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Old 04-10-2005, 10:31 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
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April 10, 2005
Offseason grades out for the NFL

FLORIDA TODAY NFL writer Carl Kotala hands out his offseason grades for teams heading into the draft:

Arizona: Kurt Warner was an upgrade at QB, but Cardinals grade jumps if they pull off the Travis Henry trade. Grade: C+

Atlanta: Re-signing return man Allen Rossum was a smart move, but bringing in LBs Ed Hartwell and Ike Reese will really help the defense. Grade: B

Baltimore: In Derrick Mason, the Ravens finally have a reliable wide receiver for Kyle Boller. Samari Rolle cushions the departure of CB Gary Baxter. Grade: B

Buffalo: Dumping QB Drew Bledsoe was a risk, but losing DT Pat Williams and OT Jonas Jennings will really hurt. At least the Bills brought in QB Kelly Holcomb. Grade: D

Carolina: The biggest thing for the Panthers will be getting all of their injured players back. Mike Wahle was a big pickup for the offensive line. They'll need a WR in the draft to make up for losing Mushin Muhammad. Grade: C+

Chicago: Muhammad is expected to be the playmaker David Terrell was not. Grade: B

Cincinnati: The Bengals managed to keep their own players, which is an accomplishment in itself. If they should get LB Darren Sharper, they move up. Grade: C

Cleveland: New coach Romeo Crennel has done a good job of getting rid of some of Butch Davis' biggest mistakes and bringing in players who might actually contribute. Grade: B+

Dallas: Bill Parcells addressed his needs at quarterback, the secondary and the offensive line. Too bad guard Marco Rivera hurt his back shortly after signing. Grade: B

Denver: Good news, the Broncos have brought in help for their defensive line. Bad news, they're the same guys who couldn't cut it in Cleveland. Grade: C-

Detroit: Steve Mariucci is quietly building the Lions into a playoff contender. Jeff Garcia will push Joey Harrington for playing time at QB and will be much better in this system than in Cleveland. Grade: B+

Green Bay: Now that Brett Favre has committed to playing this season, who will protect him? Grade: D-

Houston: Three things that tell you all you need to know about the Texans' offseason -- Morlon Greenwood, five years and $22.5 million. Grade: D

Indianapolis: There's still a chance, however slight, that the Colts will move Edgerrin James before the draft. But what have they done to improve themselves? Zip. Grade: F

Jacksonville: It's been a relatively quiet offseason for the Jaguars, who are inching closer to becoming a real playoff contender. Grade: C

Kansas City: Wow, the Chiefs have actually decided to address their defense. Next thing you know, they'll discover high speed is better than dial-up. Grade: B-

Miami: Nick Saban is giving the Dolphins a makeover. And while the team still has plenty of needs, he has done more than anticipated given the team's cap situation at the start of free agency. Grade: B+

Minnesota: Ordinarily, a team that trades away one of the NFL's best players would get an automatic F. But the Vikings have made some significant additions to their defense and could be a very dangerous team in the NFC. Grade: A-

New England: Re-teaming Terrell with his old college QB, Tom Brady, could pay off big, but this has actually been a rough offseason for the Super Bowl champs. Grade: C-

New Orleans: The Saints are still working on a potential deal for DE Darren Howard, which could have a big effect on their eventual grade. Grade: C-

New York Giants: Who said coach Tom Coughlin's gruff style would keep big-name free agents away. Grade: A

New York Jets: How much do you want to bet Jay Fiedler faces the Dolphins at least once? Grade: B

Oakland: Talk about the steal of the offseason. Randy Moss is going to look great in Silver and Black. Grade: A

Philadelphia: The Eagles may have said goodbye to some key players, but the one thing about coach Andy Reid is he always seems to reload. Grade: C

Pittsburgh: The Steelers haven't done anything to move themselves closer to becoming an AFC power. Grade: D

San Diego: Re-signing quarterback Drew Brees was really the only choice the Chargers had. Grade: C

San Francisco: The 49ers probably overpaid to bring Jennings in from Buffalo, but that just shows you how desperate they are to bring in some top players. Grade: C

Seattle: How will running back Shaun Alexander react to getting the franchise tag? Probably not very well. Grade: D

St. Louis: The Rams finally gave LT Orlando Pace the long-term deal he was looking for and have made an effort to improve their defense. Grade: C+

Tampa Bay: Like a number of teams, the Buccaneers have played it close to the vest. Grade: C

Tennessee: Salary cap problems left the Titans in a whole world of hurt. Grade: F

Washington: Daniel Snyder is at it again -- and as history has shown, that's not good. Grade: D
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"Snyder at it again".......Give me a break...I give the skins a C as long as they get one of the top 2 corners in the draft...they didn't kill their cap for next year, because Coles will be off the books...the extended a top 5 LT in the league...still got a potential studd WR for a WR that didn't want to be there...beefed up their SP teams like they wanted and got a GOOD and yourn Center that they NEEDED....not sure where they got the SNYDER at it AGAIN statement, but I think their still mad Stevey Boy isn't coaching in their state anymore.....Gibbs is doin OK with the cap space he's got...and if they can get Rolle or Pac Man then Smoot wont be a great lose...losing AP will hurt and that''s why I grade them at a C instead of a B, pending the draft...but I dont see them grading out any higher then a C inless they trade down and still get one of the top 3 CB's and pick up a second round pick and get help at DE....but an offseason grade is garbage until after the draft.....
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Minnesota: Ordinarily, a team that trades away one of the NFL's best players would get an automatic F. But the Vikings have made some significant additions to their defense and could be a very dangerous team in the NFC. Grade: A-
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New York Giants: Who said coach Tom Coughlin's gruff style would keep big-name free agents away. Grade: A
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How is snyder at it again? He's been the complete opposite this offseason.
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Jordan...I have to agree with your COOLEY statement onyour name block....He should be fun to watch next year....when Moss and Patten go deap and he sits in the middle...
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As much I miss Moss, I'm very excited about our new additions to our defense since I'm tired of our defense been pure crap for many years!
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Jordan...I have to agree with your COOLEY statement onyour name block....He should be fun to watch next year....when Moss and Patten go deap and he sits in the middle...
He was definitely the go to guy in the redzone for the last couple games of the season when ramsey finally settled down.. . . i'm excited for next year
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He was definitely the go to guy in the redzone for the last couple games of the season when ramsey finally settled down.. . . i'm excited for next year
Everybody should be excited except for the teams who made the least additions to their teams.
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Originally posted by bjordan@Apr 10th '05 @ 11:20 am
How is snyder at it again? He's been the complete opposite this offseason.
You're correct he was not the typical snyder, but you guys got worse.
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