On The Turning Away: Teams To Tank In 2008
Here are the five playoff teams that will miss the postseason this upcoming season. These are in no particular order.
1. Tennessee Titans: The Titans got in by sneaking past the Colts backups last year. They showed that they had no reason to be in the playoffs with a sad performance by the team against the San Diego Chargers. The Titans are lead by a ridiculously overrated QB in Vince Young and on defense, Albert Haynesworth, whose contract issues may have an effect on the team’s morale if nothing happens in the next four weeks. The Titans have no wide receivers and too many overrated running backs. Their defense is great, but unless they can score points, this team is finishing 4th in the AFC South, 9th in the AFC.
2. Pittsburgh Steelers: The Steelers won the AFC North last year, but it wasn’t too convincing. The Browns almost caught them at the end of the season, and the Steelers ended up bowing out in the first round of the playoffs to the Jags. The Steelers have the toughest schedule in the NFL, and the offensive line is just horrible. Instead of drafting a running back, how about they go after an offensive guard so Willie Parker can end the season in one piece? The Steelers will finish 2nd in the AFC North, 7th in the AFC.
3. Washington Redskins: The Skins made a nice run at the end of the season, playing for fallen teammate Sean Taylor, but that won’t carry over to next year. Jason Campbell is a mediocre quarterback, and there is nothing special on the defensive side of the ball. Carlos Rodgers is recovering from a knee injury, and the secondary continues to lose its depth. The Skins will finish 4th in the NFC East, 10th in the NFC.
4. Seattle Seahawks: The Seahawks run will come to an end next year. Somehow they won the West in 2007, but the Cardinals are just too good on offense now. If the Cards are smart and start Kurt Warner, the Cardinals could possibly get a bye in the NFC. That’s how confident I am in Anquan Boldin, Larry Fitzgerald, and Edgerrin James. The Seahawks do not have the firepower to keep up with the Cardinals’ offense. Hasselbeck is a nice quarterback, but he has absolutely no targets at all. The wide receivers are aging. The running backs are overrated. The loud crowd at Quest can’t save this team. The Seahawks will finish 2nd in the NFC West, 7th in the NFC.
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: This is the most obvious one. The controversy with Jeff Garcia, the defense qualifying for the senior discount at Old Country Buffet, and the bad coaching from an overrated hothead in John Gruden will destroy this team. The Bucs can’t depend on an old wide receiver in Joey Galloway as he is their only proven target on offense. This team will suffer a major collapse. No NFC South team has repeated as champions. That won’t change with the New Orleans Saints winning this pathetic excuse of a conference. The Seahawks will finish 2nd in the NFC South, 12th in the NFC.