Fatal Flaws: NFC South
When the regular season begins the hunt for playoff spots begins. When the playoffs begin the strongest 12 remain to fight for the Lombardi Trophy. Only one team walks away from the football season a champion. 31 teams will fail to reach their goal of a championship. Every team has a fatal flaw, a weakness that gets them eliminated somewhere along the way. Every team is flawed, and any flaw can be fatal to their season. The Super Bowl champion overcomes their flaws to win it all because they are most suited win their playoff match ups. Lets examine the fatal flaws each team has, that may prevent their Super Bowl glory.
We start this Darwinian examination in the NFC South:
Fatal Flaw: Lack of offensive firepower
Explanation: The Carolina receiving core has been dismantled and reassembled. The Panthers said goodbye to Steve Smith, Ted Ginn Jr. and Brandon Lafell. They brought in Jericho Cotchery and Jason Avant. Both of these players are solid complementary receivers but neither is a true number one receiver. The Panthers drafted Kelvin Benjamin, hoping for big plays by the big bodied receiver from Florida State. Benjamin though has his issues. He could blossom into a true star but he is a project at receiver. I think Greg Olsen and the running game will be leaned on heavily. Cam Newton took huge steps forward as a star quarterback last year. His offense around him stepped backwards.
New Orleans Saints
Fatal Flaw: Defensive Front 7
Explanation: The Saints offense scares everybody but their defense scares nobody. While the Saints defense improved dramatically in 2013, it was rather inconsistent. They struggled to stop good running teams from running the football. The defense needs to get better push up front.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Fatal Flaw: Quarterback Play
Explanation: Josh McCown and Mike Glennon. I guess both can’t be back ups so it looks like McCown is the starter. The Buccaneers have a lot of talent on both sides of the ball. They have a good coaching staff, led by a proven coach in Lovie Smith. It all hinges on how good their quarterback play is. It’s a journey man back up vs a young struggling passer for the QB job. What could go wrong here?
Fatal Flaw: Defense
Explanation: Atlanta patched up their offensive line and now their defense is the big question mark. Atlanta finished 27th in total defense last season and gave up 27.7 points a game. I don’t think they really have a quick fix for a defense this bad.