- 02/16/2009, 11:55PM ET
Somebody of Note said 02/16, 11:55 PM
QB: Kurt Warner
RB: Steve Slaton
WR: Larry Fitzgerald
WR: Brandon Marshall
WR: Lance Moore
TE: Dallas Clark
LT: Joe Thomas (4.5 sacks allowed)
LG: Todd Herremans (0.75 sacks allowed, 4.58 YPC up the middle is fifth in the NFL)
C: Kevin Mawae (0 sacks allowed, only 1 penalty)
RG: Harvey Dahl (1 sack allowed WHILE playing part-time at tackle)
RT: Tra Thomas (3 sacks allowed)
In case you couldn't tell, my offense is going to be a pass-first one. I'd model it as a combination of the New England Patriots and Arizona Cardinals.
Of course, what is necessary for this offense to run well is a clean pocket, and my O-Line is one of the best in the business. Combined, they only allowed 9.25 sacks last year, an incredible number. Lower than my opponent's right tackle alone.
I have instant chemistry right off the bat with Warner and Fitzgerald. Larry has proven that he is an unstoppable threat; trying to stop him alone lets everyone else run wild. Opposite him, he has a dynamic threat in Marshall, and Moore and Clark are both incredible threats in the slot and underneath. If he faces too much pressure, Slaton is very dangerous on a screen. Slaton's great running it, too.
Lakers#1: Roll Tide said 02/17, 12:12 AM
QB- Drew Brees
RB- Brian Westbrook
WR- Randy Moss
WR- Reggie Wayne
WR- Marques Colston
TE- Antonio Gates
LT- Jordan Gross
LG- Josh Beekman
C- Jeff Faine
RG- Chris Snee
RT- Jason Peters
I as well will be running a pass happy offense. I'll model mine after New Orleans as to keep Drew Brees in his comfort zone.
I also have some instant chemistry with have Colston as one of my targets for Brees.
Brees was all pro with a lot less weapons that he will have here. He has Randy Moss who we all have seen what kind of numbers he can put up with a good QB throwing him the ball.
Reggie Wayne is a year removed from leading the NFL in receiving yards.
I also have a RB in Westbrook who is not only a solid runner, but is also very versatile, and fits my offense perfectly with being able to catch out of the backfield.
Then I have one of the top receiving TE's in the entire NFL with Antonio Gates.
I have given Drew Brees unlimited weapons to work with, and he will put up MONSTER numbers with them.
My O-Line is solid as well. And your cheap crack on my RT is true, but he had a down year. He was in contract disputes. Other years, he has more than proven himself at RT
Somebody of Note said 02/17, 09:14 PM
Re: Peters. His stats aren't just bad, they're atrocious. He only played and started 13 games, but still managed to rack up 8 big penalties, and allow 11.5 sacks. 11.5! Your assessment that he has more than proven himself is off-base, as well. Last year, his "breakout year", showed him with 6 sacks allowed... still greater than anyone on my O-Line. One weak link can sink a line, especially one who's so brutal against the pass.
Now, it's undeniable that my team has the greatest target on the field in Larry Fitzgerald. Everyone who watched the playoffs instantly became witness to the devastating effect that his mere presence can single-handedly wreak on a defence. He'll catch every jump ball, outmuscle and outrun defenders, and leave players wide open thanks to defences trying solely to cover him. Luckily for him, he won't have to adjust to a new QB tossing him the ball. On the other side, Brandon Marshall is just superb, and is deadly is only being covered by one man.
Now, one key weakness that I'm finding with your team is simple, really: you don't have a true slot receiver. Wayne, Colston, and Moss all are outside guys, and rarely go over the middle. Moore fills that for me.
Lakers#1: Roll Tide said 02/17, 09:48 PM
You spend a third of your argument attacking my RT? Brilliant.
Your O-Line is great, but your QB is getting ready to cash in Social Security checks rather than game checks.
"Now, it's undeniable that my team has the greatest target on the field in Larry Fitzgerald."
Little premature on that. Everybody is crazy over what he did in the postseason.
You forget that Randy Moss is a year removed from a 23 TD season.
Your boy Fitzgerald's high TD catch season was 12!
When Randy Moss has a good QB to throw him the ball, he is deadly.
And your statement about Fitzgerald being able to out run all defenders is out of line. He ran a 4.7 40 at the combine a few years ago.
And you're really worried about me not having a slot receiver? All 3 of my receivers can catch passes across the middle.
My offense is unstopabble. Drew Brees has unlimited targets to throw to. You can't contain Randy Moss in man to man coverage, and if you double him, your going to leave Colston or Wayne open.
I can also run the ball with Brian Westbrook. He is lethal for my offense. He can run the ball to set up the pass, and then he can catch passes out of the backfield.
Somebody of Note said 02/18, 11:53 AM
The age of the QB doesn't matter; if that was the case, then Joey Harrington would be a Pro Bowler, Matt Ryan would be a scrub, and Vinny Testaverde would be in the Hall of Fame. What matters far more is whether these guys have game, and Warner has indubitably proven that he does. Playing behind an O-Line that can only be termed as suspect, with no threats at running back or tight end, he managed to complete 67.1% of his passes for 4,583 yards, and 30 touchdowns. Not only that, but he's proven to have incredible chemistry with my top receiver (see: 2009 playoffs).
I think you're missing the receivers point. There's a huge difference between going over the middle and playing the slot receivers. Slot guys need to know how to work in tight spaces, and hang on to the ball. Moore only had 2 drops last year, Colston had 8 in only 11 games. Hardly a reliable safety valve.
Running the ball, I have the advantage over you. Slaton had more yards, a higher YPC (4.8 to 4.0), and the same amount of TDs as Westbrook DESPITE not starting until midway through the year. Brian seems to be slowing, Slaton is only getting better.
RT is still a huge weakness for you. That can't be covered up.
Lakers#1: Roll Tide said 02/18, 04:11 PM
Sure I don't have a true slot receiver, but what makes you think I'm putting Colston in the slot? If I need to, I'll put Reggie Wayne in the slot.
He has proven to be good in space, and only had 3 drops last season.
"The age of the QB doesn't matter;"
But your's plays dominos in the same nursing home as Gruden.....
"Running the ball, I have the advantage over you."
I wouldn't say that. Westbrook has proven to be a reliable option. Sure Slaton had better stats, but you can't just say he's better. And you talk about them having the same amount of TD's.....
You have to count in the fact that Slaton carried the ball 35 more times...
Westbrook was running behind a less than stellar O-Line this season.
And his value for me, far exceeds running the ball. He is key with being able to catch passes out of the backfield.
Westbrook had over 400 receiving yards last season.
Drew Brees will have a field day with the weapons I have given him. He will have so many options to throw the ball, and will pick apart any defense.
The problem with your team?
You have a lot of one hit wonders. Your RB and slot receiver haven't proven if they can consistently do well.
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