FantasyGuru.com Meeting Notes – NFC South/West

 Here are some more raw notes from our annual FantasyGuru.com pow-wow at our nerve center here in Southern New Jersey earlier this month. We do this each year to get ready for our mag, and the season.

Atlanta Falcons

– Good football team

– Matt Ryan will be an elite player

– They are a running team, and will continue to be

– They will take more shots, but won’t change approach

– Roddy White has become really good, long strider, knows how to break down cushion, fluid, smooth, eats a lot of ground

– How can you stop them with Tony Gonzalez

– Harry Douglas is getting better

– Michael Jenkins is good #2

– O-Line is serviceable, everyone is back

– Peria Jerry is great fit, and will start next to Jordan Babineaux, best pure DB in draft

– Lawrence Shipberg not good against run

– Peterson weak off middle

– Stephen Nicholas really liked by Mike Smith

– Watch Chris Owens in the secondary

– Teams will attack secondary

– Chevis Jackson should get chance to start

– Need another pass rusher, Jamal Anderson has not turned out

Carolina Panthers

– Duke Robinson will be a G, just OK

– Mike Goodson is a change-up back

– Sherrod Moore could play both CB/S and a lot of snaps, could be nickel player

– Richard Marshall starts, didn’t have good 2008

– Don’t really have 3rd WR

– Same team offensively

– Delhomme extension was done for salary cap reasons

– Everette Brown expected to start, but could rotate with Richard Johnson

– Screwed if Steve Smith gets hurt

– Stewart is really good back

– Peppers isn’t going anywhere

New Orleans Saints

– Bush will get most out of what he is, does not play like he did in college

– Still a classic case of not enough physicality, which causes games to get away from them, not really a balanced multi-dimensional offense, can’t control pace/tempo, always playing from behind, no identity

– good players, O-line is solid

– trying to shore up their defense, not doing a good job

– same front 4, LBs are same, Sharper now at FS, Greer/Porter should start

– Meachem is dumb, can’t figure out offense

– Moore will be back to being #3 WR in slot

– Dan Campbell is good signing because he’s a great blocker

– Pierre Thomas is a seam runner, especially when they go 3 wide, like Sproles but not as physical, good player, can catch the ball well

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

– try to run offense similar to Giants, power run

– gotta dumb it down, run the ball, limit formations

– Freeman needs to improve on a lot of things, is an arm thrower but doesn’t drive through throws, ball comes out easily, struggled with understanding drop vs route combos, raw player with a lot of tools, can make every throw, didn’t play fast, throws well on run, moves well, need work with identification and recognition, strong foundation

– whoever is QB needs to protect the ball, they will run tight formations and run the ball

– Freeman could play this year, can’t rule it out

– Defense will be getting away from Tampa 2, getting bigger/physical

– Derrick Ward is very good pickup, complementary

– Kellen Winslow at his best is most gifted TE in league

– Antonio Bryant played to his numbers, plays faster than he is, physicality to him, great hands, very good NFL WR

– How can a rookie head coach deal with “dicks”

– Raheem Morris just seems young

– finally a good o-line

– 3rd round pick, Miller is pretty good, part of desire to get bigger, like him at DT

– Angelo Crowell in the middle, Jermaine Phillips going to weak-side LB from S, not sure if he can do it, physically yes, but different look.

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3 Responses

  1. JOOCE says:

    “Roddy White has become really good, long strider, knows how to break down cushion, fluid, smooth, eats a lot of ground.”

    It was my understanding that long strides is a bad trait for a WR, because it is terrible for route-running. You hear about coaches trying to shorten a WR’s stride.

  2. Baron says:

    This is really great stuff. Thanks a lot. Keep on posting thoughts on the teams. I mis the NFC West, though.

  3. Ed Austin says:

    I agree with Baron. Great idbits of info. What happened to the West?

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