Philosophies for all 32 NFL teams in 2014
Joyce Park stashed this in The Sporting Life
Blogger tries to boil down each team's strategy to a pithy phrase, e.g. "Cowboys: Score 30 Points Per Game. Shouldn't Be Hard. Give Murray His Touches. Pray To God On Defense"
Haha! There's no D in Dallas. Well done, blogger, well done.
They TOTALLY nailed the NFC West this year:
Seattle Seahawks - "Feed Lynch And Michael, Lean On The Outrageously Talented Secondary, Another Step For Wilson"
Russell Wilson threw the football only 407 times in 2013, the fewest number of tosses among quarterbacks who started at least 13 games. Sure, much of that was due to the Seahawks leading many games, but Seattle's coaching staff made a concerted effort to not give Wilson too much and to keep him as efficient as humanly possible while featuring the running game. Well, it worked. Super Bowl Champs.
Marshawn Lynch is still Marshawn Lynch and second-year pro Christine Michael might be more physically gifted. That's frightening. Walter Thurmond and Brandon Browner left, but the rest of finest secondary in the game is still intact. Good luck scoring points, especially in Seattle.
San Francisco 49ers - "New Toys For Kaepernick, Find A Way To Temporarily Replace Smith And Bowman, Groom Hyde Behind Gore"
The 49ers rewarded Colin Kaepernick with a monstrous contract extension this offseason, and with Stevie Johnson accompanying a healthy Michael Crabtree, Vernon Davis, Bruce Ellington and Anquan Boldin, the 49ers have given their handsomely paid quarterback plenty of pass-catching options.
San Francisco will continue to pound the football on the ground, but there could be a quasi passing-of-the-torch ritual from Frank Gore to Carlos Hyde this season. Keep in mind...Marcus Lattimore is on the roster, too.
With Aldon Smith likely looking at a lengthy suspension and NaVorro Bowman still nursing the gruesome knee injury he suffered in the NFC West Title Game, Jim Harbaugh's crew will look to new faces to fill their huge voids on defense.
St. Louis Rams - "Maul Offensive And Defensive Lines, Make Stacy And Mason Stars, GET AUSTIN IN SPACE"
Well, I don't think the Rams could have realistically invested more on their offensive and defensive lines. Robert Quinn, Chris Long, Michael Brockers and Aaron Donald formulate the most dangerous starting defensive front four in the league, and Greg Robinson next to Jake Long on the left side of the offensive line isn't too bad, either. Zac Stacy and Tre Mason are both compact runners with fluid agility who should find themselves in what's becoming a classic backfield timeshare. Lastly, Brian Schottenheimer, GET TAVON AUSTIN THE BALL IN SPACE. Really, though, it's not all his fault. Austin could have been better last year.
Arizona Cardinals - "Secondary To Create Many Turnovers, Feature Ellington, Keep Palmer's Interceptions Down"
Patrick Peterson. Tyrann Mathieu, Deone Bucannon, Antonio Cromartie. Yeah, that's a sturdy secondary quartet. Andre Ellington was the NFL's most efficient running back in 2013, and head coach Bruce Arians will try to maintain most of that efficiency while giving the second-year back more touches. If Carson Palmer doesn't throw close to 20 interceptions, the Cardinals will be a team no one wants to play.
Btw this pass/run projections for 2014 article is pretty good, too:
And here's where I'm keeping my fantasy football notes: