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NFL’s Top 100 Players of 2011 is Flawed

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As the title states, the NFL Network’s Top 100 Players of 2011 list, as ranked by the players themselves, is flawed.

However, I’ll take it a step further: the NFL players are wrong, point-blank, period.

– The players don’t always know better — While the implication of my statement is that fans know better, this is far from the truth. Rather, in crafting a list of a subjective nature, objectivity is impossible. Like fans, players will go to bat for their own friends and teammates. This bias is inherent and unavoidable — unless proper criteria is established, bringing me to my next point…

– The criteria is vague — Though the list is determined by individuals who have competed against one another, there is no criteria that indicates how players were to have ranked their peers. The weight assigned to statistics and championships depends on an individual’s viewpoint, which inherently skews the rankings if players differ in how they value one over the other. Furthermore, some players spoke as if they ranked based on career performances rather than their output in 2010. Speaking of years…

– The list implies a ranking based on projected performance — It’s impossible to determine how a player will perform year-to-year, as nothing is guaranteed in life and the NFL. To determine how effectively a player will perform based on previous years is absurd when you consider the number of one-year wonders and the history of veteran players who’ve suddenly declined without explanation. While a sudden drop-off from one year to the next in a young player is unlikely, it’s not extraordinary rare. In keeping with rarities…

– Rarely does a declining veteran improve dramatically upon a huge slump from the previous year — This point is directed specifically at the ranking of veterans such as Donovan McNabb and Terrell Owens over younger stars like the Bills’ Steve Johnson and the Jaguars’ Mike Sims-Walker. In the case of McNabb, there is no reason to rank him if he performed poorly in 2010 — indicating that the players who voted him onto the list, gave preference to his reputation over his actual output. While Owens performed beyond expectations, his injuries and age should not have given any indication that he will match his 2010 success in 2011. The list, after all, is designed to rank players based on their projected 2011 performance, and there’s no logic that dictates that McNabb or T.O. will have stellar seasons over younger players.

As Ray Lewis would say, the bottom line is, the players have to play. The issues of bias and criteria are large enough to negate the validity of any argument that is supported by this player-voted list. If we don’t know the basis in which the players were told to vote, how do we know what they mean by their ranking? If we don’t know the future, then how can the players reasonably predict it over anyone else?


Agree? Disagree? Continue the conversation below in the comments section, or follow me on Twitter (@FranchiseSAYS).

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About Max Mikado

Pro Wrestling Performer & Broadcaster. #HouseOfMikado. Writer. Humorist.

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One thought on “NFL’s Top 100 Players of 2011 is Flawed

  1. Wow I never really even thought about it like that, but it is flawed. I am actually opened up to the list as a whole now.

    Posted by Wacko4zacko | July 23, 2011, 1:28 am

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