Originally posted by crabman82:
i have a hard time with this site. i appreciate them trying to come up with a system to further evaluate guys. but i also have a hard time imagining them knowing what every single player is supposed to be doing on every single play. i think after watching film, they think they know, but do they really?
So far, for the past 4 years that I've been following them, they've been right on the money. There's not a single guy you can go, look back at their rankings and say "no way, that's so wrong, that isn't right." Their numbers don't lie, if a guy is truly performing well, they'll reflect it, if he's performing poorly, the numbers will reflect it too. Whitner has been playing well this season, I didn't need to see their rankings to determine that, but consistent as usual, they've got him ranked highly among safeties after ranking him pretty low last season. Same deal with Iupati and Staley, both were ranked at the top of the NFL last season but are now ranked much lower which correlates with their performance thus far. Bowman has clearly been outplaying Willis this season and the numbers reflect that. Boone has been the 49ers most effective offensive lineman, once again, the numbers reflect that.
People get mad and cry about "stats", but can't seem to find a single situation where PFF is actually wrong. They have no bias, the numbers are what they are and they tend to be pretty accurate if you're looking for a snapshot portrayal of how a team is doing.