It’s time to start the Super Bowl previews here on Football Relativity. Per Carl’s request, we’re going to play relativity with the skill-position players in the Super Bowl. In this post, we’ll rate them in relation to the whole league. We’ll compare them to other potential playmakers (skill positions or not) in this single game next week, and that scale will be different.
At each position, we’ll list who in the league is the 10 so that you can glimpse these players relative to the rest of the league. 10 is the best score
10 = Peyton Manning (Tom Brady was also a 10 in ’07; omitted here because of injury)
7- Kurt Warner
6- Ben Roethlisberger
Comments: I’m a tough grader on quarterbacks. (I think Brees is a 9, Rivers was an 8 this year, McNabb a 7). Warner is hyperproductive and doesn’t throw interceptions. The biggest negative is that he fumbles the ball more often than most quarterbacks – only 2 this year but 7 last season. Roethlisberger is almost even with Warner, but he falls a rating below because of his poor performance in his previous Super Bowl.
5 – Willie Parker
4 – Edgerrin James
3 – Tim Hightower
Comments: Parker’s speed is well above average, and he has been very productive in the past. This year, however, he was held down by injuries. James is near the end of his career, and you can tell, although he’s had a bit of a renaissance in the playoffs. Like Parker, James’ lack of work during the year actually is helping him in the postseason. Hightower is good in short yardage but really struggled when he was called on to carry the load this year.
10- Larry Fitzgerald
8 – Anquan Boldin
7 – Hines Ward
5 – Santonio Holmes
3 – Steve Breaston
2 – Nate Washington
Comments: Fitzgerald, along with Johnson, is as good as he can possibly be. Boldin could be a No. 1 receiver for more than half the league. He doesn’t have breakaway speed, but he’s big and physical and runs well after the catch. Ward, though smaller, is a lot like Boldin, only without the breakaway YAC ability. Ward’s phenomenal blocking does keep him up the charts. Holmes is emerging as a big-play guy, but he hasn’t been consistent on a game-to-game basis yet. I see that coming soon though. Breaston stepped up big when Boldin was out this year, and he is developing into a strong receiver. Washington is often overlooked, but he made several big plays this year. Like Breaston, Washington is an above-average No. 3 option in relation to the rest of the league.
10 = Tony Gonzalez or Jason Witten
5 – Heath Miller
2 – Leonard Pope
Comments: Miller is an adequate tight end in any offense. He can match catches and gain some yards when healthy. Pope is a physical specimen but isn’t consistent at all. He had lost his job to Stephen Spach, but Spach was lost for the year against Carolina.