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SteelersWoman
09-01-2007, 05:10 AM
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How the 32 NFL teams rank in four categories, based on a scale of 1-4, with 5 the optimum ranking:

1. NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
Offense: 4. Tom Brady has some quality receivers now, and a young runner in Laurence Maroney.
Defense: 5. Playmakers galore, including new LB Adalius Thomas to go with holdovers DE Richard Seymour and CB Asante Samuel.
Coaching: 5. Bill Belichick might not know how to dress, but he sure can coach.
Intangibles: 5. Pats are angry and hungry after two non-title seasons.
Total: 19

2. INDIANAPOLIS COLTS
Offense: 5. Peyton, Marvin, Reggie, Dallas - who needs last names?
Defense: 3. It showed in postseason what it can do if S Bob Sanders plays.
Coaching: 5. Players love Dungy, management and fans now love his results. Dungy has perfect demeanor for this team.
Intangibles: 5. Staying on top is the ultimate challenge. But they have the confidence of champions.
Total: 18

3. SAN DIEGO CHARGERS
Offense: 5. RB LaDainian Tomlinson is NFL's biggest threat, TE Antonio Gates is a beast, line is first-rate.
Defense: 4. LBs Shawne Merriman and Shaun Phillips could be unstoppable, and DT Jamal Williams is All-Pro material.
Coaching: 3. Norv Turner, a superb offensive coordinator, has been a mediocre head coach.
Intangibles: 5. After early playoff flop last season, they are driven.
Total: 17

4. NEW ORLEANS SAINTS
Offense: 4. If the line is solid, this easily could be a 5. RB Reggie Bush might have breakout season.
Defense: 3. Excellent pass rush, overachieving LBs. But secondary is big question mark.
Coaching: 5. Sean Payton got team through rough period and all the way to NFC title game.
Intangibles: 5. Saints have done everything anyone could ask back home, and applied that success to the field.
Total: 17

5. PITTSBURGH STEELERS
Offense: 4. Steelers simply need to put all the elements together. RB Willie Parker is a budding star.
Defense: 4. Depth will be tested, but S Troy Polamalu is a difference maker.
Coaching: 3. Mike Tomlin is an unknown and he replaces a great coach, Bill Cowher.
Intangibles: 5. Showing that last year's flop was an aberration is driving team, as is proving Steelers can win for another coach.
Total: 16

6. BALTIMORE RAVENS
Offense: 3. RB Willis McGahee provides some versatility and TE Todd Heap is a star.
Defense: 5. Even without departed LB Adalius Thomas, this is a top-notch unit still led by LB Ray Lewis.
Coaching: 4. Brian Billick's offensive acumen still hasn't come to forefront.
Intangibles: 3. Could be a letdown after 13-3 season, but Lewis and QB Steve McNair won't let them slip far.
Total: 15

7. CHICAGO BEARS
Offense: 3. QB Rex Grossman and RB Cedric Benson have so much to prove.
Defense: 5. Even with unhappy LB Lance Briggs (contract) and less depth than last year, it's terrific, anchored by MLB Brian Urlacher.
Coaching: 4. Lovie Smith proved himself in last two years. Only blemish was allegiance to Tank Johnson.
Intangibles: 3. Losing Super Bowl often has deleterious effect on teams.
Total: 15

8. DENVER BRONCOS
Offense: 4. We're presuming QB Jay Cutler progresses and RB Travis Henry is healthy.
Defense: 3. Champ Bailey is a shutdown cornerback and watch for LB D.J. Williams. But line is in flux.
Coaching: 4. Mike Shanahan's offense will always be a threat.
Intangibles: 3. Tragic offseason, with deaths of Darrent Williams and Damien Nash, could have lasting impact.
Total: 14

9. PHILADELPHIA EAGLES
Offense: 4. QB Donovan McNabb was having All-Pro year when he got hurt in '06, and Brian Westbrook is dynamic as runner and receiver.
Defense: 3. Would become a 4 if linebackers come through.
Coaching: 5. Andy Reid is one of the best and handles tough situations well.
Intangibles: 2. Release of defensive leader Jeremiah Trotter and problems in Reid's family could be problematic.
Total: 14

10. DALLAS COWBOYS
Offense: 4. So much depends on continued development of QB Tony Romo and behavior of WR Terrell Owens.
Defense: 4. Concerns in secondary could drop this mark severely, especially if CB Terence Newman stays hobbled.
Coaching: 3. Wade Phillips has been good coordinator, so-so head coach.
Intangibles: 3. The T.O. factor always is in play.
Total: 14

11. NEW YORK JETS
Offense: 3. But only if RB Thomas Jones and QB Chad Pennington stay healthy.
Defense: 3. Watch for S Kerry Rhodes and rookie CB Darrelle Revis.
Coaching: 4. ``Mr. Personality,'' Eric Mangini, is Belichick clone. He's been labeled ``Man-genius'' in New York.
Intangibles: 4. Jets want to prove 10-6 last year was no fluke.
Total: 14

12. SEATTLE SEAHAWKS
Offense: 4. Watch what a difference a healthy RB Shaun Alexander and QB Matt Hasselbeck make.
Defense: 3. Linebacking, with Lofa Tatupu and Julian Peterson, is the strength.
Coaching: 4. Mike Holmgren is among the league's best and players respect him.
Intangibles: 3. Seahawks felt they should have beaten Chicago in January and played Saints for another Super Bowl trip.
Total: 14

13. CAROLINA PANTHERS
Offense: 3. Carolina needs more playmakers to complement brilliant WR Steve Smith.
Defense: 3. Could slip lower if LB Dan Morgan gets hurt again and pass rush isn't powerful.
Coaching: 4. John Fox knows how to get his team to rebound from poor season.
Intangibles: 4. Panthers believe they are better than injury-ravaged results of 2006.
Total: 14

14. ST. LOUIS RAMS
Offense: 4. If the line holds up, RB Steven Jackson, WR Torry Holt and company will revive memories of Greatest Show on Turf.
Defense: 2. Rookie DL Adam Carriker and young DBs must make immediate contributions.
Coaching: 4. Scott Linehan is developing something in St. Loo.
Intangibles: 3. Rams love their draft and think Jackson will be an All-Pro for years.
Total: 13

15. JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS
Offense: 3. Jags will sink or roll with RBs Fred Taylor and Maurice Jones-Drew. Who can catch the ball?
Defense: 4. Would become a 5 if DBs excel.
Coaching: 3. Jack Del Rio's teams have faded late in the season.
Intangibles: 3. Too much uncertainty about quarterbacking and receiving.
Total: 13

16. GREEN BAY PACKERS
Offense: 2. QB Brett Favre needs to have some magic left.
Defense: 4. Vastly improved recently, with DE Aaron Kampman and LB A.J. Hawk the leaders.
Coaching: 3. Mike McCarthy got 8-8 season out of mediocre roster last year.
Intangibles: 4. Pack badly wants to do something special for Favre.
Total: 13

17. TENNESSEE TITANS
Offense: 3. Only this high because they have Vince Young's creativity.
Defense: 3. LBs, led by Keith Bulluck, could be special.
Coaching: 5. Jeff Fisher gets everything he can from everyone.
Intangibles: 2. Pacman Jones situation, loss of key free agents hurt.
Total: 13

18. KANSAS CITY CHIEFS
Offense: 2. Larry Johnson and Tony Gonzalez equals a 2.
Defense: 3. LB Derrick Johnson and DE Tamba Hali must come into their own. Veteran CB Ty Law still makes big plays.
Coaching: 4. Herm Edwards gets his team to playoffs most of the time.
Intangibles: 3. A few too many distractions, including LJ's preseason holdout.
Total: 12

19. SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS
Offense: 3. If the wideouts come through, it could go higher because RB Frank Gore is superb.
Defense: 3. Players believe in coach Mike Nolan's system, and new CB Nate Clements could solidify secondary.
Coaching: 4. Nolan has made huge strides in two seasons, could make more this year.
Intangibles: 2. Loss of offensive coordinator Norv Turner could hurt QB Alex Smith's development.
Total: 12

20. TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS
Offense: 3. QB Jeff Garcia adds some oomph, and RB Carnell Williams is a stud when healthy.
Defense: 3. Not nearly as dynamic as in recent years, but LB Derrick Brooks and CB Ronde Barber remain standouts.
Coaching: 3. Jon Gruden's teams have been too inconsistent in past few seasons.
Intangibles: 3. Plenty of leaders here, but how much talent?
Total: 12

21. ARIZONA CARDINALS
Offense: 4. QB Matt Leinart throwing to WRs Anquan Boldin and Larry Fitzgerald, and versatile RB Edgerrin James form excellent foundation.
Defense: 2. Other than S Adrian Wilson and CB Antrel Rolle, not much proven talent.
Coaching: 3. New head man Ken Whisenhunt was highly sought and has strong leadership skills.
Intangibles: 3. Whisenhunt's staff brings a breath of fresh air to the desert.
Total: 12

22. CINCINNATI BENGALS
Offense: 5. Carson Palmer throwing to Chad Johnson is worth price of admission.
Defense: 1. Watch for lots of shootouts, with Bengals on wrong end of a few.
Coaching: 3. Marvin Lewis has lost some of his luster with player arrests mounting.
Intangibles: 2. Lots of talent, but too many miscreants.
Total: 11

23. MIAMI DOLPHINS
Offense: 2. Could be higher if OL improves and QB Trent Green stays healthy.
Defense: 4. DE Jason Taylor is among NFL's elite players. So is LB Zach Thomas.
Coaching: 2. Cam Cameron has a lot to prove in head coaching debut.
Intangibles: 3. Departure of Nick Saban as coach was popular in South Florida, inside Dolphins and outside.
Total: 11

24. DETROIT LIONS
Offense: 4. Lions should be explosive with coordinator Mike Martz's schemes and several playmakers.
Defense: 1. Except for LB Ernie Sims and DT Cory Redding, this could be ugly.
Coaching: 3. Rod Marinelli is trying, and the talent level has risen a bit.
Intangibles: 3. Detroit is desperate to show it's no longer abysmal - mediocre will do.
Total: 11

25. NEW YORK GIANTS
Offense: 3. Things could go haywire if RB Brandon Jacobs doesn't effectively replace Tiki Barber and wideouts aren't healthy.
Defense: 2. Michael Strahan, where are you?
Coaching: 3. Tom Coughlin is coaching for his job, but do players want him back?
Intangibles: 2. Barber's sniping from afar, Strahan's holdout, injuries also plaguing Giants.
Total: 10

26. WASHINGTON REDSKINS
Offense: 2. Young QB Jason Campbell must develop to complement good runners and receivers.
Defense: 3. Lots of potential, but secondary that hits a ton can't cover.
Coaching: 3. Joe Gibbs' second regime has not been what he or owner Dan Snyder envisioned.
Intangibles: 2. Players have to wonder if Gibbs will stick around beyond this year.
Total: 10

27. HOUSTON TEXANS
Offense: 2. WR Andre Johnson is only standout, unless RB Ahman Green has revival.
Defense: 2. LB DeMeco Ryans earns some points. What will DE Mario Williams do in second season?
Coaching: 3. Gary Kubiak is gathering players he wants, which takes time.
Intangibles: 3. New QB Matt Schaub, other promising additions.
Total: 10

28. BUFFALO BILLS
Offense: 3. WR Lee Evans is a gamebreaker.
Defense: 2. Losses at LB (Takeo Spikes, London Fletcher) and in leadership will hurt.
Coaching: 3. Dick Jauron is solid, but doesn't have the horses.
Intangibles: 2. A retooling year in Western New York.
Total: 10

29. CLEVELAND BROWNS
Offense: 2. RB Jamal Lewis might boost run game, but who can pass the ball effectively?
Defense: 2. Romeo Crennel has not made expected mark on this unit.
Coaching: 2. Crennel needs team to show progress now.
Intangibles: 2. Players like Crennel, but division and schedule could be killers.
Total: 8

30. OAKLAND RAIDERS
Offense: 1. Only because nobody deserves a 0.
Defense: 3. Could be a 4, but they will be too overworked and might break down.
Coaching: 2. Lane Kiffin, at 32 the league's youngest head man, is an unknown quantity but has to be an improvement over Art Shell's tenure.
Intangibles: 2. Inability to sign top overall draft pick JaMarcus Russell says it all.
Total: 8

31. ATLANTA FALCONS
Offense: 2. If Falcons don't have a running game with Jerious Norwood and Warrick Dunn, they are done.
Defense: 2. Unless DE John Abraham becomes a pass-rushing fiend again, Atlanta will yield many points.
Coaching: 3. Bobby Petrino was a major success story at Louisville, but he will struggle early in his NFL career.
Intangibles: 1. The Michael Vick fiasco figures to have a lasting negative effect.
Total: 8

32. MINNESOTA VIKINGS
Offense: 2. Strong blockers in Steve Hutchinson and Matt Birk, good runners. Nothing else.
Defense: 3. Opponents can't run on Vikes, but certainly can pass on them.
Coaching: 2. Brad Childress has some serious challenges ahead of him. Intangibles: 1. It's obvious to almost everyone that this is a rebuilding year.

digdug
09-01-2007, 01:55 PM
:2cents: I think the rating for MT is low - he may be untested and an unknown commodity but every time you hear anyone that is in the know talking about him they say he has that "it" that all great coaches have and will succeed and in a hurry!!:cope: :cope:

BlitzburghNation
09-01-2007, 02:01 PM
STAINS ranked 29th :haha:

They should've been 32nd !