NFL Polls Tell Little Except Who's on ESPN

NFL Polls Tell Little Except Who's on ESPN

Last week, the Sporting News brought us the second hyped anonymous NFL player poll of this half-season. In the survey, NFL players picked Rex Ryan as the league's most overrated coach. (Bill Belichick finished second, which gave Ryan the basis for a fun little press-conference jab: He was glad to have finally beaten Bill Belichick at something.) The poll followed a late-October Sports Illustrated poll of 180 NFL players, which named Tim Tebow and Mark Sanchez as the league's most overrated two.

Do polls like these teach us anything? The easy response is no, particularly when they ask about over- or underratedness, relative and imprecise terms. Why should an NFL player's opinion—or meta-opinion, his opinion about the value other people's opinions—be the best gauge of another player's abilities?

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