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This week at the Washington Post, an ironclad, inarguable ranking all 106 players on the Broncos and Panthers. The list is a combination of best players, most valuable players, and also most important ones. For example, two players who maybe aren’t quite as good as these rankings imply have a pretty critical role on Sunday:

11. Michael Oher, T, CAR
Oher, who started for the Ravens in Super Bowl XLVII, joins Harry Swayne (San Diego, Denver, Baltimore), Jon Runyan (Tennessee, Philadelphia), and Fred Miller (St. Louis, Chicago) as the only offensive tackles to start in Super Bowls for different teams.

12. Mike Remmers, T, CAR
Given the Broncos’ league-best pass rush, the pressure will be on Oher and Remmers to contain Denver’s terrifying edge-rushers. Remmers, an undrafted free agent in 2012 who has been with six franchises in four seasons, could be the key to the game — for both teams.

You can read the full article here.

  • Roger Kirk

    The article has a link to another WP article repeating the canard that Manning had the lowest passer rating of all qualified QBs this season. http://tinyurl.com/z53qzye

    That distinction belongs to Ryan Mallett. The NFL website includes only his record with Baltimore. http://tinyurl.com/he24g4s

    Yahoo Sports gets it right, combining his stats with both Houston and Baltimore. http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/stats/byposition?pos=QB

    • WR

      Does it really matter if Manning is ahead of Mallett? Either way, his numbers were terrible.

      • Johhny Ohrl

        But he is the 4th best player among the SB players. Meaning this SB has a lot of crap players 😉

        • McGeorge

          I think it means that QB is very important. A bad QB will still be up there because he has a huge impact on the game.

          I hope it’s a good close entertaining game.

    • I don’t get too worked up about passer rating, but you are obviously correct that you need to include Mallett’s time with both teams. That said, have you seen PR taken out to the hundredths? Because Manning and Mallett are tied at 67.9 in passer rating on Yahoo and PFR.

      • Roger Kirk

        First let me say I was inspired by your July 20, 2014 post “Worst Passer Ratings In Every Year Since the Merger” which mentioned that “Incredibly, six different quarterbacks finished with the lowest passer rating in the NFL one year and wound up winning a Super Bowl later in their careers: Trent Dilfer, Troy Aikman, Phil Simms, Doug Williams, Jim Plunkett, and Terry Bradshaw” and that Mark Rypien was the only QB to finish with the lowest rating in a year after winning the Super Bowl.

        This fact stuck in my mind and I was following Manning’s chances to join Rypien this year, which seemed like a foregone conclusion until his and Mallett’s performance in week 17.

        When I saw Manning’s 67.9 listed ahead of Mallett’s 67.9 on Yahoo I assumed they had been calculated to more decimal places and were listed in the proper order, just rounded off, an assumption based on the thought if they were listed alphabetically Mallett would be ahead of Manning. Oops, what if they were listed alphabetically and Peyton was ahead of Ryan?

        With this in mind, I just looked up the NFL’s amazing passer rating formula and did the calculations on an online calculator accommodating nine decimal places. Rounding off to a mere two, Mallett finished at 67.93, Manning at 67.91.

        So I was wrong for a change and apologize to any Washington Post employees I slandered. Manning does indeed join Rypien, not to mention becoming the only QB to finish last in passer rating and go to the Super Bowl (and perhaps win it) the same year.

        By the way, Manning outperformed Mallett by a total a bit over 11 points in three of the four components of the NFL’s arcane passer rating formula (completion %, Y/A and TD %) but Mallet gained 11.15 points on the fourth, INT %.

        • Good stuff: thanks for the research!

  • Johhny Ohrl

    Chase, Chase, Chase… PM is the 4th best player among 106 active players for the SB? This is based on what? Athleticism? Skill? Superb technique? Stats? Impact on wins? Questions over questions. I just don´t see it. What is it that makes him the 4th best? What did I miss?

    • He’s not the 4th best.

      • Johhny Ohrl

        May I still don´t get the nuances of the english language, but I understood it´s a ranking from best to worst. Let me quote:
        “I went through and ranked those players, from 1 to 106, with a few final words for the game’s “Mr. Irrelevant” at No. 106.”
        Anyway, great site, great job you are doing. Ranking football players in general is extreme difficult since 22 players on the field inter-act. Baseball is easy in comparison. Man vs Man. Pitcher vs Batter. If you hit .300, you have it. But if you throw for 300 in the NFL, it depends on so many things, plus situation…
        Finally, hope you guys work on the passer rating seasons I wrote a couple of days ago… Thanks 🙂

        • Thanks, Johnny.

          I think Manning is probably the most important player in the game, in the context of the variance of play (very large, for him, rather than for say, Cam) and impact on the game (for QBs, this is always really high, but especially here given that I don’t expect Denver to be able to run well). Put simply, if Manning plays poorly, I don’t see how Denver wins. If he plays well, there’s a very good chance Denver wins.

          • Johhny Ohrl

            Thanks for enlightening me Chase,
            I didn´t got it right in the first place. My mistake…

            “I don’t expect Denver to be able to run well”. Oh, oh, hope you are right. Coz then it will be doomsday for DEN (PM forced to pass a lot, well… it spells Ints galore), and CAR indeed wins 52-7 🙂

  • LightsOut85

    It’s got to be “critical to the game” (position, etc) – not actual talent, because Michael Oher sure wasn’t 11th this season.

    • That’s right. Given the Broncos pass rush, how well the two Panthers offensive tackles play will be a big key to the game.

    • As it turned out, I think putting the two Panthers OTs so high made a lot of sense. Ware and Miller had 4.5 sacks and two forced fumbles. The comment was that those two may be the key to the game, and well, I think that was correct.

  • Johhny Ohrl

    @ McGeorge

    Quote: “I think it means that QB is very important. A bad QB will still be up there because he has a huge impact on the game.”

    True. But not that important. I think it was Chase himself who got deep into it. He came up (AFAIR) with something like 20% QB influence on offense production (or the lack of it).
    Now 20% is a lot, but that is halved since his D (on which he has no influence) is on the field when the offense is off. Another 20% reduction comes with ST play (I think it was FO who came up with that number). So QB play is important, but even more is continuity at the QB position, as it´s with continuity at OL play…
    IOW: As it´s said many times before; QBs get way too much credit for winning, and too much blame for losing (ok, except PM; he gets all the credit for wins, but the blame shifting goes full throttle if he loses. Even the scoreboard worker got some flak in the past).
    If I had to rank PM, I would rank him a little bit above Osweiler (while he loses in skill/accuracy/athleticism, he makes up for that with his experience, quick release, and D reading skills).
    So since Chase ranked Osweiler (let´s asume he is in the correct ranking spot) 61st, a good assumption for PM would be around 40-50th. Thus around replacement level. Yup, sounds good, given his bad stats among NFL starting QBs.