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Posted 25 April 2013 - 05:08 PM

The wait is over!

 

Corvus Amplus proudly presents:

 

Amplus' Top Tiers - The Final Installment

 

 

Introduction: The Final Installment will rank up the top units on Defense, Offense, and Overall Team. Instead of the number system, the tier system will be implemented for its simplicity and the vast amount of changing opinions. Like the last two series, all rankings are subject to review and change.

 

"It's an honor to viewed as one of the best, but respect is earned on the gridiron, not through paper transaction." - Anonymous GM

 

Series 3: Overall - TBA
Firepowers (Offensive Units)
Strongholds (Defensive Units)
Superpowers (Overall Rankings)

 

Firepowers (Offensive Units):

Team Name:

QB:

RBs:

WRs/TEs:

OL:

 

Tier 1: The Juggernaut

 

New Orleans Saints

QB: Drew Brees

RBs: David Wilson, Darren Sproles, Montee Ball, Andre Brown
WRs/TEs: Marques Colston, Jimmy Graham, Dez Bryant, Danario Alexander, Mike Williams, Cecil Shorts

OL: Tyron Smith - Ben Grubbs - Brian De La Puente - Jahri Evans - Andre Smith

 

When you look at the incredible sum of talent on this offensive team, you are left to wonder how could the league let them build like that. This unit not only stands alone, but is downright unfair compared to the closest competition. These guys might be merciless as they could raise the bar and break unfathomable amounts of records and numbers of the elite offenses of the past. May God have mercy on the NFC South and any defense that are unlucky to face this Juggernaut.

 

Tier 1B: The Elites

 

New England Patriots

QB: Tom Brady

RBs: Stevan Ridley, Shane Vereen, Brandon Bolden

WRs/TEs: Rob Gronkowski , Aaron Hernandez, Robert Woods, Braylon Edwards, Davone Bess

OL: Nate Solder - Logan Mankins - Ryan Wendell - Dan Connolly - Sebastian Vollmer

 

It's business as usual for the Patriots as they have consistently fielded a top ten offense for years. Only big change for this group was the loss of Wes Welker, so the Patriots have signed Davone Bess and Robert Woods to see if they can replace the production of their departed slot workhorse

 

Green Bay Packers

QB: Aaron Rodgers

RBs: Reggie Bush, Stefan Taylor, Kenjon Barnes, DuJuan Harris

WRs/TEs: Wes Welker, Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb, James Jones, Jermichael Finley

OL: Bryant McKinnie - Josh Sitton - Dan Koppen - T.J. Lang - Bryan Bulaga

 

Aaron Rodgers got some new toys to play with. Wes Welker and Reggie Bush should fit and find success in the Packers' offensive scheme. Also, Rodgers should be in for another productive MVP-type year with a revamped and underrated running-back unit. The only knock for this unit is that a lot of their potential is based on their left tackle Bryant McKinnie who was effective last year, but could drop off without warning due to age and unpredictability.

 

Denver Broncos

QB: Peyton Manning

RBs: Michael Bush, Danny Woodhead, Ronnie Hillman

WRs/TEs: Demaryius Thomas, Eric Decker, Brandon Gibson, Jacob Tamme, James Casey

OL: Ryan Clady - Zane Beadles - JD Walton - Chris Kuper - Orlando Franklin

 

Peyton Manning can make big things happen when he has a top ten O-line and sufficient weapons. The Broncos had one of the top offenses last year and are poised for a repeat with a reloaded RB unit and the return of majority of their starters.

 

Tier 2: High Capacity Threats

 

Baltimore Ravens

QB: Joe Flacco

RBs: Ray Rice, Bernard Pierce

WRs/TEs: Torrey Smith, Anquan Boldin, Dennis Pitta, Jacoby Jones, Ed Dickson

OL: Andrew Whitworth - Kelechi Osemele - Gino Gradkowski - Marshal Yanda - Michael Oher

 

The Ravens are capable of being great offense, only problem is consistency. Flacco is now a very rich man and has a lot of expectation to prove his contract. The RB Corps is steady as always with the one-two punch of Rice and Pierce. The offensive line was definitely improved with the addition of Whitworth. However, the big question mark is how good will the Receiving Corps be since they only shown some flash in limited time.

 

Tier 2B: Possible High Capacity Threats

 

San Francisco 49ers

QB: Colin Kaepernick

RBs: Frank Gore, LaMichael James, Kendall Hunter

WRs/TEs: Michael Crabtree, Vernon Davis, A.J. Jenkins, Justin Hunter, Mario Manningham

OL: Joe Stanley - Mike Iupati - Daniel Kilgore - Alex Boone - Anthony Davis

 

This offense was built on running the ball and they will impose their will against any defense. Kaepernick has a lot of potential due to his ability to be a dual-threat QB. Also, their Receiving Corps should be better than last year's underwhelming group with Crabtee, Davis, Jenkins, and Hunter. If their passing game improve, then this offense could be one of the elites.

 

Atlanta Falcons

QB: Matt Ryan

RBs: Mark Ingram, Jacquizz Rodgers, Peyton Hillis

WRs/TEs: Julio Jones, Roddy White, Tony Gonzalez, Dustin Keller, Cobi Hamilton, Earl Bennett

OL: Sam Baker - Jake Scott - Peter Konz - Justin Blalock - Jammal Brown

 

This offense has all the firepower that rivals the best. The only problem is that their offensive line is not up to the standard of the other offensive unit and could be a liability. However, teams have found ways to overcome their weak offensive line, so I expect the same with this group since their Receiving Corps is considered one of the cream of the crop.

 

Seattle Seahawks

QB: Russell Wilson

RBs: Marshawn Lynch, Robert Turbin, Michael Robinson

WRs/TEs: Sidney Rice, Golden Tate, Cody Fleener, Brian Hartline, Cordarelle Patterson, Doug Baldwin

OL: Russell Okung - James Carpenter - Max Unger - Jeff Allen - Menelik Watson

 

The Seahawks had a top ten offense last year with Wilson at the helm. Now with more weapons and strong protection, Wilson should be poised to lead this offense to even greater potential.

 

Cincinnati Bengals

QB: Jake Locker

RBs: Chris Johnson, Shonn Greene, LeGarrette Blount, Beanie Wells

WRs/TEs: A.J. Green, Jermaine Gresham, Dwayne Allen, Miles Austin, Aaron Mellette, Randy Moss

OL: Branden Albert - Larry Warford - Trevor Robinson - Kevin Zeitler - Terron Armstead

 

Bengals have plenty of talents and protection, but they're putting all their faith on Jake Locker to produce and lead their offense to greatness. Locker has a lot to prove since he suffered from injuries and inconsistency for the past two years. Chris Johnson should be happy to run behind a top ten O-line to help him get back to 2000 yard status.

 

Tennessee Titans

QB: Alex Smith, Kirk Cousins

RBs: DeAngelo Williams, Chris Ivory, Jerome Felton (FB)

WRs/TEs: Keenan Allen, Kendall Wright, Vincent Brown, Heath Miller, Aaron Dobson, Marvin Jones

OL: Michael Roos - Travis Frederick - Fernando Velasco - Brandon Moore - David Stewart

 

The Titans decide to revamp their whole offense that features a young core of receivers, a possible top ten O-line, and a good RB duo. The final icing on their cake was the acquisition of Alex Smith to run their offense. This team has a lot of potential.

 

Tier 3: Sleeping Giants

 

Washington Redskins

QB: Robert Griffin III, Tyler Wilson

RBs: Alfred Morris, Roy Helu, Evan Royster

WRs/TEs: Pierre Garcon, Zach Ertz, Reuben Randle, Josh Morgan, Leonard Hankerson

OL: Trent Williams - Winston Justice - Will Montgomery - Chris Chester - Ryan Harris

 

This offense was surprisingly one of the top offenses last year due to their ability to run the ball down the throats of any defenses. However, the loss of Robert Griffin III due to knee injury could set back the offense. Griffin helped a lot due to his ability as a dual threat, but now he might be limited as a pocket passer, which could limit the offense. Their ranking is heavily based on the recovery of their franchise QB.

 

Philadelphia Eagles

QB: Geno Smith, Michael Vick

RBs: LeSean McCoy, Andre Ellington, Bryce Brown

WRs/TEs: Desean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin, Jason Avant, Marquise Goodwin, Jordan Reed

OL: Jason Peters - Evan Mathis - Jason Kelce - Todd Herremans - Doug Free

 

Chip Kelly has built an offense that can run the ball. Geno Smith and Michael Vick are going to battle for the QB spot, but both should succeed due to the amount of weapons available. The only problem is that this offense relies on a strong offensive line, but with Peters coming from injury and Free coming from a bad year. The jury is out on how explosive this offense can be.

 

Kansas City Chiefs

QB: Matt Schaub

RBs: Jamal Charles, Jason Snelling

WRs/TEs: Dwayne Bowe, Lance Moore, Jared Cook, Kevin Olgetree, Ben Watson

OL: Eugene Monroe - Kevin Boothe - Rodney Hudson - Jon Asamoah - Eric Winston

 

Finally the Matt Cassel Era is over in Kansas City, but comes another era of another QB named Matt. Matt Schaub is a solid game manager that gets to play behind a top ten O-line and have plenty of options. Jamal Charles should be a happy man as his toughened O-line should help him produce another 1500 yard season.

 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

QB: Josh Freeman

RBs: Doug Martin, Isaac Redman, DJ Ware, Michael Smith

WRs/TEs: Vincent Jackson, Darrius Heyward-Bey, Kenny Stills, Brent Celek

OL: Donald Penn - Carl Nicks - Jeremy Zuttah - Davin Joseph - Dallas Thomas

 

The Buccaneers have set up everything they can for their offense with a possible top ten O-line, a strong running game, and viable receiving threats. However, everything falls on Freeman's shoulder, which didn't show much confidence late last season. It's a make it or break it year for Freeman's offense.

 

Cleveland Browns

QB: Tony Romo

RBs: Trent Richardson, Javon Ringer, Darrel Young

WRs/TEs: Josh Gordon, Quinton Patton, Brandon Myers, Jordan Cameron, Greg Little, Donnie Avery

OL: Joe Thomas - John Greco - Alex Mack - Jason Pinkston - Mitchell Schwartz

 

This is a dark horse group now that they finally found a QB. Tony Romo is a serviceable QB, who should produce strong numbers when he has protection and a solid WR Corps, which the Browns offer along with a workhorse back in Trent Richardson.

 

Chicago Bears

QB: Jay Cutler

RBs: Matt Forte, Rashard Mendenhall

WRs/TEs: Brandon Marshall, Tavon Austin, Alshon Jeffery, Louis Murphy, Nick Kasa

OL: Jordan Gross - David Bakhtiari - Roberto Garza - Leroy Harris - Tyson Clabo

 

The Bears finally brought some pieces to help their dismal offensive line that sabotaged their season. Gross and Clabo should give them relief at the edge and give Cutler some time. This team had talent, but with a functional O-line, they might be in for a big offensive year.

 

Tier 3B: Under-the-Radar

 

Minnesota Vikings

QB: Christian Ponder

RBs: Adrian Peterson, Toby Gerhart, Ray Graham

WRs/TEs: Percy Harvin, Kyle Rudolph, Tony Scheffler, Julian Edelman, Jarius Wright, Chris Harper

OL: Matt Kalil - Charlie Johnson - John Sullivan - Geoff Schwartz - Phil Loadholt

 

The Vikings have a top ten O-line and a monstrous RB named Adrian Peterson, however their potential for greatness is linked to their heir QB who has a lot to prove. Also, their Receiving Corps have a lot of names to sort through to find their secondary and tertiary options.

 

Buffalo Bills

QB: Andy Dalton

RBs: CJ Spiller, Fred Jackson, Mike Gilleslee

WRs/TEs: Stevie Johnson, Brandon Lloyd, Andrew Hawkins, Mohamed Sanu, Marquess Wilson, Orson Charles

OL: Cordy Glenn - Andy Levitre - Eric Wood - Kraig Urbik - Riley Reiff

 

The Bills finally found a QB that can help lead their offense to a better record. Spiller and Jackson should produce big numbers behind their borderline top ten O-line. The Receiving Corps might be underwhelming, but the acquisition of Lloyd, Hawkins, and Sanu helps no matter what.

 

Pittsburgh Steelers

QB: Ben Roethlisberger

RBs: Vick Ballard, Jonathan Dwyer, Dion Lewis

WRs/TEs: Antonio Brown,: DeAndre Hopkins, Emmanuel Sanders, Ryan Broyles, LaQuan Williams

OL:Marcus Gilbert - Kelvin Beachum - Maurkice Pouncey - David DeCastro - Mike Adams

 

This group lost a lot of luster due to the fact that Ben Roethlisberger has been decling due to age and injuries. However, Roethlisberger is still a top ten QB and has a reloaded Receiving Corps to work with. However, their O-line has to improve and their running game has a lot to prove.

 

Houston Texans

QB: TJ Yates, Ryan Nassib

RBs: Arian Foster, Ben Tate, Tashard Choice

WRs/TEs: Andre Johnson, Tyler Eifert, Owen Daniels, Steve Breaston, DeVier Posey, Lester Jean

OL: Duane Brown - Wade Smith - Chris Myers - Mike Brisiel - Derek Newton

 

The Texans have a strong zone-blocking system in place with solid offensive linemen and efficient RBs. However, their receiving corps need some improvement since only Andre Johnson is the only known threat. Also, the QB position is a big question mark, but have some promise with T.J. Yates.

 

Carolina Panthers

QB: Cam Newton

RBs: Le'Veon Bell, Mike Goodson, Mike Tolbert, Dennis Johnson, Kyle Juszczyk

WRs/TEs: Steve Smith, Greg Olsen, Markus Wheaton, Jon Baldwin, Juron Criner, Tony Moeaki

OL: Luke Joeckel - Uche Nwaneri - Matt Slauson - Chad Rinehart - Lane Johnson

 

When Cam Newton first came onto the scene, he was downright superman-like. However, last year was like a sophomore slump where Newton tried to do too much. Now the cries been answered with a whole new revamped Offensive Line that could be a potential top ten for years to come. Also, plenty of weapons were added Wheaton, Juszczyk, Moeaki, and others to give Newton plenty of options.

 

Miami Dolphins

QB: Ryan Tannehill

RBs: Lamar Miller, Johnathan Franklin, Daniel Thomas

WRs/TEs: Greg Jennings, Joel Dreesen, Tavarres King, Travis Kelce, Ace Sanders

OL: Eric Fisher - Richie Incognito - Scott Wells - Mike Pouncey - Will Beatty

 

Another talented group of players that is also linked to a young unproven QB. This group has a very solid offensive line and a very underrated RB Corps that could produce strong results to help their unproven Receiving Corps.

 

Indianapolis Colts

QB: Andrew Luck

RBs: Steven Jackson, Kevin Smith Delone Carter

WRs/TEs: Reggie Wayne, T.Y. Hilton, Brandon LaFell, Zach Miller

OL: Anthony Castonzo - Sampson Satele - Ryan Kalil - Jeff Baca - Ben Ijalana

 

With their franchise QB established, the Colts added some key pieces to help their offense. Steven Jackson has a gas left in the tank and LaFell helps complete their three WR set. Only problem with this team was that the GM made questionable moves to send away their young and talented TEs. Also, their O-line seems to have some question marks especially on the right side.

 

Arizona Cardinals

QB: Matthew Stafford

RBs: Ahmad Bradshaw, Ryan Williams, Joseph Randle, Knile Davis

WRs/TEs: Larry Fitzgerald, Michael Floyd, Andre Roberts

OL: Jake Long - Ramon Harewood - Lyle Sendlein - Jordan Mills - Levi Brown

 

All Hail Clutch. Not only the GM landed a QB, but a top ten QB here in Arizona. Fitzgerald is happy now that there's a viable QB at the helm. The protection might not be up to the standard of other teams, but Jake Long does help, if he stay healthy. The Cardinals could be in for a big year, if their protection hold long enough for Stafford to throw to Fitzgerald.

 

New York Giants

QB: Eli Manning

RBs: Pierre Thomas, Felix Jones

WRs/TEs: Victor Cruz, Hakeem Nicks, Nate Washington, Vance McDonald

OL: Erik Pears - Gabe Carimi - David Baas - Chris Snee - David Diehl

 

This offense was one of the best in the league with Eli Manning and his WR Corps. However, the serious downgrade on the Offensive Line could be problematic since their passing offense depends heavily on a clean pocket for Eli Manning. Their status has dropped due to the uncertainty of their O-line.

 

Tier 4: The Unproven

 

San Diego Chargers

QB: Philip Rivers

RBs: Ryan Matthews, Eddie Lacy

WRs/TEs: Mike Wallace, Antonio Gates, Malcolm Floyd, Jerome Simpson

OL: Zach Strief - DJ Fluker - Nick Hardwick - Justin Pugh - Jared Gaither

 

This offense can come back to relevance after a free-fall from last year. Philip Rivers gain his number one WR in Mike Wallace who should help blow the top off defenses. Eddie Lacy should bring in the needed running game since Matthews is a injury-bust. However, everything falls on their offensive line which have young talents, but also question marks.

 

Detroit Lions

QB: Carson Palmer, Tyler Bray

RBs: Knowshon Moreno, Joique Bell

WRs/TEs: Calvin Johnson, Kenny Britt, Stedman Bailey, Joseph Fauria, Ladarius Green

OL: Demetress Bell - Kyle Long - Dominic Riola - Marcel Jones - Jeremy Trueblood

 

The Lions have a ridiculous WR Corps, but they might be limited by Carson Palmer, who is a shell of his former Pro-Bowl self, and a O-line that is going to be hard to gauge. Also, Knowshon Moreno wasn't an effective runningback, which could limit the running game. If Palmer turns out to be running for his life on every play, then this WR Corps' potential could be wasted along with their offensive ranking.

 

St. Louis Rams

QB: Sam Bradford

RBs: Daryl Richardson, Mikel Leshoure , Isaiah Peed

WRs/TEs: Chris Givens, Brandon Pettigrew, Brian Quick, Terrence Williams, Austin Collie, Lance Kendricks

OL: Roger Safford - Chance Warmack - Kevin Matthews - Harvey Dahl - Jermon Bushrod

 

Finally the Rams addressed the holes of their offense with as many talents as they can put in. However, the jury is out if Sam Bradford can take this offense to the next level.

 

New York Jets

QB: Matt Flynn

RBs: Jonathan Stewart, Cedric Peerman, Joe McKnight

WRs/TEs: Santonio Holmes, Stephen Hill, Da'Rick Rodgers, Jeremy Kerley, Martellus Bennett

OL: D'Brickashaw Ferguson - Donald Thomas - Nick Mangold - Stephen Peterman - Austin Howard

 

This group is miles better than last year's disaster. Even though their offensive line were downgraded from last year's top ten status, but their improvement at all other position could help them get back to relevance sooner rather than later.

 

Oakland Raiders

QB: Matt Barkley

RBs: Darren McFadden, BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Giovani Bernard

WRs/TEs: Denarius Moore, Danny Amendola, Rod Streater, Jacoby Ford, Marcel Reece, Ryan Otten

OL: Jared Veldheer - Tony Bergstrom - Stefen Wisniewski - Lucas Nix - Jonathan Martin

 

The Raiders actually have a very underrated offense that could've been better if Darren McFadden wasn't so ineffective and injury-prone. However, their season will be made or broken by their rookie QB, who will be thrown into action.

 

Dallas Cowboys

QB: Kyle Orton, Jason Campbell

RBs: Demarco Murray, Spencer Ware

WRs/TEs: Jason Witten, Santana Moss, Ryan Swope, Robert Meachem, Nate Burleson, Mohamed Massaquoi, Devery Henderson

OL: King Dunlap - Nate Irving - Ryan Cook - Jonathan Cooper - Gosder Cherlius

 

This franchise has left me scratching my head due to the fact that they ousted their best players like Tony Romo, Dez Bryant, Tyvon Smith, and Miles Austin. There's some positive that they have somewhat improved their offensive line, but there's still a lot of question mark at the QB, WR, and RB spot. Murray has shown both flash and injury-proneness. This group have to prove that their the real deal.

 

Jacksonville Jaguars

QB: Chad Henne, Tim Tebow, Blaine Gabbert

RBs: Maurice Jones-Drew

WRs/TEs: Justin Blackmon, Marcedes Lewis, Scott Chandler, Jordan Shipley

OL: Chris Faulk - Evan Dietrich-Smith - Barrett Jones - Louis Vasquez - Charles Brown

 

This group has a lot to prove after a disastrous season last year. They added some pieces to solidify the O-line, but they still lost way too much talent with the departure of Eugene Monroe, Cecil Shorts, and Uche Nwaneri. Also, the QB situation is still a mess, but maybe Tim Tebow can help.


Edited by Corvus Amplus, 25 April 2013 - 05:51 PM.

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Posted 25 April 2013 - 05:08 PM

Strongholds (Defensive Units):

Team Name:

DL:

LB:

DB:

Depth:

 

Tier 1: Apex Status

 

Seattle Seahawks

Paul Kruger - Brandon Menane - Henry Melton - Bruce Irvin

KJ Wright - Bobby Wagner - Michael Boley

Richard Sherman - Kam Chancellor - Earl Thomas - Brandon Browner

 

Depth: Chris Clemons, Kevin Vickerson, DeAndre Levy, Robert Alford, Will Davis, Nick Roach

 

This group is emphasized by the top-ranking "Legion of Boom" secondary, however their other units are no push-over either. Their D-line have got some new toys to provide stouter run defense and effective pressure with Melton and Kruger. Also, the addition of Boley help complete their LB Corps led by Wagner that should be serviceable. This group rivals with the best of the defenses and should be one of the most formidable strongholds at home with the 12th man behind them.

 

Denver Broncos


Von Miller - Derek Wolfe - Ndamukong Suh - Elvis Dumervil

Philip Wheeler - Brad Jones - Wesley Woodyard

Champ Bailey - Mark Barron - Raheem Moore - Chris Harris

 

Depth: Kawann Short, John Simon, Tony Carter, Bradley Fletcher

 

This group is considered the "" due to the sheer amount of talent in their starting 11. They have a superior D-line led by King Kong, a highly ranked LB Corps led by Von Miller, and a top ten secondary led by Champ Bailey. They have playmakers on all three phases of their defense and have to bench some quality players due to the 12 Men on the field rule. This defense might be able to stop some of the best offenses in their track.

 

Tier 1B: The Teams of Prey

 

Tennessee Titans

Michael Johnson - Mike DeVito - Mike Martin - Kamerion Wimbley

Akeem Ayers - Arthur Brown - Zach Brown

Leon Hall - Jonathan Cyprien - Ed Reed - Jason McCourty

 

Depth: Shea McClellan, Vance Walker, Leon McFadden, Devon Stills, Brandon Jenkins

 

The Titans' defense had a new make-over and they might be able to contend as one of the most formidable defenses in the league. A lot of new faces like Michael Johnson, Mike DeVito, Leon Hall, Ed Reed, and Shea McClellan should dramatically improve their defensive units. Also, the drafting of Arthur Brown and Jonathan Cyprien help fill all the holes of the defense. This defense might be the only few teams that have relatively few, if not no weakness or holes.

 

Chicago Bears

Corey Wooten - Sylvester Williams - Sione Pouha - Julius Peppers

Lance Briggs - Stephen Tulloch - Thomas Davis

Charles Tillman - Chris Conte - Major Wright - Brent Grimes

 

Depth: Mike Jenkins, Stephen Paea, Karl Klug, Will Witherspoon, Dwight Bentley

 

The Bears lived and died by their offense, but their defense was consistently one of the best for years. Their D-line might be a downgrade with the departure of Henry Melton and Israel Idonije, but Sylvester should be a highly ranked draftee. Their secondary still should be a strength led by Peanut Tillman and the replacement of Tim Jennings with another highly rated CB in Brent Grimes. The Bears' biggest improvement is probably their LB Corps that was limited by their aging leader Brian Urlacher, but have added strong talents in Stephen Tulloch and Thomas Davis. Once again, the monster of midway should terrorize the NFC North again.

 

Buffalo Bills

Cliff Avril - Marcell Dareus - Kyle Williams - Mario Williams

Khaseem Greene - Jerrell Freeman - Justin Durant

Cortland Finnegan - Da'Norris Searcy - Jarius Bryd - Antonio Cromartie

 

Depth: Bjoern Werner, Justin Tuck, Stephon Gilmore, Greg Toler

 

This group has a lot of playmakers on both the defensive line and the secondary. The only big question mark is if their LB Corps will live up to the talents of the other defensive units. Khaseem Greene and Jerrell Freeman are solid players, but are not considered gamechangers. However, due to the overwhelming talent overall, this group can compete against the best offensive teams.

 

 

Kansas City Chiefs

Sheldon Richardson - Alan Branch - Chris Canty

Justin Houston - Curtis Lofton - Derrick Johnson - Tamba Hali

Brandon Flowers - Matt Elam - Eric Berry - Javier Arenas

 

Depth: Dontari Poe, Trevado Williams, Drayton Florence

 

Their stout defense was one of the bright parts of last season that was a train-wreck. This group has Pro-Bowlers in place like Berry, Hali, Houston, and Flowers, but the acquisitions of Richardson, Elam, Canty, and Lofton make them even more formidable. Kansas City should be more formidable than before.

 

New Orleans Saints

Cameron Jordan - Dan Williams - Nick Fairley

Carlos Dunlap - Erin Henderson - Donald Butler - Brandon Graham

Vontae Davis -  Kenny Phillips - Devin McCourty - Jabari Greer

 

Depth: Derrick Morgan, Jarvis Jones, Adrian Wilson, Duke Williams, David Hawthorne

 

Once again, it's mind-boggling on how the Saints were able to find a way and trade for superior talent for not only their offense, but their defense as well. Bad teams were giving up on their good players and let the Saints reap them to make one of the formidable defenses on paper. They should have one of the ferocious pass rushing team with Dunlap, Graham, Jones, and now Morgan. Their interior is now pushover either with Jordan, Williams, and Fairley. Their secondary and ILB might not be as talented as their pass rushers and frontline, but they are serviceable enough to make this one of the defensive stonewalls.

 

Tier 2: Battle-Harden

 

Green Bay Packers

Datone Jones - BJ Raji - Ryan Pickett

Nick Perry - Desmond Bishop - Kevin Minter - Clay Matthews

Tramon Williams - Morgan Burnett - Antrel Rolle - Nmandi Asomugha

 

Depth: Brandon Williams, Casey Heyward, Alex Okafor, Sam Montgomery

 

The Packers use to be a top ten defense back in their Super Bowl days, but have fell far below that standard recently. However, with the drafting of Datone Jones, Kevin Minter, Brandon Williams, Alex Okafor, and sam Montgomery, they should be on their way back to the top ten standard. However, their secondary will have a lot of question since Rolle, Williams, and Asomugha are all coming back from down years, but if their front seven perform, then they could mask the possible weakness of the secondary.

 

Miami Dolphins

Israel Idonije - Justin Bannan - Jonathan Babineaux - Cameron Wake

Sean Porter - Dannell Ellerbe - Kevin Burnett

Antoine Cason - Reshad Jones - Eric Weddle - Sean Smith

 

Depth: Olivier Vernon, Dwan Edwards, Darnell Dockett, Jordan Hill,

Rolando McClain, Koa Misi, Charles Woodson, Michael Buchanan

The Dolphins have done a nice job finding and hoarding as much talent as they can find for their defense. They have a very deep rotation for their defensive line that is lead by an All-Pro Cameron Wake. Also, they have established a very strong LB Corps with the addition of Dannell Ellerbe and Sean Porter. However, their best addition is probably adding the All-Pro safety Eric Weddle to duo with a very underrated safety named Reshad Jones to enforce the secondary. However, their flaws are that their cornerbacks are probably considered the weakness of this group, but could be masked by the strong talents around them.

 

St. Louis Rams

Robert Quinn - Michael Brocker - Glenn Dorsey - Chris Long

Jo-Lonn Dunbar - James Lauranitis - Sio Moore

Janoris Jenkins - Troy Polamalu - Quintin Mikell - Xavier Rhodes

 

Depth: Kyle Wilson, Michael Mauti, Sedrick Ellis, Trumaine Johnson, Tyson Jackson

 

The Rams have put together a better than expected defense with the addition of All-Pro safety Troy Polamalu and drafting of a highly talented CB in Xavier Rhodes. Their front four have been strong in the pass rush department, but should be stouter against the run with Dorsey, Jackson, and Brocker. Sio Moore, who is an underrated coverage LB, should help complete their LB Corps. With all units complete and with very few holes, this group should be in for a big year in a dog-eat-dog NFC West Division.

 

Baltimore Ravens

Arthur Jones - Johnathan Hankins - Haloti Ngata

Courtney Upshaw - Sean Lee - Jon Beason - Terrell Suggs

Lardarius Webb - Bernard Pollard - Omar Brown - Jimmy Smith

 

Depth: Pernell McPhee, Terrence Cody, TJ McDonald

 

The last year's defense dipped in both ranking and effectiveness due to the injury bug of their stars. Their best players in Suggs, Ngata, and Webb are all coming from an injury-filled season. Also, their key additions of Sean Lee and Jon Beason have been injury-prone too. Their safety-spots are left to be desired since there is a big hole left by the departed Ed Reed and ineffective Pollard. This group has the potential to be one of the best defense in the league, however, it would be hestiant to claim them as such due to their lack of depth and durability.

 

Pittsburgh Steelers

Cameron Heyward - Steve McLendon - Brett Kiesel

Lamarr Woodley - Lawrence Timmons - Sean Spence - Damontre Moore

Ike Taylor - Tony Jefferson - Ryan Clark - Keenan Lewis

 

Depth: Cornelius Washington, Ziggy Hood, Isaac Sopoaga, Cortez Allen

 

The Steelers consistently have a top ten defense year in and year out. This year should be no exception with the addition of Damontre Moore and Cornelius Washington could help fill the open James Harrison spot. However, the departure of Troy Polamalu could leave a hole in their secondary. Their other ILB is up for grabs too since Sean Spence is coming from a terrible knee injury. This group still have key play makers like Woodley, Lewis, Timmons, and Heyward, but didn't really get a game changer to warrant a higher spot.

 

Tier 2B: Battle-Molded

 

San Francisco 49ers

Ray McDonald - Will Tukuafu - Justin Smith

Ahmad Brooks - Patrick Willis - Navarro Bowman - Aldon Smith

Carlos Rogers - Donte Whitner - Dashon Goldson - Tarell Brown

 

Depth: Alec Olgetree, Chris Culliver

 

The 49ers have a very talented front seven with All-Pros Aldon Smith, Justin Smith, Patrick Willis, and Navarro Bowman. Their secondary should still be strong, but have been exposed against tougher competition. The 49er might have some problem with their lack of depth and a hole in the middle of the defense. Their ranking of the past years were high due to their ability to contain the run, but if that ability weakens, then their defense could show some crack.

 

Houston Texans

JJ Watt - John Jenkins - Antonio Smith

Brook Reed - Brian Cushing - Joe Mays - Whitney Mercilus

Jonathan Joseph - Glover Quinn - Daniel Manning - Kareem Jackson

 

Depth: Domata Peko, Jared Crick, Logan Ryan, Shiloh Keo

 

The Texans has a man-handing frontline lead by man-eating JJ Watt. Their secondary is still serviceable since it has it's core of Joseph, Quinn, Manning, and Jackson. The only weakness of this group could be the ILB position due to the fact that Brian Bushing is coming from a knee injury and Joe Mays isn't an effective LB. Everything else seems set, thus this team is highly rated, but not perfect.

 

Cleveland Browns

Shariff Floyd - Phil Taylor - Ahtyba Rubin

Jabaal Sheard - D’Qwell Jackson - James Michael-Johnson - Anthony Spencer

Joe Haden - Louis Delmas - Usama Young - Derek Cox

 

Depth: Billy Winn, Jameel McClain, Lerentee McCray, Jamar Taylor

 

The Browns are also switching to the 3-4 defense. Their acquisition of Anthony Spencer is considered the best move, since they needed a quality hybrid jack LB to bring in their pass rush. Sharrif Floyd is a great draft pick since he can solidify their leaky D-line. The knock on this team is that their secondary might need some improvement since Louis Delmas has been injury-prone and Usama Young isn't a real game changer

 

Tier 3: The Wolves in Sheep Clothing

 

Minnesota Vikings

Brian Robison - Kendall Langford - Kevin Wiliams - Jared Allen

Chad Greenway - Kiko Alonso - James Anderson

Antonie Winfield - T.J. Ward - Harrison Smith - Chris Cook

 

Depth: Tank Carradine, Everson Griffin, Jordan Poyer, Blidi Wreh-Wilson

 

The Vikings have a stout front four with All-Pro Jared Allen and Kevin Williams, along with the addition of Tank Carradine and Kendall Langford. They have an underrated secondary that might have been improved with the addition of T.J. Ward, Blidi Wreh-Wilson, and Jordan Poyer. Their LB Corps will depend on how good Alonso and Anderson turn out. This group is definitely lurking in the shadow and have the potential to be one of the best.

 

Philadelphia Eagles

Dwight Freeney - Fletcher Cox - Sammie Lee Hill - Trent Cole

Bruce Carter - DeMeco Ryans - Mychal Kendricks

Prince Amukamara - Shamarko Thomas - Ronde Barber - Dee Milliner

 

Depth: Vinny Curry, Brandon Boykin, Curtis Brown, Osi Umenyiora, Mathias Kiwanuka

 

The Eagles actually had a talented team, but fell apart due to a fail chemistry. Their front seven have been revamped with the addition of Carter, Freeney, Lee Hill, and Umenyiora. However, the big question might be if their pass rush can be improved since most of their rushers are coming off down seasons. Their revamped secondary might be borderline top ten. This group has the tools to be great, but that largely is based on how stout their defensive line could be.

 

Arizona Cardinals

Jurrell Casey - Brodrick Bunkley - Calais Campbell

Martez Wilson - Daryl Washington - Brian Urlacher - Dion Jordan

Patrick Peterson - Jaiquawn Jarrett - Kerry Rhodes - Johnthan Banks

 

Depth: Antonio Garay, Corey Lemonier, Jamell Fleming, Amobi Okoye

 

The Cardinals surprisingly had a solid defense, but the lack of pass rush was needed to be addressed. Dion Jordan brings a lot of talent and speed to the defense, but is still considered a project The acquisitions of Jurrell Casey, Martez Wilson, and others should help out. However, there's still a lot of uncertainty especially at SS, NT, and ILB spots with Urlacher aging and Washington suspended.

 

Atlanta Falcons

Jared Odrick - Paul Soliai - Jarvis Jenkins

Connor Barwins - Manti Te'o - Sean Weatherspoon - Jamie Collins

Asante Samuel - Thomas DeCoud - William Moore - Corey Graham

 

Depth: Robert McClain, Kroy Biermann, Colin McCarthy, Jerrell Powe

 

The Falcons have rebuilt their front seven to a 3-4 formation. For their first offseason of building, they should be credited for getting as many 3-4 talents on their team. Also, together with their talente top ten secondary, they should be formidable. However, their biggest weakness is their pass rush with their top rusher in John Abraham gone. Connor Barwins hasn't been a effective pass rusher last year and Jaime Collins have a long way to go. This defense will live and die by their pass rush, but their secondary should able to hold up as their front seven should be strong against the run.

 

Carolina Panthers

William Hayes - Ricky Jean-Francois, Jason Hatcher - Charles Johnson

Rob Jackson - Luke Kuechly - Kaluka Maiava

Chris Houston - Charles Godfrey - Chris Clemon - Pacman Jones

 

Depth: Wallace Gilberry, Corey Peters, Jesse Williams, Frank Alexander, EJ Biggers, JJ Wilcox

 

The Panthers defense have cleared house with the departure of players of the past like Thomas Davis, James Anderson, Jon Beason, Chris Gamble, Greg Hardy, and Captain Munnerlyn. However, the incoming talent are underrated and should actually help improve the defense with William Hayes, Chris Houston, Pacman Jones, Kaluka Maiava, and Jason Hatcher. Also, the talents on the team should help this play multiple type of defense, which could be key to help it compete with the Firepowers of the NFC South. The verdict is to be seen on how good this defense will be, but it should be much better than the overpaid and ineffective defense of last year.

 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Michael Bennett - Casey Hampton - Gerald McCoy - John Abraham

Jonathan Vilma - Lavonte David - Zavier Gooden

Marcus Trufant - Stevie Brown - Eric Reid - Eric Wright

 

Depth: Adrian Clayborn, DaQuan Bowers, Mason Foster, Ahmad Black

 

The Buccaneers were air traffic controllers last year  by letting teams throw all over their secondary. Their front seven should be stronger with the addition of John Abraham to strengthen their pass rush and Casey Hampton to continue their stingy run defense. However, the big question is if their secondary with Trufant, Brown, Reid, Wright, and others could contain the passing game.

 

Oakland Raiders

Lamarr Houston - Terrence Knighton - Desmond Bryant - Greg Hardy

Stephen Nicholas - Miles Burris - Thomas Howard

Sam Shield - Tyvon Branch - Michael Huff - Cary Williams

 

Depth: Dunta Robinson, Mark Anderson

 

Raiders had one of the worst defenses last year due to their dismal secondary, ineffective LB Corps, and an inconsistent D-line. However, this group shows a lot more promise with the acquisitions of Greg Hardy, Sam Shield, Stephen Nicholas, Cary Williams, and others. This group is expected to be far superior than last year's disaster.

 

New England Patriots

Rob Ninkovich - Vince Wilfork - Kyle Love - Chandler Jones

Dont'a Hightower - Brandon Spikes - Jerrod Mayo

Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie - George Wilson - Phillip Thomas - Alfonzo Dennard

 

Depth: Tavon Wilson, Darius Slay, Brandon Deaderick

 

Nothing has changed for the Patriots' front seven, however the backend has been completely revamped. The Patriots' defense are probably overrated due to the fact that their offense does so well that their opponents have to change their gameplan and play catch-up. DRC and Dennard have shown flash, but also inconsistency. George Wilson was a very effective strong safety last season and Philip Thomas is underrated that could contribute day one. One of the knocks of the Patriots' defense is probably their low depth for their defensive line and LB Corps. This group is solid, but not what offenses fear about.

 

New York Jets

Quinton Coples - Aubrayo Franklin - Muhammad Wilkerson

Calvin Pace - Jon Bostic - Demario Davis - Ezekiel Ansah

Darrelle Revis - Rashad Johnson - Husain Abdullah - DJ Hayden

 

Depth: Sheldon Brown, Kenrick Ellis, Quanterus Smith, Victor Butler

 

The Jets are known to invest on their defense and this group was no exception with the drafting of Ezekiel Ansah, Jon Bostic, and DJ Hayden. They still have a stout frontline with Wilkerson, Coples, and Franklin, but they have gotten considerably weaker in the backend. Revis is coming from an ACL Tear, and verdict is waiting if he can get back to his All-Pro form. They have talents scattered on all three phases, but the holes at safety could be their downfall.

 

Tier 3B: The Underprized

 

Cincinnati Bengals

Geno Atkins - Brandon Thompson - Richard Seymour

Sam Acho - Karlos Dansby - David Harris - Barkevious Mingo

Aqib Talib - Malcolm Jenkins - Michael Griffin - Dre Kirkpatrick


Depth: Dwayne Gratz, Earl Wolff, William Gay, Devin Taylor, AJ Klein

 

The Bengals quietly had a top ten defense last year due to the overwhelming talent on the defensive line. However, the scheme change and the sending away of quality players like Leon Hall, Michael Johnson, Vontaze Burfict, Adam Jones, and Carlos Dunlap will hurt them dramatically. They brought in players, but they are not the same in terms of quality as the ones that left. Dansby and Harris are solid talent, but Vontaze Burfict could been better due to his age. Aqib Talib has shown flash of #1 CB, but Leon Hall was more consistent. Barkevious Mingo is a good talent, but has a long way to prove himself like Michael Johnson. Their safety position was a need last year, but Jenkins, Griffin, and Wolff aren't considered game changers for those positions. Due to the questionable dismantling of their quality defense, the Bengals destroyed their top ten defense.

 

San Diego Chargers

Kendall Reyes - Corey Liuget - Cullen Jenkins

Jarret Johnson - Vontaze Burfict - Kevin Reddick - Melvin Ingram

Terrence Newman - Pat Chung - Kenny Vaccano - Rashean Mathis

 

Depth: Shaun Phillips, Junior Gallete, Marcus Gilchrist

 

The Chargers actually had a solid defense last year, but was overshadowed by the offense's incompetence. They have a very stout front seven that was bolstered with the addition of Vontaze Burfict and Kevin Reddick. Their secondary might need some help especially with their aging CBs. The trading of their All-Pro safety Eric Weddle was questionable, but Kenny Vaccano has some high expectation for his spot.

 

Dallas Cowboys

Matt Shaughnessy - Shaun Cody - Tyrone Crawford - DeMarcus Ware

Bart Scott - Paul Posluzny - Jelani Jenkins

Brandon Carr - Gerald Sensabaugh - Reggie Nelson - Morris Claiborne

 

Depth: Joselio Hanson, Bart Scott, Maciliah Goodman, Joe Kruger, Juqua Parker, Philip Hunt

 

This defense has a new revamped front seven with Shaughnessy, Cody, Goodman, Posluzny, Jenkins, and others. The moves might be questionable with the departure of Spencer, Lee, Carter, and Hatcher, but last year's defense wasn't lights out anyways. This team still have strong players like Claiborne, Carr, and Ware to keep this team serviceable.

 

Washington Redskins

Barry Cofiled - Stephen Bowen - Linval Joseph

Ryan Kerrigan - London Fletcher - Akeem Dent - Brain Orakpo

Josh Wilson - Brandon Meriweather - Bacarri Rambo - Nate Clements

 

Depth: Larry Foote, Terry Hawthorne, Daryl Tapp

 

Not much is expected for the Redskins' defense due to the fact that they were burned by many offensive firepowers. However, there's some hope that this team could be better than expected. Their strong suit is their LB Corps led by All-Pro London Fletcher along with two up-and-coming talented OLBs Brian Orakpo and Ryan Kerrigan. Their front seven should be serviceable, but a lot of questions remain on their secondary. Josh Wilson is a solid player, but isn't a #1 CB. The others have a lot to prove to be one of the best defenses.

 

Detroit Lions

Randy Starks - Akiem Hicks - Jay Ratliff

Ronnell Lewis - D.J. Williams - Dan Connor - Margus Hunt

Tim Jennings - Amari Spievey - Kendrick Lewis - Orlando Scandrick

 

Depth: Tracy Porter

 

The Lions have made a complete make-over on their defense and the verdict might be left to be desired for their new 3-4 look. They found some quality players to fit for their D-line with Hicks and Starks, but their LB Corps definitely lacks some proven talent. Their secondary finally gets strong #1 CB in Tim Jennings, but the other positions of the secondary need to prove their worth. This defense is in a rebuilding phase, but definitely have some talents to build around.

 

Tier 4: The Questionable

 

Jacksonville Jaguars

Jeremy Mincey - Roy Miller - CJ Mosley - Jason Babin

Manny Lawson - Josh Bynes - Nick Barnett

Desmond Trufant - Dawan Landry - Dwight Lowery - David Amerson

 

Depth: Tyson Alualu, Austen Lane, Aaron Ross

 

The Jaguars' defense last year was somewhat disappointing due to their weak secondary. Therefore the double dipping of cornerbacks in the draft with Desmond Trufant and David Amerson really helps. This group is far from perfect, but the key acquisiton of Roy Miller, Nick Barnett, and Manny Lawson helps point the defense to the right direction.

 

New York Giants

Ropati Pitoitua - Star Lotulelei - John Hughes - Jason Pierre-Paul

Perry Riley - Rey Maualuga - Mark Herzlich

DeAngelo Hall - LaRon Landry - Nate Allen - Captain Munnerlyn

 

Depth: Jayron Hosley, Marvin Austin, Adrien Tracy

 

The New York Giants defense lives and dies on their pass rush. With the departure of Tuck, Umenyiora, and Canty and with no viable replacement, the pass rush might be very lacking. Their secondary has been revamped, but doesn't seem to be an upgrade compared to last year's group. This defense again might be in for a struggle.

 

Indianapolis Colts

Will Smith - Kwame Geathers - Sione Fua

Jerry Hughes - Vince Williams - Pat Angerer - Robert Mathis

Walter Thurman - Roman Harper - Antoine Bethea - Justin Rodgers

 

Depth: Limited

 

It seems the Colts went backward on their defense losing some serviceable talents like Jerrell Freeman and Vontae Davis. The acquisitions didn't help much either, so this defense may be in for a rough season.


Edited by Corvus Amplus, 01 May 2013 - 01:07 AM.

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Posted 25 April 2013 - 05:09 PM

Superpowers (Overall Rankings):

Team:

Offensive Ranking:

Defensive Ranking:

 

Tier 1: The Superpower Club

 

New Orleans Saints

Offensive Ranking: The Juggernaut

Defensive Ranking: Top Ten

 

With an offense that's considered the Alpha Status and a defense that could possible match the offense, the Saints are here for business and expectation is nothing of a ring.

 

Denver Broncos

Offensive Ranking: Top Five

Defensive Ranking: Apex

 

The Broncos are mad and coming with a vengeance after falling short on a bad play. They upgraded both sides of their team up to Top Five Status and should contend hard again.

 

Green Bay Packers

Offensive Ranking: Top Five

Defensive Ranking: Top Ten

 

The Packers decided that their defense have been a liability, so they drafted defense and more defense to the point that it might help them get back to the Top Five Super Bowl Winning Year. Also, their offense seemed to be upgraded and should be business as usual with Rodgers at the helm.

 

Baltimore Ravens

Offensive Ranking: Top Five

Defensive Ranking: Borderline Top Ten

 

The targets are on their back after going all out last year to win a ring. They still have majority of the offensive starters returning, so that is a positive. However, the team's return to the playoffs will be decided if their defense can live up to higher standards with two of their key players in Ray Lewis and Ed Reed gone.

 

Tier 1B: The Heavyweights

 

Seattle Seahawks

Offensive Ranking: Top Ten

Defensive Ranking: Apex

 

The Seahawks are knocking at the door and should be another tough contender behind an Apex Defense and a top ten offense. The only reason why they haven't established as a Superpower is because they only been to the playoffs once under the Wilson Era.

 

Tennessee Titans

Offensive Ranking: Borderline Top Ten

Defensive Ranking: Top Five

 

The Titans revamped their whole team and should be please that their defense is up to Apex Status and a possible top ten offense under a new field general named Alex Smith. They have all the tools to go deep into the playoffs.

 

San Francisco 49ers

 

Offensive Ranking: Top Ten

Defensive Ranking: Borderline Top Ten

 

The 49ers lost the Super Bowl, but they still have majority of last year's pieces in place to repeat their way back to it. Kaepernick should be much better now that he has tasted success. However, their defense might show some crack since their front line is aging and lack depth.

 

New England Patriots

 

Offensive Ranking: Top Five

Defensive Ranking: Below Average

 

They might be weaker than last year, but as long as Tom Brady is still there, the Patriots are still a threat to make the playoffs.

 

Tier 2: The Rising Sun

 

Atlanta Falcons

 

Offensive Ranking: Top Ten

Defensive Ranking: Average

 

The Falcons have an overwhelming offensive weapons that is under Matt Ryans. However they are far from perfect since their offensive line has a lot to prove. As for defense, they have a top ten secondary, but have big question marks on how well their pass rushers develop.

 

Chicago Bears

Offensive Ranking: On the Rise (Above Average)

Defensive Ranking: Top Five

 

The Bears have lived and died by their inconsistent offense. However, after adding protection and weapons for Jay Cutler, their offense should finally complement their Top Five Defense.

 

Kansas City Chiefs

Offensive Ranking: On the Rise (Above Average)

Defensive Ranking: Borderline Top Five

 

The Chiefs are determined to return back to their playoff status. They finally found a serviceable QB Matt Schaub to go along with their run-oriented offense and stout defense. If their receiving corps works out, then they should be a dark horse in the playoff race.

 

Buffalo Bills

Offensive Ranking: Average

Defensive Ranking: Top Five

 

The Bills have put a lot of emphasis to make their defense much more talented and stronger than last year's underwhelming group. They also improved their QB with Andy Dalton, however they still have a lot to prove on offense.

 

Tier 2B: Hidden Within the Shadows

 

Miami Dolphins

Offensive Ranking: Average

Defensive Ranking: Top Ten

 

The Fins' defense is Top Ten and the offense has plenty of talent, but everything depends on if Ryan Tannehill can deliver.

 

Pittsburgh Steelers

Offensive Ranking: Average

Defensive Ranking: Borderline Top Ten

 

The Steelers missed the playoffs last year, but still have talent to make it back. Ben Roethlisberger will have to depend on a new group of WRs and hope his offensive line improve. Their defense is just reloading with younger talent.

 

Houston Texans

Offensive Ranking: Average

Defensive Ranking: Borderline Top Ten

 

The Texans have been successful with the formula of a suffocating defense and an effective running game. However, for them to be a better team, they will need their QB to rise to the occasion.

 

Cleveland Browns

Offensive Ranking: Borderline Top 15 (Above Average)

Defensive Ranking: Borderline Top 15 (Above Average)

 

The Browns have a top five offensive line, a serviceable running game, a young core of WRs/TEs, and now the final piece to their puzzle, a QB named Tony Romo. Their defense should be no-pushover either with a revamped 3-4 system. If all goes well, then they might be able to win more games than everyone expects.

 

Minnesota Vikings

Offensive Ranking: Average

Defensive Ranking: Average

 

The Vikings sneaked into the playoffs due to the total dominance of last year's MVP, Adrian Peterson. However, for them to be better than last year, their QB Christian Ponders have to step up. Their defense is lurking in the shadow, but should be better than what everyone gives them credit. This group should be a dark horse, if Ponders succeed.

 

Philadelphia Eagles

Offensive Ranking: Top 15 (Above Average)

Defensive Ranking: Average

 

The Eagles are in a complete rebuilding mode after last year's disaster. However, they could return to relevance sooner rather than later, if Chip Kelly's Option Read Offense and their revamped defense show promise.

 

Arizona Cardinals

Offensive Ranking: Average

Defensive Ranking: Average

 

A lot of the Cardinals' fortune can change due to the fact that they landed Matt Stafford to lead their offense. Their defense is also serviceable, but the only problem for the Cardinals is that they're in a shark tank division with all four teams in an arms-race.

 

Tier 3: Dark Horses

 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Offensive Ranking: Top 15 (Above Average)

Defensive Ranking: Average

 

The Bucs should return a strong offense like last year when their two prized guards come back. However, there's still a lot of question on their secondary, which was a burden for them last year and Josh Freeman, who is inconsistent.

 

Cincinnati Bengals

Offensive Ranking: Top 15 (Above Average)

Defensive Ranking: Below Average

 

It seems Mike Brown has resumed control of the front office again due to the questionable moves the team has made by sending away quality talents like Andy Dalton, Michael Johnson, Carlos Dunlap, Leon Hall, Andrew Whitworth, Vontaze Burfict, and Andrew Hawkins. If he had left the team alone or use the cap better, then the team could've been a borderline Superpower.

 

St. Louis Rams

Offensive Ranking: Unproven

Defensive Ranking: Top Ten

 

The Rams' defense might be strong, but their offense has a lot to prove. They have plenty of young talented WRs, and some quality protection, but everything has to synchronize under Sam Bradford.

 

Carolina Panthers

Offensive Ranking: Average

Defensive Ranking: Average

 

The Panthers have revamped their whole team and have decided to live and die with Cam Newton. They have cut a lot of ties from their financial mistakes and stars, and will start over new with young players. These drastic decisions and gamble could make or break the Panthers' season.

 

Washington Redskins

Offensive Ranking: Borderline Top Ten

Defensive Ranking: Subpar

 

The Redskins finally found their Messiah in Robert Griffin III, who led a top ten offense last year. However, their defense has significantly weakened, which could be a liability for them.

 

Tier 3B: The Lightweights

 

Indianapolis Colts

Offensive Ranking: Average

Defensive Ranking: Subpar

 

The Colts have also found their Savior in Andrew Luck, who reinvigorated their offense. However, the lack of talent on the defense is a big concern on if they can return to the playoffs.

 

San Diego Chargers

Offensive Ranking: Average

Defensive Ranking: Average

 

The Chargers are also trying to find their way back to relevance. They added a lot of bodies to beef up their offensive line and reeled in Mike Wallace to reenergized their offense. However, questionable moves like sending away playmakers like Eric Weddle and Danario Alexander could limit their expectation to win this year.

 

Oakland Raiders

Offensive Ranking: Unproven

Defensive Ranking: Average

 

The Raiders' revamped defense is something to be excited about, but their unproven offense could make or break their season. They have the talent, but the QB has to proven a lot or maybe too much to keep up with the division bullies Broncos and Chiefs.

 

New York Giants

Offensive Ranking: Average

Defensive Ranking: Subpar

 

The Giants lost way too much talent on their defense to keep up against the increased competition of the NFC East. They still have key pieces on offense with Eli Manning, Victor Cruz, and Hakeem Nicks, but that's about it. Their offensive line has diminished and could sabotage their offensive efforts.

 

New York Jets

Offensive Ranking: Unproven

Defensive Ranking: Average

 

The Jets again invested heavily on their defense, but their offense is lacking talent. The defense might be able to keep the score low, but their offense might be able to score lower, which means their time of contending is still far away. However, there's still hope that this team can do better than expected.

 

Tier 4: Better Luck Next Year

 

Dallas Cowboys

Offensive Ranking: Unproven

Defensive Ranking: Average

 

Jerry Jones seemed to have decided to throw in the towel and rebuild their franchise for the better when he cut their roster up and brought in a mix of miscasts and misfits. They have some players to depend on defense, but their offense is severely lacking. However, hope is not all gone, since NFC East is considered the weakest bunch of the NFL.

 

Detroit Lions

Offensive Ranking: Unproven

Defensive Ranking: Subpar

 

It's a shame that Megatron's madness will have to endure another losing season. They are clearly rebuilding for the future, since they don't have enough talent to contend with the best.

 

Jacksonville Jaguars

Offensive Ranking: Unproven

Defensive Ranking: Subpar

 

Jacksonville knew that it will take not one, but a couple offseason to rebuild their image of a dysfunctional and defeated franchise. They are starting off in the right direction by adding as much talent as possible on defense, but their offense is far from serviceable.


Edited by Corvus Amplus, 30 April 2013 - 03:52 AM.

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Posted 25 April 2013 - 05:22 PM

Good work!

 

I do think my offense should be in tier 3 though not 3B.


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Posted 25 April 2013 - 05:22 PM

Who is Eric Dickson?
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Posted 25 April 2013 - 05:24 PM

I think my Bears should be higher of course, but a fun read.

Good job Corv.


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Posted 25 April 2013 - 05:25 PM

Who is Eric Dickson?

 

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Posted 25 April 2013 - 05:25 PM

Btw, Corvus: you forgot FB Jerome Felton, Pro Bowl FB who will be blocking for Ivory & Williams as well as blocking TE Delanie Walker as well as back-up QB Matt Moore. I feel like my offensive line is excellent & is one of the best, as it can do both games well--run block & pass protect.
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Posted 25 April 2013 - 05:27 PM

I felt the Saints were the only team that was worthy on being in their own category. That's how huge of a gap they are compared to the other offenses.


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Posted 25 April 2013 - 05:29 PM

Btw, Corvus: you forgot FB Jerome Felton, Pro Bowl FB who will be blocking for Ivory & Williams as well as blocking TE Delanie Walker as well as back-up QB Matt Moore. I feel like my offensive line is excellent & is one of the best, as it can do both games well--run block & pass protect.

 

Makes sense, let me update that team. I'm assuming Alex Smith will be back to his 2011 self, where he almost lead the 49ers to the Super Bowl.


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Posted 25 April 2013 - 05:32 PM

Good work!

 

I do think my offense should be in tier 3 though not 3B.

 

Probably hesitate to do that until further notice since we don't know how your other WRs will perform. There's a reason why Lloyd got cut from the Patriots.


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Posted 25 April 2013 - 05:32 PM

Seriously 3b?...They should be right behind Baltimore... This offense is much better than all of the teams in between...and it's not really close.

And Why are you always all over the 49ers, their offense shouldn't even be in the top 20.


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Posted 25 April 2013 - 05:35 PM

I felt the Saints were the only team that was worthy on being in their own category. That's how huge of a gap they are compared to the other offenses.

 

Much appreciated. Thank you for the nod. I was left with several holes when I inherited the team, so I'm very pleased to see it all come together. Could you please add Danario Alexander and Andre Brown to the WR and RB lists? They definitely deserve a mention with how they performed last season.


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Posted 25 April 2013 - 05:35 PM

Seriously 3b?...They should be right behind Baltimore... This offense is much better than all of the teams in between...and it's not really close.

And Why are you always all over the 49ers, their offense shouldn't even be in the top 20.

 

not in top 20?

 

Did you watch the Super Bowl? They scored like 20 points in less than a quarter. That's what I call explosiveness.

 

Let me put your team under review...

 

UPDATE:

 

The reason why your team was placed in 3B was because you don't really have a running game. Also, you have a serviceable WR Corps, but your O-line probably won't give Roethlisberger enough time to throw. However, that's all projections. I'll review the group more.


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Posted 25 April 2013 - 05:38 PM

I'm ok with being unproven.

 

I do think you underestimate the oline. I think it is unproven, not bad.

 

My goal was to make this a team of the future. With the roster I have

 

If Bray, and Lattimore both pan out..... Then this offensive unit is scary

 

I think the oline is what makes my team unproven. Keep in mind that Palmer actually threw for 4000 yards with a crappy group of WRs(which is why I got him). Now he has all world Megatron and a bunch of very talented ones.

Kyle Long is a nice LT prospect. Grim Told me that Harris would be the LT of the future for Brees.

Sims was the starting guard last year and was not bad.

Raiola is a veteran center.

The Right side leaves something to be desired though.

 

 

I designed this team to be a team of the future. I got a potential franchise QB and a potential superstar RB(If he gets healthy).

 

I have 11 stars and no right side.......

 

 

The Defensive Line is stacked, and the secondary is talented. The LB corp is a center of weakness


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Posted 25 April 2013 - 05:40 PM

Good work!

 

I do think my offense should be in tier 3 though not 3B.

You dont have a TE


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Posted 25 April 2013 - 05:42 PM

I still think Woods would fit what New England does really well, and Davone Bess could equal or exceed Welker's production in the slot with Brady.  If they didn't have Amendola I guarantee Belichick would be talking to Miami right now.


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Posted 25 April 2013 - 05:44 PM

You dont have a TE


Thanks to the Bengals...

Anyways, due to that, I plan one using my WR depth to counter that. Charles was a 4th (?) rd pick last year and can develop into a decent one.
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Posted 25 April 2013 - 05:44 PM

Many thanks for adding them.


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Posted 25 April 2013 - 05:46 PM

Thanks to the Bengals...

Anyways, due to that, I plan one using my WR depth to counter that. Charles was a 4th (?) rd pick last year and can develop into a decent one.

That's debatable. He wasnt a very good run blocker in limited action, but made a few nice catches. Any way you cut it, not having a viable option at TE is a weakness. It is a very important position in any offense.


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