PFF ‘Had a Bad Day’ Team of Week 14
We've all been there, and yes, even NFL stars have a bad day every now and then. Khaled Elsayed names those who should have stayed in bed this week.
PFF ‘Had a Bad Day’ Team of Week 14
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 14.
Quarterback: John Skelton, ARZ (-8.2)
So bad he gets benched for Ryan Lindley. Skelton has had more chances than anyone with his tape should have. Woeful time and again in a way you rarely see consistently in the NFL.
Running Back: Bryce Brown, PHI (-0.8)
Not the worst week of running back play. Brown, however, rumbled for just 6 yards on 12 carries, with his longest gain going for 11 yards. A whole lot of nothing going on there.
Full Back: Jed Collins, NO (-2.9)
Sorry Jed, that fumble was a killer.
Tight End: Jeff Cumberland, NYJ (-2.7)
To think, Cumberland is the best blocking tight end on the Jets’ roster. Not on the evidence of Week 14.
Wide Receivers: Kevin Walter, HST (-3.0) and A.J. Green, CIN (-2.3)
The Texans might want to stop going to Walter on fourth down after he caught none of the three targets into his coverage, including one drop. Green made some plays, but then left some on the field with two drops and a needless illegal block downfield.
Tackles: Dennis Kelly, PHI (-6.7) and Jonathan Martin, MIA (-5.2)
Kelly found out that when Michael Bennett smells blood he’s very hard to stop. He ended the day getting punished in the run game and giving up a sack, hit and five hurries. Meanwhile Martin, in his first start at left tackle and against Aldon Smith no less, gave up a sack and four hurries. It could have been worse though.
Guards: Seth Olsen, IND (-6.0) and Jake Scott, PHI (-5.6)
Olsen had to really step up his poor play to hold off the challenge of Eben Britton, giving up a hit and six hurries. Meanwhile Scott, who has done reasonably well since joining the Eagles, found out that Gerald McCoy is not to be messed with. The eight quarterback disruptions he allowed are the most he’s ever surrendered in the PFF Era.
Center: Dallas Reynolds, PHI (-3.5)
Centers aren’t meant to give up a sack, two hits and four hurries.
Defensive Front 4-3
Defensive Ends: Frank Alexander, CAR (-3.8) and Carlos Dunlap, CIN (-3.1)
Alexander was on the field for 43 snaps and yet managed to draw the dreaded blank on the stat sheet. Dunlap didn’t have the same problem, but when he did get pressure he couldn’t turn it into sacks, twice missing tackles on Tony Romo. Throw in a needless facemask penalty when he piled on, and you’ve got some negative plays that didn’t help his team.
Defensive Tackle: Paul Soliai, MIA (-3.1) and Corey Peters, (-2.5)
Soliai isn’t the first guy who had problems with the 49ers’ interior. Peters did a decent job getting near Cam Newton, but failed to bring him down and got bossed in the run game.
Linebackers: David Hawthorne, NO (-2.6), Michael Boley, NYG (-2.6) and Brandon Spikes, NE (-3.3)
When the Saints visited the Giants we were treated to some poor linebacker play. Hawthorne, who looked so good in Seattle, continued his poor year for New Orleans, while Boley was picked on in coverage. That’s as bad as Spikes had looked all year for New England, but you wonder how much of that was down to playing hurt.
Defensive Front 3-4
Defensive Line: Antonio Smith, HST (-6.5), Darnell Dockett, ARZ (-3.8) and Dontari Poe, KC (-2.8)
Every once in a while Smith has one of these games where he struggles to get much of anything done. Logan Mankins can force that from you. Dockett didn’t start but did manage 38 snaps. Unfortunately he did next to nothing outside of missing a couple of tackles . The best you can about Poe against the Browns is he played a lot of snaps. Perhaps too many.
Outside Linebackers: Dezman Moses, GB (-7.7) and Calvin Pace, NYJ (-3.8)
Dezman, that’s as bad as an outside linebacker can play. Losing contain on the edge, giving up penalties and failing to get much pressure. It had it all. Pace himself struggled to get much pressure. No real surprise there. That’s his deal now.
Inside Linebackers: Jameel McClain, BLT (-5.8) and Daryl Washington, ARZ (-5.0)
While McClain had problems in coverage, Washingtons’ woes were the result of some poor tackling that is becoming more of a trend as the season goes on. The three he missed here have taken him to 15 on the year.
Cornerbacks: Sean Smith, MIA (-4.2) and Curtis Brown, PIT (-4.0)
It’s apparently a confidence issue with Smith at times, as he is capable of looking elite in one game and then ready for the scrap heap the next. The knock on effect of losing Ike Taylor means more playing time for Brown. He responded by allowing all six balls into his coverage to be complete for 84 yards and a touchdown.
Safeties: Ed Reed, BLT (-5.1) and Bernard Pollard, BLT (-3.3)
No sir, we did not like the play of the Ravens’ safeties this week. They missed five tackles between them while Reed was guilty of allowing a touchdown. That meant that Madieu Williams, who missed five tackles, got lucky.
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