After being ranked #100 on the NFL 100 list by NFL Network, Chris Johnson didn't have much to say. He understood that he took a step back from what he's done in seasons past and is determined to get better. However, when Peyton Manning was revealed as #50 on the list CJ had something to say tweeting:
For those of you who don't know, the NFL 100 is a list of the "Top 100 Player of 2012" voted on by a panel of current NFL players. Every Wednesday, NFL Network revels ten players of the list until they get to the #1 player of 2012. The rankings are based on NFL players voting on their peers based on the performance of their previous season and their belief of how the player will perform the following season.
Previously, Chris Johnson was ranked #13 on the 2011 rankings, but saw an 87 ranking drop off to #100 on this year's rankings. I still think this is a little harsh on CJ. We all know the problems our offensive line had opening holes for him. CJ did come in out of shape, but the offensive line didn't help him in anyway. From the outside view all people see is Chris Johnson's decrease in the statistical categories. When people see a player rush for 2,000 yards, they wrongfully expect high numbers like that every year. No one wants to look at the retirement of Kevin Mawae and Eugene Amano's move to center. They just look at the stats and conclude CJ got slower.
The NFL 100 is supposed to be a list ranking players based on their 2011 performance. Peyton Manning didn't play a snap during the whole 2011 season.
Think about it this way. Peyton Manning was ranked #2 on last year's rankings while Chris Johnson was ranked #13. Peyton Manning didn't play during the whole 2011 season and saw a drop of 48 while Chris Johnson decreased his yard totals by 317 and 7 touchdowns, but saw a drop of 87.
You can argue that Peyton Manning didn't get worse so he should still be on the list, but if you use that philosophy shouldn't he be even higher than #50?
I personally don't take this list seriously and none of you should either. The list is more of a general consensus among the media. For example, Tony Romo had the best year of his career with a 66.3 completion percentage, 4,184 yards, 31 touchdowns, 10 interceptions and a 102.5 QB rating. What was his rank? #91. Compared to Joe Flacco ranked #74 when Flacco had a 57.6 completion percentage, 3,610 yards, 20 touchdowns, 12 interceptions, and an 80.9 QB rating. How does that ranking make any sense? It doesn't. This list is nothing to pay attention to as it continues to show major flaws in its construction of "The Top 100 Players of 2012".