The Buccaneers are used to getting overlooked by the public, but this is a new misstep for PFF.com.
PFF.com is usually a remarkably reputable source on the evaluation of players that goes beyond “the eye test” and the box score. These metrics for player evaluation have been dead for quite some time, and PFF is ahead of the curve on moving towards a numbers-based alternative. At least, they were before their most recent slight against the Buccaneers.
The Bucs aren’t new to getting a raw deal in recognition. The team has been criminally underrated all the way up to winning the Super Bowl, and even after accomplishing that feat, the team still fails to receive the attention that it deserves.
While the players should mostly care about the Super Bowl rings that they now own rather than the individual accolades, it’s still a massive failure on the side of the media groups when they leave out the Bucs stars.
In the most recent part of the story that is the disrespect against the Bucs, PFF.com put out a tweet today that is starting to garner some negative reactions quickly.
For those who haven’t seen the tweet yet, the issue is quickly apparent.
While every other team has their top two receivers listed, the Buccaneer duo is not the top pair but rather the WR1 and the WR3. Mike Evans and Antonio Brown are a great pair, but they aren’t the dominant pair in Tampa. Chris Godwin would like a word with whoever made this list.
Brown and Evans are the big names, but Godwin makes a case that he belongs right up with Evans on the list. With a better 2020 than Brown and the best 2019 season of anyone at the position according to PFF, it is bizarre to leave Godwin off of the initial list.
PFF quickly fixed their mistake with a follow-up tweet, but the damage was already done. The box score and name-watching is an issue that is still prevalent throughout the NFL, especially against the Buccaneers, and the team deserves better from the rest of the league.
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