Mitch Trubisky PFF top rated Pittsburgh Steeler on offense

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As a former Pro Football Focus employee, I can tell you with confidence that the rating system on which the company has built its reputation is complete nonsense. I want to be clear that PFF is an incredible company that provides great analysis through articles and advanced stats that only they keep track of, but their overall player ratings – the same ratings that PFF has become synonymous with – are overrated. Fans love the idea of ​​summarizing an entire player’s skills into one easy-to-digest metric, measuring who’s ranking who, who’s making what money, and so on. However, football is more complicated. With a multitude of different positions, each with different relative importance, it is impossible to estimate each player’s worth down to a single digit. That’s what the notes of PFF try to do though.

Most of the time, these grades are respectable. The best players tend to be near the top. The worst players fall down. That makes them a good starting point for discussion, but nothing more. The grades are a superficial attempt at drawing attention, and it works. PFF is considered to be one of the best football analysis sites and they need to uphold that image. So when they tweeted their Steelers’ year-end offensive ratings, they had to throw in a small premise.

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Kenny Pickett was okay in his rookie season. Definitely not spectacular, as a 75.5 would suggest, but good and definitely worthy of another season as the Steelers’ starting quarterback. That aside, however, the valuations look pretty solid. Pat Freiermuth has emerged as the high-end tight end this season. Najee Harris really started to turn the curve late in the season, and both Diontae Johnson and George Pickens were easily the best wide receivers on the team. However, you will notice that there is a small blurb at the bottom of the tweet that says “min. 400 snapshots.”

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Mitch Trubisky – the more valuable QB despite being benched?

It might just be a coincidence, but I’d bet the 400 snap requirement was thrown in there to keep Mitch Trubisky off this list. If the snap count minimum was set at 300 or even 350, Trubisky wouldn’t just be on that list — he’d be at the top. Every other player on this list had at least 700 snaps, so setting the limit that low doesn’t make much sense. In 2022, Trubisky earned an overall grade of 76.6 – 17th in the NFL among QBs with at least 100 pass attempts, higher than Dak Prescott, Jared Goff, Justin Fields, Kyler Murray and of course Kenny Pickett – and a passing grade of 74.0 – 14th in the NFL, ahead of Trevor Lawrence, Lamar Jackson and everyone I mentioned earlier.

I don’t think it would look good if the guy who was benched in Week 4 and then came back in Week 13 to throw three interceptions was at the top of player ratings for a team that was 9-8 finished. So it doesn’t surprise me that Pro Football Focus would try to make sure he wasn’t at the top of this list, but it just goes to show that PFF grades might not be as trustworthy as some of us like to think. Oh, and by the way, Jacoby Brissett and Andy Dalton finished sixth and seventh, respectively, in the PFF class this year. let that sink