats or final scores?  The Saints did not lose any of those games because of missed Fg, The Saints do not have any problem putting up points I mean on average they put up like 30 points a game 28.8 to be exact the most in the nfl.  The Problem is the defense could not stop opposing offenses and allowed 24.6 points per game good for 26th in the NFL.  So lets not be delusional about why they really lost those games.  Good luck just the same but a spade is a spade and should be called what it is.

Really there were only 6 defenses in the NFL worse than the Saints and not 1 was from the NFC south. Texnas , Cardinals , Chiefs , Broncos , Rams and Lions. infact all the talk from 2007 -2008 about how the Saints defense was improved it actually got worse by fractional points per game. So money was spent on defensive players only to get worse?  Im not trying to bash anyone really Im not but dont put losing games on you kicker who was trying to compesate for a lack of good defense.

Sorry I mispelled Erroneous and forgot to Mention Reggie Bush and the Running Game.  Bush should first become a WR because he is a great pass catcher but not so good RB and I really hope Pier Thomas turns out to be good for you guys,  Sharper should be a huge upgrade and will help lower your ranks from 26th in points allowed by getting more pressure on opposing QB's. 

I also realize the Panthers and Falcons were the only teams in the division to improve in points allowed while the Buccaneers and saints both declined a little,  And I understand that it was infact the Buccaneers lack of scoring that led to their loses including missed FG. but that tends to happen when you cant score well in the redzone and are 19th in scoring.






Since: Jul 3, 2007
Posted on: July 24, 2009 2:35 pm
 

2009 NFC South projections

People seem to forget that the Saints lost 5 of their games by a total of 13 pointsTwo games by 2, and three games by 3.Thanks to our wonderful FG kickers. Sure the secondary was horrendous (see end of Washington game), but several of those losses were due to missed field goals.Erronious , Eronious on all accounts LOL.  The Above Statements are funny as Hell are you really even a Saints fan?  Do you watch the games?  Do you even look at the stats or final scores?  The Saints did not lose any of those games because of missed Fg, The Saints do not have any problem putting up points I mean on average they put up like 30 points a game 28.8 to be exact the most in the nfl.  The Problem is the defense could not stop opposing offenses and allowed 24.6 points per game good for 26th in the NFL.  So lets not be delusional about why they really lost those games.  Good luck just the same but a spade is a spade and should be called what it is.

Really there were only 6 defenses in the NFL worse than the Saints and not 1 was from the NFC south. Texnas , Cardinals , Chiefs , Broncos , Rams and Lions. infact all the talk from 2007 -2008 about how the Saints defense was improved it actually got worse by fractional points per game. So money was spent on defensive players only to get worse?  Im not trying to bash anyone really Im not but dont put losing games on you kicker who was trying to compesate for a lack of good defense.




Since: Nov 27, 2008
Posted on: July 24, 2009 4:15 am
 

2009 NFC South projections

First of all, it's going to be a new year. And in the NFC South, top goes to bottom, and bottom goes to top.
That's been the recent history.

This year, the New Orleans Saints are will win this division. Their defense still fails to impress, but, Drew Brees
and that offense will dominate again this year.

The Carolina Panthers will take a step back this year, as Jake Delhomme will not be able to carry them when
he has to.

Tampa Bay is a little spooky this year. kinda a wild card if you will. But it may take this team time to get a
rythym, so inconsistent will be the norm.

The Atlanta Falcons are a very good team, in a very competitive division. The magic they produced last year
will disappear, and they will fall victim to last second field goals, and 1 point losses.


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