The RSP Writers Project: You Vote

The RSP Writers Poll, AKA - which team with Darrelle Revis stood out to you. Photo by Marianne O'Leary.
The RSP Writers Poll, AKA – which team with Darrelle Revis stood out to you. Photo by Marianne O’Leary.

With the regular season coming to an end and it sounds like a good time to take a look back at the RSP Writers Project. If you’re not familiar with the project, I had the pleasure of hosting a group of football writers, former NFL players, and former NFL scouts whose job was to build a team with a salary cap and explain their personnel choices, schemes, and coaching staff. Now it’s your turn to share your thoughts about each team with one season in the books.  We’ll begin with the offensive units.

Here is the main menu for the project and all the teams. 

Today, take a look at the offenses of each team. From the standpoint of personnel and scheme, I’d like to know who you thought which team was the best in the following areas:

  • Top-performing offense this year.
  • Most promising offense long-term. 
  • Tough-luck team with good talent, but didn’t work out in 2012. 

You can also add commentary about your choices at the end of each question.


3 responses to “The RSP Writers Project: You Vote”

  1. At quarterback, I’ve been fortunate to have Peyton Manning healthy all year, so that’s worked out splendidly.

    My two running backs, Kendall Hunter and Pierre Thomas, have both played very well in limited roles. Together, they have 177 carries for 844 yards, a 4.8 YPC average. They also added 48 catches. If you put these two on my team, with Manning, I think they would hold up well to larger roles, especially with LaMichael James as a change of pace.

    My receiving corp has been oustanding. I’ve got four receivers with at least 750 yards — Victor Cruz, Torrey Smith, Anquan Boldin, and T.Y. Hilton. Truth be told, Cruz has been a slight disappointment, but if he was playing alongside Smith, Boldin and Hilton, it wouldn’t really matter. Smith has continued to excel as a deep threat and Boldin has shown that he isn’t washed up yet, while Hilton is the natural replacement.

    At tight end, Jimmy Graham and Delanie Walker have been strong. At this point, it’s an embarassment of riches for Peyton Manning. He doesn’t need 4 good receivers *and* Jimmy Graham, but oh well. Walker remains an excellent blocker, and he would help make sure the running game would operate at peak efficiency when it was needed. Which, with this offense, wouldn’t be very often. Charles Clay was a jack-of-all-trades utility pick, but without any serious injuries, I doubt he would have contributed much.

    On the offensive line, Jonathan Martin and Todd Herremans were supposed to anchor the team. Well, Martin hasn’t been very good and has struggled at LT, which is where I was placing him. Herremans played pretty well when healthy, but he only played half the season. That would have vaulted either Levy Adcock or Vlad Ducasse in at right tackle, which would have been trouble. I probably would have had to sign a right tacke in real life.

    Chad Rinehart played well with the Bills for six games before suffering a season-ending injury; Robert Turner would have slid in at RG and he’s underwhelmed this year. At left guard, Charlie Johnson has been serviceable and more importantly, healthy. Center Max Unger, fortunately, has been great.

  2. MVP: Chase Stuart, hands down. No contest.
    Best future? Your 2nd team, hands down. And this might be the biggest statement about your scouting skills Matt, I remembered your love for R.Wilson, your article on Bryce Brown, but Streater on top of that? Pretty amazing finds there. (And I’m a big Criner believer too).
    Aex Miglio’s team looks pretty good looking forward too.

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