I am The JFF Website Manager and Story Editor, and this is the FIRST installment of the Summer 2015 “Power Rankings.” Each installment will usually be posted sometime on Monday evening or Tuesday morning or afternoon. There will be eight more installments after this one, with Installment #5 being my “Mid-Season Report Card” and Installment #9 being my “Regular Season Wrap-Up & Playoff Preview.”

The JFF Power Rankings have been around longer than arguably any other edition of Madden NFL Online League Power Rankings in the entire country. The first edition of the JFF Power Rankings was posted in March 2003 during the second season of The JFF Madden NFL (PS2) Online League. So this season will be the eleventh consecutive season of the JFF Power Rankings.

In seven of the last ten seasons, the team that finished ranked #1 in the Final Regular Season Power Rankings went on to win the JFF Super Bowl that season. The only four exceptions were the Fall 2003 season (The #1 team lost in the Divisional Round), the Spring 2004 season (The Super Bowl was canceled because of rules violations by the participants), the Fall 2013 season (during the Fall 2013 season, the #1 team in the Power Rankings lost in JFF Super Bowl IX to the #2 team in the Power Rankings), and the Spring 2015 season (during the Spring 2015 season, the #1 team in the Power Rankings lost to the #4 ranked team in JFF Super Bowl XI).

The JFF Power Rankings have been so popular in the past, that even members of other leagues have paid attention to them (and even offered Yours Truly $money$ to create Power Rankings with detailed commentary for their respective leagues!).

The initial installment (this one) is HIGHLY SUBJECTIVE (i.e., based on The Story Editor’s opinion). Then, each team will either move up, move down, or remain in the same spot depending on both the ‘quality’ and quantity of their wins and/or losses throughout the Regular Season.

So … what is new and interesting this season?

1) The Natural Retires: Is it temporary or permanent?

Curtis K. a.k.a. ‘The Natural,’ who was the Fall 2006 JFF Super Bowl Champion and the Fall 2014 JFF Super Bowl Champion, announced his retirement just before the Preseason began for the Summer 2015 season. The Natural has not made it clear if he will remain retired from JFF Online League play indefinitely, or if he might return during the Fall 2015 season, assuming there is one.

Last season, The Natural’s JFF Carolina Panthers finished 13-3-0 in the Regular Season, and they finished 1-1 in the Spring 2015 NFC Conference playoffs, losing 30-28 to the eventual JFF Super Bowl Champion, the JFF Seattle Seahawks (Owner / Coach Shane F.).

If The Natural decides to remain retired, he will be remembered as one of the most dominant offensive and defensive league champions to ever participate in JFF Online League competition.

2) A handful of Owner / Coaches switch teams

At least six JFF Owner / Coaches have switched teams for the Summer 2015 season. Those league members are:

Alan C. a.k.a. “Air”

Fall 2014 team: JFF Indianapolis Colts (12-4-0, 3-1 playoffs, Super Bowl Runner-Up)
Spring 2015 team: JFF Indianapolis Colts (7-9-0, 0-0 playoffs)
Summer 2015 team: JFF Buffalo Bills

Haywood W. a.k.a. “Haywood”

Fall 2014 team: (did not participate in the league)
Spring 2015 team: JFF Cincinnati Bengals (4-12-0, 0-0 playoffs)
Summer 2015 team: JFF Washington Redskins

Kory G. a.k.a. “Kory”

Fall 2014 team: JFF Cleveland Browns (15-1-0, 1-1 playoffs)
Spring 2015 team: JFF Cleveland Browns (13-3-0, 0-1 playoffs)
Summer 2015 team: JFF Denver Broncos

Mike P. a.k.a. “Cadillac”

Fall 2014 team: JFF San Francisco 49ers (14-2-0, 1-1 playoffs)
Spring 2015 team: JFF San Francisco 49ers (12-4-0, 0-1 playoffs)
Summer 2015 team: JFF Seattle Seahawks

Shane F. a.k.a. “Shane”

Fall 2014 team: (did not participate in the league)
Spring 2015 team: JFF Seattle Seahawks (13-3-0, 3-0 playoffs, Super Bowl Champions)
Summer 2015 team: JFF Cincinnati Bengals

Trevor B. a.k.a. “Shady”

Fall 2014 team: (did not participate in the league)
Spring 2015 team: JFF Buffalo Bills (16-0-0, 2-1 playoffs, Super Bowl Runner-Up)
Summer 2015 team: JFF Kansas City Chiefs

3) The JFF starts the Summer 2015 Regular Season with 1 new member, 2 returning former members, and 16 total members!

Of the sixteen human users that are Owners / Coaches in The JFF this season, thirteen participated in the Spring 2015 season, two participated in the Spring / Summer 2013 season, and one is totally new to the league.

New League Members:

Jimmie A. a.k.a. “Jimmie” – JFF Detroit Lions

Returning / Former League Members:

Addison D. a.k.a. “Deuce” – JFF Houston Texans
Alan C. a.k.a. “Air” – JFF Buffalo Bills
Alphonso P. a.k.a. “Champ” – JFF Indianapolis Colts**
Andrew C. a.k.a. “Andrew” – JFF New England Patriots
Clifton S. a.k.a. “Cliff” – JFF Dallas Cowboys
Damian P. a.k.a. “Damian” – JFF Arizona Cardinals
Trevor B. a.k.a. “Shady” – JFF Kansas City Chiefs
Haywood W. a.k.a. “Haywood” – JFF Cincinnati Bengals
Kedren P. a.k.a. “Top Dawg” – JFF Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Kory G. a.k.a. “Kory” – JFF Denver Broncos
Michael P. a.k.a. “Cadillac” – JFF Seattle Seahawks
Marques J. a.k.a. “Que” – JFF Chicago Bears
Shane F. a.k.a. “Shane” – JFF Cincinnati Bengals
Timothy D. a.k.a. “Tim Dog” – JFF Green Bay Packers
Victor S. a.k.a. “Pasadena Soldier” – JFF San Francisco 49ers**

** last participated in The JFF during the Spring / Summer 2013 season

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