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19 Jun 2009
Our list of the NFL's most irreplaceable players, based not only on how good they are but how big the drop in quality is to their backups.
UPDATE: Link fixed. M'bad.
Posted by: Bill Barnwell on 19 Jun 2009
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30 Jun 2009, 7:31pm by
So, who wants to post the list for those of us without Insider?
I'm not going to post the list, but you might want to search the web.
Maybe you'll find a page like this.
Or even this one
who even has insider?
Well, #1 is little surprise. It's the other half of the irrational thread. The one who didn't miss a season only to see his team win 11 games anyway.
Although with Cassel now gone from NE, maybe Brady should be back on this list.
Since I don't have insider--Drew Brees HAS TO BE one of them, right? The Mark Brunell of about 10 years ago would be a great backup, and the Joey Harrington of that time would be a great 3rd stringer/developmental guy--but NOW??
10 years ago Brunnell went 14-2 with one of the best offenses in the league. Don't be dissing young Mark Brunnell
Jay Cutler's backups are Caleb Hanie and Brett Basanez, I'll assume he's on the list.
I think this list is missing one key player... Sean Merriman. I don't know how he is not in the top 3, let alone the top 10. The sack/pressure production of the chargers dropped dramatically in 2008, he puts fear into the minds of QB's and allows his pass rushing teammates to have a much higher success rate of getting to he QB. The reason the chargers were such a great defense a year ago was because of a high pressure D which flowed through Merriman leading to more interceptions (and fumbles caused by Merriman) and flowed traffic into their solid linebackers in the middle. I am no Chargers fan but I believe he is #2 behind Peyton.
That's why the Chargers drafted English. If Merriman is at full health, that defense will be horrifying in long-yardage situations.
Well, since Shawne Merriman is not on the list, it's stupid. We saw the Chargers become a shell of themselves without Merriman frightening the hell out of opposing QBs and Rbs.
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