NFL Training Camp Power Rankings - Bottom 16
The NFL season is just a couple short months away, and while most fans seem more concerned with their fantasy football drafts right now than the favorites and underdogs going into the season, optimism still reigns supreme in most camps.
Here are the bottom 16 NFL teams who are just missing too much make the playoffs this year.
32. Detroit Lions:
The Lions made some good off-season moves as Jim Schwartz comes over from Tennessee as a highly recommended coach, plus the linebacking corps is strong now with Julian Peterson and Larry Foote teaming with Ernie Sims.
But any team that goes 0-16 the previous year automatically deserves this spot.
31. Cleveland Browns:
Brady Quinn is expected to win the starting job but no one knows if he’s ready to excel or not just yet.
This team needs Braylon Edwards to get over his case of the dropsies and the defense to find a playmaker and a leader to move up.
30. Kansas City Chiefs:
Giving Matt Cassel a long-term contract could be a brilliant move or a big-time mistake. We’ll find out this year. Dwayne Bowe should provide him with a go-to receiver.
29. St. Louis Rams:
Steve Spanuolo is an interesting hire at head coach and a necessary one because the Rams have been bad on defense for too. They should be a little better there this season.
28. Tampa Bay Buccaneers:
The Bucs’ talent base has quietly eroded, and the lack of a reliable QB option (Byron Leftwich? Brian Griese?) could be their downfall in 2009-2010.
27. Oakland Raiders:
The defense is underrated but JaMarcus Russell will need to make serious strides for this team to finish with more than six wins.
26. San Francisco 49ers:
Alex Smith looks likely to win the QB job which is surprising because Shaun Hill has shown more potential thus far. If Smith can just get the ball in Michael Crabtree’s hands, the Niners could make some things happen on offense.
25. Denver Broncos:
When you inexplicably go from Jay Cutler to Kyle Orton at QB, a slip in the standings is inevitable.
24. Washington Redskins:
A solid team stuck in a great division, and they’re probably not going to get over the hump as long as Jason Campbell continues his pedestrian play at QB.
23. Cincinnati Bengals:
The defense is looking fearsome on paper but there’s too much bad karma here to suggest a leap up the standings until they prove they’ve got things together again.
22. Buffalo Bills:
Somehow, I don’t think Terrell Owens and Trent Edwards will be able to co-exist peacefully in 2009-2010. And that’s not a knock on Edwards.
21. Miami Dolphins:
Pat White in the Wildcat offense sounds like a good time for Dolphins fans, but teams will be gunning for them this year. Next year, however, look out.
20. Seattle Seahawks
Matt Hasselbeck’s back means everything to this team’s playoff chances, and even if he’s healthy, he’s not likely to get enough help from his receiving corps.
19. Houston Texans:
A lot depends on Matt Schaub stepping up his game at QB, but the defense could be something special if Amobi Okoye matures at DT and Mario Williams continues to terrorize opposing QB’s.
18. Green Bay Packers:
The 3-4 defense will eventually be a blessing for the franchise but it might take a year to get the concepts and the personnel down. Aaron Rodgers should improve as the passing game continues to be lethal, however.
17. Minnesota Vikings:
Whether it’s Brett Favre or Tarvaris Jackson, the Vikings will have lots of problems at QB this year. That’s too bad because Percy Harvin could vastly outperform his #22 draft status when it’s all said and done.
16. Dallas Cowboys:
Roy Williams (the wide receiver) is a big key to this season. He has the talent to be almost as good as that Owens fellow but he needs to be more consistent. This is an extremely talented team but something just seems to be missing; perhaps it’s the Romo-Phillips combo at QB-coach that is holding them back.
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