FanPost

The #1 WR Myth?



The argument that Eric Decker is not a #1 Receiver is in my opinion meaningless. If you look at the history of the NFL having a bona fide, so called #1 is actually counterproductive. What actually works is having a complete Wide Receiving Corp. Ask yourself just how many rings does Randy Moss, TO, Fitz, Calvin Johnson, etc. have? The answer is ZERO. What is more important is you have depth of average to above average players at that position. Just look at the 2014 Seahawks, the Steelers who won two super bowls in the last ten years, or even the Pats who never won a super bowl with either Moss or Welker but won with Patton and Givens.

I would argue that a number 1 is a construct by the media and the agents representing their clients. The number 1 receiver label looks great on sportscenter highlights, and I’m sure this label is great for agents to pump more money into their clients salaries, and sounds great by sports writers talking these guys up. Yet, looking into history it doesn’t help you win the big game. Instead, it hamstrings your team by pushing up the cap number. The Lions are a great example. They absolutely are an incomplete football team and in 2013 they spent 16 mil for Johnson which completely limits their overall depth. Think about that? You essentially could have 2 solid receivers for that kind of money and have a little money left over to help your overall team. Actually, Johnson and Nate Burleson cost over 22 mil last year. In comparison, that could give you 3 players at Eric Deckers level and a promising young player which I would take all day.

What is really required is balance and depth. Having 3 to 4 quality receiver’s with different things they excel at puts you in much better position than having 1 great receiver and a huge drop off in depth. I think Idzik understands this and is really staying the course which is great and exactly what is required to build steady growth. Below is a list showing the last 10 super bowls top WR’s by statistics and it shows that you need at least 2 solid receiver’s (more than 2 is even better) not a so called #1 reciever. If we erase the #1 Receiver out of our lexicon and focus on a QUALITY WR CORP we can expect to see a better team.

The top 2 WR on the last 10 Super Bowl Champs:

2013 Seahawks – Golden Tate, Doug Baldwin

2012 RavensAnquan Boldin, Torrey Smith

2011 GiantsVictor Cruz, Hakeem Nicks

2010 Packers - Greg Jennings, James Jones

2009 Saints - Marques Colston, Devery Henderson

2008 Steelers – Santonio Holmes, Hines Ward

2007 Giants – Dominik Hixon, Steve Smith

2006 ColtsMarvin Harrison, Reggie Wayne

2005 Steelers – Hines Ward, Antwan Randle El

2004 PatriotsDavid Givens, David Patton

There are some good receiver’s on this list, but only really 2 or 3 Hall of Famers. What becomes evident is you need depth. For instance, that 06 Colts team still had Dallas Clark on that team as an option or the 10 Packers had Jordy Nelson.

Who I don’t see on this list is a receiver being paid tons of money at the detriment of their overall team. What I do hope (and looks like it is the case) is Idzik sees this the same way.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Gang Green Nation

You must be a member of Gang Green Nation to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Gang Green Nation. You should read them.

Join Gang Green Nation

You must be a member of Gang Green Nation to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Gang Green Nation. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9341_tracker