fun gus wrote:
And we dont know about Davis, because he was never really given a chance to show exactly what he is capable of
BS. Davis had 1 year at Boston College, 1 year at Fort Scott CC, and 2 years at ECU to show what he is capable of. We know plenty about Davis. He's not particularly accurate, has sloppy footwork, and is still green in the offense because he struggles going to more than one progression. We also know he has a strong arm and is good with his legs, and in general has a good feel for the game.
By your logic, then you should also be complaining about Bradie Ewing, and pretty much everyone that is listed as J.A.G. because then they haven't really had the opportunity to show what they can do. So everyone should have the jury still out on them right? No, because when it's all said and done and jury reaches its ultimate verdict, in all likelihood they are going to be Just A Guy. I personally thought Pat Schiller was the most impressive of all our UDFAs last summer, and I think if he develops can become a pro like Chase Blackburn that can play 8+ years in the NFL as a versatile backup. But I'm not going to act like it's a disservice to his ability if someone considers him to be J.A.G.
This is nitpicking. You have them rating 60 or so players, and you disagree (strongly) on a half dozen of them, and thus in your eyes is "further proof of why Football Outsiders is out of touch" when it's really you just making a mountain out of a molehill.
Look, I personally would rate Matt Ryan, Drew Davis, Sam Baker, Mike Johnson, Jonathan Massaquoi, Jonathan Babineaux, Peria Jerry, Corey Peters, and Matt Bosher differently from what they graded here.
Football Outsiders wrote:
Ryan doesn’t quite have top-notch arm strength, but he understands his progressions, he’s very sound fundamentally and, most importantly, he has developed the poise and toughness to make throws from a muddied pocket. In short, you can win a Super Bowl with Ryan as your quarterback.
I don't know what your issue is, but that is pretty fair analysis of Ryan. He doesn't have top-notch arm strength. As far as other 31 starters are involved, he's in the Bottom 10 in terms of arm strength. There are 5 starters that definitely have weaker arms than Ryan: Flynn, Alex Smith, Dalton, Kolb, & Ponder, and there's another 5 that he's in the general ball park around: Schaub, Brady, Rivers, Sanchez, Romo.
And I would say that Ryan has improved throwing from a muddied pocket, although I don't think it's a strength to his game. But he's made enough strides where it's not a huge hindrance anymore.
fun gus wrote:
But they continue proving my point with articles like these.
They aren't proving anything. You have a low opinion of their site, and basically damned if they do, they are damned if they don't. You seemingly agree with 90% of this article's contents.
This isn't crazy drivel written by an insane person. It's just an article that has a slightly different opinion than yours, but because of your bias against the site, you think it's a huge gulf, when it's not.