Posted: Dec 30, 2008 11:36 am
If they got lucky this year and were smart to ditch Favre (the only player they lost), was last year the luckiest year a team has ever had? Makes no sense, pal. Plenty of talent on the team, that's not the problem. Neither is Rodgers. Losing Jenkins (best inside pass rusher & top run defender) early was a huge blow that snowballed when the rest of the defense was devastated by injury. Grant was hurt all year and had no burst when he came back from injury. McCarthy was the biggest controllable fault this year - poor play selection on a loaded offense, bad calls in the clutch, no faith in his first year qb, etc.
They need to pull a pass rusher in free agency and draft for inside d-line, an o-lineman or two and a rb (I think Jackson could be good, but don't see him as ever becoming a top rung guy).
Miami has a quarterback that can't throw past 15-20 yards. Big improvement this year, but last year was no fluke. Having a last place schedule and a bit of luck hasn't hurt them a bit. They are no threat in the playoffs, though the Ravens ain't shit, so I suppose they could pull off a first round win.
New Orleans has no defense. They are another "greatest show on turf" that will score points and catch teams off guard, but without a top defense, they're going nowhere. The D has better stats than it deserves because Brees scores so many points for 'em and it can take teams out of their comfort zone.
TN, Pitt, and Giants are legit. Carolina may surprise some people. Indy has the experience. Atlanta is such an interesting dynamic that you never know. I can't see any other teams making the Super Bowl.