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Posted on: May 16, 2008 8:54 am
Edited on: May 17, 2008 3:09 pm
 

THE Celtics ON THE ROPES??

Could this be the end of the Celtics? Can Lebron James pull off one of the biggest games in his NBA career?  Will "The Big 3" be going home prematurely??  Not if Kevin Garnett has anything to do, or say about it!  If anyone wants a championship, it's Kevin Garnett. As for Ray Allen, Paul  Pierce, and Rajon Rondo   we shall soon find out!!
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Since: Mar 10, 2008
Posted on: June 21, 2009 11:45 am
 

THE CELTICS....


Ok let me start by saying that I make my predictions based on how teams performed the previous season, Off-season moves, and Returning players. So let’s get started on my rankings for this season

 

AFC East
1. New England *
2. Miami
3. Buffalo
4. New York

-Okay it’s obvious these standings are fueled by the return of to the explosive Patriots offense, but I think the Pat’s reign of complete dominance behind Brady has finally come to an end. The #1 spot in this division will no doubt be a battle between NE and Miami. Miami behind Tony Sparano is obviously a completely different team than that of 2 years ago. Powered by the Wildcat and with the addition of Multi-Talented to this formation Miami should definitely make a run this year. Buffalo should no doubt make #3 but I don’t see them competing with the powerhouse offense’s at the top of the division. Based on how performs Buffalo should be looking forward to an 8-8 season at best, despite the addition of TO. I’m sorry to say but New York’s only chance is the defense behind Rex Ryan, the defensive Guru. With the loss of Favre that leaves an open battle between Sanchez and Clemens, but the loss of Laverneus Coles to the receiving core should take a bit of a hit on the offense. Rex Ryan should be looking forward to a rebuilding stage. All in all there should definitely be a battle at the top of this division.

 

AFC North
1. Pittsburgh *
2. Cincinnati /Baltimore *
3. Baltimore Ravens/Cincinnati Bengals
4. Cleveland

-The Super Bowl champions should again be at the top of this division led by their dominating defense, despite the loss of Foote and McFadden. Although their Reign at the top is definitely in jeopardy due to their weak o-line and beat up backfield. Big Ben has proven he can take a beating in the past but how much can one person really take? Even with all of this it should still add up to a playoff berth for Pittsburgh. The #2 spot is questionable though, with Baltimore’s always dominating defense and the quickly maturing running their ground and pound offense they could easily make a push for the wildcard spot. Though this push won’t be easy with the young and fresh Cincinnati team. Cincy no doubt had one of the best drafts, and have signed many key players this offseason. The additions of , Row Williams, and , plus the return of , should give the push this #13 ranked defense needed into the top 10 this season. On the offense’s side of the ball, a return of a healthy , a happy and hungry , a hopeful running game behind , and the addition of Laverneus Coles to this great receiving core could quite possibly rejuvenate this once explosive offense. The Bengals could quite possible make a tough run for the wild card spot. Now there’s not really too much you can say about Cleveland this year especially with the undecided QB situation, an aging , an unhappy Braylon, the loss of , and a No-Name defense, Cleveleland should definitely be looking for a rebuilding stage behind Mangini.

 
AFC South
1. Indianapolis *
2. Houston *
3. Tennessee
4. Jacksonville

-Indy should definitely be making its push back to the top of this division, despite the loss of Dungy. Last season’s MVP returns as the leader of this offense with a refreshed receiving core. takes his rightful spot as #1 receiver and the young Anthony Gonzales moves up to #2. Don’t forget Peyton’s favorite target at TE. Whether or not Indy’s defense performs or not Indy will no doubt make a run with a top 5 offense this season. A young team in Houston is finally ready to make a playoff run. A great defense led my takes the pressure off of the young explosive offense. A quickly developing Schaub has an amazing target in , and will likely be a top 10 offense this year. With this solid team Houston should make a push for that wild card spot this year. Coming off of an amazing season Tennessee will be looking to repeat that success. An aging should be running the show again this year, and the tandem of and will fuel their explosive running game. But with the defense’s loss of Haynesworth can they really have that same defense? Tennessee has a shot but I don’t see it happening in such a tough division this year. Jacksonville will finally have MJD providing the running game and leading the offense at QB. This young team is looking at the start of their rebuilding and won’t be going anywhere any time soon.

 

AFC West
1. San Diego *
2. Kansas City
3. Denver
4. Oakland

- San Diego coming off a sub-par season will be looking towards a championship season. A healthy return of LT and to the offense should provide that spark needed. Phillip Rivers coming off the best season of his career, leading the league in passer rating and tieing for touchdowns, should lead this offense in the right direction. The defense’s leader Shaun Merriman coming back health and the addition of the versatile to this dominate defense will fuel a no doubt top 10 defense this season. Kansas City’s addition of Matt Cassell could possibly help, but KC doesn’t really have the receiving core NE had for Cassell, who will definitely be looking to prove himself. will be hungry and looking for a great season and this sub-par defense should look forward to an 8-8 season at best. Denver made a huge mistake in trading an unhappy Cutler, and getting practically nothing out of the deal, and with their star receiver Marshall wanting out now, not too much you can say about this team. An aging defense won’t perform too well this season, and this team doesn’t seem to be going anywhere. Can Josh McDaniel’s turn this show around? Only time will tell. The Oakland Raiders…well let’s just leave it at that.

 

NFC East
1. Philadelphia *
2. New York *
3. Washington
4. Dallas

-Coming off a great season Philly will be looking towards a championship and this could be their year. With the addition of to the line, to the already decent receiving core, and to tandem with a healthy Philly’s offense should be explosive this year. The loss of veteran may have dampened the defense a little bit but the strong secondary and D-Line of the Eagles should propel them to the top of their division. The New York Giants have a lot of potential, despite the weakened receiving core. Their dominating defense will keep them rolling this season. The return of Umenyiora opposite of will provide a pass rush like no other to this stacked defense. Washington with the addition of Haynesworth and Orakpo, to compliment their great linebacker core and secondary should also have a great D. If doesn’t get it done with the offense there’s always young star Brennen waiting to take the reins. Least of all there’s the Dallas Cowboys. No doubt in the toughest division in all the NFL the Cowboys has a pretty weak team. Besides , there’s really no outstanding player on their defense, and the loss of Terrel Owens could really affect Romo’s performance this season.

 

NFC North
1. Minnesota /Chicago *
2. Chicago Bears/ Minnesota Vikings
3. Green Bay
4. Detroit

-The Vikings are pretty much set at every position besides QB but that could soon change with the addition of Favre. With a solid passing game to fuel the explosive running of AP the Minnesota offense should be fine. Last year’s #1 rush defense could be at risk due to the Williams’ possible suspension, but all in all Minnesota should have a solid D. Chicago just added a young talented QB to fill their desperately needed position. A great RB in Forte should give the running game a big push, and the always solid D of Chicago will no doubt push the Bears back to the top. Green Bay’s performance this season is based on how well their transition to a 3-4 defense goes and if can continue to play at the level he’s playing. A solid team in a tough division sums up this spot in the rankings. Finally there’s Detroit. Had a great draft and looks to be on the right path towards rebuilding this team.

 

NFC South
1. Atlanta *
2. Carolina *
3. New Orleans
4. Tampa Bay

 -Atlanta has a great team that could quite possibly make a run for the big game this year. Young QB Ryan should be playing at the top of his game and RB will be looking to repeat his amazing 08 season. With the addition of veteran Tony Gonzales the passing game should be phenomenal going into the 09 season. Carolina has a solid team and a great tandem at RB with and Johnathan Stewart. An unhappy doesn’t look to good for this sub-par defense but as long as the offense holds up they should be able to look forward to a tough fought wild card. The Saints have one of the best passing attacks in the game behind , and will be looking to come back healthy and prove himself this season, but with the very weak defense that only made a few additions, New Orleans will remain in the bottom of the conference. Now as Tampa Bay starts its rebuilding stage with the acquisitions of Kellen Winslow and to this possibly strong offense they will be looking towards first round pick at QB to propel this offense.

 

NFC West
1. Arizona *
2. Seattle
3. San Francisco
4. St. Louis

 - Arizona will be looking for a repeat of last season’s success. QB will return with his threats at WR including and possibly Anquan Bolden. A hopeful boost in the running game with the addition of Chris “Beanie” Wells will fuel this already explosive passing game. The Seattle Seahawks are looking forward to the healthy return of of QB to help their impaired offense. Also with the addition of WR TJ Houshmandzadeh this should aid in the offense. On the defensive side of the ball 1<sup>st</sup> round pick will be teaming with veteran to give the defense a much needed spark. The 49ers don’t have much to look forward to with an injury prone Gore at RB and an undecided QB but WR could have a great season still. Then there are the Rams. Finishing with one of the worst records in the league, and not making improvements in the offseason leads the Rams to another disappointing season in 09.

 All in all these are my predictions for the 09 season, controversial as they may be.

Super Bowl
Philadelphia Eagles-W
San Diego Chargers-L




Since: Mar 10, 2008
Posted on: June 21, 2009 11:39 am
 

THE CELTICS....

I find it interesting you have him this high.  In his rookie year allowed just 1/2 a sack in 616 attempts, that is much more impressive.

Consistency is something I hold very high, especially consistency at a high level.  I believe has been a very good left tackle for quite some time, and I believe his body of work outshines the outstanding one year Clady has had.  If Ryan Clady produces another season or two where he performs at such a high level, I have no problem moving him up.  As it stands, I have him listed as the fifth best tackle out of sixty-two starts and countless backups.  With the exception of maybe , I've never regarded someone so highly after only one season.

Take for example.  I loved Matt Ryan coming out of college.  I thought he'd be a great quarterback, and the next young stud.  People said he had no arm, and he wasn't very mobile.  Instead of looking at the negatives, I just looked at the positives - he was accurate, smart, a great leader, and very clutch.  See: .  Matt Ryan puts together one of the greatest rookie seasons by a quarterback, falling only 340 yards short of 's record for yards by a rookie quarterback.  Ryan threw ten less touchdowns and fifteen less interceptions.  Ryan threw 1,200 more yards than Marino (granted, he did play five more games), completed a higher percentage of passes, and had a higher average (7.9 to 7.5).  Most importantly, Ryan (along with a rookie head coach and a first year starter at running back) took a team from terrible to the playoffs. 

Is he in the top ten quarterbacks (where he only has competition from about thirty other guys)?  Probably not.



Since: Mar 10, 2008
Posted on: June 20, 2009 2:27 am
 

THE CELTICS....


I find it interesting you have him this high.  In his rookie year allowed just 1/2 a sack in 616 attempts, that is much more impressive.

Consistency is something I hold very high, especially consistency at a high level.  I believe has been a very good left tackle for quite some time, and I believe his body of work outshines the outstanding one year Clady has had.  If Ryan Clady produces another season or two where he performs at such a high level, I have no problem moving him up.  As it stands, I have him listed as the fifth best tackle out of sixty-two starts and countless backups.  With the exception of maybe , I've never regarded someone so highly after only one season.

Take for example.  I loved Matt Ryan coming out of college.  I thought he'd be a great quarterback, and the next young stud.  People said he had no arm, and he wasn't very mobile.  Instead of looking at the negatives, I just looked at the positives - he was accurate, smart, a great leader, and very clutch.  See: .  Matt Ryan puts together one of the greatest rookie seasons by a quarterback, falling only 340 yards short of 's record for yards by a rookie quarterback.  Ryan threw ten less touchdowns and fifteen less interceptions.  Ryan threw 1,200 more yards than Marino (granted, he did play five more games), completed a higher percentage of passes, and had a higher average (7.9 to 7.5).  Most importantly, Ryan (along with a rookie head coach and a first year starter at running back) took a team from terrible to the playoffs. 

Is he in the top ten quarterbacks (where he only has competition from about thirty other guys)?  Probably not.



Since: Mar 10, 2008
Posted on: May 21, 2008 12:50 pm
 

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