Getting an absurd amount of hate isn't anything new for the Pittsburgh Steelers. It has become a yearly offseason pass time for those that don’t belong to the fan base. The national media will swear this is finally the year the Steelers fall off, the analytics community will say Ben Roethlisberger isn't a top-20 quarterback, but now the video game franchise Madden is taking a shot at the Steelers. The video game company has been unveiling the top-10 overall player rankings for every position group in the NFL. They just got to the safety position and a spot you would imagine Minkah Fitzpatrick would rank very high... turns out he was not.
Fitzpatrick was rated an 89/99 and the tenth overall player at the safety position. This for a player that is the back-to-back winner of the NFL’s first team All-Pro designation, which only goes to one player. On top of that Fitzpatrick was elected to the Pro Bowl in both of his seasons with the Steelers. He has been a game changing player form the moment the Steelers acquire him from the Dolphins in 2019, and this rating really couldn't make less sense. My theory is the video game developer kept Fitzpatrick’s (and many other Steelers) ratings low as to not make the Steelers team overall too high. Because the narrative is the Steelers are a mediocre team... Is it ridiculous? Yes. But in the developers’ minds, how could a bad team have so many good players...
The reaction to Minkah’s rating came fast and from everywhere. People are not happy about the treatment of the Steelers free safety and everyone from teammates and fans let EA Sports hear about it.
I don’t even know what to say anymore…. https://t.co/eAmIpRXAXv— Minkah Fitzpatrick (@minkfitz_21) July 29, 2021
But for a Pittsburgh Steelers offseason it is just another drop in the bucket. The Steelers have more ‘bulletin board material’ than any other team in the league this offseason, and it’s crossed the line of ridiculousness. From Ben Roethlisberger’s weight/arm, to trashing an offensive line that has been completely rebuilt and unknown, to a video game trying to claim one of the best players in the NFL today isn't amongst the top-10 at his position. It is all becoming too much. I couldn't be more excited for the season to start and the Steelers to shut up these critics once and for all.
But what do you think? Are you sick and tired of the constant hate the Steelers have received all offseason long? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.