deacon wrote:I'm just wondering. Every analyst I see on TV or read in mags or web is touting the NFC east as the toughest division in the NFL.
How can this be?
The Redskins look like hot garbage and their offense is horrible. Their D does not cause turnovers and outside of Portis, Chris Cooley is by far their best player.
Dallas has a QB that while above average is 105 years old, can't avoid the rush. The D is good but they give up too much rushing yards and Tuna can't even decide who the feature running back will be. TO is eventually going to be TO and start causing trouble which will take the focus off playing football and will inevitably split the locker room. And Vanderjadct (sp) has proven time and again that he cannot hit a clutch kick.
Philly does not have a true #1 receiver or running back that can carry 25 per game. The D cannot stop the run and they rely too heavily on blitzing (eventually they get burned).
Giants look to have the most complete team in the division but it will be dependant on Manning being able to perform well for an entire season (which he has yet to do). Their D also has trouble stopping the run.
As a whole this division does not look any better than the AFC north or NFC south.
It must be the 'sheep mentality'. One person said it and everyone else is just going along with it. I just don't see it.
are you kidding?!
Dallas got better on both sides of the ball. Everybody is predicintg TO to bring hell with him and deservedly so but dont say that Dallas will play poorly just because he will blow up. So far he hasn't shown much but he knows he has to stay in line and he knows Parcells is boss and doesnt give a crap if he's hurt or not, either he practices or he doesnt play. Besides, albeit its only preseason, Glenn and co. are really looking very good. Havind an un-decided backfiled as you call it is not something bad, it is a luxury. If JJ is not cutting it, simply replace him with Barber and vice versa. Its like Holmes LJ of early last year to a lesser extent. And TO is not the only offensive upgrade, as Fasano will have a solid year IMO and Bledsoe is one of the most accurate QBs in the league when given time... The D does not worry me at all. You say we had trouble stopping the run? well carpenter, a sophomre Ware, Ayodele, and more time together will take care of that. Dont sleep on this ?Unit because they are without a doubt one of the best in the league and the strength of this team
Its impossible for philly to be as bad as last year simply because everyone is returning from injuries. I dont like their O at all, but they have enough to compete with pretty much anybody as long as their RBs remain healthy and Stallworth keeps progressing. Their D should be much better as well with the addition of Bunkley and their returning starters. TO alone did not cause their downfall last year, as injuries really hit them hard, so expect them to bounce back this year
The G-men have an amazing D with the addition of Arringont and co. and their O is really good. Manning should continue progressing step by step and his nice set of WRs should really come in handy. barber, though getting older, is still one of if not the best multipurpouse backs in the league. they only thing worrisome for them is the tough schedule
Washington was hurt bad by the injury to Portis, but he should be back in time. There is no way Brunnell plays like last year, but even if he plays at 75% of what he did last year, its a solid season. Randle El gives you the option to creat wacky plays that can give you the edge in games (super bowl pass to Ward anyone?? ) and Moss and LLoyd make for a great trio of WRs. Their D, as long as Williams is their coordinator, will always show up to play agressively. They have playmakers on both sides of the ball but a bit of a QB question if Brunnell falters
Like I said, every team improved and you could say all 4 have top-15 Ds in the NFL... To say Dallas will falter because of TO is absurd. This is without a doubt the toughest division in the NFL