Cole: Jimmy Johnson once said, if you don’t take too many risks, you can win nine or 10 games a year.
Belichick: Jimmy probably said the same thing to you that he once said to me: “You’re really only competing with about 10 teams a year. If you just say out of the way, the other 20 teams will *screw it up themselves. Whether it’s ownership or personnel or coaching or some combination of factors.” Ego, internal struggle, something will happen to two-thirds of the teams, that was Jimmy’s theory. That leaves you with about 10 teams that you’re going to have to really battle with. Those teams have it together. They’re going to make good decisions and if you play bad football, they’re going to take advantage of it. They’re going to find some undrafted guy or some middle-round pick or some veteran free agent who is going to spark their team. Pittsburgh is always going to be there. Indianapolis is always going to be there. They may not win it, but they’ll be there. You’re going to have to beat them. Philadelphia is going to be there. Yeah, [quarterback Donovan] McNabb might get hurt one year and they might go 7-9, but they’re going to be there. You’re still battling them on every front.
This was something Belichick said in a quick interview today. And its some really good insight from someone who knows the game. Taking what he just said who would you guys say are the ten teams we are fighting with this year for the championship?
Here is my 10 not including the Patriots
The Colts (they are in it year in and year out)
The Steelers (They have been winning and are the defending champs)
The Vikings (Jared Allen has been lights out and that offense is no joke)
The Bangels (I know its unlikely that they keep playing so well but I think they have a shot)
The Cowboys (I have this feeling that the Boys have found themselves and will continue to get better)
The Eagles (They are off and on this year but have looked really good at times)
The Bronco's (I like their coach and their style and think they are legit)
The Saints (The Saints are the NFC super bowl team if you ask me)
The Ravens (They can still be a tough team if they get into the playoffs)
The Chargers (I am not sold on the bolts one bit but was having a hard time picking my last team so they got it)
These are not in any order just tried getting them down so they are not in any order. What do you think are the ten teams we are fighting it out with this year?