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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.