NY Jets defensive tackle Quinnen Williams was the best player on the field in Sunday's 27-10 victory over the Green Bay Packers. Williams was rewarded for his performance with AFC Defensive Player of the Week honors a few days later, but not everyone saw the game the same way.
The always controversial Pro Football Focus handed Williams a measly 64.5 overall grade for the day which Jets fans on Twitter were quick to point out was a bit ridiculous.
After all, Williams finished the game with seven pressures, two sacks, a QB hit, and a blocked kick. He led all interior defensive linemen in pressures, sacks, and pass-rush productivity in Week 6. He also led all defensive linemen with four defensive stops in the running game.
Needless to say, Jets fans were confused by his poor grade. So confused, in fact, that they made it known to any and every PFF employee who would listen on Twitter. Turns out, bullying works. Williams' grade was changed — multiple times.
NY Jets fans got PFF to change Quinnen Williams' grade in Week 6
A few days later, The Athletic's Zack Rosenblatt pointed out that PFF had changed Williams' grade from a 64.5 to a 75.2, a significant boost. The difference between those two grades is an average, run-of-the-mill performance to a very good performance.
Still, the grade seemed low given that Sunday's game might have been one of the best performances of Williams' career. Jets fans still weren't pleased — and PFF wasn't done making adjustments.
On Wednesday, it seems as though Williams' grade has received yet another makeover as he's now been bumped up to an 81.4 (h/t @ZazzyJets). That's a near-17-point boost from what his initial grade was.
All of a sudden, Williams went from a middle-of-the-pack player in Week 6 to one of the highest-graded interior defensive linemen of the week.
What does this say about PFF's credibility? What does it say about their ability to grade players from an unbiased perspective? You tell me.
I like PFF. The site is an excellent statistical resource for a number of different football stats, analytics, etc. That said, it seems evident that their grading system may be a little flawed. After all, bumping up a player nearly 20 points after receiving backlash online seems...dubious.
Nevertheless, a wrong has been righted. Quinnen Williams was the best player on the field in Sunday's game, and now his PFF grade supports that notion.