Lions Guard T.J. Lang Sounds Off On ‘Pro Football Focus’ Rankings

TJ Lang

Despite being ranked as one of the best guards in the country by the football publication, Detroit Lion T.J. Lang seems to have major beef with Pro Football Focus. On a radio station, he called the site “absolute garbage” in a rant that seemed to be festering for a while.

He said to CBS Detroit, via Deadspin:

“My opinion is there’s no way you can possibly accurately grade offensive linemen if you haven’t done that job before in your life. A lot of these guys, they’re not qualified to be grading NFL players,” Lang told the Valenti Show on 97.1 The Ticket. “A lot of the stuff I realize is pretty basic, obvious information. If I clearly just get whooped and let up a sack, you can say, ‘Yeah, that guy let up a sack.’”


“But they don’t know anything about identification, what offensive linemen are supposed to do. They think if a guy blitzes off the edge, that’s automatically the tackle’s block, but a lot of times that’s not the case. They’ve always graded me well, which I don’t mind, but I still don’t respect it,” Lang said.

That’s…a surprisingly valid and rational critique. Of course, the same could be said about most any athletic ranking site, but that doesn’t mean it’s not fair to point out.

We’ll see if PFF responds, or if they take this criticism lying down. SHOTS FIRED!

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