Who are the most underrated and overrated players in franchise history, NFL.com asks. A quick run-down.
- Ken Anderson, QB
- Pete Johnson, RB
- Carl Pickens, WR
- Tim Krumrie, DT
- Anthony Munoz, OT
- Cris Collinsworth, WR
- Ickey Woods, RB
- Chris Perry, RB
- Shayne Graham, K
- T.J. Houshmandzadeh, WR
Our first instinct is that this list isn't meant for Bengals fans. We have our own perspectives. Outsiders need not apply. Suggesting that any of those players listed as "underrated" is a bit much. They're obviously in the "Mount Rushmore" of Bengals players. It doesn't get much bigger than that. If underrated is meant as a presentation to explain the general lack of support from the media, fine.
However, the players listed as overrated is really composed of statistical evidence and career achievements, which of itself too simplistic. For example, their perspective on Cris Collinsworth:
Collinsworth played eight years for the Bengals and made three Pro Bowls, but he's now more famous than similar receivers due to his role on NBC's "Sunday Night Football". Collinsworth was a nice player, but was he really that much better than Mark Duper or Haywood Jeffires?
Save for the fact that I have no idea where Duper and Jeffires came into this, Collinsworth had a tremendous impact. Ken Anderson appeared to be undergoing a significant decline, posting only six touchdowns, 13 interceptions and a career-low 66.9 passer rating in 1980. While rotating with the younger Jack Thompson, Anderson's leading receiver that year (Dan Ross) posted 56 receptions and 724 yards receiving.
It appeared that his career was over -- and if Thompson would have stepped up and claimed the starting role on a regular basis, it would have been.
Then, the Bengals drafted Collinsworth. Anderson finally felt healthy. Suddenly, the Bengals won 12 games, earning their first Super Bowl appearance in franchise history. In the two-year stretch from 1981-1982, the last time Cincinnati reached the postseason in consecutive seasons until last year, Anderson combined for 41 touchdowns, 19 interceptions and a passer rating of 97.2. Collinsworth, who generated 1,009 yards receiving his rookies season (a record that stood until A.J. Green showed up in 2011), was a huge part of Cincinnati's rebirth in the early 80s.
Secondly, it's shocking that Woods is listed as overrated and then ignore why his career was really only defined by one season. Additionally, placing Woods with Chris Perry is grossly offensive.