Originally posted by brodiebluebanaszak:
Interesting. I will try to put on my squinty glasses and look at the numbers closely in your graphic. if you can repost a larger jpg without getting sued by pff that would be great!! Anyway, i think there must some statistical bias about bad teams that makes interior defensive lineman that play for them appear better performing than their peers on more successful defenses. The odds of those teams having horrible records but the best interior defensive lineman in the league is astronomically small. It flies in the face of common sense too. If they were so good, why are the defenses so bad?
Anyway, no way Vince is #13. He's always in the top 5. This year was no exception.
Realize I listed the rankings solely in terms of run stopping for this year, that's not the overall player ranking. They still had Wilfork listed as one of their players in the AFC East.
As far as the bias portion, from what I see, I think its more of a case of good defensive tackles that happen to play on piss poor teams. You can take those tackles, play them anywhere and they'll be good, they just happen to play on rosters that aren't up to par, if you reviewed the defense of the Bills, you'd see that the team as a whole is lousy at stopping the run but the defensive tackles have held up inside and that the team was mostly gashed on the outside.
[ Edited by Phoenix49ers on Feb 7, 2013 at 11:41 AM ]