Earlier in the week, ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler spoke to over 50 league executives, coaches, scouts, and players and they named San Francisco 49ers star George Kittle the best tight end in the NFL. There wasn’t any Niner for the running backs or wide receivers.
Quarterbacks were up next, and while Jimmy Garoppolo didn’t land inside the top 10, he did receive two votes, which puts him at 15th in the voting for quarterbacks. Here was ESPN’s blurb:
Jimmy Garoppolo, San Francisco 49ers (2): ”He’s a pure pocket guy with a great release and his teammates love him. He’s probably got a ceiling, but I think he’s a really good quarterback in this league.” — veteran NFL coach
Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins also received two votes to tie with Jimmy. Here is how the rest of the rankngs went:
Lamar Jackson (someone ranked him 12th)
Tom Brady (someone ranked him first!)
Carson Wentz (a second-place vote!)
Matt Ryan (14)
Kyler Murray (5)
Ryan, Big Ben, and Murray were outside of the top-10 and the votes they received are in parenthesis.
As you can see, even in the NFL, there is an obvious bias toward players. You see the name “Tom Brady or Aaron Rodgers” and your brain takes you to their peak performances and now how they played in 2019. In no way was Rodgers the third best quarterback in the NFL. In no way was Brady better than Dak, or the majority of the quarterbacks listed. That’s why I always take these rankings with a grain of salt.
Which ranking do you disagree with the most, and should Jimmy have received more votes or cracked the top-10? From an evaluation standpoint, it’s hard to judge how good Garoppolo is in this offense.