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Number 1: Seattle Seahawks

The Seattle Seahawks had a very good offseason. They did not go out and make any offseason signings, however, they were able to keep their core group of players together. They also had what appears to be a good draft. Their main priority headed into the draft was to continue to upgrade their offense, and they were able to do so by drafting wide receivers Paul Richardson and Kevin Norwood.

Number 2: Denver Broncos

The Denver Broncos were the team that won free agency. They brought in a ton of star power to add to their already loaded roster. They might have gotten a beat down in last year’s Super Bowl, however, that should not affect them moving forward. The biggest thing is they were easily able to replace the pieces that they lost in the offseason.

Number 3: San Francisco 49′ers

In my Pre-Free Agency Power Rankings I stated that the San Francisco 49′ers needed to add some youth to their secondary and they were able to do just that in the draft. The 49′ers had an incredible twelve picks and as a result, they were able to bring in four players to their secondary (three corners and a safety). Not only were they able to add some youth to their defense, but they also traded a fourth round pick to the Buffalo Bills for wide receiver Stevie Johnson. I’m not one for bold predictions, but I think we’re going to see a rematch of last year’s NFC Championship.

Number 4: New England Patriots

Every year the New England Patriots find a way to win. Normally, Tom Brady is the reason to their success. While I know he will add a large contribution to the team this year, their defense is what is going to put them over the top. They were able to bring in two very good cornerbacks in Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner. If the defensive line can bounce back and remain healthy, New England will be the most complete team in the AFC.

Number 5: Indianapolis Colts

Andrew Luck has another year as a starter under his belt, and I fully expect this team to contend in the AFC. They added Hakeem Nicks to their offense and if he can stay healthy and Trent Richardson can produce, this team will be very dangerous. They have seven offensive starters coming back from injury next year as well. Dark-horse pick.

Number 6: Green Bay Packers

Forget that they finished off last season with a 8-7-1 record. They did not have one of, if not, the best quarterback in the game for half of the season. Even without Aaron Rodgers this team was still able to find a way to make the playoffs. That’s saying something. With Rodgers now back and healthy, this team should be able to easily win their division.

Number 7: Arizona Cardinals

Despite just missing out on the playoffs, I think we can all agree that right next to Carolina, Arizona was the surprise team in the NFL. They we’re able to finish 10-6 and they we’re the only team to win in Seattle. That’s a pretty good season if you ask me. With Arizona having one of the best defenses in the National Football League, quarterback Carson Palmer does not have to put up crazy numbers. What he does need to do is cut back on the interceptions – throwing twenty-two last season.

Number 8: New Orleans Saints

The New Orleans Saints had a pretty good draft, as they were able to get their hands on a very very fast wide receiver in Brandin Cooks. This is a great move for an offense that is constantly having trouble staying healthy. Not to mention, this pick will open up the field for Jimmy Graham A LOT.

Number 9: St. Louis Rams

Yes, the St. Louis Rams are my number nine team. Keep the hate coming. Will they make the playoffs, maybe? With their defense, it is certainly a possibility. This team went 7-9 last season with Kellen Clemens as their starting quarterback. St. Louis also had possibly the best draft out of any team in the NFL and with a healthy Sam Bradford (who was on a tear before he got hurt, pun intended), this team has the potential to be very good heading into next year.

Number 10: Carolina Panthers

The Carolina Panthers Cam Newton will have some serious issues heading into this season. He lost his starting left tackle and his entire group of wide receivers. Kelvin Benjamin better be able to come in day one and be Carolina’s leading receiver, because if not, this team is going to have some serious problems on the offensive side of the ball.

Number 11: Cincinnati Bengals

Last season ended in disappointment yet again for the Cincinnati Bengals. This could very well be Andy Dalton’s final shot at success in Cincinnati. Will he be able to pull it together and get this team out of the first round in the playoffs? We’ll just have to wait and see. I will say this, they did very a very good job by selecting Darqueze Dennard and Jeremy Hill in the draft.

Number 12: Philadelphia Eagles

Philadelphia Eagles fans finally have something to get excited about again – Nick Foles. Foles is coming off an absolute monster first season in which he threw for twenty-seven touchdowns and just two interceptions. The Eagles also added Darren Sproles to spell LeSean McCoy and Jordan Matthews to replace DeSean Jackson. That’s a good looking offense right there.

Number 13: Chicago Bears

The Bears were able to lock up Jay Cutler and Brandon Marshall for at least another three year’s together. Despite these extensions, the real positive to take away from this offseason was their ability to revamp their defensive line. That was clearly their biggest weakness last season, so what do they do? They went out and brought in five defensive ends and drafted two defensive tackles. Nice job, Emery.

Number 14: Kansas City Chiefs

Headed into this season the biggest problem for Kansas City is going to be their offensive line. They lost three starters, replacing two of them with sixth round draft picks. While this team still has a butt-load of talent, a combination of an average offensive line and a really tough schedule is going to hold them back. After their playoff disaster, they need to prove to me that they are legitimate. I have faith.

Number 15: Pittsburgh Steelers

Coming off a very strong run to close off the season, the Pittsburgh Steelers look to be in a good place heading into this one. They boosted their front seven and we’re able to lock up Troy Polamolu and Heath Miller. They also brought in Lance Moore and LeGarrette Blount to improve their offense. The AFC North is going to be up for grabs.

Number 16: New York Jets

They might not have the best offense in the NFL, but man, this defense is going to be scary good. I absolutely love the addition of Calvin Pryor to the secondary. He is the exact type of player that Rex Ryan loves to have. Unfortunately, due to the lack of weapons, their offense is going to hold them back tremendously.

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  • ToreBear

    “Number 26: Detroit Lions

    With the additions of Golden Tate and Eric Ebron to this offense, the Lions will be on pace to score nearly fifty points per game. Sadly, their defense will always be on pace to allow more than double that. This team did absolutely nothing to fix their awful defense and with the uncertainty of Fairly and Suh, the Lions could have some serious problems this year. Oh, and Jim Caldwell? Really?”

    What awful defense? They were the most improved unit last year. Run defense, 3rd down, red zone. They had the best defense in the North, and have added 2 likely day one starters.

    And what uncertainty with Fairley and Suh? Their under contract, so their not going anywhere.

    • Bill Stowers

      I agree with the defense being very improved but cmon….. Jim caldwell? Really? REALLY???? The man was just fired out of an OC job let alone was trash as the colts HC. He inherited a tony dungy team and drove it into the ground and in the meantime showed no respect to his players who ended up hating him. Jim caldwell? Really?

      • ToreBear

        He was not fired, and speculation that he might have been was denied by the HC. As for the rest. I don’t see the past the same way as you do.

    • Justen Rosenberg

      It might have been improved in run defense, but they have one of the worst pass defenses in the league. They did absolutely nothing to try and improve that part of their secondary. In a quarterback driven league it is pretty important to have a good pass defense – which they do not have. And Fairley just went under the knife.

      • ToreBear

        They were 23 in passing yards allowed. 6th in rushing yards allowed. Their young secondary is one year older. 2012 cornerbacks: one third, one fifth and one sixth rounder. All of them have improved. And one 2013 second rounder, who improved vastly in the final games of last season. That is in addition to a returning veteran in R.Mathis, and the number one cb that played injured some of last season(C. Houston).

        Their safety tandem has improved with Ihedigbo replacing Delmas. Delmas couldn’t practice much during the week last year which meant the safety play was inconsistent.

        Also their pass rush has improved with KVN being a good blitzer. their defensive ends who were rookies last year will improve, while last season lde starter returns from injury.

        Better dbs and better DL.

        Fairley I think had a sleep apne operation or something. This could indicate he had trouble last season, meaning his play suffered. Likely he will be much better this year.

    • truthbetold

      The lions are one of those up in the air teams, and a lot of it is to do with that quarterback. There’s a new coach and new recievers for him to target, to go along with already having the best reciever in the game. There are no more excuses for mediocrity for Stafford. If he gets it done this year, I bet the team will start to get the respect that you feel they deserve. We’ll see.

      • ToreBear

        Last year the biggest problem was receiver depth and drops. With Burleson and Broyles injured, and calvin struggeling with an injury for most of the season stafford really did’nt have much to work with. That meant a lot of bad habits developed during the season.

        With more depth he should play much better.

        • truthbetold

          His turnovers and decision making doesn’t have anything to do with drops. I hope you aren’t trying to make excuses for this guy. I agree about the drops but at the same time, Stafford has made some costly mistakes all on his own, and it starts with his unwillingness to try to improve.

          • ToreBear

            Turnovers are related to which receivers have stone hands, can get separation etc. And forcing the ball might be an act of desperation.
            I think the unwillingness to improve is a media creation not based on objective reality. In this case I think it was lack of QB guru or something that created headlines.

            Don’t get me wrong, he played badly in the second part of the season. But IMHO that has more to do with the situation he was put in than any lack of hard work.

          • truthbetold

            Interceptions are also caused by bad in game decision making by the quarterback. He has to learn to think, and not just sling it, and that’s absolutely part of the problem. Another part, again, is his unwillingness to get better. Stafford is very talented. He also has terrible mechanics that he simply has to improve upon. That’s one of the biggest reasons Schwartz got fired, was because he didn’t coach or discipline Stafford in terms of improving his mechanics. When asked immediately after the season was over if he would be interested in working with someone to improve on his throwing, he said “nah I don’t think that’s something I would be interested in”. That’s not a media creation, it came out of his own mouth to a reporter. You’re a fan, so I’m sure you know all this stuff already. The point is that I have never, ever heard the elite quarterbacks express a direct unwillingness to get better. And that’s why, for all Matt’s talent, he is nowhere near elite. He simply has to get it done this season.

          • ToreBear

            The point I’m making is that this unwillingness is not real, it is media created. The GM said there was no reason to work with a Guru since the Lions would bring someone in if it was needed. How hard he works is anyones guess, but from the communications from the team he appears to be a hard and committed worker.

            I think Schwartz was fired because the team did not show improvement over last year. They collapsed at the end of the season like they did the year before.

          • truthbetold

            Hmm. I’m not sure how you can say that it’s not real, when he literally said those words. I guess we’ll just agree to disagree. We’ll see what he’s got this season.

          • ToreBear

            Agreed:-)

    • chase lawhead

      The uncertainty is obvious. Just because it’s your team you can’t if or that Fairley can be a liability and only being able to play a few snaps before giving up, then with the obvious issues Suh has, there’s no bigger liability in the league.

  • Travis Crouch

    How is the Broncos 2 they got destroyed by seahawks that was the only good team they played that year and was not close while the Nfc championship was a lot closer

    • truthbetold

      How in the world do you figure that was the only good team they played? They played New England, Kansas city twice, the eagles and the colts. That’s 3 division winners, and the second best team after them in thier own division. Word of advice Travis……shhhhhh.

  • Jim Stack

    rams weren’t 7-9 under clemons…. they were 4-5. They were 3-4 under Bradford and played Jacksonville, Atlanta, Houston, dallas. Where as Clemons played Seattle twice, chic, indy, sf, az, and no Bradford wasn’t on a tear…. 3 pick 6s is not a tear. 10 of his 14 td passes coming inside the 5 is not a tear.

    • pboi619

      Sounds like somebody is hating…most def when you dont know the story..

      • truthbetold

        Why is it that when people say something you don’t want to hear, It’s called “hating”? Maybe the guy is just calling it like he sees it. It’s not like what he’s saying is false.

        • Gary Stewart

          that is why i like to use IMO to clear up the hater thinking and change it to everyone is entitled to their opinion

          • truthbetold

            Not everyone follows that same rule. And they don’t have to. And considering that “hater thinking” is only someone’s opinion in itself, it’s all moot. People just need to stop being so damn sensitive.

    • Justen Rosenberg

      You’re right. I meant to put in with Clemens being their qb for half the season. Good catch.

      • Jim Stack

        my point was to counter your point that the team will suddenly succeed under Bradford. He had his chance last year and struggled and squandered his opportunity. If Clemens can have a better record against a much stronger schedule than Bradford then I wouldn’t be so optimistic if and when Bradford comes back. it’s not a positive…. if Clemens succeeded then Maybe releasing Bradford and signing mccown then drafting a qb might have been a better move… and would have them millions that is badly needed for the cap strapped rams

  • Kevin Smith

    “They need to prove to me they are legitimate. I have faith”
    So which is it??

    • truthbetold

      He’s saying that they haven’t proved it yet, but he thinks they can. That’s fair for the chiefs

      • Kevin Smith

        That’s not really faith. Faith is belief in the absence of proof. He ranked us below the rams, Bengals, bears, eagles, etc. I have faith in Dorsey and Reid, we are a top 8 team at the very least.

        • truthbetold

          Again, he’s saying they haven’t proved it, but he thinks they can. As opposed to a team like the cowboys, who also haven’t proved it, but we all know they won’t. Second, I don’t know about top 8. There’s good news and bad news. The good news is that you have a great coach and some very talented pieces, particularly on defense. The bad news, in my opinion, is that you have no recievers, you play in the same division as the Broncos, and Alex Smith is your quarterback.

  • Bobby Postma

    So the jaguars were second to last in the power rankings last year. So we addressed our defensive line with superbowl players, went heavy in the Draft on offense just like you said. We are a completely different team and you put us dead last? Especially behind teams like Cleveland and the jets? This is one of the worst power rankings I have seen. Not just my team, alot of teams put where they shouldn’t be

    • chase lawhead

      Super Bowl players that were cut from their team… They are improvements, but there are a lot of players on this team with a lot to prove before

    • truthbetold

      Chad henne is still the quarterback. I think that your guys will improve down the line. I really do actually, but I think next season is a bit too soon for a huge jump.

      • Bobby Postma

        They say that he will start but gus bradley and Dave Caldwell preach competition all the time. I really doubt that henne will beat out bortles but if he does then it won’t last

        • Terry Moore

          Miami never gets no love!!! But its all good… We’ll shine without the haters!!!

          • Bobby Postma

            Then let’s shine together. Lol.

  • Old Frog

    That’s the problem with a deep draft. Everybody improves – even the competition.

  • truthbetold

    I definitely don’t agree with the rams being in the top 10. For Sam Bradford’s entire career, he’s either been hurt or unimpressive. And I would take the packers over the inconsistent Indianapolis Colts.

  • Nick619chargers4life

    So the rams and the jets above the chargers . I smell something fishy .

    • truthbetold

      The chargers aren’t going anywhere. When do they ever? The rams are up and coming, especially if they get their quarterback situation straight. I can see them being ranked ahead.

      • Nick619chargers4life

        Of course you can see them being ranked ahead , seems to me your a fan. But let’s be real . Every year the rams have to deal with a QB situation. My stance is any team that made the playoffs last season and still has a QB should automatically be ranked above teams that didn’t make it . I’m not saying the chargers are going to do this or that . I’m not saying the rams and jets are going to do this or that .

        • chase lawhead

          I stopped reading after the first few comments in this argument. As a chargers fan you’re obviously very biased. The chargers are probably where they belong in this article. If rivers would take some responsibility for his mistakes instead of always whining that it’s someone else’s fault he could grow as a qb. Don’t see that happening. That said I do think they belong above the jets. Not even close to the rams however.

          • Nick619chargers4life

            If the rams (Sam) could stay healthy and prove to me they belong ahead of the chargers then I can say they belong ahead of the chargers . Sam hasn’t proven anything but that he can get hurt . All im saying is until he can stay healthy and show everybody what he could do In a 16 game season then they don’t belong where they are in this particular power rankings . That’s my opinion and I’m sticking to it . Enjoy !

        • Gary Stewart

          hmmm the chargers had a superbowl winning qb unfortuneatly they chose to send him to new orleans. my rams have played pooly for a decade but the only superbowl winng qb we sent packing (warner got his with us)

          • Nick619chargers4life

            And I’m talking about this 2014 power ranking . Not Kurt Warner , not Drew Brees which we had to let go due to the fact we were paying two QB’s starting money which doesn’t make sense. Sometimes you got to do what you got to do. Just like you guys got rid of your Super Bowl winning RB in Steven Jackson.

          • Nick619chargers4life

            Correction , not Super Bowl winning but one of your best players .

      • Nick619chargers4life

        Oh and truth be told , we play the jets and the rams this season . I will remember this convo and bring this back up after we beat those teams this season .

        • truthbetold

          Hahaha is that your idea of trash talk? I’ll do you one better. I’ll remember this convo as well, and I’ll bring it up when rivers fails yet again to carry you guys anywhere significant. 9 wins, with a few late game interceptions, here he comes as always! Lmao!

          • Nick619chargers4life

            Not my idea of trash talk . Trash talk would be the rams f-ing suck the jets F-ing suck . Were going to kick there ass back to there cities when they come to town . That’s trash talk . And I’m not even trying to go there bro . I’m just saying your boy Sam could never play a whole season , what makes them ranked higher then the Chargers . Get real . I have absolute faith in my squad . I know rivers is gonna play 16 games and more and not skip a beat . Why your over talking about Rivers’ picks. I don’t see Sam going to probowl after probowl I don’t see Geno going to Probowls . Get over it bro . I’m just saying the chargers should be ranked higher . I’m sorry I offended you .

          • truthbetold

            Lol let me correct you, ok? The opinion I gave about the rams was just being objective. They are not my team. The Denver Broncos are my team :). I don’t give a damn about the jets or rams, but I do think they should be ranked higher than the chargers. Lol and don’t get so sure that you’re going to beat them. Rivers may start throwing the ball to them in the 4th quarter, so who really knows bro.

          • Nick619chargers4life

            Really lol you honestly think they are going to beat us ? Or is that just the Denver side of you ? I’m not saying were going to flat out smash anybody, but I truly believe those 2 games are W’s. That’s like me saying oh you better watch out the rams are going to give the broncos fits . You have your opinion I have mine. I wouldn’t rank SF over Denver , I’m not even sure I would rank NE over you guys as well. I just don’t see how the rams and jets could be above us , it just doesn’t add up . That’s like me saying ARI should be ranked higher then Denver. Doesn’t make sense .

          • truthbetold

            Like you said, you’ve got your opinion, I’ve got mine. We’ll see how it goes.

          • Nick619chargers4life

            Yes indeed we will see how it goes . Good luck to you broncos.

          • betoldtruth

            Hmm Broncos 93-67 since 2004 5 playoffs chargers 100-60 6 playoff appearances btw peytons maybe got 2 years left at best truth be told and kudos for loosing by 35 points in the super hasn’t been done that many times u should be patting urself on the back lol it just another butt hurt bronco fan who had to go talk crap bout other teams in the afc west I get the routine

          • truthbetold

            2004? Lol what have you done for me lately? And it’s not talking crap, it’s telling the truth. I would rather my team lose in the superbowl, than be the team sitting on thier asses watching. Every year lol. You hold onto that 2004 :). Maybe it will take the sting out of yet another 9 win season that’s on deck lmao.

          • Gary Stewart

            like i posted i am a ram fan and playing in the nfc west is a bit different than the afc west wait til rivers sees the defenses he will face and i am not a jets fan but they too like the nfc west play a solid brand of defensive football it is quite possible the chargers will beat the rams and the jets, its also quite possible the chargers will be eaten alive by one or both of those teams the chargers defense does not inspire fear in opponents the jets and rams certainly will!!

      • Chris Schroeder

        Why do you feel like you have to respond to everybody’s post? You should change your name to “can’t mind my own business”. Go get a job and move out of your adoptive parents basement loser.

        • truthbetold

          Adoptive parents basement. As a raiders fan, you would certainly be the authority on that kind of hopelessness. LMAO!

          • Chris Schroeder

            See what I mean? You just can’t help yourself can you. Don’t you have any friends you can go play with? “LMAO” in all caps. Only losers laugh at themselves when they say something stupid that nobody else finds funny.

          • truthbetold

            You reply to too many posts……says the guy who has been on long enough to see that.

            See what I mean? Says the guy who keeps replying back to me.

            Understand that I am not laughing at myself, I’m laughing at you Christopher lol. How about you take your own advice? Or keep amusing me with your weak insults until I get bored with you, either one is just fine with me :).

          • Chris Schroeder

            When you use an exclamation point after it’s the same as laughing at your own joke numb nuts. Yawn!!!

            And I only see that because I get an email notification from your reply. Again… numb nuts!

            Now go away and stop writing me back loser.

          • truthbetold

            This from a guy who gets on a sports discussion page, doesn’t make a single comment about football, and instead launches a pathetic, failed attempt at hurting my feelings, all the while doing the very thing you accuse me of doing.

            There is clearly something wrong with you. Maybe you were abused as a kid so you feel inadequate. Maybe you can’t please your woman, so you feel like less than a man. Either way, you are clearly the loser, and it’s sadly funny lol. I’ve already dismissed you as the whiny, impotent little bitch that you clearly are. NOW, I will keep replying in this forum to anything I damn well please until I get bored. I know you’ll be watching closely lol, since you’re clearly so fascinated by me

  • James Schroeder

    Raiders number 31? You’re an idiot

    • truthbetold

      Why is he an idiot? They improved in the draft, but not enough to make any noise this upcoming season. Where would you have them ranked? Since your stance is so strong, where would you put them?

      • James Schroeder

        Well being that they weren’t even ranked 31 last season when they didn’t even have a fraction of the talent they have now and were in complete disarray defensively and offensively and even without a quarterback. On paper they could possibly have one of the best defensive front sevens in the NFL, as well as a revamped offensive line, a new proven quarterback who was a top 10 in the NFL in 2012, two of the NFL’s top running backs rotating in and out in McFadden and Maurice Jones Drew, as well as a receiving core so deep they’re going to have to cut talent that won’t even be on the free-agent market 30 seconds
        before getting snatched up by another team. “they’ve improved in the draft but not enough to make any noise”. Do yourself a favor and before responding to every single post you read do your research so you know what you’re talking about. Not only have they improved in the draft but they’ve also added several key players through free agency and yes enough to compete as to where last year they did not have the depth to compete now they could potentially be a perennial playoff contender. And yes the guy that wrote this article is in fact an IDIOT!!!

        • truthbetold

          Dude, stop whining, you’re making me feel embarrassed for you. Second, two of the top running backs in the league? No. Years ago this would have been a nice tandem, but MJD is old and has lost a step. McFadden never even had a step to lose, because he’s as fragile as an egg shell. Third, anyone who says they have complete and total faith in Matt schaub is simply lying or delusional. After the epic failure of last season, coupled with the fact that even at his best he never led Houston anywhere of any significance, I would call your quarterback situation a definite “wait and see”, and that’s being kind. And lastly, the reason why I said they didn’t do enough to make any noise is the same reason this is called a power RANKING. as in, not taking stock of only the raiders, but comparing them to everyone else as well. And in case you haven’t noticed, you play in the same division as 3 teams who are better, including the AFC champion that is head and shoulders above everyone in that division. Good luck next year.

          • James Schroeder

            Dude, you’re a fan of the team who just got blown away so bad in the Super Bowl that most of the bronco fans at the game were already boarding a plane at halftime. It’s hilarious that you feel you have to be embarrassed for somebody else. LMAO!!! Here’s a statistic for you that you can hang right next to your poster of Tim Tebow. Peyton Manning is the most losing quarterback in postseason history. Think about that next season while he’s breaking all kinds of records during the pointless regular season. Also, I’m not going to pick apart your response to me. Although it wouldn’t be very hard because it sounds like you’re just a child and I have better things to do with my day. Besides I have my own kids to set straight. The first things I taught them is not to believe in false idols. Your parents probably tell you that as you’re setting up candles around your Tim Tebow poster. Lol, just messing with you Junior

          • truthbetold

            Lol oh right, you’re not going to respond to my argument because you don’t have time. More like you have nothing to say because my points are valid. Second, why should I be embarrassed to YOU LMAO? I would rather lose a million to nothing in the superbowl, than be the team that everyone in the league takes turns raping, aka your raiders. As for that “playoff loser” Peyton manning, he will take out his frustration by beating the shit out of the raiders next season, because we both know that’s happening lol. Have fun coming in last place and being the joke of the league again :). I know you’re used to it by now haha.

          • anon76returns

            Peyton Manning has also won 11 playoff games- only 5 players have won more NFL games in league history. And Peyton won all 11 games since 2003, which just happens to be the last time the Raiders even made the playoffs.

  • 3kolu

    Hey Justen, some really good commentaries. I expect there to be some surprises this year. If the Vikings can adjust to the outdoors, they will make a big splash with a competent coaching staff, and their new and improved defense that addressed their most glaring needs, speed at LB, a big run-stuffer in the middle, an elite slot corner, competition at the nickel and dime CB spots and even at the safety position. On offense, they got their franchise QB and may have found their replacement for Toby Gerhart giving them a Darren Sproles type change of pace RB.

    • chase lawhead

      Christian Ponder was also supposed to be a franchise quarterback. The Vikings are still easily at the bottom of their division.

      • 3kolu

        He’s not the only QB to never realize his potential, Ryan Leaf, Jamarcus Russel, David Carr, Blaine Gabbert, Jake Locker, Heath Evans, Byron Leftwich, and the list goes on. QB is the hardest position to find success. And, remember guys like Doug Williams, Jim Plunkett, Steve Young, Trreent Dilfer and even John Elway didn’t win Super Bowls after being drafted early till they were in their 30′s. So the book isn’t yet closed. And, I’m glad you can predict the future when none of the teams have even put on the pads. You’d be surprised what a new regime can do for a franchise. Improvements across the board, not to mention they beat both the Bears and the Lions while settling for a tie with Green Bay last year.

        • chase lawhead

          Lol predict the future? You are the one doing that. Talent wise they are just not anywhere near the other teams in the division. Sorry that’s not what you want to hear it’s just a fact. No prediction neccesary.

    • Justen Rosenberg

      With Zimmer as the coach, I really like them picking up Barr. I’m really looking forward to what they can do with him.

      • 3kolu

        Questions regarding his experience at OLB, however, look at how many players make switches from high school to college, especially when they go to big name colleges like Bama, FSU, Auburn, Ohio St. and so on. THis just the type of player Zimmer loves to work with.

  • BruisingChargers

    I think it is funny how we all are bickering on these blogs this time of year! Truth is.. We all can’t wait for football to start. Admit it. OH Yeah, Chargers fan by the way!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • ahrcshaw

    You comment about the Panthers loosing all their WR’s is like crying in your beer that you do not have. Yes Passing in the NFL has increased tremendously, but like Coach Rivera said all he needs is for the WR to catch 10 balls a game. Makes sense, last year with the old group most defenses totally ignored the Panther receiving corps as there was not threat. These defenses challenged the Panthers to throw the ball putting up a Box 8 defense, stop the run, make Cam throw, and win the ball game. The Panthers had trouble scoring TD’s ended up 21 on total offense and you say that can not be improved with a new group?

    So far Mr G has added not one big guy, but 4, one being a rookie, the rookie alone almost eliminating the opposing defenses from using the Box 8. Opening the running game, which opens the fake run pass, over the middle or wide. Look at the teams with the best Passing records. NE, NO, GB, CO, all of them pass short, quick pass, try to run, then kill you with a long one at some point. These teams give pass it quick and let the receiver run which when you look at it represents 85% of their passes being less then 10 yds. The one thing these same teams did not have was a stout running game. The Panthers did not have the passing game but do have the running game, but are gaining on the passing game. All the Panthers and Cam need to do is run the ball, pass short, drop some off to the backs, screens and they will be off and running. At this point they need to go long once in a while as it is not a necessity to have to go long. Cam will learn to throw quicker as he has the tall targets to. Last year average height for WR was 5’9″, this year it is 6’2, a big difference for a target. Go Panthers.

  • Jaime Olguin

    Fair enough that’s the way its going to be we do have fourteen new players I understand , plus we got the most
    road games in a row with England in the mix and the toughest schedule in the league , Raiders are up for
    the challenge. I believe that we will surprise many this year.
    Win lose or tie Raiders till we die..

  • Tony Dangle

    So Chargers are that low for what??? Could have swore the went to the second round last year….Beat Cincy…on the road! Lost to Denver,who went on the Bowl and I gotta believe they are ranked behind 16 teams! Laughable! Should be ranked top ten at least!

  • Gary Stewart

    as a ram fan seeing us at #9 made me smile for about 3 seconds until it dawned on me we are still rated 4th in our division behind sea #1 sf #3 and az#7 wow what a division and to nick619chargerforlife, you will be playing the nfc west this season and if you survive with 1 win out of the 4 i will be surprised!! and if you do win 1 make it against sf or sea thank you

    • anon76returns

      You do know that just 4 seasons ago the NFC West became the first division in NFL history to send a team with a losing record to the playoffs, right? In 2011 only the 49ers were respectable, in 2012 just the 49ers and Seahawks, and only this season did the NFC West become the strongest. Nobody predicted the Division’s rise ahead of time, and I doubt anybody will correctly predict when the Division collapses. The 2013 Ravens, 2012-2013 Packers, and the 2012-2013 Giants all show us that returning to the big game is easier said than done, and the 2013 Texans, Falcons, Vikings, and Washington all show us how quickly a good playoff team can become irrelevant.