2011 Power Rankings


There’s not too much to write about any more as the lockout doesn’t look like it’s going anywhere anytime soon. However, as there’s always more speculation to be done, I will present my first 2011 power rankings, keeping in mind that players like Kevin Kolb, Nnamdi Asomugha, and DeAngelo Williams still have no clue what team they will suit up for in 2011 if anybody suits up anywhere, that is.

32. Washington Redskins (4th in NFC East)

  • Passing offense: F
  • Rushing offense: D
  • Run defense: C
  • Pass defense: D
  • Coaching: C
  • Notes: Not nearly enough talent to get away with John Beck or Rex Grossman at quarterback
31. Cleveland Browns (4th in AFC North)
  • Passing offense: D
  • Rushing offense: B
  • Run defense: F
  • Pass defense: C
  • Coaching: D
  • Notes: I like Colt McCoy, but the Browns won’t start improving until all those extra picks in 2012 come in. If they draft well, they could be the second best team in the division in 2013.
30. Carolina Panthers (4th in NFC South)
  • Passing offense: D
  • Rushing offense: B
  • Run defense: D
  • Pass defense: C
  • Coaching: C
  • Notes: I’m not a big believer in Cam Newton, and there won’t be much around him besides Jon Beason and Jonathan Stewart.
29. Arizona Cardinals (4th in NFC West)
  • Passing offense: D
  • Rushing offense: D
  • Run defense: D
  • Pass defense: B
  • Coaching: D
  • Notes: Arizona has a few stars in Darnell Dockett, Larry Fitzgerald, and Adrian Wilson, but not nearly enough starting caliber players in behind them to be competitive, even if they do acquire Kevin Kolb.
28. Seattle Seahawks (3rd in NFC West)
  • Passing offense: D
  • Rushing offense: D
  • Run defense: D
  • Pass defense: C
  • Coaching: B
  • Notes: The Seahawks are still in rebuilding mode, and have a ton of work to do. Unfortunately, they won the division, which did not allow them to take advantage of a high draft pick like their rivals.
27. Buffalo Bills (4th in AFC East)
  • Passing offense: D
  • Rushing offense: C
  • Run defense: F
  • Pass defense: B
  • Coaching: D
  • Notes: The Bills have just enough talent to win six or seven games, but don’t have the key components needed to compete for a playoff spot yet.
26. Cincinnati Bengals (3rd in AFC North)
  • Passing offense: D
  • Rushing offense: C
  • Run defense: C
  • Pass defense: C
  • Coaching: D
  • Notes: The Bengals are starting from scratch in 2011, and while it may be ugly this year, starting fresh is the right decision in the long run. Don’t expect Marvin Lewis to retain his job though.
25. Minnesota Vikings (4th in NFC North)
  • Passing offense: D
  • Rushing offense: B
  • Run defense: B
  • Pass defense: D
  • Coaching: C
  • Notes: The Vikings are crumbling and keeping so many aging players on the roster will set this franchise back.
24. Oakland Raiders (4th in AFC West)
  • Passing offense: D
  • Rushing offense: C
  • Run defense: C
  • Pass defense: D
  • Coaching: B
  • Notes: I really like new coach Hue Jackson, but the Raiders will sorely miss Nnamdi Asomugha and Robert Gallery, assuming they leave in free agency.
23. Tennessee Titans (4th in AFC South)
  • Passing offense: D
  • Rushing offense: B
  • Run defense: C
  • Pass defense: C
  • Coaching: D
  • Notes: Tennessee needs a quarterback badly, and there’s no way Jake Locker is the savior in his rookie season.
22. Jacksonville Jaguars (3rd in AFC South)
  • Passing offense: D
  • Rushing offense: A
  • Run defense: C
  • Pass defense: D
  • Coaching: D
  • Notes: Jacksonville used to be known for its tough, nasty defense. Now all they have is Maurice Jones-Drew.
21. Denver Broncos (3rd in AFC West)
  • Passing offense: C
  • Rushing offense: C
  • Run defense: F
  • Pass defense: C
  • Coaching: C
  • Notes: The Broncos added a bunch of talented defenders in the draft, and appear headed in the right direction. They have two capable quarterbacks, and can certainly win up to seven or eight games.
20. St. Louis Rams (2nd in NFC West)
  • Passing offense: C
  • Rushing offense: C
  • Run defense: D
  • Pass defense: D
  • Coaching: B
  • Notes: The Rams have some talent, but they’re still a long ways away from being able to do damage in the playoffs.
19. Miami Dolphins (3rd in AFC East)
  • Passing offense: D
  • Rushing offense: C
  • Run defense: B
  • Pass defense: B
  • Coaching: C
  • Notes: A solid defensive team who will have trouble putting up points. Until they find a franchise quarterback, they will always be below the Patriots and Jets in the standings.
18. San Francisco 49ers (1st in NFC West)
  • Passing offense: D
  • Rushing offense: B
  • Run defense: B
  • Pass defense: D
  • Coaching: B
  • Notes: San Francisco is much more talented than people give them credit for, and I think they win the division with around nine wins. Their trenches are powerful and they have enough playmakers to make things happen.
17. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3rd in NFC South)
  • Passing offense: C
  • Rushing offense: C
  • Run defense: D
  • Pass defense: C
  • Coaching: A
  • Notes: The Bucs are good enough in every area, but don’t have any areas where they are exceedingly good.
16. Dallas Cowboys (3rd in NFC East)
  • Passing offense: B
  • Rushing offense: C
  • Run defense: C
  • Pass defense: D
  • Coaching: B
  • Notes: A talented team with many holes. If they draft well, they can return to elite status in a few years.
15. Kansas City Chiefs (2nd in AFC West)
  • Passing offense: C
  • Rushing offense: A
  • Run defense: C
  • Pass defense: B
  • Coaching: C
  • Notes: This is a young team with a lot of talent. However, they need to beef up in the trenches to become a more complete football team.
14. Detroit Lions (3rd in NFC North)
  • Passing offense: B
  • Rushing offense: C
  • Run defense: B
  • Pass defense: D
  • Coaching: B
  • Notes: Detroit’s roster is filled with budding superstars, but they remain a few pieces away from being an elite team. The thought of Nick Fairley and Ndamukong Suh playing side by side is scary.
13. Houston Texans (2nd in AFC South)
  • Passing offense: A
  • Rushing offense: B
  • Run defense: D
  • Pass defense: D
  • Coaching: B
  • Notes: Again on the fringe of the playoffs, the Texans still need to bolster their defense. They lack a true nose tackle and playmakers on the back end.
12. Baltimore Ravens (2nd in AFC North)
  • Passing offense: C
  • Rushing offense: B
  • Run defense: A
  • Pass defense: C
  • Coaching: B
  • Notes: The Ravens’ window is closing quickly. If they can get a great year out of Joe Flacco, they can be contenders, but if he fails to stand out, Ray Lewis and Ed Reed will ride off into the sunset dissatisfied.
11. Indianapolis Colts (1st in AFC South)
  • Passing offense: A
  • Rushing offense: F
  • Run defense: D
  • Pass defense: C
  • Coaching: C
  • Notes: Once again, Peyton Manning will have to carry the team on his back. With his defense, there’s no way the Colts go very deep into the playoffs.
10. New York Jets (2nd in AFC East)
  • Passing offense: C
  • Rushing offense: B
  • Run defense: B
  • Pass defense: B
  • Coaching: B
  • Notes: The Jets are a good team, but they will really suffer in Braylon Edwards and Antonio Cromartie walk in free agency. I don’t think Mark Sanchez is a Super Bowl caliber quarterback either.
9. Pittsburgh Steelers (1st in AFC North)
  • Passing offense: B
  • Rushing offense: B
  • Run defense: A
  • Pass defense: D
  • Coaching: A
  • Notes: The Steelers would be clear favorites to win it all in 2011 if they had cornerbacks. Assuming Ike Taylor walks, the Steelers will have no starting caliber cover men on the roster, and not enough money to go get Nnamdi Asomugha, Antonio Cromartie, or Jonathan Joseph.
8. Chicago Bears (2nd in NFC North)
  • Passing offense: C
  • Rushing offense: C
  • Run defense: B
  • Pass defense: B
  • Coaching: B
  • Notes: A tough, solid all-around football team that has a chance to win it all if they get a great year out of Jay Cutler. With so many aging defensive superstars, their window for success is closing rapidly though.
7. Atlanta Falcons (2nd in NFC South)
  • Passing offense: B
  • Rushing offense: B
  • Run defense: C
  • Pass defense: B
  • Coaching: B
  • Notes: A very talented team, but not as good as their 2010 record indicates. Matt Ryan is a good quarterback, not an elite one, and the defense needs energy and toughness up front.
6. Philadelphia Eagles (2nd in NFC East)
  • Passing offense: B
  • Rushing offense: B
  • Run defense: B
  • Pass defense: C
  • Coaching: B
  • Notes: The Eagles have a great shot at winning the Super Bowl if they acquire a top corner in free agency and make sure Michael Vick keeps evolving into a unique, more complete weapon.
5. New York Giants (1st in NFC East)
  • Passing offense: B
  • Rushing offense: B
  • Run defense: B
  • Pass defense: B
  • Coaching: B
  • Notes: No real weaknesses on this team, and they certainly have a great shot at taking home the NFC crown. They cannot turn the ball over as much as they did in 2010 though.
4. New Orleans Saints (1st in NFC South)
  • Passing offense: A
  • Rushing offense: B
  • Run defense: C
  • Pass defense: B
  • Coaching: B
  • Notes: Be sure that the Saints will be ready to rebound from an embarrassing exit from the playoffs last year. They are immensely talented and can go all the way.
3. San Diego Chargers (1st in AFC West)
  • Passing offense: A
  • Rushing offense: C
  • Run defense: B
  • Pass defense: B
  • Coaching: B
  • Notes: The Chargers have a rare combination of an elite quarterback paired with a rock solid defense. I’m thinking 2011 could be San Diego’s year.
2. New England Patriots (1st in AFC East)
  • Passing offense: A
  • Rushing offense: B
  • Run defense: B
  • Pass defense: B
  • Coaching: A
  • Notes: Bill Belichick has his team stacked once again, and it’s never a good idea to bet against Tom Brady. There’s no reason to believe another 14 win season is out of reach.
1. Green Bay Packers (1st in NFC North)
  • Passing offense: A
  • Rushing offense: C
  • Run defense: A
  • Pass defense: A
  • Coaching: B
  • Notes: Along with the Chargers, the Packers are the only team to have an elite quarterback playing with one of the top defensive units in the league. They were the best last year, and will only get Jermichael Finley, Ryan Grant, and Nick Barnett back healthy for 2011.
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