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'Miracle' Vote: A Gimmick, but We'll Take It

So, the NFL Network/NFL.com "Bracketology" promotion voted DeSean Jackson's Dec. 19, 2010 walkoff punt return against the Giants the greatest play in NFL history.

'Miracle' Vote: A Gimmick, but We'll Take It

Congrats DeSean Jackson, but don´t be surprised if Hall of Fame voters fail to find this result definitive. (Ron Cortes/Staff file photo)
Congrats DeSean Jackson, but don't be surprised if Hall of Fame voters fail to find this result definitive. (Ron Cortes/Staff file photo)

So, the NFL Network/NFL.com  "Bracketology" promotion voted DeSean Jackson's Dec. 19, 2010 walkoff punt return against the Giants the greatest play in NFL history.

This is ridiculous, of course. Jackson's touchdown was an amazing end to an incredible comeback, but it didn't define an era like the "Immaculate Reception" in the '70s or "The Catch" in the '80s. The Eagles failed to win another game in the 2010 season and have since sunk to the bottom of the NFL. Among Eagles fans over 40, that 2010 play probably doesn't resonate more than the original Herman Edwards "Miracle at the Meadowlands" of 1978.

But lots of fans aren't over 40, and they are the fans who vote in online polls. Also, I think Eagles fans decided they might as well win something this year, and seized on the "Bracketology" promotion.

So congrats DeSean, but don't be surprised if Hall of Fame voters fail to find this result definitive.

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DRAFTMETRICS does a lot of interesting stuff. One recent project looked at the last 10 NFL drafts and teams’ tendencies to draft from big-time football schools vs. more obscure schools. The average was 77.4 percent from big-time schools; the Eagles clocked in right above that, at 78.7 percent.

DRAFTMETRICS also broke down what conferences teams drafted players from over the last 10 drafts. (Using conference affiliations as of 2012.) The SEC, obviously, has dominated college football recently, so you’d think NFL teams that drafted especially heavily from the SEC might be doing better than other teams. No so much. The top SEC-drafting team was Atlanta, in the heart of SEC country, and a top contender the past few seasons. The Falcons spent 32 percent of their picks on SEC players. But the next three SEC-heavy teams were the Bengals (26.7 percent), the Chiefs (25.6 percent) and the Panthers (23.5 percent).

The Eagles didn’t rank among the highest or lowest percentages of SEC or Big 10 players. They did show up, strangely enough, at fifth overall in Pac 12 draftees (some sort of Andy Reid proclivity? If so, it might not get changed with Chip Kelly at the helm). And they absolutely led the NFL in players from the Big East (11.7 percent.) Two words there:Nate Allen.  But another two, as well: LeSean McCoy.

One outcome that interested me: The top drafters of small-college talent were the Jaguars and Rams. The teams that drafted the fewest small-college players were the Seahawks and Patriots. Hmm. Which side of that ledger saw more playoff action from 2003-2012?

Les Bowen Daily News Staff Writer
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