For offense, I like the Colts and the Bengals (you left off Giovanni Bernard) all-around with skill players. Imagine if those teams had an elite LT. Not sure how theirs are doing this season but I know there are better tackles. Jus sayin because its the second most important It could be the reason Peyton gets pressured relentlessly in the playoffs without his yard dog Clady. Good thing he's smart and gets rid of the ball quickly.
For defense, I like the Chiefs unit best. Sure, Seattle has that awesome secondary but I like how Poe, Houston and Tyson Jackson have been playing. Eric Berry will also be the consensus best safety in the NFL after this season.
Last edited by ROCSteady : 10-04-2013 at 04:06 PM.
There is depth on that young Browns defense too. I'd add in Craig Roberts (2nd year), who I think has been pretty impressive this year next to D'Qwell in the middle. Also, Leon McFadden hasn't gotten much PT yet, but he was a 3rd round draft pick with the thought that he'd eventually be the 2nd corner with Haden.
I don't think anyone saw the impact of Buster Skrine coming, so McFadden has had to work extra hard to get on the field.
It looks like that defense should be a good for a long time if they can hold it together. Offensively? I love the Gordon/Cameron combo and there are a couple of nice young pieces on the line. Benjamin is as explosive as it gets, but staying healthy and figuring out ways to get him the ball will be a challenge. Little has talent, but he's sort of a train wreck off the field (and often on the field).
The pieces are there, but JB brings up the key point... It will likely all be for naught if we can't find a dependable signal caller. I'm not sure Hoyer was ever going to be that guy, but damn... It's just the Browns' luck that we won't get to find out this year (or maybe ever).
As for best young core of the group, Seattle is the obvious choice. If EJ Manuel lives up to his potential, I really like the Bills going forward. They have a nice mix of playmakers offensively and studs on the otherside of the ball. Alonso is just a maniac. Watching him live was eye-opening. The guy is literally all over the field.
Dareus is beastly, too... And Robert Woods looks like he might have the goods as a very good starter in this league.