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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):
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.