Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Those darling Panthers

Adam Schein penned the first NFL preseason forecast I've read on the web. I don't know that I've ever read anything he's written before, but it seemed as good as any prognostication on which to post.

Here's a few highlights:

He likes Carolina. He loves the D and gives the O more love than I'm willing to let loose at the moment, but I hope he's right:

The Panthers' offensive line is very good, and if possible, underrated. Travelle Wharton has turned into a stout left tackle that is only getting better. Left guard Mike Wahle is the leader of this group and one of the best interior linemen in the NFL. Jordan Gross is sturdy at left tackle. And this will give Jake Delhomme time to use his weapons, highlighted by one of the best receivers in the NFL in Steve Smith.

But this year, the passing attack won't just be about one player. Keyshawn Johnson still has great hands and is fearless. He is the perfect compliment to Smith over the middle. And he effectively lets Drew Carter and Keary Colbert shine as the 3rd and 4th receivers, respectively.

DeShaun Foster will start at running back, but nobody will be surprised if rookie DeAngelo Williams takes over at some point. It's just another example of the incredible depth. And I love the moxie and attitude this team plays with every time out. It can be a special season in Carolina.

He also expects a strong season in the AFC East from both the Pats and Dolphins, calls for a big drop off for the defending world champs, foresees a top-5 D in Jacksonville ( my fantasy defense), calls the NFC East football's strongest division complete with a worst to first finish for Philly and doesn't give the AFC West a whole lot of respect.

I won't give away Schein's Super Bowl pick completely, but he expects to see a bunch of big mean cats prowling around Miami in early February.


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