NFC EAST Preview 2016 #NFL #NFLTrainingCamp


NFC East

 

If one watches the NFL Network one would think the Super Bowl winner is coming out of this – the best division in football. However I decided to analyze the whole thing myself and here are the results.

Washington Redskins – The most complete team in a pretty terrible division. They have a solid QB and good WR and TE. They need something at RB but their D is a lot better now that they have a shutdown CB. They play the NFC East so that means 6 wins and if they can go 3-7 the rest of the way?

I think so

all things great and they could be 9-7 and win the division,

all things equal 9-7 and they win the division

all things poor and 9-7 and win the division.

I say 9-7 and win the division.

The Dallas Cowboys – all I heard is how great that O line is and then I see that their LT let in more sacks last year than ever and their Right side is weak. Add that a QB who is a hit in the collarbone from retirement and A RB rookie who is being so anointed he may float in the clouds and a mother beating WR who can’t catch a TD legally in the playoffs AND a d that is terrible and did nothing to improve and watch the fun.

If it all works they go 8-8 and don’t make the playoffs

If it is as it is they are 6-10

If Romo’s shoulder busts week 2 they finish 4-12

I say 6-10.

New York Giants – The New York Giants are a team missing key parts on OL and at RB and they only have OBG at WR. That is Odell Beckham Gloves. He can’t catch a cold with bare hands and his stickem gloves make him what he is. The D is terrible and this team is not going anywhere this year.

If it all works they will be 7-9

if it’s as it is then 6-10

if it’s bad it will all be bad 3-13

I see 6-10 and tied with Dallas in a distant bad 2nd.

Philadelphia Eagles – this team had nothing anywhere and then lost their RT due to drugs. No QB of any talent, no RB, no WR, No linebackers, one pass rusher and maybe one guy who can cover. Gonna be ugly

If somehow they can get some O then 6-10 is possible.

If it is just how it will be then 4-12

if they are bad 4-12

they will be 4-12

A rotten division again that we will see media talk about every single hour of every single day.

Thoughts?

Mr. N the BEARS Fan

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MR N’s #NFL NFC East Preview 2015‏ #nflpreseason #nflthoughts


NFC East

Dallas Cowboys – The Cowboys had stuck to a plan to get where they were last year.  Using a great O line to power a running game took pressure off Romo to win it himself.  Now Murray fled via free agency and they have replaced him potentially with a bunch of never was’ and has been’s.  They have a very aged and fragile Tony Romo and 3 good WR and an aged but talented TE.  The O line is great.  The D needs a pass rush and they turned to a violent court convicted offender and a guy who used drugs at the combine to help.  They lost one of their not very good starting CB to injury which makes what was not great less than that.  With all that and their likelihood to turn to Romo to pass for every first down again I don’t see much for this team.  A pretty easy schedule awaits them.  I don’t see a potential high mark or even a low mark.  They will be 10-6 and that may win the division or it may not.

Philadelphia Eagles – The Eagles are Chip Kelly’s team from top to bottom now with him in full control.  He is building a team exactly how he wants one and he is jettisoning great talent for his own reasons.  All will be well if there is a Super Bowl in the next couple of years in Philly.  Otherwise, the axe will invariably fall and Kelly will be back in the Pac-74.  They have oft injured Sam Bradford et al at QB, potentially overused and nearly done DeMarco Murray at RB and a slew of receivers who are long on hope and short on proven ability.  The O line is pretty good.  They have decent Special teams but need better return effort.  The D has issues all over and isn’t built to sustain production when the offense flits on and off the field with such high speed.  It will be a long year again with a team that can outscore some and not stop many.  If all goes well the team will win 11 and challenge for the division title.  If the O gets hurt then the team could be 7-9.  I think another 9-7 and likely out of the playoffs.

New York Giants – The G-men have won two of the last 10 Super Bowls.  Interestingly enough there are precious few players remaining from the glory days beyond Eli and the long snapper.  The Giants had severe issues with O line last year and used their first pick to add Ereck Flowers and he should stop the revolving door to Eli.  The NYG offense is superb with Eli, workable running game, Superstar ODB plus other WR and a good TE all protected by a better line.  The D has a new Coordinator and Spagnuolo just needs one star to make it work – he has JPP – until JPP blew most of his hand off.  There are issues on DE/LB/S/CB.  They have good special teams but need better returners.  The Schedule is pretty easy but this team may not have D.  If the D can make some strides, this team could be 10-6.  If they O are held back by pre-eminent D’s then this team may be 7-9.  I think they will be 9-7 and probably outside looking in.

Washington Redskins – Give credit to Washington for sticking with a plan and not just tossing out RGIII and trying to re-invent the egg again.  So it is RGIII with a revamped O line (they were horrid last year) and that is to give RGIII health insurance and help Alfred Morris run like he used to.  So far in the preseason the benefits haven’t been seen.  This new line, with 1st round pick Scherff on the right side, may grow together and the Skins must hope it’s sooner rather than later.  The D was beyond horrible last year (again) and they have added lots of people in the hopes that new is better.  It has to be better as that D really can’t be worse.  The Redskins have a plan and if they can keep on it they will get better for the future but short term eek.  I think if everything comes together for them they might approach 8-8.  I just don’t see it so I think 5-11 and hope they keep on keeping on because the future will get brighter.

As always I love any thoughts, comments, arguments or agreements!  NFC South is next, then NFC West then…the highly anticipated…Preseason Power Poll

MR N the BEARS Fan

#NFL Thoughts About the McCoy Trade, Etc‏. #NFLFreeAgency #NFLNetwork


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We are less than a week before official free agency hits and there was a big trade.  On the surface it is ground breaking…

 

Philadelphia Eagles send #1 Running Back LeSean McCoy to Buffalo for LB Kiko Alonso.
on the surface it is super star for super star and now Buffalo gets their RB Rex wants while Philly tightens up their LB core.
Philly sees F/A RBs like Spiller or Child Beater as a good replacement while Buffalo found using backups last year while Alonso was hurt worked fine.
go deeper…McCoy doesn’t like that he was traded.  He has never played home games outside of Pennsylvania, ever.  He isn’t a spring chicken.  He may either refuse to go or go and not be interested in playing.  He may play but not be the guy he was before as he is just getting older
Alonso was transcendent as a rookie LB then suffered a severe injury that was freak in nature.  Is there any guarantee the re-habbed Alonso will be able to play at the level he had as a rookie?
Neither team may be getting what they think they are.
As I said above…free agency comes March 10.  Last night I saw that Darnell Dockett – just cut by Arizona – signed with SF.  How can that happen 4 days or so before free agency????
Paying bazillions for Suh may seem like a good idea but that potential free agent brings a ton of baggage.  He is his next stomp/etc from a 1 year suspension and it’s not if it’s when.
that’s it!
any thoughts?
MR N the BEARS Fan

MR N’s #NFL NFC East Preview‏


NFC East

 

NFL Preview 2014
Division: NFC East
Team: Dallas Cowboys
Coach: Jason Garrett (or also known as ‘the guy who must have naked pictures of Jerry Jones otherwise how has he not been fired already’)
QB: Tony Romo

Offensive outlook: This team should be able to score lots of points BUT Romo is older and coming off back surgery, DeMarco Murray is an injury waiting to happen and although Dez is a super star the remainder of the receivers are either old or unproven to the most part. Brandon Weeden doesn’t make me think this team is ready to have Romo out for any period of time.

Defensive outlook: The loss of Sean Lee gutted the heart and soul of the D. Not having Ware rushing will hurt too. A bit of a patchwork D that needs a lot of young guys to step up and the wiley vets to have another gear to call on. It could roll south fast if they don’t come together.

Schedule projection: This team has a brutal post bye schedule. My worst case for them is 4-12 and that could happen if they stumble in the division. Best case might be 8 but I see 6-10 and a new coach and QB in Dallas in 2015.

 

Division: NFC East
Team: New York Giants
Coach: Tom Coughlin
QB: Eli Manning

Offensive outlook: At first blush one has to think they can’t be as bad as last year. Eli can’t be picked off that much again, the line has to be stouter and they have a healthy RB option. I think they will likely be better and score more and only a small chance has Eli imploding and going down for the last time.

Defensive outlook: This is a work in progress. Their success is hinged on older vets having one more good year and I don’t care for that flavor of football soup. I think their secondary will be less scorched but they will be pushed around a lot.

Schedule projection: A tough schedule here too and a team that may not be able to deal with the tough games. There are many in a row that could strip this team of spirit and send them into a tailspin. 4-12 here isn’t out of the question. If they get a couple of lucky bounces I see them 6-10 too.

 

Division: NFC East
Team: Philadelphia Eagles
Coach: Chip Kelly
QB: Nick Foles

Offensive outlook: They have a hot young QB, superb RBs, depth at TE and a decent line but some questions as to the effectiveness of a denuded WR corps. They should still score often.

Defensive outlook: A more effective D then they get credit for, they have been building quietly and have a good pass rush and some up and coming secondary men.

Schedule projection: This schedule also is tough (they all play the powerful NFC West) but they may be the only team in the division that wins more than they lose and I think 9-7 gets them the division ‘sham-pionship’.

 

Division: NFC East
Team: Washington Redskins
Coach: Jay Gruden
QB: Robert Griffin III

Offensive outlook: A solid O with RGIII healthy and possibly solid if Cousins is leading them too. I think with DeSean and Peter Waiter and Morris and company they could be explosive.

Defensive outlook: I think the downfall here is that the D has a couple of playmakers and a bunch of non-entities. I think they will be in many shootouts and will be hard pressed to score more than this D lets in.

Schedule projection: Same deal here, tough schedule and they can win some but will lose more than they win. I think 7-9 and second place is the likely finish. They upset Philly in either and they could win the division but I doubt it.

 

NFC East projected:

Philadelphia 9-7
Washington 7-9
Dallas 6-10
New York Giants 6-10

 

Post-script: I sincerely believe that this division is so bad they don’t deserve a playoff slot for winning it and the playoff spot should just go to the 2nd best in the NFC West.

MR N the BEARS Fan

Potential impact of DeSean Jackson in the NFC East‏


(I missed putting this out there last week…baseball started and I got caught up 🙂 )

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So DeSean is a Redskin now! Well immediately this makes the Skins so much better. RGIII will have a legit deep threat to use with his cannon arm. DeSean’s presence puts Garcon back into the #2 slot. Garcon was a mediocre top WR but he’s great as the 2. Having Jackson running routes will cause the linebackers to have to drift back off the line and that will open more holes for Alfred Morris and that is all he needs. Morris rips with 10 in the box, it will be interesting to see how he runs facing only 7.

Oh and remember how Washington has kinda bit it for a decade or so on punt returns? Well Jackson will fix that too and become a potential game breaker in that role.

This move diminishes Philadelphia talent wise in a way that will require major moves to fix. They have no one of note who can take over the #1 WR role. They either have to gamble in the draft, reach for a non-entity left over in free agency or just hope that Maclin or Cooper can take a MASSIVE step up.

I will say the circumstances surrounding DeSean’s release were muddled at best. At first it made no sense, then the whole ‘gang ties’ story angle came out and we all said ‘ah! Then the fact that he counted a $12.75 million cap hit against the Eagles…that really brought it into focus.

They cut him and saved over $5 million in cap space. It is kinda funny on a post script note to see that Jackson will count more against the Eagle cap this year than the Skins.

MR N

March Weekly #NFL Thoughts: March 6th


Interesting week with some roster moves going on along with pro days. Vick is no longer an Eagle. Can he still start in the NFL? He may have one year left as a starter but I think that is an even money proposition. Can’t see him being a happy vet backup to a kid anywhere. He would agitate for a starting spot.

 

The dumbest thing I saw recently was the Texas A&M pro day. There the 3 top A&M prospects, including Manziel, didn’t take part in their pro day. They are doing their own ‘private’ pro day 3 weeks from now. So now you are too good to take part in the combine AND your team’s pro day…you get to pick your own time? Anyone see what Coach Switzer said about Manziel? “He’s a selfish —–”

 

Well…

 

Have a great week!

 

MR N

MR N’s #NFL Week 6 Power Poll‏


NFL Power Rankings

1. Denver Broncos (1) – Played as good as they had to. Was close for a short time but they won going away.

 

2. Kansas City Chiefs (3) – Poor offense to start the game. Great D, good special teams and just enough offense…The KC recipe for undefeated success.

 

3. Green Bay Packers (5) – Defense good early. Rodgers just barely able to get it done. A tough team win.

 

4. Seattle Seahawks (6) – Had a tough game at home. They had to battle to win. Not a great win but a win nonetheless.

 

5. San Francisco 49ers (7) – Gave Arizona a shot early but then they got some decent D…a good catch or two, some good runs and it was a win.

Staley vs Bloodline

6. New England Patriots (8) – Played badly enough to lose. Aaron Dropson has gotta be the biggest case of stonehands in the history of the NFL. Someone buy that kid some stickem because he is abominable. They amazingly had a gutsy come from behind win that was one for the ages but not one they get much credit for. Any decent team woulda put them away after that last Brady pick.

 

7. New Orleans Saints (2) – Played well on the road until the last 2 minutes. In the end their ‘vaunted’ offense (heck I have vaunted them this year) couldn’t get 10 yards to win the game and then the D couldn’t make a stop.

 

8. Indianapolis Colts (4) – What can be said…they faced some powder blues, it was a road game, it was Luck’s first prime time game for Monday night…The Colts basically stunk out the joint. They now face Denver…play better guys or else.

 

9. Cincinnati Bengals (10) – Solid game played by all aspects of the team in the first half. A late second half collapse lead to OT but they managed to pull out a pretty unimpressive win.

 

10. San Diego Chargers (12) – Rocked the Colts all night. Strong offense, solid D and awesome powder blues. Let’s see them do it again!

 

11. Miami Dolphins (9) – on the bye. They now hopefully are getting healthy and figuring out the ‘what’ that was lately wrong and going back to the ‘right’ of the first three games…or this stay in a top 1/3 spot is very short term and they face a lengthy fall with another loss.

 

12. Detroit Lions (14) – Good D, poor O. Second half Offense was suddenly good and the team won it going away.

 

13. Dallas Cowboys (17) – Good Offense but D is now suffering severely from injuries and the team is still just not that good.

 

14. Chicago BEARS (19) – D limited by injuries, shredded by running game. Some effective turnovers created by the D and Cutler was excellent and it was a nice short week win.

 

15. Baltimore Ravens (11) – D good early. The team simply can’t score enough to win.

 

16. Tennessee Titans (13) – Gave their all on the road. Simply are not good enough without Locker. A good try.

 

17. Cleveland Browns (16) – Got it done early. The Cleveland D let them down and although it was a fair try by the OFF it wasn’t enough.

Cleveland Brown

18. Arizona Cardinals (15) – The game was winnable but they let SF pull away. Palmer is just way too Palmer-like to give them a chance to win on the road.

 

19. Buffalo Bills (20) – Poor decisions on and off the field. Great effort but they came up just short.

 

20. St. Louis Rams (25) – Jumped to a nice lead, the Offense roared and the D put up points too. A very impressive total team road win by blowout. Well done.

 

21. Washington Redskins (21) – RGIII showed more finally but sadly he still can’t play D for the Skins…neither can the Skins D. That is their issue. They would have fallen some this week but there are just too many bad teams. They have to take a number and play worse. Maybe next week against the BEARS?

 

22. Philadelphia (27) – D struggled as usual. A great game by Foles led to an inspired offense that put up the needed points and got them a good win. Now the question in Philly will be how long will a hammy keep out Vick? Perhaps he is being Wally Pipped by Foles now.

 

23. Carolina Panthers (30) – Blew away a flat team. Their second great game this year. Caaaaaam was terrific. A great win but we really need to see some consistency from the Panthers. Who is this team?

 

24. Pittsburgh Steelers (29) – They seem awfully old, however, Big Ben got it going, completed an impressive percentage of his passes. His accuracy coupled with decent D play got them a nice win as they schooled another rookie QB.

 

25. Houston Texans (18) – Offense issues (hint…they suck), D troubles (um…where is that pro-bowl shutdown D?). The team collapsed. They are barely a shadow of last year’s Texan team.

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26. Oakland Raiders (21) – Battled well, early, on the road in a loud stadium. A second half pick sealed it, another Golden turnover that killed any shot in a very energetic KC homefield.

 

27. New York Jets (23) – gave a good effort early but Geno turned in another ‘rookie’ QB effort. D got pushed around. It was ugly.

 

28. Atlanta Falcons (28) – It should only be able to get better now. They will be hard pressed to do any worse after their bye. The injury to Julio Jones tho probably won’t help them.

 

29. Minnesota Vikings (24) – Amazingly flat. Cassel and the rest of offense was bad, the D showed no focus. Outside tragedy was supposed to unite the team and let them gel. It didn’t. It was ugly, they got thrashed and I think I hear Freeman’s cell ringing…anyone wanna trade for Ponder?

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30. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (26) – Offense was well led by their rookie QB but the D was incapable of making any stops. They are rapidly returning to their part of the ‘Bay of Pigs’ era.

 

31. Jacksonville Jaguars (31) – Played as well as they could. Made mistakes but Blackmon was great, their D was ok. Another game effort by a team who is showing signs of life.

 

32. New York Giants (32) – Run offense was strong. D can’t cover fast, tall or competent Wide Receivers. Eli’s picks are pure gold. 0-6. They defeat themselves.

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There you have it, as always I appreciate any thoughts, comments, arguments and agreements. I am just chuffed when someone reads this! I also will take cash…preferably tens and twenties!

 

MR N