The Landry Hat likes to do series. I did the five best tight ends. I did the five best running backs. But this time, we will do the five teams that will blow it in 2008. The idea, from regular poster MBIIIEFFECT, is a great one.
So with that said, let me present to you the five teams that many think will do well in 2008, but we know will tank it:
1. Washington Redskins: This was probably the easiest pick of them all. The Redskins made the most bizarre head coaching change since Dan Snyder went to Florida and chose a egotistical college Gators coach to run his team. Jim Zorn? Are they serious? The guy has never been anything but a quarterback coach and the Redskins pull him out of the air to be head coach? It doesn’t matter. Running back Clinton Portis will get injured and miss half the season. Jason Campbell may be the only bright spot on this team, and we don’t even anticipate he will have great numbers. Don’t expect the playoffs in Zorn’s first, second, third or fourth years. 7-9.
2. New York Giants: Holy cow, is there enough drama going on in the city of lights or what? Jeremy Shockey is crying. Plaxico Burress is mad. Eli Manning is overrated. And Michael Stahan hung up his cleats. So, that leaves big question marks all over the place. Who will lead this team? Listen folks, Manning is just lucky. But he is as good as he is going to get. Burress is disgruntled over his poor pay. Shockey won’t be starting and he hasn’t been traded. There’s no way this team repeats the feat it did this past season, and congrats to them. Expect a big disappointment out of the Giants this season, finishing 6-10 and third in the division.
3. Indianapolis Colts: I think it is safe to say that the glory days for Peyton Manning are over, too. The Colts brass has not been building this team fast enough. One of Manning’s top two receivers is a big question mark and the defense isn’t exactly stellar. What could make the season promising for the Colts? A full recovery for Dwight Freeney and some wide receiver acquisition or trade. I am not expecting either scenario to play out well enough for the Colts. I wouldn’t count them out for several years in a row but 2008 should be a rough one for the team. 8-8.
4. Tampa Bay Bucs: This may be a given, too, but who in the world picked the Bucs to do as well as they did this past season? It won’t happen again. For one, nobody knows who is going to start at QB this year in a merry-go round of possibilities. Secondly, Cadillac may not have his engine back and although the backups performed pretty well, it’s unlikely the Bucs have much of a power backfield. And then you get to the wide receivers and you just start to laugh. Expect 5-11.
5. Green Bay Packers: The Brett Favre retirement is going to hurt the team in energy for at least one year. Aaron Rodgers may or may not be the real deal. But one thing for sure is he has the worst hair in the NFL. No one looks good in a mullet. It’s not surprising the Packers drafted two quarterbacks in this past draft, Matt Flynn and Brian Brohm, because they don’t have much faith in mullet. The Pack was a team of overachievers and we expect them to achieve this year a 7-9 record.