|QUOTE (Xboxless @ Jul 19 2009, 11:53)|
|Saints are in the same boat as the Texans, crap defense, great offense..........just need to get that defense better.|
That's why the Saints spent all but one of their 2009 draft picks on defensive players.
The Saints will not win the NFC South this season. The division is a good division, however, I see it being won by either the Falcons or the Panthers.
The Panthers have an incredible running game with Jonathan Stewart and DeAngelo Williams. Williams really came into his own last season and Stewart will only get better with more experience. That running game coupled with a good pass rush and improving secondary will spell out success for the Panthers. The only things I'm skeptical of, and they are key things, are the wide receivers and the quarterback. Delhomme is ok, but he's not a superstar quarterback who will put up great numbers and carry the team. He's a gunslinger. The receivers? Steve Smith is great when healthy and not on suspension. After Smith who is there? Mushin Muhammad is 36 and nowhere near as effective as he was 5 years ago. Dwayne Jarrett? We really don't know what he can do because he missed a lot of the season last year, but even then, I don't see him as a number one receiver, or even anybody who can realistically take coverage away from Steve Smith. Those are the only things that worry me about the Panthers.
The Falcons have a very good offense and it got better this offseason with the addition of Tony Gonzalez. Michael Turner and Jerious Norwood make for a good combination of running backs. Turner, obviously the number one, is very good all around, hee's fast, quick, and has the power to knock over corners and safeties. Then Norwood is plain fast. At the combine he ran a 4.32 40 yard dash, Darren McFadden ran the same official 40 time (his unofficial time was 4.28). They too have a good pass rush and improving secondary and much like with the Panthers I'm skeptical of their receivers. I honestly have little faith in Roddy White. He did have a very good year in 2008, being named to the Pro Bowl, and from 2007 through 2008 he caught over 2,500 yards. However, there's just something that I don't like. We'll have to see this season when he more than likely shows me up.
Two very evenly matched teams in my opinion. As of right now, it's too difficult to decide the division winner.