Some NFL.com articles give reason to scratch one's head. Some opinions, however,seem purely laughable..
Matt Schein believes Bethea is the Colt's most important player
. Really? If last year is anything to go by, then that is absurd. First of all, in a rebuilding team, Bethea had what some considered a down year for a player off his standard..yet, the Colts
win 9 more games than the year before. Yea, that shows he is very vital to the Colts (not).
I'll add that his criterion for what he thinks is important is also silly: "We are diving deeper. We're identifying the guy who needs to achieve -- and overachieve -- for the team to reach its potential." It should simply be the most crucial, valuable, critical, influential, paramount (all synonyms
of important) player to a team.
By Schein's description and list (who he omitted J.J Watt, Tom Brady
, Cameron Wake
), it seems that the article should be titled 'the one player on each team that must break-out' list.
Bethea's importance to the Colts is definitely top 12 as he has leadership qualities and is underrated (both pointed out by Schein). But there are three obvious guys that obviously should make Bethea not even be considered for this title:
3. ANDREW LUCK
Durrr..2011- Poor QB play, 2-14 season. 2012- New HC, OC, GM. Veterans released and begin a rebuild. #1 overall pick. Get Luck(y) and that equals an 11-5 season, despite all the factors against Luck and the Colts. Yep, you'd expect the franchise guy for the next 15 years to be very important aye Schein?
2. ROBERT MATHIS
This guy is really the Colt's only proven and premier pass rusher. The front 7 would be in all sorts without him..and he is the defensive leader. The (lack of) pass rush was very ugly when he missed the Jets
, Cleveland and Tenneasse game. He is still very productive (despite being in his 30s), as he recorded 13 QB hits and 9 tackles for a loss despite being the main focus of the opposing offense's game plan.
1. REGGIE WAYNE
If Reggie wasn't on the Colt's squad last year, Donnie Avery
would have been lined up #1 on the depth chart. Mr 'I struggle to catch the ball'
. That horrific hypothetical situation of Wayne getting injured and Avery being the #1 receiver sent chills through my spine sometimes last year and should make every Colt fan value Reggie more. His Green Bay game was perhaps the best performance by any NFL wideout last year- clutch and very productive. I do think age is catching up to him
and he didn't finish the 2013 season as strong as he started. But his strong work ethic and productive performances last year and the fact he is the perfect mentor for the young skilled players that are the future of the Colt's offense(Luck, TY, Fleener and Allen) makes Wayne the most important player on the Colts.
All in all, the fact one of these three guys didn't get the title over Bethea is surprising and quite stupid in my opinion. In an interesting debate, what do you guys think?
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