NFC East 2012 NFL Preview – FootballTuesday, September 4, 2012 20:29
2012 NFC East preview and predictions.
NFL 2012 Preview
Division Record: 30 – 24
The NFC East is the most overrated division in football–and it has been for about the last decade or so.
Every year Jerry Jones revs up the sports media touting his Cowboys and how tough their division is.
The Giants are the only NFC East squad to have won a Super Bowl since 1995. As much respect as those Giants teams deserve for twice doing it the Wild Card Hard Way, then beating the Patriots twice, neither of those Giants teams dominated until very late in the season. They caught fire and torched four playoff teams in a row.
Impressive…Nowhere near great.
If we must give Jones credit as a brilliant marketer for selling us “America’s Team,” then he has to take a hit as the worst general manager in the history of the game.
The Cowboys have it all: the most high-profile TV games, the biggest and best stadium, the plushest training camp amenities, and, if you believe some players, the tastiest gourmet pre-game food. We won’t bother to mention the trained Macaws walking backwards in front of players tossing rose petals onto the ground, and the world’s plushest four-ply toilet paper made from only Texas-grown cotton.
Good thing, because the Cowboys have stunk for the last 16 years.
Jerry Jones fought tooth and nail a few years back when someone at NFL central suggested realigning divisions. A western division of Dallas, Arizona, Seattle, and San Fran was suggested.
You could almost hear the “twangs” as the stitches in Jerrahs skull popped open.
Jones knows without the East coast Connection, the Cowboys would be as yawn-worthy as the Seagulls or the Cardinals, and not nearly as popular as the 49ers.
But I have to give the man credit. He’s given me some of my finest joys as a fan. When the “great” quarterback Tony Romo makes a bonehead play to cost Dallas a game, the TV cuts to the owners box and Jerry pulls his hair out–well, I just have to do a shot.
For the last 15 years. I can’t keep enough liquor in the house.
Of course, given his team’s fortunes were boosted in the early ’90s thanks to an inept Viking front office–and even if he croaks before the ‘Boys sniff another Lombardi–Jerrah can always give haters like me the finger and sneer, “Hey, I got three.”
I don’t think his counterpart in the nation’s capital will ever have that cushion to fall back on…And that won’t be a-changin’ in 2012.
Washington Native Americans
2011 Record: 5 – 11
As the NFC South is defined by the excellence of its quarterbacks, the East is defined by the quality and character of its front offices.
Take a look at the Native Americans’ website: http://www.redskins.com/news-and-events/index.html
Peruse, if you dare, a couple of the stories regarding the Nates’ final pre-season game against the Buccaneers. It reads like stories after a playoff game…
- “Redskins Line Sets The Tone On Defense”
- “Redskins Dominate Bucs For a Total Team Win”
Am I the only one reading that and saying, “Geez, it’s the fourth pre-season NFL game of the year; it says as much about a football team as a shower does to a swim team.”
Then start thinking, “You’re always uber-critical of Washington because of their overtly racist nickname…Yes, that’s true. I STILL don’t know how Snyder gets away with it. He must have paid off every tribe in America…You have to stop obsessing over it…Leave me alone!!!”
So, to short circuit my synaptic turmoil, I click on “front office” to explore my thesis about the character of NFC East owners…
Turns out Daniel Snyder is Jesus Christ in modern day America. He feeds children, he helps the homeless, he adopts abandoned ostriches.
I’m seriously thinking of donating money to his football team.
The only thing missing from this halo-worthy biography was the section that detailed how badly the Redskins have sucked since Danny Boy bought the team in July of ’99….
Although RG3 is a unique talent and should spark this team back to respectability, Mike Shanahan made a bad move picking Kirk Cousins in the fourth round. What purpose did it serve?
Maybe Shanny knows RG3 is a mere 2 inches taller and only ten pounds heavier than Mike Vick, and he might not make through a season without some major pain.
I like Texas OLB Keenan Robinson, but he’ll need some seasoning. The Nates scored some good talent very late in the draft, but I think Shanahan will be out of the game after this year.
Notice how supposedly great coaches don’t look so great when they pick whom they want and nobody turns out to be John Elway or Terrell Davis?
Predicted Finish: 7 – 9
Major Story: RG3 doesn’t get along with OC Kyle Shanahan–guess who gets fired?
2011 Record: 8 – 8
All we need to determine the destiny of the 2012 Cowboys is look at how Jerry Jones has handled the case of Dez Bryant. It’s the same way that the Cowboys owner and General Mismanager handles every punk whom his ego thinks he can control by “tough love,” lots of money and team building.
Body guards? A curfew?
What’s next, Jerrah? No TV? Grounding? No story before bedtime?
Let’s be fair. Let’s say Jerry Jones is genuinely concerned about Bryant’s welfare as a man. Let’s say Jones, in his bones, believes his methods serve the best interest of the Dallas Cowboys organization? Let’s even say Jones is successful at turning Bryant’s behavior around.
Can’t Mr. Jones see how his obsessive focus on “saving” one player affects Bryant’s teammates–if even on an unspoken sub-conscious level.
“There’s no accountability no matter what I do wrong. There is no standard I must meet. I will always have a loving caring organization with unlimited resources to fall back on.”
Upon confirming Bryant assaulted his own mother, the Giants would have terminated his contract, sued him for his signing bonus and told the two-bit punk to get the F$#K off their complex or they will have security throw him off. Then, they would have no further comment on the matter.
No team in the NFL talks more shit about pride and toughness as do the Cowboys, and no team has to prove it more–and repeatedly fails to do so.
Obscured by all of Jones’s and the media-created hype is a much more straight-forward analysis–the Dallas Cowboys are not as talented as they think.
Tony Romo is Bubby Brister with better receivers.
Jones and company haven’t sustained a winning talent level in 15 years.
I love the addition of Morris Claiborne–but the first bad game, the first long bomb…Will Claiborne have the character to persevere? Can the other big-mouth Ryan brother get the most out of his players instead of accepting just enough to go 8 – 8?
They have to prove it on the field.
Predicted Finish: 8-8
Major Story: Finally Romo is benched.
2011 Record: 8 – 8
Jeffery Lurie…I never really heard or knew too much about this guy…
I do know when Andy Reid’s son tragically died at this year’s training camp, Lurie and all football fans, players and coaches were grieving along with the Eagles head coach.
Every parent’s greatest fear is losing a child. Some never recover from such a loss. That’s why I found it kind of creepy when Lurie came out this week discussing his expectations for 2012 and his refrain of “8 – 8 not being an acceptable outcome.”
Damn, the NFL is a cold business. Lurie owns the Eagles, he can do what he wants, but did he have to state in public what every football savvy observer already knew–at the time he stated it?
Andy Reid deserved all the heat he took for making former offensive line coach Juan Castillo his defensive coordinator, but with the drafting of defensive linemen Vinnie Curry and Fletcher Cox and inside linebacker Mychal Kendricks, the Big Birds should have a stout front seven.
The real test will be Nnamdi Asmough’s ability finally to make the transition into a more zone-minded scheme than the press man island he loved to be stranded on in Oakland.
Fourth rounder Arizona’s Nick Foles is a classic Reid QB project–if Reid is allowed to stay around to impart his usual wisdom.
Predicted Finish: 10 – 6
Major Story: Vick doesn’t make it past Game 5. Kafka metamorphoses the offense into a nightmare for opposing defenses.
New Your Giants
2011 Record: 9 – 7
This division is so close in terms of talent, it won’t surprise me if any team but Washington wins the division, but my money is on New York.
You gotta love the G-Men. Twice in the last 4 years they have shown the best team does not always walk away with the Lombardi Trophy–the hottest team does.
The Mara family only holds press conferences after a Super Bowl victory. They quietly announce Tom Coughlin’s new contracts at the appropriate time. Other than that, they shut up and let Coughlin run the show.
The Giants have what no other team in the NFC can claim–an elite quarterback. RG3 is a newbie who has yet to be formerly welcomed into the NFL, while Vick and Romo are still answering questions about expectations.
On the draft side, the Giants filled a need with do-everything back David Wilson and I love the big receiver Reuben Randle from LSU. CB Jayron Hosely should impact a defense that needs to be more consistent.
Like most of the players the G-Men draft, this latest bunch are solid football players and citizens.
My guess is that none of them will be banned from the nearest mall.
Predicted Finish: 10 – 6
Major Story: Yes, the defensive line really is that good.
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