Mac Attack 07/18/12: Will Brinson from the CBS Sports Eye on Football blog joined the show to talk Panthers and to go around the NFL.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have a lot of changes this year, including a new coach who has never been in the NFL. What should be expect from the team? Brinson talks about the new talent on the team, referring to Carl Nicks, Vincent Jackson, Josh Freeman, Doug Martin and LeGarrette Blount. With these players, he expects a pretty good offensive year for the Bucs, but predicts they will finish last in the division. With Bowers already hurt and other issues, there are weaknesses in the defense.
Atlanta, who was 10-6 last year, should be better, Brinson says. He thinks that the new offensive coordinator, Dirk Koetter, will be the real “X-Factor” for the team. They have the potential to be one of the most consistant offenses in the NFL. The problem was that they could not keep up with teams like the Giants and the Packers. Koetter could improve things and turn Ryan into “a big numbers kind of quarterback,” Brinson says.
Now onto the Panthers. Can the defense be better? Brinson expects the defense to improve this year by default, simply because it was so damaged by injuries last year. If John Beason is healthy, the defense as a whole will become stronger. Panther’s fans are also worried about Newton having a “sophomore slump.” Brison says that it would be in the best interest of Panther’s fans for Newton to have a slump, in terms of raw numbers. If the defense improves, this means that Cam will have to throw the ball less.
Outside of the NFC South, Brison thinks the Cowboys were smart this off-season, worrying about their offensive line and fixing their secondary. Beefing up the defense, he sees the Cowboys along with, the Eagles and Giants, making a legitimate run. Things in Philadelphia will all depend on whether or not Michael Vick is healthy. If he cannot play 16 games, Brinson expects to see the team struggling to win. “He is a high-risk high-reward quarterback,” he says.
Check out Brinson’s blog: Eye On Football