Five NFL Teams That Will Surprise You in the 2009 Season
In today's NFL, parity is becoming the name of the game. Every year, there are a few teams that come from nowhere and surprise some people.
The Tennessee Titans were a huge surprise in 2008, winning their first 10 games and finishing with a 13-3.
Despite losing to the Ravens in the second round of the playoffs, there is a lot of hope in the city of Nashville that their Titans might have a shot to win the Super Bowl this year.
1. San Diego Chargers
The Chargers were said to be a title contender in 2008, going 11-5 in 2007 and 14-2 in 2006, but both years lost to the Patriots in the playoffs.
They were supposed to be a serious title contender, but then Shawne Merriman got injured and every thing went bad. They made the playoffs but that was mainly due to being in a bad division.
This year the Chargers will surprise many. Shawne Merriman is back and ready to play, last year they hired Defensive Coordinator Ron Riveria, who was Defensive Coordinator of the 2006 NFC Champion Bears.
When Rivera got hired The Chargers went on that huge run to win the division Showing that they could still play solid defense.
This year, with Merriman back and Rivera coaching, the Chargers could go far.
2. Houston Texans
Remember in 2006 when the Houston Texans drafted Mario Williams and everyone was saying how it was a huge mistake passing up Reggie Bush.
Well, it looks like Houston made a good choice. Williams was seventh in the league in sacks last year and fourth the year before that.
The Texans have many young talented players like Andre Johnson who lead the league in receiving Yards and Steve Slaton who was third in rookie rushing yards.
Their QB trouble look to be a thing of the past as the Texans were third in passing yards last year, the Texans have a good Offense and a above average defense and should have a good 2009.
3. Washington Redskins
Last year, the Redskins started off 6-2 in their first eight games, looking like they were going to easily cruise into the playoffs.
Well they didn't they went 2-8 in their last eight games and fell short of making the playoffs. There were some bright spots, though: The Redskins were fourth in yards per game on defense, eighth in passing yard per game on defense and seventh in rushing yards per game.
They had a pretty good defense, and it is going to get a lot better this year. First the Redskins went out and signed candidate for defensive player of the year Albert Haynesworth to a six-year, $100 million contract.
Then got the steal of draft Brian Orakpo with the 13th overall pick. This year will be a good year for the Redskins.
4. Detroit Lions
Last year, the Lions were the joke of all of sports, becoming the first franchise to go winless in a season.
Where did it all start? I'll tell you, when they hired Matt Millen as GM. He is known as the worst GM in all of sports in front of Steve Kerr.
The Lions got on the right track by firing him and their coach. Then with the first overall pick drafted Georgia star Matthew Staford.
The Detroit Lions have plenty of potential on offense with Calvin Johnson and Matthew Stafford, They just need a better defense. Millen has always tried to hit the home run ball with the Lions and it never worked.
The Lions are finally doing something they haven't done since Barry Sanders left. They are starting the rebuilding process. The Lions won't have a record over .500 but will have four or five wins, and after last year that's enough to surprise us.
5. San Fransisco 49ers
The 49ers are on the right track right now. They have Mike Singletary, who is a coach who doesn't take no for an answer.
That is what kind of coach this team needs. First of all they draft one of the best players in Collage Football: Michael Crabtree.
Crabtree is one of those once-every-10-years players who will breakout in the NFL as a Pro Bowler, and doesn't San Fransisco have a history of developing Pro Bowl wide receivers? (Terrell Owens and Jerry Rice.)
Also they have one of the best running backs in the league Frank Gore, who can explode into a 100-yard game every time he walks on a football field. Look for San Fransisco to give the Cardinals a serious run for the division title.