Pre-Training Camp Review #4

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2009 Regular Season Standings:

Dallas Cowboys: 11-5
Philadelphia Eagles: 11-5
New York Giants: 8-8
Washington Redskins: 4-12

Washington Redskins: Daniel Snyder changed coaches, quarterbacks, and his defensive scheme (4-3 to 3-4) all this off-season; Will it work? The move by new coach Mike Shanahan, to obtain Donovan McNabb from Philadelphia, was genius. Chris Cooley and Santana Moss should be solid pieces for Donovan to start with, although someone else is going to need to step to make those two successful. Offensive line was a problem last year but the Skins used their few picks in this years draft to try to cement that. Trent Williams and Eric Cook will add a much needed youth and hopefully some stability. The stall of once greats in the backfield is the most interesting factor this season. Clinton Portis was awesome before with Coach Shanahan, so I expect him to the guy but camp will tell. Defensively if Albert Haynesworth can adjust to the 3-4 Defense without much more of a stink, then Washington could have an above average D. Secondary is my question with the Skins; Carlos Rodgers and DeAngelo Hall will not be enough. The shake-up works though, the Redskins finish improved to 9-7.

New York Giants: In New York they could have one of the best group of receivers, especially if Hakeem Nicks can contribute even more in his second year. The addition of Antrel Rolle from the Arizona Cardinals should solidify an already talented secondary. Will the addition of Jason Pierre-Paul be enough to help energize that Defensive line, and maybe wake Osi Umenyiora again? Chris Snee and the rest of the Offensive line should have a good year; Just what Brandon Jacobs might need to get back to form. Any problems there then Eli Manning might be handing of to Danny Ware, the 4th year man from Georgia. Both Lines are key this year for the Giants, who slide slightly to 7-9. Tom Coughlin will probably have to leave as well.

Dallas Cowboys: The Super Bowl is in Dallas this year. Jerry Jones expects nothing less than an appearance in it and the Cowboys maybe ready to give him that. The addition of Dez Bryant should give Miles Austin a running mate, and improve the Jason Witten option for Tony Romo. Doug Free will be the one to watch on the Offensive line, replacing Flozell Adams at Left Tackle. The Trio of backs should keep Dallas very balanced throughout the year. Defensively, the Cowboys weakness might lie in the hands of their Safeties. I expect another big year from DeMarcus Ware, and Sean Lee might even pan out better than the Bobby Carpenter experiment. Mike Hamlin and the rest of the Secondary succeed, the Cowboys at 11-5 are play-off bound.

Philadelphia Eagles: Something very different this year in Bethlehem for Andy Reid. A new core led by Kevin Kolb and LeSean McCoy. The youth movement in Philly is in full swing. Kolb’s been given a team with many weapons, Jeremy Maclin, Brent Celek, and DeSean Jackson to name a few. If Mike Bell can be the complementary back to McCoy, Kolb should find it easier to adjust to his new role. Secondary should get a boost from Nate Allen’s addition. Defensive line seems to be the Eagles biggest problem, so Brandon Graham (13th overall draft pick) might find it harder to adjust. I’ve been told sometimes you need to take a step back to move forward. Hopefully that’s the case in Philly, who wind up at 7-9.

2010 Regular Season Standings:

Dallas Cowboys: 11-5
Washington Redskins: 9-7
Philadelphia Eagles: 7-9
New York Giants: 7-9

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