In an ideal world everyone would play to their best and we’d be left with nothing but praise to give to players.
This isn’t an ideal world.
For whatever reason, guys don’t always play well in the National Football League. It may be that they lack talent, that they suffer from inexperience, or they may just be having one of those days. Regardless, we’re here to hold them to account whether it be an undrafted free agent starting his first game, or a 10-time All Pro at the peak of his powers.
Let’s see who made the Had a Bad Day Team for Week 11.
(Note: Team will be updated after Monday Night Football games are analyzed and on Wednesday when All-22 footage helps us study plays in even more detail where needed with a * noting a change)
Quarterback: Geno Smith, NYJ (-8.2)
We’ll say this for Geno Smith — when he’s bad, he’s bad on a level that few can aspire to. Going 8 of 23 is never a good stat line.
Dishonorable Mention: Jason Campbell (CLE)
Running Back: Reggie Bush, DET (-2.1)
Another stat line — 2.6 yards per carry and a fumble. We do not like that.
Dishonorable Mention: Adrian Peterson (MIN)
Full Back: Erik Lorig, TB (-5.0)
Took it upon himself to ensure Bobby Rainey had to work extra hard to put the Falcons to the sword.
Dishonorable Mention: Michael Robinson (SEA)
Tight End: Joel Dreessen, DEN (-3.6)
Replaced the injured Julius Thomas for 23 snaps and in that period was thoroughly abused by Justin Houston.
Dishonorable Mention: Tony Gonzalez (ATL)
Wide Receivers: Roddy White, ATL (-3.6) and Greg Little, CLE (-2.4)
This season is something of a write-off for White who fumbled a ball and dropped a pass while looking less than 100%. Little had another one of his bust days, a shame for a guy who on any given play can produce a number of reactions.
Dishonorable Mention: Donnie Avery (KC) and Darius Johnson, ATL (-1.9)
Tackles: D.J. Fluker, SD (-4.3) and Tony Pashos, OAK (-4.6)
A shame for Fluker who was doing well on the right side of the line before injuries saw him move over to the left. He’s just not cut out for it. Pashos has played well this year, but the reality is he is but one man, and one man cannot stop J.J. Watt.
Dishonorable Mention: Matt Kalil (MIN) and Eric Fisher (KC)
Guards: James Carpenter, SEA (-3.3) and David Diehl, NYG (-4.9)
Just imagine what Carpenter would have got had he played more than 33 snaps. Just continues to struggle in the running game and looks like a rare miss from the Seahawks’ front office. Diehl is here on the back of allowing a hit and five hurries.
Dishonorable Mention: Guy Whimper (PIT) and Mike Brisiel (OAK)
Center: Max Unger, SEA (-3.4)
You get the impression the chopping and changing along the Seahawks’ line hasn’t helped the game of Unger this year.
Dishonorable Mention: Jeremy Zuttah (TB)
Each week we put forward a hybrid defense that features two edge rushers (4-3 defensive ends or 3-4 outside linebackers), three players on the “interior” of the defensive line (3-4 defensive ends or defensive tackles) and two linebackers (all inside linebackers and 4-3 outside linebackers).
Defensive Interior – Ends: Corey Liuget, SD (-5.1) and Brandon Thompson, CIN (-4.2)
Something of a shame that we haven’t seen Liuget build on his strong sophomore campaign. Just the one hurry and three penalties earned him this grade. The fall from Geno Atkins to Thompson was always going to be big, but the Bengals need more from this man.
Dishonorable Mention: Jonathan Babineaux (ATL) and Ziggy Hood (PIT)
Defensive Interior – Nose: Landon Cohen, CHI (-6.2)
Shading the center most of the game Cohen found the wet Soldier Field turf tough to work with, constantly struggling to halt the lateral movement the Ravens line were getting with him.
Dishonorable Mention: Akeem Spence (TB)
Edge Rushers: Robert Ayers, DEN (-4.4) and Thomas Keiser, SD (-4.4)
Two penalties and no pressure as Ayers was quiet when you wanted him to make some noise, and loud when you wanted silence. Keiser didn’t do his chances of more playing time any good with three penalties.
Dishonorable Mention: Barkevious Mingo (CLE) and Lamarr Houston (OAK)
Linebackers: Dannell Ellerbe, MIA (-3.9) and Donald Butler, SD (-3.1)
That kind of work in the run game, when Karlos Dansby is playing so well, won’t make Miami fans happy. With four missed tackles Butler is better than this.
Dishonorable Mention: Zach Brown (TEN) and Manti Te’o (SD)
Cornerbacks: Marcus Cooper, KC (-5.8) and Melvin White, CAR (-4.7)
Cooper got his biggest NFL test to date and fluffed his lines as the Broncos’ receivers constantly got in behind him. Making it an all rookie selection, undrafted free agent White had a Monday Night to forget.
Dishonorable Mention: David Amerson (WAS) and Don Carey (DET)
Safeties: Troy Polamalu, PIT (-4.4) and Reed Doughty, WAS (-3.3)
As bad as we’ve seen Polamalu look for a very long time. Roughty wasn’t much better in earning negatives against the run and pass.
Dishonorable Mention: Michael Griffen (TEN) and Reshad Jones (MIA)
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