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SportingNews.com: Six teams most likely not to make it back to postseason

Earlier this week, we launched a trilogy of space-filling columns for SportingNews.com based on the assumption that the trend of 50-percent playoff turnover will continue.

Part one?  The six teams most likely to make it back.

Part two?  The six teams most likely to not make it back.

Jets and Saints fans?  Proceed to tell me that I’m nuts.  Again.

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107 Responses to “SportingNews.com: Six teams most likely not to make it back to postseason”
  1. DeuceBigalow says: Jun 18, 2010 2:16 PM

    Why do they pay you? Please explain.

  2. Krow says: Jun 18, 2010 2:16 PM

    Dude. The Jets have already guaranteed themselves a Superbowl. And the Eagles have once again annoited their team as ‘the best in football’.

  3. wxwax says: Jun 18, 2010 2:17 PM

    1/ Pulsating, gripping match between the USA and Slovenia today. Great character showed by the US team. Fantastic stuff.
    2/ Don’t ignore what Bruce Allen did yesterday. He invited former Redskins greats, and even the hated Vinny Cerrato, to Redskins practice. Allen wants to rebuild the team spirit that Cerrato destroyed. Fantastic move and you’re faliing down on the job if you don’t mention it.

  4. EverybodyGotAIDS says: Jun 18, 2010 2:17 PM

    Umm…arent these teams sorta determined by the first list? If 12 teams were in, and you feel 6 will go back….and you name the 6 you think are going back……………………..aren’t the others sorta a given?
    Also, your reasons are crap.

  5. zero says: Jun 18, 2010 2:18 PM

    So if the Jets and Pats don’t make it back to the playoffs, who’s representing the the AFC East? The Dolphins? Yeah, good luck with that.

  6. Vee says: Jun 18, 2010 2:21 PM

    OK, I’ll start:
    The Saints are the team that:
    1) Appeared in 2 of the last 4 NFC Championship games (’06 & ’10)
    2) Have an offensive line comprised of numerous All Pro players
    3) Led the league in scoring for 3 of the last 4 years
    4) Have an NFL record setting QB in an era where QB’s rule the game
    5) Have a frenetic, turnover creating, hard hitting defense that led the league in turnovers.
    6) And oh yeah, won the Superbowl with virtually everybody coming back!
    To think they won’t even make the playoffs isn’t just nuts.

  7. HC says: Jun 18, 2010 2:23 PM

    I have to disagree, I’d put the Saints in the other group. Not sure what team I’d have team switch places with but it’s difficult to picture them not being at least a wildcard team.

  8. breesbush0925 says: Jun 18, 2010 2:24 PM

    SHOCKING Florio putting down the Saints. That’s right Florio, the day after we won the Super Bowl we should have not celebrated and starting looking at film for next year. Get over yourself. We are the best team in football and as long as Drew Brees is healthy and we have Greg Williams, we will be back.

  9. MrsH1978 says: Jun 18, 2010 2:27 PM

    All I can say is, put down the crack pipe and walk away, man.

  10. SaintsXLIV says: Jun 18, 2010 2:28 PM

    Florio – You should stop trying to analyze and just report news.

  11. joey-pickles says: Jun 18, 2010 2:29 PM

    WTF?!? Did you just predict the Dolphins are going to win the AFC East Florio? Becuase I knooooooow you wouldn’t think the Bills are going to take it. We all know you hate the Jets and all, but the f’n Phish??? In first??? WTF?!?
    BTW, as far as contractual issues being a distraction, didn’t you also tell Jets Nation to be worried about Sanchez not running back in mid May? How did that prediction work out for ya? Hack…

  12. BenRapistberger says: Jun 18, 2010 2:32 PM

    Look, as a Pats fan, I can at least respect the opinion of someone arguing that the Pats won’t make the playoffs. I can respect the argument of the Jets not making the playoffs. But to say that neither will? I think it’s safe to say Buffalo is one of the worst odds to win the division, so you’re basically suggesting that the Dolphins will not only win the division, but also that neither the Pats or Jets will win a wildcard spot when both teams make the playoffs last year, and have gotten better this year.
    Translation: You’re an idiot.

  13. DasBoot504 says: Jun 18, 2010 2:33 PM

    Crazy? No. Nuts? Nope. You’ve just offered hard evidence that you have absolutely no idea what you are talking about. Here is why: The Saints have led the league, or been in top three in total offense in each of the four years Payton/Brees have been running the offense and nobody has been able to stop them, less injuries. Just b/c they won the SuperBowl doesn’t mean teams are finally taking notice….that’s a myth perpetuated by other talking heads that don’t know anything about football. Offenses study other, better offenses….Defenses study other, better defenses in order to get better. That said, remove Matt Ryan and Aaron Rogers manhoods from your orifices and you’d realize that it would be pretty hard to unseat a top tier QB in his prime that is returning with a roster that is better than last years. SuperBowl hangover? Have you seen these guys practice? Probably not cuz they aren’t playing Grab-Ass. Have you heard them speak. There is one message, nothing is gonna be given to them….they have to work for everything…..harder now than ever since everyone is gunning for them. Sound like a team resting on their laurels? Sound like a team ready to bust out last years play book ver batim b/c it worked then? When the pads go on and training camp has begun it’s all business. Nobody owes them nothing….but they’re gonna take it! TWODAT!

  14. severs28 says: Jun 18, 2010 2:33 PM

    The Saints have to be the winiest fans/organization in the NFL. And that is saying a lot when you look at fans like the Queens and Cowgirls.

  15. burntorangehorn says: Jun 18, 2010 2:34 PM

    zero–I think the Dolphins have as good a chance as the Jets. The Jets lose their main running threat, although Greene could step up. And the Fins have a slightly better quarterback than the overrated Sanchez, and unless Brandon Marshall finds a way to be suspended for twelve more games, they’ll have better receivers as well. They also went all-in on defense in the draft, and should be in line for a pretty good improvement.
    I’m no Miami fan, but I think they’re going to do pretty well, and could certainly contend in a so-so East.

  16. goetta-head says: Jun 18, 2010 2:34 PM

    I think Flobee just spun a wheel or threw darts to figure this out. Utterly ridiculous. We’ll see how this all plays out. Go Bengals

  17. Nogard13 says: Jun 18, 2010 2:35 PM

    So, in order for NO not to make the playoffs, they would have to not win the division. Who is going to win it, then? Not Carolina and definitely not Tampa Bay. And, to think that Atlanta will win the division when last year was the first time in team history they actually had two winning seasons in a row isn’t a good bet. So, no, I have NO winning their division again and making the playoffs.
    The same argument can be made for having both NE and the Jets in the list. That means that Miami will win the division (the Bills certainly won’t be doing it). I’m not saying Miami has a bad team, but I just can’t put them there yet, especially with Ronnie Brown coming off such a bad foot injury (plus the DUI). I don’t think Ricky can carry the load all by himself for 16 games.

  18. CincyAllDaWay says: Jun 18, 2010 2:36 PM

    Florio’s high!! He must be smoking his lunch again. I can’t help but wonder exactly how big your ass actually is. You seem to constantly pull stuff from it and there doesn’t appear to be a shortage of this BS anytime soon.

  19. artieblanksucsbigD says: Jun 18, 2010 2:37 PM

    Jets and Saints fans? Proceed to tell me that I’m nuts. Again.
    OK!! BUT U CANT HELP IT!

  20. EricTheClown says: Jun 18, 2010 2:38 PM

    WAAA
    WAAA
    WAAA
    somebody said something bad about the Taints

  21. BlondBlueDevils says: Jun 18, 2010 2:39 PM

    You guys need to stick to Animals before human campaigns.
    There is no way an Atlanta led Matt “CHOKE” Ryan will be better than the Saints.

  22. promichael says: Jun 18, 2010 2:41 PM

    Florio I don’t think you nuts. I agree with all of your predictions for not making the playoffs with the exception of the Saints. Drew will get them in with some help from his team.

  23. nps6724 says: Jun 18, 2010 2:42 PM

    “But the rest of the league will have had months to break down the things the Saints did to put together that historic run”
    What the Saints did is continue their offensive dominance and forced turnovers. The league has had 4 years to figure out what the Saints did and all they’ve done is consistently sit at the top of the league in yards and points. And unless the rest of the teams hire Ms. Cleo, they won’t be able to predict how or when the Saints will force turnovers. If the Saints don’t make the playoffs, it won’t be because the league had film to break down for months. Unless 5 years is the length of time it takes to break down an offense that is constantly evolving.

  24. DasBoot504 says: Jun 18, 2010 2:43 PM

    lol @ severs28 calling his own team “Queens”.

  25. sharktooth says: Jun 18, 2010 2:45 PM

    I know you love to stir things up and that’s the only reason you put the Saints, Jets and Pats on this list. It might actually work if your opinion had any credibility. Stick with what you do best and that’s copy and paste stories by EXPERTS. I’m pretty sure nobody considers you one.

  26. NOLArules says: Jun 18, 2010 2:47 PM

    Florio
    stick to the news reporting. your analyzation of the game of football is a joke. number one defense and number one offense from last year are both going to apparently fall off the cliff into mediocrity. if that magazine of yours if filled with this sort of jibberish, going to be a one time publication. Jets, Pat & Saints not making the post season? Will put all the money in the world in a bet that at least two of those are wrong come the end of the season.

  27. sand0 says: Jun 18, 2010 2:53 PM

    Saints and Packer fans should request cries with their whaaburgers. Cripes you panseys piss and moan more than any fans in all of sports.

  28. HandsofSweed says: Jun 18, 2010 2:53 PM

    If Jets, Patriots and Bengals DON’T make it, then that means Steelers, Ravens AND either Dolphins/Broncos/Titans/Texans do.
    Pittsburgh, Baltimore and Cincinnati will all make the playoffs(#2,5,6 seeds). Add in Indianapolis, San Diego(#1,3 seeds)
    and New York or New England(#4 seed).

  29. DeBoe says: Jun 18, 2010 2:54 PM

    I am not a fan of Arizona, but my question is this: do any of the other teams from the NFC West have any better shot of making the playoffs than Arizona? Here are the three choices.
    San Francisco?
    St. Louis?
    Seattle?

  30. ozzie41 says: Jun 18, 2010 2:58 PM

    Actually, that was was a pretty fair assessment. I can’t remember a less impressive Super Bowl winner than the Saints were. And I think their overinflated perception of their greatness will result in them losing several games to inferior opponents.
    The Cards were largely smoke and mirrors also.
    The one that I would question the most is the Jets. They may actually be improved. We shall see.

  31. Chiefs2010 says: Jun 18, 2010 2:58 PM

    Chiefs 2010

  32. The Real Shuxion says: Jun 18, 2010 3:00 PM

    Everyone says the defending champs miss the playoffs the following year.
    If I recall just the Steelers have missed the playoffs post title since 2005.

  33. Opie says: Jun 18, 2010 3:01 PM

    @ Florio says: “To succeed, the Eagles need to clamp down on opposing offenses and display patience when in possession of the ball.”
    _______________________________
    I laughed out loud when I read this comment. That’s the best you could come up with for how they need to play?
    As mentioned by numerous others, just stick to reporting something that sort of resembles the truth and add your witty little comments. Analyzing pro football is not your (Matt) Forte!

  34. wxwax says: Jun 18, 2010 3:04 PM

    New word: analyzation.
    Hahahahahaha!
    Thanks, NOLArules!

  35. Fapplejax says: Jun 18, 2010 3:05 PM

    So, the Jets won’t make it because “discontent among players who believe the team promised to “take care” of them could conspire to “take care” of the team’s chances in 2010.”
    … r.. rrrrrrriiiiiiiight

  36. chhutson27 says: Jun 18, 2010 3:05 PM

    On the Saints – their offense is always a beast. People have yet to stop them. What makes this year different?
    On the Patriots – with Brady, the Pats have missed the playoffs once. Oh wait, Brady was hurt that year. But the 7-9 Dolphins will win it this year – Florio said so. He knows.
    On the Eagles – Florio one of the reasons they won’t make the playoffs is the tough Divison featuring the Boys, the Giants, and McNabb. The Boys are stout, but the Giants are in worse shape than the Eagles. The Giants were awful last year. One week they’d play awesome, the next, or whenever they played the Eagles, they sucked. And who is McNabb supposed to throw the ball to? And who is going to block for him? Brees couldn’t do good behind that line.
    I actually agree with you on the Bengals. I think they could win the division, but it could be real tough. It’s them and the Ravens for that.
    Cardinals – on the person to replace Boldin – ever heard of a guy named Steve Breston? And did you watch the Doucet in the playoffs?

  37. Vikadontis Rex says: Jun 18, 2010 3:06 PM

    Are you guys dumb? The articles were the top 6 teams to make it back, which for the NFC were:
    Vikings
    Packers
    Cowboys
    AFC:
    Colts
    Chargers
    Ravens
    THAT LEAVES 6 TEAMS FOR THE 6 MOST LIKELY NOT TO MAKE IT BACK
    The Cardinals and Eagles obviously are not in the top 3 NFC teams, you could argue the Saints but then who do you drop? Especially with the way the NFC South winner doesnt repeat. Pretty sure the Saints were last and 2nd to last in 2008 and 2007 in the division.
    As for the AFC, while it’s pretty obvious the Jets or Pats will make the playoffs, they both are not as likely as the Chargers, Colts, or Ravens, because each of those three will likely win their divisions easily.
    You guys hate on Florio all the time, but do you really even know what youre talking about?

  38. chhutson27 says: Jun 18, 2010 3:10 PM

    @ ozzie41
    I must disagree. I watched the Colts play a Rex Grossman led Bears team in a SuperBowl. This year featured a pretty good QB matchup – 2 future HOF’ers. That featured Manning and a career backup…
    What about the Giants in 07? A miracle throw and catch, plus a corner falling down, and a 9-7 team wins the Super Bowl. At least NO dominated during the season, and didn’t barely make the playoffs like the Giants of that year. I mean, NO and Minn were the top teams in the league last year. The Giants were a nobody in 07. They weren’t an impressive team.

  39. chhutson27 says: Jun 18, 2010 3:14 PM

    Vikadontis Rex – did you click on the article and look at it’s title? I bet you didn’t even read the article, like we did. It’s title is, and I quote: “Six teams that won’t return to NFL playoffs in ’10.”
    That’s copied and pasted. That’s Florio’s own title. Stop calling people dumb, because we do know what we’re talking about. We read the article. Unlike you.

  40. RayDaMayor says: Jun 18, 2010 3:15 PM

    Congrats Florio,
    You did your job well….again. Afterall, isn’t journalism about selling controversy?
    But you best book this one…..the Saints and the Jets will both be there.

  41. tdwapollo says: Jun 18, 2010 3:17 PM

    Madden curse for Brees and the Saints this year.

  42. Spiny Norman says: Jun 18, 2010 3:17 PM

    Wow! The Jets and New England? Let’s get this straight right now:
    The Dolphins are the third place team in the AFC East.
    With Pittsburgh seemingly in trouble, and Houston seemingly …well, Houston, that means that you think the Wild Card team will come from the AFC West. No, sir, it will not.
    Now, I can see how you could think that the Falcons will contend for a playoff spot, but the Saints do possess the same great offense that has led the NFL the last couple years, an improved defense, and probably the best coach in the NFL –and I am a Pats fan! The Saints are in.
    But, I realize that these are just odds, not predictions. Still….

  43. snowbum says: Jun 18, 2010 3:20 PM

    You Saints and Jets fans whine more then the Vikings and Packers fans call each other dumb, stupid and gay.
    “A guy that writes on the internet said my team won’t make it to the playoffs, mommy, Florio is being mean to my team again.”
    That’s like crying because JimmySmith said something bad about you.

  44. Citizen Strange says: Jun 18, 2010 3:20 PM

    GOOD LIST!
    I couldn’t agree more about the Jets. They wouldn’t have even made the playoffs last year except fo the Colts and Bengals taking monumental dives into the tank against them because NOBODY wanted the Steelers in the playoffs.
    Also, the Eagles were crazy to trade McNabb. Reid is just too arrogant and thinks that it is all his coaching that has led to the Eagles success. Just like Holmgren got arrogant when he had Favre.
    I would keep the Pats and Saints in and drop the Packers and (I want to say Chargers but that is just such a no talent sheethole of a division that the Chargers just can’t help but to win) Ravens.

  45. CanadianVikingFan says: Jun 18, 2010 3:21 PM

    Arizona’s prospects plummeted when: 1. Kurt Warner retired; 2. Matt Leinart didn’t; 3. Derek Anderson reported for duty; and 4. the Cardinals didn’t immediately pounce on Marc Bulger the instant he became available.
    ———————–
    That’s quite funny Mr.Florio

  46. SF Saints Fan says: Jun 18, 2010 3:24 PM

    Really Florio,
    You are so predictable.

  47. fancyclaps says: Jun 18, 2010 3:27 PM

    I was always 50-50 about whether you were a flat out idiot with minimal NFL knowledge or you just acted like an idiot to create discussion. Now I’m convinced you’re like Skip Bayless and you just act like an idiot, because no one can possibly be as stupid as you seem and have the job you have.

  48. c.carterhof says: Jun 18, 2010 3:27 PM

    I think the saints make it back. No way thet get 13 wins again, they will battle Atlanta all year.
    Vee said-5) Have a frenetic, turnover creating, hard hitting defense that led the league in turnovers.==========Dont see that happening again.

  49. tacious says: Jun 18, 2010 3:28 PM

    OK Sheeple… it’s pretty obvious that Florio is just trying to get a rise out of the people who visit his blog site.
    Don’t even waste your time by answering, as it will only lead him to create another ridiculous blog entry for you to get even more riled up about.

  50. wock says: Jun 18, 2010 3:30 PM

    # zero says: “So if the Jets and Pats don’t make it back to the playoffs, who’s representing the the AFC East? The Dolphins? Yeah, good luck with that.”
    Yeah geez… whats it’s been since they did that, 2008? Chiseled in stone ZERO FOOTBALL IQ… as it is written, so shall it be.
    # joey-pickles says: WTF?!? Did you just predict the Dolphins are going to win the AFC East Florio? Becuase I knooooooow you wouldn’t think the Bills are going to take it. We all know you hate the Jets and all, but the f’n Phish??? In first??? WTF?!?
    Yup! Dolphins take the division, and Bills (at MINIMUM) split with the Jests and Cheats.
    # burntorangehorn says: I’m no Miami fan, but I think they’re going to do pretty well, and could certainly contend in a so-so East.
    Nice take… right up to the “so-so East”. So-so East??? And this from a Bronco’s fan? LMAO!
    # chhutson27 says: On the Patriots – with Brady, the Pats have missed the playoffs once. Oh wait, Brady was hurt that year. But the 7-9 Dolphins will win it this year – Florio said so. He knows.
    Yeah… Brady was hurt in 2008. This year he’s just uninterested in LA. lol No way the 7-9 Dolphins could ever replicate the feat of those 1-15 Dolphins. *major league eye roll*

  51. Spiny Norman says: Jun 18, 2010 3:31 PM

    I think the trouble with these features is that Florio has seen fit to pick three in and three out from each Conference. More likely, the AFC keeps most of the 2009 playoff teams in – maybe all six – and the NFC sees more of a shake-up.

  52. ehatem says: Jun 18, 2010 3:31 PM

    As a Saints fan, I’m actually pretty happy about Florio’s prediction. Consider this: 2006 nobody thought the Saints would do anything. Appeared in NFC title game. 2007 and 2008 they were THE trendy pick for the Super Bowl by every Tom, Dick, and Harry with or without a journalistic degree. They failed to make the playoffs. 2009 they once again were not picked to do anything. They won the Super Bowl. So yeah. Please let Peter King, Mike Florio, everyone at CBS, Fox, etc pick anybody but the Saints. It works out so much better for us when you do.

  53. ozzie41 says: Jun 18, 2010 3:33 PM

    @chhutson
    Good arguement. I guess, subjectively, the Giants in “07” had a better, more stifling, defense than NO in “10”. They did come from nowhere tho. But, the Saints seem to me to be bigger benefactors of ball bounces and vodoo circumstances that will be hard to recreate. I wasn’t impressed by the Giants going into the SB. But, I was after they defeated a Patriots team that looked unbeatable.

  54. traevin says: Jun 18, 2010 3:33 PM

    I think Florio’s right on the money, with Minnesota possibly swapping places with NO. Even if Favre comes back, NO gave the league a good (and obvious) blueprint for beating Minn. Hit Favre every single chance you get and he will eventually break down like a Ford Explorer.

  55. DcNinerFan says: Jun 18, 2010 3:34 PM

    So, wait, you wrote an article about teams most likely to make it back to the post-season, then you wrote an article about the 6 teams that won’t make it back? Isn’t that just lazy ass writing? Anyone with intelligence greater than a mildly concussed bunny could figure out the other 6 teams. Jeez.

  56. Mike Daly says: Jun 18, 2010 3:36 PM

    The Patriots not make it back? We’re assuming the core of new players being built up will not show the development and drive to succeed the previous core showed – given Belichick’s history it’s wrong to make that assumption.
    The Jets are the Jets – a fraud organization. They collect big-name talent and it never works, and the talent they’ve collected here (Tomlinson, Climax Cromatrie, Jason Taylor) isn’t that good anymore, their coach is a blowhard who got to the AFC Title game because of one bad team and another horrible PK, and their quarterback didn’t improve as the season went on – they worked to hide him as much as possible.
    The Saints have been so erratic in their history that it’s not that implasuble to think they won’t make the playoffs this year.
    The Eagles are a deeper organization than that, Mike – they’ll make the playoffs handily.
    The Bengals are another erratic organization, and the Cardinals are the Cardinals.

  57. PURPLESTEEZ says: Jun 18, 2010 3:42 PM

    MIKE HAS GOT IT RIGHT TAINTS WONT MAKE IT BACK-SOON THE TAINTS WILL BE BACK TO THE AINTS-MADDEN CURSE LOVE IT-

  58. nps6724 says: Jun 18, 2010 3:43 PM

    “Actually, that was was a pretty fair assessment. I can’t remember a less impressive Super Bowl winner than the Saints were. And I think their overinflated perception of their greatness will result in them losing several games to inferior opponents.”
    Yeah, all they did was win 13 games, have the #1 offense in the NFL, the 2nd-most takeaways in the NFL, and beat Brady, Eli, Warner, Favre and Peyton all in the same season. And win the Super Bowl by 14.

  59. saintsfan66 says: Jun 18, 2010 3:47 PM

    With the current Oil spill you know damn well the refs will make sure our Saints make it to the playoffs again!!

  60. sebtru says: Jun 18, 2010 3:49 PM

    Florio;
    love most of your articles, great job!
    However, that’s a VERY annoying pop up on sporting news

  61. BP says: Jun 18, 2010 3:52 PM

    The facts are: no team has won more games in a season in the AFC East than the Pats, for going on 10 straight years now.
    And the Saints might not repeat, but they will almost certainly make the playoffs.

  62. afiresnake says: Jun 18, 2010 3:59 PM

    - The Patriots team is better than last season (not much, but at least …)
    – The OL was horribly hurt last year. 4 out of 6 players played injured. Regression to the mean means less injuries here.
    – The Pats got beaten by the Jets and Dolphins once each. They won’t lose all four next season, so worst case is losing three out of four against these two, which I doubt
    – Brady will be better. The passing game will be better, since they will have a no. 3 receiver (which they didn’t have)
    – Bill O’Brien has to be better. McGenius wasn’t such a genius the first season he called the plays.
    – The DL will be better
    – More healthy linebackers. That group was ridiculously bad last year
    – The secondary will be as bad as last season, but not worse
    – AD is gone. Probably a good sign.
    They went 11-5 last season.
    Why, oh why, should they lose more games???
    Could anybody explain? Even if they lose two to the Dolphins, they’ll still be 10-6.

  63. The Bee's Knees says: Jun 18, 2010 4:03 PM

    Saints not getting at least a Wild Card is ridiculous.
    Dolphins winning the AFC East is quite possible. They were 11-5 2008 and 2009 went 7-9 With key injuries to starting: QB,RB,CB,NT, and 3RB not to mention the NFL’s strongest schedule. Considering they have gotten much better since last year and the year before they could very well go 10-6 or 11-5 and win the division.
    To say neither the Pats or Jets will get a wild card is not likely but could easily lose both wildcard spots to the likes of: Steelers. Texans, Titans, and yes maybe even Denver (Cincy was left off this list because they were on the list of 6 not to repeat playoff contention however they could be the 5th team to take away 2 wildcardspots from NYJets )

  64. afiresnake says: Jun 18, 2010 4:04 PM

    They went 11-5 last season.
    Hell, they _dominated_ three quarters against the Colts. I know they couldn’t close it, but they didn’t play bad football in that game.
    They even played well in the first quarter against the Saints. Very well.

  65. pfii63 says: Jun 18, 2010 4:06 PM

    It’s really beginning to amaze me that this is your day job.
    I am keeping this one bookmarked so I can rub your face in Patriots hating after we again take the division.

  66. footballrulz says: Jun 18, 2010 4:07 PM

    @ sando
    You’re an idiot! Ahh, I feel much better now.

  67. LambeauLeaper says: Jun 18, 2010 4:20 PM

    Wow it’s kinda funny so many people complaining Florio said the Patriots and Jets are 2 of the 6 most likely to not make the playoffs. He never says the Doplhins or Bills are going to win the division all he is saying is those 2 teams in his opinion have a better shot of missing the playoffs then the 6 teams he named most likely to make it. Just because their most likely not to make it just means he feels the other teams have a better chance not that he feels these 6 will all miss the playoffs. So as much as some of Florio’s articles and opinion pieces bore me all that happened here is Florio wrote over your heads so quit whining and think for a second people.

  68. overkil2 says: Jun 18, 2010 4:21 PM

    “BP says:
    June 18, 2010 3:52 PM
    The facts are: no team has won more games in a season in the AFC East than the Pats, for going on 10 straight years now.

    BP – Just like the stock market, past performance does not indicate future results.
    The Pats have lost the luster and are human again. The Jets could do well, or could flop should they lose a player and those FAs they brought in don’t produce.
    The Fins, they could win if they stay relatively healthy, but they could also suck if they get bitten by the injury bug and some of those new players don’t step it up.
    The Bills, well, they are the Bills. They will be much improved, but not enough for a divison title this year.

  69. JimmySmith says: Jun 18, 2010 4:22 PM

    You are an idiot for not including the Vikings. In between Fumble fingers coughing up the ball and Klink calling the plays, they will be sitting home come Jan no matter how many times you get invited on that stupid radio program.

  70. funi says: Jun 18, 2010 4:42 PM

    Florio is right on most of these teams! Jets are paper champ and were a 9 win team and only got 1 win because the Colts gave it to them and they lost Fanaca! Cincy is Cincy a 6 win team, Saints will be the Aints and miss playoffs and will never see a Saint fan again. I do belive the Dolphins will challenge the Pats, Pitt and Balt will battle each other, beware of these 2 teams, Detroit and yes Oakland! Both will win 8 games if not more this year. Det getting Burleson will open passing game and Oakland does not have Jafarcus!

  71. scra22 says: Jun 18, 2010 4:45 PM

    Sando said: “Saints and Packer fans should request cries with their whaaburgers. Cripes you panseys piss and moan more than any fans in all of sports.”
    Really, Sando? You must be deaf to the whines and cries of your fellow Viking fans? Not only do the fans cry about EVERYTHING but your players do too! Saddest, whiniest, most pathetic franchise and fanbase = VIKINGS.

  72. Pittsburgh Smells says: Jun 18, 2010 4:53 PM

    Add the Steelers to that list. They will finish 3rd in the North…..again

  73. Allan says: Jun 18, 2010 5:04 PM

    Some of you folks crack me up. You are all wasting your time (including Florio) prognosticating who is going to make the playoffs in JUNE!!!
    You guys spend so much time making fun of Florio, but then make your own bold predictions like you know better.
    Let’s all be honest about a few things
    1. Most of us have a favorite team and if that team is anywhere near decent, our opinions are skewed to favor that team.
    2. June is not the time to try and figure this out. Way too much to be determined in between. Also it is impossible to predict. I would love to see one person who picked the entire playoff field in June. If it has happened, it isnt because he/she is better at prognostication, it was just plain luck.
    3. This is one man’s opinion, some people care way too much what he thinks. Do you need to be validated by the media to feel good about your team?

  74. mikemcsaint says: Jun 18, 2010 5:05 PM

    Viking fans accusing any other fans of being whiners is ridiculous. They haven’t stopped pissing and moaning since they lost the NFCCG.
    What else would you expect from a state that elects Jesse Ventura and Al Franken to political positions? Not sure if they’re whining because they’ve had their heads slammed into the ring post or because they’re tripped out on cocaine.

  75. jan van flac says: Jun 18, 2010 5:07 PM

    why bother?
    play the games. there will be suprises, no doubt.

  76. Bob Nelson says: Jun 18, 2010 5:07 PM

    The vikings are the least likely to make the playoffs.
    The Saints will be there.

  77. dvdman says: Jun 18, 2010 5:07 PM

    I love this place. The I more I read the stuff that’s posted here by this Florio guy the funnier it gets. There should be a disclaimer put on the top of this we page that reads “FOR ENTERTAINMENT PURPOSES ONLY ,PLEASE DON’TAKE US SERIOUSLY BECAUSE WE DON’T HAVE A CLUE OF WHAT WE ARE TALKING ABOUT”

  78. NOLArules says: Jun 18, 2010 5:11 PM

    Come on scra22:
    Vikings fans = pillow biters…plain and simple

  79. sturmunddrang47 says: Jun 18, 2010 5:17 PM

    I am going to laugh my a__ off when the exact opposite happens.

  80. CT Pats Fan says: Jun 18, 2010 5:23 PM

    Not sure I understand – Neither the Pats nor Jets will make it to the Playoffs? So…..the Dolphins will win the AFC East?
    That’s a considerably longer shot, to be fair, than either of the two you have on the list.

  81. JetsAreAJoke says: Jun 18, 2010 5:38 PM

    joey-pickles says:
    June 18, 2010 2:29 PM
    WTF?!? Did you just predict the Dolphins are going to win the AFC East Florio? Becuase I knooooooow you wouldn’t think the Bills are going to take it. We all know you hate the Jets and all, but the f’n Phish??? In first??? WTF?!?
    _________________________
    You’re hilarious joey the pickle. What? Do you think those jests will win the division and make the playoffs? Ha ha ha ha ha. Good luck with that.

  82. what_the_fluffy_ says: Jun 18, 2010 5:48 PM

    Figures most of the comments here are whining about Jets missing playoffs (yet I think Saints will…Sean Payton is the real deal while Rex Ryan is…still fat even with the lap band!)
    Pats and Fins will be there in playoffs, plus Ravens, Colts, Chargers and either Texans, Titans, or Steelers. Only shot Jets have is if the two wildcard teams come from AFC East.
    If Dolphins can make playoffs after going 1-15, they can make it after 7-9, getting Dansby, Marshall, Incognito, Dobbins, and another good draft…If and only If Ronnie Brown stays healthy at least most of the season.

  83. jambithegenie says: Jun 18, 2010 6:04 PM

    SportingNews.com: Six teams most likely not to make it back to postseason
    Posted by Mike Florio on June 18, 2010 2:12 PM ET
    Earlier this week, we launched a trilogy of space-filling columns for SportingNews.com based on the assumption that the trend of 50-percent playoff turnover will continue.
    Part one? The six teams most likely to make it back.
    Part two? The six teams most likely to not make it back.
    Jets and Saints fans? Proceed to tell me that I’m nuts. Again.
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    DeuceBigalow says:
    June 18, 2010 2:16 PM
    Why do they pay you? Please explain.
    Krow says:
    June 18, 2010 2:16 PM
    Dude. The Jets have already guaranteed themselves a Superbowl. And the Eagles have once again annoited their team as ‘the best in football’.
    wxwax says:
    June 18, 2010 2:17 PM
    1/ Pulsating, gripping match between the USA and Slovenia today. Great character showed by the US team. Fantastic stuff.
    2/ Don’t ignore what Bruce Allen did yesterday. He invited former Redskins greats, and even the hated Vinny Cerrato, to Redskins practice. Allen wants to rebuild the team spirit that Cerrato destroyed. Fantastic move and you’re faliing down on the job if you don’t mention it.
    EverybodyGotAIDS says:
    June 18, 2010 2:17 PM
    Umm…arent these teams sorta determined by the first list? If 12 teams were in, and you feel 6 will go back….and you name the 6 you think are going back……………. ……….aren’t the others sorta a given?
    Also, your reasons are crap.
    zero says:
    June 18, 2010 2:18 PM
    So if the Jets and Pats don’t make it back to the playoffs, who’s representing the the AFC East? The Dolphins? Yeah, good luck with that.
    Vee says:
    June 18, 2010 2:21 PM
    OK, I’ll start:
    The Saints are the team that:
    1) Appeared in 2 of the last 4 NFC Championship games (’06 & ’10)
    2) Have an offensive line comprised of numerous All Pro players
    3) Led the league in scoring for 3 of the last 4 years
    4) Have an NFL record setting QB in an era where QB’s rule the game
    5) Have a frenetic, turnover creating, hard hitting defense that led the league in turnovers.
    6) And oh yeah, won the Superbowl with virtually everybody coming back!
    To think they won’t even make the playoffs isn’t just nuts.
    HC says:
    June 18, 2010 2:23 PM
    I have to disagree, I’d put the Saints in the other group. Not sure what team I’d have team switch places with but it’s difficult to picture them not being at least a wildcard team.
    breesbush0925 says:
    June 18, 2010 2:24 PM
    SHOCKING Florio putting down the Saints. That’s right Florio, the day after we won the Super Bowl we should have not celebrated and starting looking at film for next year. Get over yourself. We are the best team in football and as long as Drew Brees is healthy and we have Greg Williams, we will be back.
    MrsH1978 says:
    June 18, 2010 2:27 PM
    All I can say is, put down the crack pipe and walk away, man.
    SaintsXLIV says:
    June 18, 2010 2:28 PM
    Florio – You should stop trying to analyze and just report news.
    joey-pickles says:
    June 18, 2010 2:29 PM
    WTF?!? Did you just predict the Dolphins are going to win the AFC East Florio? Becuase I knooooooow you wouldn’t think the Bills are going to take it. We all know you hate the Jets and all, but the f’n Phish??? In first??? WTF?!?
    BTW, as far as contractual issues being a distraction, didn’t you also tell Jets Nation to be worried about Sanchez not running back in mid May? How did that prediction work out for ya? Hack…
    he, myself nor anyone else on here can predict the future, but we all can remember the past. your jets team is aweful. they havent sniffed a superbowl since before man walked on the moon. elvis was still alive, was sliced bread invented? i believe coca cola may have still been made with cocaine….that being said your team is imploding before the season even started. your one season wonder wants to be paid as if he were ronnie lott. fat boy coach keeps jiggling that turkey neck just like his daddy did, and daddy didnt do anything either. go back into your holes jet fans and stay there till the colts and bungles lay down for you again….9 and 7 what a joke

  84. steelcityrapists says: Jun 18, 2010 6:10 PM

    Im sorry but the Bengals will be in the Playoffs again. I actually think both the ravens will be in the playoffs

  85. mmartian says: Jun 18, 2010 6:13 PM

    Its easy to see how most of the naysayers are a bit lost in comings and goings of other teams. Just 12 months ago Miam hadi won the east with an 11-5 record while the Jets and Patriots were on the outside looking in.
    Now because
    1) Miami improved via dansby, marshall and nolan
    2) jets finished 1 game above 500 and backed into the playoffs, lost both their best HBs and picked up a, used up/shell of his former self HB
    3) patriots are no better than they were in 2008
    Its imposssible for miami to win the east
    Yeah ok whatever.

  86. Real Football Fan says: Jun 18, 2010 8:39 PM

    Yes, Florio is utterly insane to think the Saints won’t make the playoffs when exactly no NFC division winner has ever followed up with a playoff berth, lol. He’s just applying logic to the situation, which I understand is void from the fan mentality. Don’t go crazy, it’s just his opinion actually rooted in some pretty sound logic. Also, aren’t those the same Saints that did the disapearing act for 2 years after their ’06 NFC championship game appearance. Yes, he’s a moron [sarcasm].
    I don’t agree about the Pats, but I do think the Dolphins will make a strong push for that division and the Jets won’t because they simply aren’t that good at QB, in addition to replacing Thomas Jones with LT who’s done. The Dolphins have a comparable run blocking line to the Jets with better QB play and now have a number one receiver to go with that guy. I think people forget that they’re the team that took both the Saints and Colts to the brink early on last year, along with beating the Jets twice and the pats once like they usually do. They just need to learn to finish those kinds of games, which you’d expect for a first time starter like Henne who had such sorry receivers to begin with. Also, they need to get past that bugaboo they have with the Bills, who always seem to steal games from them, even when they are at their worst.

  87. FriarBob says: Jun 18, 2010 9:32 PM

    You’re not nuts.
    You’re just a biased idiot Viqueen fan.
    But we already knew that. We aren’t surprised. Or even offended. Sometimes it’s even fun to drive by the car wreck and stare, or maybe even laugh a bit and be grateful we have more brains than the moron we just drove by.

  88. nowathand says: Jun 18, 2010 10:25 PM

    “But the rest of the league will have had months to break down the things the Saints did to put together that historic run, and the fact they played into February — and partied into April — will make it hard to put together another similar performance.”?
    OK, months to look at a defense with a lot of talent, that also added Patrick Robinson and Alex Brown. I think Greg Williams has put a lot of tape out there over the years and still been successful.
    Months to look at an offense that has imposed itself on defenses for four straight seasons?
    Atlanta has a chip on their shoulder? So does the arena football team that loses the Arena Bowl each year. It keeps you driven, but it doesn’t make you better than the team that is on top. All this “under the radar”, “no one believes in us” and “chip on our shoulder” stuff works only good enough to push a team to play a little bit harder in close games against good opponents. It’s not something you can document or support with statistics and the NFL is easily the league with the most driven, physical athletes where only a few times do you see a mentally weak team fall apart due to lack of discipline or focus, like the 2008 Cowboys or the 2003 Bucs.
    I actually think Carolina will win it because I think their two-headed monster and lack of turnovers from Moore will help them while I expect New Orleans to take a little step back because I do believe they are playing against better offenses and tougher defenses this year.
    As for your claim that the Bengals will miss the playoffs because everyone’s gunning for them: weren’t they in first place for a lot of last year, thus weren’t teams gunning for them last year? Will the Steelers be able to beat them now that they have a two game losing streak against them rather than last time when it was just one? I think the additions the Ravens made of Jim Zorn, Travis Fisher, Ken Hamlin, a healthy Cory Reddding, Donte Stallworth, SIR ANQUAN BOLDIN, Sergio Kindle and Terrance Cody are a better reason the Bengals won’t make the playoffs.

  89. BLeedGreeN4Life says: Jun 18, 2010 10:52 PM

    As an Eagles fan, I understand it will be difficult for them to make the playoffs this year, but they have so many young players that are ready to breakout and many people also think that just because they got rid of McNabb that they are rebuilding which is never the case under an Andy Reid team. I understand why you might say the Eagles will not make it, but the saints ? really?

  90. Ashley says: Jun 18, 2010 11:17 PM

    I guess I’m a sucker for commenting cause I think you post bs like this just to get a rise out of people. Of course the Saints will make the playoffs.

  91. BP says: Jun 19, 2010 2:19 AM

    I see this is becoming a Miami is gonna be good this year thread.
    They aren’t. They will be average. Yeah yeah, we all know they tied the Pats a couple years ago and won the tie-breaker when Brady was out for the year.
    Of course, they were 1-15 the year before that, and thus benefited from the soft schedule the next season, and much improved after jettisoning ridiculously bad management, went 11-5. And then faced with the schedule of that 11-5 season they couldn’t win as many as they lost last year. Most don’t account for the effects of the previous year’s record on the coming year’s schedule.
    The Pats will win the division again. The question is who will be second. The jets are a bit overrated and Miami is a bit underrated.
    Bottom line: Only one team in the AFC East has a good QB. The smart money would again be on them.

  92. Sporting_One says: Jun 19, 2010 8:11 AM

    We’re talking about Joey Porter, for those of you who can’t keep straight the various over-the-hill loudmouths…..
    Best laugh I’ve had today…..

  93. Sporting_One says: Jun 19, 2010 9:56 AM

    We’re talking about Joey Porter, for those of you who can’t keep straight the various over-the-hill loudmouths…..
    Best laugh I’ve had today…..

  94. Memp! says: Jun 19, 2010 9:56 AM

    I’ve come to realize that Florio writes this garbage so all of you morons go crazy and raise his advertising revenue.
    He’s laughing all the way to the bank while everyone talks smack about him.

  95. Venerable Axiom says: Jun 19, 2010 1:43 PM

    Historically, 5-6 teams from the previous years playoffs fail to make them the following year. That said, I would give NO and NE the benefit of the doubt because of QBs.
    Though most experts seem to think one wild card will emerge from the AFC East, IMO, the one with last years 31st ranked passing offense likely will not. That’s a very steep hill to climb to become effective enough in the pass happy NFL, to be a playoff team. If you don’t already know which playoff team was ranked 31st in passing last season…
    A) Maybe you should reconsider your knowledge base prior to posting predictions.
    B) You can go to NFL.com, go to stats 2009, Offense, passing, overall ranking.

  96. Jungle Juice says: Jun 19, 2010 4:17 PM

    You should pay attention.
    The Bengals had a lot of injuries that caught up with them – it wasn’t other teams “figuring them out”
    They are a better team than a year ago. Tuffer schedule but they should have a passing game this year and they improved their already #4 Defense.
    They will be AFC North champs again in 2010.

  97. this class sucks says: Jun 19, 2010 6:36 PM

    @Allan
    Not that I disagree with anything you said but just for fun, a friend of mine whose a sports write has picked at least one Super Bowl team three years in a row, all right after the draft. He picked the Saints to beat the Chargers last year, the Steelers to beat the Cowboys the year before, and the Patriots to beat the Cowboys the year before that.
    Like I said, I don’t disagree with that point, that just seemed like a funny anecdote to throw in.
    I picked the Magic to beat the Cavs last year and was like the only person to get that right (even though the Magic one the season series and thats all I went by, so I am not implying I am some sports genius).
    Picking this early is just going through the teams that made it and trying to find a reason they will lose which usually means you will pick the last few teams you looked at to miss the playoffs (if that made any sense).
    Of course you could just go with the easy ones in the Cardinals and Bengals lol.

  98. JetsAreAJoke says: Jun 19, 2010 8:29 PM

    @Venerable Axiom says:
    “Though most experts seem to think one wild card will emerge from the AFC East, IMO, the one with last years 31st ranked passing offense likely will not. That’s a very steep hill to climb to become effective enough in the pass happy NFL, to be a playoff team. If you don’t already know which playoff team was ranked 31st in passing last season…”
    ________________________________
    Bu..bu….bu….but the jests are a shoo-in. Just ask any of their fans and they’ll tell you.

  99. clintcooper says: Jun 19, 2010 10:01 PM

    Wow, I didn’t think that columnists actually got paid to write as stupid a column as humanly possible. Florio’s idiocy finds new depths on an exponential basis.
    Now I’m praying for a Jets/Saints Super Bowl!

  100. clintcooper says: Jun 19, 2010 10:06 PM

    ozzie, you’re a turd. Oops I meant to say tard.
    Anyway, here in the REAL WORLD, Drew Brees broke the record for completion percentage in a single season. Btw, even as Florio finishes reading how much of a moron he is in these comments, Sean Payton has constructed a new, great, bold play that the Saints’ expert offense can use to bludgeon its opponents with.

  101. botchedextrapoint says: Jun 20, 2010 3:56 AM

    Anybody saying the Bengals would replace the steelers in the playoffs at the start of last season would have been commited. It happened. Stuff just went right for the Saints last year and I feel that D will look awfully sad this season and the same old unbalanced 8-8 Saints will return.
    Mind you if I’m wrong it was Florio’s stupid idea.

  102. bleedaqua13 says: Jun 20, 2010 10:23 PM

    of course the dolphins are gonna be in the playoffs. They’re freakin loaded. 10-6 or 11-5 division winner. Pats will probably grab a wildcard. Jets will come short, maybe 9-7

  103. Kappy says: Jun 21, 2010 3:26 PM

    Well said Florio; I just have to disagree on the Pats & Saints.
    AFC:
    Patriots – East
    Baltimore – North
    Colts – South
    Chargers – West
    Dolphins – Wild Card
    Titans – Wild Card
    NFC:
    Giants/Cowboys – East
    Vikings – North
    Panthers – South
    49ers – West
    Saints/Cowboys – Wild card
    Packers – Wild Card
    This years sleepers are the Dolphins, Giants & Packers. I look for the Pack to represent the NFC in the SB this year (No, I’m not GB fan).

  104. BCGreg says: Jun 21, 2010 7:26 PM

    @ chhutson27
    The Patriots failed to make the playoffs in 2002. Brady was the QB. It was the year after they won their first SB (I guess the videos didn’t help out that year…or in 2005…or in 2006…huh, haters!). You are correct that they didn’t make it in 2008 when Brady was hurt, but they still did go 11-5 (the 1st 11-5 team to not make the playoffs in it’s current format).
    IMO, the Jets and/or Pats make the playoffs.

  105. AxeSpray says: Jun 22, 2010 11:16 PM

    Kappy says:
    June 21, 2010 3:26 PM
    Well said Florio; I just have to disagree on the Pats & Saints.
    AFC:
    Patriots – East
    Baltimore – North
    Colts – South
    Chargers – West
    Dolphins – Wild Card
    Titans – Wild Card
    NFC:
    Giants/Cowboys – East
    Vikings – North
    Panthers – South
    49ers – West
    Saints/Cowboys – Wild card
    Packers – Wild Card
    This years sleepers are the Dolphins, Giants & Packers. I look for the Pack to represent the NFC in the SB this year (No, I’m not GB fan).
    ^Forgot the part where Jerry Jones tips the refs, then dedicates the superbowl for the gulf oil spill, so no one can boo his team.

  106. HC says: Jun 23, 2010 11:04 PM

    Jambithegenie:
    Was that a drunken copy and paste that simply went horribly wrong? I have no idea what my comment or the comments of the thirty or so other people you quoted had to do with what you were attempting to say.

  107. HC says: Jun 23, 2010 11:21 PM

    105 comments and about 100 of them are fans whining about their team or their rival’s team. The premise is that from last year’s twelve playoff teams, six will return to the playoffs, six will miss the playoffs, and six teams that missed last year will make the playoffs in 2010.
    Rather than so many complaining about the inclusion/exclusion of their favorite/most hated team, maybe it would be nice to see some list their three groups of six teams as well.

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