I hate the “Nobody believed in us!” card – chances are, there are some people somewhere that believed in you if you are a professional sports team. Heck, even the Raiders have fans. But there are some instances when the feeling that nobody believes in you is warranted.
For instance, Fox Sports recently released their Top 100 Players in the NFL list – and there isn’t a single member of the Kansas City Chiefs to be found.
(Although I saw Tony Gonzalez’s name, felt momentarily vindicated, then remembered the reality. It still hurts.)
Really? Not one member of the Chiefs? You might not believe this, but I have an opinion on this. I am trying to take this with a grain of salt – remember that this is a sports network that employs Tony Siragusa.
I realize that the Chiefs are short at talent…well, nearly everywhere. There are some solid players, but not a lot of “he’s one of the top two or three at his position in the league” types. Well, except for Jared Allen, but…
(Oh yeah…forgot about him, too.)
However, what really gets me is this list:
90. RB Cedric Benson, Bengals
80. RB Michael Turner, Falcons
48. RB DeAngelo Williams, Panthers
32. RB Ray Rice, Ravens
22. RB Maurice Jones-Drew, Jaguars
21. RB Steven Jackson, Rams
15. RB Adrian Peterson, Vikings
5. RB Chris Johnson, Titans
The list got one former Texas Longhorn running back on the list, but they listed the wrong one. How is Jamaal Charles not on this list? Furthermore, how is he not rated above Cedric Benson? Heck, I would take Charles over Turner, Williams and Jackson on that list. I will (almost) guarantee that if Charles plays all 16 games this year, he will have more rushing yards, more total yards, and more receptions than any of those guys on the list (provided they stay healthy, too).
Charles may be an unknown…for now. I have a feeling when the 2011 version of this list comes out, Charles will be on it. And he will certainly be higher than Cedric Benson.