Next month EA Sports will release the 26th edition of its insanely popular NFL video game, Madden. To help get gamers excited for that day the company is releasing Madden player ratings every day.
Yesterday they toyed with the 2014 rookies by asking them what they thought their ratings should be, then filming their responses when they showed them what they actually were. Today EA Sports released its top five quarterbacks list, which excluded Matt Ryan. Here’s who they picked:
1. Peyton Manning (98 overall)
2. Aaron Rodgers (98 overall)
3. Drew Brees (96 overall)
4. Russell Wilson (93 overall)
5. Tom Brady (93 overall)
I’m not going to take issue with Manning, Rodgers or Brees. Those three are the consensus best quarterbacks in the world and nobody with any sense is going to argue the point. However, I find it really strange that Madden put both Russell Wilson and Tom Brady ahead of Matt Ryan.
Wilson is generally underrated in my opinion, but he’s playing in a run-first offense and hasn’t had much asked of him. Meanwhile when Brady lost his amazing corps of receivers and catching tight ends, his numbers took a serious nose dive. I don’t even think I’d put Brady in the top ten anymore. At the very least Phillip Rivers, Tony Romo and Matt Ryan should be ranked ahead of him. Brady’s Madden rating is clearly all about reputation and past success and not what he’s actually capable of.
Meanwhile Ryan threw for over 4,500 yards last year and he did it without his number one receiver for 11 games and a number two option that was playing hurt the whole time. What a crock.
What do you think? Did Matt Ryan get snubbed or not?