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Volume 1, Issue 1
VNFL 2015 ANNUAL
By Pat Kirwin
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Foreword by Pat Kirwin NFC Divisional Preview 1 2 18 21 35
The vNFL is about to commence its 10th season. Once again Seattle and New England went to war in the Superbowl. Once again I regard them as the front runners in 2015. The Patriots will be going at it with a new guy under center this time around. But that’s not the only change to be considered this year. There are a new set of rules set to limit the effectiveness of the passing game to be considered. Rumor has it that the new rules will also make the running game a more potent weapon. Well, not exactly in this writers view. It will become a more viable alternative, simply because the passing game has been weakened and cannot dominate games as it once did. The likes of Alex Smith will now be less likely to bring opponents to their knees and overcome in spite of everything. So we are in for a change at the top!? Not so fast. As per usual the two marquee franchises seem to be ahead of the game. Wade Dilly now joins Matt Forte in New England, and Seattle somehow got hold of the top talent in the draft, RB Steven Gunn. So can we expect defensive teams to dominate I hear you ask? Again, I think the rule changes have been largely blown out of proportion. Defense appears to be more dominant in the game on the surface. The reason for that though is simply due to the new rules working against the passing game. The end result though, appears to be a far more balanced game. It will no longer just be a matter of best passing game wins. More likely, the best football team wins. Perhaps the biggest news of the off season was Ben Roethlisberger joining a very talented Colts side. With
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Biggie Small and House Martin already on board this could have quite an influence. Big Ben is a huge upgrade on the chump MKII Seabury. They have a real shot. The interesting dynamic though, is that the other team who have serious designs on the Patriots crown is Jacksonville, who also sit in the AFC South. The Jags went 13-3 last year and are also in position to mount a real challenge. Over in the NFC, Caniggia has been silent by deadly over the last few years for the Panthers, quietly building the biggest challenge Seattle has seen in the conference since Dallas were at their prime. Like Seattle they jumped up the draft boards, to snag WR Ty Sullivan at 1.2, a much needed receiver. A very nice move, make no mistake. With Lion under center, Jimmie Kelly in the backfield and maybe the best offensive line in football, the Panthers have the offense. A solid secondary and Patrick Willis rushing the passer make this team tough to pass against. In a similar patient and considered manner the St Louis Rams are now looking like a very well rounded football team. Knaga at QB, Jonathan Stewart finally rid of that nagging turf toe that limited him so in 2014, the Camel as the primary WR is hugely underrated and one of the leagues best. On defense they have an equally impressive cast, Joey Donovan and Harvery Sweeney impress at Linebacker and Hutcheson, Franklin and Flannery form a defensive line that is perhaps only second to Washington’s. We have some interesting new variables to consider then, in 2015. Here is to a great season, may the best team win!
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“They may have found
9-7, 2014 division winner
something in the 5th round with the selection of Outside Linebacker Brad Peterson.”
The Bears are yet to make a single transaction this off season other than retirements and a coach hiring. It has been a depressing start to the 2015 season for the fans of Chicago. The reigning back to back NFC north champions are digging themselves a hole that they might not be able to dig out of. - Biggest acquisition – hired new defensive coordinator from KC, Sammie Watkins (stretching, I know) - Biggest loss – SLB Keith Ellison, retired this off season when he finally was coming into his own. Looking at their draft is also an unexciting task as the bears were without a first and second round selection. 3.31 brings DT Jonathan Maurer (27/47 pre camp rating) to Chicago with future starting potential, but won’t help much in his rookie campaign. They may have found something in the 5th rd with the selection of OLB Brad Peterson (no rating yet). He looks underrated and masked with blue combine scores in agility and bench reps, he will be a powerful run defender and may be forced to start right away. He could grow. Overall draft grade is a D+ The Bears strength this season will be their offensive line. They are well rounded and averaging a 69 current rating between the 5 starters. They will pave the way for the balance Chicago must deploy in order to have any success. The biggest weakness will be the defense this year. Usually Chicago deploys a bend but don’t break defense, but they will have trouble fielding a defense
The Bears celebrated their second straight NFC North Title in 2014.
apart from a few studs. There is no depth on this side of the ball despite having a few dominant players, they will be over matched and picked apart by even the mediocre offenses. The key players leading the charge this season will be the three headed monster, RB Joel Pukenas, WR Joey Rhett, and quarterback Sam Kellar. On offense the bears will focus on balance and clutch play out of Kellar. The balance these 3 give the bears will keep them in games and may help them win a few.
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Detroit 3rd in North Lions 4-12, 2014
It’s been a long road for new ownership in Detroit since taking over. The roster is starting to fill out with some quality playmakers. It’s still an uphill battle. They have added talent smartly. Meaning they haven’t reached for a QB or WR and instead built from the inside out with a solid foundation of trench guys and defense. This off season passed without them landing a significant improvement at QB or WR, but that doesn’t mean that Detroit hasn’t improved. - Biggest acquisition – C Martin Kramer (60/60, 6th year)(from ARZ via trade)Brought in to stabilize the line, and he has already assumed the offensive line leadership role. - Biggest loss – 2.24 (traded to ARZ) The draft brought Detroit several prospects on the defensive side of the ball. 1.5 WLB John Czyz(38/58 pre camp rating) looks like the real deal with serious pass rushing ability, they passed on offense, but you can’t argue with the selection. The third round brought 2 more prospects to the defense. DE Ray Meadows (24/51) and CB Matt Downs (22/53). Downs looks like a solid cover corner with good endurance. He may lack big play ability, but he can cover in any scheme. Meadows is a run stopping right end, a perfect fit for a 34 defense. The addition of the WLB earlier in the draft signals a 34 defense is in the works. A slight reach in round 2 was WR Ryan Freeze(21/37) I think this was too early for freeze but he’s a deep ball threat whenever he steps on the field(4.40 40 yard dash). Overall draft grade B The strength of this team is a coin flip between, the finesse run game. 4th year running back Jimmie McClesky, shoulders the load and will take a little heat off the passer. Also the front 7 of the defense is very strong. Ends Corey McConnell(72/82) and Derrick
If the Lions can get out to a fast start they might contend in 2015
Harvey(73/73) anchor the line. Jonathan Vilma was tendered the franchise player and still has big play ability in his 12th season. The flame may be getting pass to youngsters like WLB John Czyz, who was chosen 1.5 for a reason. He can bring the heat. This front seven could make this defense a bright spot for Detroit which for a change will give its owner something to smile about during the season. The weakness is the passing game. There are a stable of mediocre quarterbacks. Odds are that newly signed veteran Tony Romo will be starting on opening day. He hasn’t seen significant starting action in years, but played well in a handful of starts last season, and gives Detroit the best chance to win with his 90+ sense rush. He does bring his, “life is like a box of chocolate” intelligence to town, but it has never stopped him before. The WR corps has some young, raw talent. Nothing stands out, and not much is mature enough to help out. The passing game will hold this team back and will be streaky at best.
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Green BayNorth Packers 7-9, 2014 2 in
The packers made strides last year but still under achieved if you ask this reporter. It’s becoming a cliché to say the packers are underachievers, but what else can you say after 10 wins over the last 2 seasons. This division is always for the taking and they usually boast the best talent. - Biggest acquisition – 1.11 pick lt Omar Zapata (31/70 pre camp rating) - Biggest loss – mlb Nick Barnett retired along with his 1,300+ tackles The draft was a success for the packers this off season. The 1.11 pick of Zapata will bring stability to the line for years to come. Later in the first the pack nabbed a lde, Jim Reilly (23/62 pre camp rating). The second started off with a bang grabbing potential first rounder dt Jeremy Taliancich (40/57 pre camp rating) who plummeted out of the first due to his horrible 40 time(5.21). he can play the run and is a steal in the second and looks like he can play right away and fill a need. They found a sleeper in the 3rd with wr Leonard Wright (22/60 pre camp rating) he will come down but has decent speed and agility to have long term success as a role player and potential to be a starter if he doesn’t slide too far. He’ll probably end up around a 46 rating with decent bars where you need them, not bad for the third round. The Pack drafted a few other nice picks too and has done a great job of evaluating talent. Overall draft grade is an A+ The strength of this Packers 2015 squad is its skill positions. They have done a great job of adding talent like qb Rickey Hatcher (71/71), rb Rob Cochran (86/86), SE Kendrick Richard (64/64), rcb Kurt Hertz (69/69). The question remains can they utilize this talent and turn it into a playoff appearance finally. QB Hatcher has the ability and the weapons to put up some serious numbers. The weakness unfortunately lies with the owner Inferno, and his ability to game plan and get the most out of all his
On top: How the Packers look on paper…on the bottom how they end up looking in the standings.
talent. The results haven’t been there in recent past in both stats and record. This season brings a fresh slate though, and the window is open for anyone to step up and grab this division. I encourage Inferno to use some of the offensive and defensive playbooks that the VNFL film rooms have to offer and tinker with them this pre season. A few new philosophies could go a long way for this 2015 Packers squad. Key players are QB Rickey Hatcher and RB Rob Cochrane(1,399 yards). Cochrane came out of the gates hot in his rookie campaign and showed that his added running skills could pave the way for Hatcher to finally break out and dominate in the passing game. Hatcher had his second best year as a Pro, and that is due in large part to the emergence of Cochrane and his 4.79 yards per carry. If these two can lift the packers to a division title, anything can happen in the playoffs. I don’t want to get ahead of myself, but this pairing can be special in Green Bay for a long time.
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4-12, 2014 4th in North
One of the busiest off seasons in all of the VNFL is coming out of Minnesota. The action was fast and furious and before you knew it the face of the franchise had undergone plastic surgery, Mickey Rourke style. - Biggest acquisition – Carson Palmer. The biggest acquisition that owner Frankie Starz has ever made came within hours of Carson Palmer being put on the trade block. He struck fast like a flying elbow off of the top turnbuckle. - Biggest loss – starting QB Mack “the knife” Owens. This is actually a positive in the scheme of things. His career 69 QB rating have been shipped out of Minnesota. Remarkably the Vikings still held pick 1.6 in the rookie draft after the deal for palmer. Arnie Olman (RB 61/70) pre camp rating) was selected 6th overall. Starz continued to build an upper echelon offense with this pick. Olman has an elite skill set and the endurance to make him a work horse. Frankie Starz will be styling and profiling all the way to the bank as he cashes in on Olman from day 1. Minnesota lacked many picks after that due to the flurry of trades they made. Overall draft grade C
Vikings fans may actually have a good reason to shout this season.
The strength lies with the newly improved passing game. WR’s Geoff Clayton and Larry Fitzgerald (traded from ARZ) make up one of the most dynamic duo’s. Add to that tight end Kyle laird and rookie RB Olman out of the backfield and a mediocre quarterback could put up all pro numbers. But when you factor in Carson Palmer chucking the rock, the potential is off the charts. A light went off in Starz head this off season and it triggered a series of brilliant moves to make this one of the most devastating offenses. Palmer will be doing the double J, Jeff Jarrett strut a lot this year as his signature touchdown celebration. The weakness lies with the front seven on the defensive side of the ball. With only one real pass rusher in the bunch (Jackie Dunmore DE) it will be tough to be dominant in any aspect on defense. The defense will put this team into a lot of shoot outs. I predict the defense will be good enough to hold most opponents to fewer points than their offense scores, except against those other quality offenses. The defense may let them down in the big games. The key player starts and stops with Carson Palmer. He brings 3 championship rings to town and instant credibility to this franchise. The sky is the limit for Palmer and the Vikings. The ownership has shown a serious competitive spirit this off season and it should translate into serious production for Palmer. He must be licking his chops as he looks to finish his career in one of the weakest divisions in the VNFL.
Only time will tell if adding Palmer was the right move or a desperate move for Minnesota.
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1-15, 2014 4th in East
Key Additions- QB Rob Brown, RB Bruce Holmes ( IR ) Key Subtractions- DT Jimmy Kennedy, Key Draft Picks- CB Tommy Asmus, LB Phillip Barnes, LB Jason Aridge, Overview An open competition at QB going into Training Camp , and overpaying for mediocre FA’s are what marked Dallas’ offseason, their draft may have produced the best CB to come out in years in Tommy Asmus, plus LBers Phillip Barnes and Jason Aridge should start at 2of the 4 LB spots after looking at the depth on this team. In all fairness, the team was gutted last season, and the 1-15 record they posted was a learning experience for the young players.The signing of RB Bruce Holmes may pay off next season, but he’s injured, and may nevewr come back at full strength. The Rob Brown trade ( NE ) may make the Cowboys a little more competitive this year, providing he’s give the opportunity to win the QB Job, but Dallas is still a few seasons away, and the front office knows this. This is the 2nd year of a rebuild, and 2 years ago, this team was 15-1. StrengthsThe Linebacker Unit- Aridge, Barnes, Fritz & Irons make up the best unit on this team and it looks as if they will be very busy, The Interior Offensive Line- Trepanier, Kuzkowski, and Garrison are good, but they cant do it all, Dallas needs a pair of Tackles, and WR’s who can catch the ball, otherwise Whoever’s at QB will be on his back and ass for most of 2015.
It will be sometime before things start looking up in Dallas.
The Kicking Unit- Dallas franchised their Kicker Rob Jennings, and their Punter David Reblin is one of the best in the NFC. WeaknessesThe WR Unit- This squad may lead the league in drops, provided Brown, Ojala or Colt Brennan has time to get the ball to them, The Run Game- If Bruce Holmes were healthy, this weakness may be a strength, but for now, Garrett Marshall is the man here in Dallas, and he amassed 936 yards on the ground last year. Youth- Youth is both a strength and weakness, and next year, it may be listed under strengths, but this year will be a hard one on the youth of this team. Key Players to win- If QB Rob Brown, RB Garrett Marshall, CB Tommy Asmus, LB’ers Barnes and Aridge, make key plays there’ll be a few wins, the D, as a unit will also have to hold steady,
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DE Feazell & DT Weber- 2 , solid, strong Defensive Lineman that, with help, could change a game. WeaknessesThe Offense as a whole- No major receiving threat, an average O Line, and no help for Manning and Lynch makes for a long season for Giant Fans. The Lack of Depth- The Giants have no real depth beyond their starters, and a lot of their starters would be considered depth on better teams. The Lack of Youth- The Giants are tied for 7th oldest team in the league, The Lack of an Impact Player- 9th year RB Marshawn Lynch is this teams Impact player, but with no supporting cast, and a history of foot, ankle, and leg injuries, and coming off a season where he only started 8 games last year, we wonder how much of an impact he’ll make. Key Players to Win- 9th year RB Marshawn Lynch is the key to the Giants season, but if teams can stop him by stacking the box, Manning won’t survive, as his WR’s are pedestrian after Reynoldo Blair, The D will have to play above its head, and keep this team in games.
New York Giants
7-9, 2014 East division winner
Key Additions- LB Bobby Carpenter, RT Adam Goldberg Key Subtractions- LB Carlos Dansby, Key Draft Picks- None ( no 1st or 2nd Rd picks ) Overview- The G-Men haven’t done much to improve themselves, even with having almost 20 Million in cap room available from last season, they plugged some holes, replaced Carlos Dansby with Bobby Carpenter and haven’t done much more. QB Eli Manning, RB Marshawn Lynch & WR Reynoldo Blair are the entire offense for the G-Men, the team appears healthy, and the good news for the Giants is none of the other teams in the NFC East has seemed to do very much more to improve themselves either, The Linebackers and Safeties are a solid group, but overall it seems there wasn’t much of a movement by the front office to improve this team, of course, the FA Pool was mediocre, and there were really no impact players at a need position for the G-Men anyways, The Giants have no 1st Rd pick in 2016 either, so barring trades, major improvement seems 2 years away . We’d recommend a rebuild for this Giants team. StrengthsQuarterback- Eli Manning has what it takes to be one of the better QB’s in the league, unfortunately, he’s got limited weapons and options. Running Back- Marshawn Lynch- If the line can’t block for him, he’s just another receiver to cover, 1000 yards may be a reach, providing he stays healthy. The LBers- The best unit on this team, Bobby Carpenter moving from a inside 3-4 to a Outside SLB in 4-3 may cause problems though,
Time might be running out for Eli to get a Championship
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7-9, 2014 2nd in East
Key Additions- See Draft Picks Key Subtractions- DT Kevin Williams, P Brandon Fields, LB Gerald Hayes, Key Draft Picks- OT George Belanger, LB Karl O’Donnell, QB Albert Drain Overview- The Eagles seem to have gotten outmaneuvered this offseason, but had a solid draft, with what appears to be 3 starters coming from it, if they give Albert Drain the ball, and quite frankly, barring a trade, they should. None of the other QB’s on this roster have what it takes, and WR’s Chris Henry and Vincent Jackson are going to have to battle for every catch they make. Drain may prove to be a good system QB, but the lack of a quality running game may be their downfall in the NFC East, if they had a RB to take heat off the QB, they might stand a chance, but with no run game, Defenses will tee off on whoever is at QB, no matter how good the Eagles O Line is. The Eagles DL stands pat, and is very good, the Secondary is another matter, and we can say without a doubt big yards will be given up on the other side of CB Tye Hill, unless that line can provide a monster rush. Dennis Tatangelo is a good, efficient system QB who’s already in place, but you have to wonder how much longer he can survive without a run game, defenses coming after him, and his wideouts a year older, and exactly how far he can bring this team. The Eagles went to a short passing game last year, as his yardage, avg ypc, and avg ypa went down, also his longest completion went for only 36 yards, The good news is the sacks and knockdowns also dropped, a testament to him getting the ball out way earlier, it wont be long before teams are playing BnR/M2M and coming after him in all out blitz packages, and he’ll have to rely on his WR’s and O Line, as Dallas Clark is an afterthought at TE, and no legitimate 3rd receiving threat. Adding Stud Rookie George Belanger at LT should help protect whoever’s at QB, & Philly may not have the same success as in the past, especially without a ground game in 2015.
New T George Belanger could be penciled in as an all pro for the next decade
StrengthsThe WR’s- A year older, but these two 11 year vets are hard to cover, as proven by Tatangelo’s Passer rating. The DL- As old as they are, they’ve proven they can still get to the passer, providing their secondary holds up. The OL- Sure, they can pass block, but can they continue to protect a QB consistently when they have no run game? WeaknessesThe Running Game- Roosevelt Branch is not the answer, and they drafted the overlooked Daniel deLeon, but can he help? Maybe the Eagles should forget the run game and just throw baby- throw! The Secondary- after Tye Hill, it’s hope, and pray, this team has situational players, but not every down DB’s, if they’re caught off guard, no lead will be safe. Special Teams- The loss of P Brandon Fields is a huge blow to a team that needs field position as bad as this team will in order to win. Key Players to Win this season- Tatangelo/Drain to play above their heads, The OL to hold up, the WR’s to be able to continue to separate and make plays, and the D to hold on, and a RB to step forward to carry the load.
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6-10, 2014 3rd in East The Defensive Line- The main strength on this Washington team, I don’t think you’ll find 3 better Down Lineman suited for the 3-4 in the vNFL. The Secondary- ( R )Stevens, Swift, Smith and ( R ) S- Martin Worley are a solid unit, there will be gaffes with 2 rookies in the secondary, but the Skins will overcome that this season. WeaknessesThe Linebackers – This isn’t REALLY a weakness, but Junior Arnold’s rookie season will be a test, as Moss ,Gordon & Brooks shift around to let Arnold play his natural WLB position, who goes where remains to be seen, and how they adapt could become a liability. The Passing Game- ( QB, WR ) See the run game. Key Players to Win this season.- CJ Taylor to manage the game- The WR’s to get open and catch passes, the OL to do what they have to, and the Linebacker corps being able to adapt.
Key Additions- TE Heath Miller, FS Anthony Smith Key Subtractions- CB Marlin Jackson, P Donnie Jones, DT/NT Carlos Wilson Key Draft Picks- CB Anthony Stevens , LB Junior Arnold, P - J.R. Alba, S Martin Worley Overview The Skins may not have the receivers to throw downfield to consistently, in fact, you might call their receivers pedestrian, but their running and short passing game should be enough to keep Defenses honest, the addition of TE Heath Miller should/could open up some of the outside routes for the Wideouts, as he’s very difficult for a S or LB to cover 1 on 1, RB Joseph Addai & FB Richard Dirnabauer will shove the ball down peoples throats, and providing they stay healthy, and CJ Taylor can manage a game, make a pass here and there and not force the ball into double coverage, the Skins are the class of this division, a better than average O Line, a Killer D Line, and add 2 very good coverage cornerbacks( Rookie – Stevens, and Roosevelt Swift) and Anthony Smith at S, you have the makings of a team that has no excuse to not win this division. The Linebackers need to perform above their abilities, and the Wide Receivers do as well for this team to gain any major momentum though, but we have to say this is the most improved team in the NFC East. C.J. Taylor is in yet another put up or shut up year, although with no one to throw to/hold onto the ball, he’s doing the best he can. StrenghtsThe Run Game- Addai running behind Dirnabauer can gain the yards, but if other teams stack the box vs the run , can CJ Taylor find receivers to get open, and hold onto the ball?
Draft analysts were skeptical of the decision to draft a Punter in the 2nd round, calling it “Al Davis Like”
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after being in the league for 6 years and only getting a 1 start. The other DE is Lamont Rivera who was signed over from Jacksonville and has a better starting record but is more of a run stop player. Claude Wroten 10th year DT played 29 plays all year last year but is a perfect 3-4 pass rushing DT. Nolan Wagner MLB has terrible play diagnosis but plays the run very well and will fight with Clary for the starting Job. - Look at their draft Steven "The Machine" Gunn was better than wide receivers in the 40 and agility drills and did more reps in the bench press then 85% of the defensive players. He is one of the best players that i personally have ever seen come out at RB in a MP draft. 7th rounder Bo Johnstone is a kicker that might be on the practice squad but will probably be a casualty this season. - Strenghts Nick will out work and out gameplan anyone in this league. Anna Nicole Smith can make all the throws and does not turn the ball over very often. I think he will struggle to put up the same points this year with his offense. For the next few years it projects to be a top notch unit as there is much youth on board. -Weaknesses Will Gunn hurt or help the offense? Is this team going to be able to make use of a stud RB or is he just another tool in the bag for Alex Smith and Nick to play with. Is this average defense accross the board going to hold up against 2 of the top 15 offenses in the league this year? - Keys players to win this season Everything every year revolves around Alex Smith on offense. How Nick gets this slightly average defense to play so well is beyond me. He really does not have a good edge rusher at LB or DE. His secondary is a scheme and if they can score on offense he can "protect the lead" with his defense.
13-3, 2014 NFC Champion
Has been the NFC’s team to beat for past 9 seasons. With 117 wins in that time, an average wins per year of 13. They have won the NFC West 8 seasons in a row. They do not rebuild they resupply each and every year with Nick doing a terrific job of grabbing "system" free agents and gauging draft picks that work for his offense. It always helps having one of the best QBs in the league as your signal caller too. From the outside looking in Seattle really lost no players that will hurt them immediately. Guard Brandon Moore has 105 games started tied for most all time 1st in KRB and KRBO for career and 7th in pancake blocks in Seattle. He was really tailing off the last few years of his career though. Rocky Mcintosh has 30 games started in 3 years with the Hawks and 17 sacks. He had an outstanding 6% pass rush percentage but was injury prone his last two years which looks the reason he retired. Shantee "Iron" Orr ILB had 84 starts as a Seahawk and played well up until the last two years. He averaged 60 tackles a year and 1 and a half forced fumbles each year. Orr was the main Cog in the middle and will be missed the most of the 3 here. - Biggest acquisition To replace Orr Seattle traded with Pitt to get Ernie Clary to help man the middle. Ernie will have alot of pressure to fill some great shoes. The other player that got brought in off a trade was Donny Szmanski who comes over from Miami and looks like a reserve that is great against the run(nickel CB in zone fit). In free agency Charlie Frye must have really sparked Nick's interest as he inked him to a 2 year deal. He had two good years 6 years ago in Miami but like always Nick must know something we do not. With the lack of real DE , Myron "popular" Murray was signed away from Cleveland and might take a starting role
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rusher. His endurance is brutally bad and gets manhandled on straight rushes. 6.23 Justin Sheldon has bars of a 2nd round pick and combines of a 4th rounder. He is small but should be a great slot receiver for this strong running team. 7.22 The best pure run blocker left in the draft Patrick Wieland. He is good with his body but awful at controlling the defender. - Strenghts and weaknesses The defense is the heart and soul of this team. There is not a single glaring weakness accorss the board in STL. The other key component was Jonathan Stewart who got hurt last year and he was poised to have another breakout season after posting 1400 yards rushing the year before and almost 1900 total yards. Last year Brownkeg found out he has decent depth at RB as the backups rushed for almost 1500 yards. The only real glaring weakness is wide receiver. Camel is great, i will not doubt that, but for most offenses to be successful you need to have a guy that can make the 3rd down grab or take the ball at any time to the house. - Keys players to win this season Knaga has to take the pressure off the defense and running game. If Knaga stays away from his 15 picks a season this team and moves the chains on 3rd down the Rams should be on the rise this year.
St. Louis Rams
10-6, 2014 Wild Card
The last three years this team has been in the playoff hunt or fighting for a playoff spot. That is a world of difference from the 6 straight years of sitting in the cellar before that. They still are hungry for their first division title after their first playoff trip last year. - Biggest acquisition Nick Federspiel a 5th year corner who looks like he can start in this league is going to an already strong defensive team. He started 15 games last year and had 1 pick and 53 tackles. In an effort to make a potent running game even stronger Willie Calleteau OT was signed to strictly be used on run heavy plays. - Biggest loss Adrian Wilson the safety and heart of the defense will be missed after his retirement this year. He started 16 games had 2 picks and 92 tackles. Fred Bennett was the other leader on the defense and he departed in FA to Carolina he played very sparingly last year. To almost round out a whole secondary gone, Stanley Wilson the 11th year vet went to Cleveland after starting 5 games last year and the whole previous three seasons at RCB. - Look at their draft At 1.24 Brent Specter was grabbed and he looks like he might be the best hitter of the safeties in the draft. He looks like more of a zone defender and a little weaker in the run department then BK would want for sure here. At 2.23 Chris Mims looks like a decent grab at tight end but unless he jumps in camp was a little bit of a reach. To fill most of the Dbs that left Deon Dussault was picked at 4.25 and can fly. He will probably end up starting or playing nickel or dime. 5.2 Kerry Ruddick as a pass blocking Tackle was one of the faster feet at the senior bowl. The most intriguing pick to me was Cedric Sobien the DT at 5.24. He looks like a stud run blocker and finesse pass
The Rams hope to have the Refs on their side in 2015.
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11-5, 2014 Wild Card
- Biggest acquisition Archie Troutt T was signed in the offseason to to a three year deal to be a swing man at the tackle position and potentially start if needed. Tommy Richmond signal caller 6th year man was really just signed as depth behind Gant. Last year when Gant went down and we traded Irwin there was a cupboard left bare and that was scary. Austin King is a 13th year vet who is still a work out warrior but is really a platoon guy. Antonio Martinez might be the second best off season acquisition as he may end up starting at WILB and has decent skills accross the board. - Biggest loss Jamaica Rector was only a 5th stringer and had only 2 grabs last year. The ageless wonder Bradie James took the WILB position and played great at times and will be missed. Robert Mathis had some lingering injuries but did not have the same edge rushing ability he showed earlier in his career with only 3 sacks last year. Randy McMicheal was our long snapper and our 2nd TE and we loved what he brought last year. Chester Pitts is a guard and we all know how guards are overrated right? I think he was the worst loss in San Fran. - Look at their draft 2.28 Dwight Ralston OLB was one of the better all around backers in the draft. He had the bars and has better then average combines. He will probably come in and start for San Fran with the old crew they have there. Vinny Davison T at 4.22 was a terrific fit in a more run oriented/play action scheme...that is not what the 9ers run 5.22 Jeff Norris G looks like he can step in and start but will struggle at first on running plays. 6.27 Lewis Meyer RB looks like exactly what BHR has now...a rb that can recognize the hole, convert 3rd downs, and run inside...is that a bad thing?
Jerome Simpson has averaged 11 TD’s per season over his 4 year career.
7.26 TE Gene Rolle does not look like a 7th rounder at all. He has great GD and AD and 3rd down grabs. This pick will not hold up but could be a sleeper if it does. - Strenghts and weaknesses The offense rolls downhill. I mean it as Gant can make every throw and both Meachum and Simpson can take a 5 yard route and go 80 yards or take a long 76 yard bomb past coverage. This defense was in the top ten in almost every catagory and it must be the scheme. This defense has gotten a little better with the draft and trade of Mahoney. The real weakness is Gant. If Gant goes down can this team stay alive. They did not really beef up the offensive line enough and everyone thought they would trade up to get a running back to take the pressure of him. They did not select a running back until the 6th round and Meyer looks just like the other 2 kids they have. This team is older then they look and a bad TC could send things tumbling a little more into a spiral. I expect this team to stay status que but that is not enough to over take the two teams that stepped up in the offseason. - Keys players to win this season I said "Gant" alot already and everyone knows why. Maybe the second most important players are Gentilli and Mahoney. This defense relies on pass rush. The secondary is average and the scheme is all based on getting pressure on the QB. As long as those two can terrorize the offense on run and pass this team can excel.
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10-6, 4 in West 2014
starting roster is completely gone - Look at their draft This will take a bit but let me start off with kudos in the rebuild the only real need pre TC i see is QB before there is a real competition from Arizona. At 1.15 the best TE comes off the board and Gabe Shockley makes this team an upgrade at TE from last year's 50 rated
CY is two years away from taking this team through one of the strongest playoff runs in the history of vNFL. Last year ended a 6 year streak of consecutive playoff appearances. The salary cap have cometh this year. When he opened the trading deadline gates it brought out a big glaring over the cap number before the draft, and without signing a single player.
Pope. Speed kills and 1.20 Raymond Breckinridge is amazing in kick returns and ran a stud 4.37 at the combine. 1.25 Butch Clemons is another speed guy in the open field but struggles to stay on the field and does not always make the right cut. So why not grab a stud FB in the first round if you have too many picks right? Horace Finley ran as fast as the running backs and repped 29 times 225 on the bench so 1.32 he should fit right in for Cy.
- Biggest acquisition Mack"The Kinfe" Owens played three years in Minne and started 17 games. He throws alot of picks and will hurt this team if he really is starting for them this year. In an effort to just add a whole lot of QBs with not alot of talent Cy traded for Brian Brohm to compete for the starting nod this year. Lawrence Barker MLB was signed away from New York and not a coverage guy but better then average at the other skillsets. Chester Lelie has thrown more INTS then tds in his career but will have a chance to start withthis new regime. Derrick Warren WR looks like a special teams player and mabee a 3rd teamer guy if he can make the team. One of the major singings that went under the radar was John Carlson TE. Carlson looks perfect for this new younger offense on 3rd downs and running plays. Chad Crawford is the draft dream player with Str bars but has never really turned into anything.
Cornell Bahr was the 5th pick in round two and one of the stronger blocker in the draft. In an effort to stay with the speed kills theory 2.14 Lance Scwartz a DT that ran a 4.95 40 but only benched 24xs. Dominic Marshak 2.24defines the word complete blocker. He does not have the STR or END but does that matter? Desmond "I Am" Money was picked at 2.32 and was a combine 1st round talent but bars he was a 7th round kid. 3.23 Alex Williamson was a bit of a reach pick but may turn out OK for a zone scheme. Buddy Ayala 3.31 is a pass blocking legend from Purdue as he did not allow a sack in his career there. Chester Learned was grabbed number 12 in the 4th and will probably bust all over the place with 5 bench reps. Korey Boone should not have been available at 5.28 so taking a step in starter was a great call here. What a steal Irv Prescott at 5.32 has 4 bars over 40 and his combine was decent. What might be the 4th best back in the draft Blaine Winters at 6.25 has speed and the ability to cut.
- Biggest loss Chad Johnson finally hung up his cleats....finally and is all time in about every receiving category in vNFL. He started 14 games last year but was only a shadow of himself. The best way to do this is make a list: Qb Carson Palmer 77/77 Minne FB Earnest Holmes 51/51 Minne WR Larry Fitzgerald 71/71 Minne TE Leonard Pope 50/50 Cleveland C Martin Kramer 61/61 Detroit DE Paul Lindsay 72/72 San Diego DT Cornell Mahoney 71/71 49ers CB Antrel Rolle 50/50 Indy S Bernie Flowers 39/39 49ers Ok so let me show you this analysis: the average player had a rating of 68 overall...average...and there were 9 of them!144 games started last year from these players...41% of the
A player that is drafted at S and looks like a LB is Neal McGraw at 6.31. Is the switch coming? Does the 7th rounder matter? If you take 40 rated bars this kid has 6 and in spots that could be perfect.
Strengths and weaknesses The strength of this team will be what CY can do with such a young team. His draft looks alot like the other team in the division, St. Louis. Running game and defense and then get a an adequate qb hopefully. When i really look at this team everything depends on the rookies which could be tough this first year. The number one weakness is the unknown of the rookie class again but i will say this defense is going to really struggle against all of the teams in this division. Meachum, Camel, and Wetzel's biggest concern at the line of scrimmage is 2nd year kid Nathan Ross who had 3 picks in 13 starts but only played 74% pass defense. The other corner is exactly that.....it will be the guy chasing the wide out downfield on the big passing play.
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vNFL’s greatest Quarterbacks - Really.
Its been discussed over and over. Carson Palmer followed by Alex Smith conventional wisdom will tell you. But lets step out of vNFL character for a second, who _really_ is the greatest QB in the vNFL? Which line of code is simply the most awesome? Here we are going to look at who really are the best Quarterbacks in the vNFL 6.3a era in real terms. Eye opening. I have been here since the beginning, and probably know the league as well as anyone. Still, there was a great exercise in learning and fun at the same time. When you look at the young players on this list it drives the point home how weak the Quarterback position has been in recent drafts - and how tough it’s going to be for many teams when their established veterans retire or decline. Other than Ryan and Flynn only Stevens, Rapaport and Owens made the top 32 when considering 1 to 5 year players. Seabury will get there, but isn’t worthy yet. Down the line that will have an impact on the league, and it will be extremely exciting. I would consider Ryan and Flynn as invaluable; there is nothing you could give me to part with one of these guys.
Namely it does what it says one the tin, in that its influence is all about the Quarterback evading the rush. More specifically whether he gets sacked, or not. The related variable of the Quarterback fumbling the ball off of a sack is still very much related to sense rush. So while sense rush may not show up in passer rating or average per attempt any longer, it still is an important bar. After comparing 6.2 with 6.3a, Quarterbacks are fumbling 20-25% more often in this new version. That’s not an awful lot in real terms, roughly an extra fumble a year for the average QB. Also though, defensive fumbles recovered after sacks are leading to a lot more returns. Often returns for touchdowns, as there often isn’t offensive players in position to make the stop. Accuracy was very significant in this recent 6.3a analysis. I do suspect that Jim made some changes that made accuracy more important, but just de-emphasizing sense rush and putting more emphasis on short passes (where accuracy really helps) may help to explain these results. Accuracy was shown to have an small but ever present influence in the major passing categories, to me this is a reliable indicator of its importance. Trying to compare accuracy, avoid interceptions and sense rush is not as easy thing to do if your trying to consider overall importance. Having the results of a stats test is one thing. Correctly interpreting the results is arguably the tough part. In an effort to understand the information at hand I went to great source of information, http://www.advancednflstats.com Pulling football apart is what these guys do, its there business. “The average interception equates to 3.8 points in a game or 60 yards. A sack, when considering the related possibility of fumbles, and returns, counts for 2.0 points, or 32 yards.”
6.3a and QB evaluation
The passing game in 6.3a isn’t a shadow of its former self. In the red zone completion rates are down from around 70% to around 50%. Interception rates are up. Average per attempts and passer ratings are down. All in all we now look to have a passing game that is an excellent simulation of what we see in the NFL. Great to see the game improving, and moving forward. Just recently analysis has taken place to determine if Quarterbacks perform differently in this new version. The answer it appears, is absolutely, yes. That appears to be beyond debate now. Last time out you will remember, if you read the results, that sense rush absolutely dominated pretty much all measurable stats. As avoid interceptions is a hidden bar, this could not be evaluated. Thus, comparing the importance of the two was difficult. The majority of the leading minds in the game seemed to agree that they were certainly the two most important bars in the game. Most didn’t think there was much difference between the two. In hindsight knowing what I do now, I believe sense rush was clearly more important. I will explain why later. This time round in the stat testing sense rush was nowhere to be seen. It vanished out of all calculations, bar one. It appears now sense rush does what is supposed to do only, and is no longer a magical route to success.
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I know Jim reads this site, and my findings recently have indicated that FOF stats are now very close to the NFL. With that in mind I felt fairly comfortable using these figures. Now we need to make an estimate. How many interceptions does the average 0 avoid interceptions QB throw, and how many does the average maxed out QB throw. Same principle for sacks relating to a QBs sense rush. Not very scientific, granted, but as always time is a factor. I'm going to make an educated guess of 13 interceptions between the 0 and 100. My guess for sacks is 24. That would make 49.4 points over a season for interceptions, and 46 points over a season for sense rush. I have done a sense rush experiment in the past, so I'm basing my opinion on that. Both numbers are very much open for discussion though. Not accurate in any way, but maybe a reasonable starting point. Now, if we were to work out the increase in yardage accuracy gives, and then transfer that into points. Quote: if you want to know what impact they have, just pick a random bar difference, say 10 points, and multiply it by the stat. So, if accuracy has a coefficient of 0.012, then 10 points of accuracy correspond to .12 YPA. 100 points of accuracy then, equal 1.20 yards. Lets then take the average number of passes thrown in a season. Thats about 545 passes. 545 x 1.2 = 654. The difference between having 0 accuracy over a season, and 100 over a season, would be 654 yards. 654 yards equals 40.9 points. Roughly 16 yards equate to 1 point according to NFL advanced stats, so 654 yards equals 40.9 points.
Thus my estimation is as follows: Sense rush = 46 points over a season Avoid interceptions = 49.4 points over a season Accuracy = 40.9 points over a season In a crude study such as this I am coming away with the opinion that all 3 of these bars are in the same ball park and of similar importance. Using this system in 6.2, sense rush would have been somewhere around 100 points. Far and away more important than any other bar. In 6.3a though these 3 are now the main measuring sticks. So that brings us back to title, if you remember it. 6.3a and QB evaluation. Where does the power now lie. Some guys are going to profit from this, some are going to fall. Sense rush is now a lot less important, and accuracy much more so. Here is my take on the leagues top 32 Quaterbacks, in the 6.3a era. If the player made Greta’s avoid interception list last year he will be marked with an “AI 7th”, for example. 1. Ryan (AI 1st) Almost the perfect specimen. 2. Flynn (AI 3rd) You can’t find a weakness, just a blink behind Ryan here and there. 3. Brees The 15 year veteran is now a pretty awesome QB. 3. Palmer (AI 7th) Reality lives up to fantasy, almost. 5. Young Young has underachieved in the league. Perhaps 6.3a is what he was waiting for.
6. Lionheart The greatest journeyman in history is very underrated. 7. Roethlisberger (AI 5th) There was a time when Ben would of topped this list, but hey, he is still pretty sharp. 8. A. Smith (AI 9th) Smith has 14 formations these days, and he still has bars in the right places. 9.T. Smith A solid across the board kind of guy has become pretty damn sharp in this version. 10. Terry (AI 8th) Sense rush lets him down a little, but he still has lots of tools. 11. Hatcher Hatcher is well rounded, but nothing special where it counts. 12. Gant Where did this guy come from. Only 10 formations, but still, with the right guy is charge a good franchise QB. 13. Taylor Yet to get it done in the vNFL, but on paper a good player. Only 12 formations is a weakness, but 93 sense rush is a nice strength. 14. Knaga Throws his fair share of picks, but overall is a very solid veteran. 15. Kellar Seems it was mainly Jimmy, and Kellar was just hanging off his coat tails. 6.3a has given him new life. 16. Kolb Another veteran who has had a nudge up from 6.3a 17. Rivers (AI 4th) The sense rush bar has always been his main downfall, but still a quality QB if used correctly. 18. Quinn He was a decent system QB…I guess. The chump only gets better in 6.3a 19. Russell Never has had much of a chance in the vNFL, but a very solid player all round on paper.
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20. Stevens An improving 3rd year pro. Only 11 formations, and on face value an average avoid interceptions bar. 21. Gutteriez As close to a human clone of Leak as your likely to get. Has skills where they count. 22. Leak See Gutteriez. 23. Frye (AI 2nd) For years Frye has boasted one of the best AI bars in the league. His sense rush bar means he is a limited passer though, plus he also struggles hitting intermediate routes. 24. Cutler Strictly WCO only, decent in that role. Was last seasons 8 interceptions a fluke? The jury is out on Cutler. 25. Tatangelo Has consistently demonstrated a better ability to avoid interceptions than his combine would indicate. Otherwise, a fairly average player across the board who has benefited from a smart gameplan during his time in the vNFL. 26. Dunn The stats say he should be on Greta’s list, but oddly never any sign of him. Tough to find a system for a guy who is average across the board. 27. Owens A very similar player to Dunn. Owens is perhaps a better fit for the WCO, although needs to show he can avoid the interceptions. 28 Washington Who? Dale Washington. I’d never heard of him. Projects to be pretty good though. 29. Manning A gun slinger who will throw more picks than he should. Close to maxed on sense rush, which has chiefly taken him over 30,000 yards as a pro. The end is nigh for this dinosaur. 30. Feeley This guy played in a Superbowl for the Ravens. In his 15th year, but he can still play. 31. Rapaport Rapaport has been disappointing scouts of late and appears to slipping. Solid enough, but not what Houston thought he was. 32. L. McCown This forgotten man has certainly benefited from 6.3a. He is in his 12 year though, so don’t get to excited.
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10-6, 2nd in East
The Bills lived in the shadow of the Pats in the last couple of years. Having fine seasons but not playing a playoffs game the last 2 seasons because of the very good AFC North. The Bills lost 2 players to retirement. Corner Terrence McGee who was mainly a backup last year after 8 seasons of starting for the Bills and TJ Houshmandzadeh who had a great career but barely played last year in Buffalo. So no huge lost there.
Bills fans will expect more than just double digit wins in 2015
position is a huge question mark. I can’t see any huge holes on defense and they have one of the best secondary It was different in free agency since they lost 10 players. out there. Last year their offense was very good on the No superstar but they lost 2 quarterbacks in Romo and ground and terrible in the air. You can expect the same Moretti who would’ve been better than their current thing since nothing has been done to help the passing starter, Keith Stuart who threw 11 TDs and 11 game. On defense, they should do better than last year interceptions in 12 games last season. They also let go 2 against the pass with the Maxwell and Cochrane addition. good corners in Kenyon House and Anthony Jones. They They built on their strength but didn’t fix their also didn’t have a major signing during free agency. The weaknesses this offseason so I can’t see how they could biggest one being RB Walt Foerstel, who started the last 2 do better. seasons in Houston doing an ok job. They got some talent in the draft thought. I think they made 2 good picks in the first 2 rounds. Ben Maxwell is gonna be a very good safety and will start right away. Matt Cepeda, picked in the 2nd round, should’ve some playing time at tackle but he’ll be behind veteran Levi Brown. 3rd round pick Leonard Cochrane is looking really good too and is their best option at RDE in my mind since Gene Shuler couldn’t sack a QB to save his life and Hali is getting old. There’s nothing much after that but these 3 are good enough for them to be very happy about their draft. They have a very dynamic offense that include a very strong oline, a RB I really like in Dillon and a lot of targets for their QB. Unfortunately, the quarterback
The Bills have the talent to get out ahead and make a difference in the AFC East.
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8-8, 4th in East
Now to Miami, I was talking about how good Beargrowlzs was as a GM but here’s a guy who has the same reputation in the FOF community. It’s his second season in the league now so his team is probably more like he love it and we should start to see some good result in Miami. The Dolphins lost only 1 guy to retirement and he barely played last season and the only real loss they had in free agency is center Bennie Shea. They barely lost anything and signed some good ones in G Morris Pearson and DT Lonnie Jones in free agency. Then they made a huge trade with Jacksonville sending QB Kim Terry and a bunch of low picks for Troy Smith and 2 first round pick. In my mind, I don’t see a lot of difference between Terry and Smith so I think they made a huge trade their. They will not feel the effect of that trade this year but I don’t think Smith is a downgrade to Terry. Now, about their draft. I think they got the best of an incredible safety group in Kim England. One of the best coverage safety I’ve ever seen. They didn’t have a 2nd round pick but they picked a good run stopper in round 3 in Frank Stearsman and what looks like a steal in the 5th round in tackle Harvey McKinney. Their offense doesn’t look very good, but Bill is the kind of guy who can get 1500 yards out of a an average RB like Gaylor so I can’t wait to see what he’ll do with Troy Smith and his rushing attack this year. They will be as good as last year on the ground we know that, but will they be better with their passing attack? When we look at the offseason, I would say no, but it’s all on Troy Smith’s shoulder. On defense, they have one of the best pass rusher in the game, good linebackers and a good
secondary. They were good against both the run and the pass last season and Kim England should help them be even better.
Miami was +17 in turnover margin in 2014 leading the AFC
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New England Patriots
16-0, VNFL Champions
We can't talk about their offseason without talking about the retirement of Tom Brady. The Pats lost their long time leader and the fans lost a chance to sit close to Gisele Bundchen during games. Two very bad news for them. I don't think they'll find a replacement for Gisele but Matt Gutierrez could be good enough to keep the Patriots on top of the division. He did a good job in 3 years as a starter in Tampa and he has one of the best game planners to help him. Beargrowlzs also tried to bring some competition for him trading for Chris Leak but he lost a finger in a cigar accident and he wasn't the same during training camp. I don't see how he could compete with Gutierrez. Their biggest acquisition was without a doubt Wade Dilly. He was a huge disapointment in Arizona but he could do a good job in New England. He still has good speed and didn't show any sign of slowing down. Dilly is a very good pass catcher so he should help the passing game as well. They also added 2 good corners with the same skills set during free agency in Monroe and Madore. Both are very good m2m guys and they'll join an already very good secondary. Their biggest lost in free agency is probably center Dan Koppen but he shouldn't be that hard to replace.
Now, here’s the place where I would talk about their draft but there’s not much to say. The Pats didn’t pick before the end of the 4th round and in my mind, only running back Wayne Morris could have some impact. He got good running skills, but don’t get too excited, he’s not gonna unseat Dilly as the starting RB. When you look at their offensive unit, you see some holes on the oline, 3 long time stars at wide receiver in Welker, Cotchery and Williamson, an underachieving running back in Dilly and a journeyman at quarterback. Would it be enough for Beargrowlzs to dominate, I don't know, but it's sure gonna be enough to win 10 games. On defense, they're not that impressive either. They have some talent in the middle of the line, a very good backer in Franz and another good pass rusher in Caldwell. They have 4 solid corners and so-so safery. Again, nothing flashy, but I'm a firm believer of Mr Beargrowlzs and I know he'll find a way to make it work.
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New York Jets
9-7, 3rd in East
The Jets finished 3rd of the division last year but had a winning record for the 1st time since 2008. Unfortunately they were hit hard with retirement losing 5 players including star quarterback Donovan McNabb who had his best season as a Jet last season. They also lost their starting nose tackle Sione Pouha and running back Christian Doyle. Ok let’s talk about free agency. In fact the 2015 free agency was interesting for 1 reason: The New York Jets. They lost 12 players to free agency including the 3 guys who got the most money offered to them this year: S Conrad Steele, WR James Hardy and G Frank Tanner. They also lost several good players with S Charles Dayne, Dany Dixon, DT Lewis Mueting and corner Deon Dupree. They had a very good replacement for McNabb in Jesse Rutter, but they lost him to Seattle. When Seattle is going hard after a QB, you know he’s good. They had to be very aggressive in FA to cover that ground so they signed 18 players there but nothing close to the quality they lost. The best of them are probably QB Levon Moretti, WR Samie Parker, C Benny Shea and RB Kenyan Balent. They also had talents in the draft. The best of them being safety Julio Stephenson who should be a tackling machine. Also in the 1st round was DE Clifton Dunn who will be a starter right away like OLB Tommy
Its going to take a lot of extra work for this Jets squad to get back to 9-7 this season.
Cornelius who was picked in the 2nd round. In the later rounds, I like 6th round defensive end Michael Tracey. He’s a project but could help them down the road. 4th round tackle Mario Banks also look like a good one. It’s really hard to say if a team got better when you have that much movement during an offseason but I’ll say this : The New York Jets would’ve been a serious contender in this division without all the departure in free agency. No way a guy like Conrad Steele should’ve left New York. They were a good rushing team and an average passing team last season. I could see them being as good on the ground since I really like McFadden, but they’re gonna be a mess in the air. Their best 2 offensive players are olinemen but they have nobody to protect. On defense it’s another story. There’s no big weakness and some big stars there. The Talib, Humphrey, Stephenson is incredible. Imagine that with Conrad Steele. Can their offense make up for their horrible offense? I don’t think so. Not in this league, not in this division. It’s back under .500 for the Jets.
Neglecting its upcoming free agents this offseason has Jets fans looking for a one way ticket out of town.
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