Debunking 10 NFL Myths

Ramone BrownSenior Writer IJuly 2, 2009

TAMPA, FL - JANUARY 31:  Workers paint the NFL logo on center field a day before Super Bowl XLIII between the Arizona Cardinals and the Pittsburgh Steelers on January 31, 2009 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Throughout the year, you often hear people claim "myths" as truths. Here's a look at how I have debunked my 10 least favorite NFL myths:


1. Jerry Rice was slow

I am so tired of hearing people say Jerry Rice ran a 4.6 or 4.7 on his 40-yard dash. Countless Web sites claim this without documented proof, as if it were fact.

This myth was created to give less athletic people hope that if they worked hard enough at something, like Rice, who had legendary work ethic, they can accomplish anything.

Sorry to burst your bubble, but Rice is also gifted with great genes and actually ran a 4.4 according to this Web site

Also in an interview on the Chronicle live, when asked about his notoriously slow 40, Rice claimed to have 4.4 speed.

To further debunk this, he obviously lost a step after suffering a knee injury in 1997 that ended his season, allowing him only two games that year. Factor in that and old age, and it would suggest that had he really ran a 4.7 by the turn of the century he would have been approaching 5.0 flat in his 40.

Furthermore, Rice is often seen pulling away from DBs in his highlights and, believe it or not, he was a vertical threat early in his career.


2. The Steelers have a bad offensive line

Well I guess Steeler Fans feel like they need something to complain about. Last year was one of their worst performances, but the O-line still ranked 19th, around the middle of the pack.

In 2007 they ranked 13th once again and in 2006 they ranked sixth statistically.

The only stat they have working against them is that they were 31st in attempts between sacks last year. But on the other hand, you have to consider they are responsible for that monster running game.


3. Icing the kicker works

I hate it when teams ice the kicker by calling a time out. Some Kickers have even said they prefer it, as it gives them more time to prepare mentally.

Another Raider example is the dreaded snow-job game. While the Raiders tried to "ice" the Patriots' kicker, it actually gave the o-line more time to clear snow from the set down spot.

And guess what: He still made the kick!


4. Al Davis is the worst owner

Sure he has had a blemish on his record the last six years, but his team is still one of the more successful overall. His team has never lost more than 14 games in a season and he has still won more Super Bowls than the majority of the other NFL owners.

Very few owners can even try to compare.


5. Tom Brady won his first Super Bowl with no name receivers

Maybe true to an extent, but you can't argue Troy Brown was a bad receiver.


6. Pass rush is responsible for elite corners

This one is easily debunked using The Raiders as an example:

They have the best corner in football in Nnamdi Asmugha yet their average pass-rush was ranked 13th last year.


7. Offense wins games

The top scoring teams were the Saints, Cardinals, and Chargers. The combined records of the three last years was only one game above .500.


8. Defense wins championships 

Well maybe this one has some truth to it. But I found an article arguing against it


9. NFL scheduling is unfair and my team always has a hard schedule

I hear this all the time and people often act like the NFL scheduling is out to get their respective team. But contrary to popular belief, all but two of the regular season games are scheduled years in advance, while the other two have to do with the divisional ranking of "your team" along with others.


10. Great QB numbers win games

This would suggest that teams like the Saints and the Broncos, whose QBs threw for the most yards, would have won the most games.

Actually, if a team's QB throws for 300-plus yards, the team only wins 46 percent of the time. This means that statistically it's better to throw for less than 300. This is due to the fact that these teams often throw for huge amounts of yards because they are often playing from behind.