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The Pundit’s NFL Mocking Draft, Part Two

As noted before, I’m a huge fan of the NFL draft – but it’s way too soon to predict, with any semblance of accuracy, what will actually happen. This is what I came up with instead. (Find Part One here)

17. New York Jets – With the 17th pick, the Jets have selected: A designated scapegoat. Literally, they drafted some guy off of the street for the sole purpose of blaming all of their problems on him.  Genius move – why didn’t Mangini think of this?

18. Chicago Bears – With the 18th pick, the Bears have selected: Jim McMahon. And his super cool shades. Why the hell not?

I mean, what could I possibly add to this?

I mean, what could I possibly add to this? Other then: Bangles' Hot LP? Really?

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The Pundit thinks Andy should hit the road after this year – Rant offers the counterpoint

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It was quite another day at the office for Reid, McNabb, and the rest of the Eagles Crew, wasn’t it?  Such a putrid performance, combined with a heavy dose of Reid/McNabb drama, was bound to draw immediate national attention.  After watching the game with my friend, The Pundit, and realizing that everybody from here to Alaska  is commenting on the situation (Editor’s note: Though not Sarah Palin, because she’s more of a hockey mom), I decided to throw in my two cents. Thus, I present my rebuttal to The Pundit’s previous farewell post.

AND I PROCLAM:

Firing Andy Reid would be a mistake, plain and simple. The guy may have an ineffective system right now (Editor’s note: Exactly!), but he is a good coach that knows how to win in the NFL.  Stripping him of his GM powers may be a step in a positive direction, but ditching the best coach in Eagles history? I don’t think so.

Before The Pundit went to the dark side and threw Andy under the bus, he did an article comparing him to Jeff Fisher.  Like Reid, Fisher had some troubles of his own in 2004 and 2005 with the Titans, going 5-11 and 4-12 in those seasons. At that point, Fisher had an MVP-caliber quarterback in Steve McNair, who took a lot of flack for the Titans’ lack of consistency after previous dominance, similar to the Reid / McNabb dynamic.  Fisher survived a nasty fallout between the organization and quarterback Steve McNair (despite all that McNair had done for the team).

After such previous success, I’m sure Fisher was under the same kind of heat as Reid.  Well, maybe the flames are higher in the 215, as Philadelphians are rather relentless and excessive in their criticism of the Eagles (Editor’s note:  It be rowdy in the 215, yo).  I’m sure there are folks like that down in Nashville, but I think Fisher was able to sleep at night without the concern of an angry mob of torch-brandishing fans knocking on his door at 2 AM. (Editor’s note: I went to the Home Depot off Columbus the other day, looking for a torch, and they were all sold out. Damn angry mob bought them all). 

Ah, the Philadelphian: what he lacks in mercy, he makes up for in passion.

Regardless, Fisher was definitely on the hot seat in 2006, but was given one more chance to make things happen, especially after drafting Vince Young with the 3rd overall pick (Editor’s note: Be a Fisher of men).  The Titans went 8-8 that year, and haven’t looked back. (Editor’s note: Does Kevin Kolb strike anyone as an effective scrambler?) And think, Fisher had a quarterback controversy of his own this fall, and he’s dealt with it in stride, leading the AFC with a 10-1 record. (Editor’s note: I wonder if that has anything to do with the fact that the Titans have an extremely reliable running attack, one they employ more than 35% of the time).

I’m saying this in support of Andy Reid, because he, like Fisher, deserves a chance to show people he still knows what he’s doing. That being said, I am still upset with Reid.  His system needs to change now, from player personnel to strategy.

Fortunately, this will happen whether or not Reid is sent packing.  The Eagles organization will be looking to step back and evaluate the entire franchise this offseason.  I’m sure Jeffrey Lurie is intent on getting the Eagles back to the “golden standard” of old, and giving Reid one more season to do this would be a wise move.

And being that I bleed blue and white, I’ve seen and heard this angry riot before with Joe Paterno.  And then I saw JoePa and Penn State storm back with 4 straight top 25 seasons, 2 Big Ten titles, 3 bowl wins, and 40 regular season wins. (Editor’s note: Fair enough, though Joe Paterno had already won 2 National Championships and won more games than any other coach in Division 1-A history. People should’ve kept JoePa’s name outta their mouths).

The McNabb debacle is its own thing.  Reid fucked up when he decided to have QB coach Pat Shurmur break the news to Donovan at halftime that he wouldn’t be starting the second half on Sunday.  Reid’s gotta grow a set and learn how to handle the ice-cold business aspects of the NFL.

But keeping McNabb on the bench would be in Reid’s best interest.  Get Kolb out there and see what our team can do.  I respect McNabb just as much now as I ever have, but if now is the time to move on to a new QB, then so be it.  Sorry Don, we drafted Kolb for a reason, and your seven turnovers in two games just isn’t cutting it. I mean, neither were the two picks Kolb threw against the Ravens, but we’ll chalk them up to growing pains.

Change needs to come to the NovaCare Complex, but hear me out:  It’s not yet time to part with Andy Reid.

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NFL Preview Part Two: AFC South

Houston Texans

Strengths: Very solid passing attack, with Matt Schaub distributing to stud Andre Johnson and reliable options Kevin Walter, TE Owen Daniels and Andre’ Davis. At this point in there careers, is anybody going to argue that the Texans should have drafted Reggie Bush over Mario Williams and his 14 sacks last year? MLB DeMeco Ryans is the heart of the defense, and Morlon Greenwood is solid. Second year DT Amobi Okoye has a ton of potential.

Weaknesses: The running attack averaged 99.1 yards per game last year, 22nd in the NFL. The running back situation is still murky at this point, with Ahman Green and Steve Slaton the two likely to receive the most carries. The O-line was a question all of last year, and though first round pick Duane Brown has looked good so far, he’s just a youngster. Defensively, can they stop the pass? It doesn’t look like anyone on this unit will be able to generate a pass rush other than Mario Williams. That doesn’t bode well for the secondary, especially with Dunta Robinson out for at least six games. Fred Bennett and Jacques Reeves aren’t exactly striking fear into the hearts of WR’s far and wide. They haven’t exactly been stout against the run, either – they need Okoye and Travis Johnson to suck up blockers so Ryans and Greenwood can roam unblocked.

The question marks: Who will step up at RB, and can somebody please help Super Mario? The zone running scheme seems to fit Slaton’s skill set, but the question with him is the same you ask of Green: can he stay healthy? And as for that rush – they brought in Roosevelt Colvin, likely for third down situations, but he has less than impressed. (Editor’s note: Whoops, he just got cut. Uh oh). Anybody seen Luigi? (Editor’s note: Maybe they could get some mushrooms to make them bigger from Jameel Cook).

Fantasy forecast: I have Andre Johnson ranked as my 5th best receiver. Pray for health. Matt Schaub is an excellent number two, and could put up good enough numbers to be your starter by the end of the year. Keep an eye on Walter, Daniels and Davis – all were viable options at different times last season. The running backs should be selected later and scoured for on the waiver wire – somebody is going to claim starter status.

Overview: It is hard to imagine the Texans being much better the 8-8 mark they posted last year. They’ll score points, especially if they stay healthy, but the defense has a lot of question marks. If the defensive line can improve its play, establish a pass rush and keep blockers off of the LB’s, they should slow opposing offenses just enough for the Houston offense to win games. But if the D falters, they may find themselves as the 4th best team in this division again.

Indianapolis Colts

Strengths: Yeah, they’re good. On offense, they attack you with Peyton Manning, Joseph Addai, Reggie Wayne, and Dallas Clark, plus a reliable offensive line. Bob Sanders leads a unit that finished second in passing defense and third in total defense last year. All of that without having Dwight Freeney in the lineup for 7 games. If they can generate more of a pass rush this year (28 sacks last year was tied for 26th in the NFL), they’ll be even more dangerous.

Weaknesses: They weren’t stellar against the run last year (15th in yards allowed, 10 TD’s), but it certainly isn’t a glaring weakness. The health of Manning, Harrison, Sanders and Freeney is not guaranteed. The offensive line depth will be truly tested due to the departure of Jake Scott and the injury to Jeff Saturday (Editor’s note: Boy, he’s reaching).

The question marks: It’s all about staying healthy. They cannot afford injuries to Manning, Freeney or Sanders, all of whom have either recently been injured (Mr. Manning), are coming off a season in which they were injured (Mr. Freeney), or an offseason in which they had surgery (Mr. Sanders). If one of them goes down, they’re in trouble.

Fantasy forecast: I have Peyton Manning ranked as my 3rd QB, Addai as my 3rd RB, Reggie Wayne as my 4th WR, and Dallas Clark as a top 5 TE. Harrison is a mid-round pick, and Gonzalez should go late. Their D is not a bad option. Colts are always pretty safe fantasy bets.

Overview: I mean, the Colts are consistent. Peyton Manning runs the offense so efficiently, and they have such talented skill position players, its hard to imagine that they won’t be a top team again in 2008. The best way to attack them is to find creative ways to put pressure on Manning and to run the ball, chewing up clock. Or, you could just outscore them. Good luck with that. I consider them to be one of the four legitimate Superbowl contenders in the AFC.

Jacksonville Jaguars

Strengths: Their running game is top notch, and was the second best in the NFL last year. Expect Fred Taylor, Maurice Jones-Drew and the solid offense line to keep jugging. David Garrard had a break-out season last year, and if he stays healthy, should improve. He threw 18 touchdowns to only 3 interceptions last year! That’s game management, people,  and he’s an above average scrambler to boot (Editor’s note: Ugggghhhh). Their defense will miss Marcus Stroud, but new defensive coordinator Gregg Williams and excellent secondary depth should go a long way to keeping their defense effective. If they can pressure the QB and accumulate turnovers, the running game can grind it out and eat clock. That is, in a nutshell (Editor’s note: Did you ever wonder what kind of nut people have in mind when they use that phrase? I’ll say pistachio, but only because they’re underrated), their recipe for success.

Weaknesses: They will miss Marcus Stroud, though its not their biggest concern. That would be the wide receivers, where they’re hoping (Editor’s note: Um, I think “praying” would be more appropriate) that additions Jerry Porter (Raiders) and Troy Williamson (Editor’s note: I believe South Carolina was the last place he actually showed up) can bolster a fairly weak corps, though Williamson is looking like a possible cut. The jury is still out on whether or not Reggie Williams and Matt Jones can become consistent players. If the receivers struggle to get open, Garrard will be forced to do to much on his own, which is how QB’s end up on the sideline.

The question marks: The WR’s and the defensive line. We’ve gone over the WR’s already, but the defensive line? Isn’t that one of the strength of this team? It will be, if Rob Meier can adequately replace Marcus Stroud and rookies Derrick Harvey (Editor’s note: Yes, he finally signed) and Quentin Groves can contribute to the Jaguars pass rush. If Meier can’t keep blockers off of the linebackers and get penetration in the gaps, the run defense will suffer. And if the young guys can’t help generate front four pressure, Peyton Manning will do his thing against them. Again.

Fantasy forecast: Maurice Jones-Drew is a top 25 fantasy player. Fred Taylor will probably stay in your fantasy starting lineup all year. Garrard is worth a second QB pick for now, though he may quickly ascend to starter status. Be cautious selecting their receivers; they’re all bench guys for now. Not a bad defense pick.

Overview: They want the Colts and the division title. Bad. The running game is excellent, and they’re going to control clock. The defense may end up being a 3-4 by season’s end, which will mean QB’s are going to have to get used to brand new blitz schemes. Their secondary is solid, and Rashean Mathis is a very, very good corner. I think they are one of the four Superbowl contenders in the AFC (Editor’s note: He doesn’t want to reveal it here, but I do: this is the year they catch the Colts. Just a gut feeling).

Tennessee Titans

Strengths: Vince Young’s legs. Their running game was very good last year (5th best in the league) and will get better with the addition of Jake Scott and burner Chris Johnson, who has seemed to impress everyone so far. Albert Haynesworth is a beast in the middle, Kyle Vanden Bosch had 12 sacks last season, and they have a very good stable of LB’s led by Keith Bullock and David Thornton. They are stingy against the run and picked off opposing QB’s 22 times last year. Their defense will keep them close all year long.

Weaknesses: Vince Young’s arm. 8 TD’s to 17 INT’s is brutal. Alge Crumpler should help, but the receiving corps is probably this team’s weakest unit. And can they score in the red zone?

The question marks: It’s Vince Young. Without a doubt, the entire season hinges on the arm of number 10. He doesn’t have to carry the load of this team, but can he at least be more accurate with his throws and make better decisions? If he can manage the game and mix in big runs, the Titans, though not flashy, will have an effective offense. Though don’t expect his WR’s to make his life easy.

Fantasy forecast: Yeah, right. This is not a team conducive to fantasy football points. LenDale White isn’t a bad third to fourth option in your running back stable. Chris Johnson is worth stockpiling – he has big play potential. Alge Crumpler will probably be VY’s favorite target, so don’t be afraid of using him as a first TE if you’re up at the end of a TE run. Their defense will keep the games lower scoring and get some turnovers, so they aren’t a terrible option.

Overview: Boy, its really hard to predict this flashy but inconsistent team. (Editor’s note: Riiiiiiight). Defensively, they’ll be stout. Haynesworth is a stud, maybe the best DT is football. I don’t think anybody would say he has to step it up. (Editor’s note: Uggggghhhhh. That wasn’t even good. The Pundit really stuck his foot on his mouth with that one. Sorry, couldn’t resist). Offensively, they’ll run the ball well and pass it poorly. Really, the question is how poorly? Because if it’s better than last year, they’ll probably be in the playoff hunt again this year. If it doesn’t improve at all, they’ll finish 4th in the AFC’s deepest division.

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