NFC South What I Know, What I Don’t Know

NFC South:

New Orleans Saints: What I Know- Everyone loves Drew Brees. How can you dislike him? Bush-Thomas work so well together. Saints do a great job of mixing in their backs, whether on run plays or pass plays. Greer-Porter is solid CB tandem. Malcolm Jenkins will be a sufficient replacement for Darren Sharper. He has really good ball skills. Patrick Robinson, their first rounder from Florida State, will develop into a really good nickel back. Reminds me a bit of Antonio Cromartie. All talent in the world. Jimmy Graham, TE third rounder from The “U” has a chance to be special. Basketball player at TE, sound familiar? I want to see some more of Chris Ivory. Goal-line RB? Good option. Alex Brown was a nice addition. Vilma is invaluable to this defense. Rock-solid leader.

What I Don’t Know- If Robert Meachem takes over as the #1 WR. Well, if not this year due to possible injuries (should be the only reason why not), then surely next season. Does he outdo 2009’s touchdown output? Shouldn’t there be more mention of Devery Henderson? He’s a big-play receiver. Is this the year Sedrick Ellis puts up? I hope so, he should be free to produce with the line he’s playing alongside of. Anthony Waters, how much time shall he see at OLB? He should be the replacement for Fujita. Darren Sharper, can he be counted on to recover and be himself? Call me crazy, but don’t they have enough on defense to fine without him? Is his absence that big of a deal? Secondary is loaded with talent.

Carolina Panthers: What I Know-
Steve Smith will show us once again why he should be involved in the talks when the best WR’s are brought up. We tend to forget how good he really is, impossible to take down on first try. Can’t speak enough about Jon Beason. He is your next Ray Lewis. The run game will be that dominant to make this team a serious playoff contender. Nobody in the league has a better combination of backs. Everette Brown and Greg Hardy will make people forget Julius Peppers a little more easier. Watch out for Eric Norwood. If I’m Carolina I go small, quick, and undersized on the defensive line to get to the QB. This is their best option. Go Brown-Hardy-Norwood-Johnson. Brandon LaFell will give the team that Mushin Muhammad tall target next to Steve Smith. Rookie from LSU has the chance to be a playmaker. This secondary is one of most underrated groups. Really like their ability to defend pass, all possess plus athleticism and ball skills.

What I Don’t Know- If the team can compete with New Orleans with Dan Connor and James Anderson as the two starters next to Beason. They’ll miss Thomas Davis. If the OL is the best in the NFC. It’s close. Why this team isn’t the primary darkhorse to unseat New Orleans, but Atlanta is? Is Matt Moore going to bring it up a notch with Jimmy Clausen looking over his shoulder. John Fox has done a really good job, hasn’t he?

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: What I Do Know- Josh Freeman reminds me of Joe Flacco. Will be good, yet not great. Special moments at times. Can’t be main leader, defense needs to be team’s calling card. Mike Williams is a #1 receiver. What a pick in the 4th round. Bright future, pro bowls. Freeman-Williams-Benn-Winslow has the potential to open eyes. Defense is good all across the board. I like the direction of this squad. Raheem Morris needs to be kept. The rookie DT’s McCoy-Price will get all the pub, but the first year corner starting next to Ronde Barber is the rookie to watch. Myron Lewis will be a fixture, another good pick. Other than Kansas City, they had the best draft class. Creamsicle throwbacks are the best in the NFL.

What I Don’t Know- Can Cadillac make this a run-first team? I see more of a passing offense. Why do people sleep on Kellen Winslow, he’s finally healthy. Is Barrett Ruud really their best LB? Quincy Black is someone that will surprise. The offensive line should be vastly greater than what it performance says. What’s holding them back? Can they consistently get to the QB? The edge rushers seem to leave much to be desired. Shouldn’t we see more of Josh Johnson and Sammie Stroughter? I would like to see them involved in the offense with some trick plays/wildcat. Where’s Tanard Jackson among the talk of top safeties? He’s a definite player.

Atlanta Falcons: What I Do Know- Tony Gonzalez is Matt Ryan’s go-to guy, not Roddy White. Says more about Tony, than it does against Roddy. Gonzalez still can be the man, he’s rather impressive. Quite clear Dunta Robinson is being counted upon to be the secondary’s leader, and he will be, really good off-season acquisition. Kroy Biermann is a really good pass rusher that people outside of Atlanta don’t know about. He will be known more by season’s end. He will put more pressure on the QB than John Abraham. Jamaal Anderson is a bust. We should see more of Lawrence Sidbury, the kid from Richmond (4th round, ‘09). Same goes for William Moore, another 2009 selection. This defense can make some leaps and bounds if they get production from the young bloods. I wouldn’t want to rely on Matt Ryan to win me games. Good QB, but nothing special. This is a pass-first team, right move limiting Turner’s carries, don’t want to overwork him. He’s better on 15-20 carry basis rather than 20+.

What I Don’t Know- If Harry Douglas will be going under the radar any longer by mid-season. This kid has wheels. Playmaker. Return game, slot receiver, he’s going to do work and make an impact. Falcons need him to do well. Should Mike Peterson start? Wouldn’t you rather have the rook Weatherspoon and Nicholas be the starting outside ‘backers? I think we may have seen the best already from Roddy White. He’s one of the top 10 receivers in the game, but is he going to be any better from what we’ve seen? Maxed out? Is this the year Jerious Norwood stays healthy? He becomes the #1 back if he does. Most talented offensive weapon? Why are some experts picking this team out to be a darkhorse for the Super Bowl? Let’s win a playoff game first.

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