'Had a Bad Day' Team, Week 9
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 9.
(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: Terrelle Pryor, OAK (-4.7)
A couple of picks, just 53.7% of passes complete and the three sacks taken (all of which he was responsible for). This was not one of the better outings for Pryor.
Dishonorable Mention: Geno Smith (NYJ)
Running Back: Willis McGahee, CLE (-2.4)
A fumble always improves your chances of making this team, especially when you follow it with just 1.5 yards per carry.
Dishonorable Mention: Ray Rice (BAL)
Full Back: Chris Ogbonnaya, CLE (-1.3)
The versatile Brown may be able to do a number of things, but this week blocking wasn’t one of them.
Dishonorable Mention: Marcel Reece (OAK)
Tight End: Scott Chandler, BUF (-4.1)
It’s not so much the run blocking (-1.9) that warranted a selection on this team. Nope, it was that Chandler, the Bills receiving option at tight end, dropped two of the nine targets thrown his way and only caught three balls. Must do better.
Dishonorable Mention: Tyler Eifert (CIN)
Wide Receivers: Dez Bryant, DAL (-4.2) and T.J. Graham, BUF (-3.5)
If you think you’re the best receiver in the league then you don’t play the way Bryant did in this game. Two penalties and two drops aren’t what he should be about. As for Graham, he had just the one catch and that became a game-changing fumble. Oh dear.
Dishonorable Mention: Darrius Heyward-Bey (IND) and Nick Toon (NO)
Tackles: Kelvin Beachum, PIT (-2.1) and Mike Otto, TEN (-6.6)
It was, generally speaking, a good week for left tackles. That’s why Beachum can feel a little unlucky to make this team with a grade that normally would see him nowhere near it. Now it’s a different story for Otto who earned his spot by virtue of being beaten up on by Chris Long. He allowed a sack and five hurries.
Dishonorable Mention: Doug Free (DAL) and Paul McQuistan (SEA)
Guards: Lucas Nix, OAK (-7.5) and Mike McGlynn, IND (-4.7)
Nix had to be extra bad to hold off the challenge from Chris Williams and Wade Smith, but by virtue of getting beat for nine hurries he gets the nod. McGlynn might consider this a win given he was going up against J.J. Watt and it could have been much worse.
Dishonorable Mention: Chris Williams (SL) and Davin Joseph (TB)
Center: Kyle Cook, CIN (-4.1)
When a center gives up two sacks and three hurries something has gone wrong. Very wrong.
Dishonorable Mention: Eric Wood (BUF)
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: Peria Jerry, ATL (-3.4) and Red Bryant, SEA (-6.6)
No pressure, no problems. Well, no pressure from Peria, no problems for the Panthers at least. His work in the run game wasn’t much better either. This is as bad as Bryant as ever graded, earning negatives across the board as he was held off the stat sheet but for one stop and two penalties.
Dishonorable Mention: Kendall Reyes (SD) and Desmond Bryant (CLE)
Defensive Interior – Nose: Vance Walker, OAK (-2.2)
The former Falcon has nominally looked a lot better than this, but on a day where Oakland struggled across the board he was not immune.
Dishonorable Mention: Domata Peko (CIN)
Edge Rushers: Brooks Reed, HOU (-3.5) and Kyle Wilber, DAL (-3.0)
A lack of pressure and a lack of plays against the run. The Texans have done a terrible job of finding talent at outside linebacker. Don’t worry Dallas fans, Wilber is just a placeholder and might see considerably less than 27 snaps going forward.
Dishonorable Mention: Jason Hunter (OAK) and Andre Carter (NE)
Linebackers: Mason Foster, TB (-5.1) and A.J. Hawk, GB (-5.1)
Foster went missed tackle mad. Five of them, all-in-all, which is most definitely not what you want to see out of your starting middle linebacker. On Monday Night Football Hawk missed two of his own in his worst outing of the year.
Dishonorable Mention: Jonathan Casillas (TB) and Chad Greenway (MIN)
Cornerbacks: William Gay, PIT (-3.8) and Stephon Gilmore, BUF (-3.5)
Gay, who was responsible for 98 yards in coverage and a touchdown, won’t look back at this meeting with the Patriots fondly. Over for the Bills, Gilmore didn’t have a good day as evidenced by the 8 of 12 balls he allowed into his coverage.
Dishonorable Mention: David Amerson (WAS) and D.J. Hayden (OAK)
Safeties: Reshad Jones, MIA (-5.8) and Brandian Ross, OAK (-4.2)
Jones didn’t help his cause by missing three tackles and getting beat for all the balls thrown his way in coverage. It was a similar story for Ross, only his kryptonite was touchdowns. He was beaten for four of them.
Dishonorable Mention: Major Wright (CHI) and Ryan Clark (PIT)
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