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this is a discussion within the Saints Community Forum; Dan Pompei * Email Dan Pompei * Archived columns An early look at the NFC South This could be the year that Michael Vick and the Falcons take over this division. They were close last year in Vick's first season ...

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Old 06-27-2003, 08:49 AM   #1
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This could be the year that Michael Vick and the Falcons take over this division. They were close last year in Vick's first season as a starter. The Super Bowl champion Bucs will be contenders again despite a tough schedule.

The predicted order of finish:

1. Falcons (10-6). This team has a lot of good, young players, and if the Falcons can figure out how to get past the Bucs, they can win this division.

2. Buccaneers (9-7). The only two things that can prevent the Bucs from improvement are a Super Bowl hangover and injuries. One or the other -- or both -- seems likely to occur.

3. Saints (7-9). Their defense remains suspect, and that's the biggest problem. They also have to show they can avoid a late-season collapse.

4. Panthers (6-10). Not including the expansion Texans, the Panthers had the worst offense in the NFL last season. They've made some improvements, but not enough.

Senior writer Dan Pompei covers the NFL for Sporting News. Email him at pompei@sportingnews.com.
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Old 06-27-2003, 08:54 AM   #2
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Another Vick fanboi, and Atlanta is not overly stacked with talent. They have some good players, but not like he is making them out to be.
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Old 06-27-2003, 09:47 AM   #3
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A lot of these guy\'s got burned jumping on the bandwagon last year and can\'t see anything else this year. I agree with his points about us but not to the degree that they cost us a winning season. There is a lot more to this team than questions on D and two late collapses. This is a team headed up not down.
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Old 06-27-2003, 10:07 AM   #4
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The thing about the Saints is our offense should be even better this year. So we\'re going to out score many teams.

If the defense can hold teams to 20 points or less, then it\'s going to tough for any team to be us.

As far as the Falcons go. Vick is a strong runner without a doubt, but has not proven himself as a passer. I think he is going to be out to show he\'s a passer more this year. Which means he\'s going to get into reading defenses more. Plus, the league is more familar with him this year. This could spell a set-back for Vick....



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Old 06-27-2003, 10:46 AM   #5
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Fine, we do better as underdogs anyway.
But lets look at it realistically.

Last Year:
We were 9-7 last year with a tough overall schedule.
Very young team, young QB, young RB, Young stud WR, young LB\'s and DE\'s.
3 defensive plays from being 12-4

This year:
Offense-Improved and deeper. May have top offense in league, if not at least top 5.
Fewer question marks than about 28 other teams

Defense-Definately improved over last year, arguably improved a lot! The only question mark to me is time to gel and develop chemistry. Similarly the Rams did it fast in 2000, Pats fast in 2001, but Jets overhaul took a few weeks, but look how they finished.
We should have an average to above average defense this year that will get better as the season progresses.

Special Teams-Absolutely the very best in NFL, kicking, punting, kick/punt return and coverage.

So with about the same schedule strength, another year of experience for the young guys and an...
A+ Offense,
B Defense (C+ at worst),
A+ Special Teams

How does anyone come up 7-9?
Try to put down 9 losses on our schedule.
Barring catastrophic injuries, you can\'t with a straight face.

Whether we agree or disagree; its all for Him.
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Old 06-27-2003, 10:53 AM   #6
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Barring catastrophic injuries, you can\'t with a straight face.
It happens to every team. The good one\'s get past it and continue to win. The not so good one\'s don\'t.

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Old 06-27-2003, 11:06 AM   #7
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Barring catastrophic injuries, you can\'t with a straight face.
It happens to every team. The good one\'s get past it and continue to win. The not so good one\'s don\'t.
But a preseason prediction cannot take that into account. He has to compare apples to apples.
What if Vick goes down. One stinkin injury and the birds are 6-10.
What if Brad Johnson goes down (last year was the 1st year he didn\'t miss major games), or Derrick Brooks? Two flippin injuries and the bucs are 7-9.

To predict the Saints to go 7-9 doesn\'t make sense, unless you think the Saints will suffer injuries and other teams won\'t. The Saints are also DEEP at almost every position.

That boobonic moron has pissed me off for the whole weekend. I may just have to switch to import beers this weekend to cool my jets.

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Old 06-27-2003, 11:11 AM   #8
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I agree tweeky
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You make a good argument tweeky. I agree with you 100%.
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Old 06-27-2003, 11:25 AM   #10
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That boobonic moron has pissed me off for the whole weekend. I may just have to switch to import beers this weekend to cool my jets.
Calm down, now, no need to do anything you might regret.
View this turd as nothing more than another \"journalist\" trying to beat the competition to print on his \"hot sports opinion\". In this field, you can\'t regurgitate something that has already been stated by another, you gotta throw somthing out that is controversial in order to keep your job.
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