Happy Canada Day everyone! As the resident Canadian at Pride of Detroit, I aim to represent my nation as best as I can. We’re stereotypically polite and apologetic, and I usually try to reflect that in my writing.
But not today. Today, I’m telling you that your favourite player sucks.
Okay, maybe not that. Sorry.
Today, on the one year anniversary of this open thread, let’s once again look at the most overrated player in the NFL. Which player has earned accolades and praise, yet deserves none of it? Who has excelled on the stat sheet but not in real life? Who is considered elite but actually isn’t?
Tears will be shed, salt will flow. Let’s get the hate and debate started anew!
Today’s Question of the Day:
Who is the most overrated player in the NFL?
My answer: For a while now, I’ve been a Mitchell Trubisky detractor. I’ve said it again and again and again and again and again. However, he isn’t my pick for most overrated. While Trubisky may be overrated in the eyes of Bears fans, his opinion around the league is much lower. For this question, I’m looking for overrated on a league-wide scale.
In terms of overrated players, it certainly has to be a quarterback. Quarterbacks are the stars of the league, the faces of franchises. However, they get a lot more credit than they deserve. Quarterback Wins is a stat often thrown around to measure greatness, which is an absurd conclusion to make. Last year, Jeremy chose Jimmy Garoppolo as the most overrated. Garoppolo hardly got a chance to prove (or disprove) his worth, given that he tore his ACL in Week 3.
My pick for most overrated player in the NFL is Ben Roethlisberger. Before you sound off on me for listing the six-time Pro Bowler and two-time Super Bowl champion, hear me out.
I believe that Roethlisberger is one of the greats in NFL history. However, he is far removed from his prime form, and at age 37, this could be Big Ben’s last leg. He has been banged up a lot these past few seasons, and his arm strength is fading. Additionally, the Steelers lost two incredible weapons in Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown, both of whom account for 13,867 of Roethlisberger’s career 56,194 passing yards—around 25 percent. While JuJu Smith-Schuster has been excellent in his young career and James Conner has shown promise, Roethlisberger will significantly miss Bell and Brown, and I expect that Steelers offense to regress without them.
Stat-wise, 2018 was great for Roethlisberger. He had a career-high 5,129 passing yards and 34 touchdown passes. However, these also came on a career-high 675 passing attempts, a stunning 67 attempts more than his second-highest season (608 in 2014). Roethlisberger’s PFF grade of 78.2 was his lowest since 2011. The Steelers, as well, seem primed to move on from Big Ben, having drafted Joshua Dobbs and Mason Rudolph to battle for the title of heir.
People still think of Roethlisberger as a top-tier quarterback, but he isn’t that anymore. If you put Matthew Stafford into that Pittsburgh offense, I think you’d get similar-if-not-better results.