The NFLN countdown of the top 100 players of 2011 aired its third installment tonight. First man up, at slot number 80, was our own Jared Allen.
Then came the review show, and the guys were up in flames about it. They all agreed that he should have been ranked MUCH higher. Jay Glazer in particular looked like he was about to blow a gasket.
Can't say that I blame him. JA is one of the best at his position, and even with a slow start in 2010, he finished strong.
The thing that really got me, though was this. Our Vikings have only three players in the top 100. OK, I can live with that as we had a poor season and still ended up with an average number of players making it. Each team should average just a hair over three guys, with 32 clubs and 100 slots available.
Packers with 7, OK, I get it, they won the big one. Pittsburgh, New Orleans, Atlanta with 5 each, OK, I can see that.
So, then... why do the Cowboys get SIX?
They had a worse season than us, with an equal record and a loss to us. And please do not give me the media hype, "America's Team" attention thing. This was voted on by the players, not fans. They are much less influenced by such things.
The other things is, with Jared coming in lowest, with only two more slots remaning to us, quite a few guys are getting snubbed. The higher two have got to be Harvin and Peterson, no question. But there are other deserving Vikings who have been left out, for the likes of McNabb, Romo and some other less deserving guys. I get the feeling that some of the players really did not understand just what it was they were supposed to be voting on.
Oh, and the fan tweets and stuff that they were airing, some of those were beyond laughable. Fans always look for the glamor positions, the skill guys who make big impact highlight film plays, and tend to ignore the less glamorous, hardworking guys like linemen. In this respect, I give the players the nod for their familiarity with their teammates and opponents. I don't really know how good a Chris Snee really is, but I'll take the guys' word for it.
Anyway, congrats to Jared Allen for making the list, but you got shafted, dude. You should be a top 40 guy, at least, IMO.