'Had a Bad Day' Team, Week 15
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 15.
(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: Matthew McGloin, OAK (-7.0)
Well, that escalated quickly. McGloin made a very convincing case for why the Raiders must spend their first overall pick on a quarterback this year with his five interception display.
Dishonorable Mention: Eli Manning (NYG)
Running Back: Ben Tate, HOU (-2.4)
Tate is hurt but there’s no excuse for fumbling twice, even if your own team does recover them.
Dishonorable Mention: Matt Asiata (MIN)
Full Back: Tony Fiametta, CHI (-0.8)
It wasn’t a terrible display but it was a good week for full back play.
Dishonorable Mention: Jerome Felton (MIN)
Tight End: Matt Spaeth, PIT (-4.8)
The Steelers wanted Spaeth to slow down the Bengals defensive ends in the run game. He was unable to as they got penetration throughout the game.
Dishonorable Mention: John Phillips (SD)
Wide Receivers: Mike Brown, JAX (-2.9) and Josh Boyce, NE (-2.9)
You don’t often see wide receivers fumble twice in a game but Brown did. Boyce misplaced a couple of balls himself with a couple of drops that is bound to infuriate his coach.
Dishonorable Mention: Davone Bess (CLE) and Rueben Randle (NYG)
Tackles: Charles Brown, NO (-5.2) and Eric Winston, ARZ (-6.2)
It’s never good when you’re so bad you get benched, but that was the fate of Brown as Robert Quinn went to work on him. Winston had a tough day with Derrick Morgan coupled with some poor work in the run game.
Dishonorable Mention: Lamar Holmes (ATL) and Breno Giacomini (SEA)
Guards: Justin Blalock, ATL (-3.3) and David Diehl, NYG (-3.5)
Blalock had his problems in pass protection where he was beat for a hit and three hurries in rapid order. Diehl gave up even more but it was his run blocking that really let him and his team down.
Dishonorable Mention: Jeromey Clary (SD) and Brian Winters (NYJ)
Center: Kevin Boothe, NYG (-3.6)
As this grade shows Diehl wasn’t the only Giant to struggle with his blocking. Boothe hasn’t generally found life easy since moving to center and life against the Seahawks wasn’t any easier.
Dishonorable Mention: Rodney Hudson (KC)
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: Corbin Bryant, BUF (-4.1) and Peria Jerry, ATL (-4.8)
Bryant is a backup in Buffalo for a reason. His 37 snaps this week didn’t do anything to suggest he’d be any more. Jerry, the former first round pick, has never lived up to the billing (though how much injury played a part in that we’ll never know). A poor afternoon despite going against the mobile Redskins line.
Dishonorable Mention: Nick Hayden (DAL) and Kendall Langford (SL)
Defensive Interior – Nose: Akeem Spence, TB (-3.7)
As a rookie you’ll have games like this. Spence started off the season well but has really struggled in the second half of the year.
Dishonorable Mention: Ryan Pickett (GB)
Edge Rushers: Whitney Mercilus, HOU (-5.5) and Shea McClellin, CHI (-4.4)
How about that class of 2012? Neither man is looking like the pass rushing force they were delivered to be and while it’s too early to write them off, it is time to start worrying.
Dishonorable Mention: Olivier Vernon (MIA) and Terrell Suggs (BAL)
Linebackers: Paul Worrilow, ATL (-5.0) and Curtis Lofton, NO (-3.9)
Worrilow is a great story but you can’t help but think that Atlanta is asking too much of him right now. His tackle count remains high but his impact plays? Not so much. Lofton was one of a number of Saints not to enjoy his Sunday afternoon.
Dishonorable Mention: Cameron Lawrence and Devonte Holloman (DAL)
Cornerbacks: Patrick Peterson, ARZ (-4.7) and Bradley Fletcher, PHI (-4.3)
Up until this week I’d have had Peterson as perhaps my most impressive cornerback of the year. Well, it wasn’t quite so impressive this week as the team matched up him with Kendall Wright largely with bad results. Fletcher was beaten for eight catches totaling 134 yards. Never good.
Dishonorable Mention: Robert Blanton (MIN) and Brice McCain (HOU)
Safeties: Brandian Ross, OAK (-3.2) and Nate Allen, PHI (-2.6)
The Raiders get a reminder how much they miss Tyvon Branch every time Ross is on the field. Allen has had a better 2013 than 2012 but not with performances like this one.
Dishonorable Mention: Malcolm Jenkins (NO) and Rashad Johnson (ARZ)
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