Meeting Notes – NFC South/West

 Here are some more raw notes from our annual 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.

Category: Fantasy Football


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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