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(Some Guy)   Pro Football Focus' list of top 101 players from the last decade. Metrics driven data to the left, emotional rants to the right   (pff.com) divider line
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2020-05-14 5:19:30 PM  
There is a synergy between teammates that is impossible to measure.  I don't think Gronk would have been Gronk without Brady.  This said I wonder if Joe Thomas would have stood out as much as he did if he were with New England.  Baseball sabermetrics I get, there are individual performances within the team setting.  NBA I suppose to an extent but set up men don't get the credit they deserve, but NFL it doesn't work for me.  Behind every good QB or running back, or more correct in front of every good... is a solid offensive line.  The 85 Bears defense set up their average at best offense and stomped a mudhole in the NFL.
 
2020-05-14 5:37:57 PM  

Daniel Boone's Farm: There is a synergy between teammates that is impossible to measure.  I don't think Gronk would have been Gronk without Brady.  This said I wonder if Joe Thomas would have stood out as much as he did if he were with New England.  Baseball sabermetrics I get, there are individual performances within the team setting.  NBA I suppose to an extent but set up men don't get the credit they deserve, but NFL it doesn't work for me.  Behind every good QB or running back, or more correct in front of every good... is a solid offensive line.  The 85 Bears defense set up their average at best offense and stomped a mudhole in the NFL.


85 bears started three different QBs in the season. Payton was an outstanding RB but the Defense won the games. Watching the shuffle still gives a laugh.
 
2020-05-14 8:38:03 PM  
who's #1?

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2020-05-14 9:15:55 PM  
No Tecmo Bo??
 
2020-05-14 9:16:52 PM  

Kellner21: No Tecmo Bo??


Nevermind. Last decade.

But really, can Tecmo Bo ever really be retired??
 
2020-05-14 10:22:43 PM  
Of the 101, exactly 2 played for the Washington Racistnames - Career downside RB Adrian Peterson, and Trent Williams, who Danny & Co managed to piss off so thoroughly he's gone to Santa Clara.
 
2020-05-14 10:54:07 PM  
I'm glad they recognized 2014 JJ Watt. He damned near got the Texans into the playoffs from the defensive side of the ball. He was absolutely otherworldly. I'm old enough that I saw LT as a kid, but 2014 JJ Watt has only LT as a peer. He was that special.
 
2020-05-14 11:00:43 PM  

LucklessWonder: Of the 101, exactly 2 played for the Washington Racistnames - Career downside RB Adrian Peterson, and Trent Williams, who Danny & Co managed to piss off so thoroughly he's gone to Santa Clara.


Sean Taylor woulda been in there - if he was faster than a speeding bullet
 
2020-05-14 11:37:26 PM  
since when did defensive end get renamed to "edge"?

sounds like some dumbass name for a guitarist or pro wrestler
 
2020-05-14 11:56:07 PM  
Very few Bears drafted and developed by the team on the list. And of those few, only one played a majority of his career with the Bears (Charles Tillman).
 
2020-05-15 12:25:08 AM  

Straight Outta Wells Branch: I'm glad they recognized 2014 JJ Watt. He damned near got the Texans into the playoffs from the defensive side of the ball. He was absolutely otherworldly. I'm old enough that I saw LT as a kid, but 2014 JJ Watt has only LT as a peer. He was that special.


As a fan, that was amazing to watch and fun as hell.
 
2020-05-15 12:25:23 AM  

Straight Outta Wells Branch: I'm glad they recognized 2014 JJ Watt. He damned near got the Texans into the playoffs from the defensive side of the ball. He was absolutely otherworldly. I'm old enough that I saw LT as a kid, but 2014 JJ Watt has only LT as a peer. He was that special.


JJ Watt's 2014 season was, without a doubt, the single best season performance I've ever seen from any player in my lifetime. And it's not even close.
 
2020-05-15 12:26:57 AM  
Troy Polamalu seems a little low.
Couple of those guys only played half the decade, that's kind of hard to overlook
 
2020-05-15 2:06:44 AM  
69. WR JORDY NELSON

Dude ran the deep cross better than anyone.  I'm sure he ran other routes, but that's all I remember.  Line up wide right, fake the go route, curl inward and sprint for the corner of the endzone.  6 points, every god damned time.
 
2020-05-15 2:45:37 AM  
FooBa!
 
2020-05-15 8:57:51 AM  

Bob Dolemite: since when did defensive end get renamed to "edge"?

sounds like some dumbass name for a guitarist or pro wrestler


In a 4-3 defense, the defensive ends rush the passer more. In a 3-4, it's often an OLB who rushes the passer.

OLB/DE roles don't ALWAYS overlap (a 4-3 OLB is going to be covering TEs a lot more often, something a DE doesn't generally do), but depending on your alignment, they can. So they rate pass rushers as "edge" for better comparisons.
 
2020-05-15 8:59:46 AM  

johnny_vegas: Troy Polamalu seems a little low.
Couple of those guys only played half the decade, that's kind of hard to overlook


He played less than half the decade and it was the tail end of his career; not sure why he should be higher.

It's not about career stats, it's just what they did in the 2010s. Otherwise he'd probably be higher.
 
2020-05-15 9:19:06 AM  

Kellner21: Kellner21: No Tecmo Bo??

Nevermind. Last decade.


Unlike his namesake, he gets better with age.
 
2020-05-15 9:30:10 AM  

IAmRight: Bob Dolemite: since when did defensive end get renamed to "edge"?

sounds like some dumbass name for a guitarist or pro wrestler

In a 4-3 defense, the defensive ends rush the passer more. In a 3-4, it's often an OLB who rushes the passer.

OLB/DE roles don't ALWAYS overlap (a 4-3 OLB is going to be covering TEs a lot more often, something a DE doesn't generally do), but depending on your alignment, they can. So they rate pass rushers as "edge" for better comparisons.


But change is hard!
 
2020-05-15 9:40:59 AM  
By the time I got to #89, I was thinking Le'Veon Bell is sitting somewhere thinking he could have been on this list, then there he was at #92.
 
2020-05-15 9:42:56 AM  
Oh, and Antonio Brown is sitting at unlucky #13.
 
2020-05-15 11:13:29 AM  

johnny_vegas: Troy Polamalu seems a little low.
Couple of those guys only played half the decade, that's kind of hard to overlook


List absolutely fails for not also including Ed Reed (retired 2015, same year as Polamalu).

// here's a career comparison, but they had different strengths (Polamalu has more sacks, Reed 2x the INTs)
 
2020-05-15 1:32:30 PM  

Dr Dreidel: johnny_vegas: Troy Polamalu seems a little low.
Couple of those guys only played half the decade, that's kind of hard to overlook

List absolutely fails for not also including Ed Reed (retired 2015, same year as Polamalu).

// here's a career comparison, but they had different strengths (Polamalu has more sacks, Reed 2x the INTs)


Reed's last season was 2013. His last great season was 2010. He was the best safety of the 00s, but I can't see how he was one of the best 101 players of the 10s.
 
2020-05-15 7:25:47 PM  
Mitchell Schwartz should be higher.  He is consistently tasked with shutting down the absolute best pass rushers in the league (Von Miller, Joey Bosa, Khalil Mack) and they can't sniff the QBs when they're on his side of the field.
 
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