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Bolts, Colts, or Pats: A look at the AFC Triumvirate

Discussion in 'Latest Chargers News & Headlines' started by robdog, Jul 20, 2007.

  1. robdog

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    <strong>Knightman's Rant</strong>
    Edition 1

    <strong>Bolts</strong>
    <ul>
    <li><img src="http://bolttalk.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/07/chargers_logo.jpg" alt="Chargers Logo" align="right" /><strong>The Good: </strong>The Chargers have something to prove this season, and they have the weapons to do it. To start off they have the premier running back in the game in LaDainian Tomlinson. Young quarterback Philip Rivers is also expected to have another big year. After having a 23 TDs to only 10 interceptions, including the playoff appearance against the Patriots, and also ending with a 92.0 quarterback rating. With another year of experience coming his way he will be easily able to top that. Another key attribute to the Chargers success is the bruising defense. Leading the attack is Pro Bowl Outside Linebacker Shawne Merriman. After leading the league with 17 sacks, even after a 4 game absence, some say that the sack record is a possibility for the 3rd year player. Another cornerstone to the stingy defense is nose tackle Jamal "The Wall" Williams. Coming off a Pro Bowl season, the 6-3, 348 pound defensive tackle racked up a career high 69 tackles with two sacks. Then there is the one referred to as "The Other Guy" Shaun Philips. Racking up 65 tackles, 11.5 sacks and a forced fumble, possibilities soar for the second year starter. Also Quentin Jammer looks to improve, along with Marlon Mcree.</li>
    </ul>
    <ul>
    <li><strong>The Bad:</strong> Simply put, The Wide Receivers. But the Chargers addressed the issue by obtaining Craig Davis in the NFL Draft. Davis is expected to primarily be a punt and kick returner in his first year, but could win up in the 3rd receiver slot. Vincent Jackson However is expected to be the started coming into this season, and has shown flashes in the past but needs to step up this year and be the big play receiver the chargers need. Eric Parker is returning after his playoff blunder, and probably wont be returning any punts. Malcolm Floyd is making his return after being put on IR last season. While in play he did quit well, managing 15 receptions for 3 TDs, and 3 of the catches went for 20+ yards. Kassim Osgood, the Pro Bowl special teamer, didn't get much playing time last year at receiver and doesn't seem like he's going to get much this year either except on special teams.</li>
    </ul>
    <ul>
    <li><strong>The Ugly:</strong> The defensive back field has been a weak point for the past few years. Fortunately Jammer is rapidly improving despite many bashers and haters. But for every good there's a bad and that would be Dreyton Florence, who is in the last year of his contract. Antonio Cromartie looks to take over the spot held by Dreyton Florence, and rightfully should. Despite slipping a few times to Florence's every time, he does appear to be the better corner and is reportedly a "Workout Warrior". Another whole that needs to be filled is Safety. Marlon Mcree rightfully holds onto the Free Safety spot, but Strong Safety is a tossup. The front runners seem to be Clinton Hart and Rookie Eric Weddle. Bouh Jue is lost in the mix somewhere.</li>
    </ul>
    <strong>Colts</strong>
    <ul>
    <li><img src="http://bolttalk.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/07/colts_logo.jpg" alt="Colts Logo" align="right" /><strong>The Good:</strong> Peyton Manning, Marvin Harrison, Reggie Wayne, whats not good about this offense? Joseph Addai, the rookie rushing leader, returns for what is projected to be a very successful year. Peyton Manning is as good as he has ever been. The defense is good off as long as Bob Sanders is in the mix. Without him the Colts lost to the Titans, and even the Texans.</li>
    </ul>
    <ul>
    <li><strong>The Bad:</strong> The Defense lost Cato June, who racked up a team leading 162 tackles and one sack. He was a big time player for the Colts and now resides in Tampa. They also lost veteran running back Dominic Rohdes who split carries with Addai. Loosing the veteran leadership will not help Addai, but it will mean more carries and a heavy burden to carry the run game.</li>
    </ul>
    <ul>
    <li><strong>The Ugly:</strong> They could go back to the super bowl, despite a thougher schedule and having the cross hairs on their back.</li>
    </ul>
    <strong>Pats</strong>
    <ul>
    <li><img src="http://bolttalk.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/07/patriots_logo.jpg" alt="Patriots Logo" align="right" /><strong>The</strong><strong> Good: </strong>Tom Brady has another Receiver to throw to in Randy Moss, along with a host of others. This could be a very dangerous tandum to defend. They also added former Ravens everything Adalius Thomas. Thomas has lined up all over the field, Outside linebacker, Defensive end, and even at Strong Safety. Many say he will fit in perfect with the Pats defense, which if true he will fit in just as well as Randy Moss and Tom Brady.</li>
    </ul>
    <ul>
    <li><strong>The Bad:</strong> Other than Asaunte Samuel, the defensive backfield is starting to age. Rodney Harrison has been efective through his career, but sometime u got to call it quits. Also, Junior Seau is returning for another year, even after having his arm literally snapped in two. With Seau, Harrison, Caldwell i guess u can call the Pats, the Chargers Trash Bin.</li>
    </ul>
    <ul>
    <li><strong>The Ugly:</strong> the front 7. they're aging, they're broken and they are falling to peices, but Adalias Thomas is probably the start to fixing that problem. I expect to see more signings of defensive front 7 to the Pats</li>
    </ul>
    Please draw your own conclusion.
     

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