First a few updates:
1. What a let down from the Heat only taking one game from the Celtics…all the more reason for D-Wade to throw on the blue and orange in New York next year. Even the Knicks have more help for him than the Heat did this past year, did you see who Wade was trying to win with last night? Their starter with the second most points was Carlos Arroyo with a whopping 8…Carlos Arroyo. Well at least we get to watch LeBron steamroll the Celtics out of the playoffs now. How about those Milwaukee Bucks by the way? How the hell did the Knicks pass on Brandon Jennings?
2. Follow Turn On The Jets on Facebook and Twitter (TurnOnTheJets).
3. Kerry Rhodes…Jay Feely…Alan Faneca…The Cardinals are turning into the NFC Jets, which is better than being the Minor League Jets aka the 2009 Cleveland Browns.
Post-Draft AFC Power Poll
It was feeling like that time to put together another power poll, especially with the draft over and most major transactions taken care of. Most teams are ready to head into the 2010 season with their roster constructed the way it is today. Hopefully, I won’t be looking back in January and see the 12-16 teams in this poll still playing.
Tier 1 – The Favorites – The division favorites who should be jockeying for a first round bye. All these teams should have a double digit win total and potentially be in the 11-5 to 13-3 range.
1. Indianapolis Colts – They were basically undefeated last year during the regular season and reached the Super Bowl where they lost a tight game to the Saints. They are number one until somebody knocks them off and as long as Peyton Manning continues to be an absolute beast behind center. I don’t care about the rest of their roster, Manning makes them the team to beat.
2. New York Jets – Yes, the AFC’s runner up last year stays in the number two spot. They were already going to be better this year because of Mark Sanchez’s continued development and the defense getting more comfortable in Rex Ryan’s scheme and that was before they added Antonio Cromartie, LaDainian Tomlinson, Brodney Pool, Jason Taylor, Santonio Holmes, and Kyle Wilson.
3. Baltimore Ravens – The Ravens had a good run last year despite having a weak receiving core and Joe Flacco struggling down the stretch. Now they have added Anquan Boldin and Donte Stallworth at receiver and Flacco should be improved. Beyond that, they just stole Sergio Kindle and Terrence Cody in the second round of the draft to add to their defense.
4. San Diego Chargers – They are still loaded with talent on both sides of the ball and play in a crappy division. If they can’t go 5-1 in the AFC West than shame on them.
Tier 2 – The Contenders – The teams who should battle for a division title and be anywhere from around .500 to 10-6/11-5.
5. Cincinnati Bengals – Most people seem to think the Bengals are going to struggle this season but I am not sure why. They added a legit number two receiver in Antonio Bryant, drafted a quality pass catching tight end in Jermaine Gresham, and still should be solid on defense and running the football.
6. New England Patriots – They didn’t do much in free agency but had a pretty good overall draft. Brady and Belicheat will keep them competitive, and of course the referees will always be there to help them with roughing the passer penalties.
7. Houston Texans – Everybody loves them every year and every year they go 8-8 (okay, they went 9-7 last year but you get the point). They are a talented team but when will they win a big game?
8. Miami Dolphins – Brandon Marshall was a much needed addition to their offense, while Karlos Dansby and Jared Odrick will improve their defense. Even though I have the Patriots ranked higher, I wouldn’t be shocked to see the Dolphins be the primary challenge to the Jets for a division title.
Tier 3 – The Question Marks – Teams with major questions surrounding them who could go anywhere from 6-10 to 10-6.
9. Pittsburgh Steelers – Outside of their starting quarterback being suspended six games and trading away their best receiver for nothing, they had a pretty good off-season.
10. Tennessee Titans – Vince Young is always a question mark and now they have to deal with Chris Johnson holding out. However, they could be dangerous next year if Young gets rolling, especially if Kenny Britt continues to develop into a legit number one receiver.
11. Denver Broncos – I am not sure if they have improved at all this off-season. Yet, they are in a crappy division so they could hover around .500 again.
12. Jacksonville Jaguars – They added some pieces on defense but I am not sure how far David Garrard can carry them. Beyond that, they are in a tough division.
13. Oakland Raiders – Yes, the Raiders. Keep in mind they were 5-11 last year with a defensive tackle playing quarterback the majority of the time. With Jason Campbell under center, they might actually get somewhat near .500.
Tier 4 – The Basement Dwellers – Teams who shouldn’t be planning on playing meaningful games in December next year.
14. Cleveland Browns – They had a good off-season so far and improved on both sides of the ball but how is that offense going to score points? Nobody is worried about Jake Delhomme throwing to Chansi Stuckey.
15. Kansas City Chiefs – Anytime you give Matt Cassel that much money, you are probably going to struggle for a few seasons.
16. Buffalo Bills – Trent Edwards vs. Ryan Fitzpatrick vs. Brian Brohm…with no offensive line…sorry Buffalo.
Yes, We Are Pretty Good At Corner