Rankings are all subjective. That’s why there are playoffs at the end of the NFL season, because certainly the Cardinals wouldn’t have been in the Super Bowl that season had the postseason teams been advanced based on a ranking system. And there are times when a ranking reflects well on Cardinals-land.
Then there are other times.
ESPN took a break from LeBronapalooza to put together some preseason NFL rankings. The Cardinals, not surprisingly, were No. 21 out of 32 teams, a general area many seem to be slotting the 2010 edition. I get it. Matt Leinart has much to prove and the team has had enough turnover that it’s tough to know exactly how far this squad is from the 10-win division champion of 2009. But the No. 20 team is Carolina, who in my estimation has lost even more than the Cards and has either Matt Moore or Jimmy Clausen at quarterback. Not sure how they’d rank higher (but that will be settled for real Dec. 19 in Carolina).
But nothing caught my eye as much as cbssports.com’s position rankings for safety. A separate top five for the position was created by both Andy Benoit and Josh Katzowitz. Neither one included Adrian Wilson — and, actually even a little more surprising, neither one even mentioned Wilson in their lengthy back-and-forth. Wilson isn’t better than Brian Dawkins these days? And even if you feel that strongly about Bernard Pollard or Nick Collins, Wilson has to be in the discussion, right? Especially when, elsewhere on the site, Wilson is ranked as the 44th-best player in the entire NFL (Fitz is 11th, Dockett 47th, BTW).
Something tells me it’s just another chip A-Dub can hoist upon his shoulder this season. Yes, I feel fairly confident about that.
Tags: Adrian Wilson, Bernard Pollard, Brian Dawkins, Darnell Dockett, ESPN, Larry Fitzgerald, Matt Leinart, Nick Collins, Panthers
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