Just My .02
by Manitoba Fin Fan
AFC East Defense Edition..
Hello All: I read over the discussion on the blog the other day about AFC East Defense Rankings , specifically d-line and LB and remembered an article in an Athlon Magazine I have for 2015 Season ranking all Defensive positions .. I figured WTH , let’s see if I can put together some sort of analytical mumbo jumbo , and see where it leads.. So here I go !!!
They broke the Defense into the following :
DT top 30 NFL
DE 3-4 top 20 NFL
DE 4-3 top 30 NFL
ILB top 20 NFL
OLB 3-4 top 20 NFL
OLB 4-3 top 20 NFL
CB top 30 NFL
S top 30 NFL
Taking into account (for now possibly) Just the front 7 we have the following..
DT #1 SUH ,
DE # 1 Wake, # 18 Vernon,
ILB #16 Misi
OLB # 7 Jenkins
ILB #2 Hightower,#3 Collins
OLB #15 Jones,# 19 Ninkovich
DT #2 Dareus, #5 K Williams
DE # 9 M.Williams # 14 Hughes, # 29 Wynn
ILB # 12 Brown
OLB # 9 Bradham
DT #19 Harrison
DE #2 Richardson, #3 Wilkerson
ILB # 14 Davis , #19 Harris
OLB # 13 Babin
Based on sheer number of players, Buffalo would have the Most Ranked players in this article with 7, However , 3 of these are DE who would not all be on the field at same time, so realistically 6 starter positions.
Jets come in with 6 players all in starting positions
Miami has 5 Players all in starter positions
New England only has their 4 LBers..
(photoshop work done by Manitoba)
So next up I had to devise some sort of weighted scoring platform, so I figured try the following:
On List – 1 Pt
Top 10- 2 Pts
Top 5 – 3 pts
# 1 – 4 Pts
In 4th place with 8 Pts we have NE..
In 3rd place with 10 Pts we have NY
In 2nd place with 12 Pts we have the Beloved Dolphins
And the point total Winner Based on all 7 players with 13 pts we have Buffalo
So My .02 .. In a nutshell this is gonna be a DAWG FIGHT , Buffalo’s entire Line plus 1 back up make this list.. We have #1 DT and DE (4-3) and get no respect for the rest of a tough D-line outside of Vernon at # 18 .. Jets have #2 and #3 DE , so ya can figure they are gonna bring the Wood.. NE has their entire LB corps on the list, so they will be tough at the second level, but possibly not a ton of up front presence ..
I am leaning toward our LB Corps being a pleasant surprise especially with the presence of MR SUH and Earth Wake eating up double teams up front. I like what I hear in a comparison between Zack Thomas and either Luc or Hull (sorry I mix them up) .. I believe McCain,and Tripp will be much improved, and Paysinger will be no slouch..
Improved Secondary play and the Hopeful Surprise/Steal of the draft Lippett will give our back end the opportunity for more takeaways, which will benefit both sides of the ball..
Call me a Homer if ya like but, barring a repeat of the deluge of injuries we suffered toward the end of last season I see this team at no worse than a 2nd place finish with a 10-6/ 11-5 record being very possible.. Go Phins and See ya at the Fest…
Thank you Manitoba and thank you Canada!