FO Mailbag: Best Defensive Players
I guess this isn't a mailbag, but a "tweetbag," as the question came from Twitter.
@DeanList: Please help settle debate. Rank Revis, Polamalu, Matthews. Anyone else we are missing in a list of top defensive players right this minute (not career).
I figured this would be a fun discussion thread, so rather than give my own list, I polled the FO staffers and came up with a comprehensive list. We did rank Revis, since we were thinking about how well guys play when healthy, which Revis hasn't been this season. The answer we came up with was Troy Polamalu. Look at the difference between last year's Steelers and this year's Steelers. However, our number-two guy wasn't even in the question. Defensive tackles just get no love, but the Ravens defense revolves around Haloti Ngata. Ben Muth's answer listed Ngata as the first, second, third, and fourth best player (Polamalu was fifth). This was our comprehensive list:
We also had votes for Trent Cole, Ndamukong Suh, DeMarcus Ware, Dwight Freeney, Ray Lewis, and -- Bill Barnwell is always the contrarian -- Jonathan Babineaux. I'll add that while he has to do it for more than a half-season to be considered the toppermost of the poppermost, Jason Jones is kicking ass and taking names in Tennessee.
Feel free to discuss and argue in ye olde discussion thread.