The guys over at ProFootballFocus.com do a tremendous job of ranking and rating while also giving you some of the obscure, little-known information, based on actual — you know — numbers.
Now, we've seen a lot of lists lately. A LOT. And the one common thread among most of them is that they are based on opinion only and very little about actual numbers.
The guys at ProFootballFocus.com don't do that. They take facts, figures and stats, come up with wacky formulas and spit out tangible numbers that show what they intend to show. No opinions. No biases. Just straight up facts.
As a football fan living in a world absolutely cluttered with noise, you've gotta respect that.
Anyway, PFF.com has started releasing a series that gives out grades to players during the past three years. The first position up is quarterback. And, look at that, Matt Ryan makes the list at No. 6.
Here's what PFF.com had to say:
"If it were not for a 2009 where durability and consistency issues plagued him, Ryan could realistically be challenging the top four. But he's not, and he's not helped himself out by having some of his weaker games in the postseason. Still, will go down as having one of the best rookie season a quarterback has ever had, and is coming off a tremendous year where he ran to near perfection an offense designed to limit his teams' weaknesses. Has earned the Matty Ice name by constantly excelling when under pressure. Grade: 126.65"
Good stuff right there.
To determine these grades, PFF.com does a whole bunch of witchcraft and whatnot with stats and numbers and other things that elude my understanding, so what 126.65 is or shows, I'm not quite sure. But that's why you should check out the article.
I'll be keeping an eye on PFF.com this week for more of its series, and you should, too.