Too early to look forward to 2010? Not at all. Here is my very early look at the 2010 season, and my first rankings. Obviously a lot can change, but here goes.
1. New Orleans Saints - The Super Bowl champs will make every effort to re-sign safety Darren Sharper. If Reggie Bush walks, that won't be end of the world.
2. Indianapolis Colts - The best team in the AFC brings back a strong cast, and maybe even safety Bob Sanders gets healthy?
3. Green Bay Packers - The Packers will get help at tackle, another year in 3-4 defense will aid their cause as well. Quarterback Aaron Rogers is Super Bowl ready.
4. Baltimore Ravens - The Ravens have to address the receiver situation and general manager Ozzie Newsome will. If quarterback Joe Flacco can improve decision-making in the red zone and fourth quarter just a bit, this could be Super Bowl team.
5. Philadelphia Eagles - The Eagles need to solidify offensive line, but love the Dick Jauron hire. Great depth at quarterback.
6. Pittsburgh Steelers - Safety Troy Polamalu changes that defense. The Steelers will be a factor in AFC title race.
7. San Diego Chargers - Part of me thinks they will take a step back, with the defense facing questions, but they'll run away with that division without really trying.
8. Dallas Cowboys - The Cowboys are poised to be a real postseason factor in a year in which they host the Super Bowl. Wouldn't that be something?
9. Tennessee Titans - AFC South could have three playoff teams. The Titans are legit.
10. Minnesota Vikings - If quarterback Brett Favre returns, they'll be a playoff team. But it says here that Green Bay gets their number in 2010 regardless of whether No. 4 plays or not.
11. New England Patriots - Look for the Patriots to win another division title and quarterback Tom Brady to put up bigger numbers, but that defense has issues.
12. New York Jets - I would not be shocked if there is a bit of a sophomore slump for Jets. The defense and run game keep them in hunt, though.
13. Houston Texans - The Texans have stability at head coach but can they finally get over hump? Not convinced yet.
14. New York Giants - New coordinator Perry Fewell will help that defense. Getting safety Kenny Phillips back will be huge. In thick of playoff hunt.
15. Miami Dolphins - The Dolphins will be in thick of things. Like hiring of defensive coordinator Mike Nolan and quarterback Chad Henne is a good fit there. The team needs more dynamic receivers.
16. Atlanta Falcons - Look for quarterback Matt Ryan to have a big bounce-back year, but that defense needs fixing.
17. San Francisco 49ers - Nine wins likely wins that division. This is the team to do it. San Francisco will be back in postseason.
18. Chicago Bears - The Mike Martz-Jay Cutler marriage has to work or heads will roll.
19. Cincinnati Bengals - Lack of wideouts and vertical element will hamper the Bengals.
20. Arizona Cardinals - Expect the Cardinals to take quite a step back with quarterback Kurt Warner retired.
21. Kansas City Chiefs - Love the additions to the Chiefs' coaching staff. New offensive coordinator Charlie Weis needs to make it work with quarterback Matt Cassel.
22. Carolina Panthers - The Panthers are bracing for departure of pass-rusher Julius Peppers. John Fox coaching in lame-duck year.
23. Denver Broncos - Another offseason of high drama looms. Losing Mike Nolan could prove to be big blow.
24. Jacksonville Jaguars - Very tough division and have to wonder if this is their last season in Jacksonville.
25. Seattle Seahawks - No quick fix for new coach Pete Carroll here. The Seahawks need a major rebound season from Hasselbeck.
26. Washington Redskins - New coach Mike Shanahan might eventually fix the offense, but that defense could take major step back with new staff and 3-4 scheme.
27. Oakland Raiders - Guess we're assuming Tom Cable is the coach and JaMarcus Russell is the quarterback at this point?
28. Detroit Lions - The Lions have some pieces on offense, but the defense is in disarray. The teams hasn't won a road game in years.
29. Cleveland Browns - This roster has major flaws from the quarterback on down. I do not see that four-game winning streak continuing.
30. Buffalo Bills - I have a feeling the Bills will be last in AFC East for a long time. Like their old coaching staff more than the new one. Godspeed.
31. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - This is a make or break year for a beleaguered coaching staff that just might break them.
32. St. Louis Rams - St. Louis has arguably the worst roster in the NFL with holes and uncertainty all over the place.