I'm a tad pissed at myself for having no clue whatsoever that the Top 100 NFL Player Countdown started tonight, but in honor of this blog being about a quarterback, I'm gonna *pass* the buck and blame the NFL for not marketing one of the best parts of the league calendar. Either way, it's a great surprise.
The Top 100 NFL Player Countdown, or whatever the technical term for the list is, has been going on since 2011, back when another Patriot QB was reigning league MVP and voted #1 player in the league. Every year NFL players fill out a ballot of who they think the top 100 players in the league are, and NFL Network turns the results into a nice little countdown show to get you ready for some football.
Last year I made a video that's since gone baby viral (over 1,000 views), breaking down some of the best player interviews.
Well, much to my surprise and excitement, Michael Macorkle Jones made the Top 100 list entering his sophomore season.
Sure, we can all devalue Mac's Pro Bowl selection by naming all the players that had to back out for him to make it, but making the Top 100 list is a big deal, especially as a rookie. These 100 players are who the rest of the league thinks are the best in the NFL. No fanbases are stuffing the ballot or orange folks claiming it was rigged and committing treason. It's just a bunch of dudes ranking other dudes like God intended.
Making this list is a nice little feather in Mac's cap going into year #2. Obviously, this recognition for Mac isn't going to put the Patriots in the Super Bowl, but for lack of a better term, it's a big deal. It's clear Mac's earned a lot of respect from players around the league. It's like when a new stand up comic gain the respect of the established vets. That's when you really know you've made it.
With fantasy drafts and the real season quickly approaching, my conversations regarding the New England Patriots' upcoming campaign have increased exponentially. I don't know why I made that sentence so wordy and fake intelligent-y (maybe because this is a night blog and I've already taken my medicine?), but I have been talking Pats more, and people love to ask me what my predictions for the season are.
My go-to record is 8-9, but I'm just trying to be coy. Of course, I think the Patriots can make the playoffs, but I also am setting myself up to handle disappointment because I do worry about some of the personnel losses the Patriots had this offseason, and the AFC is loaded. Anywhere from 7-12 wins wouldn't shock me.
I can type some more words that may or may not get read by people I went to high school with and other readers I've picked up along the way, but nothing I say will change the fact that Mac Jones was voted the 85th best player in the NFL going into 2022. Sure, it means nothing, but it also means something. I got excited when I saw the tweet that's linked below this video that the NFL will block from playback on DOL. I think it's okay for Patriot fans to be more optimistic given this news. Hopefully, the Pats' lack of an official Offensive Coordinator isn't too damaging!
Since the NFL loves to block people from seeing its content on underground platforms, here you go!
I LOVE seeing this, but is there no colored ink at 1 Patriot Place or Mac's house?