Thursday, July 14, 2011

NFL Top 200: Breaking it Down by Position

Before we start, here is a disclaimer: I was going to break this down by team as well but I realized that a ton of these guys are free agents, and the amount of guys on particular teams can drastically change (as can the teams in the broader sense of who is good or bad). Case in point - the Raiders have 8 players ranked, but three of them are free agents and can easily be gone (Asomugha, Gallery and Miller). When the FA period sorts itself out in a ridiculous frenzy that it will assuredly be, I'll do the team-by-team breakdown. Anyway, let's get to the positional groupings, and here are the Top-10 (plus 1) at each position by ranking


11.) Chris Harris, CHI

10.) Oshiomogho Atogwe, STL
9.) Michael Griffin, TEN
8.) Eric Weddle, SD
7.) Antoine Bethea, IND
6.) Charles Godfrey, CAR
5.) Adrian Wilson, ARZ
4.) Nick Collins, GB
3.) LaRon Landry, WAS
2.) Troy Polamalu, PIT
1.) Ed Reed, BAL


11.) Antoine Cason, SD

10.) Charles Tillman, CHI
9.) Tramon Williams, GB
8.) Jerraud Powers, IND
7.) Devin McCourty, NE
6.) Antoine Winfield, MIN
5.) Jabari Greer, NO
4.) Charles Woodson, GB
3.) Nnamdi Asomugha, OAK
2.) Asante Samuel, PHI
1.) Darrelle Revis, NYJ

Outside Linebacker
(both 4-3 and 3-4)

11.) Geno Hayes, TB

10.) Stephen Tulloch, TEN
9.) Elvis Dumervil, DEN
8.) Shaun Phillips, SD
7.) Lance Briggs, CHI
6.) Cameron Wake, MIA
5.) LaMarr Woodley, PIT
4.) James Harrison, PIT
3.) Terrell Suggs, BAL
2.) Clay Matthews III, GB
1.) DeMarcus Ware, DAL

Inside Linebacker
(both 4-3 and 3-4)

11.) Curtis Lofton, ATL

10.) DeMeco Ryans, HOU
9.) Daryl Smith, JAX
8.) Lofa Tatupu, SEA
7.) Jon Beason, CAR
6.) Jonathan Vilma, NO
5.) Jerod Mayo, NE
4.) Chad Greenway, MIN
3.) Ray Lewis, BAL
2.) Brian Urlacher, CHI
1.) Patrick Willis, SF

Defensive End
(4-3 only)

11.) Osi Umenyiora, NYG

10.) Justin Smith, SF
9.) Tamba Hali, KC
8.) Robert Mathis, IND
7.) Jared Allen, MIN
6.) Trent Cole, PHI
5.) John Abraham, ATL
4.) Mario Williams, HOU
3.) Julius Peppers, CHI
2.) Justin Tuck. NYG
1.) Dwight Freeney, IND

Defensive Tackle/Nose Tackle
(3-4 DE and 4-3 DT)

11.) Kyle Williams, BUF

10.) Kevin Williams, MIN
9.) Terrance Knighton, JAX
8.) Jay Ratliff, DAL
7.) Casey Hampton, PIT
6.) Ndamukong Suh, DET
5.) Darnell Dockett, ARZ
4.) Jonathan Babineaux, ATL
3.) Richard Seymour, OAK
2.) Vince Wilfork, NE
1.) Haloti Ngata, BAL


11.) Jeff Saturday, IND

10.) Todd Harremens, PHI
9.) Ben Grubbs, BAL
8.) Carl Nicks, NO
7.) Dan Koppen, NE
6.) Robert Gallery, OAK
5.) Chris Snee, NYG
4.) Logan Mankins, NE
3.) Jahri Evans, NO
2.) Harvey Dahl, ATL
1.) Nick Mangold, NYJ


11.) Sebastian Vollmer, NE

10.) Tyson Clabo, ATL
9.) D'Brickshaw Ferguson, NYJ
8.) Andrew Whitworth, CIN
7.) Eric Winston, HOU
6.) Donald Penn, TB
5.) Ryan Clady, DEN
4.) Jordan Gross, CAR
3.) David Stewart, TEN
2.) Jake Long, MIA
1.) Joe Thomas, CLE

Tight Ends

10.) Brandon Pettigrew, DET

9.) Owen Daniels, HOU
8.) Heath Miller, PIT
7.) Dustin Keller, NYJ
6.) Marcedes Lewis, JAX
5.) Zach Miller, OAK
4.) Dallas Clark, IND
3.) Jason Witten, DAL
2.) Vernon Davis, SF
1.) Antonio Gates, SD

Wide Receivers

11.) Vincent Jackson, SD

10.) Austin Collie, IND
9.) DeSean Jackson, PHI
8.) Reggie Wayne, IND
7.) Hakeem Nicks, NYG
6.) Greg Jennings, GB
5.) Santonio Holmes, NYJ
4.) Roddy White, ATL
3.) Calvin Johnson, DET
2.) Larry Fitzgerald, ARZ
1.) Andre Johnson, HOU

*- Devin Hester is ranked as the 7th highest WR, but that is almost all due to his returning.

Running Backs

11.) Steven Jackson, STL

10.) Rashard Mendenhall, PIT
9.) Michael Turner, ATL
8.) LeSean McCoy, PHI
7.) Arian Foster, HOU
6.) Darren McFadden, OAK
5.) Jamaal Charles, KC
4.) Ray Rice, BAL
3.) Chris Johnson, TEN
2.) Maurice Jones-Drew, JAX
1.) Adrian Peterson, MIN


11.) Matt Ryan, ATL

10.) Joe Flacco, BAL
9.) Eli Manning, NYG
8.) Michael Vick, PHI
7.) Matt Schaub, HOU
6.) Drew Brees, NO
5.) Ben Roethlisberger, PIT
4.) Philip Rivers, SD
3.) Aaron Rodgers, GB
2.) Tom Brady, NE
1.) Peyton Manning, IND

There you have it, broken down by position. With the lockout hopefully ending within days, the Free Agent frenzy might really change some of those three letter abbreviations next to the players names.

NFL Top 200: The List in One Place

Here's the List: 200-1, in one place for safekeeping.

200 Justin Tryon CB IND
199 James Farrior MLB PIT
198 Jonathan Goodwin G/C NO
197 Jason Peters T PHI
196 Steve Hutchinson G/C MIN
195 Shaun Ellis DT NYJ
194 Sheldon Brown S CLE
193 Brandon Pettigrew TE DET
192 DJ Williams OLB DEN
191 Rashean Mathis CB JAX
190 Michael Roos T TEN
189 Steve Johnson WR BUF
188 Phil Loadholt T MIN
187 Mark Sanchez QB NYJ
186 Leonard Davis G/C DAL
185 Carson Palmer QB CIN
184 Nick Hardwick G/C SD
183 Jason Jones DT TEN
182 Owen Daniels TE HOU
181 Matt Shaughnessy DE OAK
180 Ryan Kalil G/C CAR
179 Levi Brown T ARZ
178 Heath Miller TE PIT
177 Joe Haden CB CLE
176 Peyton Hillis RB CLE
175 Eric Berry S KC
174 Brandon Lloyd WR DEN
173 Dustin Keller TE NYJ
172 Antonio Garay NT SD
171 Calvin Pace OLB NYJ
170 Chris Clemons DE SEA
169 Lawrence Timmons MLB PIT
168 Ronde Barber CB TB
167 Duane Brown T HOU
166 Brian Orakpo OLB WAS
165 Chris Harris S CHI
164 Josh Sitton G/C GB
163 Joselio Hanson CB PHI
162 Rey Maualuga OLB CIN
161 Paul Soliai DT MIA
160 Ron Bartell CB STL
159 Kenny Britt WR TEN
158 David Harris MLB NYJ
157 Leon Hall CB CIN
156 Kris Dielman G/C SD
155 Oshiomogo Atogwe S STL
154 Gary Brackett MLB IND
153 Mike Patterson DT PHI
152 Geno Hayes OLB TB
151 Israel Idonije DE CHI
150 Terrell Thomas CB NYG
149 Chris Long DE STL
148 Sam Bradford QB STL
147 Michael Griffin S TEN
146 Zach Miller TE OAK
145 Tony Romo QB DAL
144 Cliff Avril DE DET
143 Anquan Boldin WR BAL
142 DeAngelo Williams RB CAR
141 Aubrayo Franklin NT SF
140 Brent Grimes CB ATL
139 Matt Forte RB CHI
138 Marcedes Lewis TE JAX
137 Brandon Albert T KC
136 Brandon Marshall WR MIA
135 Charles Johnson DE CAR
134 Curtis Lofton MLB ATL
133 Ahmad Bradshaw RB NYG
132 LaMarr Houston DT OAK
131 Jeff Saturday G/C IND
130 Barry Cofield DT NYG
129 Stanford Routt CB OAK
128 Steven Jackson RB STL
127 Jason Babin DE TEN
126 Sebastian Vollmer T NE
125 Josh Freeman QB TB
124 Tyson Clabo T ATL
123 Marques Colston WR NO
122 Rashard Mendenhall RB PIT
121 Antoine Cason CB SD
120 Sidney Rice WR MIN
119 Stephen Tulloch OLB TEN
118 Jay Cutler QB CHI
117 Eric Weddle S SD
116 Kyle Williams NT BUF
115 Osi Umenyiora DE NYG
114 Michael Turner RB ATL
113 DeMeco Ryans MLB HOU
112 Elvis Dumervil OLB DEN
111 D'Brickashaw Ferguson T NYJ
110 Antoine Bethea S IND
109 Todd Harremens G/C PHI
108 Daryl Smith MLB JAX
107 Miles Austin WR DAL
106 Andrew Whitworth T CIN
105 Matt Ryan QB ATL
104 Charles Godfrey S CAR
103 Shaun Phillips OLB SD
102 Charles Tillman CB CHI
101 Ben Grubbs G/C BAL
100 LeSean McCoy RB PHI
99 Tramon Williams CB GB
98 Lofa Tatupu MLB SEA
97 Carl Nicks G/C NO
96 Jon Beason MLB CAR
95 Mike Wallace WR PIT
94 Kevin Williams DT MIN
93 Justin Smith DE SF
92 Jonathan Vilma MLB NO
91 Jerraud Powers CB IND
90 Dan Koppen G/C NE
89 Terrence Knighton DT JAX
88 Joe Flacco QB BAL
87 Dwayne Bowe WR KC
86 Robert Gallery G/C OAK
85 Devin McCourty CB NE
84 Arian Foster RB HOU
83 Eric Winston T HOU
82 Eli Manning QB NYG
81 Dallas Clark TE IND
80 Jerod Mayo MLB NE
79 Vincent Jackson WR SD
78 Tamba Hali DE KC
77 Jay Ratliff NT DAL
76 Austin Collie WR IND
75 Donald Penn T TB
74 Adrian Wilson S ARZ
73 Antione Winfield CB MIN
72 Darren McFadden RB OAK
71 DeSean Jackson WR PHI
70 Michael Vick QB PHI
69 Jabari Greer CB NO
68 Ryan Clady T DEN
67 Reggie Wayne WR IND
66 Chris Snee G/C NYG
65 Chad Greenway MLB MIN
64 Lance Briggs OLB CHI
63 Robert Mathis DE IND
62 Jason Witten TE DAL
61 Jared Allen DE MIN
60 Matt Schaub QB HOU
59 Ray Lewis MLB BAL
58 Charles Woodson CB GB
57 Hakeem Nicks WR NYG
56 Devin Hester WR/R CHI
55 Logan Mankins G/C NE
54 Casey Hampton NT PIT
53 Jamaal Charles RB KC
52 Vernon Davis TE SF
51 Jahri Evans G/C NO
50 Ndamukong Suh DT DET
49 Cameron Wake OLB MIA
48 Darnell Dockett DT ARZ
47 Harvey Dahl G/C ATL
46 Ray Rice RB BAL
45 Trent Cole DE PHI
44 Nick Collins S GB
43 LaRon Landry S WAS
42 Jonathan Babineaux DT ATL
41 Jordan Gross T CAR
40 John Abraham DE ATL
39 LaMarr Woodley OLB PIT
38 Richard Seymour DT OAK
37 Brian Urlacher MLB CHI
36 Greg Jennings WR GB
35 Mario Williams DE HOU
34 Santonio Holmes WR NYJ
33 Terrell Suggs OLB BAL
32 David Stewart T TEN
31 Vince Wilfork DT NE
30 Chris Johnson RB TEN
29 Julius Peppers DE CHI
28 Roddy White WR ATL
27 Nnamdi Asomugha CB OAK
26 James Harrison OLB PIT
25 Jake Long T MIA
24 Troy Polamalu S PIT
23 Maurice Jones-Drew RB JAX
22 Asante Samuel CB PHI
21 Justin Tuck DE NYG
20 Calvin Johnson WR DET
19 Drew Brees QB NO
18 Dwight Freeney DE IND
17 Antonio Gates TE SD
16 Clay Matthews OLB GB
15 Adrian Peterson RB MIN
14 Larry Fitzgerald WR ARZ
13 Patrick Willis MLB SF
12 Ben Roethlisberger QB PIT
11 Darrelle Revis CB NYJ
10 Philip Rivers QB SD
9 Joe Thomas T CLE
8 Ed Reed S BAL
7 Nick Mangold G/C NYJ
6 Aaron Rodgers QB GB
5 DeMarcus Ware OLB DAL
4 Andre Johnson WR HOU
3 Haloti Ngata DT BAL
2 Tom Brady QB NE
1 Peyton Manning QB IND

There it is, in all its everlasting glory. Both sides are capped with Colts, from Justin Tryon to Peyton Manning himself. I'm following up with a post breaking down the list by team and position, giving a nice overall look at the league.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

NFL Top 200: The Top 25

Finally, we get to the Top 25, the best of the best, the top players in the NFL. Let's go....



25.) Jake Long, T, MIA

He's good. He's really good. Offensive Tackles drafted really high are often just assumed to be good players mostly because it is really hard to judge an o-lineman. I fall into that category at times, but Jake Long is dominant every time I watch him at run blocking, and is also getting better and better at pass blocking. Long is basically the only great player the Dolphins have to build around, but he's a damn good one.

24.) Troy Polamalu, S, PIT

This is probably too low, but much of what he did last year was concentrated in the first handful of games. It might be injury, it might be age finally showing, but he was almost close to a liability in coverage late last season. It probably was injury, but Polamalu just seemed a tad slower late in 2010. He did have the single biggest play of the season for Pittsburgh though, with his leaping strip sack of Joe Flacco in their game against Baltimore in Week 13.

23.) Maurice Jones-Drew, RB, JAX

This wasn't MoJo's best year on paper. He only got 5tds and had arguably his worst pass-catching year of his career. Why then do I rate him higher than Chris Johnson? Because he's his team. The Jaguars have nice players on offense, but they are nothing without Drew. His presence on the field does so much for the rest of that offense. He's also a better blocker and the most complete every-down back in the NFL. The lack of TDs is probably a fluke anyway.

22.) Asante Samuel, CB, PHI

He gets unfailry harrassed for his supposed proclivity to shy away from contact (despite two of the more memorable Colts-Pats playoff 2003-04 game plays being his tackles and hits), but he was incredible in 2010. Asante Samuel was the best corner in football as per Football Outsiders charting numbers topping the league in both success rate and yards allowed per pass. It might be a flukey good year, but it was a flukey good year that was the best in the NFL.

21.) Justin Tuck, DE, NYG

After a sub-par year in 2009 (which followed two great years in 2007-08), Justin Tuck was a beast for the entire 2010 season. He's always been a great pass rusher, but he was better against the run. Justin Tuck ranked second in the entire NFL in FO 'Defeats', which was 18 spots better than any other DE. Justin Tuck, the man who impacted Super Bowl XLII more than anyone and forever changed NFL history, is now easily one of the best 4-3 DEs in the NFL.

20.) Calvin Johnson, WR, DET

It's easy to say that Calvin Johnson is the most physically gifted WR in the NFL, but that usually means that people feel like he underperforms (like the other past "most physically gifted WRs" like Randy Moss). That's not true. Megatron had a great year considering Shaun Hill was the guy throwing to him and he was being doubled all the time. He is right with Fitzgerald and Andre Johnson as the best WR to go up and get any ball thrown to him. He's a monster and just getting better.

19.) Drew Brees, QB, NO

People excoriated Peyton Manning for having an uncharacteristically pick-happy year, but that was mostly due to his four pick-sixes in a two week span (and pick sixes are fluke plays). Brees threw five more picks and had a worse passer rating but that went relatively unnoticed. Like with Manning, I'm not going to overreact to what happened with Brees but unlike Manning, Brees had his o-line still play well and most of his receivers healthy. The picks will probably return to the norm.

18.) Dwight Freeney, DE, IND

He doesn't slow down. He doesn't stop his motor. He doesn't have off games. Dwight Freeney put up double digit sacks for the 7th time in his 8 full seasons (the year he didn't he led the league in hurries). Dwight Freeney was still able to have a huge impact in the pass rush game and has quietly become a totally fine player against the run. He's still the most effective 4-3 DE in the game and that is a position that ages well. Canton is in his future.

17.) Antonio Gates, TE, SD

Antonio Gates played 10 games last year, but even those 10 games were about as valuable as any TE who put up 16 games, what with his ridiculous 15.6 ypc and 10 tds. Antonio Gates probably won't catch Tony Gonzalez's TE receiving totals because he's too injury prone (although his are more chronic nagging injuries and not ones that miss games), but Gates has already locked up his spot in canton. He's the one guy Phil Rivers has to have to be great.

16.) Clay Matthews III, OLB, GB

Pro-football-reference has a stat where they approxamate value. Of course it is completely subjectively calculated but it usually is a good reference. Clay Matthews led the NFL in AV in 2010. Matthews was an absolute beast with 13.5 sacks and many more hits. Clay Matthews is also a pretty good player in coverage. I think he gets a little overrated, but he will get better. He's a hard worker and is on the way to joining his Uncle in Canton.

15.) Adrian Peterson, RB, MIN

With all the talk of Favre's penis and Chilly-Dress and the Moss trade and the hole in the roof the fact that Adrian Peterson had a great year. The o-line in Minnesota is getting worse and worse but he rebounded with a far better year then he had in 2009. Firstly, he cut his fumbles down to just one. He also put up better ypr numbers and was better receiving out of the backfield and in blocking. The Vikings also used Peterson better. He's not close to slowing down.

14.) Larry Fitzgerald, WR, ARZ

90 catches, 1137 yards with gives him a 12.6 ypc. He put up those numbers with the following guys throwing to him: Derek Anderson, Max Hall, John Skelton. Fitzgerald in many ways had a better year in 2010 than he did in 2009 with Warner. Fitzgerald had big years with Leinart before the Warner resurgence. No one has surer hands. No one runs better routes. Other than one man, there is no better wide receiver than Larry Fitzgerald.

13.) Patrick Willis, MLB, SF

Over 100 tackles again. That's no longer a surprise. The 6 sacks? That was. Patrick Willis is becoming more than just a run-stuffing ILB. He's great in coverage and now he's a really good blitzer as well. Patrick Willis is still just 26 so there are many great years ahead of him. The rest of the 49ers defense really isn't that great, but he makes it an upper-half defense.

12.) Ben Roethlisberger, QB, PIT

Ben Roethlisberger quietly had an excellent statistical year, with a league leading 13.3 ypc and a fourth season with a ypa above 8. His completion percentage drop but a lot of the year he was playing with an about gone Hines Ward and Antonio Brown among his top four targets. He had a flukily low int rate but Roethlisberger has been more careful with the ball for years. In reality, the Super Bowl loss hurts him but in many ways Roethlisberger is as good now as ever.

11.) Darrelle Revis, CB, NYJ

Revis led the league in FOs success rate again. He dropped in yards per pass but QBs threw deep at him more often. He wasn't as good as he was in 2009, but it will be a long time before a CB has that good of a year again. Darrelle Revis is now finally starting to get the Nnamdi treatment and in a couple years it probably will get closer to the ridiculous levels of avoidance that QBs displayed at Nnamdi, but until then his value remains really high.

10.) Philip Rivers, QB, SD

He led the league in yards and yards per attempt (the third straight year leading in that). He put up a passer rating over 100 for the third straight year (only Peyton Manning has done that). Philip Rivers is statistically the best QB in the NFL over the past three years. His problem is that his team finds the most bizarre ways to lose. For whatever reason he doesn't get the same baseless bashing that Peyton gets for the Chargers repeated failures, but at least that allows people to judge Rivers accurately, as one of the best in the game.

9.) Joe Thomas, T, CLE

I have no idea why he's always seemed to be thought of as worse than Jake Long, but the main job of a LT is to protect the passer and Joe Thomas is the best in the NFL at that. His feet are incredibly fast and agile which allows him to keep up with Suggs and Harrison, two of the best pass rushers in the NFL, twice a year. He has a big job in protecting the future of the Browns, but if I were McCoy I would thank God Thomas is protecting me.

8.) Ed Reed, S, BAL

He played 10 games. All he did was lead the league in interceptions with eight and defend 16 more passes while being more active tackling. Ed Reed honestly keeps getting more and more impressive each year. I love Troy Polamalu and I had many problems with the NFL Networks' player-voted Top 100 Players of 2011 show, but one of my favorite results was Reed over Polamalu. Polamalu is special. Reed is an all-time player. There's a reason why Reed was on the Top 100 of All-Time list NFL Network did. There's a reason why the Ravens pass defense stays good despite a revolving door at CB. #20 is the reason.

7.) Nick Mangold, C, NYJ

Forget what Mangold does in calling the line audibles and signals and such. I have no way of accurately judging his ability in that. What I can judge is the fact that I don't believe there was a single more dominant lineman at any position than Mangold in 2010. Mangold is a giant for a center and he absolutely destroyed basically every DT and NT he faced in 2010, from Vince Wilfork to Ndamukong Suh, to Haloti Ngata. Ironically Casey Hampton got the better of him in the title game, but Mangold was a beast all year long.

6.) Aaron Rodgers, QB, GB

Aaron Rodgers is the all-time leader in passer rating. I think this speaks more to the benefits of sitting behind a QB for a couple years (Rivers is 2nd all time and Steve Young is 3rd - both sat for a lot of years). Rodgers inherited a talented team and started his career already in his prime age and the results have been staggeringly good. In many ways he had a better year in 2009, but his 2010 results are more sustainable. Of course, how can I not mention his insane playoff track record, with four great games (and one admittedly lousy one against Chicago).

5.) DeMarcus Ware, OLB, DAL

He's been in the league six years. He has 80 sacks already. There is no one close to him in terms of pass rushing production over the past six years, and although he's not doubled as much as Freeney, I doubt 93 puts up Ware numbers even then. DeMarcus Ware basically never drops into coverage and why would you make him considering he's the best in the NFL at getting to the quarterback. Ware is also steady against the run. Dallas has whiffed on a lot of early draft picks in recent times but Ware was an easy grand slam.

4.) Andre Johnson, WR, HOU

Because of three missed games his total numbers look like a step back from his dominant 2008-2009 seasons, but Andre Johnson still led the league in yards per game. He averaged over 93.5 yards receiving per game for the fourth straight season. Randy Moss did it once in his career. TO did it twice. Marvin Harrison three times. Same with Torry Holt. More amazingly, none of them ever did it back to back. Andre Johnson's done it back to back to back to back. (Jerry Rice did it 5 times btw, only once back to back). Andre Johnson is historically good.

3.) Haloti Ngata, NT, BAL

Unblockable. He's where Albert Haynesworth was from 2006-2008, only he does it every game and never gets hurt. Ngata had 5.5 sacks and numerous more hits from a 3-4 DT position. He's quick on his feet. He's great at deflecting passes. He's great against the run. He dominates every game he is in. The Ravens defense is really built around four people: Suggs, Lewis, Reed and him and they all have different roles. Ngata is both the youngest and the sturdiest. He's inherited Richard Seymour's role as the perfect 3-4 DE/DT.

And now for the Top 2, and the you know who they are.....................

2.) Tom Brady, QB, NE

Ahh yes, the big debate. Here's my take. The ranking is not based on 2010 alone. Just 2010, yes Brady was the better player. However, at this high in the list the last 3-5 years are taken into acount and when you couple Manning's superior stats over that period it's easy. Brady also is no longer doing those great "intangible" things that once made the argument so awfully intoxicating. He's no longer winning playoff games or playing great in the clutch, he's just putting up stats far better than any of his Super Bowl seasons. Tom Brady will never have that int fluke year again, but he doesn't need it. He just needs to win a playoff game.

1.) Peyton Manning, QB, IND

He lost his 2nd, 3rd and 5th receiving options for long stretches throughout the season. He lost his starting running back for 10 games. He had nine different o-line combinations in front of him and none of them good. The running game was awful. The defense was bad. The Colts still went 10-6 and were 10 seconds away from the divisional round. Because of injuries, if you switched Peyton Manning with Eli, the Colts go 3-13. Manning went 16-1 in games the Colts tried in one year ago. He won MVPs in two of the last three seasons. He just finished a 7 year stretch that dwarfs any such stretch by any QB ever. (from 2003-2009, he had a 102.2 passer rating). One bad three game stretch (the 7 td, 11 pick stretch from the Pats game to the Chargers game) doesn't somehow make everything else irrelevant. He's still the best, the most feared.

Can't wait for the lockout to finally end and the season to start and to see if I was right about some of these rankings.

About Me

I am a man who will go by the moniker dmstorm22, or StormyD, but not really StormyD. I'll talk about sports, mainly football, sometimes TV, sometimes other random things, sometimes even bring out some lists (a lot, lot, lot of lists). Enjoy.