05 July 2011
Inspired by the NFL Network's Top 100 Players of 2011, which inexplicably left Aaron Rodgers out of the top-10---an egregious error, our Bloguin brethren at Phins Phocus surveyed the network's AFC East bloggers and compiled a Top 10 Players in the AFC East.
PP took the average rating of the seven voters (TLL failed to participate; therefore our Jets suffered, in my opinion) and ranked them accordingly.
My top-10 was obviously a bit biased in favor of Jets players and those enemies who constantly terrorize Gang Green. Conversely, players who have been rendered invisible by our beautiful football club saw their rankings suffer.
My rankings read: Marshall, Welker, Mankins, Sanchez, Santonio, Mangold, Wilfork, Long, Revis, Brady.
Naturally, I received the most heat for including Sanchez in the top-10, but those wee-sized brain people outside of New York simply do not understand how valuable he is to the team, and that he has been the MVP of both the '09 and '10 postseason runs. (Also, any Dolphin fan [and K.C. Joyner from ESPN---that blowhard] should be institutionalized if they suggest Chad Henne is better than Sanchez. Fools.)
My most glaring omission was Jerod Mayo of the Patriots. I know the linebacker from Tennessee accumulated a stunning 174 total tackles last season, but his disappearing acts in both Jets wins last season (5 solo tackles combined), namely the playoff beatdown, left me unable to include him on my list. And when you consider that David Harris, a player I did not include on my list is a better linebacker, there was no way Mayo was making the cut. And the same goes for Cameron Wake. His 14 sacks last season are hard to ignore, but when it's a 28-year old dude who made it to the NFL in 2009 after years in the CFL, it's hard not to wonder if he's a, ya know, one-year wonder (or a Shawne Merriman roided-out clone). Plus, he stunk at Penn State. So there's that.
Here are the final rankings...
10. Santonio Holmes
RS: I agree he is the best wide receiver in the division, but he should have been ahead of the next four mooks. 'Tone Time is one of the most electric feelings in all of professional sports.
9. Kyle Williams
RS: The Bills bloggers forced him into the top-10. If you're not familiar with the fifth-year defensive tackle from LSU, feel no shame. He's an unknown to many.
8. Cameron Wake
7. Logan Mankins
RS: It's hard praising another team's left guard, but this dude's legit. Worthy of the No. 7 spot.
6. Jerod Mayo
RS: (See above)
5. Nick Mangold
RS: I had Soft Hands at No. 5, too.
4. Jake Long
RS: It's great for the Dolphins to have an all-pro left tackle, but Jets fans are still thankful Miami did not take Matt Ryan with the No. 1 pick in the 2008 NFL Draft. Left tackles don't haunt dreams. Franchise quarterbacks do. (See: Marino, Dan.)
3. Vince Wilfork
RS: An absolute beast in the middle. The ideal nose tackle in the 3-4. Plus, he's so damn fat. I like fat guys.
2. Darrelle Revis
RS: It really annoyed me I couldn't put him No. 1, but the best defensive player in the sport (a rarely healthy Polamalu may disagree) simply can't top the greatest quarterback in NFL history.
1. Tom Brady
RS: Ugh. Umm...28-21! 28-21! 28-21! Hah!