By John Turney
This is the starting lineup for the Panthers for Week 1—
Now, of course, it's not a huge deal but this information is picked up by media outlets and also by Pro Football Reference.com and it remains there and then, sometimes years later we have to deal with the
misinformation that began with the gamebooks.
Here is the Bucs starting lineup for last night's game—
Fair enough, but then they need to be consistent, that's all. We all know it's a nickel/3-wide or more league but that does not mean that's necessary 'base' because that word has a specific meaning.
Anyway, if you see oddities (as we have) in starting lineups don't assume they are accurate. The only real way to know for sure (to the degree that it matters) is to look at the film of the first snap.