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.

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  • http://lombardiave.com DJ

    I half expected to see the Packers on here…lol…

  • http://naptownsfinest.com Sam

    I like Aaron Rodgers and Ryan Grant too much to say they won’t make the playoffs in the NFC.

  • http://shakennbaken.blogspot.com shake’n’bake

    I have the Redskins and Titans not making it back and the Browns with the biggest dropoff in wins. The Seahawks and Bucs aren’t that good, but no one in their division will beat them out, they suck the least in their awful divisions. The Steelers didn’t fix their line so they could definitely take a step back even though I don’t expect it.

  • http://landryhat davedallasfan

    interesting post. i will look at this a while. it’s hard to nail some of this down, but you made good points to debate. it’s all about moving forward in the nfl, and if you ain’t, then you dropp. do the colts see harrison as a factor this year or could they be in for a droppoff as well???? they’ll make the playoffs but do they have enough in the tank to go all the way again?????

  • http://naptownsfinest.com Sam

    There is a good chance the winner of the NFC South is under .500 when they win.  I’m giving the division to the Saints, but the Saints are still very bad.

    The Colts may have a small dropoff, but that would be because of the schedule.  I think the Colts will end up having the same record.  Harrison didn’t play last year, so it can’t get much worse for him.  The depth of the Colts will be really strong because of the injuries last year, which is what will keep them going all the way to the Super Bowl.

  • http://www.nfl.hu Rajna

    Hm, the Titans are always underrated. VY can run an offense, even though his arm is not like PM’s. WRs are the worst in the league, but the OL (yes, without Bell and Olson, too) is one of the bests. Everyone is good at run blocking, so the RBs can run as much as they can.  Chris Johnson will be a nice addition to LenDale, they are going to be one of the best thunder&lightning duos, and that’s enough on the offense. And don’t forget the TEs, Scaife and Crumpler are consistent targets, who VY can often use.

    Al will stay, and with him and Kearse and KVB, the DL is outstanding, the best in the NFL. LBs are also good, safeties too, Griffin will develop, I only worry because of the CBs, Harper is ridicolous, and Finnegan can get beat deep, even though he can cover good receivers on short routes, and he is one ofm the best CBs against the rush.

    This team can make the playoffs again, if key players don’t get injured (remember, Al wasn’t healthy at the end of the season too, VY wasn’t either, and there were the IR-players, 7 starters from the offense, that’s a number). The one thing which makes me nervous about the chances, is that the AFC South is by far the best division, every team is a playoff contender, but I don’t see the Texans front of us.  Sorry, if my English wans’t good, I’m Hungarian, i’m still learning it.

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  • http://knol.google.com/k/anonymous/-/2djkir3y0p007/1 Wimax Wan

    Continue up the fine work!