Thursday, May 17, 2007

What the?

The Worldwide Leader came out with a post-draft "power ranking" of the NFL. And it put the Packers 24th! Twenty-frickin' fourth? That means we're headlining the bottom quarter of the league. That's absurd. We were 8-8 last year, and we play Tavaris Jackson twice next season. We're in the second year of a new coaching regime, the time when players start to get really comfortable with the coaching staff and what they're doing schematically. Also, we've only lost one starter--dear Greenbo, who, it hurts to say, wasn't the player he was before the injury. Everybody else is back. Plus, so many starters are young (Hawk, Barnett, Poppinga, Jenkins, and Collins on defense; Jennings, Wells, Spitz, College, Morency, and Miree on offense) that you have to expect several of them will significantly improve.

And when you look at some of the teams they put ahead of us, our ranking becomes even more ridiculous. These teams include-- the Cardinals (who were 5-11 last year, added no major free agents, and have a whole new coaching staff), the Bills (who lost McGahee, London Fletcher and Nate Clements), the Falcons (who lost Patrick Kearney and have a whole new coaching staff), and the Titans (who lost both starting wideouts, their starting running back, and Pacman Jones and had a terrible defense last season even with Jones). That's just silly. Where is the love?

Whoever made this list gave it almost no thought whatsoever. It's starting to become apparent that quantity of product, however laughable its quality might be, is what drives things over at ESPN. Maybe I'll have to find a new general sports website to rotely type into my browser when I'm bored.

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