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Vick finishes 20th, Rodgers 11th on NFLN Top 100 list

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On Sunday night, the folks at NFL Network unveiled the next-to-last installment in the Top 100 series, featuring the 20th to 11th best players in the league, as voted by the players.

The first and last spots of the night were reserved for quarterbacks.

At No. 20, and fifth at his position, was Mike Vick.  At No. 11, and fourth at his position, was Aaron Rodgers.

We agree with the placement of Vick, even though we expected him to finish higher, primarily because we expected the players to overrate him.  We disagree with the placement of Rodgers. The list has a distinct “what have you done for me lately?” vibe, given the presence of man like defensive end Jason Babin and Bucs receiver Mike Williams.  Thus, Rodgers’ performance in the postseason and Super Bowl MVP award should have landed him higher than three other quarterbacks who have been named Super Bowl MVPs in the past, but not in the immediate past.

With 10 players to go, here’s who we think will be revealed next week, in alphabetical order:  Pats quarterback Tom Brady, Saints quarterback Drew Brees, Texans receiver Andre Johnson, Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis, Colts quarterback Peyton Manning, Bears defensive end Julius Peppers, Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, Steelers safety Troy Polamalu, Ravens safety Ed Reed, and Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis.

Here’s how we (I) would rank them, from No. 10 to No. 1, given that our (my) first choice for No. 1 (Rodgers) already is out:  Lewis, Peppers, Peterson, Revis, Reed, Johnson, Manning, Brees, Polamalu, Brady.

We’ll find out just how wrong we (I) am next Sunday.  Meanwhile, let us know whether you think Rodgers was placed too low on the final poll.

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103 Responses to “Vick finishes 20th, Rodgers 11th on NFLN Top 100 list”
  1. SpartaChris says: Jun 26, 2011 10:00 PM

    Sorry, Revis was not a top 10 player last season. Not when Woodson was #16. This whole list is a complete joke.

  2. Rhode Island Patriots Fan says: Jun 26, 2011 10:00 PM

    Let’s face it. The players got it right. Michael Vick (ranked 20) is NOT the second best quarterback in the NFL. Nor is he the third or fourth best.

    It’s beyond controversy that Vick’s game at quarterback improved markedly last year. For what it’s worth, I also think he throws the best spiral. However, his Achilles’ heel continues to be his run first mindset. He needs to change gears mentally and adopt a run last policy, and morph more into in a pocket passer. Vick turned 31 years old today. His legs aren’t getting younger.

    Aaron Rodgers (ranked 11), the Super Bowl XLV MVP, has the potential to join the ranks of Peyton Manning and Tom Brady—who I rank 1 and 2, respectively—at some future point, but he’s certainly not there yet, Packers fans.

    P.S. “Big Ben” got snubbed big time.

  3. jh500 says: Jun 26, 2011 10:14 PM

    What a joke. Vick should be in the top 10 for single handedly carrying the Eagles on his back.

  4. possiblecabbage says: Jun 26, 2011 10:16 PM

    It’s really telling that the players, as a gestalt entity, don’t really understand “positional value” (probably because many of them don’t play positions with high positional value).

    If you were really ranking a list of “best players” without feeling obligated to include some positions and not overdo on other positions, the top 10 list would have about 5-6 QBs on it and 3-4 pass rushers.

    IMO, NFL top 10: Brady, Peyton, Rodgers, Brees, Rivers, Roethlisberger, Ngata, Ware, Peppers, Harrison.

    WRs, RBs, CBs, and Safeties don’t belong in the top 10. The difference between “a great one” and “an acceptable one” in terms of team success just isn’t enough to justify inclusion in the top 10.

  5. 504dubb says: Jun 26, 2011 10:27 PM

    Johnson, Revis and Peppers need to be out and Rogers, Vick, And Ngata should be in.

  6. markdamack says: Jun 26, 2011 10:32 PM

    Revis wasn’t great, Reed missed a ton of the season (again). It shod come down to Troy, Ware, and i suppose Peppers. If we’re basically going off of last year as the main source and then past career as a secondary however, I think Ware is the best player on the list who’s not a DB. Then, and only because career is included you could throw Maybe Revis, Troy, Ed, and Ray Lewis ahead of Ware that’s still tough to convince of though.

  7. jbaby323 says: Jun 26, 2011 10:41 PM

    you have got to be kidding me. Having Polamalu at number 2? The dude is over rated just because he makes ridiculous plays here and there, i bet if you take the film every year you would have more plays where polamalu gets burned than the “wow” plays that make him so fun to watch. I think he is a very important player to that team, but having him 2nd overall … you are a joke

  8. myopinionisrighterthanyours says: Jun 26, 2011 10:49 PM

    The list has a distinct “what have you done for me lately?” vibe

    Mike, isn’t this supposed to be the top 100 players for the 2011 season? Doesn’t that necessitate a “what have you done for me lately” thing? That said, a lot of your other points are valid. While ranked about where he should be overall (although I think a smidge underranked), I agree he should be better than 4th QB.

  9. fonetiklee says: Jun 26, 2011 10:51 PM

    Peyton Manning had a better season than Brees last year.

    Manning: 33TD, 17INT, 4700 yards, and a 91.9 QB rating
    Brees: 33TD, 22INT, 4620 yards and a 90.9 QB rating.

    The stats are close, I know, but clearly Peyton comes out ahead. Or he would, y’know, if this wasn’t the equivalent of voting for class president. It’s a popularity contest with little basis in facts. Why is this news?

  10. CKL says: Jun 26, 2011 10:56 PM

    possiblecabbage says:
    Jun 26, 2011 10:16 PM
    It’s really telling that the players, as a gestalt entity, don’t really understand “positional value” (probably because many of them don’t play positions with high positional value).

    If you were really ranking a list of “best players” without feeling obligated to include some positions and not overdo on other positions, the top 10 list would have about 5-6 QBs on it and 3-4 pass rushers.
    ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
    SO true. When I heard there were 12 QBs on this top 100 I thought it was probably a bit out there.

  11. ianwhetstone says: Jun 26, 2011 11:14 PM

    Well, the list has a “what have you done for me lately?” vibe, except that players like Donovan McNabb and Tony Gonzalez are pretty clearly getting career achievement consideration, and while Ray Lewis and Ed Reed can still play, neither has any business anywhere near the top ten and clearly got reputation votes. The truth is that there were a variety of competing biases at work, not just recency effect.

    Accepting that quarterbacks not-named-Roethlisberger-but-especially-named-Vick are generally overblown in this kind of list, 11 is perfectly fine for Aaron Rodgers.

  12. massappeal12345 says: Jun 26, 2011 11:19 PM

    Give Vick, Brady’s wideouts and he wouldn’t bo in the top 50.

  13. mediasloppy says: Jun 26, 2011 11:24 PM

    I give Rodgers all the credit in the World. However, his receivers make him great. So many weapons on that team.

  14. ianwhetstone says: Jun 26, 2011 11:47 PM

    jbaby323 says:
    Jun 26, 2011 10:41 PM

    Having Polamalu at number 2? The dude is over rated just because he makes ridiculous plays here and there, i bet if you take the film every year you would have more plays where polamalu gets burned than the “wow” plays that make him so fun to watch.
    ____________________________________

    I bet that you’re dead wrong.

  15. sleazysnake says: Jun 26, 2011 11:57 PM

    I bet that you’re dead wrong.

    _______________________________

    Did you see the Super Bowl?

  16. stairwayto7 says: Jun 26, 2011 11:59 PM

    Ray Lewis in top 10 of 2011? He should not be in top40!!

  17. canamac86 says: Jun 27, 2011 12:26 AM

    What’s with the “No Opinion” option on these polls? If you don’t have an opinion shouldn’t you just not vote???

  18. packerbacker12 says: Jun 27, 2011 12:41 AM

    “I give Rodgers all the credit in the World. However, his receivers make him great. So many weapons on that team.”

    Not necessarily. I mean, I’m not saying he doesn’t have great receivers. He does and they help him out alot but Rodgers still performed very well without Jermichael Finley. Same is said about Donald Driver. He was injured often last season as well.

  19. goawayeverybody says: Jun 27, 2011 12:44 AM

    Darrelle Revis truly screwed up that AFC Championship game! He had at least two clear opportunities to pick off Pig Pen and he mishandled both of them.

  20. minnysoda says: Jun 27, 2011 12:45 AM

    You mean that Minnesota’s starting 22 are out now?
    Cripes Pervy How are they gonna just pick 10? In what order?

  21. fancyleague says: Jun 27, 2011 1:14 AM

    Polamalu belongs up there because the top-ranked Steeler D turns to goo when he’s not in there. I’ve watched football for a long time, and I’ve never seen a guy change the nature of the game like he does when he’s at full speed.

    Roethlisberger belongs up there because of everything he’s done while working behind that Rent-A-Line. For chrissakes the Steelers had a rookie center last year who could block, and he’s now enshrined as the greatest offensive lineman in all of time and history and eternity ever.

    Ray Lewis belongs up there because put down the knife Ray. You got my vote Ray.

  22. transam7816 says: Jun 27, 2011 1:32 AM

    I give Rodgers all the credit in the World. However, his receivers make him great. So many weapons on that team.

    He doesn’t need great receivers. He has pin point accuracy. His receivers actually brought down his impeccable performance at the super bowl and in the playoffs as well. This isn’t a knock on the receivers though. The receivers are good. It’s just that there were quite a few perfectly thrown passes that could have gone the distance but didn’t because his receivers messed up. Rodgers should be the 2nd best qb behind Brady only because Brady had a great year as well. This list pisses me off because they’re going way in the past for performance..when it should really be this past season.

  23. oumoonunit says: Jun 27, 2011 1:46 AM

    I am not trying to hate on Peppers too much, but there is no way he is better than Demarcus Ware. Ware has had more sacks and only 15 less tackles in a shorter career. He should have more tackles being a LB, but he is by far the best pass rusher of this generation. He is also a better team player. Peppers left b/c he didn’t want to play in the 3-4. Ware could care less what he is playing in; he just goes out and gets it done. He is one of only 7 players to get 20 sacks in a season.

  24. maumontav5 says: Jun 27, 2011 2:02 AM

    Although it does seem as if Rodgers got snubbed out of the top 10, you have to realize these players are paying some of the old guard their dues . At the end of the day Rodgers has been playing just 3 years (at an elite level indeed).
    However, I think it would be a mistake to make this bigger than it is (thats what she said) and pretend Rodgers is underrated. Back in 09 you could already hear any talking head, blogger or fan unanimously place Rodgers as a top 4 Qb before winning a playoff game.

  25. willycents says: Jun 27, 2011 2:17 AM

    WHAT????? Where is Tebow on the list????? I mean….he has a book and all, and he is so widely touted and all. Without Tebow at #1, this list is obviously wrong…..

  26. robcypher says: Jun 27, 2011 2:55 AM

    The poll is worded funny – “too low” makes me think he was ranked in the 80s or 90s, not at #11. Unless you guys think he should be in the top ten or something, which would just be ridiculous.

  27. childressrulz says: Jun 27, 2011 3:01 AM

    All of this talk about what have you done for me lately is BS. If it is what made the list than the Super Bowl MVP would have to be higher. There is no chance Rodgers didn’t outplay Manning THIS YEAR. I am not a Rodgers fan but I have never seen accuracy that matches his.

  28. childressrulz says: Jun 27, 2011 3:09 AM

    mediasloppy says: Jun 26, 2011 11:24 PM

    I give Rodgers all the credit in the World. However, his receivers make him great. So many weapons on that team.
    ___________________________________
    Anyone who knows football knows Rodgers makes those receivers not the other way around. They have zero running game and they still make the best defenses look stupid, There is not a single HOF weapon at Rodger’s disposal. Ask Finley how anxious he is to go to a different team once his contract expires. He knows he is nothing without Rodgers (he may try to get paid but if he wants numbers and a big career he will stay in GB).

  29. raylewisisamurderer says: Jun 27, 2011 4:14 AM

    Popularity. Contest.

  30. dave1961 says: Jun 27, 2011 6:41 AM

    The list itself is full of it. Peyton Manning sucked last year. Tom Brady ain’t won a playoff game since spygate revealed he was getting the defense play calls miked into him by a cheating head coach.

    The guy on the Cover of Madden, Peyton Hillis didn’t get on the top one hundred… Sorry but peyton Hillis did more than Stephen Jackson did this year.

    The voting was about who’s whos friend. The NFL network is plain sloppy.

  31. kevsright says: Jun 27, 2011 7:07 AM

    At No. 20, and fifth at his position, was Mike Vick.
    *********************
    20th most successful con job sold to a gullible public! :P

    1-19 were all politicians.

  32. famucancer says: Jun 27, 2011 7:14 AM

    Oh so now its “The players just dont know how to rank’em like we do!” brigade. LOL, bad enough the bs from pft claiming to know more than the actual guys that play the game, but here come the sofa refs to really analyze it! LOl

  33. gimmeabruschi says: Jun 27, 2011 7:23 AM

    I agree Rogers should have been higher.

    I would go Brady, Rogers, P Manning, Brees and would not have Revis top 10 nor Polamalu.

  34. hellrelle24 says: Jun 27, 2011 7:29 AM

    Revis isn’t top ten? R u guys kiddin me? He didn’t have great year, why because his stats? He is one of the most dominant players in the game and the best one on one period. Get a clue.

  35. marcus158 says: Jun 27, 2011 7:30 AM

    myopinionisrighterthanyours says:
    Jun 26, 2011 10:49 PM
    The list has a distinct “what have you done for me lately?” vibe

    Mike, isn’t this supposed to be the top 100 players for the 2011 season? Doesn’t that necessitate a “what have you done for me lately” thing?

    __________________

    Yeah, Rodgers won the Super Bowl and was the SB MVP. And he’s in 11th.

    On the other hand the Saints got kicked out of the play-offs in the first round by the Seahawks and Drew Brees is still in the running for a Top 10 spot.

    Go figure.

  36. ianwhetstone says: Jun 27, 2011 7:38 AM

    sleazysnake says:
    Jun 26, 2011 11:57 PM

    Did you see the Super Bowl?
    ____________________________________

    Yep. Is that all you’ve got? One play in one game? Have you seen anything _other_ than the Super Bowl?

    You can scare up examples of plays made against any defensive back, but trying to frame Polamalu as a player who gets burned a lot is simply ignorant. There are exceedingly few safeties who can line up and cover a TE or slot receiver as well as he does, and for all the hullabaloo about “freelancing,” he’s a pretty sound scheme player, too.

  37. kom2k10 says: Jun 27, 2011 7:51 AM

    What’s the logic of Palamalu ahead of Manning??

  38. melonnhead says: Jun 27, 2011 8:07 AM

    What a joke. Vick should be in the top 10 for single handedly carrying the Eagles on his back.

    ——————————————————

    Because Jackson, Maclin, Celek and McCoy suck so bad?

  39. dmretrogames says: Jun 27, 2011 8:10 AM

    Ray Lewis isn’t a top 100 player in the league anymore. What a crap list.

    In fact, Suggs and Ngata are easily the two best defenders on that team, not Reed and Lewis.

    This is what happens when you let people with the IQ of bellybutton lint make lists like this.

  40. dmretrogames says: Jun 27, 2011 8:11 AM

    Polamalu was playing hurt in the playoffs. When healthy, he’s maybe the best defender in the league.

  41. arm57romg says: Jun 27, 2011 8:13 AM

    Peppers couldn’t hold Ware’s jock. Ware has played 3 less years, in a OLB role where he plays coverage at times, and has 80 sacks already.

    He is in the top 5 in sacks every year. Oh did I mention Ware’s run defense in much better too?

    This should’ve been called the TOP 100 Player reputations.

  42. flakazoid says: Jun 27, 2011 8:25 AM

    sleazysnake

    Polamalu was hurt [achilles tendon] the last part of the season–he couldn’t even practice. Check out his stats before the Bengals game [where he got hurt] and compare them to after that game. The difference is huge.

  43. ianwhetstone says: Jun 27, 2011 8:32 AM

    kom2k10 says:
    Jun 27, 2011 7:51 AM

    What’s the logic of Palamalu ahead of Manning??
    ____________________________________

    His being a better player, I imagine. Are we under the illusion that Peyton Manning had a great season last year?

  44. Rhode Island Patriots Fan says: Jun 27, 2011 9:07 AM

    Judging by the comments here, there’s widespread confusion by fans re: the criteria which the players used to rank the top 100 for 2011. Where is it written that the players were constrained to use ONLY last year’s stats/performance in their rankings? While the players should have given additional weight to last year’s results to rank for 2011, it’s equally obvious they should have considered “body of work” as well. Based on that, there’s no way Aaron Rodgers should be ranked No. 2, as he has been by NFL fans.

  45. kellyb9 says: Jun 27, 2011 9:10 AM

    “massappeal12345 says:
    Jun 26, 2011 11:19 PM
    Give Vick, Brady’s wideouts and he wouldn’t bo in the top 50.” ———- Yeah that Desean Jackson guy really stinks. I took this list as a best right now list. And right now the Pats no. 1 WR is Deion Branch. I’d take a trade right now Deion Branch for Desean Jackson (I think anyone would).

  46. minnesconsin says: Jun 27, 2011 9:19 AM

    dmretrogames says:
    Jun 27, 2011 8:11 AM
    Polamalu was playing hurt in the playoffs. When healthy, he’s maybe the best defender in the league.

    ———
    ianwhetstone says:
    Jun 27, 2011 7:38 AM
    sleazysnake says:
    Jun 26, 2011 11:57 PM

    Yep. Is that all you’ve got? One play in one game? Have you seen anything _other_ than the Super Bowl?
    —————

    If you listen to what Troy said himself, he was 100% healthy for the Super Bowl. And it wasn’t one play. He was directly responsible for 2 TD’s, and late getting to the goal line to try and break up a 3rd.

    Sure, it’s only one game. But great players step up in the most important games, and Troy was just awful.

  47. flakazoid says: Jun 27, 2011 9:25 AM

    That’s cause Troy is a man, and doesn’t make excuses. As a matter of fact he has a history of taking the fall for his teammates mistakes. Dick LeBeau has been quoted as saying that he was hurt and it limited what he could do.
    So there!

  48. edreedisgod says: Jun 27, 2011 9:48 AM

    Ray isnt top ten? Steeler fans are delusional. You guys who think he IS NOT THE BEST At HIS POSITION ARE STUPID. Name one mlb that is better or had a better year than him last year. Its a reason all the ppl who know and play football think highly of him and you ppl that sit at home and GM the Nfl dont. Reed > Troy. Troy gets burned alot while Reed misses a third of the season and comes back and lead the league in interceptions.

  49. joeypickles says: Jun 27, 2011 9:51 AM

    Anyone who thinks Rodgers should be a Top 10 just because he was a SB MVP is wrong…

    May I remind you that if there was a Top 100 players of 2008 pole, that would put Eli Manning in the Top 10!

  50. gregjennings85 says: Jun 27, 2011 9:56 AM

    Brady, amazingly enough, hasn’t won at all in the postseason since New England was busted for taping opponents’ walk-thrus.

    Hmmmmmmmmm.

    In his last 3 playoff games, last year against the Jets, 2 years ago agains the Ravens and the Super Bowl loss to the New York Giants, Brady has put up 5 TDs against 4 INTs.

    People used to say that, “Brady is his best in crunch time”, or something to that effect.

    Turns out, it should be, “Brady is at his best in crunch time…when he knows exactly what the defense is going to do…based on spying.”

    Translation: this list is garbage.

  51. gregjennings85 says: Jun 27, 2011 10:00 AM

    I cite this comment, from a January 16th, 2011 post on pft, following the Pats’ 3rd straight playoff loss, most recently to the Jets:

    ________________________________

    “sundaysundaysunday says:
    Jan 16, 2011 8:03 PM

    When he doesn’t have that videotape he is not so Terrific”
    ________________________________

    A-MAZING.

  52. ianwhetstone says: Jun 27, 2011 10:00 AM

    sleazysnake says:
    Jun 26, 2011 11:57 PM

    Troy was just awful.
    ____________________________________

    Hardly. But, think whatever you want, I guess.

  53. ianwhetstone says: Jun 27, 2011 10:05 AM

    edreedisgod says: Jun 27, 2011 9:48 AM

    Ray isnt top ten? Steeler fans are delusional. You guys who think he IS NOT THE BEST At HIS POSITION ARE STUPID. Name one mlb that is better or had a better year than him last year.
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    Seriously? Patrick Willis. Lawrence Timmons. Jerod Mayo. It’s not a short list; there were probably ten other guys who are at least debatable.

    “Troy gets burned alot while Reed misses a third of the season and comes back and lead the league in interceptions.”
    ____________________________________

    Well, no, Polamalu absolutely does not “get burned a lot.” But if that’s what you’re going to call it, I’d can scarcely imagine the descriptor that would be required for how often Reed gets burned while gambling on a route. He is far more likely to get burned in coverage, and since he plays deep centerfield more often, it’s more likely to be costly. Plus, he doesn’t have Polamalu’s recovery speed, so if somebody gets by him it’s a bigger problem.

  54. red2redman says: Jun 27, 2011 10:09 AM

    For those saying MV7 doesn’t deserve to b on the list or doesn’t deserve top 10 status, keep in mine the eagles ranked 5th in rushing when they usually rank in the late teens or twenties!!!

  55. thedisbackindtown says: Jun 27, 2011 10:10 AM

    First i feel i must state i am a Lions fan…

    Any of you other Lions fan’s find it funny how for every elite offensive player on the top 100… they always show footage of them burning someone from the Detroit Lions. It is almost laughable…there should be a drinking game for the top 100. Every time you see a Lions player getting burned, that’s a shot!

    Wondering if anyone else noticed that….

  56. comeonnowguys says: Jun 27, 2011 10:10 AM

    @504

    Numbers never tell you the whole story. Peppers was an absolute stud last year. Any success the Bears had on defense last year started and ended with Peppers. Crazy to say about one person on an 11-man team, but it’s true.

    And he pretty much blew up that whole “he takes plays off” rep that Carolina tried to lay on him.

  57. gregjennings85 says: Jun 27, 2011 10:15 AM

    My top 20 list:

    1.) Peyton Manning
    2.) Drew Brees
    3.) DeMarcus Ware
    4.) Darelle Revis
    5.) Andre Johnson
    6.) Aaron Rodgers
    7.) Julius Peppers
    8.) Troy Palamalu
    9.) Adrian Peterson
    10.) Calvin Johnson
    11.) Tom Brady
    12.) Chris Johnson
    13.) Ndamukong Suh
    14.) Patrick Willis
    15.) Ed Reed
    16.) Charles Woodson
    17.) Larry Fitzgerald
    18.) James Harrison
    19.) Roddy White
    20.) Arian Foster

    This factors recent accomplishments highly, but does not lose sight of individual talent.

    Thoughts?

  58. gregjennings85 says: Jun 27, 2011 10:16 AM

    Dang, I forgot Mike Vick and DeSean Jackson.

  59. vickadelphiaphreedom says: Jun 27, 2011 10:19 AM

    Polamalu and Lewis don’t belong anywhere NEAR the top 10. It’s not a debatable point. It’s science.

  60. comeonnowguys says: Jun 27, 2011 10:19 AM

    And even with my previous comments, Rodgers needs to be ahead of Peppers. With that line, what he did? Come on. Best QB last year.

  61. hail74 says: Jun 27, 2011 10:22 AM

    urlacher was on sirius nfl the other day totally discrediting the top 100 list, said he didn’t know who actually voted for it. Then jason lacanfora came on and said the list was more created for conversation purposes than anything else. Urlacher also went on to slam pro bowl voting too saying players just vote for names they recognize

  62. alberthaynesworth says: Jun 27, 2011 10:28 AM

    I can’t believe I didnt make the top 100. Screw you guys. I’m taking my toys and going home. Wah.

  63. jimbrex says: Jun 27, 2011 10:32 AM

    If Revis wasn’t great…then this list should not include Andre Johnson. Last time I checked, Revis shut him down (as well Megatron, Reggie Wayne, Branch….)

  64. goawayeverybody says: Jun 27, 2011 10:48 AM

    Peyton Manning is an overrated sack of crap. Why does everyone think he’s so great? He looked terrible for large portions of last season and he also didn’t do all that well in Super Bowl 44. And he always blames everyone else for his own mistakes.

  65. philtration says: Jun 27, 2011 10:55 AM

    joeypickles says: Jun 27, 2011 9:51 AM

    Anyone who thinks Rodgers should be a Top 10 just because he was a SB MVP is wrong…

    May I remind you that if there was a Top 100 players of 2008 pole, that would put Eli Manning in the Top 10!
    ====================================

    Packer fans don’t think Rodgers should be in the top 10 because he was Super Bowl MVP.
    They think Rodgers should be in the top 10 because he is a Packer.

    Funny how any QB that points and poses and mocks the other team by pretending to put on some stupid invisible wrestling belt during a game would be a complete jag off if he played for any other team but not Rodgers.

  66. shaggytoodle says: Jun 27, 2011 11:26 AM

    People don’t look back @ Dan Marino and ask “Did he finish to low on this list of players?”

  67. clintonrb says: Jun 27, 2011 11:28 AM

    ray lewis is no longer a top ten guy, the list is a joke-its flawed from beginning to end

    aaron rodgers was better than any other qb last year

    the list is players of 2010

    im sure when this was filled out there wasnt much thought put into it at all

  68. clintonrb says: Jun 27, 2011 11:33 AM

    rodgers was better than

    Lewis, Peppers, Peterson, Revis, Reed, Johnson, Manning, Brees, Polamalu, Brady.

    last year

    lewis isnt better than pat willis or clay matthews

  69. purplereign28 says: Jun 27, 2011 11:48 AM

    SpartaChris says:Jun 26, 2011 10:00 PM

    Sorry, Revis was not a top 10 player last season. Not when Woodson was #16. This whole list is a complete joke.

    __________________________________
    This list is about next year, not 2010. Plus it’s the players’ opinions that constructed the list, not some media source.

  70. originalsteelcurtain says: Jun 27, 2011 11:49 AM

    Ray Lewis has regressed and is no way Top10 anymore. He’s not Top20 either…Top 40 maybe. Ray-Ray is living off of his rep.

    As a Steeler fan, I see the Rats play 6 or 7 times a year. I’m not sure Ray-Ray is Top5 on his own Team. I’d rank Ngata, Reed, Suggs, and Rice all ahead of Ray-Ray.

    Rodgers, Ware, and Chris Johnson all deserve to be Top10.

  71. fancyleague says: Jun 27, 2011 11:59 AM

    Ray Lewis is definitely top ten in tackling people after they’ve already been tackled.

  72. edreedisgod says: Jun 27, 2011 12:09 PM

    ianwhetstone…….statistically Ray had a better year than Willis and Timmons. And he covers better than Mayo hence why he has more picks but is ten years older. So whats your argument now? And your Ed Reed argument is silly. Keep hating you steeler fan. Pittsburgh fans are the only ppl who think Timmons is good.

  73. certtified49er says: Jun 27, 2011 12:32 PM

    This list is a joke. Are you kidding me. Its know way Ray Lewis should be top 10 over Patrick Willis who had more sacks then previous years. The players obviously have Man crushes on him. Even Takeo Spikes was better then him last year. Having Career #’s in tackles and only one missed tackle the whole year. Players who missed games last year. Revis, Polomalu,Rodgers,Reed, and A. Johnson. Then D. Ware didn’t have a sack until almost week 6. Also how can Brees be Top 10 when he had one of his worst seasons statistically. This List is all over the place. They say its only based on 2011 but it clearly is based on previous seasons. Although I agree some of top 10 are best at their positions they not have the best year at that position. This reminds me of the Pro Bowl a known popularity contest.

  74. shaggytoodle says: Jun 27, 2011 12:40 PM

    Funny how any QB that points and poses and mocks the other team by pretending to put on some stupid invisible wrestling belt during a game would be a complete jag off if he played for any other team but not Rodgers.
    ______________

    As a fan of football I am ok with players celebrating, and having fun, the belt is no etter or worse than tying up imaginary cattle after a sack.

  75. theytukrjobs says: Jun 27, 2011 12:44 PM

    Rodgers is a great QB but let’s be honest last year’s superbowl, a team accomplishment, has heavily colored opinions of him.

    The superbowl is the top prize, but most of the leagues top QB’s have lead their team’s to at least one division championship.

  76. dukemarc says: Jun 27, 2011 1:28 PM

    I give Rodgers all the credit in the World. However, his receivers make him great. So many weapons on that team.
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    Really, because based on this list Greg Jennings, his primary receiver last season, was only the 15th best WR in the league. Rodgers only had his TE, Jermichael Finley, for 3 games. Rodgers is every bit as good as the other QBs on the list. Keep doubting him….he’ll keep putting on Super Bowl rings.

  77. brewdogg says: Jun 27, 2011 1:38 PM

    Okay, if I may interject….

    Correct me if my logic is flawed, but a list of the best of 2011 would mean these are the players they expect to have the best and most impactful seasons in 2011, right? You know, since it hasn’t been played and all…..

    So it’s not a best statistical performances of 2010. It’s like putting together a fantasy draft board, but without specific scoring rules. It doesn’t matter who was better last year, it’s looking at past performance, age, and who they expect to improve or decline, and who will be effective in their current role with their current team.

  78. childressrulz says: Jun 27, 2011 3:12 PM

    theytukrjobs says: Jun 27, 2011 12:44 PM

    Rodgers is a great QB but let’s be honest last year’s superbowl, a team accomplishment, has heavily colored opinions of him.

    The superbowl is the top prize, but most of the leagues top QB’s have lead their team’s to at least one division championship.
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    I’ve never seen accuracy like that in a SB before. Not even close. Sure the packers could’ve beat the Steelers with their back up QB but Rodgers made it look easy. His stats would’ve only been better if his receivers hadn’t dropped so many balls as well.

  79. packerbacker12 says: Jun 27, 2011 3:33 PM

    Even though I am very happy Vick wasn’t ranked ahead than Rodgers, I still think he was ranked too high, especially considering he only played in a total of 12 games last year with 1-2 being good games which apparently most people determine how good he is even though they were against pretty poor defenses.

  80. packerbacker12 says: Jun 27, 2011 3:39 PM

    “The superbowl is the top prize, but most of the leagues top QB’s have lead their team’s to at least one division championship.”

    Are you really determining how good a QB is based on how many division titles he has lead his team too? because right now I could honestly care less if the Packers won the division this past season. They shown everyone they are the best team in their division by winning the Super Bowl and beating the actual division winner on the way there.

  81. bwisnasky says: Jun 27, 2011 3:40 PM

    This factors recent accomplishments highly, but does not lose sight of individual talent.

    Thoughts?

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    My thoughts are to have Revis ranked 4th overall and not have Asomugha even in your top 20 shows me what kind of crack you are smoking….

  82. flakazoid says: Jun 27, 2011 3:57 PM

    That’s it, I’m outta here…
    This has been kinda fun, all these arguments and counter-arguments–helps pass the time…
    …but when some idiot [childressrulz] claims that the Packers would of beat the Steelers with their back-up QB it’s time to go.
    Bye, bye.

  83. philyeagles5 says: Jun 27, 2011 4:16 PM

    how is Revis ahead of Asomugha?

  84. mediasloppy says: Jun 27, 2011 5:17 PM

    lol, this is great. You’re telling me Rodgers makes the WR’s on his team look good? They’d be just regular WR’s under any other QB? The Packers hardly need a running game. Rodgers has weapons and the vast majority of the Packers offense is short passes and YAC. Those WR’s are Studs!

  85. granadafan says: Jun 27, 2011 6:26 PM

    Those WR’s for Rodgers dropped a LOT of crucial passes. It’s his accuracy to lead them right in the hands that makes the average WRs look “like studs”. It’s not his fault some of them have hands of stones.

  86. sincitycheeze says: Jun 27, 2011 9:46 PM

    packerbacker12 says:
    “They shown everyone they are the best team in their division by winning the Super Bowl and beating the actual division winner on the way there.”
    We actually beat them twice on the way,but whose counting.

  87. minnysoda says: Jun 28, 2011 1:48 AM

    theytukrjobs says:
    Jun 27, 2011 12:44 PM
    Rodgers is a great QB but let’s be honest last year’s superbowl, a team accomplishment, has heavily colored opinions of him.

    The superbowl is the top prize, but most of the leagues top QB’s have lead their team’s to at least one division championship.

    You have convinced me only 9 Vikings should make the Top Ten Jay Cutler Should be #1 after all the Great Favredini wanted him to win the NFC Championship

  88. edenburnz says: Jun 28, 2011 2:09 AM

    anyone stop and think that this list is probably meant to be controversial? NFL has to give it’s fans something to keep their attention during the lockout..

    Peppers deserves to be in the top 10 for sure! Anyone who disagrees obviously didn’t see the Bears play the Panthers last season… His sack/interception/shushing his old fans play alone gets him there! Dudes a stud that always has to be double teamed and still makes huge plays/major contributions.

    “hail74 says: Jun 27, 2011 10:22 AM

    urlacher was on sirius nfl the other day totally discrediting the top 100 list, said he didn’t know who actually voted for it. Then jason lacanfora came on and said the list was more created for conversation purposes than anything else. Urlacher also went on to slam pro bowl voting too saying players just vote for names they recognize’

    ‘alberthaynesworth says: Jun 27, 2011 10:28 AM

    I can’t believe I didnt make the top 100. Screw you guys. I’m taking my toys and going home. Wah.”

    Urlacher was ranked #49..

  89. waynefontes says: Jun 28, 2011 10:46 AM

    Somehow, I think Aaron Rodgers may have proved last year that he’s a Top 10 NFL player.

    What he did in the postseason showed that he is one of the best in the game.

  90. randleguy says: Jun 28, 2011 6:40 PM

    Give me a break. Rodgers has had a couple of nice seasons. He not inthe class of Brady, Brees, Rivers and Manning yet (not even Eli Manning). Take away 1 or 2 of his 3 very talented wideouts and what do you have. Look at what Brady and Manning did, or even Rivers. They did not have wideouts like that.

  91. SpartaChris says: Jun 28, 2011 7:22 PM

    randleguy says:
    Jun 28, 2011 6:40 PM
    Give me a break. Rodgers has had a couple of nice seasons. He not inthe class of Brady, Brees, Rivers and Manning yet (not even Eli Manning). Take away 1 or 2 of his 3 very talented wideouts and what do you have. Look at what Brady and Manning did, or even Rivers. They did not have wideouts like that.
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    Awww, don’t be bitter.. It’s ok to admit you’d rather have Rodgers starting for your franchise than whoever you have, save for Peyton Manning, Brady or Brees.

    And he did lose one of his talented receivers in Finley last season. He still put up solid numbers.

    However, your argument because null and void when you said Eli is better than Rodgers. Only an ignorant hater would make that statement.

  92. nickynick04 says: Jun 29, 2011 9:16 AM

    Polamalu …is Soo overrated…
    Where was he during the super Bowl. This poll was for last year’s performance . Was Brees better then Rodgers last year ?
    Clay Matthews jr..?
    This whole thing was to have something to discuss during the lockout…I am guilty also for even discussing such BS

  93. golonger says: Jun 29, 2011 4:39 PM

    Please……Vick being in the top 20 is a joke…….he isn’t even one of the 15 best QBs in the league……sorry……he might be a top 10 ATHELETE but QB?……no way!

  94. golonger says: Jun 29, 2011 4:44 PM

    originalsteelcurtain = closet Ravens fan

    ..but like most squealers fans…..you know nothing…..now, get back to your Wal-Mart station…your shift starts in 20 minutes

  95. golonger says: Jun 29, 2011 4:46 PM

    gregjennings85 – what a terrible list

  96. pokedoke206 says: Jun 29, 2011 5:53 PM

    ^ hi hater
    Vick did his thing last yr. He’s way better than mcnabb & Manning wasnt all that great for the past two yrs. The big crimes are the Nagta, Big Ben, Jamaal Charles & Phillip Rivers are too low. Rivers rivals Tom Brady as the two best QBs in the league

  97. packerbacker12 says: Jun 30, 2011 1:02 AM

    “Give me a break. Rodgers has had a couple of nice seasons. He not inthe class of Brady, Brees, Rivers and Manning yet (not even Eli Manning). Take away 1 or 2 of his 3 very talented wideouts and what do you have. Look at what Brady and Manning did, or even Rivers. They did not have wideouts like that.”

    What exactly has Rivers done in his career so far? The dude performs great in the regular season but fails everytime when it comes to helping advance his team in the playoffs. As for Rodgers, he helped lead his team to not one, not two, not three but four postseason victories and was named Super Bowl MVP. I don’t consider that just a ‘couple nice seasons’

  98. packerbacker12 says: Jun 30, 2011 1:07 AM

    “^ hi hater”

    Just because someone has a different opinion about Michael Vick than you do doesn’t make them a hater. They just think that he is overrated, like myself.

  99. golonger says: Jul 1, 2011 2:01 AM

    packerbacker12 – if you think Eli Manning is better than Rodgers, you need to get a serious grip!!!!!

  100. cmill216 says: Jul 1, 2011 10:58 PM

    “However, his receivers make him great.”

    Yes, because Jordy Nelson makes people better.

  101. mooremusicllc says: Jul 2, 2011 7:25 AM

    PEPPERS IS SHOULD NOT BE IN THE TOP 10……..he takes to many plays pff…i watched him do that in colloge as well as the nfl….he has the capabilities hes just lazy…as well as a jerk…watched him screw over a military guy looking an autograph in tampa……

  102. packerzman says: Jul 3, 2011 12:05 PM

    considering the fact that in his first 2 years as a starter Rodgers was the first QB in NFL history to throw for over 4000 yards and 25 TDs..and last year leading the Packers to 3 straight playoff wins on the road and winning the SB MVP after beating the Steelers…anyone who thinks Rodgers is “overrated” or “ranked too high” are either misguided uninformed morons or Packer haters. I really dont give a rats ass where he belongs on this list..all i DO CARE about is that he is the starting QB for my football team. I realize jealousy causes insanity and stupidity in these posts but i can’t imagine too many of you…after the 3 years Rodgers has had as a starter…wouldn’t take him as your teams starting QB tomorrow.

  103. schoolyardblitz says: Jul 3, 2011 5:12 PM

    There is no way they will put four of the top five as defensive players. Not a colts fan at all, but Manning is always number one because of his leadership, commitment and “coach on the field” mentality. I think most players would agree.

    Similar to Jordan and to that other Colts quarterback, the one who played in Balt, where the real Colts logo should still be.

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