The other major thing I notice is Chris Johnson's rushing numbers. Averaging over 200 yards rushing per game with over 9 yards per carry as well as breaking LT's rushing TDs record. On top of that, Javon Ringer is getting over 8 yards per carry with 14 TDs. Now, I would assume based on these stats that the Titans owner has some tricks of his own when it comes to running the ball. Titans won most of their games with a nice lead. I honestly don't understand the argument of all you had was CJ, so that's why you ran the ball so much and was so successful at it. Shouldn't it be easier for me to stop CJ if I know there is a good chance of him getting the ball? Those stats just seem ridiculous to me. I could understand getting it against the CPU in an offline Connected Careers, but against real human opponents who are supposedly of similar skill? I don't understand that.
It would be very hard to have a balanced league where everyone is the same skill. There will probably always be a group that are better players than the rest, some are just more obvious than others. Not saying any of these guys should have to leave because they are one of the better players, but I do think there is something wrong about getting angry with others because they are clearly superior, when you also seem to have an advantage over a lot of guys here. Just look at the Titans final scores during the season. Most of them are not close. 2 out of 3 losses came to the owners you want to leave. So what happens next season? CJ gets another 3k yards, his team has maybe one or two losses. Does someone have a fit about not being able to stop his running game and call him out as being better than everyone else? Chetty and Hemingway are not innocent here, but it doesn't seem to me like N8 is either and not much is said about it because they are afraid of backlash from the commissioner. As some people have said before, maybe it would be best if the league was run by multiple people who may have different opinions and aren't afraid to disagree with each other. If that were the case, then this wouldn't be such a big deal and it probably would have been resolved in a quick and respectable manner.
Doesn't this fact alone actually speak to my ability to mix up my playcalling and audible at the line of scrimmage. It's playing the game with intelligence. It's the art of deception. Someone telling me I "run the same play all the time" is the most ignorant thing anyone could say. I have 8 different plays I run out of that formation, and I have custom audibles set up for them. I look at the defense, I take my best guess where pressure is going to come from, and I try to avoid it. Since they're all out of the same formation, when I call an audible, my guys don't move, and if I'm able to read the defense quick enough and get my audible called, sometimes it goes unnoticed.
When people start cheating the outside run, I go up the middle. If someone wants to bring all out heat, I have a quick pass play (which doesn't work against a team like the Pats with ridiculous press corners). I run play action on 1st down to keep people honest (tried this in the Pats game, but Locker's accuracy in the snow was infinitely worse than Ryan Mallett's for whatever reason). That's football to me. It's not taking a mid tier QB and dominating the shit out of everybody because Madden lets you get away with it.
I definitely put up a lot of yards with Johnson, but I had at least 3 CPU games this season too. My team is also rated 76 and my defense is full of holes. Maybe you could argue that Chetty's team is on par with mine...but I lost 3 games this season. As for Hemingway, he's as good as he is and still took one of the best teams in the game (which is part of the reason I said Blade could be next in line too). I don't think comparing either of them to me is a valid comparison.
But the point stands, anybody who proves to be basically unbeatable has no place here. It's not about a range of skill, because I 100% agree with you...we're never going to get everyone totally equal. But I am nowhere close to unbeatable. There are enough people in this league who have exchanged beatings over the past two years (myself, doc, Kaster, DVO, pitfallharry, Dark Rider, Blade, Superstar, etc.) When these people play, the games are competitive enough that one team doesn't have to back off in the 3rd quarter so the score doesn't get out of hand.
None of us are at a level where we don't lose games reasonably often (though, if I'm being honest, I think Blade would be the next closest to "graduating"). Then we've gotten a lot of new guys this year who seem like they're either right there with us, or very close (I was going to name names here, but I started to realize it's almost everyone else). It's just crazy to look at two guys who are a combined 29-1 against the rest of the league and not think they're head and shoulders above everyone else.