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|NFC SouthFirst PanthersSecond FalconsThird SaintsFourth – Bucs
· DeShaun Foster is too fragile to be a go torunning back. Number 2 pick Eric Shelton will be starting WHENFoster goes down.
· The panthers forced 29 turnovers in the final8 games last year, and with the addition of Ken Lucas and ThomasDavis, that number could improve.
· Steve Smith is expected to fill the shoes leftby Muhsin Muhammads. He has the speed, but not the size.
The Panthers surprised everyone two years ago,and this year theyll do the same. John Fox is a brilliant coach,and there is no possible way that they will be hit with the sameinjury bug. Expect to see the Panthers D against the VikingsO in the NFC Championship game.
· In the 13 games Rod Coleman played, Atlantaput up 47 sacks. They had only one sack in the three games hemissed.
· Atlantas schedule is considered the easiestin the League .434 winning percentage.
· Roddy White will cause everyone to forget PeerlessPrice.
· Return Specialist Allen Rossum has returnedeither a punt or a kick-off for a touchdown for 6 years in a row.
Who am I? In 19 pass plays inside the 5 lastyear, I throw two picks and was sacked 5 times (the rest of theteams combined were sacked 17 times). I rushed for 902 yards andfumbled the ball 16 times. I threw 14 TDs in 15 games and onlyhad 12 picks. I threw at an astounding 55% completion rate 2ndworse for all QBs attempting more than 400 passes. My name isMichael Vick, and I am not a quarterback .I am an athlete. TheFalcons D will get them back in the playoffs, but until Vickis more disciplined, that will be it. The Falcons have won 65.3percent of the games that Vick has started. Imagine how good theywould be if he was a quarterback!
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS
· The Saints drafted Jammal Brown in the firstround to help shore up the offensive line again to give Brooksmore time to make bad decisions.
· Inside the 5 in the last two years, Brookshas only turned 7 of 23 pass plays to touchdowns primarily dueto, you guessed it, bad decisions.
· Deuce McAllister would be a franchise performerif the Saints would put a halt to a few of Brooks bad decisionsand give him the ball more.
· John Carney shaving his head .BAD DECISION.
Two things need to happen for the Saints to bea play-off team. Their defense has to improve against the run.It was 30th a year ago and little was done to improve it, andnew offensive coordinator Mike Sheppard has to simplify the passoffense for Brooks and he believes that his quarterbacks accuracywill improve if the decisions that he has to make are reduced.This might just be the end for both Haslett and Brooks if theSaints dont make the play-offs, and they wont.
TAMPA BAY BUCS
· Michael Clayton is already a good one.
· Jon Gruden is a great coach.
· Brian Griese is no superstar. He has belowaverage arm strength, hes a bad running quarterback, he has thrownmore interceptions per game in the last 3 years than any otherquarterback. His Quarterback Rating for the first three quartersis 102.5 and its 82.6 in the forth quarter, where most gamesare won and lost.
· The Bucs defense has been in the top 5 for8 straight years and suddenly, theyre very old.
Its going to be tough to get the 5 wins thatthe Bucs had last year. On the bright side, they do play the 49ersand the Dolphins, so 2 wins is a possibility!