I’ve been snooping around a bit for any sort of Madden 2011 player rating leaks, (besides the QB’s and rookies), and after a couple half assed attempts, decided I didn’t care enough to pursue it vigorously.
But thanks to a convenient post from the Cardinals blog Revenge of the Birds, I have discovered a breakdown of the top eight player ratings at each position in Madden 2011.
Not saying the 12th Man should expect anything great for the Hawks, but even when we came off a sucky year in 2008 we had a couple good ratings.
Sad to say, there is not going to be a single Seattle Seahawk with a rating of over 89 in the 2011 version, a first from what I can recall since I began playing the game once upon a 2000.
Most of these “snubs” are deserved; like TJ Houshmandzadehs rating dropping from it’s initial spot of 91 in the 2010 version of the game.
After being signed on to be a true No. 1 receiver and finishing with 3 TD’s, well, it’s safe to say we won’t be hearing any complaining on his end about an 86-87 overall rating this year.
Walter Jones is gone, and that rids us of a sure fire 90 overall.
Lofa Tatupu and Marcus Trufant were injured so their stock went down as well.
I do see a couple snubs on this list though.
John Carlson being rated lower than Kellen Creaky Knees Winslow is a travesty. Unless he has the same rating of 89 overall and is just cut off because the list is eight players deep, there is no doubt that’s a glaring omission.
Jon Ryan not being listed in the top ten punters is also ridiculous, considering how bad we were in 2009, that’s the one thing we ended up doing well, and he was one of the leagues best last year.
Certainly should be rated higher than Sam Koch and at the very least should have a higher rating than 85.
Olindo Mare not cracking the top ten kickers is also ludicrous, I highly doubt that the guys in the top ten all only missed a pair of field goals each.
Other than that, I don’t see anyone you can argue justifies a top eight rating/90+ rating at their position on the Seahawks roster (would’ve been nice to have the sparkling No. 3 overall guy at wide receiver though).
Some promising notes though:
Rookie tackle Russell Okung has an 85 overall rating, and Earl Thomas scored an 81 overall rating as well.
Okungs rating is tied for the highest among all rookies along with Suh and Berry.
The rave about Thomas apparently reflects on the Madden rating as well; as he is the sixth best rated first round rookie despite being picked No. 14 overall.
I guess it’s also worth noting that after Okung, Thomas is the second highest rated rookie from No. 7 to No. 32 with only Mike Iupati (who some are hailing as Steve Hutchinson 2.0), beating him out.
So if you’re like me and you prefer to build up the crappy teams into juggernauts because it’s funner than raping with the Saints; you have some nice young pieces to start with in Seattle.
And Jaguars fans are going to be even more heated, defensive tackle Tyson Aluaaalaoauloa got a 65 overall…. OUCH!