Every NFL Team's Biggest Headache

Tony Santorsa@@TonySantorsaSenior Writer IIApril 11, 2012

Every NFL Team's Biggest Headache

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    Being a headache in the NFL can mean a few things: That player can be a loose cannon; that player can be a prima donna; or that player simply underachieves and causes headaches throughout the coaching staff as well as the fanbase.

    Over the past season, one headache that immediately comes to mind is Chad Ochocinco—he was a complete non-factor with the New England Patriots while still being an active user on Twitter. Doesn't that bother you a little?

    With that being said, find out every NFL team's biggest headache entering 2012. 

Baltimore Ravens: Joe Flacco

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    Apparently Joe Flacco is the best quarterback in the NFL. Or at least that's what he told WNST in Baltimore.


    Flacco certainly has the talent to be a great quarterback and should be one of the best in the NFL, but his career 60.8 completion percentage says otherwise. 

    Flacco has so much potential, but as he enters his fifth year in the NFL, it's almost like he's still trying to find his way as a starting quarterback. 

Cincinnati Bengals: Jerome Simpson

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    Believe it or not, but the Cincinnati Bengals don't have too many headaches. However, if I had to choose one it'd be wide receiver Jerome Simpson—even though he's a free agent. 

    Simpson is as talented as you can be, but can't find himself on the football field; he has yet to develop into a solid No. 2 wide receiver.

    Along with his lack of production, Simpson has also had some legal issues. He was recently sentenced to 15 days in jail for drug-related charges, as reported by USA TODAY.

Cleveland Browns: Colt McCoy

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    Colt McCoy will soon emerge as a headache for the Cleveland Browns if they do not find a franchise quarterback. Why? Because he's not a franchise quarterback.

    The Browns missed out on Matt Flynn and (most likely) Robert Griffin III. Now they're stuck with McCoy.

    Granted, McCoy is a decent quarterback, but he's simply nothing special and will never amount to anything great. 

Pittsburgh Steelers: James Harrison

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    Whether it's his tweeting, his off-the-field comments to the media or his idiotic play that results in fines and suspensions, James Harrison is just one giant headache.

    Don't you agree? 

Houston Texans: Matt Schaub

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    Yet another team that's pretty much well-behaved and doesn't have too many issues in their locker room, but if I had to pick one player that could be considered a headache, it'd be Matt Schaub.

    Why? Because it always seems like he's hurt.

    In fact, Schaub has played just two full seasons with the Texans since being acquired from the Atlanta Falcons in 2007. 

Indianapolis Colts: Is There Anyone Even on This Roster?

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    I'm being serious—who is a member of the Indianapolis Colts now aside from Reggie Wayne, Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis? Anyone? 

    This is a team that's simply in a stage of rebuilding, and I think we can just justify that as one giant headache, right? 

Jacksonville Jaguars: Blaine Gabbert

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    I do kind of feel bad for Blaine Gabbert. He was thrown to the wolves during his rookie season with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Let me remind you that this is a team with little to no talent on both sides of the ball. 

    All I have to say is that for a guy that's as talented as Gabbert, a 50.8 completion percentage as well as a 65.4 quarterback rating is pretty putrid. 

Tennessee Titans: Chris Johnson

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    I don't know Chris Johnson personally and he hasn't really said much to the media, but I can just tell that he thinks the entire world revolves around him.

    Why? Just take a look back to last season when he held out for the entire preseason and simply didn't produce that well on the field. 

    Johnson just comes off as a guy that only cares about himself.

Buffalo Bills: Stevie Johnson

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    Take a look at all of Stevie Johnson's touchdown celebrations on YouTube—go ahead and look them up. Why does he celebrate like an elite wide receiver? I mean, he hasn't really done that much in the NFL.

    Johnson caught 76 passes for 1,004 yards in 2011, which is nice and all, but he acts like he's the greatest wide receiver in the NFL.

    Wouldn't you say that's a headache? I think so. 

Miami Dolphins: Cameron Wake

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    Here's another team with no real headaches on their roster. I still have to pick one, so I'm going with Cameron Wake. 

    This may be shocking to you, but Wake doesn't impress me at all. 

    Wake only had 8.5 sacks a year ago with the Miami Dolphins, which is rather low for a guy as talented as he is. Another thing that really sticks out to me is that Wake's sacks come in non-pressure moments—it's like he hits home runs when his team is already up by five. Big deal. 

New England Patriots: Chad Ochocinco

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    This is all that I have to say: 34,836 tweets—and counting—while recording only 15 receptions for 276 yards and one touchdown in his first season with the New England Patriots.

    Chad Ochocinco is just a massive headache. 

New York Jets: Mark Sanchez

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    I cannot wait until Mark Sanchez throws his first of many interceptions in 2012 and all of New York starts begging for Tim Tebow to come in.

    This is going to be an interesting season for the Jets.

    Sanchez is a big-time headache for all of the New York Jets fanbase, as it seems like he's holding the team back with his mediocre play at the quarterback position. 

Denver Broncos: Knowshon Moreno

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    Will Knowshon Moreno ever stay healthy and be a productive running back for the Denver Broncos? Who knows?

    Moreno is just so talented, but has yet to make any major impact. 

Kansas City Chiefs: Matt Cassel

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    For some odd reason, I feel like the majority of the Kansas City Chiefs fanbase dislikes Matt Cassel—and I don't know why.

    Either way, that's good enough to make him a headache. 

Oakland Raiders: Carson Palmer

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    Is Carson Palmer worth a first-round pick and a conditional second-round pick? Absolutely not.

    In order to acquire Palmer, the Oakland Raiders gave up so much for just a mediocre player at the quarterback position.

San Diego Chargers: Philip Rivers

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    I'm not sure about all of the San Diego Chargers fans out there, but I feel like Philip Rivers is a giant choke artist. He can't take his team to the next level, much like head coach Norv Turner.

    To me, Rivers is a giant headache because he has all that it takes to be an elite NFL quarterback, but it seems like whenever he's about to emerge, he takes three steps backwards. 

Chicago Bears: Jay Cutler

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    There's a few reasons why Jay Cutler is a headache to the Chicago Bears' fanbase.

    For starters, Cutler doesn't come off as a tough player; he hurt himself in the NFC Championship two years ago and then injured his thumb this past season.

    Another reason why you may think Cutler is a headache is that he hasn't lived up to his full potential. 

Detroit Lions: Ndamukong Suh

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    Ndamukong Suh comes off as a headache because he simply doesn't get it. He doesn't understand how to control his emotions on the field.

    Until Suh learns how to control his emotions and his on-field anger issues, he'll continue to be a headache. 

Green Bay Packers: A.J. Hawk

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    How is A.J. Hawk on this list? Well, for starters, we had to come up with someone for the Green Bay Packers. But to be honest with you, I don't think he's living up to his potential.

    Hawk should be one of the best linebackers in the NFL today, but he isn't quite at that level. 

Minnesota Vikings: Michael Jenkins

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    The Minnesota Vikings need a ton more production out of their No. 2 wide receiver than what Michael Jenkins is giving them.

    Jenkins caught just 38 passes for 466 yards and only three touchdowns this past season.

Atlanta Falcons: Dunta Robinson

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    The Atlanta Falcons need more stability out of their No. 2 cornerback position than what Dunta Robinson gives them.

    Robinson is a pretty talented player, but he is always looking for the big hit, which often gets him into trouble; he's been fined twice due to helmet-to-helmet hits. It's pretty frustrating, if you ask me. 

Carolina Panthers: DeAngelo Williams

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    DeAngelo Williams had quite the payday this past offseason, but failed to produce like an elite running back in 2011.

    Rookie quarterback Cam Newton could have certainly used some support from Williams, but he ran for just 836 yards.

    That's underachieving in my book.

New Orleans Saints: Everyone Involved in Bountygate

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    I have zero respect for anyone that is involved with the New Orleans Saints' bounty scandal.

    These guys are not only headaches; they're head cases. 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Gerald McCoy

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    Gerald McCoy was the third overall pick in the 2010 NFL draft for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but he hasn't really had that much of an impact with the team.

    Through two seasons, McCoy has played in just 19 games while recording only four sacks and 39 total tackles. 

Dallas Cowboys: Tony Romo

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    Tony Romo may produce some pretty impressive numbers, but what has he done in the playoffs? Absolutely nothing.

    If you ask me, this is make-or-break time for Romo. If he doesn't win with the Dallas Cowboys this season, the team may move on without him.

New York Giants: The Entire Offensive Line

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    The one thing that I noticed with the New York Giants this past playoff run is that Eli Manning spends a lot of his team on his back. Why? Because their offensive line is terrible.

    The Giants desperately need to upgrade their offensive line for that headache to go away. 

Philadelphia Eagles: DeSean Jackson

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    Where do I even start with DeSean Jackson? He's just one giant headache.

    Whether it's his trash-talking, his cockiness or his attitude problem, he's always giving someone a headache. 

Washington Redskins: Rex Grossman

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    Watching Rex Grossman play during the 2011 season for the Washington Redskins gave me a headache, and I'm not even a 'Skins fan. I can only imagine how they felt.

    Luckily, Robert Griffin III looks to be coming to town in just a few weeks with the 2012 NFL draft. 

Arizona Cardinals: Levi Brown

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    I'm going to make this plain and simple: Levi Brown should not be a starting left tackle in the NFL. He is by far the worst out of all the other 31 starting left tackles.

    Brown was the Arizona Cardinals' fifth overall pick back in 2007 and has been a liability on their offensive line ever since.

    Brown is a complete headache. 

San Francisco 49ers: Randy Moss

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    Randy Moss only has been a member of the San Francisco 49ers for a few months now, but trust me, 49er fans: You will soon realize why he's a giant headache.

    This is coming from a man who's been covering the New England Patriots for the past couple of seasons.

Seattle Seahawks: Sidney Rice

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    Sidney Rice has been a headache ever since he signed with the Seattle Seahawks.

    Why? Because he played in only nine games after signing a massive $41 million deal.

    Why was Rice out for the remaining seven games? A concussion. How ironic is that?

St. Louis Rams: Their Entire Wide Receiver Corps

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    If the St. Louis Rams want to see any sort of development from Sam Bradford, they need to surround him with some talent at the wide receiver position.

    The Rams' wide receiver corps is just one giant headache, as they're by far one of the worst in the NFL, if not the worst.

    It's almost a joke.