Short, but good article, and thanks for posting.
While I agree injuries are an issue, 2019 wasn't nearly as bad as 2018 (as suggested by the rankings listed). Even if we did improve from 30th to 21st, I still don't like being in the bottom half. Sounds like he's made changes to a lot, but has left the medical staff in tact. Perhaps it's time for a change there too.
For those interested, mangameslost.com does a great job through the season of reporting impact. While their website is a pay site, they typically publish at minimum the weekly charts for free.
Here's the NFL regular season chart. It shows both pure games lost (left to right axis), but also measure player quality lost (size of bubble), with team wins shown on the vertical axis.
Of note, SF, KC, NEm, Seattle, and Houston were off worse off than Indy.
I'm thinking this is about right for Gordon. Of course, if he surprises at the Combine and at his pro day, he climbs into the 2nd round. But in the current environment, hes a 3rd rounder and should be there at pick #75.
Well.. I’d say the only stretch is you calling them “very average”. That doesn’t apply to either.
Now neither may be viewed as “elite” but I personally would be thrilled to have either as my starting quarterback today. We would be a playoff team with either.
Also... when he became a free agent, Cousins became the highest paid player in the game. Now, that’s what Prescott wants. So the free agent market says the NFL thinks they’re not “very average”. Not even close.
Elite may be too much, but very average is demonstrably false.