I meant to cover this last week (real life sort of got in the way), but the very interesting and informative blog Pro Football Focus recently put out its list of the top 101 players in the NFL. Just one Bill made the list: defensive tackle Kyle Williams was ranked third.
That’s not the third-best defensive tackle – that means PFF considers Williams to be the third-best player in the entire NFL. Considering he only made the freaking Pro Bowl as an alternate, does this mean PFF is overvaluing him or the rest of the league’s media is undervaluing him?
If you’ve never read PFF, I highly recommend you check it out. The motto of the site is “Every game. Every player. Every play.” Basically, the site’s team of stat nerds breaks down every single play of each game, tracking if each player is doing something good, bad, or okay. If a player does well, he’ll get positive points. If not, negative points. At the end of the day, if you have a ton of positive points, you probably played really well. It’s a really simple, yet really nuanced, system that rewards players from all positions, not just the ones that dominate the traditional stats.
Williams is a favorite of the staff at PFF. And there’s no doubt why – Williams was absolutely outstanding in 201o. No one in the league did more with less help.
I’m just glad someone else noticed how completely dominant Williams was in the Pittsburgh game this past season. That was a work of art. He simply embarrassed the interior of the Steeler line over and over.
Anyway, if Williams can muster a similar season in 2011, hopefully the improved talent around him will lead to some actual stops for the Buffalo defense.