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first_imgOur panel:Jon Bloom, Host of Cardinal Talk; Dave Burns, Co-host of Burns and Gambo; Jarrett Carlen, Arizona Sports tech director/The Oddcast; Daria Del Colliano, ArizonaSports.com, Charlie Feinerman, Arizona Sports 620 producer/reporter; Doug Franz, Co-host of Doug and Wolf, John Gambadoro, Co-host of Burns and Gambo; Bryan Gibberman, Arizona Sports 620 producer; Adam Green, ArizonaSports.com; Joe Huizenga, Producer of KTAR’s Karie & Chuck; Vince Marotta, ArizonaSports.com; Carter Nacke, KTAR.com Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Who will be the Cardinals’ leading rusher, and how many yards will he have?Bloom: Ryan Williams, 827Burns: Ryan Williams, 1,036Carlen: Beanie Wells, 1,025Del Colliano: Ryan Williams, 1,000Feinerman: Ryan Williams, 821Franz: Beanie Wells, 987Gambadoro: Ryan Williams, 800Gibberman: Ryan Williams, 1,100Green: Ryan Williams, 845Huizenga: Ryan Williams, 740Marotta: Ryan Williams, 759Nacke: Ryan Williams, 903There isn’t a whole lot of faith in Beanie Wells to return to his 2011 form when he ran for over 1,000 yards for the first time in his career. Offseason knee surgery and time on the PUP list during preseason will plant that seed of doubt. However, the vast majority of the panel does have faith in Ryan Williams, who missed the entire 2011 season with a knee injury, so figure that one out?Behind Larry Fitzgerald, who will be the Cardinals’ second-leading receiver?Bloom: Andre Roberts, 62 catchesBurns: Andre Roberts, 52 catchesCarlen: Andre Roberts, 74 catchesDel Colliano: Michael Floyd, 50 catchesFeinerman: Ryan Williams, 62 catchesFranz: Andre Roberts, 68 catchesGambadoro: Early Doucet, 55 catchesGibberman: Andre Roberts, 65 catchesGreen: Andre Roberts, 68 catchesHuizenga: Andre Roberts, 58 catchesMarotta: Andre Roberts, 65 catchesNacke: Michael Floyd, 55 catches OK, so the Packers are the sexy pick again in the NFC, with our panel having them advance to the Super Bowl over six different teams. Only Charlie Feinerman (full disclosure — huge Cowboys fan) and Bryan Gibberman had the guts to pick against the Pack.AFC West Champions:Denver Broncos: 7 votes: Burns, Carlen, Del Colliano, Feinerman, Gibberman, Green, NackeKansas City Chiefs: 2 votes: Bloom, FranzSan Diego Chargers: 2 votes: Gambadoro, MarottaOakland Raiders: 1 vote: HuizengaThis is what you can expect when three teams in the division went 8-8 and the “last place” team went 7-9. Peyton Manning was the X-Factor for seven of our panelists.AFC North Champions:Baltimore Ravens: 6 votes: Bloom, Burns, Franz, Green, Huizenga, MarottaPittsburgh Steelers: 6 votes: Carlen, Del Colliano, Feinerman, Gambadoro, Gibberman, NackeThese two teams simply don’t like each other, and if our panelists’ picks are any indication, it’ll be another war between the Ravens and Steelers this season. Incidentally, the two teams don’t play until November 18, but will see each other twice in a three-game span. Buckle up.AFC South Champions:Houston Texans: 11 votes: Bloom, Burns, Carlen, Del Colliano, Feinerman, Franz, Gambadoro, Green, Huizenga, Marotta, NackeTennessee Titans: 1 votes: Gibberman The beginning of football season means a few things. Tailgate parties. Guys in the office talking endlessly about their fantasy teams. Strained relationships with the significant other.We’ll focus on another rite of Fall…predictions! The staff of Arizona Sports was asked to put their prognostication hats on and produce picks for the upcoming campaign. And because football is in the air, or more accurately, because their baseball picks were downright embarrassing, they obliged. We’re going on the second straight season of speculation of who will step up opposite Fitzgerald in the Cardinals’ receiving corps, so it’s no surprise that four different players got votes. Interestingly enough, only two (Del Colliano, Nacke) think it’ll be rookie Michael Floyd who elevates to the number two position despite being a high draft pick.Award WinnersLeague MVPAaron Rodgers: 7 votes: Bloom, Burns, Carlen, Del Colliano, Gambadoro, Marotta, NackeTom Brady: 3 votes: Franz, Green, HuizengaCam Newton: 1 vote: FeinermanMatt Ryan: 1 vote: GibbermanA majority favors Green Bay signal caller Aaron Rodgers to repeat at the league’s MVP, with three jumping on the Tom Brady bandwagon. The two outliers? Charlie Feinerman and Bryan Gibberman, who each like an NFC South quarterback to win the hardware.Offensive Player of the YearAaron Rodgers: 4 votes: Bloom, Carlen, Gambadoro, GreenTom Brady: 2 votes: Franz, HuizengaArian Foster: 1 vote: NackeAndre Johnson: 1 vote: Del CollianoCalvin Johnson: 1 vote: BurnsDarren McFadden: 1 vote: GibbermanCam Newton: 1 vote: FeinermanRay Rice: 1 vote: MarottaEight different players received votes in this category, including two wide receivers. That’s noteworthy because a receiver hasn’t won the award since Jerry Rice took home the honor in 1993. It’s also noteworthy that last year’s winner, New Orleans QB Drew Brees, didn’t receive one vote. Top Stories A linebacker has won this award eight times in the last nine seasons, so things are boding well for Kuechly. The Boston College rookie was named on four ballots after being the ninth overall selection in last April’s draft by the Carolina Panthers. Adam Green of ArizonaSports.com picked Bruce Irvin, even though the West Virginia product isn’t sure which team he plays for. Coach of the YearGary Kubiak: 2 votes: Gambadoro, HuizengaChuck Pagano: 2 votes: Burns, NackeBill Belichick: 1 vote: Del CollianoPete Carroll: 1 vote: GibbermanRomeo Crennel: 1 vote: BloomJeff Fisher: 1 vote: FranzAndy Reid: 1 vote: GreenRon Rivera: 1 vote: FeinermanMike Smith: 1 vote: MarottaWhoever’s Coaching the Saints: 1 vote: CarlenNo votes for any of the Harbaugh family? What an upset! Seven of our voters picked the Green Bay Packers to win the Super Bowl, yet nobody gave love to Mike McCarthy in this category.MiscellaneousFirst coach firedLeslie Frazier: 4 votes: Carlen, Del Colliano, Gambadoro, HuizengaNorv Turner: 4 votes: Bloom, Burns, Feinerman, FranzPat Shurmur: 3 votes: Gibberman, Marotta, NackeChan Gailey: 1 vote: GreenHope Leslie Frazier is renting in the Twin Cities. Minnesota isn’t projected to have a good season, and our panel thinks their head coach will be the fall guy. And Norv and Pat, yeah, you shouldn’t feel so good about your job security, either. Did you ever think you’d see the day when the Houston Texans were a near unanimous pick to win their division? Yeah, we didn’t either. Considering the Texans won the South a year ago after enduring a boat load of quarterback injuries, a healthy Matt Schaub makes them the popular choice in 2012.AFC East ChampionsNew England Patriots: 12 votes: Bloom, Burns, Carlen, Del Colliano, Feinerman, Franz, Gambadoro, Gibberman, Green, Huizenga, Marotta, NackeThe Patriots join the Packers as the only unanimous division champ picks. I guess five episodes of Hard Knocks wasn’t enough to convince anyone that the Dolphins are a real contender? AFC Wild CardsBloom: Pittsburgh, DenverBurns: Cincinnati, IndianapolisCarlen: Oakland, BaltimoreDel Colliano: Baltimore, Kansas CityFeinerman: Baltimore, OaklandFranz: Cincinnati, DenverGambadoro: Baltimore, NY JetsGibberman: Baltimore, NY JetsGreen: Pittsburgh, TennesseeHuizenga: Denver, PittsburghMarotta: Denver, PittsburghNacke: Baltimore, IndianapolisA wide variety of teams were picked as Wild Cards by our panel. No surprise that the two Jets fans (Gambo and Gibberman) weren’t scared off by New York’s 0-4 preseason during which they scored one offensive touchdown — and that was a pass by the third string QB! The only AFC teams not to get any playoff love from our panel were Buffalo, Cleveland, Jacksonville and Miami. Yes, two panelists (Burns, Nacke) think Andrew Luck has got the goods to get the Colts back to the postseason. Defensive Player of the YearDeMarcus Ware: 3 votes: Burns, Feinerman, NackePatrick Willis: 3 votes: Bloom, Gambadoro, GreenJason Pierre-Paul: 2 votes: Franz, MarottaD’Qwell Jackson: 1 vote: Del CollianoVon Miller: 1 vote: GibbermanBrooks Reed: 1 vote: CarlenJustin Tuck: 1 vote: HuizengaThere will be a new winner of this award in 2012, since last year’s winner, Terrell Suggs of Baltimore, is on the shelf for an indefinite amount of time with an Achilles tendon injury. It’s somewhat curious that not one defensive back got a vote for the award — three safeties (Ed Reed, Bob Sanders, Troy Polamalu) have won it since 2004.Offensive Rookie of the YearAndrew Luck: 5 votes: Burns, Carlen, Del Colliano, Gambadoro, NackeRobert Griffin III: 4 votes: Bloom, Feinerman, Franz, GreenJustin Blackmon: 1 vote: GibbermanDoug Martin: 1 vote: MarottaDavid Wilson: 1 vote: HuizengaA quarterback has won this award five times in the last eight seasons.Defensive Rookie of the YearLuke Kuechly: 4 votes: Bloom, Burns, Gambadoro, MarottaMark Barron: 3 votes: Carlen, Gibberman, HuizengaMelvin Ingram: 2 votes: Del Colliano, FranzMorris Claiborne: 1 vote: FeinermanBruce Irvin: 1 vote: GreenCourtney Upshaw: 1 vote: Nackelast_img