A debate over why Washington Redskins linebacker London Fletcher was left off CBSSports.com columnist Pete Prisco’s list of the top 100 players in the NFL quickly escalated to an all-out war of words over the most important position in football.
During Thursday’s LaVar and Dukes broadcast on 106.7 The Fan, Arrington maintained Fletcher was not only the most important player on the Redskins defense, but on the entire team. Prisco took exception to the assessment and said Robert Griffin III was the top dog.
From there it was on.
“It’s a quarterback league,” Prisco boasted.
“You can say that it’s the most important position and that’s what makes him the most important player on the field, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that’s the most important player on the field,” Arrington retorted. “Does that make sense to you?”
Prisco wholeheartedly disagreed.
As the debate continued Arrington asked the writer of two specific examples.
“Do you think Joe Flacco is more important than Ray Lewis?” asked Arrington.
“100 percent yes, no doubt about it,” Prisco responded.
“So Alex Smith is more important than Patrick Willis?” the former linebacker asked.
“If Alex Smith doesn’t take his game up a notch, I don’t care how good Patrick Willis and the rest of the guys are, they’re not going to win a Super Bowl . . . It’s a quarterback league,” Prisco came back with.
As the two continued to spar, Prisco poured gas on the fire and solidified his position.
“Without that person being able to make plays, I don’t care who the hell you have around him you’re not winning,” he said. “You could take 11 Patrick Willis’ on defense and if Alex Smith can’t pass the football you’re not winning.”
As for the Redskins, Prisco believes the team has some young players that may eventually crack his list. He’s especially fond of Ryan Kerrigan and Roy Helu.