Saints were great in the Superbowl. Now that that's over let's return to reality and their probable 8-8 season. Drew Brees led teams have on many occasions, had some issues, since he's been a starter. Let's look at them starting with the San Diego Chargers from 2002 to 2005. That record and quarterback rating is 8-8/76.9; 2-9/67.5; 11-4/104.8; 9-7/89.2. With the New Orleans Saints from 2006 to his Superbowl party in 2009, he's been 10-6/89.2 ;7-9/96.2; 8-8/89.4 and 13-2/96.2. There are a few good spots,
Now, let's take a peek at the quarterback that took over for Brees, Phillip Rivers. Since 2006 he's been 14-2/92 ; 11-5/82.4; 8-8/105.5 and 13-3/104.4 I'd say that's considerable better. Wouldn't you agree?
The Saints have at running back an electric if erratic Reggie Bush 5th yr, of the Heisman trouble fame. They also have a steady Pierre Thomas 4th yr. Good, not great backs both, and teams will be geared to stopped the pass. They're not going let Brees and company beat them through the air with wide receivers Marques Colston 5th yr, Devery Henderson 7th yr ,Robert Meachem 4th yr, Lance Moore 5th yr and played in only 7 games in 2009. Finally tight end Jeremy Shockey 9th yr. Their offensive line is LT Jermon Bushrod 4th yr, LG Carl Nicks 3rd yr, C Jonathan Goodwin 9th yr, RG Jahri Evans 5th yr, RT Jon Stinchcomb 8th yr.
Not a bad team but not great either. The Saints offense is predicated on being able to move the ball in the air to soften up those running lanes.In 32009 the Saints had 34 receiving touchdowns as opposed to 21 rushing touchdowns. Further Brees had two of those. The saints are going to have to find someway to generate rushing touchdowns This team will be lucky to get to 8-8. I give them that because the defense was strong and opportunistic last year and I expect them to be in the same mode this year. Last year they had 26 interceptions with five run back for touchdowns and 35 sacks. They forced 15 fumbles with 13 recovered and 3 run back for touchdowns.
Yeah I hear you. This offensive attack was good enough to get to the "show" last year. Yes that may be true but teams had a year to prepare for it. It's going to be ugly for the Saints.
The NFC East is going to be a struggle.
The Dallas Cowboys will find a way to implode this year as they have every year since 1998. Yes I said 1998 a wild card loss to the Cardinals. They are a very talented group from Tony Romo to their offensive line. They have Marion Barber, Felix Jones and Tashard Choice. Add in talented rookie Dez Bryant, Tight Ends Martellus Bennett and Jason Witten and there is no shortage of offensive weapons. All this talent almost makes you forget Roy Williams the very talented but ineffective receiver on their roster. This is as opposed to miles Austin their actual effective receiver. Wade Phillips is an underrated Coach and their only real weakness may be their kicker Dave Buehler.Their defense is solid with amongst others, Ends Marcus Spears and Igor Olshansky and Linebacker DeMarcusL Ware. However as has been the case lately, they will find a way to slip in the standings. Predictions-3rd in the NFC EAST
Philadelphia Eagles need a quarterback. They had one, but let Donovan McNabb, go for a hot dog and a bag of marbles. There new quarterback, Kevin Kolb 4th yr, seems to have some trouble relaxing in the pocket. Never forget they do have Michael Vick as the primary backup quarterback. That should make Eagle fans feel better. Kolb's offensive line may make him nervous as it is allowing defensive lineman in with regularity. Philadelphia has some of it's former cogs such as Left Tackle Jason Peters, Tight End Brent Celek 4th yr and Wide Receiver Hank Baskett 5th yr. Prediction 4th in NFC EAST.
The New York Giants fresh off a humiliating year in which their defense couldn't stop a high school team will rebound. Eli manning was the11th best rated quarterback in the league and the running game is in place with Danny Ware, Brandon Jacobs and Ahmad Bradshaw. Eli was able to do this with an unproven receiver corps of Steve Smith, Mario Manningham and Hakeem Nicks The offensive line is steady. If the switch in defensive coordinator to Perry Fewell bares fruit, this could be a banner year. The Giants are two years removed from their Superbowl victory and were embarrassed lat year. They have a lot to prove. Prediction 1st in NFC EAST
The Washington Redskins need a quarterback and they got one. Donovan McNabb has stepped in and will lead this team back to past glory. They have a proven and driven coach in Mike Shanahan Their one sore spot is Albert Haynesworth. An extremely talented but troubled defensive tackle. If they can get him in the fold it should be a very productive year. Washington still has Clinton Portis, Chris Cooley and Santana Moss at the ready. Prediction 2nd in NFC EAST.
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