KC in the first half will be good.
Oakland now has Sapp and Washington for run stuffers. As long as someone in the LB corps has a pulse, they should be decent, not pushovers.
Even a non-dominant Tampa Bay is perfect for shutting down a back like Quentin Griffin. Their weakness is straight up the middle, not on the edges.
Playing Miami in a home game should be a cakewalk. By that time of the season they will be beaten down and tired of losing.
Houston could be much improved with the signing of Smith and the return of a hopefully healthy Seth Payne.
The moral of this post is, almost all of those defenses took steps to improve themselves and several could be the next dominant shut down defense. The only teams I believe who will have a weak D are Zona and SD because they are perennial pushovers.
No schedule really bothers me though. The average run defense isn't spectacular. I believe good players will be good players regardless of SOS. I just wanted to be the counterbalancing voice against the outcry of Quentin Griffin for President chants.
Its always good to have an opposing view
I basically posted the schedule b/c you were saying that he did well against WAS poor run D. I dont know a whole lot about the 'Skins but they really didnt lose a whole lot on the defensive end and ended up picking up some pretty decent players which i suspect will make them better as a whole (i could be totally wrong though)
KC ranked 30th last year against the run and I really dont see any improvements made to their D.
OAK will be a completely different team against the run this year with the 2 fatties clogging up the middle, but they also lost Eric Barton and Romo on the next level. Q. Griffin is more of an outside/find the seams runner than pound it up the middle anyway
TB - i concede to you on this point, they always stuff the little RBs, and thats why i put a star by them
MIA - lol, good point
HOU - ranked 31st against the run last year, and while they did make some moves on D this offseason I dont see it being enough to make them even average
I do admit though that JAX and TEN are pretty solid against the run, but both had some losses on D