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« : January 19, 2011, 11:11:58 AM »

Quote from: Pat Yasinskas
Defensive end: John Abraham, Atlanta Falcons. A lot of people thought he was washed up after a disappointing 2009 season. But Abraham bounced back in a big way. He finished the season with a division-high 13 sacks.

Defensive end: Charles Johnson, Carolina Panthers. After Julius Peppers left for the Chicago Bears, everyone wondered where the pass rush would come from. It ended up coming from Johnson, who produced 11.5 sacks. That number is even better than it sounds when you consider the fact the Panthers seldom were playing with leads and opposing teams didn’t have many games where they were trying desperately to catch up and throwing a lot.

Defensive tackle: Jonathan Babineaux, Atlanta Falcons. Quite simply, he’s easily the best defensive tackle in this division. He also should get more recognition on a league-wide basis. Babineaux plays the run well, which is the main job of any defensive tackle. But he also generates a strong pass rush from the interior, which makes him something of a rarity.

Defensive tackle: Sedrick Ellis, New Orleans Saints. He stayed healthy enough to play in all 16 games for the first time in his three-year career. Ellis produced a career-high six sacks and played the run pretty well.

Linebacker: Curtis Lofton, Atlanta Falcons. Emerged as the unquestioned leader of an Atlanta defense that was good during the regular season. Started to show he can make some big plays, although there is room for more of that in the future.

Linebacker: Jonathan Vilma, New Orleans Saints. Probably the best all-around linebacker in the division. He did a little bit of everything – making tackles, forcing fumbles and making some plays as a pass defender.

Linebacker Jon Beason, Carolina Panthers. It was a strange season for Beason. He left his position in the middle to go outside when Thomas Davis went down with an injury before the season. After Dan Connor suffered a season-ending injury, Beason jumped back to the middle. It was a disastrous season for Carolina in many ways, but Beason was a major reason why the defense was somewhat respectable.

Cornerback Brent Grimes, Atlanta Falcons. Atlanta went out and spent a ton of money to sign Dunta Robinson. His presence helped the secondary, although Robinson didn’t put up huge numbers. Having Robinson on the other side prompted teams to challenge the undersized Grimes. But Grimes responded with five interceptions.

Cornerback: Aqib Talib, Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He appeared in only 11 games due to a one-game suspension and a late-season injury. The second cornerback spot on this team came down to Talib and New Orleans’ Jabari Greer, who might be the best cover corner in the division. But Greer produced only two interceptions. Talib had six in a short season.

Safety: Malcom Jenkins, New Orleans Saints. In his first season as a full-time starter and his first season as a safety, Jenkins emerged as perhaps the best defensive player on the team. He moved back over to cornerback when Greer and Tracy Porter were dealing with injuries. Jenkins made plays all season. But his real value might have been most obvious in the playoff loss. He had to sit out with an injury and the Saints were lost without him.

Safety: William Moore, Atlanta Falcons. Much like Jenkins, he was in his first season as a full-time starter. He showed an ability to make big plays. He and Thomas DeCoud should give Atlanta a nice safety tandem for the next several years.

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« #1 : January 19, 2011, 11:31:26 AM »

Abraham, Johnson, and Babs are all legit.

Ellis' 6 sacks isn't as impressive when you see he only had 13 QBP.  That tells you had quite a bit of help.  And his run defense wasn't good, Yanky.

Lofton didn't have near as good a year as he did lat season.

Vilma is overrated.

Beason is legit, and his teammate James Anderson should be on the list over Vilma or Lofton

Grimes and Talib are legit.

I don't know what to say about the NFCS Safeties.  Carolina's S's suck.  DeCoud graded out better than Moore for Atlanta.  Harper did the same to Jenkins in NO.  Honestly, Cody Grimm was the best Safety in the division last season, but he only played half of the season.  It's definitely a weak position.


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« #2 : January 19, 2011, 11:34:23 AM »

we need more than 1 guy on that list.


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« #3 : January 19, 2011, 11:53:28 AM »

Right. We get three or four on that list with three or four on offense and you'll know where we stand.

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« #4 : January 19, 2011, 11:57:28 AM »

11 spots and 4 teams.  in theory we should have 2.75 guys on the list just to be average.


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« #5 : January 19, 2011, 02:09:54 PM »

11 spots and 4 teams.  in theory we should have 2.75 guys on the list just to be average.

Well, if Jackson comes back and can stay clean, that will give us 2 definites.  We'll just need one more guy to step up.  After that, the more that get added the better.
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