With the NFL in the throes of a semi-lull in the off-season, save for a few OTAs and rookie deals to be completed, the NFL Network has been filling some of its time with its Top 100 players of 2011. Something to help pass the time until training camps open.
Many wondered if Peyton Manning would be on the list, given that he missed all of 2011 with a neck injury. Manning eventually came in at No. 50, and that has drawn criticism from a guy who was very nearly his teammate, Titans running back Chris Johnson. Manning had Tennessee as a finalist before signing with Denver after his release by the Colts.Johnson tweeted out the following "I thought NFL top 100 was a every year ranking so if u don't play a down that whole season how do u make the ranking #PEYTON #TOP100ISAJOKE"
CJ2K brings up an interesting point, considering he tumbled from No. 13 in 2010 to No. 100 in 2011, obviously penalized for his lack of production last year. At least he was on the field to produce, even if it was extremely low by his previous standards.
Of course, Johnson is right on one part of it. The Top 100 is a bit of a joke, given that it's difficult to compare the value of Tom Brady vs. the value of Ray Lewis, even statistically. There is not really an apples-to-apples comparison that can be drawn easily in football, given that some positions, like offensive line, don't even have official stats.
In baseball, Derek Jeter's offensive production can still be compared in certain ways to Josh Hamilton's, even though they are different types of players and play different positions. In basketball, Kobe Bryant's scoring and rebounding numbers can easily be matched up and compared with those of Lebron James.
Or maybe CJ is just hacked off that Manning outranked him by 50 on the list, even not playing in 2011.
Terry McCormick covers the Titans for TitanInsider.comFollow @footballpost on Twitter for the latest news
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