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Mike Florio - King of the Cheap Shot

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Mike Florio - King of the Cheap Shot

Mike Florio over at Pro Football Talk is a mixed bag. He can break some pretty big NFL stories and start a great rumor with the best of them - all while being a complete jackass.

A perfect example of the latter is on display today in his post regarding Ryan Grant and Grant's contract situation. He makes several great points about the matter at hand, but can not help himself when writing the following about reasons for Grant's success last season:

A passing game led by a Hall of Fame quarterback and a very overrated corps of primarily young receivers didn’t hurt last year, either. (emphasis mine)

Overrated? Really? Leading the league in yards after the catch means you're overrated? Wow, tough room.

It's a shame Florio can't help making an ass out of himself like this, because he generally does solid work when analyzing contract demands, holdouts and anything cap related. And he was, bar-none, the single greatest source of information on the Michael Vick story, long before the rest of the "Real Media" (as he likes to call them) picked up the narrative. That's what makes it all the more disappointing when he throws out sophmorish insults like the one above, which only serve to undermine his credibility.

It should be noted that Florio's occasional fill-in Michael David Smith, from Football Outsiders, is just as good without the stupidity and bad jokes. Florio should really hand the reigns over to Smith full time and just get out of the way.

UPDATE: Florio has commented in the post itself that he meant to write 'underrated' - which makes much more sense. This doesn't change the thrust of what I've written above.

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