The Art Monk Hall of Fame Campaign

August 5, 2007

Peter King on Carter vs. Monk

Filed under: Voter Articles — DjTj @ 11:43 am

Sports Illustrated
August 4, 2007

Don’t forget the ‘D’

What to do at receiver. Art Monk is gaining traction, and Andre Reed — who has the same kind of vehement support in Buffalo as Monk has inside The Beltway — is still alive. Now Cris Carter becomes eligible, and his numbers dwarf all the others not in. He has 161 more catches than Monk, for 62 more touchdowns and five more Pro Bowls. Monk, of course, has the championships and Carter doesn’t, but then you come down to the issue of how much blame do you put on Carter for Gary Anderson missing a chip shot that would have put Carter’s Vikes in the Super Bowl nine years ago? Regardless, Carter’s great career muddies the water for Monk.

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  1. Monk should get in first.
    King is right to say that Carter can’t be blamed for Anderson missing that FG. However, Carter’s pedestrian day might have had something to do with Minnesota’s need to make that FG. Carter’s stats of 6 catches for 67 yards are not terrible, but considering what his team had gotten from him all year long and his reputation as a touchdown machine, this line had to be disappointing. His performance against the Kerry Collins-led Giants 2 years later in his only other NFC title game appearance was straight-out bad. Hall of Fame voters say that they prize (among other things) coming up big in big moments. This is something that Carter and his teams did not do. Let’s compare Carter and the Eagles/Vikings to Monk and the Redskins in the playoffs:
    Carter’s Playoff Stats- Catches per Game:4.5, Yards per Game:61.42, TDs per Game:.571, Yards per Catch: 13.65
    The Eagles/Vikings with Carter in the playoffs- 4 wins 10 losses

    Monk’s Playoff Stats- Catches per Game:4.6, Yards per Game:70.8, TDs per Game:.466, Yards per Catch:15.38
    The Redskins with Monk in the playoffs- 10 wins 5 losses

    As you can clearly see, Monk individually out-performed Carter in the playoffs while his team was winning games. Monk has better averages in catches per game, yards per game and yards per catch. The only stat Carter does better in is TDs, his forte. He had an average of .105 more TDs a game. Pretty negligible. The team records speak for themselves. Even if you remove the Eagles losses here, Carter and the Vikings were only 4 and 8.

    Since the NFC Championship game is as far as Carter and his teams ever got, let’s compare his stats there to Monk’s in the same situation:
    Carter- Catches per Game:4.5, Yards per Game:45.5, TDs per Game:0, Yards per Catch:10.1
    Vikings- 0 wins 2 losses

    Monk- Catches per Game:5.33, Yards per Game:85, TDs per Game:.33, Yards per Catch:15.9
    Redskins- 2 wins 1 loss

    This time Art Monk outshines Carter even more severely, doing better in all categories. Monk outgains Carter by an average of almost 40 yards per game. His per catch average is better than Carter’s by 5.8 yards! Not to mention that his team won twice, while the Vikings never did.
    When I started to look into this, I figured the results would be pretty close, or may even favor Carter. Even as a Monk/Redskins supporter, I thought Carter’s stats might be better. To my surprise, Monk actually dominates Carter when comparing their playoffs performances. This fact points out to me how easy it apparently is to low-rate Monk. Jerry Rice himself averaged only 14.86 yards per catch in the playoffs(a very respectable number, by the way) compared to Monk’s 15.38! Rice is the stick by which all other WRs are measured. I’m not suggesting Monk was better than Rice. I’m only suggesting that he belongs in his company at the Hall of Fame.
    Carter has great regular season stats and should probably one day enter the Hall of Fame, but let’s try to put Monk in first. Both he and his teams came through in the playoffs, while Carter and the Eagles/Vikings did not.

    Monk and Green in 2008!

    Comment by remember the redskins — August 18, 2007 @ 7:32 am

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