It is baseball season, but there are plenty of ways to get your fill of football too. Our own Hank Koebler, IV is on the beat making his way across the NFL landscape exhaustively covering team after team. These previews will get you up to snuff with everything you need to know about the transition to each 2010 team.
Each preview covers the team's outlook and projection for the 2010 season. We've got in depth coverage of each team's offense, defense and special teams. We'll cover who's in and who's out, rookies, players in their prime and savvy veterans. Finally, we'll look at strategy and style of play on both sides of the ball, as well detailed information about coaches and players.
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Today Hank is previewing the NFC East teams, the New York Giants, Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles, and Washington Redskins.
NFC West Predicted Finish
The Giants managed to pull off an 8-8 record last season despite a ridiculous amount of injuries. No position group was free of banged-up starters, and it's amazing that they were able to win as many games as they did given those circumstances. With their running game back on track and their defense fully loaded, this is going to be the top team in the brutally close NFC East.
On both sides of the ball, this team has one player whose performance will determine the fate of the entire unit. On offense, the Cowboys will only go as far as the inconsistent Tony Romo takes them. On defense, Alan Ball is the weak spot and he will be tested early and often by quarterbacks. If he can hold up under the pressure, the defense will be a lot better. The Cowboys have to show that last year wasn't just a fluke and the exception to their trend of collapsing at the end of the season.
Their defense has some holes, but none that would be a problem if their offense was capable of consistently putting up 20-30 points per game. However, Kevin Kolb lacks arm strength in an offense that is best-suited to attacking deep down the field, and he also lacks the pocket presence to operate well under the pressure he'll be facing due to a porous offensive line. This year likely will be a slow step towards playoff contention at best, and an absolute disappointment at worst.
The offense will be good, but not great, so the defense is key to this team's success. With Albert Haynesworth playing at his best, this team could actually finish in third place. However, it's a bit much to just assume this will happen when Haynesworth is embroiled in a public spat with the coach and may still end up being traded. This team's entire season is contingent on the mood and effort level of the petulant Haynesworth. Jeff Fisher must be laughing right now. - Hank Koebler, IV
Hank is a sports journalist attending the University of Missouri's school of journalism.
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