Every year, Pete Prisco from CBS Sports puts together a list of who he feels are the most overrated and underrated players for each team. Since Pete Prisco is involved, one can generally expect the results to be mostly nonsensical and highly idiotic. Prisco confirms this by naming Troy Polamalu the most overrated player in the National Football League, and doesn't really do much to get out of the ditch from there.
I mean, really. . .Troy Polamalu? Seriously, all you have to do is look at how the Steelers' defense performs with him compared to how they perform without him to see how stupid that is.
Anyway, when he gets to the Minnesota Vikings, he actually gets the team's most underrated player correct, in my opinion, naming linebacker Chad Greenway to that spot.
I know they tagged him, which shows his value, but he doesn't get the attention he deserves. He's a tackling machine.
So, for the Vikings' most overrated player, Prisco goes after a guy that so many Viking-hating fools like to go after, defensive end Jared Allen.
He is good, just not as good as advertised. He played poorly early on last season, but played better late. Is age becoming an issue?
Whatever, Pete. Yeah, Allen got off to a slow start in 2010. . .he still wound up with "only" eleven sacks, two interceptions (one that he returned for a TD), six passes defensed, and was still among the league leaders in quarterback pressures and quarterback hits. Gotta love it when a guy is so talented and so well-established that numbers like that somehow constitute a "down year."
If that guy is our most "overrated" player, then we're in much better shape than I thought we were.