Thursday, April 14, 2011
Power Rankings show AFC East is terrible
The AFC East lacks star power.
That's what the cumulative results of ESPN.com's positional Power Rankings say.
NFC West blogger Mike Sando compiled a divisional breakdown of the Power Rankings to date and found the AFC East has been mentioned least of all.
So far, the panel has rated running backs, wide receivers, tight ends, pass-rushers, linebackers and head coaches.
Despite me giving more credit than my colleagues to folks such as Miami Dolphins outside linebacker Cameron Wake and New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan, the AFC East ranks dead last in the points system.
Strictly from a player perspective, the AFC East numbers get even worse. The biggest windfall of points came from head coach ballots.
But we all know the AFC East is one of the strongest divisions. New England posted the NFL's best record last season, and New York advanced to the AFC Championship Game a second straight year.
The strength of the division simply hasn't been rated yet.
Cornerbacks are coming next week. Jets star Darrelle Revis and Patriots rookie Devin McCourty will rack up some points. Reigning MVP Tom Brady will alter the chart when we assemble our quarterbacks list.
The AFC East also is loaded with star offensive and defensive linemen. Three of the four left tackles were selected for the Pro Bowl last season. Patriots nose tackle Vince Wilfork and Bills defensive tackle Kyle Williams are studs.
Unfortunately, offensive and defensive lines are not on the agenda for Power Rankings at the moment.
Sando's analysis also discovered the Bills are one of only three teams not to have a player nominated at any position thus far.