Madden rankings explained

The player ratings for Madden 10 are out.

But one thing that is important to remember is that these ratings aren’t as cut and dry as you might think. A number can mean more than just a number. Let me explain by looking at the top-rated defensive players.

1. Albert Haynesworth, DT, Redskins Speed Rating: 64 — That’s foot speed. Haynesworth’s Ferrari speed is 103.

1. Ed Reed, S, Ravens — Play Recognition: 99 — EA doesn’t factor in the wisdom of throwing laterals in its play recognition ratings. If it did, Reed’s Play Recognition drops to 5. 

1. Troy Polamalu, S, Steelers — Strength: 65 — Really? Only a 65 Strength rating for Troy Polamalu? That seems really low. But understand that EA dropped his rating 10 points due to his brittle split ends.

5. Patrick Willis, LB, 49ers — Play Recognition: 89 — But the average fan recognition of Patrick Willis is only a 2.

8. Kevin Williams, DT, Vikings — Strength Rating: 91 — This year’s Madden can be played in StarCaps mode.

8. Ray Lewis, LB, Ravens — Tackling: 97 — That seems high. Really high. Oh … I get it. EA took the sum of every Ravens defender’s tackling rating and then assigned that number to Lewis, as he takes credit for all of their tackles.

8. Julius Peppers, DE, Panthers — Speed: 85 — That’s great speed for a defensive end. Unfortunately for Peppers, 90 or higher is needed to successfully flee the Carolina Panthers.

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