So there's been some discussion about what it means to be a starter so we wanted your feedback MHR, what makes a starter. Let me break down the three choices:
Plays in Base Formation: This way of judging is based on if a player plays in the base formation (4-3 or 3-4).
- Pros: Makes it easy to see who the natural MLB, FS, or DT is.
- Teams are moving further and further away from the basic 4-3 or 3-4 and turning more to different formations the 3-3, 4-2 nickel formations and the 5-2. This discounts players like Chris Harris and Danny Trevathan (once Von returns) since they wouldn't play in basic formations.
Standard Measurement: This is what goes on NFL.com where is says if a player just played in or actually started the game. This measurement is formed by if a player is on the field for the 1st snap of the game on offense and defense.
- Pros: Shows you who is on the 1st play of the game
- Cons: A player could play the 1st snap of the game and never play again and still be listed as the starter
Plays on the Most Snaps: This is a way of judging the starter by who saw the most playing time or snaps. For DE it would be the two DE's with the most snaps. For LB it would be the ones with the highest snaps. Same for RB, WR, etc.
- Pros: Takes into account players time on field regardless of formations. Scheme neutral If you play the most, your start, regardless.
- Cons: Doesn't show if they play in base formation.
So let us hear your vote.