An article posted on NFL.com on August 1st by none other than Adam Schein. I have included his take on the Jets, Broncos, 49ers, Steelers and the Panthers, and followed by posting whether I agree or disagree following each statement. I would like to see comments on if you agree or disagree with me.
According to Schein:
The Steelers have issues and look like a third-place team. - Adam Schein
AGREE - The Steelers lost Ward, Mendenhall is hurt, and have an aging defense. The AFC North is more competitive with the resurgence of the Red Rocket and company.
Peyton Manning quarterbacks the third-best team in the AFC West. - Adam Schein
DISAGREE - The Broncos (a playoff team last year with Tebow), with no major free agent losses and the addition of Peyton Manning is now the 3rd best team in the AFC West. I understand that Peyton hasn't play one game last season, but if Tebow could take the Broncos to the playoffs, there is no way that a 75% Peyton couldn't.
More after the jump.
Smith is only getting better and the Niners are one of the NFL's four best teams. - Adam Schein
DISAGREE - If the statement read "Aldon Smith is only getting better and the Niners are one of the NFL's four best defenses, it would be correct. I think it is hard to argue that Alex Smith is elite, and in my humble opinion to be an elite team and perennial contender (excluding Ravens), you must have an elite quarterback.
Mark Sanchez/Tim Tebow will work. - Adam Schein
DISAGREE - Schein is under the notion that everything will run smoothly with Tebow being second string and coming in occasionally to run the wildcat. I dont buy it. As soon as Sanchez has two bad games in a row (which we know is coming), Rex will be pressured to throw Tebow in, and why not? I mean you do have a quarterback who led the Broncos to the playoffs last year riding the bench? There is no doubt it will split the locker room and cause ripples. Not saying Tebow is amazing, but he cant be much worse than Sanchez.
Carolina will finish last in the NFC South. - Adam Schein
DISAGREE - Really? I am starting to think this guy is the next Skip Bayless. There is no logical reasoning for this at all. The Saints obviously went through bountygate, lost key players including Vilma, and lost mastermind Sean Peyton for the year. The Falcons are a talented team, but just cant seem to get the stars to line up perfectly. The Bucs have a brand new coaching scheme, spent a lot in free agency, but are still piecing it together. Last year the Panthers whole defense was decimated with injuries, had a rookie coach, rookie quarterback breaking multiple records with no offseason due to the lockout, and still won 6 games and 5 losses were by 7 points or less.