'Had a Bad Day' Team, Week 16
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 16.
(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 (-6.3)
This would have been a fitting end if there wasn’t another game on deck for him. Schaub has done quite a bit to help the Texans become a contender but his fall from grace has been swift.
Dishonorable Mention: Matt Cassel (MIN)
Running Back: Bobby Rainey, TB (-3.3)
Rainey fumbled and averaged a feeble 1.9 yards per carry. It’s safe to say Doug Martin shouldn’t worry too much about his starting job when he’s healthy to return.
Dishonorable Mention: Matt Forte (CHI)
Full Back: Rhett Ellison, MIN (-1.8)
We’ve often compared Ellison to Jim Kleinsasser. Not when he plays like this.
Dishonorable Mention: Marcel Reece (OAK)
Tight End: Jermaine Gresham, CIN (-3.6)
Despite all of his apparent tools Gresham sure does leave a lot of negative plays on the field. Even with his touchdown we can’t look past another penalty and another fumble.
Dishonorable Mention: Ryan Griffin (HOU)
Wide Receivers: Brian Hartline, MIA (-2.8) and Greg Little, CLE (-2.5)
It’s never an ideal day at the office when you catch just 2-of-9 targets with one drop which was the case with Hartline. This is a rare appearance for him but not such a rare one for Little who continues to fail in living up to his potential.
Dishonorable Mention: Kris Durham (DET) and Nate Burleson (DET)
Tackles: Terron Armstead, NO (-4.2) and Marcus Cannon, NE (-3.8)
As debuts go it could have gone much worse (see how Robert Quinn worked over Charles Brown last week). Still, two sacks allowed and two penalties are never ideal. On the right side Cannon is in solely for his run blocking and some issues with Terrell Suggs in that regard.
Dishonorable Mention: Will Beatty (NYG) and Orlando Franklin (DEN)
Guards: Jamon Meredith, TB (-3.9) and Dallas Reynolds, NYG (-4.3)
Our two choices for the week proved exactly why at the start of the season neither man was set to start. Meredith was poor in the run game and Reynolds was worked over by Ndamukong Suh.
Dishonorable Mention: Chris Williams (SL) and Mackenzy Bernadeau (DAL)
Center: Chris Myers, HOU (-5.8)
Myers was our top ranked center on the year heading into this week. Not anymore.
Dishonorable Mention: Brian De La Puente (NO)
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: Jared Odrick, MIA (-3.1) and Cameron Heyward, PIT (-3.2)
Two former first round picks that have had solid years failed to show up this week. Heyward has flashed some real top end talent that has seen him promoted to the starting lineup but was held in check by the Packers, while Odrick couldn’t get anything going against the Bills.
Dishonorable Mention: Brett Keisel (PIT) and Chris Jones (NE)
Defensive Interior – Nose: Fred Evans, MIN (-3.9)
In 34 snaps Evans did something that he rarely does. Play badly. You can attribute most of that down to three penalties which are hard to forgive.
Dishonorable Mention: Earl Mitchell (HOU)
Edge Rushers: David Bass, CHI (-4.7) and Jason Hunter, OAK (-4.4)
Hunter started off badly with two penalties on the Chargers opening drive and never made any kind of impact to negate that. Bass only needed 32 snaps to look woefully out of his depth in the run game. A familiar story in Chicago these days.
Dishonorable Mention: Olivier Vernon (MIA) and Malicah Goodman (ATL)
Linebackers: Dannell Ellerbe, MIA (-5.5) and Lance Briggs, CHI (-4.3)
Well that wasn’t pretty. Ellerbe was wearing a bull’s-eye on Sunday as the Bills teed off on him, their linemen having no problem with him at the second level. On his return to the starting lineup Briggs fitted right into the Bears defense rather than providing a much needed boost. Just how healthy is he?
Dishonorable Mention: Philip Wheeler (MIA) and Daryl Sharpton (HOU)
Cornerbacks: Tracy Porter, OAK (-4.5) and Chimdi Chekwa, OAK (-4.3)
Two penalties, six missed tackles and 108 yards allowed by the pair. Suffice to say even a slightly off his game Philip Rivers had some fun with the Raiders cornerbacks.
Dishonorable Mention: Don Carey (DET) and Brice McCain (HOU)
Safeties: Major Wright, CHI (-4.4) and Ryan Mundy, NYG (-4.3)
Another stinker from Wright who is truly having a year to forget. More woes in the run game from him. Mundy himself had some big issues in this regard, with Joique Bell treating him as a human treadmill with four broken tackles.
Dishonorable Mention: T.J. Ward (CLE) and George Iloka (CIN)
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