Never mind that the NFL Top 100 proves to be a silly list every year, but in 2013 it’s making the Pro Bowl look legitimate.
OK, that was a little harsh. I’ll wait to see 1-80 released before comparing it to the sham that is the Pro Bowl, though that is a low bar to clear. But Washington Redskins linebacker London Fletcher at No. 86 is just hilarious
“I don’t think there are 85 players better than me in the NFL,” Fletcher said in response. No, that’s not what I was getting at.
I think NFL Network analyst Greg Rosenthal sums it up better — whether he’s seeing it through the same prism as me or not: ” London Fletcher’s steady career is reflected in his ranking. The Washington Redskins linebacker was ranked No. 87 last season; now he’s No. 86.”
Perhaps that’s why he’s even on this list: Players aren’t going to closely follow everyone in the league during the season, especially those they will never face directly. It’s not an efficient use of time for Safety X from one team to closely study the 2012 performance of Linebacker X from another team. You’re going to get player votes that just assume the ever-consistent Fletcher had another solid season, which has been the case since the 1990s.
Except the issue is that this year Fletcher succumbed to injuries and old age despite staying on the field. Just watch him get embarrassed by relatively younger, shiftier backs like Ahmad Bradshaw. This played a large role in him missing 21 tackles, or more than any other inside linebacker in 2012.
Though, the Fletcher ranking (and inclusion) is hardly the first and surely not the last example of the 2013 NFL Top 100 throwing out something laughable.