- 09/14/2010, 01:35AM ET
ohio state and cleveland fan said 09/14, 01:36 AM
Pick an NFL team whose 'stock', i.e. perception of how well they will do this year, has dropped the most.
My pick is the San Francisco 49ers.
Coming into this year, the 49ers were the trendy pick to win the NFC West. With Kurt Warner gone, Arizona was bound to struggle, and St. Louis and Seattle were rebuilding.
San Francisco supposedly had a strong defense led by All-Pro linebacker Patrick Willis, and a good offense with emerging star Vernon Davis, and the improving Alex Smith and Michael Crabtree, and the ever reliable Frank Gore.
Then Seattle rolled in, and absolutely destroyed the 49ers, 31-6.
Matt Hasselbeck threw for two TDs and ran for another.
More disturbing is the offense. Alex Smith was awful, throwing two picks and fumbling. Frank Gore only rushed for 38 yards, with a 2.2 ypc average. Michael Crabtree caught 2 passes out of 8 targets.
After this debacle, the 49ers are no longer clear favorites to win the NFC West. The division is now wide open, thanks to the 49ers lack of ability to show up and do anything productive. San Francisco's chemistry and will to win are being called into question, as is there ability to compete in the division.
| said 09/14, 02:27 AM
Well the Niners were only predicted to win the NFC West Division with a record of 9-7, which is the weakest Division in the NFC and possibly even worse then the AFC West Division. The Niners stock wasn't predicted high enough to fall very far.
The team that I see that had the most to drop in their stock?
This is a team that in some sports sites have projected them to go all the way to the Super Bowl. Winning their Division with the likes of a Potent Offense like the Pats team and a Well Balanced Dolphins team is going to be hard to make us believers.
The Jets believe to much in their own hype, sure the Jets defense is it's strength but you have to be able to play both sides of the ball and the Jets clearly proved that their offense is not going to scare anyone. Even with all the acquisitions in the off-season, the Jets lack the chemistry on offense.
They did play 1 of the leagues best defenses, but you could see that Sanchez won't be a Pro Bowler soon and the one RB that mattered most from last year (Thomas Jones) the Jets let go. They don't need an old LDT, the Jets need a grinder like they had last yr to help take the pressure off their young QB.
ohio state and cleveland fan said 09/15, 01:04 AM
Who did the Jets play this week?
The Baltimore Ravens, who are the consensus pick to win the Superbowl.
A loss to them is not embarrassing. Coming into the game, we knew the Jets had a dominant defense, but Mark Sanchez was a question mark. After that game, the Jets still have a dominant defense, and Mark Sanchez still blows. The running game struggled because Sanchez did nothing, and the Ravens have an excellent defense. Sanchez surely won't be that awful for the rest of the season, and Greene and LT can get the run game going. The Jets may not be Super Bowl ready, but they will still contend for the Wild Card and maybe even the AFC East.
San Francisco, who did have milder expectations, lost in convincing fashion to a Seattle team that is supposed to be terrible. They have major question marks at quarterback, receiver, and the defense. Who knows if this team can even make it out of the NFC West, mediocre as it is. If Arizona can get its quarterback situation settled, that team still has a decent defense, as well as loads of offensive talent. Can San Francisco beat them?
| said 09/15, 03:58 AM
Which team was being highly taunted as a possible participant in this season's SB? JETS.
The Niners are only mentioned to win the NFC West Division and that's all. No one has predicted more than that because year after year, the Niners are prematurely crowned the NFC West Division champions and year after year the Niners come up empty handed.
This is a team that sadly has no true leader at the most important position on the offense, they lack a confident QB, both the 1st & 2nd stringers are damaged goods. Also, I have to admit, Mike Singletary's approach to being a Head Coach is getting tiresome. I can see why players like Glen Coffee would quit on this team. I can see his act being a good motivator in the first year, but he is constantly becoming an annoying parent and these are adult men playing football.
On the other hand, the JETS were praised for their efforts in the playoffs last year. They went out and got another player to compliment Revis Island, they got a record breaking RB in LDT and were building up their own hype on Hard Knocks. Many sports site were saying the JETS would go even further this season, winning their Division & playing in the SB.
ohio state and cleveland fan said 09/16, 02:50 AM
The Niners have been a sleeper team for years, not FAVORITES, because of Kurt Warner. This year, they easily the pick to win the NFC West. Now, the playoffs are in jeopardy. Are those expectations as high as the Jets? No. However, any ideas of the 49ers running away with the West have been shattered.
The Jets, on the other hand, are still a strong playoff contender. The defense is still the best in the entire NFL. Sanchez and the offense still have a chance to rebound. Hope remains for the Jets to at least make it to the playoffs, and maybe make a run like they did last year. San Francisco's playoff hopes are potentially gone with Arizona and Seattle looking better than expected.
Mike Singletary single handedly revived Vernon Davis' career. How is that tiresome? He can do the same with idiots like Crabtree. In fact, Singletary's coaching is a big reason San Francisco was expected to win.
Antonio Cromartie is a joke. He's much better at getting women pregnant than covering NFL receivers.
| said 09/16, 07:50 PM
Whose stock has dropped the most after Week One?
My answer is still the Jets.
Let's look at the Niners. Inexperienced HD Coach, a timid QB in Smith, a WR who believes in his own hype, a RB that always gets hurt and misses a few games, a TE that hasn't lived up to the billing (players make plays, Singletary did not revive Davis's career, Davis did so because he started to finally catch balls). The Niners play in the weak NFC West, they played at their rival's backyard with a QB that lead them to a SB not so long ago. The most the Niners were expected to do was win their Division with a slightly above .500 record.
Now the Jets.
This team has gotten the publicity and are expected to do not just well, but to be in the Super Bowl. The Jets participating on Hard Knocks are believing their own clippings. Their HD Coach is getting cocky enough to assure game of the week of winning, there is nothing modest or humble that the Jets have shown. This is a team that made the playoffs because another team mad a good strategic move. Rex Ryan and the Jets had the swagger all summer long, but this past Sunday their bubble burst, their ego's took a heavy blow of reality.
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