Kyle Long is the unquestioned leader of the Chicago Bears offensive line. He's battled injuries over the last couple of seasons, but when healthy, there are few interior linemen as physical and dominant as the former first-round pick.
But despite all the high-end plays Long has made throughout his career, the creators of "Madden 19" don't view him as one of the NFL's elite offensive guards. His 79 rating is good for 25th among active guards and second-best on the Bears, behind Cody Whitehair's 81.
Whitehair is expected to line up at center this season, but that's beside the point. Long simply isn't viewed as a top-tier player in the eyes of EA Sports.
The three-time Pro Bowler offered an explanation as to why on Twitter.
"Probably because I’ve missed a large number of games the last two years and I have to prove to them that I’m a reliable high-level player again," he tweeted. "I ain’t mad about it. That’s how the world works fam!"
Between Long's 79 and Mitch Trubisky's 74, the Bears' headliners simply aren't getting the respect they deserve. Sure, it's only a video game, but take one look at your social media feed today and it's clear the ratings matter to players.
A big year from Long will silence his critics and restore his place among the NFL's elite offensive linemen.