PFF 'Had a Bad Day' Team of Week 15
An overthrow by a quarterback. A blown assignment by a cornerback. A lineman getting beat quicker than a hiccup for a pressure.
We notice it even when the stat sheet doesn’t. Here’s our ‘Had a Bad Day’ Team of Week 15.
Quarterback: Mark Sanchez, NYJ (-6.9)
It had to be a special performance from Mark Sanchez to ensure Matthew Stafford didn’t make this team and boy was it special. After all the horrid displays this year this could very well be the one that ensures he finally gets his benching.
Running Back: Stevan Ridley, NE (-3.2)
The 49ers’ defense isn’t an easy one to go against, but the 2.6 yards per carry and fumble from Ridley were not what the Patriots needed.
Full Back: Jerome Felton, MIN (-1.1)
We’ve seen a lot worse displays not make this team, and in a week where fullback play didn’t stand out for good or bad, Felton can consider himself unlucky to get called out.
Tight End: Joel Dreessen, DEN (-2.8)
When you’re the blocking tight end you really shouldn’t get pushed around the way Dreessen was.
Wide Receivers: T.J. Graham, BUF (-4.9) and Alshon Jeffrey, CHI (-3.9)
Playing quarterback is hard enough for Ryan Fitzpatrick without Graham dropping four balls. Jeffrey looks like a physical receiver. Unfortunately, there are rules in place to curb that much physicality, as his three penalties show.
Tackles: Donald Penn, TB (-3.4) and Cameron Bradfield, JAX (-6.0)
Classic Donald Penn. Nobody cares about the Saints hosting the Bucs right? So Penn puts forth one of his typical lazy games and gets schooled by Will Smith. Bradfield doesn’t have the same type of talent as Penn and took a bigger pasting, allowing five hurries, being called for two penalties and struggling in the run game.
Guards: James Brown, CHI (-7.4) and Mike McGlynn, IND (-5.6)
Nice of the Bears to find new ways to make their offensive line worse. James Brown was a big problem until his benching and looks way out of his depth in the NFL. McGlynn would probably have taken the -5.6 grade this week, given that J.J. Watt was going up against him.
Center: Mike Pouncey, MIA (-3.8)
A rare off day from Pouncey who had some big issues at the point of attack.
Defensive Front 4-3
Defensive Ends: Daniel Te’o’-Nesheim, TB (-3.4) and Cliff Avril, DET (-2.5)
Neither of our starters got any pressure, which for Avril has to be a huge concern with free agency approaching.
Defensive Tackle: Brandon Deaderick, NE (-3.2) and Sen’Derrick Marks TEN (-4.7)
Just the one tackle for Deaderick who was thoroughly overmatched against the 49ers. Marks had plenty of problems against Brandon Moore and company while being flagged for two penalties.
Linebackers: Jamar Chaney, PHI (-2.4), Julian Stanford, JAX (-2.0) and Tim Shaw, MIA (-4.0)
Chaney made some tackles, but too often found himself taken out of the game when linemen got their hands on him. Stanford was much quieter and you hardly noticed him during his 44 snaps. In the middle Shaw looked exposed in a way you’d expect from a guy more noted for his special teams play.
Defensive Front 3-4
Defensive Line: Corey Liuget, SD (-2.4), Justin Smith, SF (-2.1) and Terrence Cody, BLT (-3.5)
A quiet day for Smith, who just couldn’t get anything going rushing the passer even before he went down hurt. Liuget just couldn’t get anything going in the run game consistently in one of his worst performances of the year. For such a big guy, Cody sure does get moved about easily.
Outside Linebackers: Sam Acho, ARZ (-2.8) and Lamarr Woodley, PIT (-3.5)
Acho rushed the passer an awful lot, but was held in check by Jeff Backus for most of the game. Woodley returned to action with a display that suggested he’s not quite at 100%.
Inside Linebackers: Takeo Spikes, SD (-2.8) and Perry Riley, WAS (-2.4)
Spikes gave up a touchdown in coverage, but it was his problems in the run game that landed him on this team. Similarly Riley, who missed a tackle, found himself having issues in this area.
Cornerbacks: Rashean Mathis, JAX (-5.5) and Josh Robinson, MIN (-3.5)
Mathis was on the field for only 29 snaps, but committed three penalties in that time and missed a tackle. Not a good day. Robinson was guilty of being in primary coverage on two touchdowns.
Safeties: Craig Dahl, SL (-4.2) and Antrelle Rolle, NYG (-3.7)
These two guys made it very easy for us by missing seven tackles combined. Nice work chaps.
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