07-01-2012, 08:49 PM
I guess I'll tackle this one on since I hear Raider fans crying all the time out here.
Broncos: 1. Peyton Manning 2. Demaryius Thomas 3. Von Miller
Manning is supposed to be the missing piece to make this team a Super Bowl contender. We still don't know how that neck is going to react to that first big hit either. The Broncos will go as far as Manning can take them. He'll need Demaryius Thomas to become that big #1 WR who opens up the offense. He has to become that pro bowler on the outside. Von Miller was impressive last year and he has to keep it going this year. D.J. Williams isn't doing him any favors, so it's time for Miller to begin putting a stamp on this defense and make it his own.
Chargers: 1. Philip Rivers 2. Ryan Mathews 3. Antonio Gates
Can anyone imagine the Chargers without Philip Rivers under center? We could be talking about a Colts-like collapse. Rivers doesn't get enough credit for how damn good he is and he's going to have to be the savior on offense again this year. Mathews is another in a long line of first rounders who's time has come to earn that high a selection. This team needs Antonio Gates to return to form after losing Vincent Jackson this offseason. Rivers might find having less windows to go to if Gates can't work the middle like his good ol' days.
Chiefs: 1. Matt Cassel 2. Jamaal Charles 3. Eric Berry
Matt Cassel was supposed to be a franchise QB, right? I guess someone in Chiefs-land still doesn't see what we all see....a career backup who got some numbers in a familiar system on a loaded team for one season. He should be sending Bernard Pollard a Christmas ham every year for landing the deal in KC. Well, the bills are coming due and now he's got to show he's the franchise guy. Yeah, good luck with that.....Jamaal Charles and Eric Berry were injuries they couldn't overcome last year. They need those two back at 100% and ready to lead. Someone's got to make up for Cassel's suckage.
Raiders: 1. Carson Palmer 2. Darren McFadden 3. Rolando McClain
I should put McFadden one, because when he's on...goddamn he's good. But Carson has to be #1 spot on this list. McFadden's been there before and the QB position never had the pure talent it has now. Sure he's not a running QB, but he's got his arm back and is one of the best dropback men out there. Now he's had a offseason with the offense. I expect Carson to be back in form and give it one last run.
Of course it will me much more fun at work if he melts down and the team implodes. Then the Rolando McClain saga can take over and stink the joint out. First off, how stupid is he to even put himself in a position like this? Then you have someone that ignorant as a teammate? Oh hell no. I know he'd get a good sit down talking to and he'd be put in his place before he set foot on the practice field. Problem with McClain is it's not like he's been bringing it out on the field either. Who thought this machine in Alabama would become this idiot who sometimes seems lost on the field. McClain was brought in to be a difference maker at a need position, and again my common theme for these young guys is it's time to produce on the field. This defense needs McClain, and if he falters they'll be forced to reset at that position and maybe hand him his pink slip.