The NFL Network polled players from across the league to compile a ranking of the top 100 players of 2017, and there was a big surprise in the middle of the list that stunned Colin Cowherd.
Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck was ranked the 51st best player in the NFL in 2017, one position behind Tennessee's Marcus Mariota. Cowherd reacted to the players' ranking on Tuesday's episode of "The Herd".
NFL players think Marcus Mariota is better than Andrew Luck
“The NFL Network has an annual top 100 poll. It should be noted it’s voted on by the players, not by the fine employees of the NFL Network. I would strongly suggest they name the new top 100 poll ‘the players apparently aren’t very smart’ poll.
"Last week I got into a bit of an emotional, stressful situation because where did they rank Andrew Luck? 51st, behind some marginal players.
"Well, well. Look who they unveiled today as the 50th best player! I am being told this morning that Marcus Mariota is also better than Andrew Luck. Alrighty then.”
“First two years, Marcus Mariota’s record was 11-16. Andrew Luck’s was 22-10 with significantly less help.
"In the first two years, Mariota threw for 6,200 yards. Andrew Luck, behind the worst O-line and with a bad running game, threw for 8,200. Twenty more football fields.
"By the way, Marcus Mariota ain’t much on the road. He also isn’t good at home. He’s 5-8 at home. Andrew Luck is 24-11.”
Luck has the head-to-head edge, too
“Marcus Mariota, though, he starts rolling into these winning streaks. He’s had one! Three games.
"Andrew Luck had a four-game winning streak as a rookie, then a three-game winning streak as a rookie. Then a four-game winning streak as a second-year quarterback. Then five- and four-game winning streaks in his third year.
"‘OK, OK Colin, but you know what’s happened when these two have met!’
"Yes, I do. Mariota’s 0-3 against Luck.
"The NFL Network should rename the poll ‘the players apparently aren’t very smart’ poll.”
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Mariota is not in any way better than Luck
“Marcus Mariota is not in any way better than Andrew Luck. Look at their head-to-head, look at their yards, look at who they’ve played with. Tennessee has, both years, had a top-10 O-line. The Colts didn’t. The Colts had to fire their general manager because he couldn’t get Luck players. Who is doing this poll? Unbelievable.”