Super Bowl Madness Podcast with Wonder

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

The NFL Totem Pole at the Quarter Point: The No Excuses Division

We take a look at where the 32 NFL teams stand at the quarter mark of the season. Find out which teams are set to make a move, which teams are due for a fall and which teams are just stuck in neutral.  

The No Excuses Division

Minnesota Vikings- Ponder has played better than I thought that he would. He shows some promise. If the Vikings ever get an outdoor stadium, they'll be in trouble with Ponder. In the dome he has done okay. What has happened to their defense? Some of their draft picks in recent memory were just horrible. They really needed to retool their secondary and they failed to do so. I think they really have a long way to go. They are wasting the prime years of Adrian Peterson's career. 

Miami Dolphins- Have really played well in the second half of the year. Even Matt Moore has played better then expectations. Getting to throw to Brandon Marshall is a real joy for any quarterback. Reggie Bush has been ok, he surprised some people with his ability to run between the tackles. Their defense has been stout too. They are just thin, they are a thin group who is offensively challenged. It would have been better for them to lose enough games to make sure they got one of the big three quarterbacks (Luck, Barkley, RG3). 

St. Louis Rams- I can't figure them out. I know they got destroyed by injuries but for them to just regress so much under Steve Spagnuolo is just truly disappointing. I think he is going to get a pass and they are going to give him another year because of all of the injuries but he hasn't really developed the defense as much as I thought he would over three years. I just think they need to do a better job on that end, collectively. Some of their draft choices have been suspect. 

Jacksonville Jaguars- Finally got rid of Jack Del Rio who had worn out his welcome a long time ago. Their biggest problem is that they used the No. 10 pick on Gabbert and unless he makes some major improvements in the next off-season then he may turn out to be a bust. Thin offensive line, few quality wide receivers, they just need new fresh blodd and an infusion of talent.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers- I did predict, very accurately before the season started, that the Bucs would take a step back as a team. But a step back and a mile back are two different things. This team has really gone backwards. Morris really needs to figure out what has been going on. McCoy hasn't provided anything yet. Freeman has been just awful this year. Some of that has to be due to coaching. They aren't really taking advantage of their talent at the skill positions on offense.

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