Excellent point. I'm not sure why anyone would have a difficult time buying into the fact that Bama simply was that good. They won the SEC, which is the best conference in the nation, and then went on to humiliate Notre Dame in the BCS game. Their offense had two 1000 yard rushers that combined for 29 TDs and a QB that threw for 30 more TDs, plus they had a great OL.
Exactly. Even great players have bad games. It's a team sport, no player can win a game all on his own that isn't named Adrian Peterson. I repeat, NO PLAYER not named Adrian Peterson.
Heh, even Adrian has his off games.
These are a good crop of linebackers no matter how you look at it. Are they elite? Probably no more than during most years...but there seem to be more really good linebackers than normal. It's like a draft with 4 Greenway-caliber talents. I don't think anyone has a problem with Chad Greenway around here (I did when he was drafted, and I'll be honest about it...I was unimpressed with his combine strength scores and thought a lot of bigger backs would break his tackles), and I don't have a problem with the Vikings having one more of his talent level. Actually, I think it would solve a lot of problems they've had for the past couple years.
The Vikings defense was far more solid when they had a Greenway-Henderson-Leber corps. If you have two guys who are good and one that's solid, it really fills up a lot of holes (and that defense usually had only Winfield playing well in the secondary).
Besides, if your defense forces a lot of 3 and outs, you get to see AD more! All that said, I'm definitely in the tank for Brown or Minter. Te'o...yeah, I'm lukewarm to the Vikings spending a first rounder on him, but it's not a big deal. Ogletree has kind of become my least wanted player of that top 4. I really feel like he's a 3-4 guy all the way. None of these top 4 are Urlacher type talents, and I'd definitely rather not compare them to Ray Lewis. But I'd have no problems thinking they could be like Willis or Takeo Spikes.