'Had a Bad Day' Team, Week 10
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 10.
(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: Andy Dalton, CIN (-6.1)
This was the bad side of Andy Dalton — and it was very bad. When pressure gets through to him he’s a very different quarterback, and it showed here.
Dishonorable Mention: Terrelle Pryor (OAK)
Running Back: Chris Johnson, TEN (-3.0)
Just 2.5 yards per carry and a fumble. Yep, it was like Johnson was trying to get on this team.
Dishonorable Mention: Matt Forte (CHI)
Full Back: Vonta Leach, BAL (-1.3)
He hasn’t really hit the heights of last year, has he?
Dishonorable Mention: Darrel Young (WAS)
Tight End: Heath Miller, PIT (-5.3)
With a couple of drops and some poor run blocking, Miller was a sure thing for this team. He’s struggled over the past four weeks.
Dishonorable Mention: Jared Cook (SL)
Wide Receivers: Marvin Jones, CIN (-1.6) and Harry Douglas, ATL (-1.9)
Not the worst week for receivers, but Jones dropped as many balls as he caught and Douglas (outside of one 31-yard grab) struggled to get anything going on his seven receptions. Outside of one fumble that is.
Dishonorable Mention: Mario Manningham (SF) and Marlon Brown (BAL)
Tackles: Paul McQuistan, SEA (-6.0) and Eric Winston, ARZ (-7.9)
The Seahawk McQuistan split his time between tackle and guard and it wasn’t impressive on any level. Some truly woeful run blocking was the main reason for him making this team. Wisnton got worn down and beaten up by J.J. Watt. A very rough afternoon.
Dishonorable Mention: Khalif Barnes (OAK) and Austin Pasztor (JAX)
Guards: Wade Smith, HOU (-4.6) and Uche Nwaneri, JAX (-6.0)
Tough day for Nwaneri who was the worst of the Jaguars’ linemen who struggled to open up any running lanes for Maurice Jones-Drew and company. Smith, on the other hand, just had a tough day trying to slow down Calais Campbell who was having the game of his life.
Dishonorable Mention: Matt Slauson (CHI) and Chris Chester (WAS)
Center: Fernando Velasco, PIT (-4.4)
It’s not often that you see a center given up five hurries. Unfortunately for Velasco he did as the power of the Bills defensive line was too much for him.
Dishonorable Mention: Peter Konz (ATL)
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 Wootton, CHI (-2.9) and Fletcher Cox, PHI (-3.1)
The move from defensive end to tackle hasn’t gone too badly for Wootton, but against the Lions he was a little overmatched. Cox, who has impressed recently, couldn’t take advantage of the Packers’ injuries along their offensive line.
Dishonorable Mention: B.J. Raji (GB) and Chase Baker (MIN)
Defensive Interior – Nose: Star Lotulelei, CAR (-3.4)
The 49ers neutralized the big first-round pick, slowing him down with double teams and then getting movement on him one-on-one.
Dishonorable Mention: Nick Hayden (DAL)
Edge Rushers: David Bass, CHI (-3.3) and Clay Matthews, GB (-3.4)
Bass had a tough day getting his first start, engulfed by undrafted rookie LaAdrian Waddle. As for Matthews, you have to admire him getting onto the field but the massive club on his hand was prohibitive and then some.
Dishonorable Mention: Jason Worilds (PIT) and Jared Allen (MIN)
Linebackers: Bruce Carter, DAL (-5.2) and Ernie Sims, DAL (-4.7)
An all-Dallas duo who represented everything that was wrong with the team as they were dominated by the Saints’ offense.
Dishonorable Mention: Philip Wheeler (MIA) and Brad Jones (GB)
Cornerbacks: Shareece Wright, SD (-3.9) and Janoris Jenkins, SL (-2.9)
Three touchdowns and 117 yards aren’t going to endear you to us, Mr Wright. Jenkins gave up just the 103, but with some less erratic throwing it could have been more.
Dishonorable Mention: Stephon Gilmore (BUF) and Brice McCain (HOU)
Safeties: Brandon Meriweather, WAS (-5.9) and Jeff Heath, DAL (-5.2)
Bad angles, beaten in coverage, and missing tackles. That was the life for both of our safeties, with Heath beaten for three touchdowns and Meriweather missing four tackles. Fundamentals aye?
Dishonorable Mention: Reggie Nelson (CIN) and William Moore (ATL)
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