Madden '08 disses Jason Taylor
The ratings take into account such attributes as speed, acceleration, strength, agility, awareness, stamina, toughness and even ego. Importance to his team is also rated by the game, with those ratings coming from a group of game experts that most notably includes John Madden himself.
Anyway, Brian Urlacher is the highest rated player in the game with Champ Bailey, LaDainian Tomlinson, Peyton Manning and Ed Reed rounding out the top 5.
So I'm scrolling through to find players from YOUR Miami Dolphins...
Still scrolling. And then I finally, finally come to Zach Thomas at No. 23. I'm not kidding. No. 23, behind guys like Adam Vinatieri and Shane Lechler and Lorenzo Neal.
And if that's not strange enough, I scroll back up to find Jason Taylor, you know the NFL defensive player of the year in 2007, and he's nowhere to be found. So I scroll back down and then find Taylor.
He's rated at No. 49. Behind Denver kicker Jason Elam.
Are they kidding me?
Anyway, Joey Porter is ranked No. 54 and then Miami doesn't have another player ranked in the top 100. Chris Chambers is ranked No. 266 and Ronnie Brown is at 267.
Now understand this is just a video game. It's a fun exercise. But it makes the point the opinion that so-called experts, such as Madden himself, have of the Dolphins. As far as talent is concerned the team is not exactly, shall we say, loaded.
Of course football is a team, not individual sport. So maybe the Dolphins can surprise some people this year. At least on the field, if not in the video game.