This sensational piece of craptaskic journalism written by KC Joyner at ESPN.com (Insider Content), takes
drug use flawed logic to whole new level by using YPA as the single metric to crown Miles Austin as the best WR in the NFL. Words escape me. Fortunately the article comments are overwhelmingly in favor of Mr. Joyner having a substance abuse problem. Even glitzy glamor boy fans are having trouble buying into his reasoning.
Here is the summary:
The Texas battle
Here's a full breakdown of Andre Johnson versus Miles Austin in several key metric categories, as graded by YPA (yards per attempt). The colors associated with cornerbacks are explained within the article above and within the 2010 ESPN The Magazine fantasy football preview.
Name Short Routes Medium Routes Deep Routes Bomb Routes Overall Routes Vs. Red CBs Vs. Yellow CBs Vs. Green CBs Vs. CBs overall Miles Austin 9.4 12.1 20.3 13.8 11.2 12.0 9.8 17.7 13.4 Andre Johnson 6.0 12.1 10.9 26.1 9.9 8.0 6.9 14.6 9.9
Although Joyner seems to be justified, at first glance, in his analysis based solely on the numbers provided, but this is only an in depth look at Yards Per Attempt. While YPA can be an important measure in the evaluation of the performance of a wide receiver, it in no way should ever be used as the sole metric to determine best WR in the league. And it certainly should never justify this
drug induced delusion conclusion.
Simply put, as great as Johnson is, in 2009 he not only wasn't the best wide receiver in the NFL, but wasn't even the best wide receiver in Texas. That honor belonged to Austin.