Just a nitpick here but as to Green......I don't believe he was on any top 100 players list until he predictably blew up the combine with numbers. I'm also pretty certain though it has yet to play out in reality that as a #2 in a Man scheme that we replaced a Toler with maybe a notch just above Toler....maybe. Though if that holds true I'm hoping Robinson holds true to form like h did in New Orleans and counters that with making plays a lot of plays on the ball. I also don't think Cole was bad considering he was in a rotation. I've decided to go back over the games on Rewind and try to see if I can see why PFF handed out the grades they did to players.
They have Cole at a 77.1 pass rush grade and a 78.8 run defense grade(329 pass snaps, 204 pass snaps) . Neither number is outstanding or what some expected but both numbers rated as Starter numbers in. I also don't think I would have paid Vernon nearly what he got but he did get quite a bit of pressure last year on the QB IN 543 pass snaps with a 90.7 pass rush grade and 12th in run defense grade at 84.9
For comparison PFF has Mathis at a 75.3 pass rush grade and 51.3 run defense grade (380 pass snaps, 180 run snaps)
Not to say PFF is right of course but they do have interesting grades on the two to me (Mathis, Cole).
Maybe Cole really did get more combined pressure then Mathis though Mathis obviously had more sacks? What are your thoughts on that (QB pressures are not available. Maybe PFF already took that down?)
Overall they have Cole at a 79.3 grade
Mathis at 71.7 grade
I knew he would make it just out of respect from his first 3 years in the league. He was #7 last season and the NFL Network probably figured his injuries had to do with most of his struggles. Everyone seen what he is capable of after how he played against the Broncos, the game where he got injured. I wasn't too far off. A while back I posted he would be between 75-90 because he still simply is a Top 10 QB in the league, he came in at #92. I bet none of the other QB's in our Division make the Top 100.
Definitely, my grandfather lived in Baltimore for a while and grew up watching him. He still pulled for Indy but always referred to them as Baltimore. I wasn't allowed to say the name Irsay in my house. The game sure has changed. I wish I could go back in time when players didn't get flagged for breathing on a player and defenses were actually feared by offenses.