Pro Football Focus recently came out with it's Movers and Fallers edition of the AFC North. The guy they list as "Moving on Up" was defensive tackle Pat Sims who went from a -8.0 ranking in 2009 to a +1.1 ranking in 2010. Aside from some boneheaded decisions last year, which could have brought his stock crashing lower than Enron (that's right, I just made and Enron reference), I have to agree that his presence brought the defensive line that much closer to being a respectable unit. Though he's the least often mentioned of the Fisher Price Kids, one could argue that his improved play was equally important to that of Geno Atkins at the end of last season.
In completely un-astonishing fashion, Chad Ochocinco was listed under the "Had a Bad Year" category, dropping from a score of +8.8 to -2.9. PFF cited his increased # of drops and the decrease in his touchdown catches as the main reason for the drop. But as critical Bengals fans, we could probably point to a couple other factors as well: The 64 Women that he dated 2 at a time (who wouldn't be distracted by that?), Terrell Owens (If TO = Batman, then Ocho = Joker, not Robin), and finally I think we can blame Twitter which is the root of all evil in the world.
And for those of you who have been clamoring for more Bernard Scott, PFF agrees with you - they gave him the "Give this Guy More Snaps" award. For this selection, most hard core Bengals fans would have to give PFF the "No #!@%*&^ Kidding" award, but I suppose that for a national audience, this wasn't quite so obvious. Why this didn't happen during the season
is beyond me, confounds all logic, tickles my mind grapes, was because Bratkowski was using his playbook as a coloring book. But, I digress. Scott proved, with a 4.9 yds/carry average, that at the very least he should be splitting carries with Benson next year.
My own personal selections would be Whitworth as a mover (who slid into the top 5 LTs in the league category IMHO), Carson Palmer for "Had a Bad Year" and for the sake of being creative, I'll give the "Give this Guy More Snaps" award to Anthony Collins, who filled in beautifully at RT at the end of last season.
Any guesses on who will movers and fallers next year?