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YOOOAdrian’s 2010 NFL Preview- Playoff and Super Bowl Picks

NFC East

  1. Dallas (11-5)
  2. Philadelphia (9-7)
  3. NY Giants (8-8)
  4. Washington (6-10)

NFC North

  1. Minnesota (12-4)
  2. Green Bay (9-7)
  3. Chicago (7-9)
  4. Detroit (3-13)

NFC South

  1. Atlanta (11-5)
  2. New Orleans (9-7)
  3. Carolina (6-10)
  4. Tampa Bay (4-12)

NFC West

  1. Arizona (9-7)
  2. San Francisco (8-8)
  3. St. Louis (4-12)
  4. Seattle (3-13)

AFC East

  1. NY Jets (11-5)
  2. New England (10-6)
  3. Miami (8-8)
  4. Buffalo (3-13)

AFC North

  1. Baltimore (12-4)
  2. Cincinnati (9-7)
  3. Pittsburgh (9-7)
  4. Cleveland (5-11)

AFC South

  1. Indianapolis (14-2)
  2. Tennessee (8-8)
  3. Houston (8-8)
  4. Jacksonville (4-12)

AFC West

  1. San Diego (10-6)
  2. Denver (10-6)
  3. Oakland (6-10)
  4. Kansas City (5-11)

Wild Card Weekend

  • NFC- (6) Philadelphia at (3) Dallas
  • NFC- (5) Green Bay at (4) Arizona
  • AFC- (6) Denver at (3) NY Jets
  • AFC- (5) New England at (4) San Diego

Divisional Weekend

  • NFC- (4) Arizona at (1) Minnesota
  • NFC- (3) Dallas at (2) Atlanta
  • AFC- (5) New England at (1) Indianapolis
  • AFC- (3) NY Jets at (2) Baltimore

Championship Weekend

  • NFC- (2) Atlanta at (1) Minnesota
  • AFC- (2) Baltimore at (1) Indianapolis

SUPER BOWL XLV

  • Indianapolis vs Minnesota (Ind- 34-20)

 

YOOOAdrian’s 2010 NFL Preview- Cincinnati Bengals

I blog for the Cincinnati Bengals for prosportsblogging.com  I already previewed all of the positions, so I’ll just post the links and you can be on your way.

Quarterbacks- http://prosportsblogging.com/nfl-football/cincinnati-bengals/2010-cincinnati-bengals-preview-quarterbacks/

Running Backs- http://prosportsblogging.com/nfl-football/cincinnati-bengals/2010-cincinnati-bengals-preview-running-backs/

Receivers- http://prosportsblogging.com/nfl-football/cincinnati-bengals/2010-cincinnati-bengals-preview-receivers/

Offensive Line- http://prosportsblogging.com/nfl-football/cincinnati-bengals/2010-cincinnati-bengals-preview-offensive-line/

Defensive Line- http://prosportsblogging.com/nfl-football/cincinnati-bengals/2010-cincinnati-bengals-preview-defensive-line/

Linebackers- http://prosportsblogging.com/nfl-football/cincinnati-bengals/2010-cincinnati-bengals-preview-linebackers/

Secondary- http://prosportsblogging.com/nfl-football/cincinnati-bengals/2010-cincinnati-bengals-preview-secondary/

2010 PREDICTION- 9-7

I think the Bengals are a much improved team from last season, but the schedule isn’t easy.  It’s not a cakewalk, like it was last season.

Offensive MVP- Carson Palmer

Defensive MVP- Leon Hall

Breakthrough- Michael Johnson

Overrated- Cedric Benson

Underrated- Domata Peko

YOOOAdrian’s 2010 NFL Preview- Baltimore Ravens

The last 2 years, the Ravens have flown under the radar.  After a busy offseason, and 2 straight successful playoff appearances, the expectations are high in Baltimore.  Joe Flacco adds another year under his belt, it seems that they’ve found something in Ray Rice and they’ve signed some weapons for Flacco.  This team is no joke.

 Quarterbacks

 Joe Flacco- 315/499  63.1%  3,613 yds  21 td  12 int  88.9 rat

Arguably the toughest throw to make in football is the 15-18 yard out pattern.  Flacco makes it look routine.  With such a surrounding cast of weapons, he is ready for a breakout.  He has one of the strongest arms in the league to go along with very good accuracy.  He also has very nice touch on his deep balls.  Flacco is the real deal.

(Joe Flacco)

Others- Marc Bulger

Bulger at this point of his career is a very solid and experienced backup.

GRADE- 8

 Running Backs

 Ray Rice- 254 car  1,339 yds  5.3 avg  7 td  78 rec  702 yds  1 td

Rice reminds me a lot of Maurice Jones-Drew of Jacksonville.  He has thick legs, has good quickness, finishes runs and has more power than you might think.  He is fantastic out of the backfield, and will line up at the slot on occasion.

(Ray Rice)

Willis McGahee- 109 car  544 yds  5.0 avg  12 td  15 rec  85 yds  2 td

McGahee is a nice change of pace back.  He’s a power runner who can wear a defense down.

Others- Le’Ron McClain, Jalen Parmele

McClain didn’t get as many carries last year because people were healthy, but he was an effective blocker.

GRADE- 8.5

 Wide Receivers

 Anquan Boldin- 84 rec  1,024 yds  12.2 avg  4 td

 Boldin is an effective receiver underneath and creates after the catch.  He’s tough and not afraid to go over the middle.

Derrick Mason- 73 rec  1,028 yds  14.1 avg  7 td

Mason is just so reliable.  You just keep waiting for the season in which he breaks down, but he just doesn’t.  The reason why he continues to be so successful, his route running.

(Derrick Mason)

T.J. Houshmanzadeh- 79 rec  911 yds  11.5 avg  3 td

I thought I just wrote about this guy.  Wasn’t he just in Seattle?  Anyway, what a number 3!

TE- Todd Heap- 53 rec  593 yds  11.2 avg  6 td

He isn’t getting any younger or faster, but he can still run the seam.

Others- Donte Stallworth, David Reed, Marcus Smith

Stallworth is a vertical threat and a solid #4.

GRADE- 8

 Offensive Line

LT- Jared Gaither

Gaither is huge, he’s 6’9.  You just don’t get around this guy.

LG- Ben Grubbs

Grubbs is strong and athletic and quickly becoming one of the league’s best guards.

C- Matt Birk

Birk is still quick and smart and had a good 1st year in Baltimore.

RG- Marshall Yanda

Yanda played well late and took the job away from Chris Chester.

RT- Michael Oher

For now, he’s at right tackle, but he’ll be on the left protecting the quarterback’s blind side for years to come.

(Michael Oher)

GRADE- 8.75

 Defensive Line

LDE- Cory Redding- 20 tck  2 sck

Redding is quick, strong and plays hard.

NT- Kelly Gregg- 63 tck  3 sck 

Gregg is a hard worker and knows how to play with leverage.

RDE- Haloti Ngata- 35 tck  1.5 sck  1 p def  1 ff

His statistics may not show it, but Ngata single-handedly controls the opponents running game.  He is one of the strongest players in the game, and is very quick for his size.

(Haloti Ngata)

Others- Trevor Pryce, Terrence Cody

Cody is the nose tackle of the future.  He’s huge, has long arms, but needs to watch his weight.

Pryce still has pass rush ability, but he’s 35.

GRADE- 8.5

 Linebackers

LOLB- Jarrett Johnson- 50 tck  6 sck  2 int  4 p def  1 ff

Johnson is a converted defensive end who has fit in as a 3-4 OLB beautifully.

LILB- Ray Lewis- 134 tck  3 sck  7 p def  2 ff

Lewis is 35 and still up there with the best inside linebackers.  He still runs well for his age and still has those fantastic instincts.

RILB- Dannell Ellerbe- 41 tck  1 int  1 p def

Ellerbe took the inside linebacking job away from Tavares Gooden who has struggled with injuries.

ROLB- Terrell Suggs- 59 tck  4.5 sck  5 p def  1 ff

Suggs, if he can stay healthy, has the potential to become a complete edge rusher.

(Terrell Suggs)

Others- Tavares Gooden, Sergio Kindle

Kindle fell into the 2nd round, and Baltimore snatches him.  He’s athletic, explosive and has potential to blossom.

GRADE- 8.5

 Secondary

 LCB- Chris Carr- 44 tck  2 int  4 p def  1.5 sck  2 ff

The secondary has been decimated by injury, and now Chris Carr becomes the number 1 corner.  That should say something here.

RCB- Fabian Washington- 36 tck  6 p def

Washington comes off knee surgery.  He needs to stay healthy.  He has great speed.

CB- LaDarius Webb- 35 tck  6 p def  1 sck

Webb had a solid rookie season.  He’s fast and physical.

FS- Ed Reed- 50 tck  3 int  5 p def  3 ff

Ed Reed is out the 1st 6 games of the season due to a hip injury.  When healthy, Reed is the best safety in the game.  He is a ballhawk.  He reads the quarterback and breaks quickly on the football.

(Ed Reed)

SS- Dawan Landry89 tck  4 int  8 p def  1 ff

Landry is a versatile safety.  He’s a solid tackler in the box and solid in coverage.

GRADE- 7.25

 Special Teams

PK- Billy Cundiff- 18/23 46 lg

Steve Hauschka was a disaster.  Cundiff isn’t much better.

P- Sam Koch- 73 punts  43.7 avg  26 in 20  60 lg

Koch is above average with a solid leg.

KR- LaDarius Webb- 35 ret  26.2 avg  95 lg  1 td

Jalen Parmele is another option on kickoffs, especially with the lack of depth at corner.

PR- Chris Carr- 32 ret  8.2 avg  34 lg

Solid, not much to say.

GRADE- 6.5

 2010 PREDICTION- 12-4

Even without Reed for 6 weeks, this offense is good enough to win games now.  They don’t have to rely on the defense as much anymore.  I’ve always been a Flacco fan, and have always liked him as a starting quarterback.

Offensive MVP- Ray Rice

Defensive MVP- Haloti Ngata

Breakthrough- Joe Flacco

Overrated- Anquan Boldin

Underrated- Joe Flacco

YOOOAdrian’s 2010 NFL Preview- AFC East Predictions

Now that I’ve given you the previews of all 4 teams from the AFC East, this is how I think it will play out.

  1. New York Jets-                    11-5
  2. New England Patriots-  10-6
  3. Miami Dolphins-                8-8
  4. Buffalo Bills-                         3-13

Offensive MVP- Tom Brady

Defensive MVP- Darrelle Revis

Best Rookie-  C.J. Spiller

Breakthrough- Antonio Cromartie

YOOOAdrian’s 2010 NFL Preview- New York Jets

They’ve been the most talked about team of the offseason.  They had the distinction of getting the Hard Knocks series on HBO.  We found out that Rex Ryan loves M&M’s a lot and Mike Tannenbaum can’t field a punt.  Darrelle Revis wants a lot of money (and got it) and an island named after him.  Mark Brunell’s daughter thinks Mark Sanchez is hot.  Now that the entertainment aspect is over, it’s time to translate the expectations onto the football field.  Fireman Ed is in midseason form, did you see him dump that drunken Giants fan on his ass in the preseason, great stuff.

(Fireman Ed)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WUy8P8LhWsA&feature=related

 Quarterbacks

 Mark Sanchez- 196/364  53.8%  2,444 yds  12 td  20 int  63.0 rat

All the Jets are asking out of Sanchez is to not make major mental mistakes.  He didn’t have a great rookie regular season, but he turned it on late and into the playoffs. 

(Mark Sanchez)

His arm strength isn’t great, but it’s good enough.  Sanchez is good on his feet, knows how to slide in the pocket and throw on the move.  He’s eager to learn and improve.  He’s also shown that he wants to be a leader.

Others- Mark Brunell, Kellen Clemens

Brunell was brought in to tutor Sanchez. 

Clemens is a former starter.

GRADE- 7.25

 Running Backs

Shonn Greene- 108 car  540 yds  5.0 avg  2 td

Greene is suited perfectly for what the Jets want to do, that’s pound the rock with physical running.  Greene isn’t a burner, but he will run through you, break tackles and constantly keep his feet moving.

(Shonn Greene)

LaDainian Tomlinson- 223 car  730 yds  3.3 avg  12 td  20 rec  154 yds

Tomlinson is not the same, dynamic back he used to be.  He will catch the ball out of the backfield, and probably see goal line carries. 

Others- Joe McKnight, Chauncey Washington, John Connor

The Jets are hoping that McKnight can fill Leon Washington’s “do it all” role.

Connor is nicknamed “The Terminator.”  He can hit.

GRADE- 7.25

 Receivers

 Santonio Holmes- 79 rec  1,248 yds  15.8 avg  5 td

Holmes will miss the 1st four games of the season due to suspension.  When he’s on the field, Holmes stretches the field.  He’s great after the catch.

Braylon Edwards- 45 rec  680 yds  15.1 avg  4 td

Edwards has had one great season in the NFL, and has yet to get back to that level.  He drops more footballs than any starting receiver I know, besides maybe Terrell Owens.  He has the tools; size, speed and leaping ability, but he still has yet to put it all together. 

Jerricho Cotchery- 57 rec  821 yds  14.4 avg  3 td

Cotchery isn’t fast, but he knows how to set his defender up to get by him.  He has sure hands.

TE- Dustin Keller- 45 rec  522 yds  11.6 avg  2 td

Keller is looking to breakout entering his 3rd season.  He needs to become more consistent, but he’s a heck of a talent.

Dustin Keller Dustin Keller #81 of the New York Jets runs past Brandon Meriweather #31 of the New England Patriots on November 13, 2008 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts.

(Dustin Keller)

Others- Brad Smith

Smith took some snaps in the “pistol” formation.  He played quarterback in college at Missouri.

GRADE- 8

 Offensive Line

 LT- D’Brickashaw Fergusen

Fergusen is very athletic for a tackle.  He’s long armed and durable.  He showed improvement as a run blocker last year.  The Brick has always been a solid pass protector.

LG- Matt Slausen

The Jets were hoping that Vladimir DuCasse would be the starter, but he’s been atrocious during the preseason.

C- Nick Mangold

In my opinion, he’s the best center in football, and the best run-blocking center in football.  Mangold is a manchild at the point of attack and gets rid of linebackers on the second level.

(Nick Mangold)

RG- Brandon Moore

Moore can create holes for running backs, but needs to get a bit better in pass protection.

RT- Damien Woody

Woody is not as quick as he used to be, but he can still keep a pass rusher in front of him.

 GRADE- 9

 Defensive Line

 LDE- Shaun Ellis- 53 tck  6.5 sck  1 ff

Ellis is entering his 11th season and seems to be breaking down a bit.  He’s the teams best pass rushing lineman.

NT- Kris Jenkins- 13 tck 

Jenkins comes back after tearing his ACL in week 6.  He’s the most important player in the Jets scheme.  He is a massive space eater.

(Kris Jenkins)

RDE- Sione Pouha- 45 tck 

Pouha did a solid job filling in a nose tackle in Jenkins absence.  He gives a solid push and pop to opposing lineman.

Others- Vernon Gholston, Mike DeVito

Gholston was seen as a bust until this past camp.  He’s looked good as a 3-4 defensive end.

GRADE- 8

 Linebackers

LOLB- Bryan Thomas-  53 tck  2 sck  1 p def  1 ff

The injury to Calvin Pace hurts.  Jason Taylor will move from the left side to right, and Bryan Thomas gets plugged in to start.  Thomas is an inconsistent player who’s strong vs the run.

LILB- Bart Scott- 92 tck  1 sck  1 p def

Scott is the vocal leader of the defense.  He’s a physical player who loves to hit.

RILB- David Harris- 127 tck  5.5 sck  2 int  3 p def  2 ff

Harris is the best linebacker you’ve never heard of.  He is a playmaker.  He’s aggressive and plays with great instincts.  He blitzes well, sheds blocks and relentlessly pursuits the ball.  Shit, he does it all.

(David Harris)

ROLB- Jason Taylor- 42 tck  7 sck  1 int  5 p def  3 ff

Taylor doesn’t possess the speed he used to, but can still get to the quarterback.

Others- Kenwin Cummings, Calvin Pace

I believe Pace will be out 4-6 weeks.  He’ll start when he gets back.  He brings a burst off the edge.

GRADE- 8

 Secondary

LCB- Darrelle Revis- 54 tck  6 int  31 p def 

The best cornerback in football finally got his much coveted payday.  He shuts everyone down, EVERYONE!

(Coming Soon)

RCB- Antonio Cromartie- 33 tck  3 int  10 p def 

He may not know how many kids he has, but he’s a good cornerback.  I predict him to flourish playing opposite Revis.  He will get those interception numbers he was getting a few years ago.  Cromartie is extremely athletic, and has outstanding ball skills.  He can get beat on occasion, but those are the chances you take with this guy.

CB- Kyle Wilson- ROOKIE

Wilson was too good to pass up at 29.  He’s a playmaker with good recovery speed.

FS- Brodney Pool- 50 tck  4 int  10 p def  1 sck

Pool is a physical, hard hitter.  Good luck replacing Kerry Rhodes though.

SS- Jim Leonhard- 76 tck  1 int  5 p def  2.5 sck  1 ff

Leonhard isn’t athletic, but he’s smart and a leader in the secondary.

Others- Eric Smith, Dwight Lowery

Smith could get the nod over Pool at free safety.  He’s the same type of player Pool is.

GRADE- 9.25

 Special Teams

 PK- Nick Folk- 18/28 51 lg

Folk gets a fresh start.  The former Pro-Bowler just came off a dismal season in Dallas before getting released.

P- Steve Weatherford- 80 punts  42.0 avg  25 in 20  66 lg

Weatherford has a strong leg and will kick off.

KR- Brad Smith- 10 ret  31.0 avg  1 td  101 lg

Smith has return ability, but he’s no Leon Washington.

PR- Jerricho Cotchery- 23 ret  10.3 avg  31 lg

Joe McKnight and Kyle Wilson could return kicks too.

GRADE- 7

 2010 PREDICTION- 11-5

A lot of the success this season hinges on Mark Sanchez.  When he doesn’t make mistakes, the Jets win.  Look at what they did in the playoffs.  They have the best defense in football.  If  the 1999 Rams was last year’s New Orleans Saints, this could possibly be the 2000 Baltimore Ravens. 

Offensive MVP- Nick Mangold

Defensive MVP- Darrelle Revis

Breakthrough- Antonio Cromartie

Overrated- Braylon Edwards

Underrated- David Harris

YOOOAdrian’s 2010 NFL Preview- New England Patriots

It’s been a while since the New England Patriots headed into an NFL season as an underdog to win the AFC East.  The 2009 season ended in a disaster due to a 33-14 drubbing by the Ravens in the AFC Wild Card.  It’s going to be an interesting season because the offense is so good, and the defense is so bad.  With such a bad defense, it’s going to be very important for New England to put up 7’s and not 3’s on the scoreboard on each possession.  And then there’s Tom Brady.  It seems like everyone forgot how good the guy is.

 Quarterbacks

Tom Brady- 371/565  65.7%  28 td  13 int  96.2 rat

They say that it takes 2 years to fully recover from an ACL knee injury.  Well, this is Brady’s 2nd year back from his knee injury suffered in week 1 of the 2008 season against Kansas City.  That damn Bernard Pollard.

(Tom Brady)

Brady can still throw it around, and has one of the best deep balls in the NFL.  uncharacteristically, Brady made some bonehead decisions and mistakes late in some contests last year.  He’s usually the most clutch quarterback in the NFL.  With a chip on his shoulder and fully recovered from the knee injury, I expect a huge season from Brady.

Others- Brian Hoyer, Zac Robinson

Hoyer is a smart quarterback who has picked up the Patriots complex offense quite well.

GRADE- 9

 Running Backs

Laurence Maroney- 194 car  757 yds  3.9 avg  9 td  14 rec  99 yds

The Patriots use a plethora of backs, and Maroney is the number 1 guy.  He is at his best near the goal line.  Maroney downfalls are his fumbling and his inability to hit the hole.

(Laurence Maroney)

Fred Taylor- 63 car  269 yds 4.3 avg  4 td  2 rec  17 yds

Taylor missed a lot of the season due to an ankle injury.  He is in the twilight of his career at this point.

Others- Sammy Morris, Kevin Faulk

Morris does a bit of everything, and Faulk is a fantastic receiver out of the backfield on 3rd downs.

GRADE- 7

Receivers

Randy Moss- 83 rec  1,264 yds  15.2 avg  13 td

Moss can be the most dangerous receiver in the NFL when he wants to be.  Unless you’re Darrelle Revis, you have to double cover this guy.  Even at this point of his career, he’s still one of the best deep threats in the league.

(Randy Moss)

Wes Welker- 123 rec  1,348 yds  11.0 avg  4 td

Welker, in my opinion, is the best slot receiver in the game.  If he can come back from the ACL tear, he will be Brady’s go to guy in clutch spots.  Welker knows how to get open and read a defense.  He’s quick and slippery and great after the catch.

Julian Edelman- 37 rec  359 yds  9.7 avg  1 td

Edelman is a former quarterback in college and a Wes Welker clone.  He had a fantastic game in the Wild Card Game against Baltimore scoring 2 touchdowns.

TE- Alge Crumpler- 27 rec  222 yds  8.2 avg  1 td

Crumpler is strictly a blocking tight end at this point of his career.

Others- Rob Gronkowski, Aaron Hernandez, Brandon Tate, Taylor Price

Gronkowski and Hernandez are both rookie tight ends who should see playing time.

Tate can be solid receiver if he can stay healthy.

GRADE- 9

 Offensive Line

LT- Matt Light 

Light is a solid left tackle, but he struggles against speed rushers.

 LG- Logan Mankins

Mankins is a mauler.  He plays with a mean streak and sets the tone up front.  He is very good at setting the seal.

(Logan Mankins)

 C- Dan Koppen

Koppen isn’t dominant, but he’s a great match for Brady.

 RG- Stephen Neal 

Neal is another mauler who excels in the run game.

 RT- Sebastian Vollmer

Vollmer was very impressive as a rookie, starting 12 games at both tackle spots.  He’s a good run blocker and can get to the 2nd level effectively.

 GRADE- 7.5

 Defensive Line

 LDE- Gerard Warren- 35 tck  2 sck  1 p def 

Losing Ty Warren is huge.  Warren, Myron Pryor and Ron Brace will all fight for playing time.

NT- Vince Wilfork- 43 tck  2 p def  1 ff

Wilfork is the unsung hero on the defense.  He’s a 2 gap plugger, opens up space for others and collapses the pocket.

(Vince Wilfork)

RDE- Mike Wright- 35 tck  5 sck  2 p def  1 ff

Wright is a smart football player, and can play anywhere on the line.

Others- Myron Pryor, Ron Brace

Besides Wilfork, the starting lineups may change weekly.  The Ty Warren injury is a huge blow.

GRADE- 7.25

 Linebackers

 LOLB- Tully Banta-Cain- 54 tck  9.5 sck  2 p def  2 ff 

Banta-Cain is a solid pass rusher, good run stuffer and solid in pass coverage.

 LILB- Jerod Mayo- 103 tck  1.5 sck  1 p def  1 ff

Mayo is smart, instinctive and a good tackler.  He does everything well.

(Jerod Mayo)

RILB- Gary Guyton- 85 tck  2 sck  4 p def

In my opinion, I think Guyton is more suited to play of the outside.  I question his ability to take on blockers.

ROLB- Marques Murrell- 12 tck  1 ff

The Pats can go with a couple options at this spot. 

Others- Brandon Spikes, Bruce Davis, Shawn Crable

Spikes is a guy I love.  By the end of the season I can see New England inserting Spikes in Guyton’s spot and moving Guyton outside.

GRADE- 7

Secondary

 LCB- Darius Butler- 35 tck  3 int  8 p def 

The Leigh Bodden injury is huge, because he was really the only really experienced starter in the secondary.  Butler had some growing pains as a rookie with penalties and mistakes.

RCB- Devin McCourty- ROOKIE

McCourty is a 1st round pick from Rutgers.  McCourty is good at flipping his hips and keeping up with faster receivers.

CB- Terrence Wheatley- 2 tck

Wheatley hasn’t really developed into anything as of yet, but there is so little depth at the position.

FS- James Sanders- 48 tck  3 p def

Sanders is a solid tackler, and with the youngster Patrick Chung on his tail, Sanders needs to perform.

SS- Brandon Meriweather- 83 tck  5 int  9 p def  2 ff

Meriweather is a playmaker and a hinderance.  He makes plays, and then he can also miss a lot of tackles.

(Brandon Meriweather)

Others- Jonathan Wilhite, Patrick Chung

Chung will start if Sanders falters.

GRADE- 7

 Special Teams

PK- Stephen Gostowski- 26/31  53 lg

Gostowski is the number 1 ranked fantasy kicker, will that translate on the field?

  P- Zoltan Mesko- ROOKIE

When I think of Zoltan, I think of “Dude Where’s My Car.”

 KR- Brandon Tate- 4 ret  26.5 avg  34 lg

Tate needs to stay healthy, because he’s a threat.

PR- Wes Welker-  2 ret  22.5 avg  27 lg

Welker is quick and shifty as a returner.

 GRADE- 7

 2010 PREDICTION- 10-6

This is a tough team to gauge.  Offensively they’re superb, and they’re going to have to dictate how a game is played.  If they can put up some points, that may make the opposing offenses one dimensional, which could benefit the Patriots defense.  Bill Belichick is the most knowledgable football mind in the game right now.  He knows how to adjust.  I’m just not going to give up on Brady and Belickick thus yet.  Brady has something to prove.

Offensive MVP- Tom Brady

Defensive MVP- Jerod Mayo

Breakthrough- Patrick Chung

Overrated- Randy Moss

Underrated- Tom Brady

YOOOAdrian’s 2010 NFL Preview- Miami Dolphins

In a week 3 game in the 2008 season against New England, the Dolphins reintroduced the single wing formation and called it the “Wildcat.”  Ronnie Brown had a total of 5 touchdowns (4 rush, 1 pass) that game as Miami cruised to a 38-13 win.  Now, virtually every NFL team has their form of the “Wildcat.”  In that same season, Miami went 11-5 and won the AFC East.  Last year, the squad dipped to 7-9 as the competition adjusted to the “Wildcat.”  Was 2008 a fluke?  We’ll find that out this season.

 Quarterbacks

 Chad Henne- 274/451  60.8%  2,878 yds  12 td  14 int  75.2 rat

This will be Henne’s 1st full season as a starter.  He’s well built and has a very strong arm.  His decision making and game management need to improve.

(Chad Henne)

Others- Tyler Thigpen, Chad Pennington

Pennington comes off his 3rd shoulder surgery of his career.  His football intelligence make up for his lack of arm strength.

Thigpen is mobile and can make plays.

GRADE- 7.25

 Running Backs

Ronnie Brown- 147 car  648 yds  4.4 avg  8 td  14 rec  98 yds 

Brown orchestrates the “Wildcat”, but he comes off his 2nd surgery in the past 3 seasons.  He’s played all 16 games just once in 6 professional seasons.

(Ronnie Brown)

As a runner, Brown can do a bit of everything.  He’s agile, powerful and speedy enough to make people miss.

 Ricky Williams- 241 car  1,121 yds  4.7 avg  11 td  35 rec  264 yds  2 td

At 33, Williams doesn’t look to be slowing down.  He’s a punishing runner who finishes runs.  He had his 1st 1,000+ yard season since 2003. 

Others- Lex Hilliard, Lousaka Polite

Injuries decimated the Dolphin backs a year ago.  A guy like Hilliard and Cobbs can see plenty of carries this season.

Polite is the fullback who gets some short yardage attempts.

GRADE- 8

 Receivers

Brandon Marshall- 101 rec  1,120 yds  11.1 avg  10 td

Marshall overstayed his welcome with head coach Josh McDaniels and the Denver Broncos.  He gets a fresh slate. 

(Brandon Marshall)

He’s a possession receiver who uses his size, strength and leaping ability to make plays. 

Brian Hartline- 31 rec  506 yds  16.3 avg  3 td

Hartline produced late in the season as a rookie.  He plays with a solid burst and is a smart route runner.

Davone Bess- 76 rec  758 yds  10.0 avg  2 td

Bess is quick and best after the catch.

TE- Anthony Fasano- 31 rec  339 yds  10.9 avg  2 td

Fasano isn’t a playmaker, but he’s a solid blocking tight end.

Others- Roberto Wallace, Marlon Moore, John Nalbone

Wallace and Moore are both rookies.  Greg Camarillo was traded and Patrick Turner was cut.

GRADE- 7.5

 Offensive Line

LT- Jake Long

Long, the 2008 overall number 1 pick has already made an impact in the NFL.  He has extremely long arms and knows how to use them effectively.  He packs a powerful initial 1st punch.  Long is a very strong run blocker who has improved as a pass protector.

(Jake Long)

LG- Nate Garner

Garner is currently injured and will most of the 1st half of the season.  The fiery Richie Incognito will start in place of Garner for the time being.

C- Jake Grove

Grove is an excellent run blocker as a center.

RG- John Jerry

Jerry is a 3rd round rookie from Ole Miss. He’s powerful and has lost some weight 

RT- Vernon Carey

Carey is a massive man and dominates when he maintains leverage.

GRADE- 8

 Defensive Line

 LDE- Kendall Langford- 43 tck  2.5 sck  2 p def  1 ff

Langford relies on his power.  He’s solid against the run.

NT- Randy Starks- 56 tck  7 sck 

Fergusen is the best nose tackle on the team, but will miss the 1st 8 games due to suspension.  Starks started at end last season.

RDE- Jared Odrick- ROOKIE

The rook will get thrown right into the fire with the Achilles injury to Philip Merling.  Odrick is tough, but needs to show consistency.

(Jared Odrick)

Others- Paul Soliai, Jason Fergusen

Fergusen will be back for the 2nd half of the season.

GRADE- 7

 Linebackers

 LOLB- Koa Misi- ROOKIE

Misi is a 2nd round pick from Utah who is the latest college defensive end who is transitioning to a 3-4 outside linebacker.  He’s a high motor player.

LILB- Channing Crowder- 51 tck  1 sck  1 int  3 p def 

Crowder is at his best playing near the line of scrimmage and stopping the run.  He needs to get better in coverage.

(Channing Crowder)

RILB- Karlos Dansby- 109 tck  1 sck  1 int  4 p def  1 ff

Dansby comes over from Arizona and is an athletic playmaker.  He will have to adjust playing the inside backer in a 3-4.  Dansby is good in coverage but can have trouble shedding off blocks.

ROLB- Cameron Wake- 23 tck  5.5 sck  1 p def  1 ff

Wake is a great story becoming a starter in the NFL after playing in the CFL.  He has the ability to become a solid pass rusher.

Others- Reggie Torbor, Charlie Anderson

Anderson is a veteran and a career backup.

Torbor is another savvy veteran.

GRADE- 7.5

Secondary

LCB- Vontae Davis- 53 tck  4 int  11 p def 

Davis is athletically gifted, even though he can get burned on occasion. 

RCB- Sean Smith- 38 tck  12 p def

Smith has long arms and uses them effectively in press coverage.  He needs to put on a few pounds.

CB- Jason Allen- 22 tck  2 p def

Has yet to turn the corner since being drafted in the 1st round in 2006.

FS- Chris Clemons- 13 tck

Clemons has plenty of speed, but he’s not a dependable tackler.

SS- Yeremiah Bell- 114 tck  3 int  9 p def  1.5 sck

Bell is one of the hardest hitters in the NFL at the safety position.  He struggles a bit covering tight ends.

(Yeremiah Bell)

Others- Tyrone Culver, Reshad Jones, Bennie Sapp

With Will Allen on IR, someone is going to have to step up as the 3rd corner, whether it’s Jason Allen, Bennie Sapp or someone else.

Culver is a free safety who’s a better tackler than Clemons.

GRADE- 7.5

 Special Teams

PK- Dan Carpenter- 25/28  52 lg

Carpenter has a nice leg and hit 2 game winning field goals.

P- Brandon Fields- 75 punts  46.3 avg  25 in 20  66 lg

Fields, at 6’5, has to be the tallest punter in the league.

KR- Patrick Cobbs- 16 ret  22.6  39 lg

Ginn was a good return man.  Cobbs will try to fill the vacancy.

PR- Davone Bess- 28 punts  7.5 avg  22 lg

Bess doesn’t have breakaway speed, but he’s quick.

GRADE- 7

2010 PREDICTION- 8-8

I think last season’s record of 7-9 was a good indicator of what Miami is, a 7 to 9 win football team.  The “Wildcat” got them an AFC East Title in 2008.  Unless Tony Sparano has some new innovations, I don’t think this team has enough overall talent to get a playoff berth.  I do like Chad Henne, he reminds me of Joe Flacco.

Offensive MVP- Ronnie Brown

Defensive MVP- Yeremiah Bell

Breakthrough- Chad Henne

Overrated- Brandon Marshall

Underrated- Ricky Williams