Thursday, September 5, 2002
Nation: Kordell shaky, Emmitt over hill
In our NFL preview, ESPN The Magazine polled SportsNation to find out what you think about the upcoming NFL season, and here's what you told us:
AFC East NEW ENGLAND: STRANGELY, THEY DON'T MISS TERRY GLENN
Tom Brady became a folk hero in New England last winter. But can he do it again? Fans are torn: 51% think the Pats should have held onto Drew Bledsoe.
Patrick Surtain may get more respect from opponents, but the fans have spoken: 75.8% say Sam Madison is the top corner on the Fins.
NEW YORK JETS: LITTLE BIG MAN
Laveranues Coles is coming off a breakout year, and Santana Moss is healthy. But 67% of fans still believe Wayne Chrebet should be a starter.
BUFFALO: BACK, BACK, BACK
The Bills have options at RB. Fans have made their pick: 73% say Travis Henry should get the ball ahead of Shawn Bryson and Richard Huntley.
Steeler fans still aren't sold on Kordell.
AFC North PITTSBURGH: SLASH OR CRASH?
He blossomed into a Pro Bowler last year. But 65.8% of fans think Kordell Stewart's inconsistency is the Steelers' biggest concern.
BALTIMORE: THE REPLACEMENT
The Ravens are Chris Redman's team-for now. Fans don't expect it to last: 61.7% believe Jeff Blake will be starting at QB by season's end.
CLEVELAND: GOING GREEN
James Jackson started at RB last year. Jamel White impressed in camp. Next! A vast majority of fans (69.4%) want William Green to get the ball.
CINCINNATI: AKILI ZEAL
Gus Frerotte beat out Jon Kitna for the starting QB job. Oddly enough, three-year bust Akili Smith topped them both in our poll: 40.8% say he should start.
AFC South INDIANAPOLIS: ARCHIE WILL BE JEALOUS
Peyton Manning has everything short of a playoff victory. His luck is bound to change: 58.6% of fans believe Manning will reach that goal this year.
TENNESSEE: WELCOME ABOARD THE TITANIC
The Titans slipped last year to 7-9. But fans aren't ready to abandon ship: 63.6% believe the team's playoff chances are still afloat.
Will Taylor finally go injury-free?
JACKSONVILLE: GROIN, GROIN ... GONE!
The Jags stink without Fred Taylor, and he missed 14 games last year. No wonder 64.4% of fans say Taylor's wheels are the team's biggest worry.
HOUSTON: DUBYA DREAMS
The Texans are an expansion team, and that spells doom, right? Maybe not: 72.9% of fans think this collection of castoffs will win at least four games.
AFC West OAKLAND: OVERDUE BILL
Gruden's gone, but Al Davis isn't, so 42.6% of fans are convinced this will be Bill Callahan's only season at the helm (80% say he'll last two seasons, tops).
DENVER: NO CONFIDENCE
Two years ago he was a Pro Bowler. But is he worthy of Elway's mantle? Sorry, Denver: 66.1% of fans say Brian Griese is not a Super Bowl-caliber QB.
KANSAS CITY: GIVE THE MAN A KLEENEX
Dick Vermeil gets a little misty-eyed in victory. With that in mind, 69.6% of fans think the Chiefs will make their coach cry again-in bitter frustration.
SAN DIEGO: FRESH BREES
Marty Schottenheimer made a gutsy call, elevating Drew Brees to starting QB. The fans are behind him: 68.5% think Brees should start over Doug Flutie.
NFC East PHILADELPHIA: QUARTERBACK KEEPER
Duce and Dorsey have each rushed for 1,000 yards-twice. But with the game on the line, 64.3% of fans want Donovan carrying the ball.
WASHINGTON: BALLCOACH BUSTER
Steve Spurrier might get on the nerves of Redskins fans, or even of Daniel Snyder -- but 62.3% of fans think he'll anger opposing coaches first.
NEW YORK GIANTS: SHOCKEY TREATMENT
Giants legend Mark Bavaro had 37 catches as a rookie. This is how much the fans love Jeremy Shockey: 78.7% think he'll do better than that.
The fans have spoken -- hang it up Emmitt.
DALLAS: FADING STAR
Emmitt Smith rushed for 1,021 yards last season, and he's locked in on Walter Payton's NFL record. Still, 60% of fans think he's over the hill.
NFC North CHICAGO: IT'S A HARD-KNOCK LIFE
Jim Miller and Chris Chandler have taken plenty of hits. Here's another one: 59.7% of fans think broken-down QBs are the Bears' biggest weakness.
GREEN BAY: JUST SAY CHEESE
Terry Glenn may have worn out his welcome in New England, but he's got fans convinced: 60.2% expect Glenn to play 11 or more games.
MINNESOTA: QUITTING TIME
With Cris Carter retired, Randy Moss will be Daunte Culpepper's main target. How will Moss handle it? By taking more plays off, 40% of fans say.
DETROIT: PRIDE OF THE LIONS
Don't expect Lions fans to have much patience with Mike McMahon; 69.1% think Joey Harrington should immediately be The Man.
NFC South TAMPA BAY: JUST THROW ME SOME DAMN TOUCHDOWNS!
Keyshawn caught 106 balls last year-and didn't score on 105 of them. But 77.6% of fans believe Key will catch at least 5 TDs this season.
ATLANTA: NEED FOR SPEED
Atlanta has plenty of fleet feet in the backfield. Fans think Warrick Dunn will be the fleetest -- 45.6% say he'll outrun T.J. Duckett and Michael Vick.
NEW ORLEANS: DEUCE, NOT ACE
The Saints showed Deuce McAllister loads of love by dumping Ricky Williams. Fans are less passionate about Deuce -- 58.5% say Ricky will outrun him.
CAROLINA: CAROLINA BLUES
Think things can't get worse this year for the 1-15 Panthers? Sure they can-58.9% of fans think the expansion Texans will win more games.
Faulk has made many fantasy owners wealthy.
NFC West ST. LOUIS: MARSHALL YOUR RESOURCES
Whom would you draft first for your fantasy team, Marshall Faulk or Kurt Warner? It's a runaway -- 87.5% of fans say Faulk's No. 1.
SAN FRANCISCO: BAYWATCH
Terrell Owens may have the loudest voice on the 49ers, but the fans get the last word here: 66.1% say Jeff Garcia is more important to San Fran.
The Seahawks will play in new unis and a new conference. But 36.1% of fans think their new stadium is the best thing to happen to them.
PHOENIX: DESERT STURM
The Cardinals have some talent, including RB Thomas Jones and (arguably) QB Jake Plummer. But 47.6% of fans have confidence in neither.