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'Cold Hard Football Facts' Wrong About Jared Allen

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'Cold Hard Football Facts' Wrong About Jared Allen

Cold Hard Football Facts will forever hold a special place in my heart for making the case that Bart Starr should be considered the best quarterback of all time. (I actually disagree, but love that they make the case)

But I simply can't stand by and let them, or more to the point CHFF founder Kerry J. Byrne, state that Jared Allen should be considered the greatest non-quarterback impact player...IN THE NFL.

Yes Byrne has all the requisite stats all lined up in a pretty row to make his case. But then he tries to close his argument with the following:

Nowhere was his impact felt more strongly than in Minnesota's two biggest games of the 2009 season, the two games against the Packers that lifted the Vikings to the NFC North crown. Naturally, the offensive players got all the attention: and Favre's efforts against his old team generated endless headlines.

But it was Allen, not Favre or any offensive player, who was the dominant force in both games: he hauled down Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers 4.5 times in their first meeting, a 30-23 Minnesota victory. He added three more sacks in the rematch, a 38-26 Minnesota victory.

That's 7.5 sacks for Allen in just two games (he had 14.5 for the year).

Let's look at that, shall we?

7.5 sacks against the Packers in '09 - lining up against Daryn Colledge, a converted guard playing tackle,  and rookie T.J. Lang who before facing Allen had never played left tackle in an NFL game. He also scored multiple sacks in one other game - the first Bears game where he faced a broken down Orlando Pace. (And that was in the comfy confines of the Metrodome)

Look, Allen is an insanely talented football player. And all the points Byrne makes about how Allen's arrival elevated the effectiveness of the entire position group are well founded. But saying he's the "most valuable non-quarterback" and then closing out the argument by citing how he beat up on some extremely questionable opposition to seal his case, well, that's just absurd.

(For the fun of it, there are plenty of players in the running for the imaginary award in my mind - Demarcus Ware, Darrelle Revis and, yes, Charles Woodson come to mind on the defensive side  of the ball, with Jeff Saturday, Larry Fitzgerald and, a year or two down the line, Jermicahel Finley entering the conversation on the offensive side)

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Jersey Al's picture

Jared Allen? PUKING...

alfredomartinez's picture

i hate jared allen, i just wanna punch him in the f_uking face and tell him "listen bitch, without our leftover yous guys is garbage, the viqueens have and will forever live in our shadow, most valueble non-qb player my balls..." and cut that f_cking mullet while he does his little onfield dance----lorena bobbit style...

Franklin Hillside's picture

CHFF also makes the case for Don Hutson as the greatest receiver of all time, but I guess this Allen post means they can't be right all the time.

PackerAaron's picture

Exactly. Clearly he's selling out for SI. ;)

Monty's picture

I was going to write about this same thing, but then I thought of two things.
1. Byrne's notoriety is based on the fact he created the defensive hog index. Why would he pick anyone other than a defensive lineman in this category? He couldn't effectively promote himself and his defensive hog index if he did.
2. With the above point in mind, I decided I didn't want to send any traffic to his site because his motives and his article (which somehow appeared on -- good work SI) were based on something I despise -- complete and utter bullshit.
I hate the guy, but you have to be a pretty ignorant fuck to suggest Jared Allen had more to do with the Vikings improving by two wins last season than Brett Favre.

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PackmanAZ's picture

Greatest non QB Red Neck maybe.

retiredgrampa's picture

It will be our pleasure to watch, and count, his sack totals THIS year againest the Packers. Our guys remember very well his crowing in success againest back-ups. The first-teamers won't give him an inch this year. Frankly, I'll be surprised if he gets even ONE sack againest us this year. And his idiot friend on the other end won't even do THAT well. Mark it down!

Glorious80's's picture

Hope you're right. Those were painful - especially at Lambeau. It didn't seem like the Packers were intense enough about that game. No will!

CHHQ's picture

@Aaron Nagler. Of course he's selling out for SI. Allen was involved in drugs and alcohol for awhile, so that means SI wrote a ten page article about him back in the fall. I've stopped reading SI 1/2 because of King and 1/2 because every athlete who does drugs and gets a second chance because he's an athlete gets a glowing 20 page article. Sorry. Rant over.

aussiepacker's picture

I hate jared allen and that stupid celebration he does, I would love nothing more than our oline hammering the f_ck out of him this year and then when he is whining to the officials A-rod sneaks up behind him and kicks him in the nuts!Dumb mullet wearing motherf_cker.

Ryeguy812's picture

Hang the Vikings' biggest game this year wasn't the NFC Championship game where Allen was held in check all game?

nerdmann's picture

Give me DPOY Charles Woodson over that glorified version of Chris Hovan any day.

PackersRS's picture

Bunch of bullcrap.

Jared Allen was, indeed, the most feared non-qb player. WHEN AGAINST A DIVISIONAL RIVAL. WITH A BACKUP OF A BACKUP LT.

Ask the Saints if they feared him. Absolutely not.

Charles Woodson was the most impactful defensive player last year. He had more turnovers than any other player in the league (and more than some teams!). As well as Rodgers, Woodson simply won games for us, something no other non-qb player in the league can say so. Ask the Ravens, the Cowboys...

Ruppert's picture

Jared Allen, Fat Williams, Hovan, John Randle, Keith Millard...If you're a talented (or not so much, in Hovan's case) D lineman and get signed by the Queens, is there some rule that you have to have a big mouth? Is there a bonus for being stupid?

foundinidaho's picture

Jared Allen is a toad. Period.

Amos's picture

I'm loving how mad you all are.

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