Full disclosure time: This is a somewhat basic piece requested by MSN rather than our usual in-depth, numbers-heavy analysis. But hey, there's always room for more debate, more lists, and more debate spurred on by lists.
We're back after much technical difficulty, and we come bearing linebacker rankings. The Super Bowl champions finally top one of our rankings, with the NFC champions just a few spots behind. Maybe linebacker is actually the most important position on the field...
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The AFC is clearly dominant over the NFC right now, but there's one place where the NFC is the better conference: defensive line. The Super Bowl champs are the only AFC line to break into our top six, and there are six AFC lines ranked below our bottom NFC line, Atlanta.
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We return to our team-by-team rankings with the offensive line, a position where there are very few elite teams with significant holes or questions. Denver and Cincinnati, take a bow. Also, this article will give you a hint as to why our projection for Edgerrin James is so low. This article represents the "official" FO staff debut of Doug Farrar from SEAHAWKS.NET, who also wrote Four Downs for the NFC West this summer. He won't be writing a regular column during the season, but he'll give a West Coast viewpoint in Audibles and write about the NFC West for PFP 2007.
I took questions over at BP.com for an hour and a half today, about the new book and the upcoming season. Topics included improvements to DVOA and KUBIAK, teams least likely to make the Super Bowl, the Keenan McCardell All-Stars, Edgerrin James, and whether or not I am with leather. By the way, I screwed up the tour dates at the end -- DC is August 16, Cleveland is August 17. Hopefully I'll get to do another one of these chats soon, there were definitely more questions than ever before.
Our quarterback and running back unit rankings were arguably topped by the team with the best player at that position. But while Steve Smith was undisputedly the best receiver in football last year, Carolina comes in eighth in the wide receiver rankings. When it comes to wide receivers and tight ends, depth is as important as having one or two big stars. If you're a Dallas fan upset at where we ranked Bledsoe and Jones, you've in luck: we've finally reached the good part of your team.
We continue our unit-by-unit ranking of all 32 NFL teams with a look at the running back position. The top two teams will surprise nobody, but the third could spur some debate. Good information in here from the FO game charting project regarding which teams use their fullbacks most in the running game.
Yes, it's time for that fun debate, ranking all 32 teams at every position. What, you say, some other website just did this too, even on television? Ah, yes, but FOX has been doing this for years, and they won't let anyone stop them from doing it again in 2006. Even better, they're letting Football Outsiders do it for them. First, quarterbacks, where we solve the Manning-Brady debate with two simple words: Jim Sorgi.