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30 Dec 2013

Mandatory Monday: Playoff Preview

The best and worst at each position or unit in the playoffs!

Posted by: Mike Tanier on 30 Dec 2013

15 comments, Last at 31 Dec 2013, 10:56am by Dr. Mooch


by Otis Taylor89 :: Mon, 12/30/2013 - 9:29am

"Tashard Choice is the Ted McGinley of running backs: teams sign him when they are officially out of ideas."

by dbostedo :: Mon, 12/30/2013 - 10:30am

Not to mention that Shayne Graham is the Tashard Choice of kickers...

by Karl Cuba :: Mon, 12/30/2013 - 10:25am

"Buccaneers defenders were too busy crafting glowing letters of recommendation to the Penn State athletic director about Greg Schiano (gosh, we don't know how to replace him, except to stick a bucket on the handle of a mop and teach it to hate) to put up a fight against a Hall of Famer."


by bernie (not verified) :: Mon, 12/30/2013 - 11:17am

The really sad thing about watching Tashard CHoice run, is all I can think of is, "Why isn't he backing up Donald Brown instead of Trent Richardson"?

by Dr. Mooch :: Tue, 12/31/2013 - 10:56am

Also, Choice is exceptionally solid as a pass blocker. It was really noticeable on 3rd downs after the Bills let him go.

by Purds :: Mon, 12/30/2013 - 12:18pm

Tanier should include in the Patriots playoff run this little tidbit: no QB from the AFC East not named Brady has been ranked by DYAR higher than 17th since 2008. So, for the last half decade, no division opponent has had a top half QB, in a QB drive league. That helps. Ask the Colts this year how nice it is to have no division opponents wih a real QB. Makes it hard not to make the playoffs

by Ben :: Mon, 12/30/2013 - 12:41pm

I want to object to some of Mike's choices. The Colts have a strong argument for the worst receivers and the worst O-Line in the playoffs, but was mentioned in neither of those sections.

The Colts' numbers 2 and 3 receivers spent most of the year on the practice squad. The guy that started the season as the number 2 receiver has now been relegated to special teams gunner. They only have one TE on the roster who can catch, and even that is being generous.

As for the O-Line, I agree the Colts' RBs are bad, but they are also constantly being hit in the back field. The Colts tackles are adequate, but the center of their line has been a joke all year.

by Julio (not verified) :: Mon, 12/30/2013 - 3:34pm

The 49ers have the worst offensive line in the playoffs? All credibility in the article lost after that.

by jebmak :: Mon, 12/30/2013 - 4:31pm

It's always funny when someone takes one point from an article, disagrees with no counterpoints, and dismisses the article.

It's laugh worthy that they think so highly of themselves.

by Purds :: Mon, 12/30/2013 - 6:23pm

Well, there are other examples. Calling Brady and Manning equal QBs this season based on their performance this year -- well, that is not an impressive point either.

by jebmak :: Mon, 12/30/2013 - 7:19pm

I got that feeling that he just didn't want to recreate the 'irrational manning/brady thread' from years ago: not that he thought that they were equal.

by Purds :: Tue, 12/31/2013 - 4:32am

I can see that, but not separating the two in an article about this year's PO makes some of the other statements seem generalizations. I can't speak to the other OLs, but my god, the Colts have been miserable (and with 6 or 8 different starting lineups!).

by Aloysius Mephis... :: Mon, 12/30/2013 - 6:59pm

The Niners rank near the bottom of the league in adjusted line yards and they haven't done a good job of keeping Kaepernick upright either. There's a lot of talent and potential on that line, but for whatever reason they never really put it together this year.

by mehllageman56 (not verified) :: Mon, 12/30/2013 - 5:21pm

The Chargers next opponent employs the Law Firm and Gio Bernard as well as a pretty good offensive line, which why San Diego will probably lose next weekend. They will definitely lose if they think they're playing Trent Richardson and take the flight to Indy.

by Guest789 :: Tue, 12/31/2013 - 5:02am

I don't know about everyone else, but I would take the Packers' receivers over the Bengals in a second. Green > Nelson (but not by as much as you might think), but Cobb, Jones, Boykin >>> Jones, Sanu, Hawkins imo.


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