Todd Gurley should be very happy with his Madden rating

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We’ve spent plenty of time the past couple of days talking about players being upset with their ratings in the new Madden game, and the motivation they have drawn from it. One player who shouldn’t be upset (and in turn has no basis for extra motiviation) is Rams running back Todd Gurley.

Gurley is the highest-rated running back in the game, with a 97 overall. And, frankly, that decision should spark the biggest questions about the skills, abilities, and knowledge of the nameless and faceless EA employees who come up with these numbers.

Gurley’s career remains at a crossroads, at best. He has an arthritic condition in his knee, along with a clear case of denial about it. The Rams kept him in bubble wrap during the offseason program, and there are real questions regarding whether he’ll even come close to being the guy that he previously was.

So, yes, Gurley apparently has a friend at EA.

Madden gave six other running backs ratings of 90 or higher: Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott (94), Jets running back Le'Veon Bell (92), Chargers running back Melvin Gordon (92), Giants running back Saquon Barkley (91), Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey (91), Browns running back Kareem Hunt (90), and Saints running back Alvin Kamara (90).

That’s more than a bit out of whack. Right now, the NFL has three special running backs: Elliott, Barkley, and McCaffrey. They should be the three highest-rated tailbacks.

Others with potential beef include Bengals running back Joe Mixon (88), Washington running back Adrian Peterson (83), Steelers running back James Conner (83), Titans running back Derrick Henry (83), Eagles running back Jordan Howard (80), and Raiders rookie running back Josh Jacobs (74).

If that motivates these players, so be it. What makes more sense, motivation from a perceived slight by the makers of a video game most NFL players have played their whole lives or motivation from a radio, TV, or Internet gasbag that they otherwise ignore? That’s an important point for any radio, TV, and/or Internet gasbags who are griping about players being motivated by Madden to consider.

20 responses to “Todd Gurley should be very happy with his Madden rating

  1. It has taken a little over a decade Mike, but for once you give your opinion in an article I can agree with.
    #Redskins

  2. Gurley on just base skills could be considered the best in the league, the base skills like speed agility and catching ratings are calculated into the overall rating. His health is the issue here, there is an “injury” rating also which is based on the players likelihood of getting injured and Gurley got an 85 injury rating, that might be a bit high for an arthritic knee, but they adjust the ratings throughout the season so lets see how it all plays out.

  3. “Madden gave six other running backs ratings of 90 or higher: Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott (94), Jets running back Le’Veon Bell (92), Chargers running back Melvin Gordon (92), Giants running back Saquon Barkley (91), Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey (91), Browns running back Kareem Hunt (90), and Saints running back Alvin Kamara (90).”

    That’s SEVEN running backs, Mike.

  4. Man, all the football related things that these guys should be worrying about and this seems be the one that they stress about? I don’t know, maybe worry about things that actually have an impact on you or your career????

  5. Interested as to why McCaffery is and AK41 is not one of the three highest-rated tailbacks? Kamara has more rushing yardage in less attempts, over 5 YPC, and 13 more TDs in his two years vs. McCaffery.

  6. “SWFLPC.INC says: July 16, 2019 at 1:49 pm: What kind of man wastes his time playing video games?”

    (Smiles and raises hand.)

  7. SWFLPC.INC says:
    July 16, 2019 at 1:49 pm
    What kind of man wastes his time playing video games?

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    Lots of NFL players. That’s for sure. As JuJu Smith-Schuster.

  8. I hope the people in my fantasy league draft players according to their Madden ratings.

    Oh, and I suppose real men don’t waste their time with fantasy football, either?

  9. There’s a lot to understand about Madden ratings that explains why they sometimes aren’t apples-to-apples.

    One of the biggest is that injuries are a non-factor. They rate players as if they’re 100% healthy. Alex Smith is a 77. Ryan Shazier is an 84. Jordan Reed is the seventh rated TE because when he’s healthy he’s good.

    In the Madden ratings, Gurley’s injury issues are invisible. The ratings simply see him as a back with 1,800 scrimmage yards and 18 TDs or whatever. It takes a decent sample size of increased or decreased production to actually move the ratings.

  10. What kind of man wastes his time playing video games?
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    What kind of man asks insulting questions online that he’d never have the cajones to ask face to face?

  11. This is all subjective and a waste of time. The concern about Gurley is available, not quality. On a quality basis, he’s probably the most well-rounded RB in the NFL, and Madden ratings don’t discount players with health questions (otherwise, why would, say, Travis Frederick be tied for the best OC in the game when his available is still a bit unsure?). Also, Ezekiel Elliot isn’t a “special” RB, but rather is a well-rounded, ultra-reliable bellcow, i.e. as valuable as a non-special RB can be.

  12. The bias towards which players and teams EA likes is sooooooo obvious. I haven’t bought a Madden since 13 and I won’t break that streak this year.

  13. dear lord the regular season cannot come soon enough
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    I’m hooking forward to a strike or work shutdown. 0 games has much more appeal than 16, 17 or 18.

    Imagine that for some of these players meaningless ratings in a juvenile video game provide more motivation than their multi-million dollar contracts.

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