Link: Richardson snubbed in PFF’s race for rookie of the year

Just over a week ago, Jets rookie defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson was asked whether he’d like to be named as the rookie of the year. His response?

“I don’t care, I am that. Even if I don’t win it, I am that. You can’t tell me anything different.”

However, not everyone agrees. Mel Kiper went with Kiko Alonso as his defensive rookie of the year and Richardson wasn’t even included in the five nominees for the Pepsi Rookie of the Year award (which does also include offensive players).

Today, he was snubbed again as – despite having led the race all year – Richardson was named as the runner-up for the Pro Football Focus defensive rookie of the year award.

Richardson graded out much better than anyone else, including the eventual winner (Atlanta Cornerback Desmond Trufant) although PFF have said in the past that you can’t compare grades across positions. Their rationale for Richardson missing out is that he wasn’t very productive as a pass rusher, although one might suggest that had more to do with teams getting rid of the ball early to mitigate pressure.

Despite this lack of production, he was still more productive as a pass rusher as a rookie than Muhammad Wilkerson was in his rookie year and Khaled from PFF agrees this could be a good sign:

“Still, it was a tremendously impactful rookie year and if he can make the kind of leap in this regard that Muhammad Wilkerson made from Year 1 to Year 2, then you should be very scared about what that Jets defense might do.”

It’s good to end on a positive. Please show respect and behave yourselves if you head over to PFF to express your disappointment.

111 comments
jake100
jake100

Almost 80% for DE! I think it safe to say the people have spoken, Bent was dead on!

djf1
djf1

It's a naked ploy, nothing more.  You could smell it coming a mile away.  I like PFF for the analysis, but they can shove it with this type of nonsense.


McGeorge
McGeorge

This is a positive!

Let Boss Hogg think he's not that good and he will want less to resign with the Jets! :-)

Kind of the opposite of what Rex  overly praised Revis.


Here is a question - in a redraft - which defensive player would go first?  I don't think it would be Trufant.

jake100
jake100

The DE pick is starting to break away in the poll.  

jake100
jake100

Come on guys take the Poll, it was Bents suggestion!

jake100
jake100

Personally, I would take the DE, but I guess one could argue the weakest area was the back end while the strongest was the front end, so balance might lean to the back end, just a thought. I however, think the front end is more bang for the buck, but what the hell do I know.

kniff
kniff

The secret here is to transform a very confidant "I am that!"...... to a new team mantra of "We ARE that!!" Helping to build the winning culture we all covet...


Richardson is a serious piece of the the "New" NY Jets that are giving every indication of being on the right trajectory....


2012-    6-10

2013-    8-8

2014   10-6  (hopefully this or even better) but even at 10-6 we are definitely in the playoffs where anything can happen!!

jake100
jake100

I am really looking forward to this weekend of football.  Go Chargers, Colts, Saints, and Panthers! Those are who I want, not necessarily who I  think will win.

nesboogie
nesboogie

Who's gonna be our new OLB and ILB next year?

Jim Israel
Jim Israel

I may be in a distinct minority, but what's the point of getting all hot and bothered about any of these awards, i.e, Rookie of the Year, MVP, MVP-Super Bowl? What difference does it make? The 'voters'  are usually not impartial, they have their prejudices, like teams they hate, teams they root for, coaches they can't stand, etc., so the 'elections' are suspect to being with. Richardson got robbed? So what?


Just forget about awards. I pay them no mind. They're a waste of time.


It's all about wins on the field. And, every professional player or coach will tell you the same thing.

nesboogie
nesboogie

PFF had Revis the #1 DB this year

jaygo
jaygo

PFF is art, not science, so don't  treat it as stating fact.  Been through this before on this blog.  PFF is a group of guys subjectively rating players play by play in accordance with a set of rules intended to minimize guess work (like what was the guys assignment 


on the play); which ratings are then discussed, debated and harmonized; but, at the end of the day, it is subjective group-think analysis, opinion, and not objective analysis.  It is good and it is meticulous and it is better than most everything else out these, but it 


is not the be all and end all of every analysis.  If we took a group from ESPN, from this Blog, from the NY Post, from section 217 at Met Life, from Chicago, from LA, from Miami and from Green Bay, all using the same metrics, you likely would get a slightly 


different rating from each group.  That said, PFF is useful and clearly in my view distinguishes good players from bad, but making fine distinctions like who is the best rookie of the year among a bunch of very good players is a judgment call, an opinion, at the 


end of the day.  This is very different from 2+2=4  which some people make it out to be so don't lose sleep.

Bent
Bent moderator

@djf1 Honestly, it's not.  I spoke to PFF and that's just the way the vote went down.

Pat d
Pat d

Even the analysis should be taken with a grain of salt.

jake100
jake100

The DE is breaking loose again in the poll, and I agree with that. A strong front will pay dividends.

Pat d
Pat d

Now that would be a QB competition that Geno would surely lose.

Pat d
Pat d

As far as redraft, the question is did the Jets take the right player in the 2012 draft.

jake100
jake100

The poll is locked in a tie, albeit only a few votes, but still surprising.

joemustgo
joemustgo

The only award I care about Wilkerson or Richardson winning is SB MVP.

joemustgo
joemustgo

Actually, Super Bowl MVP is the one award I really want Wilkerson or Richardson to win.

Brendan
Brendan


@Jim Israel For the record, I'm not "hot and bothered" by the snub. I'm more concerned that this is indicative of what the real vote will be and I'd like Richardson rewarded for a fantastic season. 


I know in the long run winning the award might increase his price tag (although I have my doubts this would really come up in contract negotiations), but I wanted him to win it because, simply put, I like him. Richardson is a selfless teammate (despite his trash talk, he cares a lot about the success of his mates), a great personality, he tries as hard as anyone on that field and he's relentless. I think that last part is why I love him as a player, he will literally dig a tunnel to the QB if you tell him that's the only way he can make a play. He's an insanely competitive player who loves the game, loves his coaches, loves the fans, he just loves everything right now (except opposing QB's and OL). I want that silver lining to a transitional year, something for Idzik/Rex to hang their hat on (not entirely, but you know what I mean) and I want the stigma that the Jets stink and everything thing about them stinks eliminated. It'd be just one step in that direction, but it'd be a step nonetheless. 


It'll also be turned into a Rex-bashing exercise with people bringing up the rushing TD's as another "failure" by Rex (he couldn't even get his guy DROY giving him offensive snaps for more notoriety LOL!)  and so on. We've seen this before, the only way this isn't some kind of headache is if he wins. 

a57se
a57se

@Jim Israel 

The point here is rather simple, jim.

PFF has an article EVERY week Called the Race for the Rookie of the Year. They rank the players in order from 1st to 10th and include their cumulative PFF grade.

Sheldon Richardson has been leading that list since week 5 and his cumulative PFF grade is +32.4

Desmond Trufant, who they gave the DROY to was NEVER higher then 5th on the list, didn't show up on the list for a 3rd of the season and had a cumulative grade of +12.2......

The Week 16 standings Had Richardson firmly in the lead and Trufant 6th.

Then after week 17 they decide that Sheldon Richardson is no longer the top rookie, but is only the 4th best rookie behind Keenan Allen, Desmond Trufant and Larry Warford (all guys he graded out better then all season and lead all season)?

Does that sound right to you?


 

jake100
jake100

@jaygo Jaygo, you are a "likable" guy, good post.

jake100
jake100

@Pat d 

I don't know how you could make that assumption, but I cant disagree with you(or agree with you) for the same reason that I am stating, and that is we simply do not know. The jump from college to the pros is dramatic and many times all that glitters in college is fools gold in the pros.

Bent
Bent moderator

@Pat d Hell yes.  Coples is awesome.  I'm more excited about his development than anyone.

Jim Israel
Jim Israel

@Brendan@Jim Israel 

Brendan, I like Richardson a lot too. He's a terrific player and seems to act exactly like any professional athlete should: he knows how blessed he is with talent, and enjoys every minute of playing football. But my feelings for him are irrelevant to my distaste for these asinine awards: Richardson doesn't need any 'plug-nickel' award to get himself motivated. He'll win a Super Bowl one day - that'll be the only football award he ever really care about.

Pat d
Pat d

Who cares. Just win a Super Bowl.

Jim Israel
Jim Israel

@a57se@Jim Israel 

'Race for the Rookie of the Year'? What?? Talk about a waste of time. And all that voting week-after-week with Richardson winning ahead every week and then losing at the end only proves my point: the voting is not on the level, and a joke, so the award is, in the scheme of things, not worth a damn. I'll read TJB  on this topic because I respect the writers, but otherwise I ignore all the hype.

And, one final point: Anyone who follows 'The Race for the Rookie of the Year' regularly has too much time on their hands. Get out of the house once in a while.

Bent
Bent moderator

@a57se @Jim Israel But Khaled wrote the weekly article and the analyst's vote decided the end resutl.  That explains the outcome not matching the rest of the series.

jake100
jake100

@a57se @Jim Israel 

There are so many factors though, position, who they had around them to increase their performance ect. It is very subjective in that regard. There is more than just the total grade. I know that the grade sounds like the all, but they can take several other things into consideration. I really don't care, as the above post points out, it is just about the team and wins. Sure I would have liked our guys to win, but I wont make a big fuss about it. I am more interested in what they do as a team and I am sure they feel the same way.

jaygo
jaygo

@jake100 @jaygo Ah, you're just happy that I defended you yesterday but I can always take happy thoughts.

Pat d
Pat d

Of course we don't know for sure but Geno doesn't look to be the QB to lead the Jets to the Super Bowl. In fact Sanchez looked more promising after year one.

Bent
Bent moderator

@psi1 So far he's been more productive, but I think Coples will hopefully catch Jones eventually.


It's interesting that Coples generated more pressure than Jones over the second half of the season both this year and last year.

psi1
psi1

Chandler Jones has been a better pass rusher.

Pat d
Pat d

One more question. How would you rate him compared to Ingram

Bent
Bent moderator

@Pat d He's on his way.  Hope he can stay healthy all year next year.

Pat d
Pat d

I sure hope so. You think Coples is the best edge pass rusher from the class of 2012 or that he could be.

Brendan
Brendan

@Jim Israel Haha I read it at work, so in essence I get paid to read PFF. 

jake100
jake100

You got your badge back, so I want to stay on your good side. ☺☺ In all seriousness, you never lost your badge!

jake100
jake100

@Bent 

I am working on being a more kinder, gentler poster. I want my style to reflect my  handle....."Gentle Jake Jones"  ☺☺☺☻☻☻

Bent
Bent moderator

@jake100 If only you'd taken that attitude every time you quoted Wayne Hunter's grade ad infinitum.