Indianapolis hopes its defense can finally mature. Houston hopes its whole team can finally mature. Tennessee, well, their salary cap is a little bit too mature. Plus, which ex-AFC South player may be the most underrated player on the free agent market, and who was the slowest starter among the wide receivers of the 2004 draft? Ned Macey takes a look at the AFC South in the latest edition of Four Downs.
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Journey out west to the division that defense forgot. Oakland adds one of the game's best receivers but will he bring Geritol for the defensive line? Is Arrowhead Stadium now the Coors Field of the NFL, scaring off defensive free agents? Plus, Denver joins the march to the 3-4, and finally, the People's Champion has come back... to San Diego?!?! Mike Tanier whips through the AFC West in the latest edition of Four Downs.
For three straight years, the NFC South has sent a different team to the conference finals or beyond. New Orleans in 2005! (OK, maybe not.) Will Atlanta finally get Michael Vick a top wideout for next year? Will Tampa sign a host of mediocre veteran free agents again? Can Carolina build on its 6-2 second half? Russell Levine opens all the Doors on the NFC South in the latest edition of Four Downs.
Baltimore replaces its offensive coordinator, Cincinnati replaces its defensive coordinator, and Cleveland tosses everyone over the side of the boat. Plus, who's your daddy: Plaxico Burress, or T.J. Whosyourdaddy? (I'm sorry, the mention of those two names just made Baltimore fans slobber on themselves. Don't even say "Randy Moss" around them.) Ryan Wilson has a trip through America's industrial heartland in the latest edition of Four Downs.
The NFC North's most popular player might retire. The NFC North's most controversial (and most talented) player might get traded. Every team in the NFC North has replaced a coordinator. Lots of fun speculation ahead in the second edition of our new feature, Four Downs.
In the first edition of our new offseason feature, Four Downs, Mike Tanier takes a team-by-team look at the NFC West through the eyes of Football Outsiders, and examines the key questions facing each club. Four Downs will be regular feature on Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the offseason.