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KIRS Top 100 NFL Players of 2014: 60 – 41


Rob: You left Dez Bryant and Darrelle Revis off your list. Off your list completely. Neither Dez Bryant or Darrelle Revis were among the top 100 players in the NFL in 2014 according to you. You are a homer, a scoundrel, and an idiot.

Stan: In my defense, I never said I wasn’t any of those things. I also could have sworn I put Dez on the list but I probably just forgot because of my unbridled hate of the Dallas Cowboys organization.

Rob: You chose 16 receivers for your top 100. You had to go out of your way to leave Dez out of the top 16. Your best defense for Revis is you only had four corners on your list, which raises the question, really? Only four cornerbacks? None of which were Revis or Vontae Davis? There are four corners on this 20 player grouping. What gives?

Stan: I can justify my reasoning behind picking all 16 receivers over Dez. That doesn’t make me right but I can defend it. As far as the corners go, I’m starting to realize as I go through my selections, that even though I played defense, love watching great defensive players and lean toward defense, I find it difficult to rank them…with or without bias. Can I say without bias? I don’t wanna get sued by ESPN.

Rob: Alright, alright, we can talk about Len Bias on another day. Back to the list, I left Lavonte David off completely. My reasoning is that he struggled with injuries and wasn’t able to make his normal impact.

That being said, Bobby Wagner missed five games, and David played through his injuries and wound up having another very good season. He gets overlooked by me because he played for the woeful Buccaneers, but David is easily one of the five best non-pass rushing linebackers in the NFL, along with Wagner, Luke Kuechly, and a healthy Patrick Willis and NaVorro Bowman.
David, Davis, Revis, and Bryant were each left off a list completely, but do you know what the biggest surprise in this group is?
I actually rank Odell Beckham higher than Stan, who believes that when Lawrence “That Other LT” Taylor gives his coked-out underage prostitutes a golden shower, the stream is less R. Kelly and more Khal Drogo.


I like Lavonte David a lot and I think there’s something to be said about being on a dreadful team. We don’t pay that much attention to those guys because who wants to watch terrible football. Even if they put up great numbers, it could be due to the fact that they’re surrounded by soon to be insurance salesmen.
I actually didn’t want to rank ODB too high because I didn’t want to seem like a homer, even though I’m clearly a homer and I can’t hide it.
I also think you’re a little too hard on HOFer Lawrence Taylor. What you call giving coked out underage prostitutes a golden shower, I call giving willing participants a blessing. Tomato, tomahto.

Rob: With David it wasn’t about discrediting what he did, it is about how little of the Bucs I watched after the Monday Night Massacre against the Falcons. He was on the injury report every week, I just assumed he missed time at some point. I only put two players who missed significant time with injury on my list, and both were special cases. Carson Palmer was one, because of how hapless the team was without him even though he left them with the best record in football.

The other was Bobby Wagner, because the Seahawks were mediocre without him and pretty clearly the best team in football when he came back. I almost convinced myself that Tony Dungy giving him his MVP vote wasn’t totally crazy.
As for LT, the one and only LT, I was just messing with you Stanny boy. As most Giants’ fans would say, “A little statutory rape never hurt anybody.” Sweet society we live in.
Anyway, one of the big disappointments of this list was Steve Smith being on both our rankings but barely missing the overall Top 100. This would make me tremendously sadder if Golden Tate (aka Steve Smith 2.0) didn’t get the respect he deserves here in the top 60.

Stan: Bobby Wagner’s absence was definitely one of the biggest reasons for Seattle’s early struggles but I’m glad you brought up Golden Tate. We both had him on our lists and I think him leaving for Detroit was another reason Seattle had a tough time early on too. It makes me wonder if we’ll be talking about Michael Crabtree the same way around this time next year, if he leaves San Francisco that is.

As far as Steve Smith goes, maybe Marc Trestman will be able to squeeze another good year or two from him. I surely hope so because an NFL without Old Man Smiff is certainly a less entertaining NFL.

Rob: Maybe Crabtree will make next year’s list. But Tate’s got that same Napoleon Complex that made Allen Iverson and Smith so hard to stop and fun to watch.

How about the backs in this group? It’s telling that you have Jeremy Hill, Arian Foster, and Eddy Lacy way higher than I do, but the one back a stood behind was my main man Jamaal Charles, who I know had a down year by the numbers.

Stan: Coming into the season, I figured Jeremy Hill would be a nice complement to Gio Bernard. I didn’t think he’d overtake him and be as good as he was. I may have been a little high on Lacy but when he played well, the Packers were hard to stop. Foster took advantage of a weak schedule but he can’t be blamed for that.

I hear what your saying about Jamaal Charles too. It sucks that a guy like that suffers because he plays behind a mediocre offensive line and for an even more mediocre coach.

Rob: Well I agree with you on all three of those backs. You are 100% correct about them, but I still don’t value backs enough to bump them up the list.

Stan: I think the tide is changing on running backs. I know we’ll be doing our mock draft soon but there are a few guys that could go in the first round. That could mean top 100 lists like this one could feature a lot more running backs. I personally can’t wait to see Duke Johnson on this list next year.

Rob: I’ll add him to the list of Canes you inexplicably leave off your list.

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