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Week 2 Top Ten with a Twist: biggest letdowns

Posted on: September 14, 2010 3:10 pm
Edited on: September 14, 2010 3:45 pm
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The NYJ provided us with the biggest letdown of the week (Getty).

Posted by Josh Katzowitz


We all heard the hype before the first week of games was complete. We heard the boasts and the proclamations and the Super Bowl aspirations in the offseason and in training camp. Yet, this past weekend, we found out that some who had so much confidence perhaps shouldn’t have been so forthright about their thoughts.

Sure, some of us – many of us – bought into so much of the hype. And now we know better. Without further ado, here’s the top-ten list with a twist entering the second week of games.

Top 10 Biggest Letdowns After So Much Offseason Buildup

10. Kevin Kolb: It’s not really fair to completely dismiss the Eagles starting QB after he played just one bad half of football (that, unfortunately for him, came with a side of concussion). But after so much discussion about how Philadelphia made the right move by trading Donovan McNabb to the Redskins – who naturally won with McNabb on Sunday night – and giving the job to Kolb, this move fell flat with his 5-for-10, 24-yard performance. Now, there’s another quarterback controversy in Philadelphia.

9. Percy Harvin and Bernard Berrian: I was on the bandwagon with the Vikings receiving corps, even after Sidney Rice underwent hip surgery that’s supposed to keep him out half the season. I had called Minnesota’s receivers one of the best units in the league. I might have been wrong about that – or, at the very least, underestimated the impact of Rice’s absence. Harvin and Berrian combined for two catches for 15 yards Thursday. That’s two freakin’ catches for 15 freakin’ yards.

8. Jake Delhomme:
Many of us figured Delhomme was nearing the end of his career – he was going to CLEVELAND after all – but he certainly had to be considered an upgrade over the awful Derek Anderson/Brady Quinn combination from last year. And besides, he couldn’t possibly be as bad as his last year in Carolina (eight touchdowns, 18 interceptions), right? Well, he might just be that bad. For a veteran QB, he made a terrible throw that was picked near the end of the first half that killed any momentum the Browns had when they led 14-3. Delhomme still is an upgrade from last year, but man oh man, he needs to play smarter.

Stafford 7. Matthew Stafford: Is it possible the 6-foot-3, 230-pound quarterback is brittle? Last year, he suffered a shoulder injury, though he showed huge guts by returning against the Browns to throw a game-winning TD pass (if you’ve got 6:27 to kill, check out Stafford’s killer Mic’d Up segment from that game – it’s cool as hell). On Sunday, he apparently suffered a Grade 2 separation of his right (throwing) shoulder that could keep him out 4-6 weeks. Considering how poor backup Shaun Hill played, some of that preseason Lions optimism has leaked away.

6. 49ers:
They were supposed to win what should be a very weak NFC West. And then they get blown out by a Seahawks team that shouldn’t have played as well as it did. But you know, coach Mike Singletary said Monday he was excited about QB Alex Smith, so that has to be comforting/horrifying to San Francisco’s fans. Perhaps the 49ers are vastly overrated. Or perhaps Seattle RB Leon Washington was inspired by our Five Questions (Or More) segment we did last week.

5. Terrell Owens:
Was he upset, already acting like a diva? Were his shoes bothering him? Was he getting himself checked out by a team doctor? These are the theories that have been bandied about since Owens, along with teammate Chad Ochocinco, left the field before the Bengals attempted a Hail Mary pass at the end of the first half. Any which way, Owens didn’t endear himself to Cincinnati fans after a smooth preseason. He had seven catches for 53 yards, but he certainly wasn’t the dominant force he and Ochocinco predicted he could be. Lucky Cincinnati got him cheap.

4. Bob Sanders: Sanders had been annoyed this preseason about all the questions he’s faced about his durability, and he was excited to be fully healthy for the start of the season. But he's torn a biceps tendon and could be out for the season. Again, his durability will take a huge hit, and once again, the Colts will have to find a way to win without him – something they couldn’t do against the Texans.

3. Concussions in Philly: remember all the talk about how the NFL was really serious – no, no, really, really SERIOUS – about concussions and keeping players from returning to the field too soon after a brain injury? Yeah, neither does the person(s) who somehow thought it was OK for Eagles LB Stewart Bradley and QB Kevin Kolb to return to the game after suffering concussions. Coach Andy Reid explained it like this: “They were fine. All of the questions that they answered with the doctors registered well, but as it went on, they weren’t feeling well, so we took them out.” Yep, Bradley really looked fine after stumbling around the field like Trevor Berbick after facing Mike Tyson. That’s a scary, disturbing scene.



2. Tim Tebow: Two measly carries for two measly yards. That was Tebow’s stat line from Denver’s loss to Jacksonville on Sunday. Of course, he is a backup QB playing his first NFL game, so we shouldn’t expect the moon from Tebow (I could echo those sentiments for the rest of the season, in fact). But for the amount of hype we got, doubly so because Tebow was opening his career in his hometown, it wasn’t much of a payoff. Unless you like your hype short-lived and ineffective.

1. Jets: I knew that if I kept talking about the possibility of the Jets winning the Super Bowl, they’d make me look like an idiot. And so they have. Still, there’s little doubt that with a defense like that, New York could (should?) make a run in the playoffs (though losing NT Kris Jenkins for the season with an ACL tear could complicate those plans). The problem, of course, is the offense. QB Mark Sanchez went 10 for 21 for 74 yards, and starting RB Shonn Greene had five carries for 18 yards (plus a tough time holding onto the ball). With an offense that plays that poorly, the Jets have no chance for the Super Bowl. And maybe not even the playoffs. 

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Since: Mar 20, 2009
Posted on: September 16, 2010 6:15 pm
 

Week 2 Top Ten with a Twist: biggest letdowns

If I am small, you are nothing. Thanks for immediately showing that you are a tebow fanboy ignorant of what goes on in the NFL. He's a great guy, blahblah. Nonsense. He's a smiling dummy that only appeals to other dummy religious types who are too stupid to see two inches in front of their face. I guess you fall into that category. 
If I am wrong for thinking he's a waste of a pick at this stage, you are even more wrong (not to mention stupid) by thinking this smiley tard will have anything like a successful career. 
You wanted examples of rookie QB's starting off good. I gave them to you. Recent ones in fact. So, proving you wrong was a task fit for a child. That figures.



Since: Aug 24, 2007
Posted on: September 15, 2010 1:18 pm
 

Week 2 Top Ten with a Twist: biggest letdowns

Yah, I suppose you're right.  2 carries for 2 yards, wow!  I suppose we should all just prepare for the greatness right now. 

Bottom line is that Tebow had a stupid coach overspend to get him and people fawn over the hype.  I mean, this guy was sposed to be the second coming and all that.  He is 7'5" tall, bulletproof, and can leap tall buildings in a single bound, right?  Doesn't even need an o-line, and he could play left tackle if the coach asked him to anyway.  He could take your 17 year old daughter on a week long trip and you wouldn't even care.

And if criticizing Tebow makes me look small, thats fine.  Makes me look just like his stat-line.



Since: Jan 6, 2010
Posted on: September 15, 2010 1:17 pm
 

Week 2 Top Ten with a Twist: biggest letdowns

Have to agree with you there, Saints' dude. Your cornerbacks are among the best in the league. Why my Buffalo Bills let Jabari Greer vanish while keeping a stiff like Leodis McKelvin is a mystery. Then again it's just another mystery as this team (Buffalo) keeps drafting stiffs (John McCargo, Leodis McKelvin, Aaron Maybin, the list is endless...) while some people drafted later have made the ProBowl. Congratulations to Saints' fans, you have made a good team.



Since: Sep 22, 2009
Posted on: September 15, 2010 1:21 am
 

Week 2 Top Ten with a Twist: biggest letdowns

Take note that Harvin and Berrian were shut down by Tracy Porter and Jabari Greer, who have established themselves as the best CB tandem in the league (which I can comfortably say after watching Cromartie the other night.) These guys were huge for the Saints last year and got little notice until the playoffs. Not so this year. Before you blame Harvin and Berrian, take a look at who was shutting them down all night.



Since: Dec 3, 2007
Posted on: September 15, 2010 1:12 am
 

Week 2 Top Ten with a Twist: biggest letdowns

cco22inf:   Tebow sucks and can bring nothing to the table in the NFL. He doesn't have the intelligence or the throwing mechanics to be a QB, and does not posses the physical ability to be a skill player. So all you are left with is some smiley, hokey moron...


Yep, as I said, you are small.  The source of your hostility leads me to believe you are simply envious because it's impossible to make a conclusion about Tebow's NFL career at this point.  You are jealous of his college success, the team he played for or plays for now... heck, even his smile.  Way to show your colors.

And good job naming a few exceptions to the rookie QB rule.  I'd say those guys have a ways to go before we can evaluate their NFL success.  If you knew anything about the sport you would know that throwing a rookie into the action on day one is foolish.... and it's not part of too many rookie QB development plans.  It's only need that makes these moves a requirement.

How do these names fit you?... Brady, Favre, Rodgers, Schaub, Dixon, McCoy, Claussen,... the list is much longer.

Fool.



Since: Mar 20, 2009
Posted on: September 14, 2010 11:25 pm
 

Week 2 Top Ten with a Twist: biggest letdowns

Umm rookie QB's who play... Stafford, matt ryan, joe flacco, sam bradford just to name a few. Tebow sucks and can bring nothing to the table in the NFL. He doesn't have the intelligence or the throwing mechanics to be a QB, and does not posses the physical ability to be a skill player. So all you are left with is some smiley, hokey moron who seems like a really nice guy and stole millions of dollars from Denver. Not to mention a first round pick.


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