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Old 02-13-2007, 03:18 PM   #21
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I think 2 teams will go to the playoffs, which is more difficult to say though.

I think the Steelers will be back, I believe we have the potential to do so

Bengals will be a competitor if Palmer can stay healthy and their players can stay out of jail.
With Ravens its a question whether McNair can stay healthy as well

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The Steelers (at this point) probably have the biggest question marks (excluding the Browns) simply because of Cowher's departure, but also because of Big Ben's struggles and the offensive playcalling. The Steeler's biggest issues are continuity and cohesiveness. They've got the personnel, but with a new head coach and offensive coordinator coming in, could it take a while for the team to adjust? Also, will Big Ben finally be able to revert to his 2005 form?

The Bengals biggest issues are on defense...will Odell return, will Pollack be able to play, will Deltha O'Neal still be with the team...It's obvious the Bengals need a playmaker on defense...Odell could be that person, but will he ever suit up for the Bengals again? Also, there still remains a lot of concern over the team discipline...will the players finally put an end to the legal troubles and could they spill over onto the field?

The Ravens' biggest foes are age and lack of explosiveness. Steve McNair, Derrick Mason, Ray Lewis...none of these guys are getting any younger. You have to wonder when they will finally experience a drop-off. Also, the offense is less than spectacular...Jamal Lewis has eternally lost his early 2000 form and Steve McNair is little more than a game-manager at this point in his career.
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The Steelers (at this point) probably have the biggest question marks (excluding the Browns) simply because of Cowher's departure, but also because of Big Ben's struggles and the offensive playcalling. The Steeler's biggest issues are continuity and cohesiveness. They've got the personnel, but with a new head coach and offensive coordinator coming in, could it take a while for the team to adjust? Also, will Big Ben finally be able to revert to his 2005 form?

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actually the steelers had the biggest question marks last season. will cowher retire, and will ben live, let alone play football again. i dont think other teams fans will ever realize this until they get the mid day news that carson palmer, tom brady, or peyton manning is in critical condition and going through 7 hours of surgery with a mangled knee and throwing arm.

the coaching question has been answered
bens health has been answered

tomlin is gonna be a fine head coach. he has already proven he is a good coach, and he works for some of the best owners in football and a team that has already proven they have the talent to win a superbowl.

the ravens have some salary cap issues and age issues, but to their credit, they have an excellent scouting department and have proven they can fill the gaps when needed. thomas may leave, jamal may get cut and ray wants more $$$. every team faces those issues and deals with them. im sure the ravens will too.

the bengals, on the other hand, have to worry about just getting through draft day.
every day lewis and palmer wake up, the 1st thing on their mind is if anyone was arrested. lewis seems to have the brian billick syndrome: defensive "genius" that cant field a defense. then you have an underachieving group of players that have a superbowl hang over without even winning a superbowl. is the trips to hawaii and commercials and interviews enough to keep these guys being hungry? i thought the bengals were a few players away last year of solidifying their defense. that wasnt the case. the defense seems to be happy just to ride the coat tails of the offense. do they even know if they want to run a 4-3 or 3-4 yet?

the browns are playing for bill cowher to be their HC next season.

i do think a fresh face leading the steelers is gonna make it a little more difficult for billick and lewis to gameplan for. both coaches have studied cowher for years. both knew all the trends and tendencies (especially billick). throw those years of accumulated knowledge out the window and start from scratch while gameplanning.
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thought the bengals were a few players away last year of solidifying their defense. that wasnt the case. the defense seems to be happy just to ride the coat tails of the offense. do they even know if they want to run a 4-3 or 3-4 yet?
They probably were, but insteading of adding a few players, they lost a few players (Odell, Pollack, etc.). The run defense got better, mostly because of the performance of the D-Line...however the secondary just sucked with Tory James and Deltha O'Neal being the largest culprits.

Marvin Lewis has already stated that the Bengals will stick with a 4-3...which is a good decision because the last thing that defense needs is another major change to adjust to. I would like to see the Bengals pick up a guy like Nate Clements in free agency and add a linebacker like Patrick Willis in the first round (not to mention the returns of Pollack and Thurman).
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