Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

06 Oct 2004

Dr. Z's Power Rankings: Ray Lewis Ripped

This is the type of comment that makes me love Dr. Z:

Baltimore Ravens (2-2)
Yeah, they were punished severely, maybe more than they deserve, but here's the thing. ESPN's pregame was heavily into Ray Lewis. "Is he the greatest of all time?" Mike Ditka was asked in all seriousness. And then, of course, Lewis was miked for sound, because no defensive player in the league is as noisy as he is. He should have been miked for making a tackle, because he didn't accomplish many of them, I don't care what the hometown stats crew figures showed. KC fullback Tony Richardson owned him. Even John Madden took a shot, after Lewis claimed he's double-teamed on every play. "Well, they single-blocked him on that play," John said. And lots more times, too.

Posted by: Michael David Smith on 06 Oct 2004



by Anon (not verified) :: Wed, 12/02/2009 - 4:21am

I think Ray Lewis probably is the best defensive player of all time.

Oh, I should note that instead of DVOA or any in-game stats, I base my rankings purely on stabbing homicides.