‘Had a Bad Day’ Team, Week 5

Khaled Elsayed offers some constructive criticism to a few players who turned in poor performances over the weekend.

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‘Had a Bad Day’ Team, Week 5

2013-bad-dayIn 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 5.

(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: Matt Schaub, HOU (-8.9)

Not what he needed to alleviate some of the pressure he’s currently facing. A pick-six and two more interceptions highlighted an awful day at the office for Schaub, who is in danger of losing his starting spot.

Dishonorable Mention: Blaine Gabbert (JAX)

Running Back: Ray Rice, BAL (-2.1)

He had two touchdowns, but he also managed a longest gain of only 7 yards and fumbled the ball away. He got his touches, but that running game is still to get going.

Dishonorable Mention: Trent Richardson (IND)

Full Back: Vonta Leach, BAL (-2.5)

His blocking, and this is something you don’t often say, left a lot to be desired.

Dishonorable Mention: Frank Summers (BUF)

Tight End: Rob Housler, ARZ (-5.1)

Dropped a pass, was flagged for a penalty, and graded negatively in every facet of the game. Not really breaking out as some would have hoped.

Dishonorable Mention: Jermaine Gresham (CIN)

Wide Receivers: Darrius Heyward-Bey, IND (-2.7) and Steve Smith, CAR (-2.4)

Catching none of his six targets (including dropping an easy screen pass), Colts fans got a glimpse of the old “DHB”. Meanwhile, a rare appearance for Smith, inspired by his crucial dropped pass of a would-be touchdown.

Dishonorable Mention: Kenny Britt (TEN) and Mike Wallace (MIA)

Tackles: Bryant McKinnie, BAL (-5.9) and Erik Pears, BUF (-6.7)

A rough day for Pears, who was not only beaten for a sack and four hurries, but had a tough time in the run game. The same can be said of McKinnie, who himself allowed two hits and four hurries.

Dishonorable Mention: Donald Stephenson (KC) and Cameron Bradfield (JAX)

Guards: A.Q. Shipley, BAL (-6.6) and Shawn Lauvao, CLE (-5.8)

When Shipley, normally a center, had to fill in for Kelechi Osemele it didn’t go well. He just wasn’t a match for a strong Dolphins defensive line. On Thursday Night Football, the Browns went pull blocking crazy and Lauvao was the man often chosen to execute. Unfortunately, in his return from injury he wasn’t quite up to the task.

Dishonorable Mention: Logan Mankins (NE) and Uche Nwaneri (JAX)

Center: Jason Kelce, PHI (-8.9)

Going into this game Kelce was our top ranked run blocking center. He’s not anymore. He was off the pace for much of the game, struggling off the snap in such a way that he was responsible on multiple occasions for Giants getting into the backfield.

Dishonorable Mention: Mike Pouncey (MIA)


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: Kevin Vickerson, DEN (-3.3) and Nick Fairley, DET (-3.0)

Failing to do anything rushing the passer, and being flagged for two declined penalties, Vickerson had his weakest showing of the year. Fairley has disappointed this season relative to the expectations many had on him, and added his third penalty of the year for good measure.

Dishonorable Mention: Kendall Reyes (SD) and Corey Wootton (CHI)

Defensive Interior – Nose: Joe Vellano, NE (-5.6)

Replacing Vince Wilfork didn’t go well, at least not initially. Vellano found himself over matched against the run and will need to get better if New England are to get back to winning ways.

Dishonorable Mention: Earl Mitchell (HOU)

Edge Rushers: Jason Babin, JAX (-4.7) and Willie Young, DET (-4.0)

A nothing day for Babin who isn’t enjoying the best of seasons in Jacksonville. No pressure, a penalty and a negative grade in the run game. As for Young, he was kept in check by the Packers’ passing attack and his two hurries represent a season low.

Dishonorable Mention: John Abraham (ARZ) and Quinton Coples (NYJ)

Linebackers: Ernie Sims, DAL (-4.5) and David Harris, NYJ (-5.4)

Back in the starting lineup, and back in this team. That’s Ernie Sims of course, who struggled against the Broncos’ potent rushing attack. Harris remains our highest rated inside linebacker no more as he allowed all eight balls into his coverage to be complete while also missing three tackles and being flagged for two penalties.

Dishonorable Mention: D’Qwell Jackson (CLE) and Stephen Tulloch (DET)

Cornerbacks: Brandon Carr, DAL (-3.0) and Jabari Greer, NO (-2.9)

Carr had his problems with Demaryius Thomas and others, as Peyton Manning went to work on him. For Greer, he just wasn’t able to deal with Alshon Jeffery in one of his worst outings as a Saint.

Dishonorable Mention: Tony Carter (DEN) and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (DEN)

Safeties: Major Wright, CHI (-3.2) and Antrel Rolle, NYG (-3.2)

Wright is having a difficult year, and it showed up against the Saints again as he too often left bad tape on the field. As for Rolle, he had a tricky job manning the slot with the Giants’ secondary depleted, and this increase in responsibility did not go well.

Dishonorable Mention: Duke Ihenacho (DEN) and John Cyprien (JAX)



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  • dave

    So I guess Phil Rivers had a good day, eh? First pass was a pick-6 boom! Raiders first throw a TD -dominated the whole game, Chargers whupped.

  • Ravens One

    Have to agree with the premise of this article as it relates to the Ravens.The OL is terrible and Byrant McKinnie is one of the consistent culprits on a weekly basis. The blocking scheme change [Juan Castillo] has caused a regression from the dominant play we saw during the Super Bowl run last year.

    Is it me or does Ray Rice look like different back, this year, hip flexor injury aside?

    • KennyTheSnake

      Ironic that the run game, which was supposed to be their saving grace in lean vertical times, is more like the anchor preventing the deep passing and play action game from developing. At least they didn’t abandon the run entirely, woeful as it was. Monroe will be a boon and instant upgrade, but just to follow up on your observation regarding the newly-installed zone run system, Monroe graded out as the 6th and 15th overall tackle in ’11 and ’12, and his grades have swan-dived this season… in a newly-installed zone run system. So we’ll see. From what I’ve seen and read about him, and the times I’ve read or heard his interviews, quotes and pressers, Castillo seems like a great guy and brilliant football mind. But I think he may have Square-Peg-Round-Hole Syndrome.

    • KennyTheSnake

      Oh, as for your (possibly rhetorical?) query as to whether Ray Rice is still himself, I noticed his decline begin late last season. Interestingly, it was soon after the immortal 4th and 29 at San Diego; it was almost as if that was truly the peak of his career as an individual and it was all downhill from there. The numbers back this observation up, kind of. In the 10 games before the San Diego game, Rice only graded out negatively twice, while in the 13 games — playoffs included — since then he’s graded negatively in eight (8!) of them, including three of four playoff games last year.

  • Bob

    I’d have put everyone from the Denver/Dallas defense on this list.

  • roguepatriot

    The Dolphins must be having buyer’s remorse with Wallace. He had 3 more drops against the Ravens.

    • Brian Bigger

      Not sure about that. The offense is much better with him. Teams still have to worry about the speed and concentrate on him which allow the other receivers one on one matchups. Their problem is their OL not Wallace.